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What’s Up Wednesday

Note:  Due to moving and not having regular Internet access yet, I may not be able to visit as many participating blogs as usual this week.

Ready Set Write

As part of their What’s Up Wednesday feature, Elodie NowodazkijAlison MillerKaty UppermanErin Funk, and Jaime Morrow will be hosting a summer-long initiative called Ready. Set. Write! Participants will share weekly, monthly, or overall goals in the “What I’m Writing” section of the weekly posts.

What I’m Writing

By the time this post goes live, I may finally be done with Part II of my WIP. It’ll be up to around 427,000 words. It’s 1 September 1939, and everyone’s lives are about to change. When Part III opens, it’ll be June 1940.

What I’m Reading

Brought to Bed:  Childbearing in America, 1750-1950, by Judith Walzer Leavitt. I’ve been a huge birth junkie for over a decade now, in spite of still being childfree. Any book or documentary on the history of birth, midwifery, and/or natural, evidence-based childbirth is right up my alley. This book mostly focuses on the evolution of doctors in childbirth, both at home and in hospital, since there are already plenty of other books concentrating on midwifery.

What Inspires Me

Sometimes this feels embarrassing, but it can also be inspiring to be around my little campers who already are so Jewishly educated at such young ages. Theyknow some things I didn’t learn about till I was an adult. And even at 33, I still can’t read cursive Hebrew!

What Else I’ve Been Up To

I’ve been busy with camp, in the nursery bunk, though I did get to spend one day recently with the older girls. I even got the fun of going into the outdoor pool with them after driving some of them to the JCC. I’ve also moved into my new apartment, though I’m still in process of unpacking and arranging everything.


I started reading at three (my first book was Grimm's Fairy Tales, the uncensored adult version), started writing at four, started writing book-length things at eleven, and have been a writer ever since. I predominantly write historical fiction family sagas/series. I primarily write about young people, since I was a young person myself when I became a serious writer and didn't know how to write about adults as main characters. I only write in a contemporary setting if the books naturally go into the modern era over the course of the decades-long stories being told over many books. I've always been drawn to books, films, music, fashions, et al, from bygone eras, and have never really been too much into modern things. If something or someone has appeal for all time, it'll still be there to be discovered after the initial to-do has died down. For example, my second-favorite writer enjoyed a huge burst of popularity in the Sixties and Seventies, but he wrote his books from 1904-43, and his books still resonate today, even after he's no longer such a fad. Quality lasts for all time.

7 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday

  1. I love reading about your dedication to the kids at camp– it warms my heart. I’m cheering you on with the progress of your book– so impressive. And, your books on birthing and midwifery sound fascinating!


  2. I am completely inspired by teenagers and my own children – their tenacity in the face of adversity, their technical know-how, their ability to multi-task. Their wide-eyed innocence (well, some) and compassion. I think they get a bad rep. I love them!

    Have a great week! Way to keep up with all that writing!


  3. Sounds like you’re at an exciting turning point in your manuscript! And what a great inspiration those kids at camp sound like. Kids are amazing sponges!


  4. Yay for all of your progress, Carrie-Anne—and for still accomplishing in the MIDDLE OF A MOVE. I hope you feel settled soon! And I’m impressed anyone can read Hebrew! Amazing.


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