May 8, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what's up. Should you wish to join us, you will find the link widget at the bottom of this post. We really hope you will take part!


What I'm Reading

I'm still reading the same two books I was reading last week at this time: Wuthering Heights and Seraphina. The former is starting to get a little crazy (and by crazy, I mean What the heck is wrong with these people?) and the latter took some time to get into. Now that I'm invested in the story, I'm enjoying the world, the characters, and everything that makes this book so different from other books I've read. 

What I'm Writing

No big surprises here → I'm still in the middle of a rewrite. One of the flaws in my story before the rewrite was the central romance. It (unfortunately) turned into an InstaLove kind of situation, which was never my intention. It always bothered me, but I failed to address the problem and it got out of hand, dominating everything. The central romance was too central to the story. Gah! Anyway, I'm fixing the problem and the slow burn romance that is emerging is SO much better than that InstaLove crap that weaselled its way in. There are sparks a-plenty now, good and bad.

What Inspires Me Right Now

This quote might be familiar to some of you. It comes from one of the greatest movies of all-time, Dead Poets Society:



Kinda makes you want to carpe diem, "gather ye rosebuds while ye may", and do something big with your writing, doesn't it?


What Else I've Been Up To

I'm enjoying the gorgeous weather we've been having. Yesterday it was 28C (82F), which is just bonkers for the month of May where I live. While I was sitting outside reading Wuthering Heights in the blazing hot sun, it occurred to me that in the last year we've only had two seasons: winter and summer. Fall was non-existent—summer bled into winter with the arrival of snow in October (and lingered for 6+ months). The trees are still sporting dead crunchy leaves that never ended up falling. And Spring up and decided to play hooky while Summer arrived with bells on. I do miss those transitional seasons, though.

I've also been taking part in the May Photo A Day Challenge, which is tons of fun. Last month I totally tanked, so I'm hoping May is better. Yesterday's topic was "something beginning with F". This was the photo I used with its caption:



Fun Fact: My married name is Fink, which is kind of
funny when you consider my sister married a Funk.
#somethingbeginningwithF #FMSPhotoADay


57 comments:

  1. Okay first of all: that picture of you and your husband is simply adorable! You look great! I need to check my Instagram again soon to see all those wonderful pics you must be posting <3

    The quote you chose is definitely inspiring! The movie always moves me...

    And this? "There are sparks a-plenty now, good and bad." --> can't wait to read!

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    1. That pic of me and Todd is a few years old, but we haven't changed much since then. Though, I do miss my long hair. A LOT. ;-)

      I'm not sure how exciting my pics on Instagram are. Most the time they're of food, books, and tea lol. As for the WIP, I think the new direction with the romance is much better and leaves more room for other stuff too. :-)

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  2. Aw, lovely photo ^^

    Six months of snow, wow! We skipped spring and jumped straight to summer... aaaand now we seem to have skipped ahead to autumn. Yesterday was soooo lovely and warm and today it's cold and rainy ^^; There's no telling what the British weather will do!

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    1. The pic isn't horribly recent, but we look mostly the same. :-)

      I've long since given up trying to figure out our weather here. That's how bizarre it is. All I know is that I can use all the sun I can get right now. I find I get way more done with the longer days too. I wouldn't mind a little of your rain--Alberta is so terribly dry which is murder on my dry eyes. :/

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  3. You know Dead Poets Society is one of my all time favourite movies, so it's no surprise that I love that quote to pieces. I also love what you're doing to your story these days. I think your ideas for changing the romance are great, and I'm excited to see how it plays out on the page. Speaking of romance, that picture of you and Todd is gorgeous! I'll expect a copy in my email sometime soon, hint hint. :)

    So the linky thing was being kind of weird. Does it always ask you to pick a picture now? I chose the What's Up Wednesday button, but it looks wacky. Ah well.

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    1. Just call me Nawanda... :P That is a pretty great quote. I should bigify it and put it somewhere I can see it.

      The romance in my WIP is so kuch better now. I think you'll like it. I am horrified by the number of words I'm adding, though. :/ That pic of me and Todd is a few years old. It was taken in Canmore when Todd was the best man at our friends' wedding. Makes me miss my long hair in a Jo March sobbing kinda way.

