Wednesday, 3 July 2013

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

Hey, peoples! Thanks for stopping by for What’s Up Wednesday. Please leave your link on Jaime Morrow’s blog if you’d like to take part in the WUW blog hop or if you’d like to join in Ready. Set. WRITE! hosted by Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, Elodie Nowodazkij, Jaime Morrow, and yours truly.


What I’m Reading:

I’m still reading Parallel by Lauren Miller. It’s different than I thought it would be. Since the premise involves parallel universes colliding, I expected it to be a little more sci-fi, but it reads like contemporary with a sci-fi twist. Seeing as I enjoy both sci-fi and contemporary, I’m finding it to be an interesting mix so far.


What I’m Writing:

My goal for this past week was to finish the next three scenes in my WIP. Mission accomplished. This involved some major rethinking and reorganization.  I was also able to sort out some aspects of the plot that weren’t gelling as well as I would’ve liked.

I’m going to stick with the same goal for this coming week. Hopefully, I’ll make some good headway on this. The weather is really hot here right now, and I feel like my brain has totally melted.


What Inspires Me Right Now:

In my recent internet travels, I stumbled upon Eric Whiteacre’s “Virtual Choir” project and thought it was such a unique and inspiring idea. Basically, what he’s done is combine individual videos of singers from all over the globe into one huge choir. In the video I’ve included below, they’re performing his choral piece “Lux Aurumque.” It’s amazing that although these people are all different ages, from all walks of life, and from every corner of the world, their voices can blend so seamlessly to create something beautiful.

This week, my story research involved trying to find a piece of music to incorporate into a particular scene. While this song is from the wrong era, I still found it inspiring in light of the scene I was writing.



What Else I’ve Been Up To:

• On Monday, I celebrated Canada Day with my family.

• I went book shopping (yet again) and picked up a copy of Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I had a great chat about YA book-to-movie adaptations with one of the workers at the store and asked them to please, please, please have a release party when Allegiant comes out this fall.

• I watched Upside Down, a very creative sci-fi movie that I enjoyed despite its shortcomings. I also watched Warm Bodies, and while I’m not usually a big fan of zombies (just not my cup of tea), I found this movie both adorable and funny.

• Together with the rest of the crew at YA Buccaneers, I was involved in the launch of our new YA group blog. Go check it out! We'd love it if you'd join the fun!

• Mainly, I’ve been trying to survive the heat. Being a pasty ginger, I don’t handle hot weather well. At all. It literally makes me ill.

So what's happening with you this week?

52 comments:

  1. Yay for hitting those goals! And go get the next ones. I know what you mean about avoiding heat. I like the sun - in small amounts, but am totally happy when it doesn't get over 75 or so degrees.

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    1. Yesterday it got up to 88 degrees here, so I wasn't a happy camper, and today's supposed to be almost as hot. I have a feeling most of my writing will happen this weekend when it cools down and I can think straight again! :)

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  2. Congrats on your story progress! Also, I LOVE The YA Buccaneers! Sounds like you guys have had an awesome time in forming and developing the blog. I can't wait for those word sprints!

    Have a great week! And try to steer clear of the sun. I'm actually excited for the sun to come out though. It's been raining. A lot.

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    1. Thanks, Alison! The YA Buccaneers crew is a fun group, and I'm glad you like our blog theme. I'm going to take part in the first word sprint too. So seeing as it's raining in your neck of the woods, how about I send all our sun your way? I could use a nice rainy day about now! Have an awesome week!

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  3. SEIGE AND STORM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 I looove that series. :-)

    Good luck with your story progress, Erin. And *high five* for hitting those goals.

    And blegh on the heat/sun... I definitely wrote about that this week. :-)

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    1. I can't wait to read it! The first one was so good! Thanks for the high five, and here's hoping we have a nice cool week for writing! :)

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  4. Ooooh, Parallel does sound really interesting. I'll have to check that one out. And congrats on meeting your goals. Best of luck with them this week too!

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    1. I'm not done PARALLEL yet, so I can't vouch for the ending, but the concept is really interesting. Best of luck with your goals this week too!

