Wednesday, 5 March 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:

The one good thing about recuperating from surgery is that it’s the perfect chance to catch up on reading. I completely devoured Cress, and now I’m mourning the fact that I’ll have to wait so long for the final book in the series. The Lunar Chronicles are so much more than retellings, and Marissa Meyer’s creativity in translating fairytales into sci-fi amazes me.

Speaking of creative storytelling, I also read When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens. I love the idea of finding a secret diary that’s been hidden for years and the many ways that diary could inspire a modern character. That’s precisely the type of premise that would have grabbed my attention when I was Audrey’s age. I thought Alice’s diary entries were very convincingly written for the time period. It was clear that a lot of research went into them, as well as the parts about Audrey living in the White House. Good research always impresses me. I also especially enjoyed the budding romance between Audrey and her crush. Overall, a sweet and inspiring story!

Now I’m reading Alienated by Melissa Landers, and I have to say I think it has one of the coolest covers ever.

What I’m Writing:

I’ve been working on my first round of revisions, and so far I’ve made it partway into act two of my story. Still a long way to go, but I’m starting to feel more settled into revision mode now. I also did a nice chunk of planning for the third book in my trilogy.

What Inspires Me Right Now:

The Ender’s Game soundtrack, which is gorgeous and melancholy and powerful. You know the kind of music where you just have to close your eyes and let it move you? That’s what this soundtrack is like for me. Perfect for writing. If you love violin and cello, you might want to give this soundtrack a listen. The amazing violin starts up around the 1:19 mark.



What Else I’ve Been Up To:

Well, I had my dental surgery. After sleeping off the effects of the anesthetic, I was feeling pretty good and thought recovery was going to be a piece of cake. Yeah, not so much. Later on that night, I swelled up like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man after a fist fight. Seriously, my face was unrecognizable.  I looked like a bruised bobble head with a baseball in my cheek. One of my eyes was even swollen halfway shut. NOT a good look for me. Much to my relief, my face has returned to normal now. I’m still living on squishy foods though—lots of applesauce, yogurt, and pancakes. I sent my husband to the grocery store to pick up a few more soft things for me to eat and he came back with Hello Kitty canned pasta, which totally made me laugh. He thought I’d like something cute to eat. Men are funny.

Other than letting my face slowly deflate (and reading and writing, of course) I haven’t been doing much that’s out of the ordinary. As I mentioned recently, my son has been learning about genetics, so the other night we made DNA models out of licorice, rainbow marshmallows, and toothpicks, then ate them while we watched more Eureka episodes. Well, I only ate the marshmallows. You are what you eat, you know. Anyway, it was a fun snack for watching sci-fi.

So what’s up with all of you these days?


33 comments:

  1. Hope you're feeling much better and totally back to normal soon :D And hooray for upsides - getting loads of reading done, woo hoo! Good luck with the revisions as well.

    Oooh, that is a good piece of music. There's a real sense of something building up. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm feeling a lot better now thanks! The soft food diet is getting old, but I'll manage for a while longer. Is it weird that sometimes I don't mind being "sick" just so I can relax and get more reading done?

      I'm happy you liked the piece I chose from ENDER'S GAME. I thought you might like it, especially since it's got such beautiful violin. Seriously, the whole soundtrack is awesome! :)

      Delete
  2. I can't imagine that would be a good look for anyone! Awww! I'm glad you made it through the surgery!

    Because I've been out of it for SO LONG, Alison is most curious as to what you're revising. Is it a sequel to ENVISION? Let me know if you need a reader when you finish! Have a great week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, it was pretty bad. Nothing like your face returning to normal to boost the self esteem though lol!

      And yep, it's the sequel to ENVISION I'm revising. And what a task that's going to be. Truth be told, I enjoy revising, but sequels are a new challenge for me. Have a great week yourself!

