What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk that allows us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up.
WHAT I’M READING
OBASAN by Joy Kogawa. It’s a novel based on the author’s own experiences of being a Canadian citizen sent to a Japanese internment camp during WWII.
I read a snippet during a community college class 15 years ago and cut up the hand-out to paste onto my binder (along with The Cure lyrics, etc). Of course, I didn’t bother to include the book name and I’ve vaguely wondered about it over the years. I finally decided to look it up and BAM, thank you, power of the Internet.
WHAT I’M WRITING
I didn’t have much of an update to pass along Monday for YAB Bootcamp, so here it is now:
JULES. Filler words. Ugh.
I’ve spent days deleting and rewording. How is it possible for one manuscript to have the word “like” in it so many freaking times? It’s unreal. It was in my MS more times than my main character’s boyfriend’s name.
Here are a few stats. Cringe with me, people:
I cut 204 instances of LIKE
170 of JUST
51 of OKAY (my characters are “okay” a lot)
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
BASEBALL!!! Orioles opening day was Monday!!! They won! Did I mention baseball??? I know plenty of people who think it’s the most boring sport ever – lots of standing around, scratching, spitting – but there is so much strategy and it really brings out my inner nerd.
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
Since JULES is pretty much done, except for a few last minute tweaks and some agent research, I’m entering her into a contest!
^That is a strange sentence, like JULES is my child and she’s going to be in a beauty pageant. Tiaras and sparkles for everyone!
Writer’s Digest is having a Dear Lucky Agent contest for YA and it’s open until April 9. Click here for more details and wish me luck 🙂