Waz up Wed??




“What’s Up Wednesday” is a fun weekly meme started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. From Jaime: It’s similar in some respects to the Currently… post, but it’s been whittled down to only four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. You’re invited to join us if you’re looking for something to blog about, a way to let your blog friends know what’s been going on with you. If you’re participating, make sure to link your What’s Up Wednesday posts to the list on Jaime’s blog each week. That way, others can visit your post and check out what you’ve been up to…








I just finished Pivot Point by Kasie West.


HOLY AMAZINGNESS. Such a great story!!

I’m now reading Blackout by Robison Wells – who is absolutely as talented as his brother, Dan Wells. I will always stalk out what these guys are working on because WOWZA.



And now on to WHAT I’M WRITING:

I FINALLY, FINALLY finished a solid first draft on a book I’ve been trying to get right for close to a year titled DEAL. GO ME!! lol. I’ve written three drafts of this book. The first 3rd has never been changed, it’s all the bits AFTER that. And while the LAST conversation between my two people is written twice (depending on how I want the final end to go) the book is DONE! Well, not DONE, done… If you’re a writer, YOU know 😉 Really, the hard part has just started…


Short answer: MUSIC

Long answer: When I first started writing, I was always doing playlists, but I’ve stepped away from that, and while working this week, I made a playlist for my WIP (the one I just finished). I’ve been bouncing around between hospitals (sick granddad and a new baby in hospitals an hour apart) and having the music playing in my car really, really helped keep my head in the story even though I wasn’t able to work on it as much. (Yes. I may have pulled a few late nights and early mornings to get it done)


I’ve been really trying hard to set the computer down and be around my family when they’re home. This isn’t always easy as my kids are going through another phase where they don’t get along, however, it feels good to get housework done and to hang with my kiddos while NOT thinking about a project – this is one of the major benefits of being a full-time writer and having two kids in school. It’s a luxury I definitely always hope I see as a luxury…



Also. You should totally join in on this. It’s super fun, a nice way to blog, and a nice way to keep up with some supah cool peeps 😀

~ Jo



9 thoughts on “Waz up Wed??

  1. How did I not know that Robison Wells and Dan Wells were brothers? I feel silly right now lol. I read and enjoyed PIVOT POINT, and this just reminds me that SPLIT SECOND is out now and I need to read it too. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

    Congrats on the solid first draft! That is pretty huge and deserving of celebration even if there is still lots of work to be done. Just having that in place makes the rest feel doable. Good luck with revisions!

    1. I’m in a few online groups w/ them, which is how I know. I got them mixed up all the time, which I’m sure they LOVE lol. I’m halfway through blackout and LOVING it. Though, he mentioned killing off characters on Facebook, so I’ll admit, I’m a little worried…

  2. Ha! I totally relate to trying to put the computer down by the time the kid gets home from school. My problem is, I think every day is about 2 hours longer than it actually is, and I always think everything is going to take half the time it actually takes to finish. Perhaps someday I’ll learn…

    1. ROFL!! Yes!! This is me!! At about 3:00, when I know I have less than an hour left, I’m always like – WHA???? How did that happen??

      On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM, author Jolene Perry wrote:


  3. Music is so important to writing for me too. And congrats on finishing DEAL! At least the first draft of it. That’s a great accomplishment 🙂

  4. BLACKOUT looks interesting (just Goodreads-ed it… hey, if Google, Facebook, and Twitter can be verbs…?). I’ll have to add that to my TBR, which is saying a lot since my TBR is so big I’m loathed to add anything I really don’t want to read. And the possibility that important characters will die? Please, I just finished A GAME OF THRONES, and I’m currently reading THE STAND. 🙂

    Congrats on getting a draft written that you’re happy with. I hope you get plenty of time this week for writing, Jolene. 🙂

  5. Wait–it’s just a phase when your kids don’t get along? I thought siblings never got along. Like ever. 🙂 No really, mine get along. Sometimes. 🙂

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