August 7, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Epic Fail Edition

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WHAT I'M READING
I'm so close to finishing North and South  and only about halfway through A Fine Balance  (this book is a beast). I'm currently reading and really enjoying an ARC of Cristin Terrill's All Our Yesterdays , which comes out September 3rd. (If you live in the UK and/or have access to the Book Depository, it's available right now.) "Time travel done right" according to Kirkus in its Starred Review. (I agree!)


WHAT I'M WRITING
Short answer: Not a whole lot. Long answer (complete with excuses): I started the week off all right with a solid planning day and 1200 new words on In the End, but everything kind of unraveled from there. My husband was due home on Saturday, so I spent much of my time preparing for that (read: cleaning). But then he ended up stuck in Denver when his flight was cancelled due to inclement weather, so I waited some more. Long story short, my top priority is spending time with Todd right now before he's gone for work again, this time hopefully not for an entire month. So writing is kind of getting back-burnered (with good reason).

My (sorta kinda tentative) writing goals for this week:
          Wednesday, August 7th
          • Spend one hour on writing or revisions.

          Thursday, August 8th
          • Write 250+ words and/or work on revisions.

          Friday, August 9th
          • Write 250+ words and/or work on revisions.

          Saturday, August 10th & Sunday, August 11th
          • DAYS OFF

          Monday, August 12th
          • Write 250+ words and/or work on revisions.

          Tuesday, August 13th
          • Write 250+ words and/or work on revisions.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
The abundance of awesome books I have stacked up all around me just waiting to be read. So many stories and I only wish I had all the time in the world to sit down and enjoy them. It's so inspiring to me that the written word is alive, well, and thriving in 2013.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Not a whole lot, I have to say. I was invited to go to the circus this past week which ended up being seriously underwhelming. But then, what circus wouldn't be after reading The Night Circus, am I right? The lack of elephants, overpriced crappy food, and shabby looking setup was pretty bad, but the surprisingly non-creepy clown mostly made up for it. (I can't even believe I just typed that.)
You're welcome.
What does it say about my life that the most exciting thing I've done all week is go to a broken down circus? Nothing good! :P


SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU THIS WEEK?

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  1. I am SO looking forward to ALL MY YESTERDAYS! I have it on my BEA shelf that I am not reading through fast enough!!

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    1. It's a really good book so far. I haven't had the time to sit down and really dig in with everything else going on, but I really can't wait to get reading more of it. Hope you enjoy it, too! :-)

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  2. It's definitely not an epic fail to put spending time with your husband first! I'd do exactly the same. It must be lovely to have him home finally.

    I agree, no circus could live up to the Night Circus! At London Zoo they have a brilliant clock that I am sure must have inspired her. The first time I saw it it definitely made me think of the book.

    All Our Yesterdays sounds great. I'll definitely check that one out.

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    1. The epic fail was more the time leading up to my husband coming home. I probably could have slipped in more writing, but was too preoccupied with cleaning and general waiting anxiously. :-) I have never been to the London Zoo, but that clock sounds fantastic!

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  3. Hope you'll have some (lots and Lots of) quality time with your husband! I hove your daily writing schedule -I write one down weekly, but it's difficult to follow.

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    1. We've been going on dates and hanging out and it's been wonderful. :-) Usually I'm good about following my writing schedule (mostly), but this week not so much.

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    2. so romantic! it's worth it. love itself is a great goal, so... ;)

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  4. Yay for your hubby being home! He definitely comes before writing. Enjoy your time with him :)

    I know what you mean about crappy circuses. Here, there's all these small traveling family circuses, who really aren't making enough money to survive, but they do it for tradition reasons. They try. I know they do. But they're always horribly over-priced and the acts are not that great. I hate to say it, but the kids in the circus clubs at the school can do what a lot of these family circuses - and it's cuter. A part of me feels sorry for them, but the other thinks 'wake up and forget it'.


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    1. This one was the Circus Gatti, which I believe is based in the US, but since the touring group we saw was in a small town, it came without all of the bells and whistles (ie. elephants, horses, etc.). Pretty bare bones and not worth the money. I kept wondering why some of the acrobats didn't just go try out for Cirque du Soleil or something. ;-)

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  5. I've never been to the circus. They've never appealed to me ^^;

    That does look like a good book. I may have to dig it out of my local Waterstones. Thanks for the rec!

    Glad your husband finally made it home ^_^

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    1. My parents took us to the circus as children and we complained the WHOLE time about how bad it stunk (the elephants and their poop) that they didn't take us back again. It wasn't until years later that I went to my next circus. There are fun aspects of it, but mostly it feels a bit like a dying thing, you know?

