Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What's Up Wednesday- the "Oh Lordy, Jury Duty" Edition

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what's up. It's hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk, and if you want to join in, sign up on Jaime's blog!

What I'm Reading: 
I'm finishing up "With All My Soul," the last Soul Screamers book that I kind-of, sort-of started about a month ago, but then put it aside for a bit as I went on a contemporary binge. The book is awesome-- I just think I was overloaded just a tiny bit with heavier reads and I needed to move to something lighter at the time!

Now that I'm ready for the tears I'm sure Rachel Vincent has planned for me, I'm all in. She is an author who is not afraid to take her characters and story where it needs to go--and loved characters are sacrificed or changed along the way. I recommend the series for anyone who a) loves fictional dead boys, b) wants to learn how to torture their characters c) loves a great paranormal story about bean-sidhes, reapers, and hellions. With kissing. And hot fictional boys (dead and alive.) d) TOD (whatever, that's a reason)

What I'm Writing: 
16K into the WIP. I've already skipped ahead to play with select future scenes and figure out the interactions between my MC and her love interest. I keep a little "slush" file where these scenes sit to either never see the light of day or to get popped in later (that's where deleted scenes go, too.)

Em is fun... and definitely not Phoebe. Feebs would probably spend half this story blushing, which is why it's so much fun to write after Bookishly. I think I'm going to crave a slightly more serious MC after finishing this WIP!

What Inspires Me Right Now: 

News. Passion--whether during the protests in Brazil or the filibuster in Texas or the discussion around the Supreme Court rulings. Whatever you believe or support, if you're passionate about something, get involved and raise your voice.

What Else I've Been Up To: 

Jury duty last Thursday, where I spent my day in the hall of Justice in Camden, waiting for my number to be called. The adventure, though, was picking up lunch from a restaurant with bars and bulletproof glass, watching people in line for plates of donated food, and being asked if I was going to the meth clinic while walking to the train station.

I am so freaking lucky and spoiled. I'm lucky that I grew up in a nice house in the suburbs, went through a fantastic public school system, and was able to go to university. I'm lucky that I can spend my money on Chinese food and cute shoes and figure skating lessons. I'm lucky that I never felt the need to drink or do drugs.

I'm lucky that I can complain when I don't have enough time to write or blog--because, on the flip side, at least I have that luxury available.
I've been busy being thankful after that day. Next up: asking myself how I can make a difference and put that passion where it's needed the most.

That was my week. What have you been up to lately?


  1. Is it weird that I totally want to get called for jury duty? I love the last two paragraphs of your post today... Thank you for the reminder. :-)

    Best of luck with your writing goals in the coming week!

    1. Ha! My county is like clockwork-- my family and I all get called at 3 years on the dot. It's good to serve, but there's -got- to be a better way to select juries than locking people in what is basically a cold basement for a day (or three in some counties here!) and randomly calling numbers to go up to the courtrooms. I got a lot of reading done, at least!

      Thanks and the same to you this week!

  2. Sometimes we all need to sit back and appreciate how lucky we are. Thank you for reminding me :)

    I have a file of deleted scenes too! Sometimes it's fun to look over them as a character development exercise.

    Have a great week!

    1. :)
      I love slushing. It's fun to go through my file and see where things fit or which bits and pieces I might want to use. That's probably one of my favorite files for each WIP.

  3. I do have to remind myself from time to time how lucky I am. And thank you for that last little bit - very inspiring to me! Good luck with your writing this week! 16K - go YOU!

    1. Thank you. I definitely needed that reminder, too, even if it meant being in one of the most dangerous cities in the US to inspire it!

  4. What a great reminder. It's way too easy to get complain-y and wish for way more than we have, but there are others who would kill to have what we do. So are you going to be sitting on a jury? Was this for jury selection?

    I like to skip ahead and write 'fun' scenes too, usually that involve kissing. I'm still trying to find a spot for one in particular right now. :)

    1. I won't be sitting on a jury since I wasn't called. Considering there were two criminal cases, and one pulled from a huge pool of jurors (never a good sign!,) I'm a little relieved, TBH. I shouldn't be, but I am!

      *giggle* I'm starting to warm up a little to kissing scenes. One might eventually make it into my slush file.