September 18, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Fall. Maybe?

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop with other folks on this writing journey. With that aim in mind, if you want to join us, we encourage you to visit a few other WUW blogs each week, get to know some other writers, and spread some writerly love around! Don't forget to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post.

WHAT I'M READING
My copy of Sarah J. Maas' Crown of Midnight arrived and I'm devouring it. It's really good, guys. But then that comes as no surprise. Chaol is even better than I remember him, which is saying a lot. I'm also plugging away at War and Peace still and liking it more than I expected. The war parts are kind of tedious to get through, but c'est la vie.

WHAT I'M WRITING
Nothing. Diddly squat. Nada. Zilch. Rien. Not a jot. Zippo... You get the idea. The well of inspiration/creativity/motivation has temporarily run dry and desperately needs filling.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Terry Fox. Seriously, he ran over 5000 km (a marathon a day) for 143 straight days in 1980 with a prosthetic leg before his cancer forced him to stop. He did it all to raise awareness and funding for cancer research. If that's not inspiring, I'm not sure what is. When I become a Debbie Downer, his story really puts things in perspective for me. Talk about perseverance to the extreme. (If you'd like to know more about this amazing Canadian, I posted about him last Sunday. Or you can watch the short clip below.)



WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
I've been on a Harry Potter kick for the past couple of weeks. I'm working my way through the series again in between other books that I'm reading. Next up is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is my favourite of the bunch. Hubby is listening to them via audiobook, so the two of us are watching the movies of the ones we've read thus far. And I've been drinking lots and lots of Pumpkin Chai tea from Davids Tea out of my pumpkin mug, because somehow that feels perfectly appropriate. I keep hoping all of this will bring on the fall weather I've been waiting impatiently for. We have yellow leaves, but I want to wear scarves!


We bought a bodhrán the other day, which is an Irish frame drum. [Pronounced: "bow" (like what you do from the waist) + "ron" (like the youngest Weasley son)] Now that I'm learning the snare, I'm kind of on a roll. (See what I did there?) I've actually wanted to learn the bodhrán for quite some time now. It probably has a lot to do with my Irish heritage, but mostly I just think it's cool. We bought an inexpensive one just to see if I can actually play it.



And finally, hubby and I participated this past Sunday in the 33rd annual Terry Fox Run. The run is put on in Terry's memory with the intention of raising awareness and funds for cancer research. It's 10km in length, and since neither hubby nor I are in any condition to run that distance, we speedwalked the whole thing. It was a beautiful day, a great way to get exercise (a little too much, actually O_o) and a great cause. It also kickstarted my personal initiative to take better care of my health. Yesterday I added Power 90 to the mix (ouch), and I'm making attempts to eat healthier as well. Let's hope I stick with it this time.


                                                          
                                                       SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?



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  1. I think WAR AND PEACE has to be trudged through. Keep going!
    Glad to hear you haven't written anything lately either (oh, probably not allowed to say that), but it makes me feel better. Good thing Ready.Set.Write! ran this summer :)
    Congrats on your run. Impressive!

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    1. I'm definitely enjoying WAR AND PEACE. I think it was the sheer size and just the fact that it's one of the "Russian novels" that was so daunting initially. It's a really easy read otherwise. You're totally allowed to say that! :-) Solidarity!

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  2. Your post overlaps nicely with mine today, because I talked about the Terry Fox Run too. It was certainly a lot warmer this year than the year you guys walked it with us!

    That's so cool that you got a new bodhran. I'd love to learn to play one, but my rhythm stinks so I'm not sure I'd be any good at it. I'll have to try out yours next time we're at your place.

    When I'm done DESCENDANT, I think I'm going to read CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. No, scratch that. I'm definitely going to read it next. I was already excited about it, but after your text today...well, I need to get on that asap! :)

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    1. I actually walked the Terry Fox Run two years in a row with you guys (and have the pictures to show for it). I remember one year being especially chillier than the other. It was gorgeous here for it this year and the leaves were pretty. :-)

      I think our bodhrán is pretty cheap, but that's all right. I want to know that I can actually take to it first before committing to a more expensive one. If I suck at it, I'll just hang it on my wall because it looks nice. :P

      CROWN OF MIDNIGHT is so good! Especially the Chaol parts. I'm just worried at this point (two hundred and some pages in) that something really bad is going to happen. I sure hope not!

