Wednesday, 20 August 2014

What's Up Wednesday


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What I’m Reading:

I finished Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and was sorry to get to the end of it. The protagonist, Andi, was so real in all her prickliness and her struggles to cope with tragedy. I loved how the author twined together the story lines from the past and present and made the events of the French Revolution relevant to Andi’s character. I also thought the author gave a thoughtful and realistic look at depression. A sprinkling of genetics, Andi’s passion for music, and her relationship with Virgil—a refreshing love interest—were also big highlights of this story. I highly recommend this one.

Now, I’m reading The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry. It has elements of steampunk and the main character might be part goblin. So far I’m enjoying it.

What I’m Writing:

I’ve been working away on drafting Enlighten and I’ve now passed the 40k mark. Fitting everything into this book is going to be a huge challenge. There are so many plot threads to tie off and characters who deserve page time. Right now I’m not worrying about how long this sucker is going to be, but I may regret that come time for revisions. I’m just going to tell the story the way I want to tell it and enjoy writing it.

What Inspires Me Right Now:

Remembering how much Robin Williams impacted me when I was a teenager through his portrayal of Mr. Keating on Dead Poets Society. My obsession with that movie led to a major high school project on William Wordsworth that in turn led to a deeper passion for writing and all things Romantic. It profoundly shaped my world view, and I think there will always be a seed of influence from that movie in everything I write, including my current WIP.

What Else I’ve Been Up To:

My husband was on holidays from work for the last week and we had lots of fun together as a family. For his birthday, we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy (which we loved: I am Groot!) then went to the observatory at the university here. It’s a pretty small observatory, but it was still very cool to see a teeny tiny view of Saturn through the telescope.

We also had an awesome date night, during which we went to two different pubs: The Woods and (our favourite) Winston’s, where we sat on the rooftop and enjoyed a cooler night for a change. At The Woods I had a grilled Halloumi cheese and pesto sandwich for supper and I swear it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. So, so delicious. There was much amazing craft beer, and we also went to see X-Men: Days of Future Past in between. Loved that one too.

Continuing our sci-fi extravaganza, we saw Earth to Echo as well. It was a cute movie aimed at preteens/young teens and we enjoyed it (other than the bouncy hand-held camera effects). We also spent a fair amount of time reading at Starbucks, buying books, having coffee and dinner with friends and family, putting together a new desk for my son (which I want to steal) and just generally hanging out together. My boys also went to a football game out of town, which left me with all day Saturday to write (heaven). It was nice to take a break from the usual routine.



So what's up with you lately?

37 comments:

  1. Looks like a great trip ^_^

    Best of luck with the WiP. Worry about editing when you get there. Just enjoy the writing.

    Have an amazing week!

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    1. We had a very fun time, and I wish my husband had another week off this summer. Yeah, I'm trying to give my inner editor a swift kick while I'm drafting but it's tough. Hope your week is equally as amazing! :)

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  2. Whoot 40k, you go girl.
    We are Groot. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! Ha ha, yes! We are Groot. That part made me tear up. Loved Groot so much. :)

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  3. William Wordsworth! I love that man. Ode: Intimations of Immortality is one of my favorites. And Dead Poet's Society was an incredible movie.

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  4. I hit publish too soon. I was going to say to enjoy writing and to not worry about length at this point. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. I think my Wordsworth project was probably the most formative assignment of my school years. Now I feel like sitting down to read some poetry with a nice cup of tea! It's such a sad thing about Robin Williams, perhaps even more so because of some of the themes in Dead Poets Society, which in my opinion was his best work.

      Hope you have a wonderful week as well!

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  5. THE PECULIARS sounds like my kind of book! Glad to hear you had fun - and loved Guardians of the Galaxy!

    Enjoy writing your WIP! ^_^

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    1. I'm particularly liking the atmosphere in the town where THE PECULIARS takes place, although I'm finding the pace a tad slow. Wasn't Guardians awesome? It definitely lived up to the hype for me!

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  6. I've had my eye on THE PECULIARS. Can't wait to hear what you thought of it when you're done. Looks like you had a super, cool, awesome time with your family. It sounds so perfect!

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    1. I'm particularly liking the descriptions and atmosphere of the town where the bulk of the story takes place, but I'm finding the pace a bit slow. I still have a third of the book to go, so we'll see how I feel about it after that. And yes, I had a great time with my boys last week! I only wish my husband had another week of holidays! :)

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  7. Congrats on the great work with your WIP!

