Wednesday, 15 January 2014

What's Up Wednesday


What? You’re back already? Seriously, where did this past week go?

In case you’re new to WUW, it’s a blog hop created by my sister Jaime and me, intended to help writer’s 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.

What I’m Reading:

Last night (er…yesterday morning?) I stayed up till an obscene hour so I could finish Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay. If you like fairy tale retellings, I highly recommend this unique take on Beauty and the Beast.


What I’m Writing:

This week was a tinkering week. I fiddled with my synopsis, my query, and my pitch line for Pitch Wars. I also rewrote a scene for my current WIP after figuring out some of the more technical details, which oddly enough involved researching hypnosis. I’ve also spent endless hours trying to find fitting names for new people, places, etc. in my story. I still have to write the ending of my WIP, but it’s been good to step back and shift my focus for a while, and in the next couple weeks I’ll be trying to pick up all my plot/character threads again and tie them off properly.

What Inspires Me Right Now:

An overflowing folder full of story ideas. I can only ever work on one project at a time—well, lately I’ve been working on two manuscripts, but they’re from the same trilogy, so that’s technically one story—but my mind has been wandering and imagining and building lately. While I’m absorbed in my current story world, it’s encouraging to know that others are taking shape somewhere in the back of my mind.

What Else I’ve Been Up To:

Other than writing tasks, not much. Laundry. Catching up on TV shows. Skyping with my sister. Reading. The hubby brought me some Wild Cherry tea the other day, which was super sweet of him. He knows the way to my heart is through beverages. We also tried a new craft brew this weekend with the funniest name out of any we’ve had so far: Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale. Ha! I laughed quite a bit at that label. And, of course, I’ve been buying books…again.

Well, it’s been rather uneventful around here. How are things with you lovely people?

40 comments:

  1. It's such a great feeling to know you've got multiple ideas at the same time. There's always another book waiting to be written :D

    Yes, it's time I revised my query letter once again. Oooh, exciting times!

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    1. And it makes me wish there were twice the hours in a day so I could write them all! Have fun with your query letter too :P

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  2. I'm jealous of your idea folder. For some reason, pinning down ideas is really hard for me. I am definitely not one of those people who wakes up in the middle of the night to scribble down notes for a killer idea that suddenly comes mid-sleep. I've yet to read OF BEAST AND BEAUTY, but I'm intrigued. It's definitely one I'll keep an eye out for. Hope you have a great week, Erin, and best of luck with your projects!

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    1. Don't be too jealous. I'm sure most of the ideas in there will be taken by someone else by the time I ever get around to working on them lol! After reading OF BEAST AND BEAUTY, I plan on checking out some of Stacey Jay's other books. She has two that are a spin on Romeo & Juliet that look good. Hope you have a great week as well!

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  3. This is my first WUW since the new year, so this is my first time seeing you back, and I'm glad to. You sound like you're staying busy and inspired. I love that you have an ideas folder. I have an ideas word doc full of little bits and pieces I can't do anything with right now. Wishing all the best with your Query and Pitch Wars!

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad to be back after a much needed break, and it's great to see you jumping in for WUW this week! My idea folder mainly consists of scribbles on scraps of paper. Whenever a story idea or detail comes to mind, I jot it down on whatever I can find and then stuff it in the folder. I really should organize them into a word doc, but I think maybe a little creative chaos helps my process. That's what I'll tell myself anyway! Thanks for wishing me luck! :)

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  4. Uneventful week for me, too. That tea sounds delicious--and I love the names of all the brews you try. So creative!

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    1. Sometimes uneventful weeks are nice. If every week was busy it would get exhausting, right? The tea is wonderful and addictive and I'm drinking it as I type this. As for the brew names, the beer crowd is pretty funny. My husband is always bringing home some wacky new brand.

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  5. Love that feeling of overwhelming creativity! Have a great week with your WIPs and story ideas :)

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    1. Me too! It reminds me why I love writing so much. Hope you have a great week as well :)

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  6. Beauty and the Beast is one of my fave fairy tales - I'll add that book to my huge TBR list ;)

    I love that moment when an idea (or many in your case) is flowering in the back of my mind. It's like magic. I try not focusing much on it, just let it happen, and it does happen. It evolves ... it's such an awesome feeling!

    I have around 50 paperback/hardcover books and 300 ebooks on my kindle - all unread! - and I still buy more books ... Ugh, it's a sickness! lol

    Have a great week!

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    1. Hope you enjoy OF BEAST AND BEAUTY as much as I did when you get around to reading it! I thought Stacey Jay did a wonderful job of putting a fresh spin on Beauty and the Beast--probably my favourite fairy tale, I'd have to say.

      I love how you put that about not focusing too much on an idea but letting it evolve! Yes! That's exactly it! And isn't it funny how those ideas are so stubborn and butt in when you're working on a completely different project?

      Good luck with your TBR list! If only there was more time in a day for reading and writing! :)

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  7. I'm so happy you enjoyed OF BEAST AND BEAUTY as much as I did. I liked the spin she put on the fairy tale a lot. Frankly, I'd love to read more stuff like this. New story ideas are the best, but I tend to cave to the temptation far too often. That said, I feel like the new ideas I'm trying to cultivate are going pretty well nowhere lol. Ah well. It's cool that you have so many ideas stashed away for when you're able to work on them. That Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale sounds hilarious. I wish I was more into the darker beers/ales. We'll definitely have to chat again soon when you're available!

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    1. I'm so glad you suggested it for my Christmas list. I had considered getting it at Indigo before but wasn't sure. And I agree about wanting to read more stories like it. I want to check out Stacey Jay's Romeo & Juliet inspired stories as well, now that I know I like her writing.

