Wednesday, 3 December 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!

If you’d like to use some of the festive new buttons Jaime whipped up for winter, you can find them under my WUW tab. Also, if you missed the last WUW, please note that we're now including a writing goal for the week under the "What I'm Writing" heading in hopes of keeping each other accountable. Your goal doesn’t have to focus on word count. It can be whatever you like, as long as it’s relevant to the writing process. Please try to keep your goals reasonably brief. Thanks and good luck!


What I’m Reading:

For the time being, I’ve put aside City of Heavenly Fire in favour of Winterspell by Claire Legrand. Since it’s inspired by The Nutcracker, I’ve been saving it for the holiday season. Jaime’s going to read it too, and then we plan to have a special Christmas themed Skype session to discuss it.

What I’m Writing:

My goal last week was to finish the scene I’d been working on and get back into the flow of my story. Well, I capped off said scene, which ended up being way longer than I thought it would be, and I wrote another one and a half small scenes on top of that. While my word count was 5700, I’m still not sure I’m totally back into the swing of things. Much of that is likely destined for the chopping block, especially since one scene was an experimental afterthought. We shall see. Things are too busy for guaranteeing any kind of writing mojo these days.

My writing goal this week: I want to finish the scene I’m on now, do a more detailed outline of the next scene (which is a biggie), and start writing it.

What Works For Me:

Getting back into writing this week was helped drastically by some fresh music to inspire me. For whatever reason, my usual playlist wasn’t doing the trick, so I decided to give Audiomachine’s album, Phenomena, a try. If you aren’t familiar with Audiomachine, they’re a company that composes epic music for movie trailers, video game ad campaigns, and TV commercials. Trust me, if you write sci-fi or fantasy, you've got to check them out. You can even listen to their music for free on their website.

What Else I’ve Been Up To:

I’ve been indulging in birthday parcel number two from Jaime, which was full of all kinds of tasty and awesome goodies. My birthday was on Saturday, and seeing as the weather was around -30 degrees Celsius (-40 something with the wind chill), I was tempted to stay in and hibernate in my pj’s, but we braved the cold and went out for dinner, then saw Mockingjay—Part1. I thought they did a good job of adapting the book to the big screen, but after seeing it, I still think they could have done it in one movie rather than two. Regardless, it was a great way to spend the evening, and I enjoyed it.


So that was my week. How was yours?

28 comments:

  1. Belated happy birthday! WOW that is cold!

    Thanks for the link! I'm definitely checking out their music :D

    I'm so tired of them turning one book into multiple films. It's nothing but a money-grab. The Hobbit is the worst example, but all the YA adaptations bug me. So over it.

    Have a great week. Stay warm!

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    1. Thanks! I managed not to turn into a snowman, but just barely.

      When I posted the Audiomachine link, I definitely had you in mind, seeing as I know you love epic music! Hope you enjoy it as much as I have! You can never have too much writing music!

      YES!!! Don't even get me started on splitting THE HOBBIT into three parts. Ugh. We're major Tolkien fans in this house and I actually fell asleep during the second movie. That's not good.

      Hope you have a great week too! :)

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  2. Winterspell has such a lovely cover, and it certainly is a great read for this time of year! Well done on smashing last week's writing goal, and have a great week! :)

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    1. Isn't it pretty? I've only read the first little bit, but I'm hooked in already! And thanks, I wasn't sure how much writing I'd get done this week, so I was happy to meet my goal and then some. Have a great week yourself! :)

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  3. Happy belated birthday!!!

    My husband keeps saying the same thing about Mockingjay (we haven't seen it yet): "The book wasn't that long. Why is it two movies???"

    I LOVE listening to epic music when I need a boost. It makes everything seem awesome, even brushing your teeth or taking out the trash.

    Brrr...stay warm this week!

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    1. Thank you! It was a good birthday, despite the cold!

      Your hubby is right. The book wasn't that long, so it was a surprise to me too when they decided to split it up, even if that's the trend. I wish they would've made one big movie instead of two. Ah well. I enjoyed part one, so that's a happy thing.

      Audiomachine is definitely good for a boost! It makes me want to write amazing things lol. And I promise to bundle up this week! :)

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  4. Your birthday package looks amazing! Lucky you to have such a thoughtful sister. And happy belated birthday... I hope you had an amazing day! <3

    So, WINTERSPELL sounds fantastic and now that you've mentioned it, I'm remembering that I won a Goodreads giveaway of it a month or two ago and never received it. *sad face* Sounds like the perfect holiday book. Hope you enjoy it!

    Best of luck with your writing goal this week, Erin. Have a good one!

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    1. I'm very lucky Jaime is so thoughtful, although I might have to get on the treadmill after indulging in all those goodies lol. I had a really good day, despite the cold, thanks!

      That's disappointing about the copy of WINTERSPELL you won. I wonder if they'd still send it to you if you brought it to their attention. I've only read a bit of it so far, but I'm hooked in already!

      Sending lots of writing luck your way too, Katy! :)

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  5. I love Audiomachine! I listened to them non-stop when I was writing my YA fantasy. I watched the first Mockingjay movie yesterday and I agree - it could have been one film. not two. But I still enjoyed it. Best of luck with your writing goals this week! :)

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    1. Aren't they incredible? They make me want to write amazing things when I listen to their music. I can see why they were on your YA fantasy playlist. As for Mockingjay, I think the worst part is waiting so long for the last movie. Ah well! Best of luck with your goals too, Emma! :)

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  6. Oh, happy delayed birthday, Erin! Wonderful! You and Jaime are just the cutest. Best sisters ever. And love reading everything else. I think your'e rocking it. You're always so inspiring.

