What´s Up Wednesday

What’s Up Wednesday? Reading, listening, writing and more…

I haven’t done a “What’s Up Wednesday” in years. Literally. Since 2015 based on my post. And Jaime and Erin no longer blog, but I remember how fun those posts were and also how cute their designs were. I’ve added a few catergories…

What I’m reading

I am trying to carve time for the amazing book that is WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny S. Bryce. It is really oh so good.

In a stirring and impeccably researched novel of Jazz-age Chicago in all its vibrant life, two stories intertwine nearly a hundred years apart, as a chorus girl and a film student deal with loss, forgiveness, and love…in all its joy, sadness, and imperfections.

“Why would I talk to you about my life? I don’t know you, and even if I did, I don’t tell my story to just any boy with long hair, who probably smokes weed.You wanna hear about me. You gotta tell me something about you. To make this worth my while.”

1925: Chicago is the jazz capital of the world, and the Dreamland Café is the ritziest black-and-tan club in town. Honoree Dalcour is a sharecropper’s daughter, willing to work hard and dance every night on her way to the top. Dreamland offers a path to the good life, socializing with celebrities like Louis Armstrong and filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. But Chicago is also awash in bootleg whiskey, gambling, and gangsters. And a young woman driven by ambition might risk more than she can stand to lose.

2015: Film student Sawyer Hayes arrives at the bedside of 110-year-old Honoree Dalcour, still reeling from a devastating loss that has taken him right to the brink. Sawyer has rested all his hope on this frail but formidable woman, the only living link to the legendary Oscar Micheaux. If he’s right—if she can fill in the blanks in his research, perhaps he can complete his thesis and begin a new chapter in his life. But the links Honoree makes are not ones he’s expecting . . .

Piece by piece, Honoree reveals her past and her secrets, while Sawyer fights tooth and nail to keep his. It’s a story of courage and ambition, hot jazz and illicit passions. And as past meets present, for Honoree, it’s a final chance to be truly heard and seen before it’s too late. No matter the cost . . .

What I’m watching

The Chemical Engineer and I are currently watching FOR ALL MANKIND.

In an alternative version of 1969, the Soviet Union beats the United States to the Moon, and the space race continues on for decades with still grander challenges and goals.

We are on the last episode of Season 2, I think. Below if the trailer for season 1.

And we are also watching The Lost Pirate Kingdom on Netflix: The Lost Pirate Kingdom is a 2021 docuseries released by Netflix. This historical drama portrays the rise and fall of the eponymous early-18th century pirate republic based in Nassau, Bahamas. The series begins in 1715, shortly after the close of the War of the Spanish Succession, which pitted England against Spain. England had waged the war on the cheap, resorting to the use of privateers rather than incurring the expense of fully funding the Royal Navy. (Source: Wikipedia)

What I’m listening to:

I’m currently listening to several podcasts pretty regularly. Here are three of them.

  1. My Imaginary Friends with L. Penelope: The My Imaginary Friends podcast is a weekly, behind the scenes look at the journey of a working author navigating traditional and self-publishing. 
  2. True Crime Obsessed: True Crime Obsessed Recapping True Crime Documentaries with Humor, Sass, and a well timed Garbage Bell!
  3. The Murder Squad: Jensen & Holes: EACH WEEK RIDE SHOTGUN with retired cold case investigator Paul Holes and investigative journalist Billy Jensen as they attempt to solve an unsolved murder case using a variety of methods, from routine shoe-leather work to advanced technologies like familial DNA searches and social media geotargeting.

What I’m writing

Help me spread the cover love on Friday, June 25th 🙂

Revising #TheLeftoverBride…Part of this revision is adding 2 chapters of a Christmas Tree Lightning…And let me tell you: Sorcha and Ryan are pretty cute and those chapters are going to be very fun and Christmas-y. 🙂 And I’m getting some of my inspiration for those scenes from having gone to the Chincoteague Christmas Parade years ago…And some of the vendors on the way to the parade may be inspired by all the delicious food at the Christmas markets in Germany.

You can already pre-order #TheLeftoverBride for only $0.99. Choose your favorite e-retailer here: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBride!

And/or add it on Goodreads to be the first to know when there’s a Goodreads giveaway available for a signed paperback copy.

What I’m working on:

In addition to #TheLeftoverBride, quite a few things. You can hear details on my podcast: “A Self-Published Author’s Diary“. For example, I added the first almost 40 minutes of the A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER audiobook on YouTube…

Would love to hear what you’re waching, listening to, reading or writing these days! Let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much!

