WUW: The Oh, Yeah Edition

I kinda forgot about blogs last week. On Thursday afternoon I pulled up Feedly, and was like, “Oh yeah! Blogs! Hey!”



Last week I read Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi which was quite good. To be honest, I was disappointed in Shatter Me but I believe in Mafi’s writing so much (she’s got an insane amount of talent y’all), that I decided to give her another chance and read the novella sequel Destroy Me. And I loved it. It’s from Shatter Me‘s antagonist’s POV–Warner–and he’s all kinds of complex, multi-faceted, and just plain awesome. Mafi has a few kinks in her writing, but they’ll smooth out eventually and in the meantime, have I mentioned she’s insanely talented? And Warner is awesome? Okay, yeah. Mmmm … :)

Currently, I’m reading The Ask and The Answer, Patrick Ness’s sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go. This man knows how to write, y’all. And he’s one of the few people that really, truly nails first person POV. If you haven’t read The Chaos Walking trilogy, I highly suggest it. Highly highly highly.


Well, nothing. Not even world building for my NaNo novel, which I don’t think I’m going to do. See, October is a rough month for me as far as mood and motivation goes. So, whenever I get motivation to do anything, I’m doing whatever I feel like doing. Which has mostly been taking advantage of our nice weather and getting painting projects done. But also reading. And last night, cleaning. So bad, right? So yeah, I don’t think I’m going to do NaNo, but I am participating in a challenge for the month of November, so I’m going to edit FRACTURED RADIANCE that month.

Part of the problem is my mood, but part of it is I’m losing my excitement for my next WIP. I don’t know if it’s because it’s becoming a reality (as I world build) and so it’s losing some of its mystery. Or if it’s because I’ve told the basic plot idea to a few people who didn’t seem very excited about it so I’m second guessing this story. The thing is, I’ve been sitting on and dreaming about this story for two years. So I really want to write it! But at the same time, I dunno. I’ll figure it out, though, I promise. I just need some caffeine in me. :D

Has anyone ever experienced this decrease in excitement as you get ready to work on a new project? It’s been so long since I started something completely new, so I can’t remember. Please tell me I’m not the only one, that this is normal, and I should still write my next book! Or should I take it as a sign? Above all, please tell me your honest opinions. :)


We’ve had a really lovely October so far, with mostly warm and sunny days. I absolutely love it. Now, I love me some good crisp fall weather, and I love cold, snowy winter days. BUT, I love warm weather too. So I’ve been taking Turbo to the park and the zoo and on lots of walks. Gotta get it in while I can, right? And during his afternoon naps, I sit in my car with the door open and the sun shining on my face, reading reading reading. It’s been pretty awesome, I have to say.


Here’s my door!


Isn’t it luscious? I’ve added a plain branch wreath on it that I sprayed white, and currently it’s covered in fake spiderwebs for Halloween.

Here’s the moose rack!

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Directly to the left of the black book shelf (on the left of the piano–it’s short) is our front door, so the moose is hard to miss for visitors. I love it! I’ve draped it in purple string lights for Halloween. ^_^

I finally found hot pink spray paint and painted my mirror, but I didn’t do an awesome job. I may or may not have forgotten to prime. Whoopsie … So, I’m going to sand, prime, and paint it all again, hopefully this weekend. (We’ll see if the weather cooperates.) From far away, it looks AWESOME. The color is fabulous. But up close (and it sits just above our kitchen table, so it’s all up in your biznass when you’re eating) it’s obvious what a hack job I did. Hah!

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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.

18 thoughts on “WUW: The Oh, Yeah Edition

  1. I have definitely lost interest in a shiny new idea the second it is supposed to transform into the next work in progress. I think there is a lot to be said for finishing a project that you are already invested in. But if you are board or uninterested in a book you are writing in the first 10k words (or before you start at all) do some serious rethinking before committing yourself to spend the next two or three years living with these characters.

    1. I’m not bored of it nor have I lost interest in it, I’m just … second guessing it. But I think that’s just a sign it needs a bit more work before I get started. Because i really do believe in the characters and the story! So, off to the drawing board. :)

  2. I’ve sometimes lost spark or focus while writing a book, but never while in preparation for it. If that were the case, I couldn’t have carried around entire books or storylines in my head, backwards and forwards, for 10-15 years!

    1. Yeah, and I’ve been carrying this story around for two years (which isn’t as long, but it’s still a good chunk of time to suddenly be doubtful). After “talking” it out yesterday on here, I’m feeling better. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Love the door! Such a great colour. :-) I have to agree with you on DESTROY ME. I think reading it before UNRAVEL ME was a really good idea. I feel like I understand Warner so much better, which makes him that much more of a sympathetic antagonist. Can’t wait to see where she takes the next book.