    Yes, Dead Poets Society will always be one of my all-time favourite films. I saw it in school when I was probably 14? And it had a huge impact. I've actually written two essays on the film...one in high school and one in university. It's a film that is hard to exactly define for me because I am so happy while I watch it, and yet I'm also always profoundly sad. And I'm kind of dreading watching it again now, as I know that sadness will take on entirely new layer.

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    1. Thanks! I had a more productive week than I thought I would!

      I was around the same age you were when I first saw Dead Poets Society. My son is that age now, so I'm planning on watching it with him sometime soon. That's very cool that you wrote two essays on it for school! I know exactly what you mean about feeling both happy and sad when you watch it. That ending gets me every time and, like you, I know I'm going to feel devastated the next time I watch it.

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  8. I was just talking about Dead Poets Society to a friend the other day and he said he'd never seen it and I was like WHAT??? How is that possible??? It had a huge impact on me when I was younger and I still can't watch it without feeling all the feels.

    Has anyone ever told you that you look like the actress Amy Adams? I see it in the pub pic :)

    Hope you have another great week!

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    1. I can't even imagine not having seen Dead Poets Society and what it would be if it hadn't influenced me. I think you should sit your friend down and make him watch it! It's definitely one of those movies that is just as profound and relevant now as it was back when it was filmed.

      No one has ever compared me to Amy Adams before, so that's a huge compliment! Thanks so much! I love her!

      Hope you have a great week too! :)

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  9. I absolutely love REVOLUTION by Donnelly; one of my favorite quotes is from that novel. "No, dead man, you're dead wrong. The world goes on stupid and brutal, but I do not. Can't you see? I do not."

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    1. Wasn't it an amazing book? It's so unique and really defies any category. I love that quote as well. It kind of sums up the entire book. :)

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  10. That book sounds amazing. Congrats on passing 40k! I am having the same struggle--the more I write, the more I realize there is still left to write. Sounds like you've had a great week :) Hope you have another one!

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    1. REVOLUTION was really unique. It had a bit of everything in it, which I loved. And thanks! It's hard to believe I'm that far into this manuscript already. There's a long way to go, but I feel like I'm off to a good start. Hope your week is great too! :)

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  11. Sounds like you've had a lot of fun lately! I particularly love the observatory trip. Every time I look at the stars, I think of Dante, since each of the three sections of The Divine Comedy ends with the word "stars." I also love thinking about how we're looking back in time when we look at the stars, since it's taken so long for their light to reach Earth.

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    1. We did! I wish my husband had another week off actually. The observatory was especially fun, even though it's on the small size. There's something incredible about watching planets that are so far away and realizing they exist out there at the same time you do. I didn't know that about The Divine Comedy, but that's really cool! I need to get around to reading it, especially since it's been on my list forever. What you said about looking back in time is perfect. I often think the same thing. :)

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  12. Your week sounds great! And I love your way of looking at your writing right now, very positive! :-) I am still thinking about Robin Williams: he impacted so many people, his portrayal in Dead Poets Society was so so so powerful...

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    1. It was both relaxing and fun, and I could really use another week like it! Writing is such an emotional and organizational roller coaster sometimes, so thanks! It's tough to stay positive, but I'm trying my best. It's such a tragic thing about Robin Williams. I can't help but wonder if he knew how much he impacted people through his work.

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  13. I've never seen Dead Poets Society, but I've always wanted to. I really need to get it! Looks like you've had a great week :)

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    1. Oh you have to watch it sometime soon! It really is one of the best and most inspirational movies ever. And yep, we had a great week and I wish we had another just like it. Back to regular life now though! :)

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  14. Dead Poets Society had such a huge impact on me as well. I grew up watching it and being inspired by it (and wishing I had a teacher as awesome as Mr. Keating). I bought it on Blu-Ray awhile ago and still haven't gotten around to watching it although I really want to. Such a great movie!
    Also loved Revolution. It's definitely one I want to reread one day.
    Sounds like you had a great week!

