Wednesday, 14 May 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. Also, please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons. Thanks!

What I’m Reading:

I finished The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. While it didn’t measure up to the show (how could it?) I’m looking forward to reading the next installment in the Veronica Mars series, assuming there is one.

Now I don’t know what to read, and that has nothing to do with lack of choice. I’m just having a bit of trouble narrowing it down. We shall see…

What I’m Writing:

This week, I revised five scenes and I’m smack in the middle of my WIP now. Lots of high-paced action and doing terrible things to my characters. Mwahahaha!

What Inspires Me Right Now:

Cool scientific innovations. (see below)

What Else I’ve Been Up To:

It’s been a big ol’ nerdfest around here lately.

I’ve been enjoying my Mother’s Day gift, which I affectionately refer to as the “Tron Kettle,” because it glows blue when it boils water and looks like something out of The Grid. You know that old saying, “a watched pot never boils?” Well some inventor clearly took that to heart and made this a fun kettle to watch. It may be the coolest appliance ever, and I’m glad my boys picked up on the hint that I wanted it (okay, so the hints were pretty blatant). Now I don't just make tea, I make sci-fi tea.

This week we went on a fieldtrip to the Canadian Light Source National Synchrotron Research Facility, which is basically science geek heaven. In case you’ve never heard of a synchrotron before, it’s a particle accelerator that uses light to study the microstructure of materials down to the atomic level. This thing accelerates electrons at over 99% the speed of light! How freaking cool is that?! Our synchrotron in Saskatoon is the brightest in the world, which means it gives the clearest results. It’s actually 1 million times brighter than sunlight. Some incredible medical and environmental innovations are being made with the synchrotron. We’re talking new treatments like nanomaterials that travel into the brain to destroy tumors or ways that phytoplankton could be used to capture carbon dioxide and fight global warming. Amazing stuff. As you can tell, it was a very informative fieldtrip and one that could inspire shiny new story ideas.

On Mother’s Day we went to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and, no surprise, we enjoyed it a lot. Andrew Garfield was predictably adorable. For any of you Avengers fans, this weekend the hubby and I tried an awesome craft beer called “Thor’s Hammer.” Definitely getting that one again. There was also the usual book shopping, and I managed to score a sweet pile of books from the bargain section, at least four of which were on my TBR list.

Well, those are a few of the fun things I did this week. What have you been up to?


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  1. That kettle is a Tron kettle! I love it XD

    Hahah "doing terrible things to my characters". That is a lot of fun, isn't it? ...Does that make us a bit twisted?

    That lab sounds amazing. The work they're doing is incredible. Science is such a wonder.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Isn't it awesome? It's a little distracting because now I want to watch it every time I boil water lol. And yes, we're probably twisted for putting our characters through such horrible things and enjoying it, but it makes for some pretty good stories though! I agree that science is a wonder. So much fuel for the imagination!

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  2. I loved the Spider-Man movie! I saw it twice…mainly because the first time I saw it was the night after it opened and my friend and I were 2 seats from the screen…way too close! I really enjoy that these reboots are closer to the original comic book storylines; I appreciate it :-)

    Also your tea kettle is A W E S O M E!!!!!!!!!!! Happy belated Mother's Day Erin :)

    Have fun revising! :)

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    1. Yikes, two seats from the screen is crazy! I can see why you went a second time. I like the newer movies better than the old ones too. They're a little less cheesy and I'm partial to Andrew Garfield. :D

      And thanks! I had a great Mother's Day and I'm enjoying revising lately!

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  3. There *IS* going to be another book in the series. Was just announced yesterday or day before. This one is titled Mr. Kiss and Tell and will be out in I think October.

    Sounds like an awesome field trip! And that kettle. How awesome is that. Yay for sci-fi tea. Loved Spiderman 2. A lot more than the first.

    Good luck to you (and your characters. Hope they come out okay). Have a good week.

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    1. Yay! Thanks for passing on that good news! October isn't even all that far away considering when the first book came out.

      Sci-fi tea is definitely fuel for the imagination while writing. It's been a while since I saw the first Spiderman, so I couldn't really say which I liked better. I'll have to compare when the second one comes out on bluray.

      As for my characters, I'll try to go easy on them this week. :D

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  4. I need a kettle like that! My mom always used to tell me that whole "watched pot" line because I stand around, waiting for water to boil or pancakes to be ready to flip, etc. My response was, "It will eventually!"

