Wednesday, 12 June 2013

What's Up Wednesday/Ready. Set. WRITE!


Hey, look! It's Wednesday again! I can't believe another week just flew past. This is a particularly special Wednesday, because today is the day we set our first goals for Ready. Set. Write!, the summer writing incentive hosted by Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, Elodie Nowodazkij, Jaime Morrow and I. If you'd like to join us, it's not too late! You can read about it and/or sign up here. Or, if you'd just like to share a bit about your week with other readers and writers, feel free to participate in What's Up Wednesday with us by signing up at Jaime's site.

What I’m reading:

I just finished Taken by Erin Bowman, and now I’m about to start Reboot by Amy Tintera. We’ll see how much reading I get done in the next while though, because my TBR list tends to suffer when I’m in the Writer’s Vortex.


What I’m writing:

To be honest, I haven’t written a darn word on my WIP this past week. I’ve been busy with a lot of other tasks lately and just haven’t had the chance. My characters are mighty ticked off at me. That’s about to change though…

Because it’s time to share my goals for Ready. Set. WRITE! I’m going to start off with something that doesn’t set the bar too high. Nope, I’m not being a chicken. I just know that I need to work up some momentum again and reorient myself within my story after almost two weeks away from it. Plus, I want to be able to meet my first goal of the summer.


So, this week I’m aiming to write 4000 words. That’s about 570 words a day, which should be doable. For now I’m setting a word count goal, but I might switch things up and set goals for finishing specific scenes. We’ll see how things go! Good luck to everyone else who’s setting goals for Ready. Set. WRITE! this week! You can do it!


What Else I’ve Been Up To:

Hmm, other than attending a birthday party on Sunday, this past week has been too hectic to do anything creative or super fun.  I did have time to watch the movie Sunshine with my husband the other night. We’re kind of scraping the bottom of the barrel for good movies these days, so I was happy to stumble upon this sci-fi gem, which I’d never even heard of before.  It isn’t a fast paced movie, and I had to suspend my disbelief for at least one plot development, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. Basically, the story is an end of the world scenario in which the sun is burning out. A crew of astronauts and scientists (including Cillian Murphy and Chris Evans) are sent on a mission to fire an enormous nuke into the dying sun in hopes of creating a new star to light and heat the Earth. I loved the atmosphere of Sunshine, which was much darker than the title implies, and while the concept sounds a little like Armageddon and other typical natural disaster blockbusters, that’s not at all what this film was like. There were scenes that I’m still reflecting on, and images that I know will stick with me. I’m leery of recommending movies to people, so be forewarned, there are some gory scenes in Sunshine, some language, and it will mostly appeal to hardcore sci-fi fans.


What Inspires Me Right Now:

This piece of music (Adagio in D Minor) from the Sunshine soundtrack. It accompanied a couple very poignant scenes in the movie, and I think it might be one of the most beautiful movie themes I’ve heard. It’s very bittersweet, and I love that. I'm not a huge fan of the entire soundtrack, but this song just really moves me. Naturally, I’ve added it to my writing playlist.


So that’s the gist of my week. How was yours? If you’d like to join us for What’s Up Wednesday, or take part in Ready. Set. WRITE! we’d love to have you! And if you've already signed up for Ready. Set. Write, please remember to take the time to encourage your fellow participants!

46 comments:

  1. Ooooh I love that song. It is so, so, so beautiful!

    Good luck with Ready. Set. WRITE! Hope you achieve all your aims!

    Have you seen the film Moon? That's a great sci-fi film.

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    1. Isn't it amazing? I wish the entire soundtrack was that good! I haven't seen the movie Moon yet, but thanks for the recommend. I looked up the description, and it sounds intriguing! I guess it only makes sense to watch a movie about the moon after watching one about the sun, right?

      Thanks for wishing me luck with my goals! :)

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  2. Writer's Vortex - LOVE!

    Also, you and I had the same idea in goal-setting. I tried not to aim TOO high, but manageable. I'm sure you'll rock your word count this week! Go YOU!

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    1. Nice! I figure there's no harm in playing it safe, especially at the start. I wanted to make sure I kicked off the summer meeting my first goal instead of falling flat on my face! As for the Writer's Vortex, it's one crazy, crazy place! Good luck with your goals, too, Alison! With your enthusiasm, I'm sure you'll do awesome!

