September 21, 2012

Currently...

I'm certainly not the first to do the "Currently..." post  I saw it first on Katy Upperman's blog, who picked up on it via Kate Hart and Jessica Love  but I thought it looked like fun, so I'm joining in. After all, Fridays should be fun, right?

Jane Austen's Persuasion infinity scarf
from Storiarts: by Tori Iannarino on Etsy.
Loving...
This totally great and wonderfully nerdy scarf from the Storiarts shop on Etsy. The crafty lady responsible for these prints a page from a book onto an infinity scarf to create this literary fashion statement. I ordered this pre-made Persuasion scarf she was selling1, BUT starting October 1st she will be taking custom orders. Many thanks to Liz Parker for posting the link to this awesome scarf on her Tumblr page!

Reading...
My sister sent me a copy of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and I'm really enjoying it. I don't normally migrate toward adult novels, but this one doesn't really fit into such a neat and tidy box. Here's a little sample of this fantastic story:

“You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus. You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.”

It's all very magical and the atmosphere is indescribable. Definitely an experience.

Someone needs to make this happen. Stat.
Watching...
Hubby and I have been working our way through Friday Night Lights for the first time (we're late to the rodeo), and it's completely addictive. I can honestly say that I give a rip about every single character on the show (we're only on Season 3 at this point), which is no mean feat when you consider the size of the cast. When we finally get around to starting a family, I'd love to borrow from the Coach and Tami Taylor script. There have been some parenting moments on this show that blow my mind. Parenting wins, in my opinion. And then of course there's the prettiest aspect of the show: Tim Riggins. Enough said.

Thinking About...
1)  Potential blogging topics. I has none.
2)  How much longer until I'm ready to query this beast of a WiP.
3)  How I can make my contemporary YA retelling of Persuasion more heart-wrenching and swoonworthy. I so badly want to do the original story justice.

Anticipating...
1)  Taking drum lessons through the (Royal Canadian) Legion Pipe and Drum Band 2  in my city, with the intention of hopefully joining the band when I am all trained up.
2)  The local college (which happens to be in my neighbourhood) is putting on the following productions this season: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter Pan, and Dracula. I’ve been to productions at the college before and they were fantastic! But without even thinking, I bought tickets for Dracula on Valentine’s Day. I suppose that could be romantic. Maybe. O.o

Wishing...
I wish I could finally figure out my flipping query for my sci-fi/romance YA Watch of Night. I just don't even know how to make it better, and because this is stressing me out big time, I'm just avoiding it altogether right now. I've gotten some great feedback on it, but I still don't know how to approach it. There's just way too much riding on that thing. Bleh. 

Making Me Happy...
The great suggestions and compliments I’ve received on my WiP Watch of Night. Between my CP and my beta-readers, I’m feeling less like my story is a hot mess not worth wasting the time on. It still needs work, but it's slowly getting there.

In closing, I'll leave you with another inspirational quote from The Night Circus, especially poignant for writers:

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”


1 The page printed on this Persuasion scarf is Captain Wentworth's love letter to Anne Elliot, which includes the words: "You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late..." Swoon factor = through the roof.
The Royal Canadian Legion is a veterans organization with membership open to the public. This is our local branch that has its own bagpipe and drum band.


27 comments:

  1. I love Friday Night Lights! Absolutely one those shows where I care about everyone involved. Enjoyed this post, fun idea.

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    1. It's such a good show. I feel so bad for at least half of the characters!

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  2. That scarf may be the coolest article of clothing I've ever seen! And as for the Taylors, you've gotta love it when the coolest people on the show are the parents. You don't often see that on TV. So glad you're enjoying the Night Circus. I might have to reread it sometime soon :)

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    1. The best part about the scarf is that soon you'll be able to request any piece of text. Not sure how that works with copyright issues, but a lot of the classics are public domain anyway. As for the Taylors, I was consistently wowed by how they dealt with their oft-snotty daughter. There are at least two conversations they had with her that I want to remember when I'm rearing children.

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  3. I LOVE THOSE SCARVES!!!!!!!!!! (I want one!) I'm currently making my way through Grey's Anatomy, just finished season 1. So I feel ya. I have yet to read Night Circus...it's on my forever growing to-read list. Hm what else, I also updated my blog finally! And got a Twitter (rachelwrites007). Have a good time at Midsummer production Jaime. :-)

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    1. Aren't they awesome? The white/black palette is particularly great because it means you can wear it ALL THE TIME! :) There are so many different novels I could get printed onto her custom scarves...

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  4. I so want to do this meme, but my blog is booked for the next 2 weeks. *flails*
    What a gorgeous scarf! I want it! ;)
    You know, I heard great, great thing of The Night Circus, but for some reason, I don't feel like reading.
    Confession: never watched Friday Night Lights ...
    If you want another pair of eyes on your query, I would be up for it. For realz ;)

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    1. You can save the meme for when you're not sure what else to blog about. That's what I did! :) And I can't wait for this scarf to get here. Fortunately the weather hasn't exactly been scarf whether these days, so that buys me some time.

      Thanks for offering to check out my query. I might have to take you up on that after I fiddle with it a little more.