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  5. Congratulations on achieving your writing goal, and good luck for the next week! :)

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  6. Congrats on the goals and the buccaneers! Can't wait to see what unfolds :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to seeing where the site takes us! :)

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  7. Oh no! I hope the hot weather doesn't get to you two badly. Congrats on meeting your goals for this week. Good luck next week. Also--YA Buccaneers looks like so much fun!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! It was a challenge to get three scenes written last week even though the word count wasn't really high. This heat just slows everything down for me. Our YA Buccaneers crew is totally fun and I'm sure that will spill over into the site. :)

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  8. I'm excited to check out your new YA blog! Also, thanks for sharing about Parallel. It sounds like something I'd really like. Christy

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    1. We'd love it if you checked out YA Buccaneers! It's been a ton of fun preparing to launch the site. Hope you enjoy PARALLEL!

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  9. I can't stand the heat either! And it has only been in the 80s where I live - I don't know how people deal with 110 degree temps for days on end. Yuck!

    Congrats on the launch of YA Buccaneers and good luck with your writing goals this week!

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    1. It's been in the eighties here too and with the humidity it's just awful. I don't know how people even function with higher temperatures than this either. It's kind of funny because I gripe about our freezing Canadian winters here, but then miss them once it gets this hot lol. Good luck in your writing this week too!

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  10. I thought WARM BODIES was cute too. You've got me intrigued by PARALLEL. Sounds like a very interesting read. And way to go on your word count goals this week; best of luck with next week!

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    1. Wasn't it cute? My husband and I felt like idiots though, because it took us half the movie to realize it was actually a zombie version of Romeo and Juliet. I mean, seriously, how did we not catch the R and Julie thing until the balcony scene. It was a bit of a "duh" moment for us. :P

      I'm getting close to the end of PARALLEL now. At times I've found parts a little confusing due to the alternate universe aspect, and it probably could have been shorter, but other than that I'm enjoying it.

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  11. PARALLEL sounds like a good read. I just added it to my TBR. Beloved Husband is a huge fan of Eric Whitacre. He's a recording studio engineer and live sound guy so how Eric writes and puts together his virtual choirs is all sorts of cool in our house.

    WARM BODIES was a cute movie. I loved the book, though. Or I guess I should say I loved the audiobook. It was excellent. As always, slightly different than the movie. Good luck with the goals this week!

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    1. I hope you enjoy PARALLEL. I haven't finished it yet, so I can't vouch for how it ends, but for the most part I've enjoyed it so far.

      I had never heard of Eric Whitacre before this past week. (oops just realized I spelled his name wrong in my post). I can see why your husband would be a huge fan considering his field!

      That's great to know WARM BODIES was a good book too. I just saw it at the bookstore the other day and now I'm wishing I'd picked it up! Thanks for the tip!

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  12. Oh Erin... I'm with you with the heat! Gah. It makes me ill too---so I avoid the sun as much as possible! I'm already counting down the days 'til fall!!! And those books sound fab...

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    1. We were out in the sun on Canada Day this Monday, and it just totally wiped me out. I try to avoid the sun as much as possible too. Fall is my favourite season and this time of year I always dream of cooler days and changing leaves. :)

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  13. Oh, I really really love that digital choir! So cool! There are times when technology terrifies me - what if we're all taken over by pods!? - and then times i love it. I love this. What a great project.

    Happy belated Canada Day!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the virtual choir! When I came across it recently I just thought it was such a creative idea. I'm with you on the technology thing. My WIP is basically a cautionary tale about technology actually. Heck, I only recently gave into pressure and got a Twitter account. And like you say, other times I think technology is amazing. Tricky issue!

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  14. So much to comment on here! (Oh, and I finally put up the link widget on my WUW post. I'm such an idiot. O_o) There's a copy of PARALLEL on hold and waiting for me to pick it up at the library. I'm kind of looking forward to it now based on your description of it. I think your writing goal for this week is perfect. That way you can slot it in wherever it works. Can't wait to hear what other ideas you've come up with for your story.

