WUW: 100 Words is Saving My Life Edition

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So, I took last week off because I was bad blogger and I was behind on my commenting. Y’all saw comments from me because I visited your blogs, but yeah, no blogging. It’s a new enforcement technique to help me be a good community citizen. I do like reading y’all’s blogs, but sometimes I look at the sheer number and feel very overwhelmed. There are too many good writers to befriend out there! :)

And speaking of writer friends, I read my CP Kate Scott‘s book Counting to D this weekend! I loved it! I received an arc from her publicist, and here’s what I wrote about it on Goodreads:

Click the picture to pre-order it from Amazon!

“We’re different people, and that’s okay. Different doesn’t have to mean worse. But it also doesn’t have to mean better. Different only means different.”
That is, I think, the crux of this story. The characters all find different ways to feel superior to each other–whether it’s through brains, brawn, or beauty–when they’re all aching to be “normal” and accepted. But, as dyslexic Sam discovers, there’s really no such thing as normal–and that’s a blessing.
You won’t find lyrical writing or lush imagery, but that’s not Kate Scott’s style. You will find snappy dialogue and three-dimensional characters that are interesting and familiar. Not because you’ve read about them in a dozen books, but because you could’ve gone to high school with any of them. I love how the author showed that everyone can be nice and mean. Nerds can be jerks and popular kids can be sweet and sincere, and vice versa. Sam’s struggle is about dyslexia, but anyone who’s felt “weird” and “abnormal” will recognize themselves in her story–and that’s everyone because we all have something that we feel sets us apart, and not in the good way. This is a story with heart and soul, and I found myself thinking about the characters and missing them only a half hour after closing the back cover.

Next Wednesday Kate will be guest posting on here, and then the Tuesday after that (the 11th), her book will go on sale. Yay!


My first order of revisions-business was to add a whole sequence. I finished that last week and it turned out to be so awesome. Things happened and characters stepped into roles that I didn’t anticipate. Don’t you just love when that happens in your writing? The next order of business was to do a chapter-by-chapter outline of my book, taking note of certain types of events, and just really getting a good feel for how everything flows. I finished that yesterday, then had a nice chat with my SIL about the pacing, flow, and character arc. Today, I will start my chapter-by-chapter revisions. This is where the real work begins! Time to smooth it all out, plump what needs plumping, and help my characters really come to life.  Last night I had a little panic–some of that silly fear of how much work this is going to be. Then I thought of this quote:

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” -Earl Nightingale

That’s my new go-to for shooting down that silly writerly-fear I’m prone to.


Well, the quote above, obviously. Also, the alumni from my MFA have a private group on Facebook where we chat about whatever we like. Someone read a book (or a story/article? something like that) about an author who vowed to write 100 words every day, and ended up writing much, much more than that. My friend started another FB group for those of us who were interested in participating in the 100 Words a Day Challenge. We all post on there every day that we get at least 100 words down. This has changed my whole life. Okay, maybe not, but it has helped me tremendously. So, I’ve devoted nap times to writing, yes? Well, there have still been days when I don’t feel like writing, for whatever reason. On those days, I said to myself, “Just get 100 words. That’s it.” So I start writing with just that goal in mind, and every. single. time. I’ve ended up getting at least several hundred words written, sometimes even over a thousand. It really is a mental block and nothing more, but 100 words is so easily attained, that even on days with the worst mental block, I can talk myself into getting my butt in the chair.

Give it a try. You won’t regret it.


Not a whole lot. Life’s pretty quiet–which is nice. Things were too crazy last fall and during the holidays. Time for a break!

Oh! I did finally get a synopsis up for my MFA thesis and literary YA contemporary novel, RED SKY:

Two years after being raped, 17-year-old Audrey Winters feels like her life is finally stabilizing. Then her best friend Graham declares his supposed love, her mother announces her engagement, and her new lifeguarding job becomes almost too much to handle. Somehow she finds the courage to keep it all together, but when she runs into her attacker at work—as a fellow employee—Audrey must decide just how brave she is.

*Edit: Oh, I forgot that I now have to wear glasses all the time! (But I’m not a good candidate for contacts.) I’ve been glasses wearer for years, starting in 4th grade, and when I got to like 8th grade I refused to wear them except for studying, etc. Then in college I got a new prescription and was admonished to wear them only when reading, on the computer, driving, etc. Well, I went in a few weeks ago for the first time in five years and I’ve been upgraded to a certified Four-Eyed Geek. I don’t mind though. I really like my frames, and I’ve kinda always wanted to be someone who wore their glasses all the time anyway. :)

Here’s my new look!


How’s your week going? I hope fabulously.

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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.

27 thoughts on “WUW: 100 Words is Saving My Life Edition

  1. Yay me! Kris, you know that I love you. And I love that you loved my book. It’s like a little WUW love fest. Have a great week!

