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What’s Up Wednesday – Jet Lag Edition

Snowy HousesWhat’s Up Wednesday is a blog hop created by sisters Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, to help writers connect. Follow either of those links to get more information, and join in!

I’ve been out of the WUW loop for a couple of months, because of a sudden, and long, trip to the UK. I got back to Canada last Thursday (January 8th), and am working hard to get back into a routine that includes the all-important WRITING.

What I’m Reading

I read a bunch of audiobooks while I was away, including Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, which I highly recommend for anyone who is familiar with Amy and/or believes in the empowerment of girls and women. Currently reading a book she mentioned in her book, that I already owned but hadn’t fully read, called The Gift of Fear, which is something everyone — especially women — should read. My friend Megan recommended it to me years ago, and now I recommend it to others. Go on, read it, and learn to trust your instincts and worry less about being perceived as rude or standoffish by people you don’t know and will probably never see again.

What I’m Writing

Honestly, at this point, I’ve written sweet bugger all in six or seven weeks. I took my notebook for morning pages with me to England, and never cracked it open. I took my index cards for plotting the mystery novel with me, too, and the closest I came to looking at them was moving them out of the way of the other accumulated junk in the guest room at my in-laws’ house. I have, however, written pages for the last few days. Going to get back into the habit asap. Also plan to start keeping a written (in a notebook) diary/writing log, as we were exhorted to do at the beginning of The Writers’ Studio last year.

What Works for Me

I’m hoping that a ritual clean-and-tidy of my environment (including my home office) will encourage a mental clean-and-tidy of my mental spaces, and prepare the way for a new writing year. The last vestiges of Christmas get put away today, the vacuum comes out, and with luck I’ll have clean bathrooms, kitchen, carpets and floors by day’s end. And I will have caught a long way up on 60+ hours of unlistened-to podcasts that piled up while I was away.

What Else is Going On

I registered for the first course in SFU’s Editing Certificate Program, and the first class (Editors and Editing: An Introduction), so I have homework and readings, in addition to writing-related stuff to do. I am also looking for a job, either for an organization or freelance. I am recovering from jet lag, so start to droop at about 8 p.m., and then wake up before the sun comes up (which isn’t hard, at this time of year, I admit).

Thanks for stopping by! I’ve missed you!

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  1. I got Amy Poehler’s book for Christmas, and I can’t wait to get reading it. I took a peek at the opening chapter and was already into it, but had another book on the go. I have the same hopes about the whole clean-and-tidy thing. Today is the day that I start tackling the untidiness and with any luck it will help the mental untidiness as well. Hope it works for both of us! Have a great week, Wendy! 😀

    1. I think you’ll enjoy Amy’s book; it’s frank and open and unblinkingly honest, snorting-milk-out-your-nose funny in places, and always, always interesting.

      I started tackling the untidiness today. Sadly, I started with the kitchen junk drawer. I should move that energy upstairs to my office. You, however, keep up the good work, and have a great week, too.

  2. Sorry it was such sadness that brought you to the UK, but I sincerely hope that a good tidy up and some time to refresh yourself will bring the words flowing again. Especially once the horrid jetlag is gone.

    Have a good week ^_^

    1. Thank, Miss Cole. It was an expected sadness, and there is relief and gladness when someone’s struggle ceases, not least because the struggle of those left behind also ceases. And it wasn’t all misery and woe; we had good times, too.

      I always forget how awful jet lag is until I’m five days in and STILL not over it. Soon!

  3. I doubt I’d get any writing done if I took a trip to the UK either. Too much to see and do! Just think of your time there as a break for stocking up on inspiration you can use now that you’re home. Good luck getting back into the swing of things and finding a job! Hope the jet lag goes away soon! 🙂

    1. I did a great deal of stocking up on inspiration, for sure. My family over there is replete with eccentrics and oddities, fine fodder for a story or two!

      Jet lag is almost history as of this writing. If I last to 10 p.m. two nights running, I’ll know it’s really and truly over, for this trip.

    1. Thank you, I like the theme, too. It’s called Quintus. I think I need to change the header image, though; I don’t like how it’s scaled down.

      Thanks also for the condolences. I think my jet lag is just about history, thank goodness. *knock wood*

      I wondered if that were the book; thanks for verifying the link!

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