Wednesday, 9 April 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:

This past week, I finished Unhinged by A.G. Howard and Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. Now I’m reading Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor, which is aptly named, because wow, at 613 pages this book is a monster!  I’ve only peeked at the first few pages, but Laini’s prose grabs me every time. I’m hoping for an epic ending to this trilogy.

My husband picked up a copy of Dreams of Gods & Monsters for me without even realizing there was a Karou art print inside, illustrated and autographed by Laini Taylor. What a cool surprise to open the book and find this…

What I’m Writing:

I finished my first round of revisions on Saturday, after what may or may not have been a sixteen hour writing session. My boys were out, so I had the house to myself and once I got on a roll, well, I just kept rolling. So now I’ve rewritten any large segments that needed work and smoothed out all the major plot issues—most of the minor ones too, although I find those have a nasty tendency to crop up like annoying little weeds throughout the process,.

I finally got around to filling in my index cards on Scrivener, which I should’ve done ages ago. Before delving into round two of revisions, I’m going to map my book and see what insight that gives me. After working on that for a few hours last night, I’m realizing that’s going to be a big task but one I think will be well worth the effort.

Other than that, I did some research on brain networks, which was actually much more fascinating than it sounds. At least the bits I could understand anyway. It's amazing how much effort goes into researching one tiny explanation in a story just to make it plausible. Fascinating or not, I'd still rather be writing kissing scenes. :D


What Inspires Me Right Now:

Fiction University. Seriously, if you haven’t checked out that site (formerly known as The Other Side of the Story), you should make a point of it. Janice Hardy and her crew hand out a ton of useful writing advice. I won’t list specific links because there have been far too many helpful articles lately, but I recommend taking a browse over there. Writing is a lot less daunting with resources like this just a click away.

What Else I’ve Been Up To:

Yesterday, I participated in the cover reveal for One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij. If you haven’t seen Elodie’s lovely cover yet, you can check out my post here or Elodie's blog here. And just to entice you even more, she's doing an awesome giveaway, so be sure to enter that!

Besides the usual daily stuff, I’ve been cheering over the fact that spring is FINALLY here and our snow is almost melted. There were many episodes of Veronica Mars this week, dates with the treadmill, plus a delicious Japanese meal during my enormous revision session. Nothing clears the brain for writing like wasabi. I think my sinuses are still burning.

So what’s up with you fine people?



42 comments:

  1. Yay on finishing the revisions. Love the idea of mapping your book out for round 2. I am going to keep that in mind when I get to revisions.

    Have a great week.

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    1. Well, just the first round of revisions. Still lots more to go, but I think the toughest part is out of the way. I've never mapped a story before, so it's a new experience for me. I love the idea of being able to see my whole WIP at a glance and being able to pinpoint problems easier. Hope you have a great week as well!

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  2. 16 hours, WOW! That's very impressive. And that Japanese food looks soooo good. I wasn't hungry 'til I looked at it :P

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    1. Yeah, it was a long haul, but I was in the zone. Gotta work when the motivation is there, right? And when the house is quiet! The Japanese food was awesome: sushi, spring rolls, and pork buns. It was perfect writing fuel! :)

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  3. Congrats on your sixteen hour writing/revision session!!! Go you! That is like running a marathon. I feel like we should be standing on the sidelines cheering and handing you cups of water. (only let's pretend it's tasty beer instead)

    And I'm dying to start Dreams of Gods and Monsters, but I'm grounded from books for the next couple of days. Because I am a serious book junkie and if I started it, I wouldn't sleep, eat, or getting any work done until I finished it. (I need an intervention)

    And hooray for Spring! Hope you have a fantastic week and get to enjoy some of your nice weather! :)

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    1. Ha ha nice! My husband would love the marathon metaphor seeing as this is the time of year he always picks up his marathon training. We believe in using beer to carb load. ;)

      I read the first chapter after posting this, and man, I need to be careful or I won't be getting anything done this week either. It's hard to stay focused with a book the size of a refrigerator calling my name though!

      Hope you have a fantastic week as well!

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  4. Yay to that writing session! 16 hours is quite the roll, but it's great you could stick with it without any distractions. Enjoy your nice weather. Spring had to come someday :)

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    1. I always try to take advantage of whatever quiet time I can get. I usually write late at night when I can concentrate without distractions, so having the house to myself is a treat! Honestly, some years I wonder if spring will ever come. I'm just hoping this is it now and that it's not a false alarm!

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  5. Oh my gosh, I am so jealous of your Dreams of Gods and Monsters surprise score. So so so SO jealous! I'm dying to read that book, but I want to re-read the first two first. But gah! JEALOUS.

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    1. I had no idea our bookstore was doing that, so I was pretty thrilled about it! I love it when they do cool promotions like that. I remember pretty well what happened in the first two, so I'm just diving in. :)

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  6. Wow congrats on finishing your revisions!!! And what a beautiful surrpise in Laini's book. :) I too love that it is FINALLY spring and I get to wear t-shirts and fleeces as opposed to 6,000 layers (no really). WOO HOO!!!!!

