Wednesday, 19 June 2013

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

Hey, guys! Welcome to this week's What's Up Wednesday/Ready. Set. WRITE! Frankenpost! It's a bit of a monster!

What I’m Reading:

I’m still reading Reboot by Amy Tintera. There hasn’t been much time to read in the last week, which kind of stinks, because so far I like this one. Why does life always get busy right when I pick up a book I’ve been waiting for? It must be some literary Law of the Universe or something.


What I’m Writing:

My Ready. Set. WRITE! goal for this past week was 4000 words, and I managed to squeeze
out just over 5800. This covered the rewrite of my story opening and then some, so I’m quite happy with that.

Seeing as I met my first goal, I’m going to aim a little higher this week. I’d like to finish 5000 words by next Wednesday. Yesterday, I spent some time mulling over the logistics of a particular aspect of my story, and I think I have the kinks worked out. I’m also coming up to some scenes I’ve been waiting to write for a long, long time, so hopefully the words will flow!

A couple reminders for anyone taking part in Ready. Set. WRITE!

a) Please remember to sign up on the What’s Up Wednesday linky on Jaime Morrow’s site.
Ready. Set. WRITE! is happening in conjunction with WUW this summer, and if you leave your link for us there, it will help us stay organized.

b) This is a blog hop, so please make a point of visiting some of the other participants on the list. It would be awesome if everyone commented on a few new blogs a week, just to branch out and ensure that everyone who takes part feels included. Remember: the more encouragement you give, the more you’ll get in return! And if you’re new to this group of writers, jump right in and join the conversation!

c) As I’m typing this post, we have 60 people signed up. By the time you read this, there could be more. (Yay!!!) The Ready. Set. WRITE! co-host team is cheering all of you on, but it’s a tall order for each of us to visit every blog, seeing as we need to get writing too! So Alison, Katy, Elodie, Jaime, and I will be splitting up the list to make sure everyone gets a visit from somebody on the team each week. Thanks for your understanding on this and know that we’re rooting for each and every one of you to meet your goals!

What’s Inspiring Me Right Now:

The Twitter writing party we had on Monday really motivated me this week. It was awesome to know so many of us were writing at the same time and to hear about everybody’s progress. That was my first ever Twitter party (I’m a newbie to Twitter), and it was a lot of fun!

What Else I’ve Been Up To:

On Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day with my husband’s family. The restaurant where we had lunch is right next to McNally Robinson, our independent bookstore, so after my delicious eggs benedict, we all headed over to browse. I love that we have so many family members who are readers. It’s awesome to hear my son discussing The Warriors series with his grandmother, or the Guardians of Ga’Hoole and Septimus Heap with his cousin. I got to chat with my niece about what she’s been reading lately too. And now the kids are getting old enough to read books from the YA section, which is exciting.  I feel like a whole new world is opening up to them. Going to a bookstore is more than shopping for us—it’s an event. This particular store has loads of cool giftware too (It’s where I bought my favourite writing mug), and best of all, it has a tree staircase. Yep, a tree staircase. It leads up to the children’s section on the balcony. Now, who wouldn’t want to spend time in a store like that? It kick starts the imagination before you even leave with a bag full of books. :)


So how was your week? Get lots of reading and/or writing done? If you’d like to take part in Ready. Set. WRITE! you can sign up on the official linky here, and please remember to link to your post on the What’s Up Wednesday list here. If you aren’t taking part in RSW but would like to do WUW still, feel free! Either way, we’d love for you to join us!

58 comments:

  1. Coming up to long-awaited scenes are the BEST :D Congrats on reaching your goals, Erin (and yay for your first Twitter party!) I love that picture of your library, that tree in the middle is pretty cool!

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    1. Thank you, Elodie! It felt great to check my first word count goal off the list. And even though the scenes I'm coming up to are sad, I can't wait to tackle them. They've been swirling around in my head for way too long now. I'm going to have to join another Twitter party soon, because that one was great motivation! Best of luck on your goals this week! :)

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  2. Ohmigosh is that the bookstore?! WOW! I WANNA GO!

    Congratulations on hitting your wordcount target! Oooh I love it when I scenes I've been waiting to get to. Enjoy every word!