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Listen to my podcast: A Self-Published Author’s Diary

Ep. 20 – Did I always know I would write for readers? And my super scientific writing process of "ohh" and "yay" and confidence… A self-published author's diary

Today, I am answering two questions I've received from a reader named Amanda: Did I always know I would write for readers? And where does that confidence come from? I go back into my junior high writing of poems and my high school writing of romance and my later years of fanfiction writing to answer the first question. And when it comes to the second question and the confidence aspect, I try to analyze a bit where that confidence comes from. 🙂 And how fleeting it is throughout the process. I talk about my very scientific writing process of "ooohhh" and "yay" and about my love for romance books. Readers pick up those books knowing what the ending will be and yet we still get so enthralled by them. I think that's really a testimony to the magic and the art of writing romance. I also mention the podcast "My Imaginary Friends with L. Penelope"'s latest episode which I recommend for all writers struggling with their manuscript: https://lpenelope.com/podcast/ Don't forget #TheLeftoverBride is available for pre-order for only $0.99.  Choose your favorite e-retailer here: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBride As always, thank you for subscribing, rating and reviewing! Follow me on instagram: @aselfpublishedauthorsdiary 🙂 and don't hesitate to check out my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Ep. 20 – Did I always know I would write for readers? And my super scientific writing process of "ohh" and "yay" and confidence…
  2. Ep. 19 – Getting your self-published books into the French-speaking market: a case study (mine) and finding a translator. And #TheLeftoverBride almost has a cover…
  3. Ep. 18 – Selling my books directly to readers, my expectations and that happy "I got that one paragraph" feeling from revising #TheLeftoverBride.
  4. Ep. 17 – Feature Friday: Talking with Ines Johnson about her success in self-publishing, how writing screenplays has influenced her writing, pen names going "wide" and advertising.
  5. Ep. 16 – Re-branding my Gavert City series with new covers…and doubts and making progress (+ answering questions from listeners :-))
What´s Up Wednesday

What’s Up Wednesday?

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What´s up Wednesday is the brainchild of Jaime and Erin. It´s a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join, make sure to leave a link to your What’s Up Wednesday post in the widget on Jaime´s blog or Erin‘s blog.

What I’m reading

I am diving into RED QUEEN — will try to finish it on time for YA Book Club.
And I’m also reading/critiquing another amazing manuscript this week.
Lucky, lucky me.

What else I´ve been up to

Preparing for the A to Z challenge, I’ve announced my theme on Monday  (it’s going to be all about self-publishing ) I don’t think I’m THE expert on the matter but I thought sharing some of my experience and lessons learned could be helpful for others.

What works for me

 I usually try to put a few quotes in my Erin Condren planner. Quotes that I use as inspiration or reminder…

Here’s the one I had for Monday. 🙂

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I can’t wait to check all your posts and see what you’ve been up to 🙂

What´s Up Wednesday

What’s Up Wednesday?

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What´s up Wednesday is the brainchild of Jaime and Erin. It´s a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join, make sure to leave a link to your What’s Up Wednesday post in the widget on Jaime´s blog or Erin‘s blog.

What I’m reading

I am almost done reading MORE THAN COMICS by Elizabeth Briggs and I don’t want it to end. LOVING IT!
MORE THAN COMICS
And I’m reading an awesome manuscript by a wonderful & lovely writer and friend. The type of writing that makes you pause and think “Wow.”
Yep, I’m lucky..

What else I´ve been up to

  • Taking lots of pictures of Plato The Dog and Peter The Cat 🙂 and posting lots of them on Instagram 🙂

Plato in the snow

 

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  • Walking. A. Lot. Since the fence is still being put up, I take Plato on several walks a day.
  • Taxes, paperwork, trying to organize myself…

What works for me

Critiquing or beta reading. Right now, as mentioned, I’m reading an amazing manuscript and I’m both inspired by the writing (it is gorgeous) and having my brain going into “critique” mode. It helps my own writing I think, especially when comes the time to do a read-through of my own manuscript.

I can’t wait to check all your posts and see what you’ve been up to 🙂

What´s Up Wednesday

What’s Up Wednesday?

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What´s up Wednesday is the brainchild of Jaime and Erin. It´s a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join, make sure to leave a link to your What’s Up Wednesday post in the widget on Jaime´s blog or Erin‘s blog.

