August 21, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

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WHAT I'M READING
I devoured Clockwork Princess mostly in one sitting, and I have to say the ending was so different than what I was anticipating. Good, but unexpected. For some time now, I've been wanting to reread the first few books in the Mortal Instruments series and then continue on with the ones I haven't read. Plus, with the City of Bones movie coming out this week (!), I wanted a refresher. I'm enjoying it all over again, so that's good. For my Chapter A Day Classics challenge, I plowed through Fahrenheit 451 and was mostly 'meh' about it, and now I'm attempting to tackle War and Peace. So far it's a lot easier than I thought it would be, the only real challenges being the microscopic font, the multitude of footnotes, and just as many princes and princesses to keep straight. Honestly, I think I can do this.*

WHAT I'M WRITING
I only managed to write about 1400 words all told this week, but that's all right with me. I feel like I need to mull over this story a little bit and make sure that I'm addressing everything I want to. I have to keep reminding myself that it's a poopy first draft and to embrace it, but as someone who revises as she writes, that's SO hard to do. What this story needs is more of a detailed outline.

Instead of using my usual format—setting daily word count goals and failing—I've decided I'm going to keep it simple this week: I'm going to try and write for at least an hour a day on the weekdays. I'm still taking the weekend off like I normally do because Todd and I are (hopefully) going away for the weekend, but an hour a day should definitely be doable.


Before I forget: To thank you for your participation in Ready. Set. WRITE! this summer, we will be giving away "fresh perspectives" (aka critiques) to FIVE lucky participants' first ten pages. Each of the hosts will take one set of ten pages and offer up a fresh set of eyes, thoughts and suggestions on your work. Sound good? Stay tuned for more details and a Rafflecopter widget during next week's What's Up Wednesday. ☺


WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Monday was my birthday (August 19th), and turning another year older always makes me introspective. On the same day last year (which happens to be World Humanitarian Day), Beyoncé performed the song "I Was Here" at the United Nations, something that has really got me thinking about this whole notion of making a difference, making a mark on this world in my lifetime. Life is short, but I can think of few things greater than to "leave my mark so everyone will know I was here" in whatever form that takes.


WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Monday was a great day all around. Todd got home the night before my birthday, so that was a definite plus. We decided that since it was such a gorgeous day, we'd do some exploring around our province. So we headed about an hour and a half southeast of here to a place called Dry Island Buffalo Jump and spent the next couple of hours marvelling at the beautiful badlands (and the fact that apparently cacti grow in Alberta). It was such a nice day, and driving through all of the back roads with crops growing on either side of the highway was very peaceful and relaxing. We went out for a delicious dinner at the One Eleven Grill where I had one of my favourites—lobster mac and cheese—some Granville Island Lions Winter Ale (with vanilla notes), and a delicious dessert of sticky toffee pudding. All in all it was a WONDERFUL day, and I feel extremely fortunate for everything I've been given.

The Alberta Badlands: Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park.

And then there was the AWESOME care package my lovely CP, Elodie, sent me. Somehow it magically appeared right on my birthday all the way from Germany! Perfectly timed and such a thoughtful thing to do! But that's Elodie—thoughtful to the core.♥

Yummies, tea, a beautiful journal, inspiration dice, and
a holographic post card of Mars that is just awesome!**

SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?



* Though, with 366 chapters in total in War and Peace, I've decided to read five chapters a day so I'll hopefully finish it before Christmas as opposed to a year and a day from now.
** My first WIP (that Elodie read and helped a ton with) is about a colonization mission to Mars, so the post card is especially cool and inspirational.

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  1. I'm going to get Clockwork Princess right after I write this. *nods*
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! And it looks like you had a terrific one - beautiful pictures! I think you've already left your mark ;)
    Lol! The second I saw that tea I knew Elodie is in Germany. It's my favorite tea store :O)

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    1. CLOCKWORK PRINCESS was a great conclusion to a great series. I really enjoyed the INFERNAL DEVICES, and I think Cassandra Clare did a phenomenal job weaving elements from the Victorian Era into the story.
      I definitely had a great birthday. It was nice and relaxing. :-) I haven't tried the tea yet, but I'm sure it's awesome!

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  2. I actually really enjoyed WAR AND PEACE. Reading it was a Summer project of mine a few years back :)
    And again HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jaime...I'm so glad the package arrived right on time!
    Those pictures are beautiful!