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  3. Ooh I just looked up Sunshine. It sounds like something I'd enjoy watching. Plus, Cillian Murphy and Chris Evans... <3

    I'm starting out small too this week. My goal at the moment is 4K but I hope as time goes by I can write more than that a week. Good luck with meeting your goals. No matter how small they are, they still get you a step closer to the bigger goal. :)

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    1. Yes, Cillian Murphy and Chris Evans were a definite bonus! I see you set the same goal as I did. I figured I'd start small and hopefully up my weekly word count as the summer progresses too. Best of luck for meeting your goals this week!

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  4. How did you like TAKEN? How are you liking REBOOT? I just met Amy (the author of REBOOT) a few weeks ago; she was so nice! I'd heard of Sunshine but I think there are so many movies with that title that I mix them up lol!!!! Good luck with your writing goals. You can do it, Erin!

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    1. Hmm, I have to admit I was only so-so on Taken, but I did like Gray, the mc. So far I've only read a few pages of Reboot, but it's one I've really been looking forward to. That's cool you met Amy Tintera! Good luck with your writing goals too! Hope you make great progress this week!

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  5. I have been in the Writer's Vortex before - perfect name for it :)

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    1. Glad you liked the name! I hope to be spending a lot of time there this summer! :)

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  6. Looks like we're not too far off on our goals :) I'm going for 500/day so 3500 a week. We'll see if said goal sticks--it may need adjusting! Excited to be writing with you this summer. :)

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    1. It was hard to decide what goal to set, but I figured this was reasonable. Like you said, there's always room for adjustment once we settle into the challenge. I'm excited to be writing with you this summer too, Liz! Good luck with your goal this week!

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  7. I've had that song from the soundtrack on my iTunes playlist for ages now. It's pretty great! I still haven't seen the movie yet, though. Probably should do that sometime. I think your word goal for the week is good. Not too over the top and not too conservative either. I think I maybe overshot this week with my goals. :/ I got a fair amount done yesterday with my WIP, but still. Hopefully we'll both reach our goals this week! :)

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    1. You've had it all this time and didn't share it with me?! For shame! I've been playing it pretty much non-stop the past couple days, because I find it so inspiring. You guys would probably like Sunshine. Hello, Cillian Murphy and Chris Evans are in it, so what's not to like? As for my goal, I'm hoping I do all right with it. I'm feeling a little rusty in the writing department this week. I need to buckle down and focus! I hope we both reach our goals too! :)

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  8. When you said Sunshine, I initially thought you were referring to another movie called Sunshine, a 3-hour-long historical drama set over three generations of Hungarian family. I suppose it's a popular title for movies. Good luck with getting some writing done this week.

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    1. You're right, there are a lot of movies with "sunshine" in the title. I thought this movie could have been named better, actually. The title really doesn't capture the essence of the movie very well, even though the plot was about creating a new sun. Good luck with your writing this week too!

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  9. I've wanted to read REBOOT for ages, but it's still a ways down on the TBR list.
    Good luck on your goals! I like the idea of finishing certain scenes...I don't do very well with word counts, but yours sound very doable!
    And that music! <3 I've never seen the movie, but the soundtrack has some gorgeous stuff.

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    1. I'm hoping I can make some headway with Reboot, seeing as I'll be focusing more on writing than reading in the next while. It's one of the books I've most been looking forward to this summer.

      I find word counts can be tricky. My last WIP needed SO many words trimmed out that I'm actually excited when my word count is lower now. If I can write a scene and it accomplishes what it's supposed to in less words, I figure that's a good thing!

      Glad you enjoyed the song, and I hope writing goes well for you this week too!

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  10. I really enjoyed the movie Sunshine, but never thought to check out the soundtrack! And Taken is on my TBR pile, as well as Reboot. Good luck with your writing goals, you can do it!

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    1. Wasn't it a good show? This song stuck out in my mind after watching it, so I went searching for it specifically. There were some parts of the soundtrack I didn't care for as much (the parts where there's scary stuff going on in the movie), but overall I liked it. Good luck with your writing goals too!

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  11. I crawled out of the writer's vortex last weekend when I went home, but since school's out in a week, I'm ready to dive right back into it. Good luck with your word count this week! :)

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    1. I plan on spending lots of time in the Writer's Vortex this summer, but I'll need to remember to surface once in a while. Good luck with your word count this week too!