    Did you guys do anything fun for Canada Day? I burnt my skin pretty bad, which wasn't at all fun. The backs of my legs (behind my knees) are still pretty red and uncomfortable. :/ I'm glad you liked Warm Bodies. I thought it was pretty cute, too. :) Though, anytime I see Nicholas Hoult in a movie, all I can think about it him singing "Killing Me Softly" with Hugh Grant. :P

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    1. I hope you enjoy PARALLEL. I'm getting close to the ending, and yesterday when I was reading there was a twist in the plot that really took me by surprise. Some of the alternate universe stuff is a bit hard to wrap your head around, but overall I've liked it so far.

      On Canada Day, we went to the Broadway Cafe. I decided to be totally cliche and ordered poutine for lunch. Then we went to Indigo/Starbucks and walked down by the Meewasin for as long as our pastiness could handle the sun. Oh, and we watched one of the X-Men movies in the nice, cool rec room. Mostly it was a relaxing day because we couldn't think of much else to do and it was so stinking hot. That sucks that you got another sunburn. Hope it's not too painful.

      I loved WARM BODIES! Trev and I are total dimwits though. We didn't even clue in that it was a zombie version of Romeo and Juliet until halfway through the movie. When they got to the balcony scene we finally caught on to the whole R and Julie bit. We were joking about him and Hugh Grant singing "Killing Me Softly" too. I'm going to have to watch that again someday for a laugh. :)

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  15. We've been surviving heat and storms these past few weeks. The storms haven't really affected us aside from throwing a LOT of rain on our roads and yards. I'm not complaining--too much rain is better than a drought--but when the forecast EVERY DAY is "scattered t-storms" you just want to sigh. And then the temps are in the upper-80s/low-90s F, which means HUMIDITY... bleh! Anyway, enough about the weather... :)

    Contemporary with a sci-fi twist reminds me of the Doctor Who novel I read recently (my Book of the Month for June). That's one of the cool things about Doctor Who--it hovers between sci-fi and contemporary, some stories veering more one direction than the other, so there's usually something for most people, even those who are not really that into sci-fi. I might have to check out PARALLEL.

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    1. We had a long line of thunderstorms for a few weeks, so now that it's gotten hot (upper 80s) it's really humid here too. Definitely my least favourite weather. On the Canadian prairies, if you're talking Celsius, we have a temperature range of over eighty degrees. It's not unusual for it to get down to -40 in the winter and in the summer plus 40 isn't uncommon either. I sometimes wonder how on earth we adjust to those kinds of temperature extremes!

      I'm not quite done PARALLEL yet, so I can't vouch for the ending. I've enjoyed the rest so far though. Still haven't gotten around to watching Dr. Who yet, other than the episodes I saw when I was a kid. I'm sure I will eventually though!

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  16. Its been hot here to. Today it is pouring rain and I'm loving it! Congrats on making your goals for the week. I haven't seen Warm Bodies. Zombies kind of gross me out...

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    1. I love rainy days! Those are the best for reading or writing. I'm not normally a zombie person either. Usually, I find them gross or cheesy, but this movie was surprisingly cute. There were some slightly gory things, but they were more funny in nature and not meant to be scary or high on the disgusting meter. That being said, I won't encourage you to watch it, just in case! :)

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  17. Hi, *waves*

    I'm late to the WuW and RSW party, but better late than never, right? :)

    Man, it's been SO hot here too. Hot and HUMID and rainy...it's like I'm living in Florida for the summer, but in NJ. It's yucky.

    Happy belated Canada Day! :)

    I read the WARM BODIES book, but have yet to watch the movie. One of these days.

    Congrats on reaching your writing goals for last week!

    May cooler days prevail.
    ~Lola

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    1. Hi, welcome to my blog and to WUW/RSW! Glad you decided to join in! It sounds like everywhere is getting a heat wave right now. We just had a few weeks of constant thunder showers, so the humidity is gross here too. You know, I just saw the WARM BODIES book at the story the other day, and now I'm kicking myself for not picking it up. Since I loved the movie, I'd should probably read the book as well. Good luck with your writing endeavors this week too!

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  18. What an awesome choir idea! Thank you for sharing! It was absolutely wonderful to hear. I love the very idea of it ^_^

    Congratulations on hitting your writing goals. Go Team Erin!