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    1. I'm done my first round, but still have a ways to go yet. This was the tough part though because it involved smoothing out all the plot details. Next I get to fiddle with the prose, which I'm looking forward to. Isn't Laini's art print cool? It's nice when publishers/authors do stuff like that, especially seeing as it's book 3 and I'd buy it with our without a promotion! And yes, I'm so relieved to shed all those layers too!

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  7. I can't wait to read Dreams of Gods and Monsters! That art is beautiful!

    I tend to get my revisions done in crazy-long sessions, too - sixteen hours is pretty impressive! I like the idea of mapping your book out between revisions - it makes it easier to get a sense of the story's structure.

    Have a great week! Glad spring's finally on the way!

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    1. Laini Taylor is such a talented lady! I'm hoping this week won't be too busy so I can get a nice chunk of the book done. That could take a while though because it's enormous!

      Sixteen hours definitely isn't the norm for me, but I prefer working in large sessions too. I like to approach it the same way I would any other job. Plus, I think it's easier to keep going once you've really gotten into it, you know? I'm glad I got one round of revisions under my belt before attempting the book mapping. It makes sense to map the story after the big plot issues are worked out.

      Hope you have a great week as well!

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  8. Augh, I seriously need to catch up on the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy - I haven't even read the 2nd book yet.

    Congrats on finishing your revisions and a 16-hour marathon session - wow! I had a similar (albeit shorter) session last Friday and it's sorta fun to get on that kind of roll every once in awhile.

    Enjoy the spring weather!

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    1. I read book 2 when it first came out, so I've been waiting a while for this! Fortunately the year went by quickly!

      That was just round one of revisions I finished, but it was the tough part seeing as I focused on working out the plot issues. It was a long haul, and I'm eager to get into round two now. Sixteen hours is kind of crazy, and I wouldn't want to do that too often! I prefer long writing sessions though because it's easier than stopping and starting for smaller ones. Glad to hear you had a similar writing session recently!

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  9. First of all, congrats on getting through your round of revisions. I had no idea. You should have texted me so I could celebrate with you! ;-) I could really use a long writing session, so I can plow through a bunch of revisions. Knowing me, I'd probably only get through a chapter and find a whole new batch of issues to deal with. O_o

    My copy of DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS should be arriving today. I preordered it only last week. Totally forgot about this one, so it's a nice surprise. I might have to squeeze it in between PRODIGY and CHAMPION. How cool that there was an autographed card inside your copy! What did you think of BURN FOR BURN? I've been curious about that one for a while now.

    It's funny that you mention Japanese food because Todd and I went out to Sushi Maru here in Lacombe just last night. It was (no surprise) super yummy! And actually really cheap too, so I wouldn't mind doing that more often. Well, hope our writing session is super productive this week! :-)

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    1. I finished super late, so it wouldn't have been a good time to text. You know how crazy out of whack my writing schedule is! I find it's easier to get a handle on plot issues and all the threads of a story during longer writing sessions, because then you don't have to stop right when things are starting to work themselves out and then try to figure it out again the next time. Who knows? Maybe you might find that works for solving some of those revision problems.

      I actually forgot DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS was coming out too. Obviously I was waiting for it, but man, this past year flew by. Trev didn't realize about the art print until he brought the book home, even though there was a sticker on the front of it that mentioned the promo. It was a bigger surprise then! As for BURN FOR BURN, I liked it, but wasn't hugely wowed by it or anything.

      I love sushi (and spring rolls & pork dumplings), so I was excited when that's what Trev picked out for my writing supper on Saturday. He planned ahead since they were going out, and I came up blank on ideas. I need to plan sushi for while I write more often!

      See you on Skype tomorrow!

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  10. Congrats on finishing a round of revisions! It sounds like you had a very epic revising day and I'm glad to hear all of your work paid off. :)

    Spring is finally here, too, and I'm so happy about it! I've also been watching episodes of Veronica Mars lately - trying to catch up so I can see the movie. I also need to catch up on Laini Taylor's series since I only read the first book, which I loved!

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    1. Thanks, Ghenet! It was nice to get through this first round because it involved all the tough plot stuff. We only have two episodes of Veronica Mars left (sniff), so we're planning on watching the movie this weekend. I can't wait!

      I read the second book in the trilogy as soon as it came out last year, so I've been waiting a while for this! Fortunately I remember most of what happened so I can jump right into book 3!

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  11. That print of Karou is beautiful! I got my copy of GODS & MONSTERS yesterday, and it IS huge! Even my daughter was blown away. I have BURN FOR BURN sitting on my TBR shelf... Thoughts? Sounds like your making great progress on your revising/research/writing. Hope you can keep it up. Have a great week, Erin!

