Wednesday, 28 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’m about a quarter of the way through Mystic City by Theo Lawrence. Reading time has been rare lately, so I’m working through this one in fits and spurts. The unique version of Manhattan in this story is proving to be an interesting setting so far.

What I’m Writing:

This week, I revised eight scenes, which wrapped up Act 2 of my WIP. Now I’m in the middle of one of my favorite scenes. Pardon me while I squeal a bit. I'm hoping that maybe, perhaps, possibly I might be done round two of revisions sometime in the next couple weeks. That should be feasible, but we'll see.

What Inspires Me Right Now:

Check out those pasty legs!

On Sunday, my husband ran his fifteenth marathon and placed 3rd! He’s been aiming to break into the top three at our provincial marathon for a long time now, and he finally did it. He also finished with his best time ever, 2:50:39. For the record, running 26 miles/42k in less than three hours is fast. Of course, I was screaming my head off because I was so excited to see him coming down the homestretch in third place. All right, all right, I scream my head off no matter how he ranks, but this time was special.

My son ran the 10k race in 53:55 and placed 172nd out of 1229 people, most of whom were adults. He inherited his dad’s passion for running and is hoping that maybe next year he can do his first half marathon.

I’ve compared running and writing in blog posts before, because both require practice, dedication, and perseverance.  Watching my boys put their training into effect makes me incredibly proud and inspires me to apply the same passion and persistence to my writing.

Look! It's a teapot tree!
What Else I’ve Been Up To:

Working on more curriculum, going for coffee with the in-laws, getting a crap ton of housecleaning done, going for supper at our favourite 1950s diner, visiting our favourite coffee & tea shop which happens to be just down the street from said diner, Skyping with Jaime, watching Ender’s Game and loving it even more the second time.


How was your week?

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  1. Well done with your revisions, it sounds like you're making great progress! :)

    Wow, congratulations your husband! I'm always in awe of marathon runners, it must take so much self-discipline to achieve something like that.

    Have a great week! :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm happy with the pace I've managed to keep up with this round. I'm in awe of marathon runners too, especially since I regularly witness the amount of time and effort my husband invests in his sport. Hope your week is great too! :)

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  2. Congrats to your hubby and son! I ran track and cross country all through grade school and high school, and I still love to run.

    Have fun writing your favorite scene!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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    1. I'll pass on your congratulations to them! I wish I loved running more, but after many attempts I'm resigned to the fact that my place is cheering at the finish line lol. And thanks, I worked on my fav scene since posting this and it was rewarding. :)

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  3. You are doing awesome on your revisions! Go you! And congrats to the husband! Have a great week, Erin!

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    1. Thanks! This round of revisions has had a lot more momentum than the last one. I'll tell my hubby you said congrats. Hope you have a great week too! :)

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    1. Isn't a cute idea? So colourful and fun!

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  5. Ah, Ender's Game. I need to watch that again. It's the most inspiring book ever, and a pretty good movie. Good luck with your writing! Have a great week Erin!

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    1. It's a really great book. I read it several years ago and then with my son a few months back. I enjoyed watching it on bluray even more than in the theatre, probably because I already knew it was good and could really get into it without worrying over whether or not they'd be faithful to the book. Hope you have a great week too! :)

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  6. Congrats to your hubby and son! And as a writer and non-runner, I love the idea of being an "athlete" in some form or shape so keep those comparisons coming :)

    Good luck with your revisions!

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    1. I'll tell them you said congratulations! My husband really gets how I feel about writing and what all goes into the process because it's so similar to his training for running. Sports metaphors really do work well for writing, don't they? Glad you liked that, and thanks for wishing me luck! :)

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  7. Congrats to both your hubby and your son! That is amazing! And I just had to laugh picturing you screaming your head off on the sidelines. That would be me too. ;)

    And congrats to you on busting out more revisions! Finishing your second round...you deserve awesome beer. (or some other awesome prize of your choosing) *offers plethora of prizes*

    Hope you have an amazing week! Keep that momentum rolling. I think writers need people standing on the sidelines with cups of coffee and snacks, cheering like they're on the final leg of this huge novel-size marathon. ;)

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    1. I'll tell them you said so! I think I probably freak out my mother-in-law when I start screaming like that, because she's usually there to watch with me. I look like a deranged Good Luck Troll lol. :D

      The second round of revisions is trucking along much better than the first. I'm hoping to get down to the nitpicky stuff really soon so I can shift gears and start drafting again. Eek. Bring on the beer!

