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What's Up Wednesday: May Term

Well, it's been a while since one of these. I thought I'd ease back into blogging with a What's Up Wednesday, a weekly blog hop hosted by Jaime Morrow.

What I'm Reading

I'm nearing the end of The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand. I really love this one, and I also loved Ms. Cavendish's Home for Boys and Girls. The Year of Shadows is an MG ghost story, while Ms. Cavendish is MG horror. I have a feeling that Claire Legrand will become a favorite author of mine. Both these books are so good, and so different. What with this and the new Nick and Tesla, I've been reading mostly MG. However, I still have a big TBR pile to get to, which includes a mix of genres and age ranges.

What I'm Writing

Reviews and blog posts! I just reviewed the ARC of Nick and Tesla's Secret Agent Gadget Battle, an MG mystery. I'm also getting ready to jump back into writing Contracted. I was really overwhelmed with spring semester stuff, but now that it's the short May Term, I should have more time on my hands. Well, we'll see... 

What else I'm up to right now

I'm still watching Hemlock Grove. It hasn't gotten better...It's getting worse. Which means that each episode is even more corny, terrible, and so-bad-it's-entertaining. 

I turned 22 (did I mention that?).

I will also be able to work on things for my CP's. At least, this is the theory. In between all this, I am trying to find a job to work during the summer and graduate school. I have a house with two roommates and I've been accepted into the program that I wanted, but I am worried about being able to pay rent, bills, house upkeep, and tuition. Ugh. Things are hard.

In the meantime, I just have to finish my last graduation requirements and do my senior recital for the cello. I have my recital hearing tomorrow. I can't tell you how much I am not looking forward to this. I am a good player, but I am not the strongest performer. I like the music that I have programmed; I just wish I could get an A for learning it without having to actually play it for people and stuff. Ugh again. Things are hard.

What inspires me right now

It's not freezing anymore. That's always good.


  1. Good to hear what you're up to! Sounds about the same for me - jobs, writing, reading, school. (Although I am DONE now). And it is so nice that spring is actually coming. It RAINED today. I couldn't believe it. Happy belated birthday! Oh, and I like the new look!

    1. Wow, you're done early! I'm jealous! I have a community service and a research methods class, both of which are turning out to be WAY too much work for what I thought they were going to be. :P

      Thanks! I figured it was time for a blog retouch.

  2. Sounds like things are hectic and stressful right now, but Happy Birthday and congratulations on getting your placement! I hope things level out soon.

    1. Thank you! I hope so, too. I will feel better once I have graduated and locked down a job.

  3. Lots on your plate right now from the sounds of it. I hope everything goes smoothly with your final grad requirements and your cello recital. (I have the hardest time playing solo for people.) I hope you're able to squeeze in time to do the things you'd like to over May term. Have a great week, Laura!

    1. After I had the recital, I felt better about my ability to actually play it. It's just difficult to have the stamina to perform so many pieces in a row without a break. Have a great week!


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