Wednesday, 4 September 2013

What's Up Wednesday/RSW Giveaway Winners Announcement


Let’s start off this What’s Up Wednesday post with the results of our Ready. Set. WRITE! end of summer giveaway. The following people are the winners of a critique for the first ten pages of their WIP, given by the co-hosts of RSW:


Carrie-Anne Brownian
Prerna Pickett
Robin Moran
Liz Parker
Dawn Allen

If you’re one of our winners, please email your first ten pages as an attachment to katy.upperman[at]live.com by October 31st. This should give you some time to take care of any necessary revisions.  We also ask that your pages be double-spaced. To be clear, each winner will receive one critique from one host of RSW. Finally, please bear in mind that none of us are pros at this. We’re just fellow writers trying to make a go of it like you, so what we’re offering is essentially a fresh set of eyes, an honest opinion on your story intro, and perhaps a squee or two. (kidding on that last one…maybe.) Congratulations to our five winners! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

And now, onto other things…


What I’m Reading:

This week I finished Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Despite my slow progress through the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it earned every bit of praise people have given it. And after hearing so much talk about Sturmhond, my verdict is that he’s definitely a new favourite.

Now I’m less than a chapter into Descendant by Lesley Livingston. It’s the sequel to Starling, and I’ve been waiting for it to come out for ages.

What I’m Writing:

This week I wrote around 4000 words. I’m now smack in the middle of THE chapter. It’s the midpoint in my trilogy and basically the crux of the whole story. I’ve been eager to write this particular set of scenes for over a year now, so naturally I’m nervous about how it will all turn out. So far so good, but I keep having to stop and mull things over. Let’s just say this part is very different in the context of the entire story, and I’m bracing myself for the fact that I’ll probably tear it apart and rewrite it at least a few times.

What Inspires Me Right Now:

The new Jane Eyre t-shirt my sister gave me. I absolutely LOVE the quote on it: I am no bird, and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. That quote actually fits my current WIP perfectly, not to mention it’s just a super cute t-shirt and makes me feel all literary when I wear it. Plus, I adore Jane Eyre.

I’m also inspired and incredibly encouraged by more awesome beta feedback. To the lovely ladies who beta read for me, I feel totally validated by your comments and not like I’m just puttering around at this for kicks anymore, so thanks again!


What Else I’ve Been Up To:

Visiting my sister and her husband, which involved: supper at one of our favourite restaurants (The Broadway Café), book and tea shopping (yes, at more than one bookstore), eating way too much ice cream, discussing our stories, and generally just hanging out. It went by much too quickly. :(

Switching into autumn mode. Technically, it isn’t fall yet and the weather has still been hot here during the day, but as soon as September 1st hits, I have pumpkins and changing leaves and woolly sweaters on the brain. At this moment, I’m drinking Pumpkin Chai tea from David’s and it’s delicious. FYI, it’s the only “pumpkin” tea I’ve come across that actually lists squash in the ingredients. Usually it’s just rooibos with pumpkin pie spices (blah), and in my opinion that’s just a rip off. I’ll have to stock up before the season ends.

Other than that, it’s been business as usual around here: housework, schoolwork, and writing every spare minute I can get.

So what’s up with you lately? If you’d like to share, just sign up on the linky at Jaime Morrow’s site.

37 comments:

  1. Good luck writing THE chapter!

    Yeah, we seem to be in the grip of summer's last hurrah. By the weekend, it's all rain, rain, rain.

    Have a fantastic week!

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    1. Thanks!THE chapter is being frustrating right now, but I need to stop second guessing myself, write the darn thing, and worry about fixing it later.

      We haven't had rain here in a while, so I'm kind of looking forward to a nice fall downpour! Hope you have a fantastic week as well! :)

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  2. Oooh, good luck with THE chapter! You can do it!

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    1. Thanks! It's half written, and it's currently giving me grief, but I think I might be over the worst part! :)

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  3. Good luck on THE chapter! That's an exciting place to be!
    The tea sounds lovely. Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors of the season. It never really feels like fall this far south (or not the fall that I'm use to anyway) so I have to work on making it look and feel like it. I love fall!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! It's both exciting and frustrating, but I know once I have it written and polished up, the final result will be more rewarding than most of my other chapters!

      Where I live (on the prairies) fall can be over before you know it. Sometimes it feels like we only ever get summer and winter here. I'm hoping for a nice long autumn this year! Have fun making your home in the south feel fallish! :)

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  4. Of course now you have all of us very curious as to what THE chapter is about. :) Congrats on busting out 4K! You are a machine, woman!

