What’s Up Wednesday: Starting Revisions Edition


My books arrived at the library last Thursday! Yay! Picking up three books from the library is pretty close to Christmas for me. I started with The Color of Water by James McBride and so far it is excellent. It’s a memoir and structured in a very interesting way. The author, James McBride, writes about his own experiences growing up in Civil Rights-era New York City with a white mother and 11 siblings. Alternating his chapters are chapters about his mother that seem to be transcribed from her own words. She was born in Poland to a Jewish rabbi, then moved to the States when she was a girl in the 20s. When she grew up, she married a black Baptist preacher and had 12 kids. Sounds pretty amazing, right? It is! You should read it.


Well, it’s time for revisions! Ahhh! So exciting! And I’m jumping right into the middle because I submit to my writing group this week and they’re on chapter 11 (or thereabouts). After I get those chapters edited (tomorrow), I’m going to print out the whole book and read it on paper. Because of the very extensive work the first two acts have endured, they’re pretty strong so I’m going to focus on the extremely rough last act. Hopefully I can get this book thoroughly enough revised to ship it off to betas in November so I can do NaNo! Anyone else planning on doing NaNo?


I’ve been on a big house-project-completing kick this week, so basically everything around my house that needs to be done. (Which is a lot.) Mostly, I’m feeling very inspired by bright colors like teal and hot pink. In fact, I painted my front door a darkish teal yesterday and I loooooove it. Oh wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.


I painted my front door a darkish teal yesterday and I loooooove it. ;D Our siding is light gray and the trim is white, so it’s a fun contrast. I have a big mirror above my kitchen table that used to have a gold leaf frame, but when I got it I (thought I) liked dark furniture (I don’t anymore) and didn’t like gold (I do now), so I painted black over it. Blah. I tried to take off the paint with nail polish remover the other night and while that worked, the gold leafing came off too. Poo. So I’m going to paint the frame of it hot pink. Weeee! And this weekend I’m going to have the Mister move his moose rack out of the man cave and into the living room above the piano because, darn it, I like it! Aaaaand we’re planning our backyard sprucing-up plans for next year, which is really, really exciting because currently it’s more of a wilderness than a backyard. And I have a million more in my head I’m thinking about. So yeah, house projects. Fun!

And I got a new haircut, which is always a fun day. ^_^

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

14 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday: Starting Revisions Edition

  1. Yay for revisions! I’ll be right there with you next week, but oh my – I MUST start at the beginning. It’s beyond rough.

    I too have several house projects (which I love to do!), but always the question of which one to start with and then be able to somewhat clean-up before the weekend. No painting for me though.

    Have a great week! And good luck with those revisions!

  2. Wow! it sounds like you have been really busy. I’m not a fan of Gold but I love hot pink :) The colour scheme for your exterior sounds great too. We will be starting up our renovations on our house soon too. I am excited but also a little dubious. Things are so busy as it is, I am not looking forward to all the noise and mess. Still it will be worth it in the end. As we are getting a new kitchen, new bedroom with on – suite and finishing off all the other rooms as well as some lovely new furniture. Our sofa had to go recently so we have been lacking seating, so can’t wait till we can get our new one. Our huge Rottie jumped on it and broke the springs, he has no idea how big he is, but how he broke it meant that the other dogs kept getting their legs caught down the hole and we were worried they might break something. Doggies before practicality in this house. Now we have just the two armchairs and two desk chairs in the room. So am missing the snuggles on the sofa a lot :)

    1. Wow, big stuff going on at your house! We’re done with our major project–we renovated the kitchen a few years ago. But sometimes I think those are better because they kinda demand to be completed since they’re major inconveniences. Small ones, though, you can put off (which is my problem). Good luck!! I’m sure you’ll love the results.

  3. Good luck on all your house projects and your revising. I’m also planning to do NaNo this year. I doubt that I’ll be done revising The Evolution of Emily by then, mainly because I’ve been horrible about working on it. But I have an idea for a new project that I’m putting off until November. I’m hoping some mad drafting will get me back into a writing patter and I’ll be better about revising both Evolution and my new project come December.

  4. A teal door!? Hot pink mirror edging?! I’m in love. :) I am itching to paint our house pale green with an oxblood-red door. (Ooooh.) But until I have the time/budget, I am living vicariously through other people’s paint choices. Ahem. So please share photos of your home-awesomeness. :)

    And I love how excited you are/were about having books waiting for you at the library. I’m the same way!

    Also: THE COLOR OF WATER is one of my favorite books. Not only is the story amazing, but I think it’s written spectacularly well.

    Have a great week!

    1. I just googled oxblood so I could remember what exact shade that is. I love it!! That would look awesome with pale green. Why not go ahead and paint your door, though? It cost me all of the cost of a quart of paint (I already had all my supplies on hand because I’m a paintaholic. I paint everything because color is awesome). I will definitely post pictures next week.
      I LOVED The Color of Water. So very very happy with that one. (It was a book club read.) I agree that McBride is a very talented writer. And our discussion at book club was really good, centering on race, culture and identity. Fun times. ^_^

      Thanks for visiting!

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