  2. The glasses look fantastic, Kris! They’re a perfect fit for your face. Love ’em!

    My one CP and I had a goal of writing 300 words per day and we stuck to it for a good chunk of time before getting derailed by life. That was so, so helpful! And you’re right, often you end up writing so much more than that. I think it’s good to have a daily word goal and 100 is completely reasonable. It sounds as though you’ve had a great writing week. Those are the best. :-)

    1. Thanks, Jaime! I’m really digging them!
      I used to be one of those people who swore writing every day couldn’t work in my life. Then I set the bar really low, and lo’ and behold, I can actually do it! It might sound sad, but it’s also empowering. :)

  3. I love it when a book takes on a direction you never foresaw going in. I’ve had so many unexpected characters, storylines, and developments in my WIP which were never a part of my original notes and plans from 2001, just as my second Russian novel also went in a number of different directions than the 2001 notes.

    I went to contacts at age 17, as soon as I was allowed to, and only wore glasses in public if I could help it from then on. Recently, I’ve been more comfortable wearing them in public, in spite of years of messages from society and the media about how no one likes a girl or woman in glasses.

  4. You’re so pretty!!!!!!

    I’ve always worn glasses. I’m way too lazy to bother with contacts. I actually don’t know what I look like without them ^^;

    Ah, it’s always fun when your story and characters decide what will happen for themselves. That’s why I live for pantsing ;)

    1. Aw, thanks Cole!! You’re so sweet! I was actually relieved when the doc said I’m not a good candidate for contacts–that way I couldn’t let anyone talk me out of wearing glasses. And the thought of wearing contacts, and all that fuss and worry. No thanks!

  5. Love the new glasses! So cute! :) And hurrah for all the awesome progress on your revisions – the thinking/organizing/outlining part can be the hardest (I think). So YAY. That quote is awesome, by the way. Pretty much the perfect thing for me to hear right now – so yes, I <3 it for 100% selfish reasons. :) This 100 words a day thing has me intrigued. I'm trying to figure out who I can rope into holding me accountable. ;) Have a great week!

    1. Me me me! I’ll hold you accountable!!
      Oh! I’m going to make one of your recipes for a thing tomorrow night. I think. If I can get all the ingredients early enough. I’m excited! I’ll let you know how they turn out.

  6. I started wearing glasses when I was 17. At that time, I was told I didn’t have to wear them all the time, but it wouldn’t hurt if I did since my eyes would deteriorate anyway. I decided to wear them all the time so I wouldn’t forget them–and I still do. :) I have it on good authority, your IQ jumps several points if you wear glasses. You get extra points if you have an English accent. I’m not convinced of this latter point, however–taking personal experience into account. :)

    Janet Reid writing challenges are 100 words long, and those are much more challenging that simply contributing 100 words to your WIP. With the writing contests you have specific words to use, and the end result must be a self-contained story. If I can do those, 100 words a day ought to be a piece of cake. Thanks for the challenge, Kris!

    Have a wonderful week. :D

    1. Your IQ definitely jumps several points if you have an English accent … if you’re in America. But in England, well, you sound like everyone else and you lose those extra points. But luckily for you, you live here! That’s why you moved here, isn’t it?? ;)

  7. oh i love that quote above. And i love your new glasses. I started wearing glasses at thirteen. i was told not to wear them all the time. That my eyes would get better. But by the time I had finished high school I had to wear them all the time. I went through a faze of wearing contacts all the time. But now days I wear my glasses 90% of the time and contacts the other 10%.

    Yay on your revision process.

    Have a good week.

  8. Love your glasses! I wear contacts most of the time, but I really like my glasses. They’re so much easier on my eyes :)

    I can’t wait to read COUNTING TO D. It sounds like such an amazing book.

  9. Those first hundred words are the toughest to get through. When I sit down to write, I try to give myself permission to let my first few sentences totally suck. More often than not, I get on a roll after that. Sounds like you’ve been getting some great revision work done! Hope you have another productive week! And the glasses look awesome btw! Very classy and intellectual! :)

    1. I agree that those first 100 words can be tough. A lot of times, after I’ve finally gotten my butt in my chair and started writing, I’ll wonder if I’ve gotten them yet. I look at my word count, and every time I’ve got at least 200 words. Then I think, “That wasn’t so bad!” and find it easy to continue. It’s such a mental game!

  10. Super cute glasses! Also, I love the top you’re wearing. RED SKY sounds amazing. It’s totally the sort of YA contemporary I’d pick up in a book store. Best of luck with it! And thanks for sharing your thoughts on COUNTING TO D — I’ve had my eye on that book since I started following Kate’s blog. Can’t wait to read it! Hope you have a fantastic week, Kris!

    1. You won’t be disappointed by Counting to D! And I’m hosting a giveaway this week for it–details to come on Wednesday!
      Thanks for the feedback on my synopsis! It feels good to have that nailed down.

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