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    1. I was surprised at how easy WAR AND PEACE was to read and get into. I just have to make sure I stay on top of my chapters each day or it will drag on FOREVER. O_o I'm fascinated by how much French there is in it. (And thankful I understand most of it, because translations aren't often in the footnotes.)

      Thank you again for the awesome package, Elodie! My package for you is spread out on the dining room table still waiting to be sent out. Talk about CP fail. :P I promise it will be there sometime soon!

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  3. It's been years since I read FAHRENHEIT 451 (like since grade 9 English) and I kind of wanted to read it again, but if you were only "meh" on it then I'll probably just skip it and read something new instead. I'll definitely have to reread CITY OF BONES though, especially since I just recently bought my own copies of the first three books.

    I loved that "I Was Here" video when you sent me the link, but then you already know that because we were on Google Hangouts when I watched it. Those pictures are so beautiful and they're making me want to visit the badlands. Trevor said the bottom photo looks like Middle Earth, and I'd have to agree. I'm glad you had such a good birthday! Wish my gift was there already! Have an awesome week!

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    1. FAHRENHEIT 451 was mostly just weird and not all that engaging. I will probably never read it again, but I'm glad I can at least say I did now. I'm enjoying CITY OF BONES a lot. I think a big part of that is how dark the setting feels (literally, since a lot of it takes place at night).

      I've always loved the badlands whenever we've driven through North Dakota or even Drumheller. They just seem so different compared to the rest of Alberta. And so weird that we actually have naturally occurring cacti here. I had no idea! Trev's right--that pic does look a bit like Middle Earth. And hey, don't worry about your gift not being here yet. It just spreads out the birthday awesomeness! :-)

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  4. I read Fahrenheit 451 relatively recently (after HS, after college, but maybe 7-10 years ago). I was also "meh" about it-- glad to hear I'm in good company. Your ambitious reading of War and Peace is TOTALLY IMPRESSIVE, Jaime. WOW. I think it's the idea of a a number of set chapters a day that makes anything seem do-able. I may have to pull something off the shelf and give it a real try again. After I have the baby, that is. Belated happy b-day to you! It sounds like you celebrated wonderfully and those Badlands photos are stunning. Just gorgeous.

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    1. I hate to say this about a book like FAHRENHEIT 451, but I kind of felt like it was lacking in so many things. And kind of weird and incoherent at certain points. Still, I'm glad I finally read it. You're so right about the set chapters each day making reading something doable. It's that whole chunking thing that seems to work so well. For me, that makes it something I can check off, and anything is doable when I can check it off a list lol! It's been great tackling classics this way because I can still read the YA books I love at the same time. :-) Thanks for the birthday wishes! It was a wonderful day all around!

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  5. Fahrenheit 451 is meh and that's a cool care package. Happy birthday and good luck with your writing!

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    1. Yes, it really was 'meh'. I was hoping for more, but oh well. I'd still like to read a bunch of Ray Bradbury's short stories, though. The care package was such a nice surprise. Elodie is awesome! Thanks for the birthday wishes! :-)

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  6. Elodie IS thoughtful to the core. That was so sweet! And so glad you had such a wonderful birthday! Those pics are awesome!

    Also, I do believe each one of us is making our mark - in our daily interactions, our writing, our blogging - in many ways. Great insights on this!

    Have a wonderful week! And good luck with your writing this week!

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    1. Elodie's birthday was the day before mine...and my package to her is still spread across the dining room table waiting to be mailed. O_o CP fail... It was a wonderful birthday all around!

      I think you're right about how we're all making our marks. I think that's another big reason for wanting to be published: to have a piece of us out there in the world existing long after we're gone.

      Have a great week, Alison! :-)

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  7. I have WAR AND PEACE in three volumes sitting on a bookshelf. Once I can get over my "I can't read Russian so how do I know this translation is in Tolstoy's voice?!" issues, I intend to read it. I'll be interested to read your thoughts as you work your way through.

    Sounds like you and Todd had a wonderful time. And the care package from Elodie was so sweet! On your birthday, too!!

    I hope you have a fun and productive week, Jaime! :)

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    1. I'm sort of envying your three-volume set. I think anything would seem doable if broken down into smaller chunks like that. Plus, I imagine the font is a little less microscopic? I might have to see if I can find a set like that. So far, it's not that bad, though!