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  3. I hadn't heard if Terry Fox, thanks for sharing his story. Congratulations in your speed walk too :) I've started exercising again and trying to eat better too.

    Enjoy Harry. I re-read it at the beginning of the year. Such a good series!

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    1. Terry Fox is a Canadian hero, but people all over the world participate in the Terry Fox Run every year, so the word is definitely getting out. Happy to do my part to help. :-) I overdid it speedwalking that 10K and paid for it the next day...when I added some Power 90 onto it. Yikes! I need to pace myself a little better. The eating better thing hasn't happened much yet, but it will. I'm actually tired of eating badly, to be honest.

      I'm LOVING rereading HARRY POTTER. So much! Especially this time of year. It always feels so autumnish to me. :-)

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  4. I am just getting into running again-training for my first triathlon, so I'll be researching Terry Fox was I need some inspiration. I'm impressed you speed walked 10K-that's still a significant accomplishment--I hope you're not still sore!

    Sorry your writing mojo is low. Have you watched Veronica Roth's BEA speech? Super inspiring. Thanks for creative W U W...this is my first one.

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    1. Oh, wow! A triathlon. I'm impressed. I can't swim, so... ;-) Terry Fox is definitely an inspiration. I can't even imagine running a single marathon, let alone one a day for that many days straight and with a prosthetic leg. Amazing! I'm less sore today after the 10K, but I can still feel the shin splints a bit. Ah well.

      I can't remember if I've seen V. Roth's BEA speech. I'm going to look it up right away. I could use the inspiration! I'm so happy you decided to join us for WUW, Robin. :-)

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  5. I'm sure the Fall weather will start up your imagination again. Otherwise as mentioned we could schedule a brainstorming session, or do you have any exciting scene you cannot wait to write? :)

    Terry Fox is definitely inspiring!

    Have a wonderful week Jaime!

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    1. I woke up to a gorgeous grey rainy day! (That sounds weird, doesn't it?) I've been craving days like this for weeks now. :-) With writing, I think I just need to return to the old butt in chair hands on keyboard mantra. That's the first step. Actually, the first step might be cleaning all of the clutter off of my workspace. ;-) I've been thinking lately that I need to give WATCH OF NIGHT another read and try and fix its issues. *Sigh* I'll be sure to pick your brain when that happens! Have a wonderful week, Elodie! :D

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  6. How awesome that you and your husband could participate in such an incredible event together! And yes - Terry Fox is inspiring.

    And it sounds like your brain is just taking some necessary time off. No need to fret about that! You'll start writing again soon. :) I know it.

    Have a great week!

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    1. I would love if hubby and I could actually run the 10K next year. That's kind of my goal right now, but first I have to get up off my butt and start exercising! If Terry Fox could run on one leg and a prosthetic limb, what's my excuse?

      I think you're right about my brain needing a break. But the thing is, I just need to force myself back into the chair and just start writing. Simple as that. I'm not sure when it'll happen, but it needs to.

      Have an awesome week, Alison! And congrats x 100 on finishing your first draft! :D

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  7. I am very impressed by anyone who can run...basically any distance. I am a terrible, terrible jogger. I tried barefoot running recently and discovered (the hard way) that it's not the easiest sport in Florida. *grin*

    And how cool you're learning to play the bodhrán!! I absolutely love the timbre they have. You should post a video of you drumming sometime.

    Also, don't worry about the well of inspiration. The brain needs rest just like any other part of the body. Once it's good and rested it's going to hit you will all sorts of brilliance. Just wait. :)

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    1. I can't run to save my life, which is...kind of scary when put that way. I used to run cross country in high school, but since then I've become horrible at it. I blame a sedentary lifestyle and flat feet. :/

      I still haven't attempted to play the bodhrán, but I'm *really* hoping it's something I can pick up. I've wanted to learn for so long! Eventually, when I can play either the snare or the bodhrán decently, I *might* post a video. ;-)

      I really can't wait for the inspiration to write to come pouring back in. I think the first logical step would be to clear away the actual clutter in my workspace. It's...pretty bad.

