WUW: Goodbye October, Hello NaNoRevMo!

What’s Up Wednesday is a fun blog hop and you should join us! Jooooooiiiiiin uuuuuussssss. 


I’m currently making my way through Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. I’m not sure what I think about it so far, but I’m only 82 pages in. I mean, it’s really, really well written and intriguing, but I don’t know what my emotional reaction is just yet. Which actually, I think, is the author’s intent. Intellectually, I’m extremely intrigued, but emotionally I’m all over the board but that’s kinda how this book is so far. What I can say is that I like it so far, but on a mental level. I don’t know if I’m making any sense, but … yeah. :D


I start revisions on Friday and I’m so excited! I think taking the last 6 weeks off from writing has actually been good for me. I’ve gotten a lot done around the house, and in true absence-makes-the-heart-grow-fonder fashion, I’ve really been missing writing and my story/characters the last two weeks, so I’m raring to go. And I declare November NaNoRevMo, where Rev stands for Revising. I’m going to revise all of FRACTURED RADIANCE in November and pass it off to betas in December. I have to add a significant number of words (remember how the first draft is only 47k? yeah, that … ) and just do lots of general house keeping things. But it feels soooo good to be working on the second draft. Or, at least, it will. ^_^


Mostly I’m in shock that October is almost over, but I’m not sad. I’m actually glad to see it go. Which sounds lame, I guess, but it’s been a long, not-my-favorite month. November will bring revising, trips to see family, and my birthday. So yay!

Last week I hosted this month’s book club meeting and we discussed Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Normally, I clean the house, make some goodies, and call it good, but I decided to get into the decorating a little more this time:

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Nothing super fancy (there were only 5 of us, after all), just a little Daughter inspired fun. (I already had the flowers and just kept them on the table because, duh, flowers. :) And Michael’s didn’t have gold feathers (Akiva’s burning wings), so I chose the blue and white ones because the blue matches the cover and they have gold dots all over.


The love interest/second main character of FRACTURED RADIANCE is Korean, so I’ve been watching the Kdrama Shut Up and Let’s Go for research. I love it. Great writing, good acting, and music! Love the music. And it’s really fun to learn about another culture, not just how it relates to Jin (my character), but also seeing the differences between American and Korean TV and storytelling techniques. I highly suggest checking it out!

And, while this may not be inspiring, per se, it’s very entertaining! 18 Weird That Things Authors Do

How’s your week so far?

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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.

9 thoughts on “WUW: Goodbye October, Hello NaNoRevMo!

  1. Love your book club decorations. I’m dying to join a book club, but I only want to be in one with people who prefer YA. Sort of hard to find in my non-Internet life. :-) Best of luck with your revisions. I plan to spend November the same way. I’ll be rooting you on!

    1. Ohhh, yes, let’s be NaNoRevMo buddies!
      My book club reads a wide mix every year, but there are always at least two YA books included AND we always do the Newbery’s in November. It’s really fun. I’m slowly converting everyone to YA! Mwahaha. >:D

  2. I would love to chat with you further about your Korean character; my Nano project has an MC who is Korean-American. I have a Korean-born friend at work who I’ve been asking questions to, though I’d love to hear from a writer’s standpoint how you handled certain things, especially related to family nicknames, terms of endearment etc.
    I’ve watched some of Boys over Flowers, I might have to get back to that K drama for inspiration!

    1. I haven’t heard very promising things about Boys Over Flowers, but another one that’s highly recommended in the YA genre is Monster. We should definitely have a chat! It would be equally helpful to me, I’m sure.

  3. Congrats on the first draft! Mine are super short as well, around 45k. But after a couple revisions, I can usually get them up to 70-80k. Good luck!

    That tablescape is so pretty! And Ii love that your LI is Korean. Yay diversity!

    If you have any specific questions about Korea, I can put you in touch with a friend whose Korean fantasy comes out next year :)

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only under-writer around here. I feel like everyone else in the blogosphere has no trouble hitting 80k and I’m like, “Herp derp words!” :)
      Thanks for visiting!

  4. You’re revising during NaNo too! It seems like a lot of people are using November to dig into revisions or rewrites. I am and I’m excited. :) Also, that looks like a book group I would have loved to be at!

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