      The linky thing was just set up wrong this time I guess. I know exactly where he problem was. Next time I'll change it. :-)

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  4. That's such a great photo. I feel like you and your sister should open a craft store calle Fink & Funk :)

    I have tried to read Wuthering Heights three times and I never make it through. Maybe I should try again.

    Love the idea for What's Up Wednesday too!

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    1. We should definitely ooen something under that name. Seems a shame to waste it. :P

      WUTHERING HEIGHTS isn't as bad as I was expecting but it's certainly not the kind of book that makes you swoon. Not even close. I'm far more of Charlotte Bronte fan.:-)

      I'm glad you decided to join us this week!

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  5. Words and ideas do change things. It's great to be reminded of that...thank you!

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    1. I'm not sure if I'll ever write something that changes the world, but it's certainly something to aspire to. :-)

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  6. I LOVE that picture of you and your husband! And I love this Wednesday post idea. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thanks, Alison! It's a few years old, but aside from shorter hair (me), we look much the same. So happy you joined us this week with a WuW post! :-)

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  7. What your experiencing with WUTHERING HEIGHTS right now is one of the things I like about it--it's a very non-conventional love story, even by today's standards. And since I'm not big on romance, that resonates with me. :)

    We've not had much in the way of extreme weather so far. Winter was mild, Spring has been a little cooler than usual, but not really cold, and we're starting to get a few more 70s and 80s as we approach Summer. I'm not complaining... I'm saving that in case we have a standard NC Summer (90s and some 100s). :D

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    1. I think the thing I'm liking the most about WUTHERING HEIGHTS is that now I can say I've read it lol. It's not as bad as I was expecting, but it's certainly not a favourite. We'll see what I think by the time I'm done. :-)

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  8. Fink & Funk - how about a pub? Fink & Funk & Firkin?

    Thanks goodness for the change in weather. Today it's warm but a bit rainy - thunderstorms possible this afternoon, which I'm totally cool with since I'm inside working all day anyway.

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    1. That should be Thank goodness. *yawn* *more coffee*

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    2. A Fink & Funk pub would be awesome! Or a bookstore with tea...hmm. Seems silly to waste a name like that. ;-)

      Thunderstorms would be cool. I could go for that. Alberta is so darn dry all the time, a little water would be much aporeciated. Plus, it's jusy great curl up with a book weather.

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  9. Last week, I tried to find Seraphina at one of the biggest bookshops in London to no avail, so I think I'll have to Amazon it. I've never read Wuthering Heights but I might give it a go one of these days. Glad the weather is brightening up for you - it has turned grey and horrible again over here!

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    1. That's strange that they didn't have SERAPHINA. It seems like one of those books I see everywhere. WUTHERING HEIGHTS is every bit as bonkers as I thought it would be, but I don't hate it as much as I thought I would. :-)

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  10. Cute photo! That is an inspiring quote--it makes me want to carpe diem with my WIP.
    I would like 82 degrees, please! Torrential rain in my corner of the world this morning. Yuck.

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! It's not super recent, but we look the same. :-)

      That hot weather seems like a fluke. It's still sunny but nowhere near that hot. You can send your rain our way. It's too darn dry here. :/

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  11. Great pic! I am in agreement with the others who are encouraging you to open a store or pub or coffee house called Fink and Funk.

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    1. A tea shop or bookstore would be cool too. Fink & Funk Fine Books & Tea. :-)

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  12. Haha, my feelings exactly when I attempted to read Wuthering Heights. I appreciate the plot and themes but I couldn't get into a book where I was yelling at the characters.

    Although I guess that's a good thing if the author got me so emotional about them.

    I wish I was a classics girl but it's not my thing.

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    1. It's just totally bonkers. Makes me want to bang my head against a tree like Heathcliff did. : P That being said, I expected to hate it more than I am, so that's a plus.

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  13. I have Wuthering Heights on my list, but I may end up reading April Lindner's "Catherine" insated (she also wrote a modern retelling of Jane Eyre called "Jane"--which is YA btw). I bought Jane Eyre used a few months ago but haven't cracked it open yet. I'm slugging my way through a non-fiction book, which is really good, but not something I can pick up as easily as a novel. I have about 4 books going right now and never know which one to focus on!