      It was a wonderful birthday all around. And that package was the icing on the (birthday) cake! So, so thoughtful and sweet.

      Have a great week, Colin!

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  8. Happy birthday, Jaime! Your presents look so cool! What do the inspiration dice have printed on them?

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    1. Thanks, Valerie! Elodie (the giver of awesome gifts) is so thoughtful and sweet. It was a nice surprise and really capped off an already fantastic day. The inspiration dice have words like "brave" printed on them. I've never used anything like that before, so it could be fun! :-)

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  9. You know, it's funny. When I read Fahrenheit in high school I thought it was absolutely brilliant. It's like one of the first, real Dystopians! But when I re-read recently I had the same feeling: meh. Kind of disenchanting, eh?

    Happy belated birthday!!

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    1. It was kind of disenchanting, especially since I've read other stuff by Bradbury and thought it was fantastic. Mostly I found it just kind of weird and a bit incoherent at times, and I wanted a wee bit more worldbuilding. Ah well. At least I can say I read it.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes! :-)

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  10. Sounds like you had a great week! I loved all the birthday pictures you shared on instagram. I haven't read any of the Infernal Devices though I am caught up on Mortal instruments (or do I have those backward? Whichever takes place in today's world...that's the one I read). Have a good week! I think 1 hour a day is good. That would be a good goal all the time for me.

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    1. It was a really great week. :-) But then it usually is when my hubby is around.

      You have the two series right. I really enjoyed the INFERNAL DEVICES. I think Cassandra Clare did a fantastic job weaving in Victorian Era details without those details sticking out like they were intentionally dumped in. And I loved the characters so much! I'm failing so far at my one hour a day of writing. I was sick all day yesterday and got nothing done. Still not feeling 100% today, so who knows. Have a great week, Liz! :-)

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  11. Happy belated birthday!
    I felt meh after reading Fahrenheit 415 too. I was expecting it too be some big controversial thing, but it wasn't. There was nothing scandalous it, maybe it was just my interpretation. I mean I get the message and all but I don't get why schools to this day ban the book. It's ironic.

    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! :-)
      I think with FAHRENHEIT 451 I just wanted a little more. I've been hearing about this one for years now, so I was expecting it to be more than it ended up being. Ah well. At least I can say I finally read it.

      Have a great week!

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  12. Looks like a gorgeous birthday! The Badlands are seriously cool--one of the places I want to travel to someday. Have a great writing week!

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    1. It was a wonderful birthday! We used to drive through the North Dakota Badlands all the time whenever we came out west from Ontario, but Alberta actually has tons of its own. The Badlands are actually where they've found a number of dinosaur bones in this province. Very cool!

      Have a great week, Rebecca! :-)

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  13. Happy birthday, Jaime! It sounds like you had an amazing day and the pictures you shared are gorgeous! Also, lobster mac and cheese sounds like something I would love :) I can completely relate to where you are at in your WiP. I also am a revise as I go writer (as hard as that can be, I can't seem to go forward when I am already aware of problems!), and so I identify with the importance of mulling things over. I think your goal to write for a set amount a time a day is awesome, and one that will be helpful for me too! Love seeing the neat birthday package from Elodie, and love the critique giveaway you ladies are doing. Hope you have a wonderful week <3

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    1. Thanks, Temre! It was a wonderful day, especially since my husband was home. :-) It's amazing how many other revise while writing people I've encountered lately. Here I thought I was odd or something. Glad to discover I'm not as odd as I thought! Like you, I find it hard to move forward if I know there are issues. Plus, I use it as a way to get into the groove when I'm writing today. Trying to carve out a block of time each day for writing seems like a much better goal this week then having daily word count goals. That way it can encompass whatever part of the writing process I need to tackle that day--planning, researching, drafting, etc. The birthday package from Elodie made my birthday that much more awesome. Such a nice surprise! Have a great week, Temre! :-)

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  14. I can't wait to watch City of Bones! Sounds like you've been having a great time. :) I revise as I write, too, so I feel your pain! Good luck with it! :)

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    1. I enjoyed the CITY OF BONES movie, though they definitely made some changes. The script wasn't without its cheesy moments, but it was still good. Hope you like it!

