Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

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. Should you wish to join us, you will find the link widget at the bottom of Jaime’s post. We really hope you will take part!

You'd think that not much can change over the course of a week, but it can. So I am back again with What's Up Wednesday to tell you how!

What I'm Reading:
I finished Communion by B. Patterson and absolutely loved it, as I'm sure you can tell by my review. Now I've moved on to The Actuator by James Wymore and Aiden James. This book is such a unique concept and a great amalgamation of different genres. Curiosity Quills is putting together an anthology of short stories that take place in the Actuator universe, and the wheels in my head are spinning away with possible story ideas. If you want more information on how you can submit a short story in the Actuator world for the anthology, check out the Borderlands Anthology page on Curiosity Quills' site. 

Next up I'll be reading The Curse of Malenfer Manor by Iain McChesney to review for his tour. I also had the pleasure of interviewing him, so I'm looking forward to reading his work all the more.

What I'm Writing:
I'm still working on Altar of Reality, but I am ten times more excited about it. I work best by bouncing ideas off of others, and my cousin is one of my go-to people for this. We went on a road trip and she had me read what I have of AoR to her, and then we did a little brainstorming and came up with some awesome ideas that I cannot wait to apply to the story. I thought it only had a few more chapters, but now I am thinking there's much more to the end of this book than I thought. I'm so excited about where this book is going and how it is transforming into a series that it might be a little hard to move back to Heirs of War. I will, of course. But I'll be torn.

Speaking of AoR, my husband has talked me into traditionally querying the book once it is done and polished. I fully intended on self-publishing it like HoW, because, well, I like self-publishing better than trying to go the traditional route. But he thinks it is an easier sell than HoW and it is worth a try, so I'm going to go for it. Unfortunately, it is nowhere near ready for any of the query contests coming up. But there's always next year!

What Inspires Me Right Now:
Talking about AoR inspires me. I've also been rewatching Season One of Arrow with my husband, so that's got me in the "Write some kick ass scenes with people kicking ass" mood. I ditched Revolution for the time being. My cover artist suggested I watch The Colony, and I think I'd rather give that a try than deal with Revolution. I've heard it gets better, but the only character I care about a few episodes in is the uncle, and I'm not sure that's enough of a pull for me to continue watching.

And, of course, I am looking for inspiration from Aiden James and James Wymore so I can write my short story submission for their anthology. =)

What Else I'm Up To:
I can't believe I failed to talk about how awesome my blog tour was last week. It's been ten days since the tour wrapped up, so I think enough time has passed from the stress of it all for me to really appreciate it. I only had a couple missed stops, which really isn't a big deal to me. I didn't contact the missed posters because it was already done and as a tour host, I know how life can get in the way and things can slip under the radar. I still appreciate that they signed up to begin with.

I have been doing so many giveaways that I actually lost track of some. I think I am all caught up now, and ready to give away some more e-copies of the book. I'm still trying to think of a way to do something new and fresh, so stay tuned!

In my non-writerly life, the hubby and I are planning a Halloween party and finally have our costumes. I don't want to say what we are going as just yet because I am so excited to post pictures of our clever idea. It's gonna be awesome! After that, we will be getting ready for the holidays (including my thirtieth birthday--what???) and a trip to Nashville to visit some family. And somewhere in between, I will have finished writing three books before school starts in January.

Until next week...


  1. Oh, Arrow is so good. I'm enjoying this new season too.

    I haven't thrown a Halloween Party in 5 years - it was so much fun, I should try doing it again ...

    1. I got my husband hooked because he watched the new season premiere with me. I had been telling him he would like it, but he blew it off since it was on the CW. :P

      This is our first one in about that long too. Now that we have our costumes, I am less stressed. =)

  2. Revolution isn't the best show on TV by far, but I still kind of like it. We tend to have shows on while we do other things (online stuff, editing (which is super distracting)). So, not a show I will put down something else to give all my attention to. Arrow is kind of that way for me too, but overall it's a pretty good. I'm loving Sleepy Hollow, it's a fun one.

    1. Yeah, that's how I've been using it. I still haven't mastered the art of being able to read or study while my husband watches TV, but I can do online stuff and edit or storyboard. Sleepy Hollow is fun and I'm glad it already got picked up for a second (albeit short) season. Shows on Fox I typically skip for fear of them getting canceled. I'm loving Reign right now. That's probably my favorite show at the moment.

  3. I loooooove Arrow. I just finished rewatching the first season and it was just as great and so far season 2 is looking like it's going to be even better.

    Altar of Reality is an awesome title. Good luck querying when the time comes!

    1. Thank you! I actually wrote the blurb to this one before I really started writing it, so I'm one step ahead compared to my query with Heirs of War. =)

      I love what they are doing with season 2 so far. Laurel gets on my nerves a bit, but hopefully after the last episode she won't be as bad.

  4. I keep seeing Arrow on Netflix and thinking I'll watch it, but I'm in the middle of a coming-really-late-to-Buffy marathon and I don't want to interrupt it, haha.

    I love finding people with whom I can share and talk openly and honestly about my WIP's. Your cousin sounds great. Have a good weekend! :)

    1. I'm in the need of a Buffy re-watch. I worship at the altar of Whedon. =)