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    1. Thanks! Hope I can do it again this week! I'm excited about writing these next few scenes even though they're sad ones. Sometimes I find those are more satisfying to write than happy scenes.

      And yep, that's the bookstore! Isn't it cool? It looks even more impressive in real life, and I feel like a little kid every time I climb that staircase. It even has a restaurant and sometimes live music too. :)

      Happy writing this week!

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  3. That looks like a gorgeous book store - I love that staircase :)

    Congratulations on exceeding your writing goals. And I'm cheering you on for the next, higher level. Good luck!

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    1. I love the atmosphere there almost as much as the books! Thanks for cheering me on! I hope you have a super writing week as well!

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  4. I love getting to those scenes that I've long awaited in my head! SO inspiring! And yes - the twitter party was so fun! I want another.

    Congrats on reaching your goals! I hope you have a wonderful writing week!

    Also, totes stealing "Frankenpost." :)

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    1. I feel like those scenes are the rewards along the way and usually they're the heart of the story. We'll definitely have to have another Twitter party soon. I've noticed a bunch of RSW participants on there in the evenings lately, but the timing hasn't been right for me to join in. Hope you have a great writing week too, Alison! And you're more than welcome to steal "Frankenpost" :)

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  5. I agree the Universe has it in for readers this week. The only thing I managed to read was my own MS.

    And I LOVE that staircase!!! "I want to go to there".

    And go you topping 5K for the week!! You're unstoppable!

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    1. I'm getting used to having a book on my face, because the only time I read lately is when I climb in bed and inevitably fall asleep after a couple pages. I guess if the only thing you read this week was your own MS, at least it was something good, right? ;)

      That should be my mantra this week: I am unstoppable. Thanks for the encouragement, and I hope you have an awesome writing week too, Kris!

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  6. Love the Warriors series! When my brother was a kid, he was reading them and told me I'd like them - he was so right :)

    Awesome on passing your word count goal!

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    1. My son is so addicted to those books. I haven't read any yet, but he's told me a fair amount about them and they sound great. And thanks, I'm hoping this week goes well for word count too! Good luck with your goals!

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  7. Good for you for getting so much writing done this week, Erin! I had a not bad week myself. Seeing that McNally photo makes me wish we could take a visit. We have one bookstore here: Chapters. Meh. An indie bookstore would be kind of great too. Sounds like Father's Day dinner was good. Anytime you can talk books with family is a good time. :)

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    1. It's weird, because with the exception of Monday, it didn't feel like I was getting a whole lot done. The writing sort of happened in fits and spurts which is weird for me. We end up at Indigo more often than McNally, mainly because of the Starbucks, but whenever I walk in and see that staircase I always think it should be the other way around. Wish you could come for a visit and go book shopping too. :)

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  8. Great job on surpassing your writing goal last week! You can easily hit the higher goal this week (and more!).

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm hoping goal number two will be just as manageable. :)

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  9. Wow, it sounds like you are on a writing streak. Way to go!!
    And I love how you describe going to the bookstore: an event. It's the exact same way for me and my family...it's lovely to be around other readers, and it's even better when it's your family! :)

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    1. Thanks! It was kind of a starting and stopping streak (except for Monday) but it all added up in the end. As for bookstores, we spend waaaay too much time there, but seeing as it's family time, I think that's a good thing. Glad to hear your family is like that too. :)

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  10. Getting to scenes you've had memorized and percolating in your head for a long time is an awesome experience. In my case, many of these chapters and scenes have been in my brain for years, so it's like they write me instead of me writing them. I think I wrote in the vicinity of 20,000 words since last week.

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    1. Those are the scenes that make writing worth it. I think they're the reason a story sticks with you and won't let go. :)

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  11. Congrats on reaching your goal! 5,000 is a lot. I'm so impressed you did even that. I wrote a measley 2,000 words in comparison this week so far but I hadn't written something new in about 3-4 weeks so I am feeling pretty good about that. ;-) I also love having readers in my family too - my cousins and I always trade book recommendations and I love hearing what they are reading (usually the bestsellers). I am currently *de-vouring* Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood and waiting on reader notes for my WIP and for my novel that I am revising.