      Writing is a solitary process like running, but that encouragement from the sidelines is huge when it comes to pushing on to the finish line! Maybe we should start passing out medals and bouquets of flowers when people finish their novels! :)

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  8. I am so impressed with your husband and son! They did amazingly, particularly your son, whipping all of those adults -- so amazing! Sounds like you're rocking your revision, Erin. Hope you can keep up your momentum. And YAY for Ready. Set. Write! Can't wait to get started!

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    1. I'll tell them you said so, Katy! I'm really thankful my son is following in my husband's footsteps (literally) because I'm not athletic at all. Running has really been amazing in teaching my son how discipline pays off. This second round of revisions has definitely been better than the first! I'm hoping the momentum continues for just a wee bit longer too. Looking forward to RSW as well. I might start drafting in the first couple weeks. Scary...

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  9. Congratulations on your husband and son's success! And good luck with your continued revisions.

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    1. I'll pass along your congratulations to them! And thanks for wishing me luck!

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  10. My Dad and five of my siblings have all run marathons at one time or another. I think I'm the only one who missed out on the running gene. I watched a few of them do the St. George marathon a few years ago and it was crazy exciting to see the runners come across the finish line. :)

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    1. It's tough being the lone non-runner, isn't it? I feel like I should be out there pounding the pavement, but it's just not my thing. My place is firmly on the sidelines cheering. Like you said, it's so exciting to see everyone crossing the finish line. And it gives me an excuse to scream and act like a maniac. :D

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  11. Congrats to your husband and son! and Congrats to you for finishing that many edits! Sounds like you've all been doing marathons ;)

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    1. I'll be sure to pass on your congratulations! And thanks, I do feel like I'm doing my own marathon these days! :)

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  12. How true that writing a novel and running a marathon are pretty comparable, except that I could never run a marathon--that to me just seems way more difficult! Congrats to your husband and son! Amazing.

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    1. I could never run a marathon either! My husband and I have talked many times about the similarities between writing and running. I'm thankful that he gets my process because it's so much like his. I'll tell my boys you said congratulations! :)

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  13. Well done on the progress with your revisions! :) Writing and running marathons have a lot in common in terms of dedication and perseverence! Except I can't run to save my life. :P

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks! I'm happy with my pace for this round but still hoping to wrap it up soon! I think practice and endurance are two things writing and running both require, so I'm glad my husband understands that in terms of running because he also totally gets why I write (and he's a reader). I can't run to save my life either, so you're not alone on that! :)

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  14. Congrats to your husband and son! That's really cool. I'm running my first 5K next month. I'm a beginner runner so I hope I can make it to the end!

    Good luck finishing up your revisions. That's awesome that you're so close!

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    1. I'll pass on your congratulations to them, Ghenet! And good for you for running your first 5k! Many times I've thought I should set that as a goal, but I always get sidetracked and give up. It's awesome that you're taking that big step of entering an official run! I'm rooting for you to get to the end! And thanks for wishing me luck on the revisions! I'm close to my own finish line (for this round at least)! :)

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  15. That's awesome that you're so close to finishing your revisions on this WiP! I'm really hoping that RSW kicks my butt in gear on that front. I'm also officially giving two week's notice (today!) for the babysitting thing. I need to be done with all of that to reclaim time to do other more important things. Like writing and finally finishing this fracking revision. Ugh. I might need you to kick me in the arse so I finally do it. ;-)

    Awesome that Trev broke into the top 3! I know that has been his goal for some time now, so that's fantastic! And again, he puts us to shame. (I'm sitting here feeling all pudgy and useless right now. Thanks, Trev.) Liam is looking so teenagery now. :-) Good for him for doing so well in his race, too.

