What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday, started by Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk, is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. 

WHAT I’M READING

On an actual book with pages:

WHY WE BROKE UP by Daniel Handler

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My initial reaction to this book was, “Yeah, I don’t know.” But then I kept reading and I got through half of it before a bathroom break. It’s good, but literary in a way that I’m not used to. Once you catch on though, it’s tough to let go.

On audio (Audible is one of my guiltiest pleasures!):

MAYBE SOMEDAY by the great Colleen Hoover

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Ms. Colleen is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! I love her characters and her heart-wrenching stories!

WHAT I’M WRITING + A GOAL

I’m between projects at the moment. You can see more on my What I’m Working on Now tab, but I’m letting my Nano project, BONNIE AND CLAIRE, rest a while so I can draft OPEN, a story I’m super stoked about.

Emeline, a girl who just went through a rough cheating-filled breakup (his end), writes off all relationships until her friends propose trying something new. Instead of dealing with all the jealousy and worrying if her man is sneaking around, Em should just allow it. She should try an open relationship, where both Em and her new beau date whoever they want. Emeline tries it, but finds her jealousy monster rearing it’s ugly head again, no matter how open her new guy is with her.

The goal. Um. Well, I don’t really know a goal. I try not to set a daily word count unless I’m doing Nano, so I’m not sure. Maybe get the first three chapters of OPEN done before next Wednesday? Good enough.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME

A lack of structure. Sometimes I outline, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I write the first chapter and then outline. Sometimes I write the entire thing and then write an outline to help me organize how my edits are going to go. I try not to put so much pressure on myself. I used to love editing more than drafting, but now I’ve flipped my opinion. I’ve never been accused of being consistent in anything that I do, so I just let things go with the flow.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

I’m growing more and more comfortable with the genre that I’ve been writing in since the beginning of the year. When I first started writing, I did YA. Then I tried MG (which totally wasn’t me) and even chapter books. I don’t know if I’ll ever will be good at writing in these other genres, but NA seems to fit me nicely. I think I’ll keep it for a while.

What’s up with YOUR Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday–Ten New-To-Me Authors of 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This is the first time I’m doing this blog hop, and I’m so stoked!!!

This week’s post is: Ten New-To-Me Authors of 2014

Let’s see if I can do this, ya’ll.

1. Laura Buzo–a great author who wrote LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS, or GOOD OIL, if you’re reading the Aussie version. Cute story about first love.

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2. Colleen Hoover–OMG, one of my new faves. She wrote HOPELESS, among many others I can’t wait to get my eyes on. It will make you cry fat nasty tears.

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3. Amy Zhang–She wrote a great story that reminded me a lot of IF I STAY called FALLING INTO PLACE.

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4. Tess Sharpe–death, mystery, friends, and LGBT! FAR FROM YOU

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5. Cristina Moracho–she wrote a cute book about unrequited love with a boy dealing with one of the most unique issues I’ve heard of. ALTHEA & OLIVER

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6. Nina LaCour–I read her THE DISENCHANTMENTS and I would probably read something else by her, too!

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7. E. Lockhart–I truly have not read anything by her before I read WE WERE LIARS. How crazy is that? I will definitely have to remedy that.

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8. Jojo Moyes–oh, dear how I love her stuff!!! ME BEFORE YOU was one of the best books I’ve ever read in my life. So there’s that.

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9. Nova Ren Suma–IMAGINARY GIRLS was literary, magical realistic, and gorgeous.

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10. Paul Rudnick–His book GORGEOUS was well, gorgeous. And quirky. Loved it.

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I did come up with ten! I didn’t think I had that many new-to-me authors on my READ shelf, but I could have added a few more!

RUNNING WITH THE CLASSICS, PART 2

Last summer, I set a goal to complete five classic novels by the end of August in my Running with the Classics post.

I’m slowly slogging my way through the classics, some I’m enjoying and some I’m giving up on completely (bad, bad English teacher). But it’s summer again so I thought I’d pick some new ones to throw into my already chaotic TBR list. Five is the same goal. Here’s my tentative list (Help me choose between them!):

 

JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte DONE! Just gorgeous.

One of my favorite stories. I love the movie with a young Anna Paquin.

 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare DONE! It was…confusing and kind of ridiculous and not even close to my favorite Shakespeare story.

Okay, so some of you might think it’s too short to count, but it’s SHAKESPEARE. Meaning, it’s difficult to understand. And also I will be reading the side-by-side modern English version which includes the entire play with the plain English version of it on the other side. So really I’m reading it twice.

 

MANSFIELD PARK by Jane Austen

One of my favorite authors, not to sound totally cliché. But there’s a reason she’s so popular. My favorite character ever might just be Mrs. Bennett. She’s such a nutty mother.

 

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK DONE! Seriously? I am totally ashamed as a former English teacher that I haven’t read this one until my thirties. *slaps own hand*

 

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING by J. R. R. Tolkien

This is the first one, right? This one actually makes me nervous but I think it’s important for me to read for reasons of which I’m not even sure. I’m a fantasy lover, but not a total quest-type fantasy fan. I like my fantasy light and fluffy usually and I won’t be surprised if I give up on this one because I’ve zoned out too many times. Not that it’s not quality writing, but my brain just doesn’t function well under duress.

 

CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

I read this one before, a long time ago. I only kind of remember it.

 

THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton DONE! I really, really wasn’t impressed with this one. I know it was important for the times, but I found myself scanning through most of it. Sad face.

 

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll

 

THE LITTLE PRINCE by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

PETER PAN by J. M. Barrie

 

FRANNY AND ZOOEY by J. D. Salinger

 

THE GIVER by Lois Lowry DONE! I expected this one to blow me out of my mind, but not quite. It was good.

 

This list might change as I think of other books, but for now this is it! I think I’ll start with Jane Eyre. Maybe on audio. Emma Messenger (who does a fabulous job with Pride and Prejudice) reads it on Audible, so it’s pretty much already bought.

So yeah. I screwed up this recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho and accidentally skipped the last step which was to puree the ingredients in a blender. So what I really served my family was more of a watermelon salsa. Which was tasty besides my fail of direction following. I actually think keeping it chunky was a better idea instead of having this weird slushy running all over the rest of our meal.

Anyway, without further nonsense, I give you:

Watermelon NotGazpacho Salsa

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Ingredients:

1 mini seedless watermelon, cubed

3 cucumbers, cubed

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 minced shallot

3 limes, juiced and zested

1/2 bunch mint, finely chopped

Directions:

Do not blend, because that would be the RIGHT directions and we’re going with the WRONG ones.

Mix everything together and chill for 1 hour before serving.

Eat. (With fork or something else. Top on chicken. Or in a taco. Or even maybe some plain yogurt. Be creative.)

Throwback Thursday: WTH???

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It’s been a very full day and I nearly forgot to do my Throwback Thursday. And I know that would be the worst thing that could happen to you today because how can you survive the day without this picture?

Honestly, you needed this picture in your life.

I’m not even sure who this is. I mean, it’s either me or my sister. At first I thought it was me but then I think I see an immense amount of freckles everywhere so I’m thinking it’s probably my sister.  Her feet look bigger than mine.

Hell, I don’t know.