WUW: Turning Gears Edition


Still working on Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I did absolutely no reading over the weekend because things were all crazy-fied. Aaaand book club is tomorrow (I’m hosting! and making the most delicious chocolate cake in the whole history of ever) so I need to get cracking! Having another lovely weather week, so I’ve spent Turbo’s last two afternoon naps sitting in my car, in the sun, reading. Heaven.


I’ve been doing recon work on my SNI with that grand idea I had last week. My brain-grape gears are turning. The world is really starting to come together and now I’m really wishing I could do NaNo because I’m ready to discover this story! Don’t you love when you get to that point of writing and it no longer feels like you’re creating it, rather you’re discovering it? I’ve been feeling that way with my world building and it’s awesome. Bye bye poo fest from two weeks ago!


Laini Taylor. I think that’s part of the reason I’m itching to write. Whenever I read her stuff I feel so inspired and it’s awesome. That’s a huge part of the reason why she’s my fave.


TURBO TURNED ONE ON SATURDAY!! I can’t even believe it. We threw a party on Saturday too, which initially was going to be a very small thing but then it grew because I like throwing parties and I haven’t thrown one in years. I even decorated and had a theme! (Bikes, of course.) My MIL drove out because she’s absolutely in love with her grandson (he’s her one and only so far) and I used the threat of party guests to finish some house projects. INCLUDING my mirror!! Here it is in all its bold pink glory:

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Ahhh, I love it! It’s so pink and big and mirrory. Mmmm …

Turbo’s party was a blast and he got SUPER messy with his mousse pie. So fun. And, again, so crazy. Where has the last year gone??

Also, please listen to The Naked and Famous’s new album In Rolling Waves because it’s awesome.

How was your week? I’m super behind on commenting* so I promise I’ll visit everyone tonight!


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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.

15 thoughts on “WUW: Turning Gears Edition

  1. I feel the same way about discovering a book and especially my characters. I feel like I get to know them as I write them.
    I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone but I hate to say that I was a bit disappointed with Days of Blood and Starlight. :(

    1. What?! Are you crazy?
      Okay, just kidding, but we’ll agree to disagree. :) I loved DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT, but I know a few other people who were disappointed.
      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Yeah, that’s what I love about my pseudo-pantsing technique. Discovering the story while you’re writing it is more fun than outlines, but I have to have some sort of rough road map to help me along the way!

    1. I’m seriously so shocked that the Mister is okay with this huge, bold, pink mirror right smack dab in the middle of our house. Yet he detests chandeliers. He’s always surprising me with what he has strong opinions about. Husbands, silly creatures.

  2. Happy Birthday to TURBO!!! And yay!!! I love that point of discovery – I am STILL discovering things about my darlings as I revise and I just love, love, love it! Have fun with that! Also, I’m not doing Nano either – too crazy in love with current story to start a new one. Maybe next year!

    1. I hear ya on being in love with your current WIP–I’m starting to miss FR something fierce. Which is splendid since it’s time to revise! I’m still uber excited for my SNI but it’ll have to wait its turn. ^_^

  3. What Inspires Me: Laini Taylor.

    Awesome answer. Laini Taylor is so amazing. Her voice, her writing style, her blog — it’s all fabulous :)

  4. I swear I was just reading that you were pregnant and now he’s turning ONE? o.O

    And HOORAY for SNIs (that you can actually pay attention to because you’re not already in the middle of something else)! I hope you have lots of fun playing around with it :)

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