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    1. I thought it was cool! Laini Taylor is such a talented person. I only wish I was that artistic. Isn't the book enormous? It's going to be like lifting weights while I'm reading it! About BURN FOR BURN, I liked it but wasn't hugely wowed by it or anything. I found it a tad predictable, but still enjoyable. I also kind of wished it had wrapped up in one book. That being said, I'll probably read the second book sometime.

      Have a great week too!

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  12. Dreams of Gods and Monsters has a beautiful cover, but I haven't read that trilogy yet! Almost everyone I've met who reads it has said it's brilliant, so I'll have to pick myself up some copies. :)

    Congratulations on finishing your revisions and have a lovely week!

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    1. It's a really good series, although I did definitely prefer book one to book two. I think Laini Taylor is one of the most creative YA authors out there. Her prose is so gorgeous I find myself rereading lines just to savor them. I hope you enjoy her books as much as I have! Have a lovely week yourself!

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  13. Ah! Dreams of Gods and Monsters! I am freaking out, I NEED this book in my hands NOW! Congrats on finishing revisions! I love my family, but I get so much more done when they're not around...distractions are a plenty when they're at home and I'm trying to work on my WIP.I loved the cover of One Two Three and the description sounds fantastic! Anything ballet oriented has my attention. Have an awesome week!

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    1. Well, be careful when you pick it up because it's heavy lol! I seriously think I might have to leave it open on my lap or the table, because it's going to be tough holding a book that size up while I read the whole thing. As for revisions, I'm just through my first round so far, but it was the tough round because it involved working out the plot. Onto round two very soon! I tend to write at night to avoid the distractions, but a nice long stretch of quiet daytime writing is always a treat! I'm so glad you liked Elodie's cover! I thought it looked great too! Hope you have an awesome week too!

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  14. Congratulations on finishing your revisions! I'm really hoping I'm on the last round of edits for the book I'm releasing in June. I've been spending more time on that than the one I'm releasing in May because this one is so much longer. At this point, I'm more than eager to get back to my WIP and actually create something all-new.

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    1. Well, I'm done my first round of revisions of revisions and then it's on to my second round. I got all my plot issues worked out, so that's good. I hope your revisions go well! That's a tall order revising two books at one time!

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  15. That is a seriously neat surprise! And whew, you sure put in the work- 16 hours! You go girl! =)

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    1. I thought it was pretty cool! Sixteen hours was a lot of work, but it actually flew by! :)

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  16. Is that Laini Taylor book the third one? I get mixed up with the titles. ;) I hope the third one is good though because I was a bit disappointed with book 2. (Loved book one though.)
    Congrats on finishing the revisions!

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    1. Yep, it's the third book. I enjoyed book one more than book two as well. I'm really hoping this third one captures all the reasons I loved DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE so much. As for revisions, that was just my first round. I still have a ways to go!

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  17. Gah! What a find! And while I didn't exactly care for DOSAB, I loved the sequel and am excited about reading the finale! Lucky you! And go you for all the writing progress! That's awesome!

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    1. Seeing as I planned on buying the book without any kind of a promo gift, I thought it was pretty neat to find that inside! I was the other way around. I preferred DOSAB over the second book, but man, what a crazy shocking plot twist at the end of book two! I'm hoping the finale is amazing, especially seeing as it'll be such a time investment! I've been happier with my revision progress lately. It took a while to gain momentum. Now onward to round two!

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  18. A Karou art print?! That is sooo awesome. I wish I could do something like that.

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    1. I thought it was a pretty cool promo gift. Laini Taylor is such a talented person. Wouldn't it be amazing to be able to draw pictures of all your characters?

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  19. Congrats on finishing your revisions! And I feel you on welcoming the arrival of spring - although for us, that mostly means *slightly* less rain :)

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    1. Just the first round of revisions are done so far, but I'm feeling pretty good about it! I figure that's the hardest round. We haven't had any rain yet, but we could sure use some to melt the last bit of snow and wash away all the gross dirt from graveling the roads all winter. Hope you get some nice sunny days though!

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  20. How awesome to open up DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS to find a signed art print! That is amazing. I am so excited to start this book. She is one of my absolute favorite authors. I just have to finish PARTIALS first. *speed reading* Have a great week!

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    1. I thought it was pretty cool, especially since I obviously planned on buying the book even without the promo gift! Hope you can finish your book quickly so you can move on to DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS soon! Have a great week yourself! :)

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  21. Karou art print inside, illustrated and autographed by Laini Taylor

    WHAT? That is so cool! Must get ASAP.

    I've heard so many good things about Scrivener. Great to hear you're making progress :)

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    1. The art prints were exclusively available through Indigo, which is a Canadian chain. I'm not sure what other gift promos the publisher did, but I'm sure there's something equally as good at other bookstores.I was pretty excited about it, especially seeing as I wasn't expecting it!

      I highly recommend Scrivener. It's like a portable writing office. :)

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