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  5. I haven't read The Night Circus, but I've been meaning to pick it up. And I love that scarf. I'd definitely wear it. I also think it's cool that you'll be taking drum lessons.

    I think I might do this meme as well. It's super fun. ;D

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    1. THE NIGHT CIRCUS is so different than a lot of what I've read, so it's a bit like a breath of fresh air. The atmosphere in particular is just fantastic!

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  6. That scarf is great and I know how much you love Persuasion so it´s just PERFECT for you! Talking about Persuasion, whenever you feel ready to send it my way don´t hesitate.

    And WATCH OF NIGHT isn´t a hot mess. The way the characters shine through the pages, and the settings you got going, wow!

    At some point our revisions will be done. One of the authors did mention at the event in NYC in June that even now they wished they could change something. The stories become part of ourselves, we need to make them as good as we can, and that´s where the feedback comes in handy :D and then set them off free...
    You will get your query together! :D I know it!!!

    I need to read THE NIGHT CIRCUS, it sounds different and poetic...
    And yay for going to see the productions...Dracula on Valentine´s Day? Cool date :D And yay for drumming!

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    1. I like having things that inspire me when I'm writing, so this scarf is kind of perfect. I also found a blue morpho wing butterfly necklace on Etsy that is on its way in the mail {the other one got lost :(}, and you already know what that's significant. ;-D

      Thanks for all the encouragement with my WiP. It means a lot to me! And the suggestions you made for my query (when you rewrote it after Sara Megibows seminar), were very helpful. I plain on using them when I start working on it again.

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  7. That scarf is beautiful... Want! I'm excited to hear that you're nearing the querying phase. How excited/terrifying/gratifying! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you in the coming months. (Incidentally, if you want another {not expert but willing} opinion on your query, you're welcome to email it to me!) Love that quote from THE NIGHT CIRCUS... I've been wanting to read that book for ages!

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    1. The best part about the scarf is that you can order them with your own choice of text on them! Very cool. And they're black and white so they match almost anything!

      Thanks for offering to take a look at my query. Once I'm done fiddling with it some more I might have to take you up on that. :)

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  8. Drums?! I am in awe. Also, LOVE the currently post! I am wondering if I'm ever going to be ready to query so I hear ya! Good luck in the upcoming weeks and months! I'm crossing my fingers for you!

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    1. I'm thinking snare drum (side drum) or the tenor drum, but I'm not sure which. I just love anything Scottish, so joining a pipe and drum band is about the coolest thing I can think of right now. :)

      Good luck with your revisions too, Allison. I'm in the same boat, and while they're stressful the story will be so much better in the end!

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  9. Aaaaahhhhh Friday Night Lights. It's really, really, really hard for me to decide who my *second* favorite character is, because I love them all so much, but I love Tyra Collette absolutely the most. She reminds me a lot of one of my students and I just love everything about her and her relationships with Tami and Landry and even Julie. But then after Tyra, they are ALL my favorite, including some you haven't met yet.

    And WATCH OF NIGHT is DEFINITELY not a mess. It's so good. You'll figure out the query and the rest will fall into place. In fact, I think I'm gonna go read some more :)

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    1. First of all, THANK YOU (!) for liking my story and for helping to make it better. :D I'm so, so grateful.

      Tyra is a pretty good character but I'm a really big Matt Saracen fan. The poor guy cannot get a break! Tim Riggins is a pretty big fave and not just because he's pretty. Tami, Landry, Coach Taylor...I love them all. :)

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  10. wentworth is hands down my favorite literary crush. So swoon-tastic.
    Love the scarf and all your tidbits, this is a great meme!

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    1. PERSUASION is just such a heart-wrenching story and Captain Wentworth such a swoon-worthy love interest. I can't wait for the scarf to get here. Fortunately, (unfortunately?) our fall has been very much like summer so far, so that buys me some time before the scarf arrives. I'd hate to think I was missing out on wearing the scarf in good scarf weather. ;)

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  11. Love the scarf! How much fun would it be to wear that to a conference?!

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  12. oh that scarf is perfection, I love it! I also really enjoyed The Night Circus, I wish I would turn up in my city :)

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  13. THE NIGHT CIRCUS is a great book. I was a bit hesitant about it at first (a book about a circus?), but, as you know, it's so much more than that. :)

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  14. That scarf is so pretty! The Night Circus is on my TBR list and I need to pick it up soon. I keep hearing wonderful things about it!

    Good luck with your query! I'm hoping to start querying my manuscript next month. Query-writing is so tough. If you want another set of eyes, I'd be happy to read it. :)

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  15. Ok, there are many wonderful things in this post (love that scarf!), but I'm going to comment on the most important one: Tim Riggins! I adore him and that whole show. So glad you get to see it!

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  16. I love the scarf! And I've heard so many great things about Friday Night Lights, but I've never seen an episode. :( And I LOVE football, even!

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  17. I'm still seriously considering a smattering of Cummings poems once custom orders become available on those scarves. :) Also, I totally get you on the query letter thing. I have mine with a few friends right now because I just needed to step away from it and put it in front of fresh eyes. If you want another set of eyes on yours, I'd be happy to read it. Have a happy Wednesday!

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