June 27, 2013

What's Up Wednesday...ur, Thursday

Since I was feeling like crud all day Tuesday, I wasn't able to schedule a post for Wednesday, so I'm posting today instead.

WHAT I'M READING
I finally finished Great Expectations and am now reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I've seen the miniseries and totally loved it. (Hello, Richard Armitage.) I read Mary Barton by Gaskell when I was in university and really enjoyed it. So far this one is good too. (Which comes as no surprise.) Along with these two books, I'm reading Siege and Storm. Still. I haven't had tons of time to sit down and read which is kind of poopy, but such is life.

WHAT I'M WRITING
Well...I kind of tanked at meeting my goals this week. I didn't do any revisions on Watch of Night and I only wrote about 1500 words all told on my new WIP. Between lack of motivation, other obligations, family visiting from out of town, and being sick, I just didn't do it. Sure, I'm disappointed in myself, but at the same time I know that forcing it would end up in a pile of rubbish that I just don't want to deal with. That said, I'm aiming a little lower this week because I know how busy I'm going to be:

          Thursday, June 27th
          • 500 new words on WIP and/or revisions on Watch of Night - DONE! (1300 words)

          Friday, June 28th
          • 250+ new words on WIP and/or revisions on Watch of Night - incomplete (only about 200)

          Saturday, June 29th & Sunday, June 30th
          • DAYS OFF

          Monday, July 1st
          • work on character development for new WIP - started on Tuesday

          Tuesday, July 2nd
          • 250 new words on WIP and/or revisions on Watch of Night - DONE! 1300 words. Booyah!*


WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
I've been hearing about Nelson Mandela's condition the past few days on the news. He's on life support now, and it's sad to think that the world is set to lose such a great man in the coming days. So much about Nelson Mandela inspires me, particularly his work to end apartheid and his ability to forgive even after everything done to him. Truly an inspiration.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Besides fighting off migraines, barfing, and sunburning the heck out of my face? Oh, not much. This past Saturday I spent the entire day at the local Highland Games. It was a beautiful day, likely because I showed up in rubber boots. Like an idiot. (See flooding in Alberta below. There was a legit reason for the boots.) This is a video of the mass bands at the end of the day. My band is the group in red kilts on the right.** I'm not yet performing with them in public because I'm still not able to march and play. Yet.



As some of you know, there has been massive flooding in our province, so this past week I've been following a lot of coverage of that. Thankfully, the river we're on didn't overflow that much, so we were largely unaffected. My parents both work in Calgary which was one of the cities most affected. It was something else to see the military driving through our city en masse and heading south to help with flood aid. Not something you see every day and something you hope not to see again soon. It's going to take a long time to deal with all of the damage. It's amazing to see the small and big ways others help those who've been affected by these kinds of disasters. I guess you could say that this is something that's inspiring me right now too.


SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?


* Not a word I normally use, but I think the occasion merits it.
** And, yes, the pom pom-y hats and short-sleeved blue shirt combo is sort of cheesy, but what can you do?

38 comments:

  1. That's very Scottish! Wow, flashbacks to listening to the Edinburgh Tattoo.

    Sorry to hear you haven't felt well. I really hope you're on the mend now :) Hope you achieve your goals this week. Have a great one! :D

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    1. This was actually a pretty small mass bands. The one in Canmore (in the Rocky Mountains just south of here) is SO much better. Way more bands and they're surrounded entirely by mountains. I love it!

      I'm feeling much better now, thank you. I'm hoping this will be a better week for meeting my goals. :)

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  2. The Highland games looks amazing, what a fun day!

    Sorry you've been so poorly. Glad your on the mend. Have a good week and good luck with those writing goals!

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    1. It was such a fun day. And even better than I was expecting because it was supposed to rain and didn't.

      I'm feeling much better now, so that's good. I'm hoping this week will be a better one for meeting writing goals. :)

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  3. I really liked NORTH AND SOUTH, and after reading the book I thought Richard Armitage was very well cast in the role of John Thornton. He's got the whole broody, smoldering thing down to a science. And now that's he's managed to make dwarves from Middle Earth sexy, I think he could pull off just about any role. Hmm, you've reminded me that I still need to pick up a copy of SEIGE AND STORM.

    That's so sad about Nelson Mandela. He's someone I find very inspiring as well. The world needs more leaders like him.

    Just so you know, I had my headphones on when I listened to your pipe and drum band and I nearly shattered my eardrums because my sound was accidentally on full blast. Oops. I feel very awake now. It's cool to see them perform, but I can't wait to see you play with them someday.

    I hope you're feeling a whole lot better and that things will go smoother with your goals this week!

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    1. I'm totally enjoying it so far. I really like Margaret Hale as an MC, so that's a bonus. I haven't "met" book John Thornton yet, but I can't wait! I think I'll treat myself to watching the miniseries again once I finish reading it. :)

      Sorry about the eardrum blastage. O_O My eardrums are probably halfway to being shattered just from standing next to them and playing. I really need to get some earplugs. I can't wait until I can finally get marching down and then I can play with the band for real. :)

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  4. I'd love to see those games! How fun :)
    Glad to see you're feeling a bit better. Word count goals don't count in those circumstances. I see it like a normal job - sick days are sick days.
    Good luck meeting those goals this next week, and stay healthy!