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  8. I haven't been writing much lately, either. I got 30k into a WIP and for some reason stopped because *something* was wrong. Have been reading and trying to replenish the creativity since then.

    Harry Potter rereads FTW! :) :)

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    1. I'm about 30K into a WIP myself and haven't been working on it either. It's kind of divided into two parts and this first part needs some serious attention. I'm having difficulty thinking about moving forward without addressing those issues in Part 1. Bleh. I've been reading a lot lately, too. And for the same reason: inspiration/replenishing creativity. HP is definitely a great way to do that! (I read your HP post on YAC, but still need to leave a comment. Heading over there now to do so!) :D

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  9. Wow--a marathon a day? That is amazing, and inspiring.
    Pumpkin chai sounds delicious. I'm happy it's fall, now--and I'm extra happy for all the pumpkin coffee and tea. :)

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    1. Isn't that amazing?! And with a prosthetic limb. Seriously, it makes me feel like I take everything I've not--namely, two legs--for granted. Talk about gaining some perspective.

      This pumpkin chai is especially good because it actually has pumpkin/squash in it. A lot of so-called pumpkin teas don't. It's the perfect drink for this time of year. And I'm happy to report that it's chilly, grey, and rainy today! The perfect fall day finally! This calls for something pumpkin to celebrate. ;-)

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  10. Completely agree with W&P - I sorta skimmed the war parts, but got caught up in the love stories :)

    Terry Fox's story is amazing and so glad you all got to participate in the memorial walk/run.

    Virginia has had some nice chilly mornings this week - sweatshirt weather, for sure! (at least until the afternoons when the sun is full out)

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    1. In the war parts there are A LOT of names mentioned and that gets just as tedious. Especially since most of those names won't be important to the story in any real way. I just powered through them eager for more of the non-war scenes and I wasn't disappointed. I actually made myself a checklist of all the chapters so I can check them off as I read them. Weird, yes. But also kind of motivating, too. I can actually see my progress.

      I'm happy to report that today is full-on fall! It's grey and rainy and chilly and PERFECT! I'm already plotting some kind of pumpkin treat. :D

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  11. I'm loving re-reading Harry Potter, it's great to delve back into a world I love. The weather here is certainly getting colder, but we're not at scarf temperatures yet. I have got my tights, boots and coat out, though - I'm loving it!

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    1. I've never read the whole HP series from start to finish, so this has been awesome. There are so many clues laced all throughout the stories, it's truly amazing. Plus, with fall (sort of) here, it's the perfect time of year to dive back into Harry's world. :-)

      When I say scarves, I don't mean the big thick ones. I mean more the fashionable "It's fall so it's scarf and boot weather now" kind. Today, it just so happens, is the perfect day for scarves and boots! It's actually grey, rainy, and chilly. Love it! :-)

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  12. The pumpkin chai tea sounds wonderful! I have been feasting on anything pumpkin that I can find :)
    I have been running for the past few weeks. I'm hoping to keep it up but its hard to find a time to go without the kids. I might have to figure out how to bring all of them along... hmm. Good luck on refilling the inspiration well and reaching your fitness goals!

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    1. I really need to up my pumpkin intake I think. So far, it's really only been the pumpkin chai tea for me. Good for you for running! That's a huge accomplishment. I only wish I could get running again. I think I need to start out slow, though. I always bite off more than I can chew and then quit before I can make a habit of exercising. I'm hoping to change that. You should totally bring your kids along somehow!

      Have a great week, Sarah! :-)

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  13. I think I've already established that I need to read that Sarah J. Maas series. It didn't make my Top Ten for the Fall list yesterday, but it's there along with all the other books I need to read that I didn't mention.

    Well done for participating in the run. After all, that's what counts, whether you actually run or speed-walk. Hopefully things like this, learning the bodhrán, and re-connecting with Potter will fill up your empty well of inspiration. I'm sure it doesn't take much for you to overflow. :)

    Have a wonderful week, Jaime!

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    1. Sarah J. Maas' books are fantastic! I especially love that Celaena is a kick butt heroine, but she's also girly and wants girly things. Not sure that's something you'll appreciate, but I liked that aspect better than Katsa's sort of kick butt only character in GRACELING. (Though, I absolutely loved GRACELING.)