    Hope you have a great week doing terrible things to your characters :)

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    1. You should totally get one! It's like watching a lava lamp, only more exciting lol. I think my characters might get a bit of a reprieve this week, depending on how far I get with the revising. There's definitely more bad stuff up ahead for them though. I'm terrible. :)

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  5. I love the tea kettle! Wonder what my toddler would think of it. I have a plain whistling one and he is convinced that there is a ghost in it lol. Enjoy your stack of books!

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    1. Ha ha! That's hilarious that your toddler thinks there's a ghost in the kettle! Sounds like a cute idea for a picture book actually! And yep, I definitely plan on enjoying my book stack. :)

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  6. Love the kettle! That sounds like such a fun field trip, too.

    Enjoy making your characters suffer! Muahahaha.

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    1. Both the kettle and the fieldtrip were awesome! My characters might have an easier week, but I will put them through the ringer again very soon. I'm a big meanie like that. :D

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  7. That really is a great kettle. I'm really quite jealous.

    I don't even like beer, but even I'm desperate to try that stuff if it's called 'Thor's Hammer' - that's amazing.

    Have a great week! :)

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    1. Isn't it fun? I now feel the need to stop whatever I'm doing to watch it bubble and glow when it boils. As for the beer, I think it grows on you over time (at least it did with me). We only drink good craft beer and it's way better than a lot of the commercial stuff. The Thor's Hammer is Canadian but it's an English barley wine style beer. I definitely recommend it, even for the name alone! :)

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  8. Sounds like your revision is going really well! Best of luck truly torturing those characters of yours. :-) I love your new tea kettle -- so pretty! Have a wonderful week, Erin!

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    1. It's going well, but I wish I could squeeze in some extra time to work on it. Things have been so busy lately. I think my characters might get a reprieve this week, at least for a few scenes. They deserve it after what I just did to them lol. As for the kettle, I've been spending way too much time watching it lately. :)

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  9. Okay, all that science talk kind of went over my head…but it sounds cool anyway! I like that about science, that even when I can't understand it, I can still appreciate it. Makes me want to go to a science museum and play with all the stuff there :)

    Hope the revising keeps going well this week!

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    1. Before the fieldtrip, I wouldn't have been able to tell you what the heck a synchrotron was either. I was never very science-y when I was growing up, but as an adult I've found a new appreciation for it. Like you, I don't always understand the finer details, but I think that makes it seem almost magical and makes me want to write about it. :)

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  10. Sci-fi tea...hehehe awesome! Now you're making me want one. ;-) I'm still kind of in love with my Rolie Polie-esque red shiny tea kettle, though. That synchroton visit sounds fascinating! I'm not super science-y, but from the sounds of it they're doing some great stuff there. And unlike the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, there's no risk they'll turn us into a black hole, so that's a plus! (Or flash us forward...hardy har.) Liam looks all Tim Rigginsish in that plaid shirt. Also too damn tall. Stop already!

    We saw Spider-Man 2 this past weekend, too, and I was going to text you and ask if you guys had yet. It was very good, and I have to agree that Andrew Garfield is just the more adorable thing ever. Love that guy! (He's sort of my inspiration for Cal.) I honestly could watch superhero movies and only superhero movies and be perfectly happy. :-)

    I got many of the same bargain books at our Chapters, but I see you got some that we didn't have. Lucky! I picked up BURN FOR BURN and AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE from our bargain section this weekend. My TBR shelf has so many bargain books on it and some of them turned out to be favourites, so money well spent. We'll definitely have to schedule a Skype chat whenever you're free. Todd's in Texas for the foreseeable future (anywhere up to a month), so I have time on my hands. :-)

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    1. Yes, your Rolie Polie kettle is quite cute. Our old one went on the fritz (the sensor broke and it kept boiling on and on forever), so it was good timing to get a new one. And no, I didn't break it on purpose. After my laptop incident, a suspicious pattern seems to be developing, hmmm...

      The synchrotron visit was very cool and much less scary than the Hadron Collider. Seriously, that thing is a bad idea. Those scientists need to sit down and watch a few episodes of Eureka. I laughed so hard at your Tim Riggins comment. I think plaid shirts must be in Canadian boys' blood or something. And yes, he's getting way too tall. I'm the miniature one in the family now.

      I remember you saying Andrew Garfield lent some inspiration to Cal. Perhaps that's why I liked Cal so much? We have a whole pile of superhero movies we need to get around to watching with Liam sometime. He still hasn't seen the Iron Man movies or Hulk.