      Delete
  3. Ouch! Hope you're feeling much much better!!! (and the pasta story is adorable :p) I have only read SCARLET so far from Marissa and I need to read the rest.
    Good luck with your revision!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm on the mend, thanks! And the pasta was actually tasty and cute, so it was a good call on my husband's part. :D

      I hope you enjoy the rest of the Lunar Chronicles. It really is a great series. Thanks for wishing me luck with my revisions!

      Delete
  4. Okay, your Stay Puft Marshmallow Man comment made me laugh out loud, but I'm so, so sorry about all the swelling. Not fun ;( I'm glad your are back to your beautiful self. And I didn't even know Hello Kitty pasta existed. Cute husband is cute.

    I haven't read CRESS. Anything that required devouring sounds like just what I need right now. I'm feeling kind of ho hum about my reading choices lately.

    Love the DNA model out of licorice and marshmallows. You are an infinitely cool mom. :)

    Hope your week trends towards less marshmallow-ness and more happiness. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad someone got the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man reference! The swelling has gone down now, although my gums are still sore, but I'm feeling way better, thanks. And yes, the husband is quite the cutie. My son too, seeing as he tried to swipe my Hello Kitty pasta for his lunch the other day lol. Teenage boys will eat anything.

      If you enjoyed CINDER and SCARLET then I'm sure you'll love CRESS too. This series just keeps getting better. I've felt kind of blah about a lot of books lately too, so CRESS was a treat.

      I think I might have to put that on a badge and wear it around the house: Infinitely Cool Mom. Then I can point to it whenever my son questions my coolness. The DNA models were tons of fun. Edible science is always a good thing. :D

      Delete
  5. I hope Marissa Meyer is feeling the love being poured out over this series. I haven't read anything but glowing comments from people about The Lunar Chronicles (and I'm right there glowing with them), and that's quite an achievement.

    I'm glad you're recovering from the dental work, Erin. It might not have been pleasant, but at least you got some time to read and write out of it. :)

    Have a wonderful week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I tweeted Marissa Meyer a photo of the roses and the copy of CRESS my husband got me for Valentine's Day just so she'd know that her book qualifies as a perfect gift. I can't wait to read WINTER seeing as each book has been better than the last! I'm going to be very disappointed when this series is done, but looking forward to whatever project Marissa Meyer works on next.

      And thanks, I'm glad to be on the mend. The extra reading time was appreciated even if the puffy face and swelled gums weren't. :D

      Delete
  6. Hello Kitty canned pasta - adorable :)

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And tasty too, you know, if you like Alphagetti-style pasta. I'm well on my way to recovering now, thanks! Just waiting for these darn stitches to dissolve. :)

      Delete
  7. I really need to read some Marissa Meyer, I feel like I'm missing out.
    Music is my greatest source of inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're definitely missing out! You really should treat yourself to this series. It's awesome! As for music, I never used to write with it, but now I can't do without.

      Delete
  8. Yikes! That surgery sounds pretty awful. I hope you're back to 100% very soon. The genetics project you did with your son sounds like lots of fun. What a creative (and tasty!) way to learn about DNA. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on ALIENATED. I've had my eye on that one for awhile now and I agree -- such a fantastic cover!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, it wasn't fun, but I'm looking forward to the end result, which won't be for a few months yet. I'm feeling way better now, thanks, although still a bit sore. The DNA project was super fun and a pretty easy way to build a model. Learning is always more enjoyable if candy is involved. So far I'm liking ALIENATED. I'm about halfway through, so we'll see how the ending pans out. Did you see they revealed the cover for book 2? It's a similar layout and also gorgeous!

      Delete
  9. I've watched Ender's Game last week and one of the things that grabbed my attention was the soundtrack. Love it.

    Aw, how sweet that your husband brought you Hello Kitty canned pasta LOL Hope you're feeling better!

    Have a great week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh I know, right? The music really stood out to me too when we saw it. I love soundtracks like that!

      I thought the Hello Kitty pasta was pretty sweet too. Much cuter than the Bob the Builder kind ha ha. And I'm feeling a lot better thanks! Have a great week yourself!