    Your week sounds absolutely glorious. And I'm with you, it's 90 degrees down here but I'm already planning for Halloween. Even bought some black and white striped circus paraphernalia and made pumpkin pastries. (It's a sickness with me really)

    And I LOVE the Jane Eyre T-shirt. I pretty much read that book once a year.

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    1. I'm glad you're curious, but my lips are sealed! Mwahahaha! I wasn't expecting to get much written this week, seeing as Jaime & I were busy visiting, but after she and her hubby left, I had a couple good writing sessions that added up.

      I love that you're so enthusiastic about Halloween! October and the buildup to Halloween is probably my favourite time of the year. And it never hurts to start early!

      I think I'm overdue for a reread of Jane Eyre. I should do that this fall when the weather is all dreary like the moors. :)

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  5. JANE EYRE is one of my favorite classics... well, novels period. So well done to Jaime for picking an excellent shirt! :)

    The weather here's still hanging on to Summer, despite rain and thunderstorms. Which makes it worse because rain and 90 degree heat makes for humidity. It's September--I'd like to be able to turn off the A/C for the rest of the year. Please?! :)

    It sounds like you and Jaime had a wonderful time together. And well done on making such good progress on the book. I hope you have a great writing week, Erin--particularly as you work through that crucial section. :)

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    1. Jaime actually gave me my first copy of Jane Eyre too. I don't know how on earth I ever made it to adulthood without having read it! I've been very careful to keep the plot of it secret from my son (not so easy to do), because I plan on reading it to him one day. It's definitely one of my favourites as well--right up there with Little Women.

      While it's still hot here, we haven't had rain in a while, so we're not suffering through any humidity. Ugh. That's the worst! Hope it cools down for you soon and that you have a good writing week as well!

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  6. I saw your comment on my blog last week about writing the sequel to an unpublished manuscript. I am so glad you're doing so as well. Though, you have done much more planning than I have. I tend to plan in chunks, and then sometimes, that gets scrapped by the swell of character inside me and the voice driving the direction. I know...not the best, but it's been working. Congrats on reaching your trilogy mid-point. This totally inspires me!

    Plus, connecting with your sibling and then missing them is hard, but something to be truly thankful for.

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    1. I kind of got a head start on planning, because certain aspects of book 2 & 3 came to me while I was still drafting book 1. Some of that has changed a lot though. Have to leave room for creativity, right? I find it refreshing to know that others, including yourself, are continuing their stories past book 1 without the reassurance of a publishing deal. To me it feels like that makes the story itself a priority. Not that getting published wouldn't be nice (of course it would!) but somehow it makes it feel like my heart is in it more when it's the act of telling the story that I'm pursuing most, if that makes sense. And hey, whatever works for planning and drafting your sequel! I hope it's going really well for you! If we ever get published, we'll be so glad we worked ahead! :)

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  7. I want pumpkin-y weather NOW! Especially after hearing Trev talk about SBUX's new fall drinks. I'll have to dig out my pumpkin mug today! I'm ashamed to admit that I kind of forgot that I had it because it's in the basement with the seasonal mugs. Pumpkin Chai tea needs to be sipped from a pumpkin mug. That's totally happening today! I'm so glad you like the shirt. Mine has been shipped and should hopefully be here before too long.

    Good luck with the midpoint, Erin! I know how long you've been waiting to write this, and I hope it flows out exactly the way you want it to. :-)

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    1. We're so going for coffee this weekend, so I can try that new chocolate chai latte. I drooled all over when Trev tweeted about that. At least now you remembered your pumpkin mug and it'll feel like it's new, right? I always say I'm going stash away our seasonal mugs and then I just cram them all into the cupboards anyway.

      As for the shirt, I love it so much! It's one of my new favourite things, and I know I'll wear it until it falls apart. I really need to check out etsy more often! Plus, I need to reread Jane Eyre and watch my new bluray with Fassy on it. :)

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  8. Your CHAPTER sounds like what I've been going through with my Black Moment. I'm still not completely happy with it, but I mentally stock notes and make crazy comments for myself and I plan to go back to it. As much as I want to keep writing my story, I also am anxious to revise it. Silly me.

    And I am SO GLAD you had a great week with Jaime! How awesome you get to chat about your stories and just enjoy each other's company! Good luck this week getting back into the swing of things!