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    1. Oh I know, right? I had some really good teachers, but it's kind of strange to think that the teacher who influenced me most was fictional. You know, I'm pretty sure my copy is still a dvd, so I'm going to have to replace that. I could definitely see myself rereading REVOLUTION as well. It really was the whole package deal as far as books go! :)

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  15. Sounds like you've had a hectic week, Erin! I don't think it's quite hit me yet that someone as larger-than-life as Robin Williams has really gone ... it's quite surreal. I'm still in denial about Heath Ledger - I prefer to believe he's hiding somewhere in Australia, spending his days surfing and being a beach bum :)

    Ooh, REVOLUTION has been on my TBR pile for so long, you've inspired me to give it a crack! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    - Caitie

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    1. It was busy but lots of fun! I know what you mean about Robin Williams. I can't quite get my head around it either. A world without Mork and Mr. Keating is hard to believe. Every time I watch Heath Ledger's amazing performance on THE DARK KNIGHT it makes me sad that he died so young.

      I highly recommend REVOLUTION, and if you get around to reading it I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Have a wonderful week yourself! :)

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  16. Congrats on 40K!! *throws confetti* And "so many characters who deserve page time" Hah! Yes, I totally understand this quandary.

    And your break from the everyday routine to have fun with the fam looks like an absolute blast! Good movies and rooftop pub night for the win. :)

    Dead Poets Society was a big deal for me too. There were so many amazing elements in that film. And I know what you mean about it affecting your world view. There were so many things that resonated with me. I remember it left me with a feeling of almost mad desperation to buck conformity and to live life to the fullest. I'm glad you mentioned it, because it's been so long since I've seen it. I must rewatch it now.

    I'm also going to have to add Revolution to my TBR pile. I'm going to be spending a ton of time in airports, and I'm going to need my Kindle to be stocked to the gills. ;)

    Hope you have an amazing week!

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    1. Thanks! I honestly didn't realize I was that far along until I tallied it up the other day. As for characters deserving page time, it's so tough not to explore their potential story lines more, even when they only have a minor role.

      The break was awesome and I wish we had another week like it lined up. I could use a few more visits to that rooftop! Good thing we have plenty of home brew kicking around here!

      I feel like Dead Poets Society and its themes have sort of been woven through most of my life. I even walked up the aisle at my wedding to Beethoven's Ode To Joy, which I fell in love with during that scene where the boys carry Mr. Keating around on their shoulders (you know, the one on the cover). I'm still reminding myself to try living life to the fullest more, so the lessons I learned are relevant even now.

      I hope you enjoy REVOLUTION as much as I did! It's really unique in that it has a little bit of everything and yet it all works. Have yourself an amazing week as well!

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  17. I LOVE Dead Poet's Society. And yes, I was so sad to hear about Robin Williams' death. We've been commemorating by watching some of our faves like Patch Adams and Mrs. Doubtfire (which I'd actually never seen before!). He was a brilliant, talented man. Way to go on 40K!

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    1. I've been wanting to sit down and have a Robin Williams marathon too. He was so great in Good Morning Vietnam and Good Will Hunting as well. And I agree that he was brilliant and talented. I hope he had even a small idea of how much his performances impacted people.

      And thanks! It's nice to be past the 40k mark, but I'm cringing at how big this book is going to be. It's going to require machete sized trimming instead of paring knife trimming when it's time for revisions lol. :)

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  18. Soooooo pretty, Erin. LOVE your photos. And I haven't read Revolution. Gosh, you are killing it with books! So awesome. And keep pushing. You're seriously SO inspiring!!! <3

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    1. Thanks! I had fun making a collage of our holiday week on Pic Monkey. It was a relaxing week, which was really nice, and I could use another one just like it! I'd looked at REVOLUTION so many times at the bookstore and finally bought a bargain copy. In hindsight it's one I definitely would've been willing to pay full price for! I promise I'll keep pushing ahead on the WIP! :)

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  19. Two things I love in this post: Revolution and Halloumi! One of the best sandwiches I've ever had: thick, flavorful whole-grain-and-seed bread with Halloumi, banana, and avocado, all grilled on a sandwich press. YUM.

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    1. I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading REVOLUTION because I enjoyed A NORTHERN LIGHT by Jennifer Donnelly. It's just a really unique book with so many different aspects that don't seem like they'd mesh, but all said and done they fit together perfectly.

      After I had the Halloumi sandwich at the pub, we recreated it at home. I never would've thought of putting banana on it though. Interesting! Avocados, yes. But then we put avocado on everything lol.

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