      Delete
  10. Best of luck on a quick recovery! Dental surgery is no fun. The DNA models sound fun and tasty, too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, and yeah, I can think of many things I'd rather do than have dental surgery. Yuck. The DNA models were super fun and an easy way to demonstrate the concept. Hard to beat science with licorice and marshmallows. :)

      Delete
  11. I hope you continue recovering from dental surgery. I didn't really enjoy either of my two root canals, particularly since the first had to be done in two parts, on different days.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, I'm well on my way to recovering now. I've never had a root canal, but they don't sound like much fun either. Yeah, this process is in parts too, which stinks because I still have at least a few months left until I'm all done. Blah. Oh well.

      Delete
  12. Yay for revisions going well! I never listen to soundtracks while writing, but I need to start ASAP, because there is so much inspiration in the music. Glad you're recovering well from your surgery and found time to read some awesome books!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I had trouble getting into this first round of revisions, but it's starting to go much better. I think switching gears from drafting to revising sometimes takes a bit of adjustment. I never used to listen to music while writing, but I've come to depend on it. I especially favour soundtracks because they're generally instrumental. Less distractions and more atmosphere without words. Anything with lyrics I usually just listen to before I start writing to set the mood.

      And thanks, I'm feeling a lot better. Taking more time to read was definitely nice, despite the side effects of the surgery! :)

      Delete
  13. Cress is amazing, isn't it? I'll be sad when the series ends.

    Hope you're feeling better! At least you had more time for reading and revisions. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes it was! I'll be disappointed when Marissa Meyer wraps up her series too. I hope whatever series she writes next is equally as good!

      I'm feeling a lot better, thanks, although not entirely healed up. I always figure one of the perks of being sick is an excuse to kick back and read. No complaints about that! :)

      Delete
  14. Oh, wow. I had no idea you were so far into your revisions. That's awesome! I, on the other hand, am at a bit of a stand still. Bleh. I'm glad that one of us is being productive at least. ;-) Nice to know that your face is back to normal. That means there should be a Skype date sometime in the near future.

    I absolutely love the Ender's Game soundtrack. I have listened to it so many times since I bought it, it's kind of ridiculous. I just put it on a loop and let it go. The strings really make the music, that's for sure. This just reminds me that we still need to pick up a copy of the movie.

    I really enjoyed CRESS, and I really don't want to wait until WINTER comes out. Too long! It still amazes me what she's done with familiar fairy tales. I'm a bit envious. Looking forward to a chat soon... :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, this first round of revisions I'm just focusing on adding in details from my notes, not so much on prose or trimming out words. I figure I've got many more rounds to go. As for my face, I'm very relieved that I no longer look like the love child of Sloth and Chunk. It really was pretty horrifying to look in the mirror and not even recognize myself. I was tempted to send you a picture so you could see just how bad it was, but then I figured you'd never let me live it down. And yes, we need to Skype soon.

      The Ender's Game soundtrack is one of my favourites now. I've been listening to it a ton too. I love it when you're watching a movie and the music is so good it jumps right out at you. Now that I use soundtracks for writing, I'm wondering how many other good ones I've missed.

      CRESS was predictably awesome. I'm really hoping Marissa Meyer knocks our socks off with WINTER. You know how I feel about blah series endings. I have a lot of faith that she'll do a good job, and I'm counting the days until I have the last book in my hands. Thanks again for giving me CINDER as a birthday gift!

      Delete
  15. Pasta always tastes better when it comes in fun shapes! Sometimes I catch myself listening to Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival over and over when I'm working on my 1969 YA Historical. Good luck with your revisions. Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes it does! And it was probably one of the most flavourful things I've eaten while recovering. Ah yes, CCR. Good taste! Have a great weekend yourself!

      Delete
  16. Thanks for reading WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE, and for your kind words about my story!
    I love ALIENATED's cover, too--I kind of want to live in it. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And thank you for keeping me entertained while I was recovering from my surgery. Audrey and Alice made good company!

      The cover on ALIENATED's sequel is very cool as well. Not sure if you've seen it, but the design is similar.

      Delete
  17. Hi Erin, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

    ReplyDelete