Wednesday, 28 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!

What I’m Reading:

I’ve been trying to finish up City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, but I’m feeling sort of disconnected from the characters and the story. I also started Two by Leigh Anne Kopans. I really liked Elias in One, so I’m looking forward to reading this sequel since it’s from his perspective.



What I’m Writing:

Writing this week was full of plot twists, tears, and Hans Zimmer. Even though I didn’t do a WUW post last Wednesday, I still set a writing goal for myself. I wanted to finish the next three scenes in Enlighten, which I did. That’s another 6k added to this beast of a WIP. I’m finally, FINALLY at the point where I’m in love with it though. It took longer with this one, but I knew I’d get there.

My writing goal for this week: I’d like to write the next three scenes and outline a fourth. That last order of business is going to be tough because it involves tying up a plot thread that I’ve woven through the whole trilogy. No pressure.

What Works For Me:

The Interstellar soundtrack. Seriously, that pipe organ is transcendent and Hans Zimmer is a genius. Don’t you love how inspiration is like this amazing chain reaction? Christopher & Jonathan Nolan create a breathtaking movie-->Hans Zimmer composes beautiful music for it-->A starry-eyed peon like me writes in hopes that someday, in some tiny way, I can pass a spark of inspiration on to someone else;)

My personal favourite was the Smaug Stout,
but I love the Gollum label on the Precius Pils
What Else Is New:

Not much is new around here…yet. While it’s exhaustingly busy at our house these days, there’s also suddenly the prospect of some exciting new developments in our future (not writing related), so we’re waiting in this hopeful sort of limbo.

Despite being swamped, there have also been some little highlights sprinkled throughout: wintry walks that have temporarily turned into spring-like walks, a lunch date with my son, homemade baked potato chips and guacamole courtesy of the husband (amazing), watching camouflage “ghost bunnies” hop around the park in the middle of the night, trying beer inspired by The Hobbit, long discussions with my son about human rights and all sorts of other important issues during his Civics & Citizenship unit. It's those sorts of things that make homeschooling worth it. Now, if only I could squeeze in a bit more reading and sleep!

So how was your week?



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  1. Writing should always involve Hans Zimmer ;)

    Good luck with the writing this week. Hope the weather stays a little more spring-like for you.

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    1. Yes, it should! We got dumped on with snow after I posted this, but at least we're not still in the deep freeze! :)

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  2. Glad to hear the writing is going well! I'm trying to tie up loose ends in my series now, so I know how tricky that can be. Good luck! :)

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    1. Good luck tying up your loose ends too! Sometimes it's a tall order! :)

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  3. I couldn't bring myself to read the last three Mortal Instruments I felt like City of Glass ended in a good place to stop. Maybe I'll pick up the other books, I just don't want the feels.
    Good luck with Enlightened :D

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    1. You know, I think you're right about the Mortal Instruments. The series has gone on a little long for me, though I think the writing is still good. I still need to get to The Infernal Devices. Maybe sometime soon. And thanks for wishing me luck! :)

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  4. I don't even like beer, but I really, really want some of that.

    It's good to hear you're in love with your WIP - it just makes the whole writing process so much nicer, doesn't it? Best of luck with your writing goal! You can do it!

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    1. Aren't they fun? My husband was eagerly waiting for them to come in at our local store, so we were pretty excited to finally try them.

      I fell in love with the first two books in my trilogy so much sooner than this one, so I'm relieved I've finally got to that point. It definitely makes the writing process nicer--not so much of a chore. Thanks for cheering me on! :)

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  5. Glad you're enjoying the discussions with your kids - those are wonderful moments. I had trouble diving into a book this last week too, but I've been chalking it up to reading mood blues. Can't wait to hear what your life change will/might be. Good luck this week!

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    1. It's great when kids start to express their own opinions on issues. My son and I could sit for hours and chat over a cup of tea or coffee. I know what you mean about having the reading mood blues. Problem is, I have a whole huge stack of books that might break me out of that, but I feel determined to finish this one since it's the last in a series. Ah well. We got great news on our "change" today, so I might talk about that next week. :)

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  6. Good luck on that exciting prospect! Yes, the chain of inspiration is incredible...hope it helps you with your upcoming scenes :)

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    1. Thanks! We got some good news on our "prospect" after I posted, so I might mention it next week. As for the chain of inspiration, I don't think I ever could've written a book without it! :)

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  7. Those tying up loose ends scenes can be brutal. In fact, even the thought of them can stall me from even beginning sometimes. But when they work, they're the best. Good luck with yours this week!
    (And I agree with laboyden about City of Glass. Those poor characters had already gone through enough. I wasn't even interested in them going through more. But I look forward to your opinion on whether or not it was worth it.)