      I'm surprised at how many other revise while writing people there are out there. I thought I was weird for doing so, but there are so many others I've encountered lately that do the same thing. I feel better now. :-) Have a great week!

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  15. So glad you had a wonderful birthday - those pics are beautiful!

    And don't worry, W&P gets easier as you go on and it becomes clearer who the main characters are. The first 50-75 pages are the worst for info dump.

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    1. It really was a great day. :-)

      I feel much better about W&P knowing that. Thanks! I'm enjoying it so far, and finding it easier than I expected, but there are definitely a lot of names and footnotes. Happy to hear it gets easier that way!

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  16. What a lovely care package!!! Happy belated birthday! I used to send my friends care packages and then receive some in return... I should get back into doing that again. You reading War and Peace reminds me that I started Crime and Punishment (another very long Russian classic) a while ago and want to keep slowly working away it.

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    1. It was such a nice birthday surprise! And thanks for the birthday wishes! Care packages are so much fun to give and receive. I really think we need to go back to using snail mail for more things. I used to love getting handwritten letters in the mail all the time. Now that never happens. Kind of sad, isn't it?

      I think the only way to tackle the Russian classics is to chip away at them slowly but surely. Five chapters a day (they're short) seems to be working out all right for me. Have a great week, Margo! :-)

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  17. I've had Clockwork Princess on my bookshelf for ages and still haven't read it! I also want to re-read the Mortal Instruments series, as I'm hoping to go see the movie :)
    Good luck with your writing goals :)

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    1. CLOCKWORK PRINCESS sat on my shelf for ages, despite the fact that I had been waiting eagerly for it to come out. Other books just kept climbing higher up on the TBR list. I really enjoyed it, though, so it was worth the wait. I've been enjoying rereading the Mortal Instruments. I love the setting especially.

      Have a great week, Laura! :-)

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  18. Happy Birthday! Your day in the badlands looks beautiful. I hope that you have not only a wonderful upcoming week, but also a wonderful upcoming year.

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    1. Thanks, Kate! It was such a good day! And I'm hoping this year holds good things. :-) Have a great week!

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  19. Happy Birthday!!! Those photos are beautiful! Good luck with your drafting!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! It was a wonderful day all around, especially the part in the Badlands. Oh, and the awesome care package was pretty darn great, too. :-)

      Have a great week!

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  20. Looking forward to Clockwork Princess--I've read the other two, and will probably wait for paperback or the library to finish the series. I meant to read Mortal Instruments before the movie, and yet. (I listened to the first chapter on audio book but the library disc was busted and I had to return it!)

    Beautiful pics and what a lovely care package!

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    1. I think one of the things I liked about the INFERNAL DEVICES series is that it was just a trilogy and not crazy long like the MORTAL INSTRUMENTS. The final book was a great way to end the series, and I really enjoyed it. I hoped to finish CITY OF BONES before seeing the movie, but I'm only about halfway through and I've already seen the movie. That won't deter me from continuing on, though.

      Have a great week, Stephanie! :-)

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  21. I love the photos from your birthday celebration. Elodie is so sweet and generous -- what an amazing package you received! :-) I'm liking your hour-a-day goal for the week. Makes sense, since your still mulling and working out exactly what you want your story to be. I revise as I write too, but I'm REALLY trying to let that go as much as possible for this draft, almost as an experiment to see what I end up with. It's so challenging not to go back and "fix" all the time (and I sometimes do go back and make adjustments), but I've noticed that it's easier to keep my momentum if I just KEEP WRITING.

    Glad you had a great birthday, Jaime, and best of luck with your writing this week!

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    1. Such a great day all around, and the package from Elodie was the icing on the cake! So awesome! The hour-a-day goal seems like the way to go for the foreseeable future. August has turned out really busy for me, and since my WIP needs more planning and mulling over, a daily word count isn't going to work. We'll see how this goes! When I revise as I go, I usually just reread and tweak what I wrote the day before to get into the zone today. That seems to work well, so I'll keep at that. I do need to find some momentum, though. I've been all over the place lately.

      Have a great week, Katy! :-)

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  22. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! *fills confetti cannon with chocolates and tasty beer* *fires in your general direction* You b-day looks like so much fun! I LOVE the pictures.

    And I was thinking about re-reading the Mortal Instruments series in advance of seeing the movie too. They've cast it really well, so I'm excited to see how it measures up.