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    1. They were totally fun! The one in Canmore, Alberta (in the mountains south of here) is the best one. It has lots of bands at it and they're playing surrounded by mountains, which is just awesome. :)

      I agree about the sick days when it comes to writing because I treat it like a normal job too. I'm hoping I can get back on track now that I'm feeling much better.

      Have a great week! :)

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  5. So glad you are feeling better! And good luck with meeting your goals for the week. Go, Jaime, GO!!!

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    1. Thanks, Alison! I'm hoping this week will be much better on the goal-meeting front. :) My hubby heads off for 2-4 weeks of work in Texas soon, so there will be plenty of time to get some serious writing done.

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  6. Sunburn - ouch, ouch, ouch!

    Glad you're feeling better and good luck with your writing goals this week!

    I hope you'll post a performance video once you start marching/playing! Sometimes I can barely walk in a straight line without carrying anything, so I'm impressed with bands :)

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    1. The weird thing is that I normally feel my skin burning, but this time I totally didn't. I was plenty surprised when we got in the car and I saw my face in the mirror. Totally red! Ah well. It's turned to tan now. ;-) And I'm feeling much better altogether now, so hopefully this week will be much better on the goal-meeting front.

      Once I start playing with the band, I'll make sure to post some kind of video so you can all see me stumble around with my drum. :)

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  7. NORTH AND SOUTH is one of my favorite movies (Richard Armitage!!!), and I've wanted to read the book for ages. Hope you enjoy it!
    I'm glad you're feeling better. But I like your comment about not forcing it...I tend to try to plow through anyway, and end up more disappointed in my writing than if I hadn't gotten it done. I hope you have a great writing week!

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    1. I'm enjoying NORTH AND SOUTH so far. I like Margaret Hale as the MC in the novel, so that's definitely a bonus. I haven't gotten to John Thornton yet, but I am VERY excited for that part of the book. :D

      I think that my number one struggle lately has been trying to force myself to write when I haven't been in the mood. I'm hoping that the mood strikes me again soon.

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  8. Oh goodness, I love North and South! Both the book and the movie. But I really, really enjoyed the book. I'm sure you will too.

    I was in marching band in high school, so I know all about the difficulties of learning to play an instrument while marching. I'm sure the form is different for you, but still. It's difficult. And I played trumpet and french horn, so I had to figure out how to breathe and play and not breathe in while I was blowing out to play and wow. There's just a lot. I learned to do it relatively easy, but I was 14, and that kind of thing is much easier at that age. If I didn't know how to do it then, I doubt I'd be able to learn now. So, I'm impressed that you're doing it at all, even if it is taking you a little longer than you'd like. You can do it!!!

    I love what you said about the small and large things people do to help others when there are natural disasters to deal with. That is truly and inspiration to me as well. It's amazing to see people pull together and help out strangers when they don't really have to. Any time I watch news coverage of natural disasters, or even man made disasters, seeing people help others is always the part of it that brings tears to my eyes. I hope things stay safe and clear for where you live and that the places affected get the help they need. Stay safe!

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    1. I'm already enjoying NORTH AND SOUTH, so I can't wait to keep reading. :) Marching and playing is definitely challenging, but I'm hoping it's going to be one of those things that just clicks finally. Hoping.

      There is so much in this world that gets me down, but it's always nice to see humans helping other humans. :)

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  9. I hope you feel better soon. It looks like you had fun at the Highland Games even if you were a bit under the weather. Maybe that's what the boots were really for :)

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    1. I keep telling people they should thank me for the nice weather, because every time I go out in rubber boots or carry my crazy cane umbrella, it ends up gorgeous outside. So I guess there is something to this rubber boot thing. ;-)

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  10. You're a machine! Good for you writing while feeling horrible. Keep moving forward. I'm glad you're family wasn't evacuated. The news pictures of Calgary are heartbreaking, but the city seems motivated to brush itself off and get back on its feet.

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    1. All of my family lives outside the flood-affected areas, but I'm not sure if my mom has been back to work yet since her place of work is right in the downtown core (which was most hit). They're working their butts off to get things back to normal in time for Stampede which starts next weekend!

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  11. So sorry you were sick Jaime! And I m sure soon you´ll tell us how you´re rocking the "march and play"...Hope your family is okay!
    And best of luck with your goals this week, Jaime! I can´t wait to get my hands on the revised version of WATCH OF NIGHT :D

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    1. I'm just glad that it was only a day or two that I felt crummy. It could have been so much worse. Once I officially am able to march and play, I'll make sure to take pictures and/or video and share. WATCH OF NIGHT is causing me major stress, so I've been avoiding it a bit. Hopefully, I'll figure out what to do with it soon. :)

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  12. Hee I updated my blog today too! http://rachelwritesthings.blogspot.com/2013/06/whats-up-wednesday-4-thursday-obsessions.html

    I'm sorry you were sick, and I have been thinking of you as the Canada floods. Ugh what awful times. (In my homestate tonight is tornado warnings until 10pm. Scary) Hope you are okay minus the sickness. How did you like NORTH & SOUTH and GREAT EXPECTATIONS? I could never get into GREAT EXPECTATIONS - I read it in high school, didn't like it and tried again for fun but didn't like it either. Sigh.