      You folks in the UK are fortunate that ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is already out there. I'm really enjoying it! :-)

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  6. So that's the clown you texted me about. I dunno. He still looks kind of creepy to me, or at the very least slightly drunk. Those are crazy, crazy mutton chops he's got going on there, and he kind of looks like he's from Whoville. Anyway, that's too bad the circus was a stinker. I'm glad Todd is finally home, and I hope he gets to stick around a for a bit. Have a great time and don't feel bad about putting writing on hold. Spending time with the hubby is a way bigger priority. :)

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    1. That picture does make him look kind of creepy, but trust me when I say he wasn't that bad in real life. He was actually kind of funny and danced to "Intergalactic" by the Beastie Boys, so... I suppose I shouldn't complain since the only thing I had to pay for was an overpriced hot dog and popcorn. And I had some cotton candy for the first time in years, so that was sort of fun.

      Oddly enough, I'm not feeling guilty at all about setting writing aside for a bit. I just hope I can get back into it again soon. :-)

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  7. OMG the broken down circus sounds like it has ridiculous potential for a SNI. :)
    Enjoy the quality husbandly time! xo

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    1. You know, I hadn't thought of that, but you make a good point! That could make for an entertaining read. :-) Hubby and I have been having fun going on dates and just hanging out, so it's been great.

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  8. I think your priority is a wonderful one! (I kind of have the same ;)) And I hope you have a great time together <3

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    1. Thanks, Elodie! Hope you've been having fun hanging out with your hubby, too. Writing will be there whenever, so I don't feel too guilty. :-)

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  9. I'm not sure I'd describe that as an Epic Fail. As an expert of the Epic Fail, that just doesn't seem to make the cut. :)

    Glad you're getting to spend some quality time with your hubbie. I totally laughed at the part about the cleaning. If I was left to my own devices for a month, the house would need a bulldozer.

    Also, yes there is NO circus in the world that would live up to expectations after reading the NIGHT CIRCUS. Tiny confession, I used to be in a circus. Not the kind with animals and the like, more of an avant-garde, artsy sort of circus. It was a ton of fun at the time, but if I tried to do aerial trapeze now, I'd probably just get really nauseous. :)

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    1. The epic fail was more the period of time leading up to when Todd got home. I spent way too much time cleaning (thankfully, the house wasn't all that untidy) and just sitting around waiting anxiously. It's great having home for a bit now. :-)

      All this circus talk is making me want to sit down with THE NIGHT CIRCUS again. It's been almost a year since I last read it, so I might be due for a reread. That's cool that you were in a circus, Kris! And that you did aerial trapeze. I'm so afraid of heights, so nothing could possess me to do that lol. I was a clown one summer in Scotland, though. A story for another time... :P

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  10. No way is this an "epic fail" of an edition! Spending time with loved ones definitely trumps a few writing days :)

    I went to a broken down circus once and it made me vow never to go to another one. It was so depressing in the smelly, hot tent with the sad animals and the wilted looking food.

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    1. The epic fail was in reference to the time leading up to when my husband came home. Tidying up doesn't take that long lol. ;-) Right now, I definitely don't feel guilty about taking some time off to hang out with him. It's been great!

      This circus definitely got me thinking about whether or not circuses have had their day and are a dying thing now. This one certainly made me think "yes". I did have cotton candy for the first time in years, so that was kind of fun. :-)

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  11. Your hubby's homecoming gives you a total pass on everything, as far as I'm concerned. I hope the two of you have a wonderful time hanging out together! :)

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    1. I definitely don't feel guilty about setting writing aside for a bit while he's home. I hope I'm able to get back into the swing of things eventually, but for now it's just been fun hanging out with Todd. :-)

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  12. Sounds like a great reason to take a break from writing. Enjoy your time together!

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    1. Thanks, Dannie! We've been having lots of fun hanging out, so that's good. :-)

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  13. I am not a big fan of the circus for all those reasons - never got into it, although I have taken my kids and they seem to like it. Also, I think you have pretty awesome reasons for moving writing to the back-burner! Enjoy!

