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What’s Up Wednesday

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop hosted by the lovely Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. Please check out their blogs to join in the fun!

What I’m Reading





I just started Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. I love Donna Tartt. To anyone exploring the realm of New Adult, I highly recommend her first novel The Secret History, about a small-town boy who becomes enthralled in a strange and exclusive group at his university. I’ve read some opinions that The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer because The Secret History should have won ten years ago. I haven’t formed my own opinion yet. Tartt has the rare gift of beautiful, literary prose voiced through youth. The main character, in the beginning, anyway, is a thirteen-year-old boy. For someone who reads mostly YA, it’s a huge shift in pace, but the emotions and the story are right there with my normal choices.

What I’m Writing

I broke the 12,000 word mark, and the fifth chapter, on my WIP. I’m in love with this story, yet I’m not nearly as far as I’d hoped to be by now. But it’s all good, because I was sidetracked by The Writer’s Voice. It’s an amazing contest hosted by Brenda DrakeMónica Bustamante WagnerKimberly P. Chase, and Elizabeth Briggs, based on NBC’s The Voice. If you want to get a glimpse of a day in the life of an agent, take a look at the live blog hop on any of the sites above. There are 139 queries and first pages, and the talent is mind-blowing. I am so honored to be chosen by Kimberly Chase for her team, along with fellow WUW gal Alison Miller! 





What Inspires Me Right Now



Music has been my inspiration lately. It’s funny; I tried writing this WIP to some of my Perception playlists, and it was not happening! The Lumineers are working better for this one, and the occasional Death Cab and Twin Shadow. 



What Else I’ve Been Up To



I’m thrilled to be leading a new SCBWI critique group in the Jacksonville area. Our first meeting is this Saturday, and we’ve had lots of interest online. For me, my writing life is usually compartmentalized away from my regular life with friends and family. But I’m ready for worlds to collide, and I can’t wait to meet and dig in with other local writers.



And finally, I know I just wrote a post about sharing too much about my children, but I can’t help myself. Son #1 had a piece of art chosen for an art show. I am so proud of him, and so excited! The show is being held at a local hotel, and afterward, the pieces will stay on display. Yay!



I can’t wait to catch up with everyone else!











Comments (17)

  • Mandie Baxter 4 years ago Reply

    Congrats on being picked!!! That's awesome. Another Florida girl. Aren't you just LOVING our weather…. :0/ I wanted spring. Have a great week!

  • Laurie Dennison 4 years ago Reply

    It's crazy, right? Are you in the panhandle? I have family over that way. That flooding looks terrible!

  • Katy Upperman 4 years ago Reply

    Yay! I'm so happy you were chosen for The Writer's Voice! That's amazing news, and you're in great company with Alison. I've read her story and it's fantastic! I haven't read Donna Tartt, but your comments about her work have me all kinds of intrigued. Thanks for the rec, and have a wonderful week!

  • Fifi Islaih 4 years ago Reply

    I'm sidetracked my the contest, too! I have to check out your entry. And keep up the writing! Slowly but surely is still good!

  • Melanie Stanford 4 years ago Reply

    Congrats on making The Writer's Voice! I wish I could have participated this year but my MS isn't quite ready yet. Good luck!

  • Erin L. Funk 4 years ago Reply

    Congratulations on getting picked for The Writer's Voice! That's awesome news! And congrats to your son as well for his art being selected. I can see why you're proud! Good luck with the contest and with your new critique group!

  • Laurie Dennison 4 years ago Reply

    Yes, I'm so excited that we both made it through, and on the same team!

  • Laurie Dennison 4 years ago Reply

    I so enjoyed reading your entry!

  • Laurie Dennison 4 years ago Reply

    Thanks, Melanie. It is such an amazing opportunity. I've followed it since the first one, and I'm so excited to be a part of it.

  • Laurie Dennison 4 years ago Reply

    Thanks, Erin! I haven't even seen my son's piece yet. His art teacher nominated him directly from school. I can't wait until next week!

  • Jessie Humphries 4 years ago Reply

    Brenda Drake is the bomb! Congrats on getting picked.

  • Laurie Dennison 4 years ago Reply

    She really is. I can't even imagine all the work she does behind the scenes.

  • amy 4 years ago Reply

    Congrats on being chosen for the Writer's Voice! I'm on hold at the library for Goldfinch. It's a long list. I'm looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about. Have a great weekend!

  • Alison Miller 4 years ago Reply

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy to be on Team Kimberly/SuperNova with you! And your premise and first 250 ROCKS!

    Also, I'm almost right there with you on the new story. And trying to develop a playlist that's not reminiscent of my last one. Right now the playlist has a whopping two songs: The Joker and Jessie's Girl. But every time I hear those songs, I'm inspired. 🙂 So, yay for that.

    Have a great week! And yay for the WV!

  • Laurie Dennison 4 years ago Reply

    I'm enjoying it so far, though it is far slower than what I am used to reading. I was like 160th on the library wait-list, so I broke down and bought it. (I have her others, so it completes the set.)

  • Laurie Dennison 4 years ago Reply

    Thank you! Here's to many requests for both of us! You have a great week, too!

  • jenniferpickrell 4 years ago Reply

    Congrats on being chosen for the Writer's Voice! And on breaking the 12k mark. Hope you have an amazing, productive week!

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