Wednesday, 25 February 2015

What's Up Wednesday

In case you’re new to WUW, it’s a blog hop created by my sister Jaime and me, intended to help writers keep in touch with one another. If you’d like to participate, please sign up on the linky below, and be sure to spread some writerly encouragement around to at least a few other people taking part. Also, please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons. Thanks!

What I’m Reading:

This week I finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue. While I enjoyed the prose and characters (no surprise), this installment of the Raven Cycle was my least favourite out of the three. That being said, I’m eager to read the last book in the series and find out how everything wraps up.

Now I’m about three quarters of the way through Ruby Red, which has been a fun read so far. I also started rereading The Hound of the Baskervilles. My son chose to read it as one of his classics for English, so we’re doing our own little book club.

What I’m Writing:

This has been another tough writing week. I write at night, after my boys have gone to bed, but lately I’m exhausted by that time and it really shows in how the story is coming out. I wrote one full scene and part of another, but then I tore apart the partial scene and started over. I’m not someone who can just get the story out and leave the major work for revisions (I wish). I need to feel like I’m fairly close to capturing the scene how I picture it in my head and the overall feel of it during the drafting stage. That’s not happening these days though, which is frustrating.

My writing goal for this week: I’m going to keep plugging away on my not-so-long-term goal of finishing this WIP before we move. Not sure that’s going to happen, but I’m giving it my best shot.

What Works For Me:

Having a physical reminder to keep working on this story. I love agate, especially the blue kind, and it plays a role in my WIPs. I actually asked for a piece of it for Christmas, but it didn’t show up in my stocking or under the tree. The other day, while going through more stuff to pack in our basement, I came across my son’s old rock collection, which we hadn’t looked at in years. Lo and behold, there was a gorgeous piece of blue agate in it that I’d completely forgotten about. I’m not sure I believe in signs or good luck charms, but it felt like it turned up at just the right moment. So I’ve been keeping it by my laptop as a little piece of encouragement, and every time I see it, I’m reminded to keep pushing on.

What Else Is New:

The moving prep continues, and we got a ton done this weekend. I also spent a fair amount of time ogling historic houses on the internet. Seriously, even though it’s a little Big Brother-ish, Google Street View comes in super handy when you’re shopping for houses on the other side of the country.

On Friday, we took a break from the moving madness and finally went to see Big Hero 6. Kind of funny seeing as it came out on blue-ray a few days later anyway. It was just as awesome and fun as we were hoping it would be. Sci-fi, squishy robots, and super heroes? My kind of movie.

So what’s up with you this week?

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

What's Up Wednesday

In case you’re new to WUW, it’s a blog hop created by my sister Jaime and me, intended to help writers keep in touch with one another. If you’d like to participate, please sign up on the linky below, and be sure to spread some writerly encouragement around to at least a few other people taking part. Also, please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons. Thanks!

What I’m Reading:

I’m about three quarters of the way through Blue Lily, Lily Blue. While I’m savouring Maggie Stiefvater’s prose and characters as much as always, I'm finding the plot of this one a bit thin and meandering. Still enjoying it though.

I’ve also decided to join #RubyRedReread, although I’m actually reading Ruby Red for the first time. The series has been on my shelf for ages now, so this is the perfect reason to finally get to it. I’m hoping that will force me to take a few more reading breaks. So far I’ve only read just over two chapters, but I’m hooked.

What I’m Writing:

You know how timing always seems to be the worst? Well, right after finding out we’re moving 4000 km away, I was faced with writing what’s probably the most important scene in my whole trilogy. It was crazy hard and horribly sad (went through half a box of Kleenex while writing it) and I’m not sure how I feel about the result, but I got through the first draft of it anyway. Whew. I also wrote one more very short scene and started the next one. It feels like I’ve been working on this book forever now, and wrapping up the last third is going to be brutal because my brain is being pulled like Silly Putty in a thousand different directions. From here on in, every scene feels like good stuff and I really, really wish I could give it my undivided attention. No such luck though.

My writing goal: Rather than committing to a weekly goal, I’m just aiming to finish the first draft of Enlighten by the time we move, which will probably be later in the spring.

What Works For Me:

While sorting through never-ending boxes of junk in our basement, I came across a few crappy, old manuscripts from before I knew the first thing about writing a novel. Rereading them was both embarrassing and entertaining. They were loaded with clich├ęs, purple prose, heavy-handed messages, and just bad, bad, bad to the point where I was cringing and laughing and snorting on our rec room floor. There were a few promising nuggets buried in the mess but not enough to ever attempt finishing them, so I saved bits and pieces and the rest went in the recycling. It was encouraging to see how far I’ve come as a writer and just how much I’ve improved over the last few years, especially after dedicating myself to this like a job instead of dabbling.