    I haven’t had the problem of losing interest before drafting a story, but I’ve certainly had it happen midstream. That can be so frustrating, especially when you really believe in a story’s merit. I really hope you recover your love for this story! I’m not doing NaNo either (the timing isn’t great), but I plan on riding the wave of NaNo excitement and hopefully getting some serious writing done on projects I’ve already started.

    Have a great week, Kris!

    1. Thanks! I can’t help but smile every time I pull up to my house. It’s such a happy color!
      So I’m not sure if you’re Team Adam or Team Warner (or even on a Team), but I kinda don’t get Team Adam because he’s … so not as cool as Warner. DESTROY ME made me love that boy. (And I didn’t get Team Warner after I finished SHATTER ME, so yes–she did a great job with that novella!).

      Hope your week is awesome!

  4. I lose interest in shiny new ideas if I try to plan too much… so I tend to just dive in, pants my way through and see what happens. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t, but I feel better for trying. I seriously do not get how plotters know how everything little thing will happen before they write it. White I totally admire their talents, I just can’t do it that way.

    Patrick Ness is AMAZING, isn’t he? Todd is such a great character and yes, that man knows how to work the 1st person narrative. When you’re done with the Chaos Walking trilogy, be sure to pick up More Than This :)

    Beautiful door! Very bright and lovely ^_^

    Have a spectacular week, Kris!

    1. I finished THE ASK AND THE ANSWER this morning. AHHHHH! My mind and my heart are DEAD. He is so mean to his characters and it’s great (and so mean to his readers–what a cliffhanger!) I half want to jump to the next book right away, but half of me is like, “I can’t take that right now.” Some seriously intense stuff.
      Have a great week, Cole!

  5. Great color for the door, I really like that. I think the up and down with story ideas comes with the territory for writers. I’ll go bigger than that, for artists. There’s a vulnerability with creating art, even if it’s truly just for you, that creativity shows a side of us that we may not show people every day. Even putting those ideas on paper can seem scary, or a waste of time, or whatever. Maybe it’s a day by day thing. The more often I write, the stronger I feel about my ability to overcome those feelings of doubt, but the doubt still shows up.

    Good luck with your ideas and planning. Writing takes discipline a lot of days. :)

    1. Thanks! I totally agree. I lost the muse when I wrote the last act of FRACTURED RADIANCE, and it’s pretty rough. I think writing (and art) is a combination of muse, motivation, and enjoyment. And I definitely agree that the more I write, the better I feel. It’s probably all the time off I’ve had since finishing FRACTURED RADIANCE. Just more reason to get on my edits, right? :)

  6. I like your door a lot better than mine. We have a horrible all glass one. I feel like I am being watched every time I am in the hall, despite the fact that our street is really quiet.. It will be the first thing to go, when we start renovating.

    1. I’ve always wanted a front door with a big glass pane, but I never thought of that creeping being-watched feeling! Thanks for convincing me to stay with doors with smaller windows. :)

  7. Your front door is adorable! Luscious is the perfect word for that teal color. :-) Best of luck as October drags on. I hope you can reclaim some of the magic of your WiP. I totally know the love/hate feeling you’re referring too, and it can be pretty demoralizing at times. I’m rooting for you, Kris!

    1. Thanks for rooting for me! I appreciate it! Everyone’s kind posts and some distance from my venting has helped my mood tremendously. And I’m feeling less doubtful of my story, though I think it needs a little tinkering.
      Have a great weekend!

    1. Yes, you MUST read UNRAVEL ME. I’m so glad I’ve stuck with the series, despite my initial disappointment in it. Warner alone is worth it.
      Have a great weekend!

  8. Well, I love the teal door. LOVE. It’s so pretty, especially with the grey … *swoon*

    So I thought about what you asked – about losing enthusiasm for a new WIP before you start. That’s tricky. Here’s an idea: What if you wrote out the first 5,000 words of the new WIP to see if it’s worth working on right now? By the end, maybe you’ll have a better idea of whether or not you should write this right now.

    And just because it’s not a story for right now doesn’t mean it’s not a good story … but if you’re anything like me, if the muse isn’t with you, then it’s not going to happen (and there will be much hair-tearing and head-banging if you try to force it).

    I read about an author (I can’t remember which one…) who does this with every story idea. She writes a short synopsis, then the first 5,000 words, then hands the first 5K to her agent to decide if it’s worth writing (and to figure out when she should work on it). Anyhow, I hope that helps!

    Best of luck figuring it out, Kris. :)

    1. Ohhhh, I love that idea. I think it’s really great. Sometimes we need to actually dive into the story to see if it clicks. So thanks!
      And thanks about my door! It makes me so happy. At first, I was worried it wouldn’t look great with the gray, but now I have no idea why. Because, I agree, it looks awesome. Makes me smile every time I pull up to my house.

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