      I felt pretty happy with myself after completing that 10K, even if it was speedwalking. Though, my body hated me the next day lol. :P It marked the start of my attempt to get into shape finally. All of this stuff, like you say, is both helping to fill up my well of inspiration, but also reminding me that there is life outside of writing and blogging and social media and, and, and... It's been great and it's also shifted my perspective a little bit. I'm not giving up writing, but I'm remembering to have a life as well. It's like Dumbledore said: "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." Hear hear! Hope you have a great week, Colin! :D

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  14. There is pumpkin chai tea??? I have to hunt that down--it sounds delicious! And I can't wait to read Crown of Midnight, but my TBR pile is getting overwhelmingly long right now. Such a tough problem to have. :)

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    1. There is indeed a pumpkin chai tea that DAVIDsTEA puts out, and it's awesome! The best part: it actually has pumpkin/squash in it, which most so-called pumpkin teas don't. Yum! CROWN OF MIDNIGHT is definitely worth bumping up the pile. I'm really enjoying it right now. :-)

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  15. Crown of Midnight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am so glad you are loving it. Oh gosh. I am reliving the feels.

    I am very impressed with you for running. I'm doing a Fun Run, only a 5k, I don't know why I'm whining so much. I too want fall to come, but in Texas that always seems like a distant, unrealistic dream that will never come true, until finally it does and then it's over quickly.

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    1. I know!!!!!!!!!!! I just read THE PART yesterday that I was hoping for, and was not disappointed. Lots of squees around here. ;-) I love that Celaena is kickass, but I also love that she's girlie too. Seriously, Sarah J. Maas is way up there on my list of fave authors.

      I actually only walked the 10K, but man was that good exercise. My body hated me the next day a lot. I would love to be able to actually run it next year, though. This event kicked off my attempt to get myself into shape finally. I'm happy to report that fall arrived today. It's grey, rainy, and chilly. PERFECT! :D

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    2. I know which part you mean, and yes, boy did it deliver. I actually cried at the birthday part, and felt very silly. I just, I feel really excited for you, and also sad for you, that you are still reading because it's kind of a roller coaster from then on. SJM is brilliant and I adore her.

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  16. I am also reading CROWN OF MIDNIGHT and holy cow, the library scene where she goes exploring and finds that passage just BLEW me away. I think she's getting better with each book. And a big YES to pumpkin chai tea! I always know it's fall when the pumpkin beverages start coming out :)

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    1. CROWN OF MIDNIGHT is blowing me away for a whole variety of awesome reasons. It's so good! Sarah J. Maas is one of my favourite authors, hands down. As for pumpkin-y stuff: I need more of it in my life. I'm pretty sure I have some canned pumpkin kicking around, so I can totally make that happen. :-)

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  17. I'm dying to read Crown of Midnight,I've heard so many wonderful things and it seems to have avoided the 2nd book slump. I haven't gotten much written either, but have been thinking about it, so that counts, right? Why have I not heard of Terry Fox before? What an truly inspirational story. Hope you have a great week and maybe find time to write, but if not, no biggie.

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    1. It's so, so good! It definitely dodged the second book slump. In fact, in many ways it's better than THRONE OF GLASS, I think. Thinking about your writing definitely counts, in my opinion. I know that's where ideas are born, where problems are sorted out before sitting down and actually typing them all up.

      Terry Fox is a Canadian hero, so we all know about him, but there are Terry Fox Runs held all over the world every September. Word is starting to spread, which is a good thing, because he's such an inspiration, and it's such a great cause!

      Have a great week, Prerna! :-)

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  18. Good luck learning the bodhran. That looks like a fun instrument to play. Also a great alternative creative outlet that may help get the creativity juices flowing so you can get back to writing.

