Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What's Up Wednesday, The 'Hot Shirtless Pirate' 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!
First... I owe y'all comments! Things have been crazy and I haven't been able to hop over to everyone's blogs like I wanted to. I have a long weekend ahead of me and I plan on diving in!
What I'm Reading: 
I just finished Faking It by Cora Carmack, which I devoured in one night (just like her first book, Losing It.) Her books are just so wonderfully funny and hot and light and lovely, and this one was no exception. Plus, Max's retro-punky-burlesqueish sense of style is right up my alley and Cade is incredibly swoonworthy (confession: I like him better than Garrick from Losing It. To heck with British accents, I want sweet Texans like Cade!)

While I'm waiting for Camp Boyfriend to come in the mail (helllloooo summer contemporary goodness! I'm craving summer contemporaries so badly!) I may start Amanda Sun's Ink because I've heard so many good things about it. And, of course, I have some beta reading to do this weekend, as well!

What I'm Writing: 
20K into the WIP and I've joined:

Camp NaNoWriMo!!! Because it's CAMP and I love camp (do you see a theme here???) Seriously, all you have to do is mention tents and bonfires and s'mores and I'll be there. Even if it's all in my mind and in reality, I signed up to do this crazy 50K words in one month thing. Because, well, camp.

On the plus side, my YA WIPs always finish around 70-75K (it's creepy. I could delete or add entire scenes and they still land at 70K,) so since I'm already at 20K on Dramatically, I'll be done at the end of July.

Which means I can then play with the summer idea that's been flitting around my brain these past few weeks as the magic of summer twilights seeps into my body.

What Inspires Me Right Now: 

Summer. My favorite season is Autumn, but I love these twilight walks and first-fireflies-of-the-season sightings. I love going skating when it's 90F outside. I love wearing dresses without sweaters and tights. I love all the flowers and fresh fruit.

My brain is ready to explode with all the wonderful summer things. Characters wander through gardens and backyard bonfires, and watch fireflies with me. I want to capture all that in words.


What Else I've Been Up To: 

The humidity is so bad that my hair ends up in a bun by ten every morning. Since I don't have a big hand mirror at work to check my handiwork, I've been checking every day with the camera on my cell phone (c'mon, you probably do the same thing:)

I forgot to mention last week that I went to the local Medieval Fantasy Faire. In costume, of course:

Bought bodice and skirt, homemade chemise
This wasn't as big as the Pennsylvania or NY renaissance faires, but it was a nice start to the season. Plus, the entertainment was fun.

Oh, yeah, did I mention? Hot shirtless Pirate acrobats? No? Hmmm....

Mid-backflip. Sorry for my phone picture quality!
*sigh* and *droooool*

On a quick note, happy Canada Day to my Canadian friends, happy US Independence Day to my US friends, and happy random day to everyone else!!!

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


  1. Okay, you've sold me on LOSING IT and FAKING IT. I've heard of both and I kind of dig the covers, but I wasn't sure if the stories were any good. Sounds like I need to pick them both up!

    You're doing fantastically on your WiP progress. I just crossed the 20K mark too... Feels good, like a REAL story! Best of luck meeting your writing goals in the coming week!

  2. Cora Coramack's books have been on the TBR for a while and I really need to just bite the budget and buy them. I love fast-paced and steamy!

    I love everything about camp too! We're trying to convince my son to go next week - he wants nothing to do with it. :( But you have fun and good luck with Camp Nano! I'm rooting you on!

  3. I was thinking about reading INK soon because I picked up a copy of it the other day. I've heard good things about it too.

    I'm a big fan of camp stuff too. For the entirety of my teen years I worked at a summer camp, most summers for two months straight. Before that, I'd been going to camp since I was six years old. So much fun! Some of my best memories are camp-related. Good luck with Camp NaNo, and have tons of fun!

    Thanks for the Canada Day wishes. Have a Happy July 4th! :D

  4. I LOVED both Losing It/Faking It! And I'm with you. I didn't think it was possible for me to love Cade more than Garrick but once I read Faking It, I fell in love. Cade is so sweet/hot and Garrick might have the accent thing going for him but nothing beats a gentleman.

    Good luck with Camp NaNoWriMo and your goals for this week. Also, hot shirtless pirate?! *drools*

  5. I am not a huge fan of summer - or I should say, the heat and humidity of summer. I love thunderstorms and lakes and beautiful sunny days and much of what I write takes place in the summer. So I totally get what you're saying about writing all the summer things! And I'll be looking into this CAMP BOYFRIEND thing you mentioned. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!