What I’m reading

I just started THE LIST. I am probably going to have many thoughts about this book and I’m looking forward to set some time aside to read it.
THE LIST

What else I´ve been up to

  • Using my new planner. During our writing retreat, we started talking about planners, especially Erin Condren’s planners and I received mine last week. LOVE IT!
  • Taking care of Plato The Dog. He broke part of a nail two nights ago, he’s not in pain and lets me clean his paw. So yesterday, we took it easy…2015-02-17_1424205940
  • One of our neighbors is raising money for charities while selling beautiful jewelry.  Her husband is running the Vermont 100k this July. He is raising money for the Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports program. This program empowers individuals with disabilities throughout the year, to enjoy sports and recreation  I’ve received my earrings on Friday and I LOVE THEM. You can find more info here.earrings

What works for me

Each night, I try to write 3 things I’m grateful for in my planner. It’s a way to help focus on the positive and I find that it works for me.

I can’t wait to check all your posts and see what you’ve been up to 🙂

What´s Up Wednesday

What’s Up Wednesday? The “I love Friends” edition.

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What´s up Wednesday is the brainchild of Jaime and Erin. It´s a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join, make sure to leave a link to your What’s Up Wednesday post in the widget on Jaime´s blog or Erin‘s blog.

What I’m reading

I’m scaring myself (and doing research at the same time for my NA thrillers) by reading
And I am in the middle of  THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT by Veronica Rossi

What else I´ve been up to

  •  Preparing for the arrival of our dog…we’re now only waiting to hear when we can go and pick him up.
  • 10937362_10103379857255818_221378814_nRe-watching Friends thanks to Netflix.

  • Having fun with Megan Whitmer‘s #vlogagram …you can find me using #Elodievlogagram

What works for me

Trying to get into a schedule…I was oh so productive when I had basically no time and there are two things I noticed that I no longer have a day job.

  1. There are a LOT of things to do inside the house, a LOT and those things take time.
  2. I need to have a schedule to somewhat stick to. It helps me to achieve some of my daily goals.

I can’t wait to check all your posts and see what you’ve been up to 🙂

What´s Up Wednesday

What’s Up Wednesday?

Castle Button (Final)

What´s up Wednesday is the brainchild of Jaime and Erin. It´s a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join, make sure to leave a link to your What’s Up Wednesday post in the widget on Jaime´s blog or Erin‘s blog.

(and doesn’t Jaime make the cutest blog buttons?)

What I´m reading

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)

 I am also beta reading one amazing book. The type of book that gives you flutters because you fall in love with the characters on page 1. No really, SURF & SURRENDER is all that and more.

Surf & Surrender (Summer Love Series, #2)

She wants to forget he ever existed. He’d never give up her memory. 

You can pre-order SURF & SURRENDER, just sayin’ 🙂

(Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo)

What else I´ve been up to

So many different things.
  • Being glued to the TV the entire past week. Spending lots of time on the phone with my parents. Having a tiny spark of hope  when seeing so many people from so many different paths getting together on Sunday.
  • Recovering from my cold, slowly but surely.
  • The hubby and I are also in the process of adopting a rescue dog. We’re crossing our fingers this little boy will become part of our family very soon.
 

What works for me

To-do lists.

When I worked full-time, they enabled me to make sure I didn’t forget anything…and now that I’m not working they enable me to focus on what needs to be done.

I can’t wait to check all your posts and see what you’ve been up to 🙂

What´s Up Wednesday

What’s Up Wednesday? The “Almost all moved in” edition :-)

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What´s up Wednesday is the brainchild of Jaime and Erin. It´s a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join, make sure to leave a link to your What’s Up Wednesday post in the widget on Jaime´s blog or Erin‘s blog.

What I’m reading

I finished reading the amazing Riley Edgewood´s VIP series and all I have to say is “Gage” 🙂
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And I am about to start UNDER THE NEVER SKY

What I’m Writing

 I am still drafting my NaNo novel: a NA thriller, which is currently at  39 000 words. The goal is to finish drafting it by the end of December. And have it CP & beta-ready by the end of January, latest.

What else I´ve been up to

We’re almost all moved in. I only need to finish my nook in my office…and still go through a few boxes but otherwise, we’re pretty much set.
We got our first tree in our new home.
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I received this wonderful#Sipswap mug – which is definitely inspiring. Thanks again Crystal.
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And I missed a step going into our garage yesterday. We have friends from Germany over and we were on our way to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, or we were supposed to but instead pouf I decided to go flying.
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It is better today, but definitely can’t go jogging for a few days.
Doh.