What Else Is New:

On top of the usual homeschooling activities, I’ve been sorting through every last thing we own to decide what makes the cut to get dragged across the country with us when we move. That means a LOT of whittling down.  It’s amazing how much stuff one family can accumulate over the years, a good chunk of it purely sentimental and not overly useful anymore. We aren’t materialistic, but sometimes it feels like getting rid of memories. Has to be done though.

Friday evening, the husband and I treated ourselves to a break from renos and other moving prep and went on an early Valentine’s Day date. Nothing fancy, but it was relaxing. We tried out a new Irish pub and went to see The Imitation Game. Benedict Cumberbatch was predictably amazing in the lead role, and I enjoyed the WWII code breaking aspect, but the injustice done to Alan Turing left me sad and frustrated--which was, of course, the point. I highly recommend the movie.

Well, that was my hectic week. How was yours?

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

What's Up Wednesday

In case you’re new to WUW, it’s a blog hop created by my sister Jaime and me, intended to help writers keep in touch with one another. If you’d like to participate, please sign up on the linky below, and be sure to spread some writerly encouragement around to at least a few other people taking part. Also, please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons. Thanks!

I’m playing hooky from WUW again this week, folks. Our house is in a state of chaos right now while we try to finish renos, make moving arrangements, and sort out which stuff we want to haul across the country with us. Fortunately, we found out we don’t have to move until later in the spring, so that’s a relief, but there’s still a ton to do and that time is gonna fly by fast enough to give me whiplash.

Hope all is well with you and that the words are flowing this week! Also, good luck to everyone taking part in Writer Recharge! Wish I could've joined you! :)


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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

What's Up Wednesday

In case you’re new to WUW, it’s a blog hop created by my sister Jaime and me, intended to help writers keep in touch with one another. If you’d like to participate, please sign up on the linky below, and be sure to spread some writerly encouragement around to at least a few other people taking part. Also, please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons. Thanks!

What I’m Reading:

Because I’m an idiot of monumental proportions, I’m now juggling three books when I don’t even have time to read one.  The other night, I was craving pretty prose, picked up my copy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and got sucked it. Seriously, what did I think was going to happen? Sigh.

What I’m Writing:

Well, I didn’t meet my goal this week. Not even close. I have a good excuse though, which you can read about below. I did squeak out 1600 words, which included rewriting the end of a scene that didn’t even factor into my goal, and I also organized some of my notes for the scenes I was supposed to write. Concentration was pretty much impossible this week, and I’m hoping I don’t get completely derailed in the next while. Again, see below.

What Works For Me:

Um…not much this week, apparently. Sometimes your bag of tricks just runs out or doesn’t have what you need in it. I’m giving myself permission for writing not to work right now though. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, see below. (Hmm, do most people even know what broken records are anymore?)

What Else is New:

So my family just found out we’re moving 4000 km away to New Brunswick. Whether my husband got the job transfer he applied for was the news we were waiting on last week. Remember that trip we took to the Canadian Maritimes back in November?  Well, it wasn’t just for fun. We were actually on a “recon mission” to see if we wanted to move there, and the answer was yes.  There are still a lot of things that have to fall into place in order for this to happen, but hopefully it’ll all work out. Meanwhile, we’re in panic mode trying to finish up house renovations, getting rid of half of what we own, and making all sorts of other arrangements. Let me tell you, prep for a cross country move is beyond insane, especially when you’re not even sure yet what kind of time line you’re working with.  It’s exciting, BUSY, exhausting, and pretty darn scary all at the same time.

And that’s why my brain has been incapable of concentrating on writing lately. I really wish I’d been able to finish this WIP before our life was thrown into chaos and adventure (we’re kind of hobbit-y when it comes to adventures), but things happened a lot quicker than we anticipated. Maybe once the initial surprise wears off and we’ve made a nice dent in our moving arrangements I’ll be able to focus on writing again? Not sure. Crossing my fingers though.

Well, that’s my news. So how was your week?

Friday, 30 January 2015

Cover Reveal: ADAMANT by Emma L. Adams

Today is the cover reveal for Adamant (The Alliance series #1) by Emma L. Adams. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

ADAMANT final front coverAdamant (The Alliance Series #1)
By Emma L. Adams
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 11 March 2015

Blurb:
On an alternative 21st-century Earth in which our world is one of many in the Multiverse, the Inter-World Alliance exists to keep the peace between the worlds, and keep the monsters out.