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    1. It's daunting, but I've had lots and lots of time to think about this one, so I hope that helps! I know what you mean about getting stalled out on certain scenes. I'm crossing my fingers that doesn't happen with this one! Thanks for wishing me luck!

      I agree with Leslie too. Even though I'm on the last book in the series, I think it could've ended sooner. I'll try to remember to say what I think when I finish! :)

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  8. It's great to reach that point where you are in love with your MS! That's so important, since you'll be spending so much time with it :)
    I'm at a crossroads with my own WIP, I've sent it to beta readers and I keep going back and forth if I even like it enough to pursue it further. Though I know I should.

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    1. It definitely is! It took me way longer with this one, but I'm relieved it finally happened. It was probably just those nagging doubts talking. Good luck at your crossroads! I hope you feel like you want to continue with your WIP. If not, I hope an even better project idea comes along! :)

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  9. I love Hans Zimmer! It's always wonderful to get to the in love part of the writing process. I hope you have an amazing writing week :)

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    1. Isn't he brilliant? I'm almost ashamed to admit that it's only in the last while I've really started listening to his music. I'm relieved to finally feel like I'm in love with this WIP. I think nerves were preventing that from happening sooner. Have an amazing writing week yourself! :)

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  10. Yay for love with your MS :D Hope you have an amazing writing week, Erin!

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    1. It took a while to get to that point, but I'm finally there. I'd wish you an amazing writing week, but I know you're on break, so just have a plain awesome week in general! :)

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  11. So, did you eat the homemade baked potato chips and guacamole together? Because separately they sound great, but weirdly, they sound awesome paired, too. Maybe I'm crazy. :-) Yay for WiP progress and feeling the love for your story. I hope you can keep that momentum up, Erin. Have an awesome week!

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    1. Yep, we ate them together. The chips were originally supposed to have taco seasoning on them, but the hubby skipped that. Normally we wouldn't pair potato with guacamole, but we were pleasantly surprised at how good it was--at least with homemade chips. Who knew?

      I hope I can keep up the momentum too because I need to wrap this thing up already! Have an awesome week yourself, Katy! ;)

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  12. Good luck with writing this week :) and crossing my fingers for you (for whatever is going on :))

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    1. Thanks, Elodie! We got some good news today, so maybe I'll share that next week. :)

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  13. Epic movie soundtracks are the best :)

    Homemade baked potato chips sound amazing. Now I'm eyeing my bag of potatoes...

    Have a great week!

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    1. Yes, they are! For whatever reason, I find the INTERSTELLAR soundtrack especially easy to write to.

      The chips were as incredible as they sound and much healthier than bagged chips. If you have a mandolin, give them a try (the cutting tool, not the musical instrument lol) Have a great week yourself! :)

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  14. I need more Hans Zimmer in my life. I've been meaning to check out both the INCEPTION and INTERSTELLAR soundtracks for that very reason. He will always be my favourite composer ever. Nice to hear that his genius is helping you move forward with this draft. Wish I was having the same luck on that front. :-/ I feel like I'm in a perpetual state of stalled out.

    I'm curious about these "exciting new developments" because I'm pretty sure I know what that's all about. I feel like we haven't talked in forever. I have no idea what's going on in the Funk household. (The Fink household is pretty much Dullsville with the exception of the ongoing Saga of the Evil Drugs.) Will fill you in next time we talk.

    Happy to hear that there have been some bright moments this week. Those definitely make the crap moments seem a little less crappy, don't they? Hope you're having a great, less swamped week! :D

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    1. You should definitely check them out! It amazes me that it took me so long to really get into his music. After writing to INTERSTELLAR the other night, I wanted to see the movie again so badly. It's still at Rainbow, but I doubt we'll get the chance. Boo.

      Well, you know about the exciting developments now, seeing as Trev passed that on to Todd before I had a chance to break the news to you. Men. Always chatting. It already felt like a three ring circus around here, so I'm more than a little overwhelmed. I need an action plan. The Saga of the Evil Drugs sounds menacing. Eek.

