WUW: Chugging Along

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I’m still working on The Book Thief, and it is still wonderful, but my weekend was unexpectedly busy (aren’t they all like that?) and I didn’t get a lot of writing time in. ALSO, I got this gem in the mail the other day:

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That’s the ARC for my CP Kate Scott’s new book, Counting to D! I’m so excited to read it I think I’ll put Zusak on hold so I can devour this gem. I’ve critiqued two other books for Kate and I have high expectations for this book. Here’s the Goodreads summary:

“The kids at Sam’s school never knew if they should make fun of her for being too smart or too dumb. That’s what it means to be dyslexic, smart, and illiterate. Sam is sick of it. So when her mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy problem. Without her paradox of a reputation, she falls in with a new group of highly competitive friends who call themselves the Brain Trust. When she meets Nate, her charming valedictorian lab partner, she declares her new reality perfect. But in order to keep it that way, she has to keep her learning disability a secret. The books are stacked against her and so are the lies. Sam’s got to get the grades, get the guy, and get it straight—without being able to read.”

Sounds awesome, right? I’ll read it this week and report back next Wednesday.


I just want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who read my incredibly long post last week and then offered encouraging and/or commiserating comments. I appreciate y’all’s support so much! My revisions are coming along steadily, if not always smoothly. I’m so rusty! But I’ve been adding about a scene a day–I have a whole sequence to add. Then I’ll start going chapter by chapter. Some big things that need fixing: the MC’s character arc (it’s all over the place–evidence that I took 2 years to write this first draft), add more side characters, and flesh out the end (which I’ve already mentioned). Dudes, I ended a scene with the line, “Because obviously.” ^_^

And I got my marked up manuscript back from my SIL this week. I’d given her my own semi-marked up version, so she got to read my notations as she made her own. I was skimming through to see her comments, and when I saw this I could not stop laughing:

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The purple is my note, and the penciled “Yes” is hers. Is this hilarious to anyone else? It was really late, so maybe it’s just me.


Not a whole lot. Trying to figure out what my new exercise solution will be when my gym contract expires next month. I love working out at the gym, but it’s so difficult to get there these with a small one–and it’s only going to get harder–so I think I’m going to get some free weights, bands, and DVDs and just work out at home. Also, I think I’m going to go no ‘poo on my hair, but either the honey water or aloe vera gel/coconut milk route. Anyone done this?

You know, just TONS of super exciting stuff. :D


These two songs came on Pandora while I was working out last night and they spoke to my soul:

The Mumford and Sons one isn’t like my life at all, but the emotions in his voice, the lyrics, and the music really touched me. It’s going on the playlist for my next planned WIP.

How’s your week going, you fabulous people you?

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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.

24 thoughts on “WUW: Chugging Along

  1. I’m touched that your expectation are high for C2D after reading the other craptastic manuscripts I’ve sent you. EoE is now way better than the incoherent mess I sent you before, and it still needs a lot of work. I hope you enjoy C2D!

    And yay for Mumford & Sons, they’re one of my favorite bands. Have a great week!

  2. It sounds like you have a great plan of attack for your revision. I think that’s half the battle, honestly. (Which is probably why I keep stalling out on my revision–I only have a half-baked plan.) That comment from your SIL was definitely funny. No elaboration, just one word. At least it’s nice to get confirmation on something like that, right? I hope you have a great week and enjoy your ARC!

  3. My week has been great so far. Haven’t cut myself with anything dull and I ate at Zaxby’s for lunch today. Great stuff! Seriously, when I was putting in the new kitchen floor, I often flipped on the table saw after nine pm….but I did close the garage door, so I am a good neighbor after all. I think. Really enjoyed these last two posts. Your ability to express succintly has grown. The emotions are very clear, not running a count on the words. I like that. And, yes, I laughed at SIL’s concurring comment!

  4. Good luck with the rest of your revisions. Two years to write a first draft doesn’t seem that long, considering I wrote the first draft of my first Russian historical over 8.5 years and four different computers. I’ve been editing, revising, and rewriting it since 2011, ten years after I finished the first draft. Hopefully it’ll finally be as perfect as possible this year.

    1. Your drafts, I’ve noticed, are a bajillion times longer than mine. No seriously, the one you’re working on now is over ten times longer than mine. I’m a huge under-writer.
      Good luck!

    1. I think devising the plan is half the work. … Okay, maybe not half the work, but it helps tremendously. Otherwise I stare at the screen, saying, “Durrrr.”
      Thanks for visiting!

  5. Counting to D sounds like a wild premise, I hope you enjoy it! The note on cutting the scene seems a little funny, but definitely helpful. Always good to have support about major choices like that. Nice to meet you!

    1. Nice to meet you, too! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love comments!
      (I mean, really, what blogger doesn’t? That kinda defeats the point, right?)

  6. Just keep plugging away at those revisions, Kris. Even if it’s just a chapter a day. You’ll get to the end eventually. :)

    Let me just tell you, I *hate* exercise, and the fact that I do at least 4 times a week takes all the will power I have. If I had to rely upon going to a gym, I wouldn’t do it. That’s why I have an elliptical here at home. It’s one less excuse for me. Now you seem to enjoy this exercise thing, so maybe moving your work-out to the house will benefit you more than just being able to watch the little one. You’ll have more time to exercise because you won’t have to travel, and you’ll have the motivation of having the equipment right there–essentially, you can exercise anytime.

    That’s my little attempt at cheering you on this week. All the best to you! :D

    1. Yeah, I’m one of those crazy ones who love to exercise. It’s one of the times when my brain takes a break. I still think when I work out, but I retain none of it and so my mind still takes a breather. I remember this one week where I had a lot going on and wasn’t able to work out, and I cried to the Mister on Friday night because my brain was so tired. But even with that, it’s been hard to get to the gym. So I think working out at home will be the solution for me.

  7. Keep up the good work with the revisions.

    I’ve never tried going without shampoo, but I have switched to “Aussie” brand shampoo which promises to leave no build-up. It’s a good shampoo, though I’m conscious that it’s owned by the demons Procter & Gamble and there’s been some controversy about their ingredients according to WIki. My usual Tresemme shampoo has those same big-shampoo-brand flaws, though.

    1. I’ve actually decided not to go no poo and instead train my hair to only need to be washed once a week. I have dry skin and hair, so washing it even every other day (and especially here in the dry mountain west) is overkill and has been taking a toll. Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll look into those brands. I know my mom uses Aussie and loves it.

  8. Nice! I love Mumford and Sons. They’ve been going through my head a lot in the last few days.

    The note from your sister-in-law is definitely funny. It’s always nice when CPs and betas confirm what you were already thinking. I’m a little late commenting this week, but I’ll wish you luck in this week’s writing projects anyway. :)

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