    And the BBC series of North and South. Um, hello Richard Armitage...yes please. :) I haven't read the book yet, so I'll have to add it to the pile.

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes! And the chocolates and tasty beer! ;-) It was a great day all around, especially the surprise care package and the trip to the Badlands.

      I'm only halfway through CITY OF BONES, and I've already seen the movie, but that's all right. The movie was good. Of course there were things that they changed and the script wasn't without its cheesy moments, but all in all it was enjoyable.

      I could seriously watch the BBC North & South on a weekly basis. Love Richard Armitage in that series so much! The book is definitely worth reading. They stuck really close to it when they made the miniseries, so that was nice to discover. Have a great week, Kris! :-)

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  23. Birthdays are awesome :)

    A friend is also reading War and Peace. She keeps posting quotes from it on her facebook page. It's a whopper, but it sounds worth it!

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    1. You know, I wasn't horribly excited about my birthday beforehand, but it turned out a whole lot better than I was anticipating, so that's awesome!

      WAR AND PEACE is definitely a whopper, but it's not nearly as tough as I thought it was going to be, so that's a bonus. If I can read this thing, I feel like I can read just about anything. :-)

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  24. Happy Birthday! Those pictures look gorgeous! Very inspiring.

    I wasn't keen on The Mortal Instruments series (would love to see the film though) but I'm kinda drawn to The Infernal Devices trilogy. Victorian, supernatural... I'm intrigued just from the setting. :)

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    1. Thanks, Robin! It was a wonderful day!

      I've only read three books in the Mortal Instruments series (and liked them), but I liked the Infernal Devices series so much more. You're right, the Victorian, supernatural, steampunk elements were fantastic! And I loved the characters, too. You should definitely check it out! :-)

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  25. Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a really lovely one.

    I love the care package from Elodie, it's so fun to get things in the mail. German haribo looks yummy. I live the postcard and the premise of your book sounds so cool. My son, who is 4, has just gotten into the planets. He wants to be an astronaut. Maybe one day he'll read, and love, your book :D

    Have a great writing week. Best of luck with War & Peace, you're making me feel quite inspired to try a chapter a day challenge!'

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    1. Thanks, Alexa! It was really lovely. :-)

      The care package from Elodie was so awesome! And I loved the German stuff in it too, since I speak some German. That's cool that your son is into the planets. I've always been terrified but fascinated by space at the same time. That would be awesome if this book was published one day!

      The chapter a day thing really works for tackling classics. That way you can read other stuff at the same time and not feel like you're giving up the things you normally like to read. Definitely works well for me! Have a great week! :-)

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  26. Happy Birthday, Jaime! It sounds like you had a great day and what a great CP/friend is Elodie to send you a package! I love the postcard especially since it has to do with your story. :-) What inspiration. Good luck with War & Peace. I have totally dropped off on my Classics Conquest - I so need to get back into it!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! It was a really great day. And that care package was just the icing on the cake. :-) The postcard is awesome! Mars looks 3D on it. I've been doing pretty well with my classics challenge, but only because I'm reading it a chapter a day. Otherwise, I think I'd fail epically. WAR AND PEACE is totally manageable when read this way!

      Have a great week! :-)

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  27. Sounds like a great birthday! I'm glad your husband was home to help you celebrate. :)

    So this: "I have to keep reminding myself that it's a poopy first draft and to embrace it, but as someone who revises as she writes, that's SO hard to do." ZOMG - I'm struggling with this exact thing right now. Part of me wants to go back to the beginning and "fix" things, the other part of me keeps saying that it's a first draft, I just need to FINISH it. I definitely feel your pain! ;)

    Good luck with your goal of writing an hour a day. That sounds like a great approach!

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    1. It really was a great birthday, especially because my husband was home. :-) Lots of fun things that day!

      I struggle so much with wanting things to be perfect the first time around (always have), so this poopy first draft thing is like torture to me. My first drafts are never perfect, but they are fairly buffed up by the time I get to the end. It makes revising that much easier, but man, getting out that first draft is tedious. I think a lot of us are in the same boat, just going by the comments left on this post today. You're not alone!