What works for me

Re-reading past scenes to get back in the mood of the novel. Writing comments as I go on the side to make sure I don`t forget anything when I get back to it…

Those comments can be funny or sometimes it almost seems like I´m leaving a clue to future self without really explaining what past self meant. But it works 🙂

I can’t wait to check all your posts and see what you’ve been up to 🙂

What´s Up Wednesday

What´s up Wednesday? The “All the words” edition…

 

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Another blog post from the hotel…:) What´s up Wednesday is the brainchild of Jaime and Erin.  It´s a way to keep in touch in just four headings…

What I´m reading
I finished BLEED LIKE ME by Christa Desir, and OMG (yes this is an OMG moment), this book, this book is so intense and powerful and…I’ll review it tomorrow on my blog. My thoughts will be a bit more coherent but not by much…
I am about to start DAMSEL DISTRESSED by the lovely Kelsey Macke and very much looking forward to it.
What I’m Writing
 ALWAYS SECOND BEST – and my secret New Adult novel…which I can tell you will have romance and a tad of suspense in it. And I’m putting quite a few words in. For that, I am very  grateful to the writers who let me tag along with them in their spreadsheet adventure ❤
What else I´ve been up to
Mortgage paperwork. We found a house…but we´re waiting for final approval of the mortgage…and gosh that’s a lot of paperwork. Since we’re a special case (out of the country for 6 years and visa holders), we need lots of additional things translated and a lot of communication with different people along the process.
Crossing our fingers it goes through, because I might be getting a bit anxious in the hotel room.
This weekend, after going to sign some papers for the house and taking another look at it (did I mention we reaaaallly want it?), we went through a walk in Downs Park right by the Chesapeake Bay. It was gorgeous: the views, the weather, getting out of the hotel, the atmosphere…
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What works for me

Accountability and a tad of pressure.

The spreadsheet adventure as I like to call the checking-ins I do with other writers is really keeping me accountable: when on Twitter, one of them says “Who’s in?” and my break is taking longer than planned (I blame Law & Order), I get my butt back in the chair to type away (really grateful to them!)

I can’t wait to check all your posts and see what you’ve been up to 🙂

Ready Set Write, revising, What´s Up Wednesday

What´s Up Wednesday? The <3 edition…

 

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Another blog post from the hotel…:) What´s up Wednesday is the brainchild of Jaime and Erin.  It´s a way to keep in touch in just four headings…

What I´m reading
I am about to start BLEED LIKE ME by Christa Desir. I bought it on release day and I think I´ll be curling up with it today 🙂
What I’m Writing
 ALWAYS SECOND BEST – I shared an exclusive sneak peek yesterday during ONE DREAM´S ONLY´s release day party on Facebook. It´s dual POV and I´m loving it 🙂
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What else I´ve been up to
I released ONE DREAM ONLY yesterday and had a wonderful release day party on Facebook!
And as always I am amazed and grateful for everyone who’s supported me, tweeted about it, sent me emails. Really, thank you!
Thank you!

What works for me

Writing sprints.

I used to write in the train when I  had about 30 minutes to get the words in…and it worked. So now, I try to do writing sprints on Twitter and see how many words I can get in…Maybe when we´re settled in a house, I might change my routine but for now it works…

I can’t wait to check all your posts and see what you’ve been up to 🙂

What´s Up Wednesday

What’s Up Wednesday? The “I just moved” edition…

WUWMaple2What´s up Wednesday is the brainchild of Jaime and Erin. It´s a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join, make sure to leave a link to your What’s Up Wednesday post in the widget on Jaime´s blog or Erin‘s blog.

What I´m reading

I absolutely loved Trish Doller´s  WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE, so I´m about to start SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL.

What I’m Writing

So I can finally really join the Fall writing bootcamp.
Today´s goal?
Go through the latest comments from my editor on ONE DREAM ONLY and finalize the file for formatting. Can you believe that it´s coming out in less than 2 weeks?

What else I´ve been up to

We moved. Leaving work and my wonderful colleagues was very hard but I do hope to keep in touch.
It was a bit hectic and I moved one day later than planned because the pet company forgot to pick up our cat.
But we all made it.
Our cat is totally confused and spending a lot of time underneath our bed and I´m still jet-lagged but we´re excited.
I am looking at houses, trying to come up with some sort of routine.

What works for me

Waking up early: (i) working out, and (ii) spending time with the husband.

Now I am ready to start the day:-)

I can’t wait to check all your posts and see what you’ve been up to 🙂