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What’s Up Wednesday

By June 12, 2013 17 Comments

What I’m Reading
I just finished the last page of And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.  I liked it.  Hosseini is a great storyteller and I tried to pay attention to both the story and the writing technique – it’s quite masterful.  But I do have to say I liked his first two books much more.  This one felt more distant to me; there was less of an emotional connection.    

I’m about to open Mom and Me and Mom by Maya Angelou because Haunani sent it to me after she read it – wasn’t that nice?  And my name is on the library waiting list for Dianne’s The Caged Graves (it’s checked out which is a good sign, right?) and I’m anxiously waiting for Melissa’s Rabbit Island book to hit the hot press.  I love having writing friends!

What I’m Writing
QUERY LETTERS.  Ugh.  I’m on a second round of sending off letters to literary agents.  Some of them have read my manuscript before but ultimately rejected me it (waahhh!).  Either way, I’m done with this particular manuscript.  Done, I say!  I’m also writing an apple article for a New Hampshire magazine (I like apples) and am polishing off a middle grade witch story dreamed up by my mother who used to think she really was a witch and even had a witch club.  The club initiation?  You had to get stung by a bee.  Ah, I love this stuff.  

What Inspires Me Right Now
-You do.  I love you.  Really.
-Writing friends.  To know you’re all writing, struggling, and finding success is inspiring.
-Instagram.  Um. Mommy needs some boundaries.
-Kindness.  My new motto: “Let us be kinder than is necessary” (inspired by the amazing book wonder….)
-God inspires me.
-My alarm.  It kicked my butt at 4:45 this morning.  And while I frown in the beginning, I am jubilant by the end…it was a wet morning run, but the sun came up and I was inspired all over again.

What Else I’ve Been Up To
You can call me Dori…what?where?isthatmybrain?   justkeepswimming,justkeepswimming…

-Field trips (and Mama accompanying) 
-Kindergarten and 8th grade graduations (I’m a little weepy today)
-End of school parties and already planning for summer and fall sports….
-I’m trying to learn Lightroom
-I keep staring at my photography DVDs I promised I would watch if I ordered them
-Dinner planning.  For heavens sake, how do ya’all do it?

p.s.  This inspired me too:

a girl in a too-big medieval gown wanders into a field and finds her favorite flower:  the dandelion

she blows and blows until the seeds scatter into the sky (making her daddy so happy that more dandelion seeds will scatter scatter on his lawn)

but the clouds moved because the sky smiled and the mountains echoed



More What’s Up Wednesday here.


  • Jaime Morrow says:

    That club initiation is hilarious! Also painful. 😉 I love Instagram too. In fact, I think it’s rapidly becoming my favourite form of social media. So great.

    That line from WONDER is wonderful and totally inspiring. 🙂

  • I am so behind on my blog reading and so happy to return to your blog and catch up (keep an eye out for a stream of comments) Thanks for the shout-out. I can’t wait to find time to read Dianne’s The Caged Graves. And I’m REALLY intrigued by your middle grade witch book, Amy! Best of luck as you jump into the query trenches. I hope you hear good news soon and keep me (and all of us) posted. Congrats to your little graduates. (I’m an instagram freak too, we must follow one another, my username is squash1020…long story)

  • I LOVED Khaled Hosseini’s first two books and have wondered about his new book. I’m sure I’ll eventually check it out, but I have so many books on my TBR list, who knows when it will be.

    Good luck querying!!! I hope it goes well for you! I have a long time before I get to that step, but I am already a tad nervous. Any writer who queries, whether they get and agent or not, deserves so much respect.

    Those pictures are amazing! I love pictures of mountains and beautiful skies. So pretty! Your daughter is precious in them!

  • What?! You weren’t first on the waiting list even though you laid claim to the book before they had the plastic cover on it? Outrageous!

    This just goes to show you should’ve stolen it when you had the chance. 😉

    Thanks for the shout-out. What beautiful pictures of your little girl in that vivid red dress! Splendid.

    Good luck with queries! My advice is ALWAYS to write something else while you are querying. I wrote The Caged Graves while I was querying another manuscript,and even though that other manuscript won me an offer of representation, TCG sold FIRST. So, you never know!

  • LOVE the dandelion pictures. I’ve always thought those things were too beautiful to be considered a weed. And anxiously awaiting the witch club book. Sounds delightful.
    Happy Summer!

  • I love your list of inspiring things; there’s a lot of goodness there.

    And good luck with the querying. I like your correction from “me” to “it”. So true!!

  • Miss Cole says:

    …4:45am?!?!?! I am WEEPING at the thought!

    Ah, rejections. Stay positive! You’ll get there! 😀

  • Your series of pictures IS inspiring! And so are writer friends. And my family. And oh – I LOVE that quote from WONDER!

    Best wishes with querying! I hope you have a wonderful week!

  • Oooh, I’ve been meaning to pick up the Maya Angelou book. I love her work. I really like that kindness quote, too. My mantra right now is “gratitude and forgiveness”. I think if I say it enough I will be able to have it. :0)

  • Absolutely ADORABLE pictures! I’m inspired by writer friends too–it’s nice to know we’re not alone in all this crazyness 🙂

  • amy says:

    Your middle grade story sounds really good! Good luck in querying!

  • Erin L. Funk says:

    Love the adorable medieval pictures! Good luck with your second round of querying. I’m just about to start and I’m pretty much petrified! 🙂

  • Debbie Brown says:

    Your witch story sounds wonderful! I want to read it!!

  • That witch story really got me too! lovely photos.

  • Nina Badzin says:

    You’re busy with good stuff! Good look with the agent search. Not always a fun process. (understatement, I know.)

    You’re doing some serious summer reading!

  • Love the photos! Sounds like you’re super busy! Best of luck with the agents search 🙂 (oh, and I recently finished the book Wonder and LOVED it)

  • I’ve become an Instagram addict, which I’m sure my friends appreciate.

    I’m about to query, so solidarity. Yay Team Querying! Good luck 🙂

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