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    1. It really does look fun. It's a lot louder than I was expecting. Yet another instrument I'll have to practice in my basement so as not to annoy the neighbours. :/ Ah well. Hopefully, I'll take to it. You're so right about creative outlets helping get the creativity juices flowing. Here's hoping it works! :-)

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  19. I admire anyone who can participate in a marathon even when they have problems health-wise. I just can't do it. I haven't got the will or determination to train and take part. I'd be a total wimp. So congrats for going for it, even if you speedwalked. I couldn't even do that. :)

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    1. Oh, me too. My brother-in-law runs marathons and just the thought of doing it myself exhausts me. Terry Fox is truly inspiring. The 10K speedwalk was challenging enough! But I'm using this to spur me on to getting in shape and maybe even to be able to run next year in the Terry Fox Run. We'll see. :-)

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  20. *gulp* Not writing? How do you survive? Do you need a blood donation or something to get moving again?

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    1. I waffle back and forth between feeling bothered by the whole thing and feeling happy that I'm living life and not strapped to a chair writing. It's weird, I know. I think I'll get back into it soon. I *want* to get back into it, but I also want to find more balance, you know? We'll see how that all works out. :-)

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  21. CROWN OF MIDNIGHT is my What I'm Reading Now book, too. I'm dying to open it, but I'm saving it for Saturday, when I can read it front to back without interruption. I can only hope it's a stormy day with torrential downpours, thunder, and lightening.

    Oh, and my husband just go the Harry Potter audiobooks, so I'm going to read from my books along with him. I can't wait for us to start. :)

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    1. Oooo, a stormy day would be perfect for reading this book! Crossing my fingers that's what you end up with. Actually, I want that here too now that you mention it. It's rainy and grey today, so I'm pretty happy about that. :-) You'll love CROWN OF MIDNIGHT!

      That's so cool that you and your hubby are basically doing the same thing with HP that my hubby and I are doing. :-) Are they the Stephen Fry narrated audiobooks? Those are awesome!

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  22. Throne of Glass is in my TBR pile :D I'm looking forward to it!

    My dad has a bodhran but he can't play it :P It looks very nice though ;)

    What an inspirational story. Wow. It's amazing what the human body is capable of.

    Have a fantastic week!

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    1. You're in for a treat with Sarah J. Maas' books. Seriously! And Book 2 does not suffer for a moment from Saggy Middle Book Syndrome. You know, I was thinking the the bodhrán will look nice on my wall if I can't actually play it. :P We'll see. Obviously, I'm hoping to be able to pick it up. Hope you have a great week, Cole! :-)

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  23. Crown of Midnight is amazing! Hope you get your inspiration back soon! :)

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    1. I'm really enjoying it! I hope the inspiration comes back soon, too. I'd really like to get back to writing, but I don't want to force it. :-)

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  24. I'm reading CoM right now too, but I'm Team Dorian (but not necessarily in a with Celaena way. More like in a I LOVE YOU, DARLING BOY kind of way) though Chaol's nice too. It is an addictive read. I just finished QUINTANA OF CHARYN too which was an absolutely perfect way to end a great trilogy. Gaaah, so good!

    My poetry writing kick ran out too, but I suppose 3 poems in about a week is pretty good, right? Well, more like 2.5 poems since that rhyming poem I started is still unfinished. Here's to hoping both of us get our writing motivation back (though breaks are nice too!).

    Very cool about your drumming and running/walking! I was going to the gym pretty regularly for a while but dropped out of the habit. I need to get back into the whole exercise thing too. Let's be healthier together! :)

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    1. I'm totally Team Chaol. Love that guy! He's especially awesome in this book. :-) Three poems in a week is pretty great, Alice. And I echo your comment: I hope we both get our motivation back. I totally dropped the ball today exercise- and diet-wise. I didn't work out and we had pizza for supper. :/ Ah well. Tomorrow is another day, right?

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  25. I cannot wait to read CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. I absolutely loved the first one in the series. LOVED. She's such a great writer. Speaking of ... Have you checked out The Starkillers Cycle? I've only read the first couple of chapters, but I thought it was really good. http://thestarkillerscycle.tumblr.com/

    And you're Irish! How did I not know that? I totally thought you were Scottish. :) I'm Irish too. Big shocker with a name like Gallagher. ;)

    Good luck with the writing. Perhaps all of this healthy exercise will get your creative juices flowing! Have a great week, Jaime!

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    1. CoM is so good, Bridgid! Or at least it is so far. I'm still not done it yet. Sarah J. Maas has quickly become one of my favourite authors. I started reading the first little bit of the Starkillers Cycle, but I'm WAY behind now. The part I read I definitely enjoyed, though.