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    1. We're fortunate not to have scary weather all that often. I mean, we get nasty blizzards and scary low temperatures sometimes in the winter, but mostly we're spared the really terrifying stuff. (Though, the occasional tornado has been known to get kinda close.) I've only just started NORTH AND SOUTH, but I'm enjoying it so far. I liked GREAT EXPECTATIONS, but it's not my favourite Dickens novel that I've read. I'll have to read more so I'll more to compare it to. :)

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  13. My thought have been with all of you out there in Alberta all week. I'm glad you and yours have been holding up. I have family in Calgary too, but they have avoided the worst of the flooding. Sending love from Ontario! <3

    Keep up the great work on Watch of Night!

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    1. Thanks, Samantha. We're pretty fortunate to have missed all of the really bad flooding. It's just crazy how much damage something like this can do.

      I'm plugging away slowly but surely on WATCH OF NIGHT, though my attention has kind of wandered to my new project temporarily. I figure I'll go where the inspiration leads me right now. :)

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  14. I did marching band in high school and was horrible at it. *looks around* Half the time I just pretended to play because I was more horrified about what would happen if I accidentally walked the wrong way than if the band teacher discovered my secret. And there were 30 flutes in band. Thirty. I was a slacker.

    Good luck with your goals this week.

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    1. I'm so worried I'll never get the hang of it. It takes such a huge degree of concentration, but at the same time, you just can't think about it too much. Tell that to my overactive brain though. O_o I think it would be really difficult to fake playing the snare drum, so I better figure this thing out! ;-)

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  15. So glad you're feeling a little better, Jaime. Being sick is no fun. Best of luck meeting your goals this week. And can I just say, I love how specifically you lay them out, day by day. I'm thinking I might starting doing that next week. Makes a lot of sense! Hope you're weekend is better than the last few days. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Katy. I don't get migraines very often, but when I do...yikes. I'm already doing MUCH better at meeting my goals this week. Let's hope it continues. :)

      I find that the day by day thing is really helpful, but sometimes it's tough because it means I can't slough it off to another day. I was actually tempted to set a word goal or revision goal for the week this time around, just so I wasn't so locked in. But I do like specific goals, so I think I'll keep it that way at least for the time being. :)

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  16. I was in a marching band in high school. Our poor band teacher so wanted us to have high energy about it and march with high, high knees and sharp movements. Yeah, we all walked. Some of us even trudged. We were NOT into it. Maybe it was the uniforms. They were HORRENDOUS! How fun to be getting into it now! You'll be out there in no time. Also, I'm glad you're feeling better and can't believe you have sunburn on top of being ill! Good luck on the goals this week. I only wrote 3k and I have no excuses for it. My goal was 7k. Blech! Christy

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    1. We didn't even have anything like marching band, but I can understand how an ugly uniform might make you trudge. :P It's definitely challenging as an adult to be learning some of this stuff, but it's kind of fun, too.

      3K is pretty good! I'm impressed with that word count, but I can understand how it might disappoint you. I'm hoping this week will be more productive. :)

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  17. I loved listening to the band. There's something just so thrilling about bagpipes and drums. Hope you're feeling better soon!

    Even if you haven't reached your goals this week, I'm sure you'll be topping yourself before too long. Look at what you've already accomplished! The schedule you have seems to be working. Just don't beat yourself up when you get sick or need a break. You're only human.

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    1. Thanks, Donelle. :) It's so easy to get down on ourselves when we don't accomplish what we'd like to or what we feel we should. But you're so right. We are only human.

      And I have to agree with you about the pipes and drums--they're totally thrilling!

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  18. I'm not a schedule kind of girl when it comes to writing but Camp NaNo starts tomorrow and I think I'll need some sort of organisation to be able to spend time on the WiP and my editing for another project. I'm starting to like to the look of daily goals like you've been doing. :)

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  19. I'm so glad you weren't affected too much by the storm! And, I am glad you are feeling better. Maybe I passed my cold over to you! It's such close quarters here on the internet! :)

    Good luck with your goals next week! It's been so long since I've read North and South...years and years. I remember loving it though.

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  20. Absolutely nothing cheesy about your bands ensemble - loved seeing them in action and can't wait to see you marching right along with them!

    I hope the flooding clears up soon in your area - we get so much of that around here inWashington, with all our rain. Hope all is well with your parents and any other friends and family that might be affected.

    Also hope you're feeling better! And best of luck in hitting your goals this week!

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  21. I spent two and a half weeks in South Africa last summer and learned all about Nelson Mandela and his work. I even saw his jail cell at Robben Island. The news has been so sad lately. He means so much to his country, and it's going to be very hard on them when he eventually passes. :(

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