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    1. Thank you! And hey, 2000 words is great, even more so because you were coming off of a break! I reached my goal, but I'll be doing some heavy revising on what I wrote. I have BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood sitting about three feet away from me right now. So glad to hear you're enjoying the second one in her series! Hope you get some amazing comments in your reader notes and that revising goes well!

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  12. Books and food - yep, that's my boxes ticked. My Waterstones has a coffee shop on the first floor (second floor in the US) and I like to sip a (decaf) latte whilst watching the world go buy (see what I did there?) and getting ready to browse some more.

    My wife loves the Warriors series (if that's the one with the cats we're talking about)

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    1. Yep, books and food are all the fuel I require. And there are few things more relaxing than browsing book shelves with a coffee (or tea) in hand.

      And yes, we're talking about the same Warriors series. Thankfully, my cats are a little more tame than that. :)

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  13. Congrats on surpassing your goal for the week! :) And have fun writing those long-awaited scenes, those are almost always the most fun to write!!

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    1. Thank you! I think those scenes end up being the most important in a story, sort of the heart of the whole thing. That's probably why I can't wait to write them. :)

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  14. Wow, sounds like a very productive week! And it's so cool that you have so many readers in your family! My mom is one of six siblings, so I grew up with tons of aunts and uncles and cousins, but not many of them are big readers (or they'll only read one specific type of book, like Tom Clancy or Amish romance, which is great but doesn't give us much to discuss.) A huge family outing to a bookstore sounds like heaven!

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    1. It's been productive, but I can see some heavy revising in my future with the scenes I wrote. I'm forcing myself to move on in the story though, so I won't get bogged down. I have to chuckle about your Tom Clancy and Amish romance comment. My husband loves Tom Clancy, but fortunately reads a wide variety of other books as well. Now, if it was a mash-up of Tom Clancy and and Amish romance, then that might prompt some discussion! There's definitely a lot of book talk on both sides of our family, which I love. :)

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  15. Okay, I just signed up for Ready. Set. Write! and now the list is at 64 members!!! I'm going to give it a whirl, even though I've been in this whole non-writing funk as of late - but I think this will be the kick I need to snap out of it! I hope? :)

    Awesome job on blowing your goal out of the water last week!!! And heading into scenes you can't wait to write? That's the best feeling, isn't it? Love.

    I hope you're able to fit in a little time for REBOOT - really enjoyed that one! But you know, take it from someone who isn't writing a whole lot right now...write when you're inspired to slam out over 5k words and read later! That book will always be waiting for you to return. :)

    And that staircase in your bookstore? Love. I would like one of those in my house, please. How I'm going to explain that to my husband is still to be determined.

    Best of luck in achieving your goals this week - and happy Wednesday, Erin!

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    1. Yay!! I'm excited you decided to join Ready. Set. WRITE! I hope it helps kick start your writing again. I have to admit my word count last night was abysmal, and I wanted to stomp all over my laptop (and my slow, uncooperative brain). Not the greatest start to the week, so I hear ya. I'm hoping these scenes I've been waiting for will send me off on a nice little writing tangent though. Don't worry! I'm sure things will bounce back for you soon!

      I saw that you gave REBOOT a good star review, which makes me want to read it even more. You're definitely right about going with the inspiration when it comes. I just wish Amy Tintera's book wasn't sitting there taunting me and begging to be read.

      Yeah, your husband might wonder if there was a tree in the middle of your house. It would be so much fun to slide down the banisters though! Good luck with your writing goals this week too, Erin!

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  16. I'm sorry I missed the Twitter party. I think it was happening when I was at work. Hopefully next time! Meanwhile, you are doing SO well with your goals! Congrats on so many new words written!

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    1. Thanks, Ghenet! It's too bad you missed the Twitter party. I hope you make the next one, because it was great motivation! Have an awesome week working on your WIP!

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  17. Great job on surpassing your writing goal last week! And good luck in meeting your goals for next week!

    I so want to read Reboot. It's on my list of books. That list is so long it's not even funny.

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    1. Thank you! I was happy with my word count and hope I can repeat it this week! REBOOT is one I've really been looking forward to, so I wish I had a nice big chunk of time to sit down and devour it all at once. My TBR list is ridiculously long too, which is simultaneously exciting and depressing lol!

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  18. Well done on surpassing your writing goals! That is always such a good feeling. I would also like to read Reboot, concept is pretty intriguing.