      I really lucked out at Indigo this time. It's been a good, long while since they had any new stock in the bargain section, so I was excited to find these. Okay, I'm gonna go now because I know you're waiting for us to Skype. :)

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  11. Hi Erin, nice to "meet" you! So excited to join What's Up Wednesday! You and your sister are awesome for creating this. :)

    Your new teapot sounds amazing! Glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Good luck with your revisions and WIP! See you next week. :)

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    1. Nice to meet you too and glad you decided to join us! The new tea kettle is very cool and very distracting because now I stop whatever I'm doing to watch it boil. It's like a lava lamp lol. And thanks, my Mother's Day was lovely and revisions are going well--great way to kick off the week! See you next Wednesday! :)

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  12. That kettle sounds awesome! I'd also love to visit the research facility. It sounds like something from a science museum, only even more spectacular.

    I got a bunch of art supplies the other day, to add to the stuff I already have, and plan on drawing the cover for my next book to release this year. I also need to get busy on creating my Goodreads author page and making paper copies of the book I just released. If I ever have enough interest to have a giveaway for a signed copy, I'll give winners the choice of which hand they'd prefer for me to sign with.

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    1. The kettle seems to be the big conversation piece this week. It makes boiling water for tea a whole lot more fun. I think there are about 8 synchrotrons in the US, so maybe you'll get to visit one sometime. Good luck designing your book cover!

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  13. That is my favorite part of writing :) Doing all the evil things to them! And wow, that Tron Kettle is SO COOL!!!

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    1. Isn't it terrible what we put our characters through? And yep, the Tron Kettle is pretty much the coolest small appliance ever. ;)

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  14. That kettle is awesome! I wished I needed one, just so I could get that one.
    I also gave my kids not-so-subtle hints about what I wanted. In fact, I made my oldest write it down because I knew she wouldn't remember!

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    1. Our old kettle just crapped out recently, so it was good timing to get a new one. Ha ha! Getting her to write it down is sure stealthy of you. My husband was with me the first time I saw the glowing kettle at the store, so it was pretty easy for him to remember even without my blatant hints. :)

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  15. This is the best post ever because I am a huge nerd as well. :) I LOVE the Tron Kettle! I'm starting my Christmas list early. And the field trip sounds awesome. I've never been to Saskatoon. Looks like it's only about 15 hours away (yep, I just Maquested it... huge nerd). Maybe someday. Have a great weekend, Erin!

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    1. The kettle brand is Hamilton Beach, in case you need that info for your Christmas list. I'll warn you that it's a huge distraction. Now every time I boil water I have to watch it lol! The field trip was very cool. How many people can say they've seen a particle accelerator, right? Saskatoon is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, so fifteen hours away isn't too bad! Hope you have a great weekend too! :)

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  16. "Now I don't just make tea, I make sci-fi tea." Hah! Love this! That is one awesome tea kettle. It looks like a bioluminescent portal to another universe where tea is king. I would just stare at it for hours. :)

    And your trip to the synchrotron facility sounds amazing! Now I'm wondering how it differs from a standard particle accelerator. Thank goodness for google and wikipedia. What did we do before the internets? ;)

    Congrats on all your revisions. Can't wait to read what diabolical things you've put your characters through. You're kind of an evil genius you know that, right?! *waits patiently for your book to come out*

    Hope you have an amazing week. (Although how could you no with a sci-fi tea kettle on hand) :)

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    1. Yes, my jasmine tea tastes particularly sci-fi today. I think it might be giving me superpowers. I love anything bioluminescent or glowy (as illustrated in my current WIP), so it's a very inspiring kettle. Now I feel the need to watch it boil every time, which is a little distracting but fun.

      The synchrotron here accelerates particles but doesn't smash them together like the Hadron Collider. That's the simple explanation anyway. It's also much less scary and won't, you know, implode the entire earth or anything lol.

      Hmm, if I'm an evil genius it might be a side effect of the glowing kettle. I think my characters might get a slight reprieve this week, but there's more nasty stuff up ahead. And thanks! I'll try my hardest to get this book out there!

      Have an amazing week yourself! :)

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  17. Particle accelerator - that's very cool.

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  18. Ohhh, we LOVED Spider-Man 2!! I laughed, I cried, it was excellent. Sounds like you had a fab Mother's Day! :D

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