Saturday Edition – What We’re Writing and Reading

Welcome to this Saturday Edition of What We’re Writing and Reading in which we share some of what we’re up to with our writing (when we’re not here) and what we’re into with our reading (around the web). We’ll also pull back the curtain a little to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what went into a piece.

We hope you enjoy this little diversion and encourage you to share your own posts and picks in the comments.

Happy writing! Happy reading! 


headshot_jw_thumbnailJamie Wallace: Real cold has begun to settle into New England. Its arrival feels a little harsh after our balmy autumn, but I welcome the dropping temperatures for my own bookish reasons. Though I enjoy reading all year ’round, there is something extra delicious about curling up under a blanket with a hot mug of tea and a good book. The shorter days and darker afternoons seem the perfect excuse for calling it a day a little early and surrendering to the siren call of the couch and the nearby pile of books.

With the cold comes the reality of the holidays lurking just around the corner. I suppose “lurking” may not be the most complimentary adjective to choose, but I don’t think anyone would deny that this time of year arrives with its own rather large helping of stress and anxiety. I’m a bit in denial so far this year (haven’t bought or made a single gift). I’m also looking for ways to seriously simplify gift giving and celebrating in general. Any tips are welcome!

What I’m Writing:

mud heartOver on my marketing site, I published a post called The (magical) power of delight. Delight is grossly undervalued in marketing. People here the word “marketing” and too often feel like everything has to get all serious and analytical. They start thinking in numbers and acronyms. They forget that marketing is all about making connections … with other human beings. Creating delight is a surefire way to capture people’s imagination and win their hearts.

As writers, we are even more finely tuned into the art of creating connection than most. Creating delightful content and experiences for our readers should, at some level, come naturally … if we let it.

I’m also continuing to work on my daily prompt writing. I am pretty pleased with my track record so far, though I have missed a couple of days. I’m curious – how many of you do writing exercises based on prompts? Do you find them helpful in the context of larger projects, or just use them for warm-ups, etc?

What I’m Reading:

I was challenged in the reading department this week. I actually found (made!) time to read, but I wound up being disappointed by the books I was reading. (More on that in another post I have scheduled for next Tuesday.)

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After wasting several hours trying to muscle my way through books that weren’t making my heart go pitter-patter, I finally got smart and gave up. Even better, I decided to pick up an old favorite for a second read. East (affiliate link) by Edith Pattou is a fast-paced young adult novel that retells the classic story East of the Sun, West of the Moon. It has been many years since I first read this novel, but it was especially sweet to fall easily into the story and the language after my trials with the other two books.

I am hoping that my daughter (almost ten years-old) might give East a try when I’m done reading it. I love a story with a strong, female protagonist, and Pattou’s Rose is just such a character.

And let’s not forget the blogs. Here are a few of my favorite writerly posts from this week:

Finally, a quote for the week:

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I’ll admit it. 😉 

And that’s all for this week. Have a fabulously writerly weekend with plenty of words and stories & we’ll see you on the other side! 

Jamie Lee Wallace is a writer who also happens to be a marketer. She helps her Suddenly Marketing clients discover their voice, connect with their audience, and find their marketing groove. She is also a mom, a prolific blogger, and a student of the equestrian arts, voice, and trapeze (not at the same time). Introduce yourself on facebook or twitter. She doesn’t bite … usually.

16 thoughts on “Saturday Edition – What We’re Writing and Reading

  1. Great post, didn’t think twice about clicking on the follow button looking forward to reading more of your articles to help me improve on every aspect of the writing process

  2. Writing prompts are invaluable-sometimes a writer needs a helpful ‘prodding’ to gain focus.
    I’ve recently purchased, “The Writer’s Lab” by Sexton Burke (Writer’s Digest) for inspiration. Within are roughly 180 pages of prompts and creative fictional challenges that offer alternative directions for your writing. Hope this helps!

  3. WOW!!! Amazing inspiration….so far this week, since I have a writing partner me and her are writing a lot of similar things. THIS WEEKEND, WE’RE PLANNING ON HITTING A RECORD OF WRITING FOR 3 HOURS STRAIGHT!!!

    The book I’m reading is called “Harriet The Spy.” It’s amazing, definitely a book for writers. It’s so good…..any writer will definitely have something to say about it….what a novel.

    Also, quote of the week, “Be sure to look at him differently, for there may be something you haven’t noticed.” It’s left me wondering, maybe a girl wrote it for other girls top think about before they start loving a person. What do you think?

    • Ahhh … “Harriet the Spy.” I remember that book fondly – the way it inspired me to carry a notebook and pen everywhere I went, the way it encouraged me to look – really look – at the people and events around me. Love that book.

      Hope your 3-hr writing marathon went well! 🙂

      • That book was truly amazing… inspired me to do the same. To look at the world a little differently. It definitely taught me something….anyone would agree…..I’ve read it 4 times since Grade 4….I think anyone would get inspired.

        Thanks for the note of encouragement. 🙂

  4. @Also, quote of the week, “Be sure to look at him differently, for there may be something you haven’t noticed.” It’s left me wondering, maybe a girl wrote it for other girls top think about before they start loving a person. What do you think?>..

    Nice quote! I read here often but usually don’t comment..2 thumbs UP on this write & all the others I’ve read here! Write ON

  5. Well, I’m slowly ploughing through Eleanor Catton’s Booker Prize-winning The Luminaries. It’s a leisurely read. I’m in it for the long-haul. It has its irritations, but the girl can definitely write!
    Stephen King’s 11.22.63 has been an absolute belter of a book so far. His best since Needful Things, in my opinion.
    And I’m hugely enjoying the latest offering from King’s son, Joe Hill. NOS 4R2 has hit the ground running. Sure, he has his father’s voice. But his impersonation, so far, is almost as entertaining as the original!

    • Oooh! The Luminaries sounds fascinating. Just sent a sample to my Kindle.

      Wish I had the nerve to read King, but I’m susceptible to nightmares and can’t trust myself with any of his stories. Neil Gaiman is about as scary as I can get. 😉

      • Well, The Luminaries is beautifully written, but does feel a bit worthy and excessively padded out so far.

        Gosh… please don’t be put off by King’s ‘horrific’ reputation! 11.22.63 contains, basically, no horror tropes at all. It’s still, inimitably, King. But it is a JFK/time-travel/60s-nostalgia-fest. And, so far, it is a lot less scary than Gaiman! I’ll let you know if it gets any scarier, but I really don’t believe it will.

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