Wednesday, 19 February 2014

What's Up Wednesday

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

I’m just over halfway through Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi. It should come as no surprise that I’m enjoying it.

What I’m Writing:

I’m finding it tough to switch gears from drafting to revision mode even though I usually enjoy revisions. I managed to rewrite two scenes this week though, so that’s a good start, and I’m sure I’ll settle into it soon. The next order of business is to go through my ms and tackle the insane amount of notes I incorporated while drafting.  Those mostly deal with plot consistency and important details that need to be added or fleshed out. Hopefully I’ll make some leaps and bounds on that this week.

What Inspires Me Right Now:

Watching Eureka with my son. Seeing as it’s tied with Firefly for my favourite show ever, I’ve been waiting quite a while for him to be old enough to appreciate it. Watching him all out belly laugh over the characters’ antics is just about as entertaining as the show itself. The quirky humour, colourful characters, and quaint but wacky setting (think a sci-fi version of Stars Hollow) remind me to add personality to my own stories. To be honest, it was TV shows like Eureka that first inspired me to write sci-fi, not any particular book, and sharing these fun episodes with my son ignites that love of the genre all over again.

What Else I’ve Been Up To:

I had a lovely Valentine’s Day. Since last weekend was one big date, we opted to stay home instead. My husband showed up after work with roses and a copy of Cress for me. He also made me chocolate truffle pie and served it with Rogue Double Chocolate Stout mixed with Mort Subite Kriek (basically Belgian cherry beer). Both were delicious. We watched About Time, which was the perfect Valentine’s Day movie despite the fact that it made me cry. There were a couple scenes where the writers took the less obvious route and that totally won us over. If you haven’t watched it yet, I recommend it. Domhnall Gleeson is adorable (yay for ginger actors!) and as my husband so eloquently put it: “None of the characters pooched up enough to spoil the movie.” I’d have to agree.

Other than that, I’ve been doing crazy science experiments with my son. Our kitchen has turned into a mad science lab lately. We had fun extracting banana DNA, our own DNA (seriously cool stuff) and making a model of a cell out of gelatin, fruits & veggies. Very messy and educational.

Also, I should probably mention that phase two of my dental surgery is happening next week, so there’s a pretty good chance I won’t be coherent enough to participate in WUW. Ouch.

So what’s up with you this fine Wednesday?


38 comments:

  1. Hope all the dental nastiness goes well!

    It must be so lovely to have a great show to share with your child. Aw, maybe someday I'll get to do something like that ^_^

    Good luck with your revisions :D

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    1. Thank you! It did last time, but this surgery is a little more involved. Ah well, I can survive on mushy food and painkillers for a while.

      Passing on certain shows and books to my son is one of my favourite things. That's one of the best parts about being a parent. Maybe you'll have a hand in raising the "next generation" of little Trekkies. Okay, that was a cheesy, I know lol. ;)

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  2. I can't wait to watch ABOUT TIME :-) and that Valentine's Day sounds great :-) Good luck with revising, you can do it!!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, but keep the tissues handy! And thanks for wishing me luck! I'm eager to get into the swing of revisions.

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  3. Sounds like you had a lovely Valentine's Day. Good luck revising and with the dental surgery!

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    1. I did, thanks! Hopefully I'll be able to get some revisions done despite the surgery!

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  4. One of the things I looked forward to about my kids growing up was sharing the shows and movies of my past with them. I remember introducing my kids to Star Wars, Doctor Who, and just recently, my son has discovered Back to the Future. I'm glad to say that, for the most part, they've enjoyed these things nearly as much as I did the first time around. :)

    Your hubby excelled himself this V-Day--good for him! I hope the dental surgery goes well, Erin. Have a wonderful week. :)

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    1. My son has enjoyed the favorites we've passed on to him for the most part too. He isn't into TV very much (other than watching sports), so I'm glad he's getting a kick out of Eureka. We introduced him to Star Wars a few years back, and predictably it was a hit as well. I figure it's our parental duty to turn them into little sci-fi nerds, right?

      Yep, my husband did a stellar job this year. He knows the way to my heart is through books, food, and beverages lol! And thanks--I'm not looking forward to the surgery, but it'll be nice when the whole process is done. Have a wonderful week yourself!

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  5. I love Eureka! Pretty much everything Fargo did was comic gold and thank goodness for Henry explaining science stuff to Jack b/c I was always as clueless as the sheriff :)

    Ouch for dental surgery - wishing you a speedy recovery!

