What's Up Wednesday!

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Jamie Morrow. Its a way to get to know other writers and update your followers on what's up with you. Be sure to leave your blog link in Jamie's widget, and then hop around a visit a few blogs in the WUW post.

What I'm Reading
REBEL BELLE by Rachel Hawkins!  I don't know if you guys follow Rachel on twitter, but the woman is crack-me-up funny. And guys, this cover is GORGEOUS! I'm enjoying the story a lot.  Especially because it's set in the south, Alabama to be exact. Since my current story my agent has AND the book I'm working on are both set in the south, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy that I'm on target with Big A list authors who are coming out with similar settings. (That was one ridiculously long sentence.)  The book doesn't come out until April 8, 2014, but I am lucky enough to have super special buddies who get arcs and let me borrow them.  Thank you, Liz!  If you loved Hex Hall, you'll love this book even more. 

What I'm Writing
Does what I worked on last week count? I finished my revisions for my agent (I'm going to see how many times I can say "my agent" in one post.) And so I'm supposed to be working on my draft that I started forever ago. But I've been busy redoing my office.  Remember several weeks ago I did a What Up, Wedny? and talked about how beautiful rooms inspired me.  Well my office is coming along BEAUTIFULLY!!!!!  I need to have a garage sale to get the last of the stuff out of there AND THEN I can paint the room.  That's going to take me a while because I'm a slowwwwwwwww painter. I promise, when I'm done I will show you pictures.  I even have a corner in my office with all my art supplies organized.  It's organized so pretty too.  Can't wait to share the final product. 

What Else Have I Been Up To
I'm trying to get ahead of the game this year, the madness of Christmas shopping game. This year I'm going to have all my shopping done and wrapped before Thanksgiving.  I think I can do it.  Last year, it was down to the wire.  Not. Fun.  I'm also wanting to get my Christmas cards done (not out just done) by then too.  Thankfully I don't have to get our picture taken because we are using a family photo that we took in Belize earlier this year.

What Inspires Me
Christmas decorations!  For majority of my adulthood, I've used hand-me-down christmas decorations.  Its a hodgepodge of decor that looks more like an estate sale than a decorated home. Slowly but surely I've had to toss the tired worn decorations. They were so beat up, I couldn't even donate them to Good Will. The last few Christmases I told myself that I'll hit the after Christmas sales to save some bucks. It's slim pickings at the after sales.  And I felt like I was only adding to the hodgepodge look I loathed.  Well with my recent home redecorating, I was inspired this year to go with a silver and white theme. It goes well with my growing snowflake collection.  I don't like doing the red and green because red stresses me out.  But I'm sure I'll add touches of green. So the last few weeks I've been hitting up every TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods and I've finally completed my Christmas decor looting.  
Quirky reindeers, mercury glass, drift wood and twine trees, and sparkly snowflakes.  These decorations are inspiring me to get ready for Christmas!