Ada Fletcher is twenty-one, keeps a collection of knives in her room, and is more interested in fighting than her day job as a cashier. She also risks her life on a daily basis, helping refugees from a devastating magical war on her homeworld hide on the low-magic Earth. But when she’s taken into custody by the Alliance, her unusual magic makes her a prime suspect for a supervisor’s suspicious death.

For Kay Walker, whose family founded the organization, there has never been any doubt that his future is with the Alliance – even if it means dealing with sarcastic centaurs and dangerous monsters in the dark Passages between worlds. But when his supervisor is murdered, Kay discovers that a research project might have been the reason, and faces the choice of whether to ignore his instincts or risk becoming the next target, not to mention digging into the Alliance’s history and memories he’d rather keep buried. And there’s something not quite right about the strange, fierce girl he arrested as a suspect.

The last thing Ada wants is to help the infuriating Alliance guard who arrested her, but it soon becomes clear that the Alliance knows too much about Ada’s offworld origins. More, in fact, than she knows herself. Now she has to choose between loyalty to her family, and helping the Alliance save the Earth – and the Multiverse – from a deadly enemy.


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Emma AdamsAbout the Author:
Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions and writing fantasy novels, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an improbable number of books. Emma is currently working on the Alliance series, a multiple-universe adult fantasy featuring magic, monsters, cool gadgets and sarcasm. Her upper-YA urban fantasy Darkworld series is published by Curiosity Quills Press.

You can find and contact Emma here:
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- Newsletter


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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

What's Up Wednesday

In case you’re new to WUW, it’s a blog hop created by my sister Jaime and me, intended to help writers keep in touch with one another. If you’d like to participate, please sign up on the linky below, and be sure to spread some writerly encouragement around to at least a few other people taking part. Also, please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons. Thanks!

What I’m Reading:

I’ve been trying to finish up City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, but I’m feeling sort of disconnected from the characters and the story. I also started Two by Leigh Anne Kopans. I really liked Elias in One, so I’m looking forward to reading this sequel since it’s from his perspective.



What I’m Writing:

Writing this week was full of plot twists, tears, and Hans Zimmer. Even though I didn’t do a WUW post last Wednesday, I still set a writing goal for myself. I wanted to finish the next three scenes in Enlighten, which I did. That’s another 6k added to this beast of a WIP. I’m finally, FINALLY at the point where I’m in love with it though. It took longer with this one, but I knew I’d get there.

My writing goal for this week: I’d like to write the next three scenes and outline a fourth. That last order of business is going to be tough because it involves tying up a plot thread that I’ve woven through the whole trilogy. No pressure.

What Works For Me:

The Interstellar soundtrack. Seriously, that pipe organ is transcendent and Hans Zimmer is a genius. Don’t you love how inspiration is like this amazing chain reaction? Christopher & Jonathan Nolan create a breathtaking movie-->Hans Zimmer composes beautiful music for it-->A starry-eyed peon like me writes in hopes that someday, in some tiny way, I can pass a spark of inspiration on to someone else;)

My personal favourite was the Smaug Stout,
but I love the Gollum label on the Precius Pils
What Else Is New:

Not much is new around here…yet. While it’s exhaustingly busy at our house these days, there’s also suddenly the prospect of some exciting new developments in our future (not writing related), so we’re waiting in this hopeful sort of limbo.

Despite being swamped, there have also been some little highlights sprinkled throughout: wintry walks that have temporarily turned into spring-like walks, a lunch date with my son, homemade baked potato chips and guacamole courtesy of the husband (amazing), watching camouflage “ghost bunnies” hop around the park in the middle of the night, trying beer inspired by The Hobbit, long discussions with my son about human rights and all sorts of other important issues during his Civics & Citizenship unit. It's those sorts of things that make homeschooling worth it. Now, if only I could squeeze in a bit more reading and sleep!

So how was your week?



Wednesday, 21 January 2015

What's Up Wednesday

In case you’re new to WUW, it’s a blog hop created by my sister Jaime and me, intended to help writers keep in touch with one another. If you’d like to participate, please sign up on the linky below, and be sure to spread some writerly encouragement around to at least a few other people taking part. Also, please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons. Thanks!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you’re all having an excellent week! I won’t be posting today seeing as I’m kind of drowning in homeschool related activities and other busy offline stuff. Hopefully I can catch up on things and join in next Wednesday. In the meantime, I wish you lots of words and productivity in the coming week!