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    1. When we were kids, my parents took us to a circus and we complained the WHOLE time about the smell of the elephant poop, so they never took us back. Circuses can be fun, but I think they might be kind of a dying thing. From the looks of this one in all it's shabby glory, I definitely think they aren't as popular as they once were. Then again, this was in a small town in Central Alberta, so... (Not exactly a priority venue, you know?:P)

      Hubby and I have been having lots of fun hanging out. I don't mind setting writing aside one bit! :-)

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  14. I think you have your priorities right, opting to spend time with your husband. Human connection is important. It's also great you didn't put too much pressure on yourself with lofty goals. That way there won't be guilt next week.

    The broken down circus sounds like book fodder to me.

    This is my favorite line from your post, "It's so inspiring to me that the written word is alive, well, and thriving in 2013." Couldn't agree more!

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    1. I definitely don't feel guilty about setting writing aside for a bit. Hubby and I have been having lots of fun hanging out together. Though, I hope I'm able to get back into the swing of things with writing once I return. :-)

      Yes, a broken down circus does sound like a great book idea. I'll have to remember that!

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  15. Gotta spend time with family! July was mostly a wash for me writing-wise and I'm just now catching up. Also, The Night Circus was such a fun and curious book :)

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    1. Definitely! We've been having lots of fun, and I don't feel guilty at all about setting writing aside temporarily. :-) I think August might be a wash for me writing-wise, but that's okay. Stuff happens, right?

      All this talk about THE NIGHT CIRCUS is making me want to pull it out and reread it!

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  16. Family time is much more important. I hope you had a nice time. Also the circus is so creepy who actually enjoys it? I haven't even read Night Circus, I bet it's good. I just don't like clowns. Thanks for sharing. :D

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    1. I definitely agree about spending time with family. Writing will be there when I return. :-) I don't really know what to think about the circus, to be honest. I kind of feel like the shabbiness of this particular touring circus is kind of indicative of just how much the circus as a form of entertainment is kind of dying out. I mean, Cirque du Soleil is pretty cool, but that's a lot glitzier than this ramshackle setup. THE NIGHT CIRCUS is definitely good and well worth the read. So creative and magical! :-)

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  17. spending time with your husband trumps writing, I understand. And I loved the Night Circus and there is no way any circus will ever live up to that made up one! Hope you get to read some of those inspiring books surrounding you and get some writing done!

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    1. It definitely trumps writing, and it's been lots of fun. :-) All of this NIGHT CIRCUS talk is really making me want to reread it, to revisit a circus worth spending time at. Might have to do that!

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  18. Glad Todd finally made it home--ugh. You hang with him, and I will try to get my school life in order. But we WILL finish these projects. (Just not this week.)

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    1. Me too! It took forever, but now that he's home we've been having lots of fun. I think your plan is a good one. This gives us both solid chunks of time without having to stress about squeezing writing in. And yes, we will definitely finish these projects. ;-)

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  19. Some weeks a bad circus and a few good reads is all you get. That's actually one of the things I like best about life. There are always highs and lows, and each makes us appreciate the other more. Here's to hoping next week is jam-packed with excitement and adventure.

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    1. That's so true, Kate. I think sometimes a slower even slightly humdrum week is exactly what we need. This week has already started out better what with my husband being home. Have a great week, Kate! :-)

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  20. I'm planning on picking up ALL OUR YESTERDAYS at some point, so I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it! And I'm glad your husband is finally home--so what if the writing fell a little by the wayside this week? I think sometimes we forget that writing is *not* actually the be-all and end-all! (I know, who would've thought?!) But still, I hope next week brings a ton of new words for you :)

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    1. ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is definitely good and it's a time travel that feels like it's done properly, you know? And I totally don't mind setting writing aside to hang out with my hubby. We've been having lots of fun and writing will be there whenever I want to return to it. (Soon, I promise!) :-)

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  21. I can't wait to read ALL OUR YESTERDAYS! Best of luck picking your writing momentum back up this week, Jaime... You can do it! I took C to a circus a few years ago and had similar feelings. It was all rather sad (those caged animals!) and dumpy looking. I doubt I'll ever go to one again. I hope you and your hubby have some fun plans now that he's home!

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    1. I think it helps that I'm working on a story that I find exciting and fun to write. That will make picking it back up again that much more appealing. (Though, I really need to finish my revision at some point. O_o) I honestly think the circus as a form of entertainment is dying out. Like it's something from a bygone era and just barely hanging on in 2013. To be fair, the town this circus came to was pretty small, so we didn't get the big acts, but still. I doubt I'll be going to another circus anytime soon unless it's THE NIGHT CIRCUS or Cirque du Soleil. ;-)

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  22. A circus and your husband returning all in one week.....sounds like perfection to me! :-) And so what if you didn't write much? Priorities. There's always next week........