      Have a great week, Bridgid! :-)

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  28. Happy belated birthday, Jaime! Mine is coming right around the corner! Hope yours was a day full of cake and relaxation :) So cool that the care package from Germany arrived with perfect timing.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! Hope you have an awesome birthday, too! :-) Mine was really relaxing and fun all at the same time, made better by that super sweet care package. I can't believe how perfect the timing was, especially since it was coming all the way from Germany.

      Have a great week, Julie! :-)

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  29. Huh. I wouldn't have thought cacti grow in Alberta, either! And WAR AND PEACE seriously has 366 chapters? Ughhhhh (but that's not going to stop me from reading it eventually).

    Happy birthday!

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    1. I guess I really shouldn't be surprised about the cacti. Alberta is such a mixed bag as far as terrain goes. We have prairies, Badlands, thick forest, foothills, mountains... And now I know we have cacti! :-) The chapters in WAR AND PEACE are very short, so 366 sounds so much worse than it is. A lot of the chapters are only about two pages long, albeit with microscopic font. So tackling five chapters a day is totally doable, and that should put me on track to finish this sometime in November or Christmas at the latest. Hopefully.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes! Have a great week, Stephanie! :-)

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  30. Hooray for reading Clockwork Princess! I agree, the ending was super unexpected. I wasn't sure how the story was going to be resolved, and Cassandra Clare kept me on my toes the whole time!

    Good luck with War and Peace, too!

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    1. I'm so glad I finally read it. And I wasn't disappointed, so that's great, too! She definitely found an interesting way to resolve everything, that's for sure. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

      Have a great week, Kaitlin! :-)

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  31. I admire your resolve to read War and Peace. I will admit, 366 chapters really intimidates me. I've been avoiding The Song of Ice and Fire series because they are so long. This means I'm a wuss.

    I love your pictures and that Elodie sent you that awesome care package for your b-day. Really, so sweet!

    I went to The Mortal Instruments last night. I had VERY high hopes, which was probably my first mistake. I will say, the casting is spot on, but the directing was really shoddy. However, I think you should see it anyway. I loved the books so much that the movie would probably never please me, and I accept that.

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    1. The 366 chapters are really quite small. Many of these chapters are only about two pages in length, so that grand total is kind of misleading. It makes reading five chapters a day totally doable, which is good, because I'd like to be done it before Christmas if possible. I've been wanting to read The Song of Ice and Fire series as well, and I've been delaying it for the same reason as you. I know it will kill my Goodreads challenge if I take it on, so I'm just going to wait.

      My birthday was super awesome, especially because of the surprise care package and the day trip. :-)

      I saw the MORTAL INSTRUMENTS movie, and I felt much the same way you did about it. The script definitely had some cheesy moments, but overall it was fun. You're so right about the movie standing little chance of living up to the book, but that's all right. :-)

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  32. Happy Birthday!
    War and Peace is my husband's favorite book. He reads it about once a year. I haven't read it yet... Hopefully someday!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah!

      WAR AND PEACE is so much easier than I was anticipating. I think it was the beastly size and tiny font that threw me. That said, the translation is totally readable and the chapters actually quite small, so it's doable. You should definitely give it a shot sometime! :-)

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  33. Hope you had an awesome birthday!

    I read W&P in only 19 days in 2004, and still feel disappointed that I took so long to read it. I was figuring maybe two weeks maximum. It helped that I had my father's old French dictionary by my side the entire time, because of all the untranslated French. My French has actually improved more from reading old books like this, more than the French I formally took in school!

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    1. It was an awesome birthday! Thanks!

      I only read a handful of chapters from W&P a day so that I can read other stuff at the same time. It's going to take me about three months at this rate, and I'm okay with that. I took French every year in school, so I'm thankful for that. I actually understand the snippets that haven't been translated.

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  34. Glad to hear you enjoyed your birthday! That scenery looks so pretty!

    I'm having such a hard time being okay with my sucky first draft, too. After revising for so long, it's hard to write crap again! I've fallen off the Ready.Set.WRITE! wagon since moving, but I'm hoping to get back into being productive very soon. Good luck with your goals this week!

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    1. It was a really great birthday all around! And it's fun to do a little local exploring. :-)

      You're so right about going from revising to drafting and being able to handle a sucky first draft. So hard! I haven't been writing much either because I've been busy. I think moving is a pretty darn good reason to put writing on the back burner for a bit. Hope you're getting settled in nicely! :-)

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