What's Up Wednesday- July 3rd

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I'm still reading the God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. It's the start of monsoon season in the book and with all the rainfall we've had lately (over 15 inches!), I can really relate to that. (My back yard is a lake...well more of a bog...a boggy lake.)

I've also been beta reading the MS's of a couple of very talented writers. I am always amazed, when I read the writing of people I converse with on an almost daily basis, that all this time they had these worlds living in their heads. I am in love with some of their characters. It really couldn't be helped.


I finished my rewrites by my self-imposed July 1st deadline. Now all I have to do is do a final read through and correct those things that all my additions have screwed up. (Which sadly are many and cumbersome)

And I can't wait to get cracking again on my new(ish) shiny MS. I am in love with this one. Hopefully, it's not all in my head and someone else will like it too. 


In case you missed yesterday's Big Reveal...yesterday was the big launch of the 
YA Buccaneers!! I am so excited to be part of this fantastic project. You really should check out the gorgeous website, if for no other reason than to check out the absolutely hilarious pics of some of your favorite writers sporting pirate regalia. (including some excellent facial hair) *grin*


Our manatees have had a couple of very, very hard years. First the Deep Horizon oil spill, then a record-breaking cold winter and then a terrible red tide. Everything took its toll, and two seasons of manatee calves perished along with several hundred adults. 

So we were absolutely thrilled last weekend when we spotted a mama manatee with not one, but two tiny baby calves! (So small they were still nursing) We tried to be respectful and keep our distance, but these little babies were so curious about our brightly colored kayaks that they kept coming over to nose us in the water. Then their patient mother would retrieve them and reassure them with a little nose kiss. 

We look for them now every day we're out on the water. They seem to be thriving and healthy. We've got our fingers crossed for them because these little twins represent the future of a species...and we've kind of fallen in love with them. (It really couldn't be helped.)


  1. Congrats on all your progress and on your launch! I've had a crazy week, but I'm looking forward to catching up on all the buccaneer interviews - the blog looks amazing!

    And wonderful news about the manatees! And exciting about the new story! I have another SNI buzzing about in my brain and it's so fun to think about at this stage. Enjoy!

  2. I LOVE that picture and am so happy to hear such great news about your manatees! I think that would be an awesome sight to see. And I know it's tough having 3 jobs, but man, kayaking alone is more impressive than any job I've ever had.

    And I'm so happy you finished your ISIS rewrite by your 7/1 deadline - awesome, K. - when can I expect it? :)

    Also - yaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy for the YAB Launch!!!

    Happy 4th of July, pretty Lady - I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!

  3. Very cool that you live so near to manatees. I can imagine how that would cause you to care about them in a different way than for those of us more inland. Congrats on your writing goals--deadlines really help, way to go on sticking to it.

  4. Living close to manatees must be so awesome! I got to see some when I was in Florida last December and they are the most amazing creatures. Wow, wow, wow!

    Hooray for hitting your deadline! Good luck with your next read through!

  5. That is just adorable about the manatees! Happy to hear that they're coming around finally and that things might be looking up for them.

    Good for you for meeting your deadlines, Kris. That's awesome! :)

  6. I'll definitely be checking out Buccaneers! Exciting! congrats on finishing revisions, I'm hoping to be done soon.

  7. Good luck with your writing! I'm a fan of what ya'll are doing at the YA Buccaneers...I'm looking forward to it!

  8. Congrats on finishing your rewrite! I bet that feels awesome. Good luck with your goals for the week. Have a great weekend!

  9. Congrats on finishing up your revision! July 1st WAS a big day, wasn't it? ;) And good luck with your shiny new MS. That's always fun and exciting, isn't it?

    I <3 manatees.

  10. Baby manatees?!?!?!!??! Holy awesomeness, Batman! That's super super cool. :)

    Speaking of super cool, major congrats and kudos for finishing your rewrite!!! *happy dance* I hope you celebrated!

  11. Congrats on finishing your rewrite!!!

    YAY for YA Buccaneers!

    That baby manatee story is ADORABLE. I'm so jealous you get to see animals like that on a regular basis! Though, I did see a bunny the other day. :)