Wednesday, 14 January 2015

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 snag the latest What's Up Wednesday buttons created by Jaime, you can find them in the WUW tab above. Enjoy!

What I’m Reading:

I’m about three quarters of the way through One by Leigh Ann Kopans. Still really enjoying it, so it’s a good thing I already have the sequel.

What I’m Writing:

I wrote 5400 words this week and finally finished off a stubborn scene that was giving me king-size issues and a headache to match. That required a ton of brainstorming, but, as it turns out, I’m quite happy with the result. My goal was to write the next scene as well, which I did. Three times. It was sad and romantic and challenging all at once. Still not exactly sure how I feel about it, so I expect plenty of tweaking lies ahead.

My writing goal this week: I’m aiming to write the next scene. It’s a doozy, with lots of suspense and information to reveal, so I’m hoping I can strike the right balance between the two. I also want to do a chronological breakdown of the scene after that.

What Works For Me:
Finley stealing my writing spot. Cute little thief.

One of my favourite places to write is on the bed. I find drafting easiest when I’m working somewhere comfortable, plus it’s kind of like sitting on top of a desk with all my writing stuff spread out around me—everything within easy reach. Cozy and convenient. The problem is, I sometimes have to compete for my writing spot. I’m not the only one who finds it cozy.

What Else is New:

Not terribly much, but that’s pretty typical in the dead of January around here. I Skyped with Jaime, spent time reading with my boys at Starbucks, went book shopping with my son so he could use his Christmas gift card from awesome Auntie Jaime & Uncle Todd, and we started watching White Collar, which we’d never even heard of until now.  So far it’s clever and funny, and we’re addicted.

So what’s up with you this week?


46 comments:

  1. Well done on all those words! :) It sounds like you're in the zone, which isn't all that surprising because it sounds like all the scenes you're writing are very fun. Best of luck with your writing goal!

    Haha, your cat is so cute! And I salute you for managing to work sat on your bed; if it were me I'd end up taking a nap...

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks! I was definitely in the zone this week, and I took the time to enjoy what I was writing. Those sessions where I give myself permission to work slowly and savour the words are usually the best.

      I'm not sure why, but I think I've nearly fallen asleep more times at the table than when I've worked on the bed. Maybe because I tend to only write on the bed during the day. You know, not such a great idea to be plunking around on the laptop when my hubby's trying to sleep lol.

      Hope you have a great week too! :)

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  2. Glad to hear you made it through that stubborn scene. And three versions of one scene sounds very familiar. Hope you can strike the right balance for the next scene, too :)

    Have a great week. Stay warm!

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    1. It's a relief to be done it, although I'm pretty sure it'll need some major revising. Luckily I really enjoyed writing the other scene three times. It was one I'd been waiting ages to work on, which made me want to take my time with it. I'm currently buried in blankets, so I'm doing pretty well at staying warm, thanks! Have a great week yourself, Cole! :)

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  3. Yay for kicking that scene's butt. I also loved ONE by Leigh Ann. I wish that book got more hype because I think it's so fun! :-) Have a great week and stay warm.

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    1. I was glad to finally finish that scene! Not sure why the heck it was so tough to get through. As for ONE, I actually saw it recently at the library here in Saskatoon, so it's pretty cool that a self-pubbed book has reached that far! Such a fun premise! :)

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  4. Great job finishing that scene! I really enjoyed ONE and the sequel as well.

    Your cat is adorable. Have a great week! :)

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    1. Thanks! It was a challenge, but worth it in the end. I'm looking forward to reading TWO, so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it!

      Finley is definitely adorable, but that's one of her more innocent moments. She's pretty mischievous too, the little imp lol. Have a great week too! :)

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  5. Oh yay for reading ONE! I haven't read the whole story yet but I know it's good (:

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    1. I don't have much left to read, but I'm excited to see what happens at the end! :)

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  6. Awww....Finley! Cute :)

    YAY for finishing that stubborn scene! Hope this week is just as productive for you.

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    1. That's Finley being calm. We usually joke that she's half monkey because she's so mischievous, even at over 17 years old lol. Lately she's been meowing for attention late at night when I've been writing, so I'll try to have a productive week even with all the meowing! :)

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  7. I have ONE on my TBR (gosh my TBR is loooooong :)) Your kitty is so cute, mine loves to steal my reading spot but since I mostly write at my desk, he's not too keen on stealing that one :)
    Cheering you on for this week!

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    1. Oh geez, I know what you mean. My TBR list could stretch across the continent lol. I'm enjoying ONE, so I hope you do too when you get around to reading it! My reading spot is the same as my writing spot, so I guess I'm out of luck either way! Thanks, Elodie, I'm cheering you on too! :)

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  8. Aw, the kitty is sweet! Congrats on getting the scene done. Those can be frustrating...and good luck sliding through the next.

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    1. She's a sweetie but also a little monkey at times!

      And thanks, I was relieved to finally wrap up that scene. Not sure why it gave me so much trouble, but getting past it feels great! :)

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  9. I'm more of a couch girl when it comes to writing, but I can see the appeal for the bed. Congrats on getting through that scene and on writing 5k, that is amazing. Good luck with your goals!

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    1. I used to mostly draft on the couch, but the bed was still my favourite (you know, when it was available to use as an office lol). Lately I've been working at the table a lot too. Sometimes a change of scenery helps! And thanks! That scene made me pull my hair out for a long while, so I'm thrilled to be done it! :)

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  10. You're totally kicking my butt on the writing front. 5400 words is pretty good! And good job finishing those scenes too. Do you mind sending some of that productivity my way? ;-) Chronological breakdowns (and NOT nervous breakdowns) is the name of the game this week. I'm hoping to do the same thing on a story-wide scale. Thank goodness for calendars! As for drafting, I can really only do it at my desktop computer. I don't know, I think it's just because I get distracted way too easily anywhere else. And I sort of hate using a laptop because of my stupid neck issues. Finley looks like such a wee bean compared to our chubsters.