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    1. I actually have CATHERINE on my shelf, but I wanted to read the original first. I really enjoyed JANE, so I expect April Lindner will do justice to this one. Maybe it will actually be better than the original. One can hope, anyway. ;-)

      It's so tricky juggling mire than one book. I really don't think I could handle four, though!

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  14. I loved yesterday's #SomethingBeginningWithF photo, as well as your explanation behind it. So funny! And no worries... I've been reading the same book for a week too (FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK). I'm loving it, but I've just been so busy. Perhaps we should schedule a Read-In?

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    1. Fink & Funk just seemed too perfect for that prompt. Had to do it. ;-)

      I've been so busy with my rewrite too that it's keeping me from reading. I'd totally be up for a read-in. :-)

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  15. Love that photo of you and your husband! And I love that quote too.

    I've been enjoying the nicer weather we've been having too. Though I love seasons so I'm glad it hasn't gotten TOO hot here yet. :)

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    1. Thanks, Ghenet! It makes me want my long hair back, though. Ah well. :-)

      If the nice weather keeps up, I might have to take my reading and writing outside!

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  16. Such a cute pic! I just did my first WuW post, and it was really fun - thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks, Dahlia! It's isn't horribly recent, but I figure we pretty much look the same. I'm so happy you joined us this week. I think I'd probably let my book deal post sit on top of the pile for weeks on end lol. :D It was nice getting a glimpse at what's been going on in your world these days.

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  17. We're having gorgeous weather here in Seattle, too! It's a little cooler today (and supposed to sprinkle by Sunday), but it's been in the high 70's / low 80's for the past week, and I LOVE it!!!

    And I totally agree with a few of the other comments, with names like Fink & Funk, you HAVE to do something with that! My vote is definitely a book store, where all us writers can come and hang out, drink loads of good tea, and get inspired. Get on it, ladies. :)

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    1. You know, I think I'd pick up and move to Seattle with very little arm-twisting, rain and all. It seems like such a great place to live. :-) I'm happy you're getting some sunshine and nice weather lately, though.

      Fink & Funk's Fine Books & Tea has a nice ring to it. And maybe "& Cupcakes" tacked on for good measure. ;-)

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    2. Definitely "& Cupcakes". Always add the cupcakes, J.
      And it doesn't rain here as much as they say, so get on down here! How awesome that would be to have a YA writer friend so close...oh please, do move to Seattle - I'll help bake and decorate the cupcakes!!! :)

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  18. It's been about the same here in Ontario, which kind of sucks, because I love spring, but is also awesome, because SUN! I made it two days in my attempt to read at least a chapter of A Tale of Two Cities per day, so I may have to restart that. Finally, love the photo of you and your husband! You two are adorable!

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    1. I miss Ontario weather SO much. I spent the first 20 years of my life in Sault Ste. Marie, and I've missed it ever since, especially in the fall. It's hard to complain about missing out on spring when there's gorgeous summer weather outside, hey? Even so, I love fall and spring for so many reasons.

      It's a challenge sticking with the chapter a day classic thing, but I do like that I'm slowly making my way through classics. Makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something. :) I still have to return to GREAT EXPECTATIONS. I'm about 40% through it and really want to get that thing read. Maybe after WUTHERING HEIGHTS...

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  19. Yay! I'm glad you're getting into Seraphina. It does have a slow start and verges on the info-dump a few times, but because everything is more or less relevant to the story, I forgave it that. Plus, I was so impressed by the worldbuilding. Absolutely beautiful!

    Glad you're doing the Photo Challenge this month! I sort of do it every month, but I've already missed a few, haha. Fink and Funk should either be a band or a story. :)

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    1. OMG! I didn't realize SERAPHINA was the first in a series! I'm irrationally excited right now. :D I couldn't figure out what the heck the deal was was Fruit Bat boy and the others in the garden, but I get it now. ;-) So yeah, it took a bit to get into, but it was worth the wait. The worldbuilding is fascinating.