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    1. Isn't it an awesome project? I think that was the third virtual choir Eric Whitacre has done, and according to his site he's working on a fourth. I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!

      Thanks for cheering me on! Team Erin could use the cheers this week. :P

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  19. Happy Canada Day! I got to enjoy some Canadian fireworks from a restaurant overlooking Niagara Falls--which, I have to say, has spoiled me for fireworks forever. Fireworks at eye-level, in AC, with the Falls below them? That is the way to go. Although really I would just settle for the eye-level (no neck strain) and A.C. parts.
    Congrats on making your goals and good luck beating the heat!

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    1. Thanks, Jess! We had a nice relaxing Canada Day. Those fireworks sound amazing! I can see why you'd enjoy watching them at eye level. Even though I'm originally from Ontario, I've never even been to Niagara Falls. That seems totally ridiculous to me! I really want to take my son out east one year, so maybe then I'll finally get to see Niagara.

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  20. Woo hoo! Congrats on making your goal. Always a good feeling. So glad you enjoyed Warm Bodies. I loved it. Though, of course, the book was better! ;) OHH!!! Ginger’s FTW! I’m burning up down here in Florida! SPF 70 is my friend!

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    1. Thanks! I was very glad to meet my goals this week since the heat made it challenging to even think straight. Oh boy, I can't imagine living in Florida and dealing with that kind of heat. I visited Florida when I was in high school and thankfully the heat wasn't too much for me to handle. Granted, it was December at the time lol. As for WARM BODIES, I think I might have to get that one on bluray because I'd definitely love to see it again!

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  21. Siege and Storm! I actually may have liked it better than Shadow and Bone, which is saying something, because I had an epic romance with that book (*clears throat* The Darkling). Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Reworking and rethinking chapters were what so many of my revisions revolved around.

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    1. Nice! I'm even more excited to read it now! I love it when authors outdo themselves with a sequel instead of giving in to saggy middle book syndrome. I found the same thing with Veronica Rossi's books. I actually enjoyed THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT more than UNDER THE NEVER SKY. And yeah, the Darkling might have a little something to do with why I so thoroughly enjoyed SHADOW AND BONE too. :)

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  22. Congrats on reaching your goals, Erin You're doing great and I'm totally cheering you on <3 (and YAY again on the launch!!!)

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    1. Thanks for the support, Elodie and for being so enthusiastic about YA Buccaneers! :)

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  23. Congrats on finishing your scenes AND launching the group blog! You've been doing a lot! I also see you've been trying to survive the heat too. It's hot in California too, which is bad (it is SO HOT) but also good because I love ice cream and swimming. The only good thing is that we don't really have humidity, so it's really not so bad.

    I'm glad you liked Warm Bodies! I saw it when it was out in theaters, and it's definitely not your typical zombie movie. Thought it was cute and funny. I'm going to check out that choir video when I get home, but the concept sounds so cool!

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    1. Yeah, it's been a wee bit busy lately! I can't even imagine how hot it must be in California right now. That's lucky it isn't humid though, because humidity makes it so much worse.

      When WARM BODIES first came out, I had no idea it was a romantic comedy. I'm so glad I watched it! I think it's one I might have to get on bluray, and I'd love to read the book now too. Hope you enjoy the choir video! I just thought it was a really creative idea. :)

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  25. I too get sick in the hot weather. Blech. Hopefully our pirate ship is air conditioned. :)

    You've had a busy week! Congrats on meeting your writing goal and good luck this week! Have a wonderful weekend and stay cool!

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    1. Oh man, every year around this time we regret not getting air conditioning. Our hot season is usually short enough that it never seems worth it until we're frying like bacon.

      Hope you have a great weekend too, Sara!

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  26. Congrats on meeting your writing goal! Woohoo! :) And the Virtual Choir thing is really cool. It's a beautiful song, and I love the concept.

    Happy belated Canada Day! I hope you're having a great weekend! :)

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  27. You had a LOT going on... I feel quite disturbed at my lack of done-ness :)

    (But, it's OK... my three boys have not eaten any red markers for more than a week:)

    Have a great rest-of-the-weekend, and it's not very hot here, Erin... promise :)

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