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    1. Yay, a fellow Eureka fan! Fargo is hysterical, and I knew my son would get a kick out of him. He has to be one of my favourite TV characters ever. And I love Henry too. It always cracks me up that he fills so many different roles in the town and just changes that velcro patch on his coveralls depending on what he's doing. Makes me laugh every time. And Sheriff Carter is pretty darn funny himself.

      And thanks! The first surgery went really well, so I'm hoping it will this time too. :)

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  6. That sounds like a fabulous Valentine's Day! Good luck with your revising, and best wishes for a speedy recovery from your dental surgery!

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    1. It was a really nice evening--relaxing and filled with good food, which is just what I wanted. And thank you for the well wishes. I'm hoping the surgery won't knock me flat enough that I can't get some revising done while I recuperate. :)

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  7. Looks like you had an amazing Valentine's Day... Chocolate Truffle Pie sounds heavenly. You're lucky to have a husband who's a good baker. :-) I hope you continue to enjoy INTO THE STILL BLUE. I just finished a few days ago and I was not disappointed. Best of luck getting into revision mode, and have a wonderful week!

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    1. The chocolate truffle pie is one of my husband's specialties, and it's every bit as good as it sounds! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed INTO THE STILL BLUE so much. I love it when an author closes of a series well. Hope you have a wonderful week too!

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  8. I'd love to try some chocolate beer and chocolate truffle pie.

    Good luck with your dental surgery. I've had two root canals, necessitated by my car accident of 10 years ago. I got a nasty surprise during the second, when suddenly intense pain kicked in and I had to be injected with Novocaine asap. They thought the second root was as dead as the first and wouldn't feel any pain.

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    1. I highly recommend both. You can never have too much chocolate!

      I'll be under general anesthetic for my surgery so I probably won't feel a thing until later. I will, however, be incredibly dopey if my first surgery was any indication. The first thing I said to my husband when I woke up was, "Did they start yet?" Ha ha, I was pretty out of it!

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  9. That's super sweet that your husband gifts you with YA books! Love that.

    I watched the whole Eureka series a few years ago, I think it's on Netflix. I also liked the charm of the show, it's a good one for kids (grade school or up) because of the humor and the wacky science stuff. I love the talking house and Felicia Day's character later in the series.

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    1. One of the pluses of being married to a bookworm! My husband occasionally reads YA himself, which I think is very cool.

      I think the fun setting and humour really sets Eureka apart from a lot of other sci-fi shows. I love darker sci-fi (that's what I tend to write) but the lighter atmosphere of Eureka is refreshing. I loved S.A.R.A.H. the talking house too and my son got a kick out of "her." I'd seriously love to live in a house that cooked meals for me lol! Felicia day's character is adorable. I love her little romance with Fargo.

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  10. what a sweet husband! The roses are gorgeous! Glad you're having fun doing science experiments with your son and watching Eureka! My oldest will sometimes watch Doctor Who with me which makes me very proud Good luck with revisions and hope you enjoy the rest of Into The Still Blue!

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    1. Yeah, he's pretty awesome--everyday, not just on Valentine's Day. I had to stash the roses on the fridge because the cat was trying to get into them. :D

      There's kind of been a big emphasis on science in our house lately, which has been totally fun. That's great that your son watches Doctor Who with you! I'm totally rooting for my son to be a sci-fi nerd, and I think he's off to a good start. Thanks for wishing me luck with my revisions!

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  11. Your Valentine's Day was infinitely better than mine lol. (Hot dogs and babysitting all day--hardly my idea of romance. :P) I hope you like CRESS as much as I did. Honestly, there was pretty much no possible way I could have been disappointed with this book. This series just rocks all around.

    You're making me want to watch Eureka from the beginning. Come to think of it, I don't think I actually ever finished watching it. Whoops!

    Let me know if you want to hash out any of your revision ideas/issues via Skype. I'm around pretty much all the time. :-)

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    1. It was a really good evening. Trev knows he can't go wrong giving me books, food, and beer--the flowers were a bonus. I'm pretty easy to please that way. I'm looking forward to reading CRESS, especially since it's only been a couple weeks since I finished SCARLET. Perfect timing!

      You should start watching Eureka at the beginning and then finish it off. We have them all on DVD which is handy. I'm enjoying it just as much this time through and it's fun watching Liam get into it.

      I'm sure I'll want to Skype again some time very soon. :)

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  12. I'm not sure what I love more, the fact that your husband gave you Cress for V-day, or the fact thaty you and your son extracted banana DNA in your kitchen. I think it's the crazy science experiments, 'cause that's seriously awesome. You officially have the world's coolest family!

    Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Ha ha! That's a hard choice, isn't it? I'm lucky my husband is so in tune with what I read. We talk about books a lot, so it's pretty easy for him to pick gifts out on special occasions. The banana DNA experiment was super fun. And thanks, we'll accept that title. :D

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  13. I loved the first few seasons of Eureka, then I got behind and never caught up. I am thinking I need to do this! I look forward to sharing so many things with my kiddo when he gets old enough, the first of which will likely be reading books aloud to him that I loved as a kid.

    I hope the revisions start to come a little easier for you. Have a great week!

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    1. You should definitely watch the rest! It's such a fun show. I was so bummed when it got cancelled, because I was hoping for a few more seasons yet.

      I love sharing my favourite books with my son too. He's almost fourteen and I still read to him actually. I think passing on stories is one of the best things we can do for our kids' imaginations, and it's great bonding time too.

      And thanks, I think I'm having a bit of a mental block because my brain keeps telling me the story is done now that I've finished the first draft. Uh no. Not by a long shot. Once I really start digging into my notes, I'm sure I'll adjust to revision mode better. Have a great week yourself!

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  14. I've been wanting to see About Time since I first saw the trailer ages ago. I'm glad to hear that it's good!
    Your hubs got you a book for V-Day! I love it!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! And yep, getting books on special occasions is one of the perks of being married to a bookworm. :)

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  15. Eck, good luck with the dental thing! :(

    That said, your Valentine's Day sounds like it was great. I watched About Time on the plane ride back to the States and agree with you. It's such a cute movie without being TOO cute, you know? Love that your son is getting into your favorite show. I love sharing my fave shows with people, but I'm also always scared they won't end up liking it and then I won't know how to deal, haha!

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    1. Thanks! I'm hoping it'll go as smoothly as my first surgery did, but it's a little more involved, so I'll probably be on a steady diet of mushy food and painkillers. Again.

      I totally agree on About Time. It was sweet but tackled some tough issues too, and I loved the lesson in the end. I'm the same way as you are about recommending shows to people--books too sometimes. You just never know when someone's going to hate it and then you feel bad that they wasted their time/money on it. Luckily my son has my sense of humour and is turning out to be a sci-fi nerd (yay!), so Eureka was a safe bet. :)

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  16. I love all those random notes I make while drafting. They end up in Scrivener, sprinkled through my notebooks, and on random slips of paper. Hopefully yours are more organized and easier to sort through! Good luck!
    Your Valentine's sounds like it was lovely. Your hubs did good. :D
    Good luck on your surgery! I can think of a bajillion other things I'd rather have done than that. Hope you recover quickly!

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    1. I'm the exact same way with my notes. They're in my document notes in Scrivener, in coloured font throughout my ms, in my notebook, and on random Post-its all over my coffee table. And I think I'm being organized? Yeah, right!

      Thanks for wishing me a speedy recovery. Phase one of the dental surgery went well, so I'm hoping this next surgery will go as smoothly. :)

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  17. Good luck with the dental surgery, and with your revisions.

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  18. Oh I loooooooved ABOUT TIME!! I'm making all my sisters watch it. Such a gem of a film. I absolutely love Bill Nighy and he is so great in that role. If you haven't seen PIRATE RADIO, you should watch that too.

    And banana DNA extractions and cell models out of gelatin and fruit! How cool is that?! You are one very cool mom. (just sayin') Glad your Valentine's was wonderful and paired with wonderful beer. (How could it not be?)

    Good luck with your revisions. Hope you have an amazing week!

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    1. Wasn't it great? The funny thing is, we watched the Alex Rider movie with our son first, and Bill Nighy was in that too. I thought he was so good in About Time. It was the parts with him that made my bawl like a baby.

      And I'm very pleasedto be labeled a "cool mom." I just passed that on to my son as a reminder lol. As for the beer, it was incredible. My hubby sure knows how to pick 'em. Have an amazing week yourself!

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  19. Your husband MADE chocolate truffle pie?!? Holy awesomeness. :) Sounds amazing! About Time sounds really good too, I'm going to have to add that to my list.

    I love that you and your son are doing science experiments in the kitchen. FUN!!! :)

    Have a great week, Erin! I hope your surgery goes smoothly!

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    1. Yep, it's his specialty dessert and it's so good. You should definitely check out About Time. It's a perfect date night movie. But have some tissues on hand!

      The science experiments were very fun. Who says kitchens are just for making food, right?

      And thanks! I'm looking forward to getting this next surgery over with. I'll have to get my hubby to make me more truffle pie because I'll be stuck eating soft food for a while again. :D

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