Wednesday, 30 July 2014

What's Up Wednesday

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What I’m Reading:

I was finally able to read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and thoroughly enjoyed it. The prose was lovely, the island setting both quaint and haunting, and the plot twist satisfying. I had my suspicions about the latter and was in the right ballpark with my guess, although had I not known there was a big reveal, I doubt my mind would’ve been racing to figure it out. I also read In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg, a fun, sweet book reminiscent of You’ve Got Mail.

Now I’m about halfway through The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman. It’s not a fast paced novel so far, but I’m in suspense. I’ve also been reading a little more Romantic era poetry for research, particularly Byron and Sir Walter Scott.

What I’m Writing:

Thanks to a monster writing session this past Saturday, I’m almost to the 25k mark on Enlighten. I’m not sure whether that’s good or bad seeing as I’m only partway through Act 1. I’m going to go with good and we’ll see how I feel about it come time for revisions. If you read my RSW post on Monday, you’ll know I was struggling with a plot issue. I think I’ve got it figured out now and hopefully the rest of the scene will play out properly. I’ve left my characters in a precarious position and I should probably get them out of it very soon (insert evil laugh here).

What Inspires Me Right Now:

Beautiful storytelling in all its forms.

What Else I’ve Been Up To:

Yeah, I wrote almost 10k this past week, so I was basically a hermit in the writer’s cave and didn’t do much else that was noteworthy. That’s perfectly fine by me though. Besides the same old same old routine (write, read, walk, curriculum, conquer mountain of laundry, etc.) I did stumble across something on the internet that thrilled me to bits.

It’s become a tradition in our house that every St. Patrick’s Day we watch The Secret of Kells. If you’ve never seen this absolutely gorgeous cartoon, you’re missing out. Every frame is a work of unique, Celtic-inspired art and the story is an original blend of history and Irish mythology surrounding an illuminated text. In short, it’s a feast for the eyes and the imagination. You can probably guess how excited I was to discover that the same director is coming out with another movie in a similar style: Song of the Sea. This tale is about a selkie and judging by the trailer it’s going to be every bit as magical and engaging as The Secret of Kells.


Apparently it’s coming out late in the year, but being a smaller film, I’m not sure if it’ll be released in many theatres. We saw The Secret of Kells at a local vintage theatre that tends to show independent films, so I’m hoping, hoping, hoping they’ll decide to bring in Song of the Sea as well.

So how’ve you been lately? Care to share?


38 comments:

  1. Congratulations on such huge progress with your writing :D That's amazing!

    In a way I wish I hadn't know there was a twist in We Were Liars, but I don't think I would've read it if I didn't know. It was very beautifully written.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks! It was a productive week, but the word count is getting a little out of control lol. Ah well, there's lots going on in the story so that's a good thing.

      I feel the same way about WE WERE LIARS. The main reason I read it was because I knew there was a plot twist. It was a very cool reveal too, but I have trouble shutting off my detective brain. I love trying to figure out mysteries too much! Hope you have a great week too!

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  2. Hi, Erin! Whoa, 10k. That's awesome. I need some of the writing mojo you've got going on!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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    1. It was a productive week but I felt kind of wiped out afterward. Sending some of that writing mojo your way! :)

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  3. I watched the trailer. Very cool, very cool. So I watched the Secret of Kells trailer too.

    HOLY FLIPPING HERRINGS that was amazing. Annnnnnd I'm hooked. Going to find me a version of this from someplace and watch the heck out of it. Thanks for putting it out there so I could find it.

    Good work on the WIP. I think that's some great progress. Besides, if we always measure ourselves against our eventual goal, instead of the next milestone, we'll never feel good about anything (the eventual goal just moves on and keeps ahead forever, like a jerk rainbow). Will have a look at some of your other posts to see what Enlighten is about.

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    1. I just really can't say enough about the fantastic storytelling and artwork in THE SECRET OF KELLS. I wish more cartoons were so thoughtfully made because that's the inspiring stuff kids should be watching (and adults, of course). As for my writing goals, I'm more worried this book is going to be gargantuan lol. :)

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    2. Oh! Haha, that is an awesome problem to have. :)

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  4. Congrats on the 25k! Getting there as fast as you did definitely puts you in hermit territory. But don't worry, we all go there at one point or another. Thanks for sharing. :D

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    1. Thanks! This WIP is trucking along at a good pace right now, but I should probably peek out of the hermit cave once in a while, right? At least to get more iced tea & snacks lol. :)

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  5. IN YOUR ROOM is on my TBR-list and I might have to bump it up. I've been in a YA romance phase lately. The sweeter, the better.

    That trailer is beautiful. I've never seen The Secret of Kells, but it looks like the whole movie is up on Hulu so hopefully I can check it out soon.

    Yay for figuring out plot issues! Hope you have another productive week.

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    1. It's a cute, quick, summery read so it was just the thing to take my mind off of drafting for an evening. I actually picked it up at a used book sale even though I'd never heard of it before. Hope you enjoy it!

      I'm glad you liked the trailer! I really can't say enough about THE SECRET OF KELLS and just how gorgeous the story and the art is. My family looks forward to watching it every year, especially since my son looks like the boy in the movie lol.