      Well, the week just got more swamped, but at least it's for a positive reason so I'm hanging in there! :)

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  15. Lots of Hans Zimmer tracks are on my writing playlists, too. I loved Interstellar! I'm a starry eyed peon, too. I guess we all are to some degree if we're writers :) Love the hobbit beer! Was it any good?

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    1. His music blows my mind it's so unique and powerful. Wasn't INTERSTELLAR incredible? It's on my favourite movie list for sure. Glad to hear you're also a starry-eyed peon. It's a great club to be in! The Hobbit beer was good--there were three kinds--but only the stout really stood out for me. :)

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  16. Congrats on hitting your goals, and good luck for this week's. That Gollum beer looks hilarious!

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    1. Thanks! And it's hard to resist a bottle of beer with Gollum's face on it! :D

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  17. Good luck with your writing goals! I'm sure you'll pull it off. And congrats on finishing those three scenes today. Since you said it's a beast of a WIP, and since I'm curious, how long is it? :)

    My What's Up Wednesday post

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    1. Thanks! I'm certainly going to try my best! I'm not even sure how long my WIP is right now because I still have notes mixed in, but I think it's at the 150k mark and I'm not even to the end of Act2. Eek. I'll definitely be trimming during revisions! :)

      Oh, and I should mention the last two weeks I've had trouble accessing your blog. I've wanted to return your comments but for whatever reason I can't get onto it. Not sure why, but I thought I'd let you know.

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  18. wow sounds like you have a lot going on with home schooling and all the amazing writing you're getting done. I need to start listening to soundtracks more often while I write. They're so epic and I don't know why I haven't done it before. Hope you get those scenes done this week.

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    1. Yeah, it's been nuts around here and it's about to get worse. What can yo do though, right? Writing at night is my outlet, so hopefully I can keep that up. I definitely recommend trying soundtracks. There are so many too choose from, I'm sure you can find something to fit the mood of your WIP! And thanks, I'm going to try my best to tackle those scenes! :)

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  19. Hans Zimmer is great to listen to while writing. I've listened to the Gladiator soundtrack when writing. Good luck with your writing goals this week!

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    1. I wonder if Hans Zimmer knows he's an essential writing tool lol? I've never listened to the Gladiator soundtrack while writing, but my sister loves it, so I should probably give it a try too sometime. :)

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  20. Congrats on 6k! Like you I feel like I'm finally falling in love with my WIP. It's been a struggle thus far.
    I'll have to check out that soundtrack. One of my favorite movie soundtracks is Pearl Harbor, also done by Hans Zimmer

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    1. Thanks! It's great to finally feel like this WIP is mine and I'm thoroughly invested in it. It took me longer with this one than with the first two novels in my trilogy, but I'm glad I finally got there. Nice to hear you're at that point as well! I highly recommend the INTERSTELLAR soundtrack. It's gorgeous and unique, especially if you like sci-fi. I really should check out the Pearl Harbor too! :)

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  21. Yay for falling in love with your book! And for 6K! I present you with this award. Spoiler: It's Beer. (What can I say, we have a LOT of homebrew leftover from our Halloween party) *googles shipping requirements for beer* ;)

    And I love what you say about inspiration being a chain reaction. Wouldn't it be wonderful if someday those hard-earned words we're all plunking away at in our little solitary worlds, inspired someone else in some way? I think I could die happy.

    "Ghost Bunnies" I think that miiiight be my new Spirit Animal. :)

    Have a spectacular week!

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    1. It's about time too! It took me way longer to get to that point with this final book in my trilogy, so I'm relieved it finally happened. I appreciate the award--beer is always welcome! :D

      You know, more than a pay check or any kind of recognition, what I want most is to have readers who love what I write. That would make it worth it for me, and inspiring people would be the icing on the cake. I think I could die happy then too.

      Seeing the ghost bunnies was a treat because we hadn't spotted them since the summer. There were three this time and we've never seen more than two out there before. We dragged our son out of bed to see them lol.

      Hope you have a spectacular week as well! :)

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  22. I love Hans Zimmer. Congrats on meeting your goals and good luck with the next one. That beer is awesome!

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    1. His music is amazing! And thanks, I was glad to get the last batch of scenes done. Isn't the Golllum beer fun? Who could resist that label? :)

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