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    1. Haha! Yes. :-) The husband returning thing is pretty fantastic, the circus...eh, not so much. That's all right, though. There were enjoyable moments even if the whole thing was seriously shabby and ramshackle. You're so right about the priorities thing. It's amazing what I can find to feel guilty about. Writing is definitely one of those things. I've been enjoying the break, not gonna lie. Next week I'll return to it and the words will flow, right? Right? ;-)

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  23. I've really been looking forward to ALL OUR YESTERDAYS - I've heard a lot of good things about it! And I've been on a reading kick lately, which has been inspiring. My TBR pile is insane, so it was time to start going through some of those before buying any new books. So hard because there's so many more I want to get. :)

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    1. You know, I would LOVE to just take a huge stack off my TBR shelf and just plant myself on my couch for the next couple of weeks, devouring all of the books I can't wait to get to. Wouldn't that be awesome? Reading kicks are definitely inspiring. I really need to stop buying new stuff until I make a bigger dent in my TBR stack. Every time I tell myself that I'm going to impose a book-buying ban it never happens. What can I say? I'm a bit of an addict. ;-) Have a great week, Melissa!

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  24. Glad your husband is home, and spending time with him sounds like the best of priorities to me! The Writing will be there when he's away.

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    1. It's definitely been nice having him home again and hanging out together. Writing can wait. ;-)

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  25. Family has to come first. :) One of the best things in the world is having a TBR pile full of awesome books. You never lose that excitement of a shiny, new book. :)

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    1. I agree, Robin! Both about family and about the awesomeness of a giant TBR pile. :)

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  26. I think spending time with your husband is a good enough reason right now. Relax and enjoy your time!

    When I read the synopsis for All Our Yesterdays I was kind of excited, but time travel doesn't usual work for me. I can't wait to hear what you think! And of course I have Goodreads! I'm working on links for my homepage right now (work keeps getting in the way). Just click here an bam!

    Happy Wednesday!

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    1. I have really been enjoying hanging out with hubby, but it will be back to writing come Monday. :-) Thanks for sharing your Goodreads info. I find that you read a lot of the same books that I do, so it will be nice to see what you're reading and looking forward to reading. :-)

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  27. I had a terrible writing week to and I don't even have a good excuse. When my husband has been gone for awhile I drop everything when he comes home too. Oh and that clown picture is extremely creepy lol! Happy reading :)

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    1. It's been really nice to set everything aside to hang out with my husband. He heads away for work again on Monday, so I can dive back into writing again then. I promise you that the clown was not all that creepy. ;-)

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  28. I'm so looking forward to ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, so I'm glad you're enjoying it so much. Always a good sign! :)

    Hey, your non-writing excuses are better than mine. Plus, it's always good to take breaks. So I think all this came at a good time, AND you got to spend time with your hubs.

    And what? A circus without elephants? Boo.

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    1. It's a really good book! I'll be reviewing it once I'm done, too. I've been enjoying the non-writing time I've had this week, but it will be back to writing again come Monday. Guess I better enjoy it while it lasts, right? ;-)

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  29. Okay, I'm sorry but that clown is the stuff of nightmares. And I hope you have fun with your husband and that he doesn't have to be gone so long next time.

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    1. I promise you, the clown was not all that creepy in real life. He was pretty funny actually. (This coming from someone who is not at all fond of clowns.) It's been wonderful spending time with my hubby, but it's back to writing come Monday! :-)

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  30. Sometimes writing has to be put on the back burner. Spending time with your husband while he's home is definitely more important!

    And that clown is pretty creepy! I've never been terrified of them, but at a circus a few years ago, they made me nervous by roaming through the audience (I have issues when acts come into the crowd, no matter what the show is). This is why I hardly ever sit in an aisle seat!

    Have a great week!

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    1. It's been great hanging out with hubby, but it's back to writing come Monday when he heads out for work again.

      I promise you that the clown was not all that creepy in real life. And he wasn't really a crowd wanderer either. (Thank goodness!) I really can't stand crowd wanderers or audience participation at shows. Blech. :-)

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  31. I didn't get around to writing my what's up Monday post until Thursday, so here's the link to my post if anyone's interested: http://thebloggergirlz.blogspot.com/2013/08/whats-up-thursday.html

    Thanks for reading! :)

    ~Ella Ink

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  32. Well at least you got some writing done! I hope you get some good time in with Todd this week :) I'm on vacation with my husband right now, and it's nice to just be together. I can't imagine him being gone for an entire month. Hope your week has started off well!

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