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What’s Up Wednesday

WUWMaple2What’s up Wednesday is a weekly blog-hop created  by sisters Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk, intended to help writers keep connected. Click on either link for more information and to sign up, if you want to join in!

Here’s what’s up with me this week:

What I’m Reading

Apparently I’m reading very slowly; I’m about 68% through reading Maids of Misfortune. I’m enjoying it, but I’m feeling the need to break away from the historical fiction jag. I bought a couple of non-fiction titles from Amazon recently, and I’ll be diving into Copyediting and Proofreading for Dummies, which was highly recommended by an author friend who also freelances as an editor. I also have to do some reading for my latest class.

What I’m Writing

Blog posts mostly, since I submitted that story to the contest last week. I signed up for WordPress’s Blogging 101, particularly to learn the ins and outs of WordPress, though I’m sure I’ll learn a thing or two about blogging, too. For other writing, I’ve done nothing in a few days, and I need to settle on what story to write/work on next. If I’m clever, I can use the same story for mentor group reviews and my manuscript class.

What Inspires/Works for Me

The WUW sistahs changed the heading for this section, from “what inspires me” to “what works for me”, because reasons (linked rather than explained, because lazy). Rebel that I am, I’ve used both this time. So there.

I bought a hundred-year-old dictionary on the weekend (all details and squeeing in this post), and even as I was planning which books to move/donate to make room for the twelve volumes, I was thinking of ways to share it with the world. It’s become a blogging project. I’m currently making up a spreadsheet of all the lovely words, names and maps I’m going to share here over the course of the next twelve months(ish). If there’s anything you’d like to see from inside any of the volumes, let me know, and I’ll add your request to my spreadsheet!

From the “what works for me” files, I’ve come up with “routine”. In the interest of getting something accomplished before noon every day, I’m setting myself a daily routine, starting with a standard wake-up time for weekdays. I used to have one, when I had a full time day job, but I’ve been temporally adrift for the last year or so. I love the freedom, but so much of it is not conducive to productivity, for me. Morning is traditionally my most productive time for brain work, so I need to work with that and get down to it earlier than I have been doing. We’ll see how that goes!

What Else I’ve Been Up To

School: My latest elective, “Minding Your Manuscript”, started on Monday. We chose electives quite early in the year, back when I thought I would be working on one of my novels-in-progress all year, before I got seduced by the lure of short pieces. I have written zero on one of those novels, and one three-page rewrite on the other. Fortunately, the goal of the course is not to have a submission-ready manuscript by the end of four weeks, but to “think in manuscript”, the way a speaker of a foreign language achieves fluency in that language, by thinking in said language. The publication-ready stuff comes in the next elective. Eeek!

Work: Well, researching about the kind of work I’d like to do: freelance editing. I have a potential chunk of freelance work on the line already, which is highly gratifying, but no contract signed just yet. The deadline is a comfortable distance away and so, I imagine, is the associated payday.

Life: We had our nineteenth wedding anniversary on Monday. I’ve had school the last couple of evenings, so we’re off out for dinner tonight, after (say it with me) I get out of school. (At least tonight’s class is only an hour rather than three!)

If you’ve stuck with this post all the way to the end, you deserve a cookie. Thanks for reading!

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