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    1. Hey thanks! I agree, the concept of REBOOT is really intriguing and so far it's got me hooked in. Now if only I could scrape together the time to read the rest of it!

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  19. Well done on going over your goal - wooo!

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    1. Thanks! Let's hope I can duplicate that this week. :)

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  20. Great job on exceeding your writing goals this week, Erin! Rooting for you as you jump into the long-awaited scenes - so satisfying when we finally get to put down on paper the things we've been dreaming of for awhile :) Also, LOVE that bookstore, wow!

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    1. Thank you! I was happy to kick off the summer by meeting that first goal. Hopefully that's an indication of good things to come! I agree that those scenes are so satisfying to write. I think they're really the heart of the story and that's why they stand out in my mind so much. Glad you like the picture of the bookstore. It's a great place to spend an afternoon. :)

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  21. A twitter writing party sounds like fun. I wish I read faster. Reboot sounds interesting.

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    1. It was very fun! I'm new to Twitter, so I didn't know what it would be like. Lots of cheering each other on, which was so encouraging! So far REBOOT is really interesting, and I'm hoping that's a good sign about the rest of the story. :)

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  22. Oh wow that tree staircase is amazing!

    Congratulations on meeting your goals and good luck with those 5000 words next week!

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    1. Isn't it awesome? I feel like a little kid, because I get excited to climb it every time. Thanks for wishing me luck on the next 5000!

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  23. My sister and my dad have both read Divergent in the past week because I told them to, so it's been cool to talk about it with them, especially because our reading tastes only occasionally overlap. And now that you've mentioned eggs benedict, I've decided the first thing I'm doing on pay day is taking myself out to breakfast because YUM. Eggs benedict is my favorite!

    Yay, beating your goal! It's been so cool to see how many people beat their goals this week, and I'm still visiting people's blogs. Good luck with your goal this week!

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    1. My son just finished reading DIVERGENT about a week ago, and I loved hearing his take on it. He probably got tired of me asking "What part are you at now?" over and over again! It's so exciting to share books we love with other people though, especially when they're family members. You should definitely treat yourself to some eggs benedict. That's my favourite breakfast dish too. Everything tastes delicious slathered in hollandaise sauce. :D

      I'm very impressed with how gung ho everyone has been about their goals! It's awesome that so many people were able to meet them! Good luck with your writing this week too!

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  24. Ooh, I love it when eating places are right next too book places. :) Perfection!

    Your writing goals are super-impressive to me. 5000 words a week!?! Yowza. Go you!!! I'm wishing you happy, word-flowing writing time for the coming week. :)

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    1. I know, right? Gimme some good food and good books, and I'm a happy camper! What more do you need really? And thanks for the writing well-wishes! On a productive day, 5000 words a week sounds doable, but when the writing gears are stuck in my head (like last night) it sounds a whole lot scarier. We'll see, I guess! :)

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  25. That bookstore looks like it's so much fun! I LOVE the staircase. I think every bookstore should have a tree staircase. Someone needs to work on making this happen hehe.

    Yay for surpassing your goal. 5K is a lot of words but hopefully you can surpass this week's goal too. Happy writing! :)

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    1. It's a really fun store! Walking up the staircase to the kids section feels like climbing into a tree house. :)

      I'm hoping to meet my goal for week two, but the brain is feeling a little rusty right now. We'll see, I guess! Thanks for cheering me on!

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  26. Hooray for surpassing goals! I hope you get to 5,000 this week. I'm rewriting, too, and man can it be rough. But good, too :) Good luck!

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    1. Ugh, yes, rewriting has been driving me crazy lately, but it's such a relief once it's done and nice when things finally click into place. Best of luck with your WIP this week, Liz! :)

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  27. Wow, you knocked that goal out of the park! Congrats!

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    1. Thanks! This week is off to a slower start, but I'm hopeful that I can do it again!

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  28. My gosh... how awesome to have a book store and then one as awesome as that:)

    Management must once have been young themselves, huh :)

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    1. I'm so glad they made their store an inspiring place to shop rather than just lining up a bunch of book shelves! :)

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  29. Congrats on reaching your goal! And I'm going to look into RSW--sounds great!

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    1. Thanks! We'd love it if you'd join us! :)

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