      I've been doing the Photo Challenge off and on for a few months now. Some months are better than others for me. :-)

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  20. I love that quote! And now I want to watch Dead Poets Society again. :)

    The SERAPHINA cover is so beautiful!! Definitely on my must-read list (and, um, not just because of the pretty cover, I swear!). :)

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    1. You know, I haven't watched Dead Poets Society in ages, so I'm long overdue for a watch as well. The cover of SERAPHINA has always jumped out at me. It's just gorgeous. :-)

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    2. I had such a huge crush on Neil (the character who plays Puck) ... I thought he was super dreamy. :) Yep. I need to watch that again. There should be a YA movie club! ;)

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  21. I love that quote--I've totally been on an inspirational-teachers-movie kick lately (DPS, Stand and Deliver, October Sky ...).

    I'm excited to hear what you think of the books--I've actually never read either!

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    1. Inspirational teacher movies are pretty great. I started collecting some of them when I was still teaching. Though, for some reason I'm totally blanking on some of my favourites. If you like fantasy, SERAPHINA is a great choice. WUTHERING HEIGHTS is just...not like other romances. I much prefer Charlotte Bronte's stuff. :-)

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  22. Hi! I'm just joining up. Fun project, thanks for starting it :D

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    1. Hi, Lily! So happy you joined us this week. :-)

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  23. Fink and fink--WOW!! As far Wuthering and "WTH is wrong with these people?" YES!

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    1. Our dad got a lot of mileage cracking jokes about the whole Fink & Funk thing. Frankly, I can't wait to be done WUTHERING HEIGHTS. It's not terribly exactly, but it's no enjoyable either. I'm just kind of bleh about it, to be perfectly honest. Not usually what I look for a in a book. ;-)

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  24. Hi, Jaime! First-time visitor here :) I LOVE your blog layout! It's so simple and pretty. You know, WUTHERING HEIGHTS is one classic that I cannot and will never enjoy. I hated it the first time I read it as a young teen, and over the years I've tried again and again to read it and enjoy it - thinking that maybe I wasn't mature enough to understand the themes - but I just can't identify with any of the characters. You said it - WTH is wrong with everyone?! I also had a hard time getting into SERAPHINA, but I hope you continue enjoying it!

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    1. Hi, Julie! Happy to have you. :-) Reading WUTHERING HEIGHTS feel like an accomplishment to me only because I've managed to slog through it. It will never be a favourite. Not by a long-shot. These people are just bonkers and not likeable at all. I'm totally a Charlotte Brontë gal myself. :-)

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  25. Wuthering Heights is actually my favorite book ever, just because the romance is so dark and twisted.

    Fun story: when my friend got married in October, she instructed her bridesmaids to pick a book to carry down the aisle instead of flowers. I was torn between Wuthering Heights, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter. I ended up going with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone because that seemed more appropriate than the other two...

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    1. I much prefer JANE EYRE and VILLETTE by Charlotte Brontë, so I guess you could say I'm more of a Charlotte gal than an Emily gal. The people just aren't likeable in WUTHERING HEIGHTS and I feel myself going slightly bonkers reading their story. :P

      That's such a cool idea to have the bridal attendants carry books! So fun! And no, WUTHERING HEIGHTS probably wouldn't be the best book to carry down the aisle. Like it might accidentally jinx their marital bliss or something. ;-)

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  26. I liked Seraphina a lot, but you're right, it took me a while to get into it. Also, that pic is super adorable :)

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    1. Thanks, Tiana! :-) I only just discovered that SERAPHINA is part of a series, so that makes me feel a bit better about all of the build-up to the point I'm at. There was a lot of worldbuilding, but there kind of needs to be in a story like this. Now I can say that I'm definitely into the book and enjoying it. Glad I stuck with it. :-)

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  27. Good to know Seraphina takes a little while to get into--I'll keep that in mind when I get to it.

    And the new "sparks" I've seen so far are totally working! I can't wait to see the full revision!

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    1. Did you know SERAPHINA is part of a series? I didn't until the other day. That definitely makes all of the worldbuilding and the time it took to get into feel a lot more worth it. I'm glad I stuck with it, because I'm totally enjoying it now.

      I'm thrilled to bits that you think the sparks are working. Thrilled. I think the slow burn thing is SO much more fun to write than the alternative. Especially when the sparks aren't always of the romantic variety. :-)

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