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  12. I think your goals are very achievable, so you should be off to a great start! It's always hard getting back to a story after some time away...sometimes even a day is enough to throw me off.

    I've been meaning to watch Sunshine for sooo long, so I'm glad you enjoyed it! Now I have even more of a reason to watch it :)

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    1. I'm the same way. A day off is enough to throw me too, and I'm feeling pretty rusty after not writing much for the last couple weeks. That's why I made sure my goal for this first week was realistic for me. If you watch Sunshine, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  13. Sunshine is a great movie, I really enjoyed it.

    I'm aiming for 500 words a day too, it seems doable, hopefully :) Good Luck!

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    1. I think I need to pick Sunshine up on blu-ray because it's one I definitely see myself watching again. Glad you enjoyed it too! Hope you hit your 500 words a day! Best of luck!

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  14. I can't wait to pick up Reboot!

    I haven't watched Sunshine, but now I'm intrigued.

    Good luck with your 500wd/day goal! I came out of my own vortex a couple of days ago...what a doozy!

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    1. I've really been looking forward to reading Reboot, but the timing is bad with throwing myself back into writing. Hopefully I'll be able to fit in some reading time too! Thanks for wishing me luck! Glad you survived your trip into the vortex!

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  15. Sunshine is a brilliant film and that piece of music is great too. Also, Moon is an excellent film with a really good score.

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    1. You're the second person to recommend Moon to me! Now I'm really going to have to check it out! I thought Sunshine was brilliant too. I can't stop thinking about certain scenes, and I love it when movies do that!

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  16. Good luck with your R.S.W! goal! That seems totally doable and I'm sure you'll do great!

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    1. Thanks, Ghenet! I wanted to go with something realistic seeing as it's been super busy lately. :)

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  17. I finally got TAKEN from the library, so hopefully I'll read it soon! Sunshine sounds intriguing; I don't remember it at all. I'm looking forward to hearing that track you've posted. I like sort of melancholy pieces.

    So excited about Ready.Set.Write! I've been off the whole writing thing for so long, it's a little scary!

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    1. I'd never even heard of Sunshine before the other day, so it was a nice surprise! If you end up watching it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I'm feeling a little rusty with the writing lately too, so I can relate! I'm sure you'll do awesome!

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  18. Hmmm I had not heard of Sunshine. It sounds really interesting! Can't wait to read all the progress on R.S.W!

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    1. I think it must have had a limited release in theatres or something, because I hadn't heard of it until the other day either. We've watched a couple duds lately, so I was glad to find something enjoyable finally. I'm eager to hear about everyone's writing progress too! :)

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  19. You can do it! We'll be here cheering you on for those 4000 words! Go, go, go!
    Oh, I like that song! :)

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    1. Ha ha, thanks! It does sound kinda catchy, doesn't it? :)

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  20. Good luck with your 4K this week! You can do it, no sweat.

    That's a fantastic song - love it! I've never heard of the movie, though.

    I'm still plugging away at TAKEN - the writing is so great and I want to keep reading, but I've got so much other stuff on my plate, it's been hard to stick with it.

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. Thanks, Sara! I'm feeling a little rusty after neglecting the writing for the last couple weeks, but I should be able to meet my goal if I can get my head in the game! Glad you enjoyed the song! I hadn't heard of SUNSHINE until the other day either, so it was a nice surprise for me. Enjoy the rest of your week too! I hope you meet your writing goals and find some time to read as well!

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  21. I think I need to add TAKEN to my TBRL. I feel like it's everywhere all of a sudden and people are raving.

    Good luck with your writing goal this week.

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    1. Yeah, it does seem to be a fairly popular book. Thanks for wishing me luck!

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  22. I'm not big on sci fi, but I love Sunshine. It did have such a great atmosphere, and it felt a little more philosophical than a lot of action movies, which I loved.
    4000 words is an excellent goal. Good luck!

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    1. Yes, it was definitely more on the philosophical side, and I loved that about it too. It also didn't have some happy storybook ending, which made it feel more realistic. Thanks for wishing me luck on my goals!

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  23. Good goals - good luck with them. I have not seen that movie, but I do love that song - thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Thanks for wishing me luck with my goals, and if you happen to watch Sunshine, I hope you enjoy it!

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