      As for that plot issue, I gave it a good swift kick while I wrote last night. It's officially been put to rest! Hope you have a productive week too! :)

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  6. Yay for all the words and figuring out your plot issues! That's exciting. :) I've never seen The Secret of Kells or Song of the Sea, so I'm excited to watch the trailers and see what they are all about. Hope you have a great week and thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, I was very excited to get that plot issue out of the way! It took a couple days of mulling to figure it out. If you end up watching THE SECRET OF KELLS, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Have a great week yourself! :)

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  7. Wow congrats on hitting 25k Erin!!! Yay for figuring out those issues and I hope you have another productive week!

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    1. Thanks! It was a relief to finally solve the plot issue and scratch that off my checklist. Hope your week is productive as well! :)

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  8. Congrats on closing in on that 25K mark! IN YOUR ROOM sounds really good (how can I say no to YOU GOT MAIL???) Have an awesome week, Erin!

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    1. Thanks! I manage to pass 25k last night after my post went up, so that felt good. IN YOUR ROOM was a cute, summery read, and I recommend it if you're looking for something light and quick that's on the fun side. And yeah, it's pretty hard not to enjoy a story that's anything like YOU'VE GOT MAIL. Now I'm in the mood to watch it for the hundredth time lol. Hope you have an awesome week as well! :)

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  9. Congratulations on all those words. 10,000 is amazing! The selkie movie sounds neat. I'm going to have to look into that one.

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    1. Thanks! It was a productive week but left me kind of exhausted. I think SONG OF THE SEA is supposed to be out in December, so look for it then! :)

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  10. Yay for epic hermit writing days! 25K is fantastic! :)

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    1. Yeah, that writing session was so epic I felt fried for the next three days lol! And thanks, it feels good to pass the 25k mark. :)

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  11. 10k is epic! Congrats, and I hope you enjoy another big week, building on that great momentum you've built. Use it!

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    1. Thank you! It was definitely one of my most productive weeks ever, thanks to my boys going out of town for a football game and leaving me with extra writing time on my hands. I'm hoping to build on that momentum too, although I doubt I'll hit 10k again this week. That's okay though because my poor brain needs a break! :)

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  12. The trailer for Song of the Sea gave me chills. Beautiful. And 10K...those are my absolutely favorite kinds of weeks! Good luck with writing this week--just don't forget to breathe!

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    1. Isn't it amazing? The entire movie of THE SECRET OF KELLS is like that. I don't often have 10k weeks, but I'll take them when they come along! I will definitely be taking a little extra breathing time this week, thanks! :)

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  13. I could see Song of the Sea being screened at the local indie theatre in Albany. They show a lot of foreign, vintage, and indie films.

    Epic writing days are fantastic. Where there's a will, there's a way.

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    1. It's really too bad gorgeous movies like these have such limited releases while a lot of cheesy blockbusters fill up all the regular theatres. Ah well. And yes, epic writing days are a definite boost to the momentum. :)

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  14. Love that trailer! I'm going to have to watch The Secret of Kells later. I've never seen it... Congrats on an awesome writing week!

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    1. I hope you get the chance to see THE SECRET OF KELLS because it's well worth it. Just be forewarned if you watch it with your kids that a couple scenes could be a bit scary for little ones since part of the plot involves Viking raids. It's all tastefully done, but I could see very young kids being a bit antsy about those bits. And thanks, it was a really productive week! :)

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  15. That is a monster writing session! Gosh, I need one of those real bad.

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    1. It left me with a monster headache afterward too, so there were pros and cons lol. Hope you have an epic writing session soon too. :)

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  16. anything similar to You've Got Mail makes my TBR pile! I'm anxiously awaiting to hear when the library finally has We Were Liars available for me! Heard so many great things. You had quite the writing week! I may need to have my own monster session soon.

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    1. IN YOUR ROOM was a quick, light, summery read, so if it ends up in your TBR pile I hope you find it as fun and entertaining as I did. Kind of hard not to like anything similar to YOU'VE GOT MAIL though. And yep, it was a very productive week, but I definitely needed a couple days break after that! Hope you get to read WE WERE LIARS soon. After reading it, I understand why there's so much hype. :)

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  17. 10k is remarkable! And thanks for sharing about Song of the Sea... I am intrigued be selkie mythology.

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    1. Thank you! It felt great to get such a big chunk of my WIP done. I love anything Irish inspired and selkies are pretty high up there in terms of mythical creatures in my books too. :)

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  18. I've heard a lot of things about We Were Liars, I'll have to get reading it soon. Congrats on all the writing you've done this week!

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    1. I'd heard a lot about it too and was really glad when the library finally had a copy in! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! And thanks! It felt great to have a really productive week! :)

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  19. Hooray for 10K!!! That is fantastic Erin!

    And also hooray for Song of the Sea! I love selkies and Celtic folklore and pretty much everything about that trailer has me giddy with delight. It is so fun to see animation that uses some imagination and is outside the mainstream. (It also makes me want to re-watch Howl's Moving Castle again too.)

    Hope your week is magnificent! Good luck with the writing and getting outside the writing cave a bit too. You deserve some "me time". :)

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