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    1. This would definitely qualify as a Black Moment of sorts too. I hear ya on revising! I need to stop trying to rewrite parts of this chapter over and over now and just get on with finishing it. I'm sure we'll both get it right eventually!

      Visiting with Jaime was fun and also a nice break from writing. Sometimes I forget to step back and recharge. :)

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  9. Great shirt (and quote)! And I'm the same way with Sept 1 - my brain automatically clicks into "fall mode."

    Good luck with THE chapter!!!

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    1. Isn't it an awesome shirt? Jaime got one for herself too. Thanks for wishing me luck on THE chapter, and I hope your fall is getting off to a great start! :)

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  10. I'm pretty sure I've said this before, but I'm so envious that you have a YA-writing sister do discuss books and WiPs with -- lucky girls! Sounds like your visit was wonderful. I don't think it's possible to eat too much ice cream. ;-)

    Best of luck with THE SCENE... I bet you'll rock it, Erin!

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    1. I'm very lucky to have a sister that also writes YA. I can't even tell you how much of a support that's been, not to mention it's just fun! As for the ice cream, it was so good, but my stomach was a bit off after that. Totally worth it though! :D

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  11. I can't wait until the weather gets cooler here and autumn starts to arrive, it's my favourite time of year. That shirt is awesome, and I love the quote! Good luck with your important chapter :)

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    1. I wish the weather would cool down here too. It's getting chilly at night, and the trees in our yard are losing a few yellow leaves here and there, but it probably won't be honest to goodness fall for a while yet. The sooner the better if you ask me! :)

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  12. It's my dream to hang out with you and Jaime! I bet it'd be so FUN. I adore the pair of you.

    And 4,000 words is AWESOME. I only got 2K done last week (Ugh!) so you doubled me. :)

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    1. Aw, thanks so much, Morgan! We'd love it if you could hang out with us too! In fact, Jaime and I have even said so to each other before! :D

      And 2k is still super! To be honest, some weeks I'm amazed I get anything done at all! Hope the words flow for you even better this week then!

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  13. Good luck with THE CHAPTER. Writing the good part is always leaves me feeling a mix of emotions from angsiety to get it write to joy at loving the thoughts coming out of my own head. Have fun with it!

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    1. That's exactly it. My emotions are always so mixed about those scenes too. I think I get myself all worked up over them, because in my mind I love how it all plays out, but it's so tough to communicate that clearly on the page. I will definitely try to relax and have fun with it! :)

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  14. Pumpkin chai tea sounds amazing! I'll have to keep my eye out for that one (I get tired of pumpkin cheesecake and lattes quick).

    Happy Fall! :)

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    1. It really is like autumn in a mug, and better yet, it has waaaay less calories than pumpkin cheesecake (which I also love)! Happy fall to you too!

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  15. I must get my hands on some pumpkin chai tea! I love chai and I'm actually drinking some vanilla chai right now! Fall is my favorite season so I'm super excited about all the pumpkins and changing leaves.

    Congrats on reaching the midpoint of your story and on writing 4000 words! Good luck tackling this big chapter.

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    1. You definitely should! They served samples of it as iced tea when we were at David's and it tasted amazing that way too. Since it's 91 degrees here, I'm going to drink it cold today.

      Thanks for wishing me luck on my big chapter. I'm almost done it now although I'll have to revise the heck out of it! :)

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  16. 4000 words!! That's awesome, Erin! And I love that the feedback from your beta readers is helping instill confidence in your writing. What a good feeling. Sharing work (for me, at least) is SO hard, but can also be so rewarding. Congrats on taking the leap! :)

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Bridgid! I find it hard to share my writing too, but it wasn't quite as difficult in this case since I knew these particular betas would be honest but kind. I guess the curiosity to know what people think, plus the need to polish things for querying ends up trumping those fears. I'm extra lucky, because I just get Jaime to read things first and that helps. :)

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  17. Nice post, great blog, following :)

    Good Luck :)

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  18. Congrats to the winners and on reaching the midpoint in your story! And I LOVE that shirt!! And the quote. Jane Eyre is my favorite favorite book. Very classy. :D

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    1. Thanks! It feels great to be this far along. And I think I'll probably end up wearing that t-shirt to the threads. :)

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  19. Oh fun! I won something! Exciting :)

    Thanks for hosting RSW. It's been a great event I was so, so thankful for it.

    I'm glad you got some sister time in. I miss my sister immensely and hope to see her soon. She's not a writer like me, but I do have a cousin who is, and we love discussing our stories.

    Good luck with the crux!

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