Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Nerdy Edition

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme to let bloggers check in and share what they're reading and writing. Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk host, so check out their blogs to sign up!


 

What I'm Reading:  
I'm re-reading my egalley of Starglass by Phoebe North.  Yes, the book isn't even out yet and I'm already re-reading.  I loved it that much.  But I also wanted to re-read because I'm participating in a blog tour closer to the book's publication date, and I need to get ready for that.  My original review is here, but: a generation ship with Jewish culture, cats, LGBTQ elements, and an amazing heroine?  How could I love a book more than this? 
 
I usually need quite a while between re-reads of a book.   I'm thinking Starglass is one of the rare exceptions, because I'm just as absorbed the second time around. 

 What I'm Writing:




 
Still plugging away at Last, but I'm happy to report that I met both my goal and my challenge goal from last week!  I got out 750 new words every weekday, and I hit 1000 on four of the last five writing days.

This week is kind of funky, since I'll be traveling from Saturday to Tuesday.  I'm giving myself those days off from both running and writing, so I can enjoy my time seeing friends and watching my old students graduate.  So I think I'll try amping things up: for the next three days (today through Friday) my challenge goal is 1500 words each day.  If I can do that on two of the days this week, I'll have made up for my two days off next week.



What Inspires Me Right Now: 



  I spent some time yesterday putting together my office.  I finally got a comfy desk chair and a rug and another chair for reading.  I'm waiting for a few last touches before I share pictures of the whole space, but I love that I finally have this poster framed and on my wall.  It's maybe my favorite thing anyone has ever said, and it's blue, and it's SIGNED BY JOHN GREEN.  (I know he signs, like, everything.  But I still get excited.) 
What Else I've Been Up To:
I've been working on plans for next year--it's looking pretty likely that I will be teaching at not one but TWO awesome schools.  I have yet to finalize all the logistical plans and officially sign contracts, but I've accepted the offers and I'm getting really, really excited.   (Oh: if anyone has recommendations for either fiction or non-fiction reads that will dunk me into US History headfirst, let me know--it looks like I will be teaching a section of that in the fall!  You can bet I'll be glued to John Green's Crash Course videos all summer!)

27 comments:

  1. I am so thrilled for you about these teaching arrangements for the fall. Thrilled! What a great opportunity. :) I love that John Green poster. I've been meaning to make my office better for weeks now (I have the stuff), but I've been kind of lazy and otherwise occupied. You're inspiring me to get on it already! We'll have to swap photos when we're done.

    And as for the funky week, if you need to rearrange things or have extra days off this week, that's totally fine. (Life, remember. ;-) You've been doing AMAZING with your daily words, so you've more than earned it, too.

    You're making me so anxious to read STARGLASS! It sounds fantastic. :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm definitely planning to take Monday and Tuesday off, but hopefully I can make up those words before I leave for my trip! RSW has definitely spurred my word counts higher than they would have been, so that's awesome. Feeling good about this summer!

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  2. LOVE the John Green quote -- it hits close to home. :-) And like Jaime, you've already sold me on STARGLASS. I didn't know a lot about it before reading your post, but it sounds awesome.

    Way to go on all your Ready. Set. Write! progress, and here's to even more in the coming weeks!

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    1. I'm so excited for Starglass to come out but also so nervous! I hope other people get into it. I will say, for you, there is some awesome but complicated kissing. I think you will enjoy that part for sure :)

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  3. Congrats on all the awesome writing this week! Also, I am SO JEALOUS of your poster! I WANT ONE!!! Also, I love the title of today's post. :)

    I hope you have a wonderful writing week!

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    1. Just chiming in to say I agree with Alison: Love the title of today's post. :)

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  4. Congratulations on all the teaching news and for hitting your targets! Yay!

    Starglass is on my "must buy asap" list and your summary reminded me why. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! I really hope you like Starglass!

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  5. I too, LOVE that John Green poster. I need it. I've been doing some work in my office as well, as part of my "get the house in order" mandate. Starglass sounds very cool!

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    1. I think they're still available at DFTBA.com!

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  6. Congrats on meeting your goal! That John Green poster is amazing. :D

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  7. I love finding those books that you just can't get enough of--I remember the first time I read MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC by Gabrielle Zevin, when I turned the last page and immediately started from the beginning again. Congrats on the new teaching adventures, too!

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    1. I have yet to try anything by Gabrielle Zevin but I've been meaning to. I think I have something of hers on my Kindle. Now I'm really curious...

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  8. Great job with your writing progress this week! And congratulations on your teaching positions :) Also, I absolutely love the John Green quote. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks! I so wish I had had that poster in my room as a teenager--I was very excitable, and this would have been nice to keep in mind.

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  9. I have that poster too! Love! I still need to get my office together and hang it up. :)

    Congrats on meeting your word count goals, and on the new teaching positions!

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    1. Yay! Man, having a nice office is such a wonderful, impossible-when-you-live-in-New-York thing. I highly recommend carving out some time to fix up your space. Sitting in my office makes me so much more focused!

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  10. That John Green poster is so awesome! It reminds me a bit of that Wil Wheaton speech from Comic Con that was floating around the web a while back. And speaking of awesome, you're doing great on your writing goals! Hope the words keep flowing this week! Oh, and congrats on the teaching positions! There will be some very lucky students this fall!

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    1. Yeah, I loved that Wheaton speech too! Thanks for the encouragement :)

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  11. I love that John Green poster. Congrats on meeting your word count goals and good luck with your new goals!

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  12. YAY for even getting your challenge goal met! That's awesome. I hope you can keep up the pace this week. Good luck!

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  13. Love the poster! And awesome on meeting your goals. I hope this week is as productive in spite of everything you have going on!

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  14. Great job on your goals and I'm envious of your writing space. It sounds awesome!

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  15. I love getting my office all sorted and put together. It's such a good feeling. And that poster is just great. :)

    Congrats on meeting your writing goal, and good luck making the next one!

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