What’s Up Wednesday: I’m still here!

What’s Up Wednesday is the brain child of Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. Join the fun on WUWApple2your own blog and then go to Jaime’s or Erin’s to add your link – it’s a great way to share what’s going on in your life and get to know other bloggers!

What I’m Reading

I’ve been reading a little of this, a little of that lately. I started a fascinating and horrifying book called FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL: LIFE AND DEATH IN A STORM-RAVAGED HOSPITAL by Sheri Fink. It’s a true account of what happened at one of the largest hospitals in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina when they were essentially stuck there for days with dozens of patients, some critically ill. The book was mentioned at a work-related meeting I attended about communications during emergency situations. I thought it sounded interesting. But, like I said – also horrifying. I don’t know if I’ll make it all the way through the book. Really, really bad things are starting to happen. Plus, it’s a huge book and I have other things to get to! Up next for Book Club is COMING OF AGE IN MISSISSIPPI by Anne Moody. AND! I’m so excited for the release of BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater, the third book in the Raven Boy’s series, I almost can’t concentrate on any other books right now!

What I’m Writing

I’d like to say that the reason I haven’t blogged in a month and a half is because I’ve been in the revision cave. But that would be a lie. I think I just needed a brain break. I didn’t really mean to take that long of a break, though. I have spent plenty of time reading through all my CP’s notes. Have I mentioned how wonderful they all are and how grateful I am to all four of them for reading THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS? But, yeah, now it’s down to the hard work of trying to reconcile all those notes and deciding which changes I really need to make. It’s nice when all of them tell me the same thing is wrong in this chapter or that chapter – but, of course, that’s not always the case. In the last week, I’ve been pretty happy with my progress, though. I need to at least get the first 30 pages revised because I’m up next for my writing group!

What inspires me right now

People who have their sh*t together inspire me right now! I was complaining one day to a co-worker that I thought I would be dropping out of my book club (which she is also in). I was all, “gee, I have so much going on… the kids are so busy…. work is so busy… I can’t find time to write… I can’t find time to read…” yada, yada, yada. She was sympathetic and kind. And then after she walked away, I realized I had just been talking to someone who works full time in a director position (I’m .8 in a peon position), who has three kids (one more than me), who is currently in school to earn her masters, is in a book club, and is training for a half marathon. Then I had a little come-to-Jesus convo with myself. Okay, I may not be able to crank out as many words or read as many books as some other folks, but that’s no reason to just give it all up. We all do what we can do, right?

It’s all about perspective. And getting your sh*t together, too, I guess. I’m working on it. 🙂

What Else I’ve Been Up To

The aforementioned “the kids are so busy” pretty much sums it up. My eldest just finished driver’s ed. DRIVER’S ED. She will potentially have a driver’s permit in the next week. A DRIVER’S PERMIT. I have had alternating bouts of panic attacks and drowning in buckets of ice cream as I come to grips with the fact that I have a child who is old enough to be driving soon. Then there other things like piano and voice lessons, dance, church stuff… and on and on it goes.

My husband and I also got to indulge our photography hobby this fall by taking senior photos for three beautiful young women. He shot one session, I shot one, we tag-teamed one and I did the tweaking on the files. It was so much fun! We were grateful for the opportunity. It took a lot of time, though! I gained a whole new respect for professional photographers. 🙂

PicMonkey Collage

Have a great week everyone!

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7 Responses to What’s Up Wednesday: I’m still here!

  1. I don’t think anyone has their *stuff* together, even if they seem like they do. Sometimes I feel like I do and then all of a sudden I’m super busy and barely staying afloat with everything and feeling like the worst mother or writer or whatever it is ever.
    Good luck with the revisions. You can do it!

    • Kitty says:

      Thanks for the encouragement, Melanie! And thanks, too, for commiserating. It is funny how some weeks you feel like you’ve got absolutely everything under control and then next … whoops! There it all goes out the window! Have a great week!

  2. Niki Lenz says:

    I have decided my daughter will never drive. Or date. Or leave home. Ever.

    • Kitty says:

      Yes, yes, yes! I’m with you! Especially on the dating thing. As not-ready as I am for driving… the idea of her dating really freaks me out! Have a great week, Niki!

  3. Your girls are beautiful! Super photography, too. Glad to see you are doing well and blogging again.

  4. I read Coming of Age in Mississippi when I was in college. It’s a very powerful book.

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