    I enjoyed our Skype conversation the other day and wish it could have been longer. Todd left pretty much right after I hung up, so we could have just taken a 5-10 minute break. Ah well. We'll have to do it again soon. Hope you're having an awesome week! :D

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    1. It was a productive week, but I did my fair share of staring blankly at the screen too. I'm always slow to get goinging and last night was a total waste. Bleh. Moving past that one scene was a huge success though, so that feels good. I can see how a calendar would be very handy for plotting out your story, considering it's partly historical. I'm getting into the last third of the book, which means tying up a ton of plot threads, so my breakdowns are having to get more and more detailed. Also, by this time, I'm drowning in notes that I have to organize before even attempting to draft. I've been working at the table a lot lately too. If I really need to concentrate it helps to sit somewhere non-comfy.

      Finley looks all sleepy and calm in that pic, but she's been a total monkey lately. She's definitely teeny compared to Pete & Puck these days. I wish she'd put on a few pounds because she's a little piece of fluff now.

      I enjoyed Skyping the other day too, and it's okay that it wasn't one of our monster eight hour long chats. We'll definitely touch base again soon! Hope your week is going well too, despite Puck's shenanigans! :)

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  11. I wish you luck with the next scene in your book, Erin!

    I used to write in bed, and sometimes I still do, but I do the most writing on the couch while I'm watching TV. I know people say the TV is a distraction, but it works for me. ;)

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    1. Thanks, I'm looking forward to writing it!

      I sometimes write on the couch, but I can't concentrate if the TV is on. I can see how it would work for some people though. Sometimes complete silence is almost more distracting, so a bit of background noise could be helpful. Have a great week! :)

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  12. I also tend to write on the bed a lot. I know it's supposed to be a bad habit, but I just get most of my best work done there and sometimes can't get motivated enough elsewhere. Although I do enjoy writing at the library too.

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    1. I figure whatever works is the way to go. I can't write at the library though. Wish I could, but I'm too distracted in public. Glad that works for you! :)

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  13. I really enjoy White Collar. It's one of the only shows my husband will watch--he usually hates TV. So I'm watching it with him, which goes at a snail's pace, because he watches about 2 hours of TV a month (not exaggerating). You might finish it before we do…but I love those hours with him so much!

    Is the scene you just finished the one that has been giving you fits for weeks now? Congratulations! That's a nice feeling. It sounds like you're really flying now!

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    1. Isn't it great? The comedic banter is awesome, and Matt Bomer's character is so charming and hilarious. There have been some really clever cases too. My hubby is enjoying it as well, though he watches just about everything with me. Glad you and your husband are having fun watching it together!

      And yep, that's the scene! No more banging my head on the keyboard. Hopefully I can build up a little more momentum now that it's out of the way! :)

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  14. Good luck on your writing goals this week! 5.4k for last week was great, so I'm sure you'll be able to reach your goal for this week and finish that next scene!

    My What's Up Wednesday post.

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    1. Thanks! I'm hoping the momentum is good this week too. :)

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  15. Cool Blog Hop. I'm in moving forward. I'll post each week's badge on my side bar and do a shout out on next week's post.

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  16. Wow, congratulations on so many words this week! Go you! Keep up the fine work.

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  17. My reading spot is on my bed and I often find it taken over by one- or ALL- of my kids. They seem to think it's the best spot to sit in the house! I haven't tried writing there yet.
    Congrats on meeting your goal plus some!

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    1. Yeah, kinda hard to write (or read) when your kids are hanging out there. And of course, whether it's a kid or a cat, it feels mean to boot them out lol.

      And thanks! This was one of those weeks where it was a relief to meet my goal. :)

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  18. Great job finishing the scene! And I've heard great things about White Collar. It's on my list of shows to watch. :)

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    1. Thanks! And you should definitely check out White Collar. We weren't sure what to expect and were pleasantly surprised at how good it was! :)

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  19. Congrats on all the writing!
    I can not write in bed. I can brainstorm or read there just fine but I can't write. Maybe its because of the stacks of books on my nightstand that are begging for me to read them? I love to write at the dining room table :)

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    1. Thank you! It was a productive week.

      I've been writing a lot at the dining room table lately too. Usually I only revise/edit there because those tasks require more structure and somewhere non-comfy to concentrate, but for whatever reason it's been working for drafting recently too. I can see how stacks of books would distract you. :)

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  20. Congratulations on the word count, hope it goes well this week too!

    I've never heard of White Collar I'll have to check it out. I've been overloading on Friends episodes now it's on Netflicks :)

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    1. Thanks, I'm hoping the momentum keeps up!

      If you're interested in an FBI show with clever cases and lots of good humour, then definitely check it out. Matt Bomer is great in it! :)

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  21. Congrats on the word count! Good luck with your writing goals this week!

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  22. But where does your coffee go if your desk is your bed??? This would be a serious problem for me... Haha

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    1. I put my mug on the bedside table, and if I need extra space for food or anything, I just pull up a TV tray beside the bed. Easy peasy! :)

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  23. Wow! Congrats on the words! I know it's tough when you're stuck on a scene but kudos to you for soldiering through it. I like writing in bed too. My perfect office would have a bed in the room instead of a desk. Then I wouldn't have to share it with anyone. :) Good luck this week!

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    1. Thanks! I'm not sure why this scene ended up being so darn hard to write, but it feels great to have it out of the way now.

      I always think a futon would be perfect for an office because it could be a couch, bed, or desk. Multipurpose! :)

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