      Like I told Katy, most of the ideas in my folder will probably be taken by someone else by the time I ever get around to working on them. That seems to be the way of it. I'm sure an amazing new idea will hit you when you least expect it.

      Isn't that a hilarious name for a beer? I'm half tempted to keep the bottle. I need to get some more of it whenever the next Diana Gabaldon book comes out lol. The darker beers are definitely an acquired taste--kind of like black coffee, which explains why Trev likes them so much. There's so much variety out there that even if you aren't into the darker ones there's lots to choose from.

      I'll let you know when my revisions are under control so we can chat! :)

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  8. I don't recall running across Of Beast and Beauty while looking for Beauty and the Beast retellings in my children's lit class two semesters ago. My group found a number of children's and MG books, and a few YA, but I'm not recalling that particular title in my own search results from the library.

    Good luck with your writing goals for the coming week. I'm hoping to have my WIP done within the next six months, and given the length it's heading towards, it might be a better idea to put it out in four volumes (while making clear it's the same book, just in four installments).

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    1. It just came out in July 2013, so that's probably why you didn't hear about it sooner. I also have a copy of BEAUTY by Robin McKinley that my son found for me at a used book sale. I read it years ago and enjoyed it, so I really need to reread it some time. Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairy tale, and it's fun to see the different spins authors put on it.

      Thanks for wishing me luck! It's going to be a busy week! :)

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  9. That ale has an awesome name! I wish you would have taken a picture of the label to share with us. After all the heckticness of the holiday's sometimes quiet January weeks are nice. I hope your next week is great too.

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    1. I considered taking a picture, but I was too lazy to dig out the camera. Glad you enjoyed the name though! I agree that quiet January weeks are nice--and necessary! Have a great week yourself! :)

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  10. I loved Of Beast and Beauty, such a unique retelling on my favorite fairy tale. I can't believe how close Pitch Wars is, sending positive thoughts your way! I love catching up on old TV shows. It's what I"m doing this week while the hubs is out of town.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear you liked it too! I plan on reading some of Stacey Jay's other books now that I know I enjoy her writing. I can't believe how close Pitch Wars is either. I have to confess, I'm freaking out a little. I have a bunch more revisions to get done, so it's going to be a busy week! But then I'll be ready to cheer my team on. Have fun catching up on your shows! :)

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  11. Haha, "Kilt Lifter"...that's awesome!!! (and a bit gross in the mental imagery dept...;) I wrote a retelling of Beauty and the Beast a few years ago. Shelved that piece of &*)I(! But I'm always up to see how someone else pulled it off!

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    1. Yeah, a bit on the crass side, which is probably why I laughed so hard. That and my love for all things Scottish.

      I actually had a sci-fi Beauty and the Beast retelling planned out, but never made it to the writing stage. I think I'll be trashing the retelling part and possibly turn it into something else entirely once (if) I ever get around to working on it. Stacey Jay did a beautiful job putting her own spin on it, and I definitely plan on checking out more of her books!

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  12. It's always exciting to tinker with new ideas - I find that my best ideas take shape when I'm focused on another project. :)

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    1. That's usually how it happens, isn't it? I'm trying not to be distracted and tuck those ideas away for later. Hopefully I'll get to them someday. :)

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  13. Craft brews have such inventive names! My husband loves IPAs (gross) and the more bitter and nasty the brew, the funnier the name. Stuff like Devil's Throat and Raging Dragon's Scales... haha. Sometimes I try a sip just to see how gross it is, and it's always super bitter and gross. I like amber, wheaty ales.

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    1. Oh, I know! My husband recently bought one called Pig's Ass Porter. Like that sounds appetizing. I have to admit the IPAs have grown on me. They probably aren't my favourite, but I'm more used to the hoppy, bitter flavour than I used to be. Before he got into craft brews and home brewing, I had no idea there were so many kinds!

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  14. I love fairy tale retellings! Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite stories so I will have to check Of Beast and Beauty out! Lots of ideas are always a great inspiration.

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    1. Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairy tale, and I thought Stacey Jay really did it justice. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it too! I think I might tackle SCARLET by Marissa Meyer next and maybe continue on with the retellings.

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  15. I love the Beauty & the Beast, so that book sounds great. Good luck with Pitch Wars! And I know how maddening it can be to stick with one book/idea at a time when you have so many ideas.

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    1. Stacey Jay definitely did the fairy tale justice, in my opinion.There just aren't enough hours in the day to write all the good ideas floating around! :)

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  16. I feel you on the tinkering :) Definitely a tinkerer myself. Good luck with Pitch Wars!

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    1. I think a bit of tinkering can make all the difference. Thanks for wishing me luck! :)

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  17. I have a notebook full of ideas too. I just need to finish these revisions. I can't wait to start on something new. Have a great weekend!

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    1. After I'm done this WIP, I really want to finish my trilogy, and then I'll see what to tackle next. I hope your revisions go well so you can jump into a new project! Have a great weekend yourself!

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  18. I know that feeling of having so many new ideas but only being able to work on one at a time. Some people can have two or three WIPs going at once. Not me. All the best with your writing projects this week, Erin!

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    1. Yeah, my brain (and schedule) just doesn't work that way. Sometimes it's hard enough to stay focused on one project, let alone several. I have to confess I envy those people though! Best of luck to you too!

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  19. So exciting that Pitch Wars is coming up! I can't wait to read your pitch and opening. Good luck with your projects this week!

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    1. Thanks, Ghenet! I'm gearing up to cheer my team on! :)

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