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    1. Thanks, Morgan! I'm super lucky to have a sister that connects with me in so many ways. And I promise I'll continue trying to rock the word count! :D

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  7. I haven't forgotten about WINTERSPELL. I might actually start reading it now because, I hate to say it, but the YA anthology isn't really grabbing me. I hope this one feels sort of Christmas-y. I know it's based on the Nutcracker, but I'm not 100% sure the author went with the Christmas part of all that??? I guess we'll see.

    You're doing far better on the writing front than I am. I probably could have squeezed in more writing, but I just haven't been making it a priority. I need to get back to doing what you've mentioned here: outlining scenes before writing them. I used to do that sometimes and it always helped. Hopefully not too many of those 5700 words get chopped!

    I'm so happy you liked your birthday parcel and that it got there so quickly too! Hope you're having a good day! :D

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    1. Oh really? That's too bad. I almost bought that one, but now I'm kind of glad I didn't. I started reading WINTERSPELL last night and I'm into it, so that's good. There's sort of a Gangs of New York thing going on in the first chapter. Not what I was expecting, but interesting. I'm not sure how Christmassy it'll be either. We shall see, I guess!

      The only reason I got out more words last week is because I neglected other things I should've been doing lol. The middle section of my WIP feels all screwed up right now and it's making me pull my hair out. Revisions are going to be fun for this one. Bleh. Making an outline specifically for a scene helps me get into the flow of it, so I try to remember to do that. The one I'm tackling this week definitely needs a good breakdown. I hope I get to keep most of those words too, but this story is turning into a beast!

      I loved my birthday parcel! I'm rationing out the goodies so I don't inhale them all at once. The peppermint cookie thingies I'm saving for our WINTERSPELL Skype session because they're so perfect for that. Hope you're having a good day too! :)

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  8. Oh, Winterspell sounds really interesting! Hope it's a good read. Happy belated birthday, looks like a great parcel =)

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    1. So far I'm enjoying it, although I haven't read very far yet. And thanks! I had a very nice birthday! :)

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  9. On Friday I saw both Big Hero Six AND Mockingjay, and I loved them both. I wasn't excited about splitting Mockingjay into two, but I enjoyed all the extra revolt-type stuff. It added a lot, I thought. That Hanging Tree song was amazing, IMO. Happy late birthday!

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    1. I really want to see Big Hero 6 too! It looks fun! I enjoyed the extra revolt-type stuff in Mockingjay too, I just wish we didn't have a year to wait in between. Sigh. And I agree, the Hanging Tree song was gorgeous--so haunting! :)

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  10. Aww. You guys make me wish I had a sister to do Christmas Skype sessions with and to send birthday care packages to! Happy birthday!

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    1. Thanks! I had a great birthday, despite the cold. And I'm very lucky to have a sister like Jaime.!:)

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  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! *loads confetti cannon with craft beer, cookies, chocolate & sunshine* *fires in a northerly direction*

    (Yes, I know it's a tad belated, but birthdays are big freakin' deal...so it kind of has to be in all caps regardless)

    And how fun to get to see Mockingjay on your birthday. We really liked it too. But yeah, this trend of breaking movies up into sections. I am not a patient person. Now if they released all the sections at the same time...now you're onto something.

    Congrats on getting so many words down! And don't worry if you're not sure they are keepers. You can always decide that later.

    Hope you have an amazing week! Please don't freeze to death. Some of us are waiting to read your book over here. ;)

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    1. Thanks! I love it when it snows craft beer, cookies & chocolate, and boy could we ever use some sun around here!

      This is the third year in a row I've had a Hunger Games movie to watch on my birthday, so I feel very lucky--and entertained. I guess the fact that they split the last one into two means I have my birthday plans for next year worked out already!

      The plan for this week was to get back into writing, so even if some of the words aren't keepers, they served their purpose. Like you say, I can figure all that out later. I might break my brain while I'm trying to do it, but I'll worry about that when the time comes!

      Ha! I will try my hardest not to freeze to death, so you can read my book. I foresee lots of pajamas and blankets and tea in the week ahead! :)

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  12. Happy birthday! The weather has been terrible here too but I hear it's supposed to be in double plus digits by early next week!!! (Hard to believe.)
    I agree, I think they could have done Mockingjay as one movie but I don't mind the split into two- it's just the waiting that sucks.

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    1. Thanks! I hope you guys send some of those double digit temperatures east to us!

      Yeah, it's definitely the waiting that's the worst part. Even with the split, they didn't add a ton of useless filler, so that's good. And now I have something to do on my birthday next year, so I can't complain! :)

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  13. I can't wait to see Mockingjay. It's #1 still but no one I know will go see it with me! So stupid. Happy bday.

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    1. Hope you get to see it soon! And thanks, I had a really good birthday! :)

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  14. That is really awesome you are listening to Phenomena! I was honored to contribute a story to the accompanying book. (Drakon's Empire was my song.) I find writing to music makes me write faster and more inspired.

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    1. Nice! I didn't realize there was a book that went with the soundtrack. That's so cool that you wrote a story for Drakon's Empire! One of the more memorable songs, I'd say. I never used to listen to music while I wrote, but I've had to get used to it to drown out distractions, and now I can't do without it for inspiration!

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