    Let me know what you'd like to Skype write. I'm free from tomorrow through Monday. :D

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    1. Yep, after this round I'll have some nitpicky stuff (like looking for overused words) and some other odds & ends and that should be it for now--until you tell me a whole bunch of stuff to fix, of course! I'm excited for you that you'll have more time soon. I hope that bodes well for your revision and whatever other projects you might be inspired to take on. Consider your arse kicked! :D

      I was so happy that Trev finally placed third! He's been so close so many times and he really does deserve it. He puts me to shame too, and so does Liam. I told Liam you said he looked "teenagery" and he was all proud lol.

      I'll touch base with you about Skyping for sure. :)

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  16. I love getting to scenes your excited to read again. It's one of the good things about revisions. Good luck. Thanks foe sharing.

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    1. Those are the bits that make writing so worthwhile and revisions so rewarding. Thanks!

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  17. Look at that teapot tree! It's so cool! :D

    Congratulations to your husband and your son. Very impressive accomplishments!

    And yay for you and your revisions. Squeal away!

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    1. I thought you might like the teapot tree! It was so fun and colorful that I had to have a picture of it. I think I might need one in my house too!

      I'll tell my boys you said congratulations. They worked very hard and I was super proud of them!

      Seeing as you've encouraged my squealing, I will make sure I do! :)

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  18. Third place?! That's amazing! Also, it's awesome that you're wrapping up act two of your WIP. It's always such a great feeling to get a chunk of any story done.

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    1. I was pretty darn happy for him! And happy to be through act 2 revisions. One more act, then I'm onto the fiddly little stuff and sending it off to Jaime to read!

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  19. Wow! Fifteenth marathon and made third place? That's awesome! I always wanted to try a marathon, even a fun race like Run or Dye, but I have some medical problems that would make it difficult. Good for him, though! I admire people who run marathons. :)

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    1. He's worked hard at it for about 10 years now, so I was super happy to see him achieve this. I wish I was a runner, but I find it too hard to stay motivated. Writing a novel will probably be the only marathon I ever run! :)

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  20. Holy crap that is amazing! 3rd place! I ran a half marathon in February and I probably came in 3rd to last! Haha, I suck at running.

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    1. An amazing achievement for an amazing guy! And hey, running a half marathon is awesome no matter what place you come in! I've come to the conclusion that I'm allergic to running. :P

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  21. Whoa! congrats to you and your son for running a 10k and for placing so high! Awesome! And being close to the end of a second round of revisions is always so exciting. Woohoo!

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    1. He did really well and I'm so glad he takes after his dad in the running department. I'm so proud of them both! I can't wait to be done this round of revisions. Then it's the little fiddly things to deal with and off to Jaime for some CP magic. :)

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  22. Kudos for the progress on your revisions! And I love that you've been working on a part that makes you squee! What a great feeling. :) Congrats to your husband and son, too! Amazing accomplishments for both of them!! :) Have a great week, Erin!

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    1. Thanks! I've had much better momentum with this round. As for the scene that makes me squee, I think I could tweak it forever and still not be fully satisfied, but I love it. I'll be sure to pass on your congratulations to my boys. They work so hard and so proud of how they did! Have a great week yourself, Bridgid!

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  23. Well done with your revisions, and good luck with the rest!
    Congratulations to your husband and son, they both did great :)

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    1. Thanks on both counts! I'll pass on your congratulations to my boys! :)

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  24. Eight scenes, woot!! And I love those moments where you're in the middle of a favorite part of a story. It really makes the writing magical when it affects you as you write it, lol. Congrats to your hubby! :D

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    1. I love those moments too. I think those are the scenes that make writing worth it! I'll tell my hubby you said congrats! :)

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