WUW: Almost there!

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winter wuwWHAT I’M READING

I know I said I was going to read Throne of Glass next, but a friend let me borrow her copy of Tahereh Mafi’s Ignite Me and I couldn’t resist! (I requested a hold at the library, and I didn’t get too far down the list, but I’d rather not wait if I don’t have to.) I started it last night, but didn’t get very far. All I have to say is Warnerrrrr. :) I’ll let you know what I think when I finish! I’m very excited to read it. Anyone else read it yet? What did you think of it?


I’ve hit 65k and have 3 chapters left! So it will happen this weekend! Ahhhh! Also, when I hit the 10-chapters-left mark, I momentarily froze up. It seems I have some strange fear when it comes to endings. They are so hard! The end is what tripped me up on SPARKS (the first incarnation of FRACTURED RADIANCE). And I’m close to the end on my YA contemporary WIP, RED SKY, and every time I think about finishing it I get all panicky. It’s good to know this about myself! What part of the book do you get lead feet over?


I met with my fab-u-lous writing group on Saturday, and they had very encouraging things to say about my submission (two big reveal chapters of FR). That made me feel so good! Especially since this came right after I arrived at the above-mentioned last 10 chapters and was feeling all inadequate and intimidated. Their kind words were just what I needed to help me push through. And they had some great critical feedback as well, which is always helpful and welcome. Despite the fact that I have 3 chapters left, the writing is going more slowly this week and it’s taking longer to get a chapter revised. It’s just some kind of crazy head game I have with myself, I suppose. But I’m forging on!


A whole lot of not much else. :) My house fell apart last week thanks to being sick + focusing on my revisions, so when I’m not writing or spending time with my two guys, I’ve been reclaiming my home from the chaos.

Hope your week is going fantastic!

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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.

13 thoughts on “WUW: Almost there!

  1. My thoughts on INGINITE ME: Waaarrnnneerr. WAAAARRRNNEEEERR. Warrrnnneerrr.

    Good luck writing the ending, you can do it. :) And good luck tidying the house!

  2. Good luck finishing FR! Because, you know I want to read it when you’re done. I’ve wanted to read it for two years now, but we won’t get into that. :)

    Have a great week!

  3. IGNITE ME is waiting patiently on the shelf. I’m looking forward to it, and if it weren’t for THE STAND, I might have read it already. Not complaining–it was good to read THE STAND, but now there’s a line. :)

    I don’t know about lead feet, but I never feel satisfied with my opening and closing scenes. If I can figure out where to start, and make a half-decent stab at a beginning, I’m usually okay for the next 70K words. Things start to get shaky again when it comes to ending. It’s like the end of a conversation, when everything’s been said and you just look at each other, waiting for someone to say “goodbye” in a way that sums up the great talk you’ve just had, and expresses a deep desire to see each other again–but neither of you can think how to say it, so you just stare awkwardly into space.

    Have a great writing week, Kris, and all the best for finishing up those last three chapters! :D

  4. I usually get stuck somewhere around the middle to the 3/4 mark. And that point is usually where my pacing drags so I definitely need to find a rememdy to that!
    Good luck on your last three chapters!

  5. You’re killing me! I want to read Ignite Me sooooo bad! But, unfortunately I’m waiting on my library waiting list, too. I’m so excited for you being so close to the end of your revisions! Go, go, go!

  6. Only 3 chapters??! You’re on fire! Keep going! I have to say I never got into Shatter Me, but have been thinking of revisiting, maybe the first time I just wasn’t prepared for the writing style? It’s very different. Glad the meeting with your writing group went so well, encouragement from other writers can make a world of difference.

    1. So, I didn’t love Shatter Me, but I did love Mafi’s writing style. I decided to give the series one more try, and read the novella Destroy Me, and after that I was hooked. I’ve heard that from a few different people.

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