      We're mostly Irish with English, Scottish, French, and Algonquin mixed in. I wish we were more Scottish than we are, but Irish is pretty cool, too. And I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that you were Irish too with that first and last name. ;-)

      I really hope any number of things--the fall weather, exercise, all of the reading I've been doing--will help me start feeling creative again. Fingers crossed! Have a wonderful week, Bridgid! :-)

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  26. I've not been writing much lately either, so I totally understand your current state. I've been reading some non-fiction as research for an idea I'm brainstorming, and I'm feeling a bit more inspired. I'm nervous about writing this new idea because it'll be a challenge, but I need to just dive in! In the meantime, it's been nice not to focus on writing so much, though I do want to get back to it.

    Pumpkin chai tea sounds incredible! I must get some.

    You're making me want to re-read Harry Potter again! I've heard so many good things about the audio versions. I definitely want to listen to those versions at some point. :)

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    1. I told myself that once September hit I'd jump back into writing, but that hasn't happened yet. I think it's because it still feels like summer most days. Though today was grey, rainy, and chilly. Perfect writing and reading weather. I'm very curious about your new idea! Honestly, sometimes I think researching an idea is one of the most fun parts of a new project.

      The pumpkin chai tea is every bit as incredible as it sounds. I agree: you must get some!

      And you should definitely reread Harry Potter again! This is the perfect time of year to do so. Something about the series just feels so autumnish. It's probably the pumpkin juice and the fact that each book starts with a new school year. I'm thoroughly enjoying it all over again! :-)

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  27. Ooh, Terry Fox is TOTALLY inspiring. Thanks for sharing his story -- so fascinating. So, I feel like everyone is reading CROWN OF MIDNIGHT this week. I have THRONE OF GLASS, but I've yet to read it. Terrible, I know, because I've heard it's amazing. I've decided to read all contemporary during the month of September (I have no idea why), but perhaps I'll crack it open in October. I hate knowing that I'm missing out on something great. Also, I second what Ghenet said: You're making me want to do a Harry Potter reread too!

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    1. Terry Fox is my favourite Canadian by far. His story never fails to inspire me and to give me much needed perspective. Everyone pretty much is reading CROWN OF MIDNIGHT this week. And those that aren't are reading THE DREAM THIEVES. That will probably be one of my next reads. Sarah J. Maas is an awesome author and I think you'll like her stuff. Lots of swoon to be had, I assure you! (I know how much you love the swoon. I do too!) I've kind of wanted to do a month of all contemporary on purpose. I might have to plan to do that soon. There are so many I need to get caught up on! I already know that November is a no-go because I've decided I'm staring THE SCORPIO RACES again and finishing it this time. It's about time! And there might be some November Cakes happening too... ;-)

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  28. Pumkin Chai tea you say? Sounds yummy but I don't know if I trust it! I actually prefer Teavana to David's Tea... but I don't buy either. Teavana just has better samples.

    Harry Potter was so much fun to read! I don't know if I'll give it a second read, though. I remember a lot of what I read and rarely read the same thing twice (or watch the same movie twice). Would love to wear one of those long scarves! I've been wanting my son to be Harry Potter for years now on Halloween and have my husband and I be his parents (Or go as another couple from Harry Potter). I'm not into dressing like people in movies so I'd want to get all my ideas from the books and come up with costumes from that. I really need to learn to sew!

    One of these days I'm going to be your favorite Canadian... or at least in the top 10 cause Terry Fox is pretty cool. Probably should complete my citizenship if I'm officially going to compete. I can live with being an unofficial top 10 as well.

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  29. I just watched the video and, WOW!, what an incredible individual!

    And nice work on speed walking a 10k! I bet you were really sore the next day =) I did a 10k a couple years ago, and I felt so great after it. The next day I woke up and felt like a train ran me over.

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  30. Congrats on the run for a good cause! I love going back to read books I've already read and loved. Sometimes I go to read just one little part that was on my mind and find myself skimming or re-reading entire sections and oppps there goes my day lol I hope you get your creative well refilled soon

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  31. Hey, sounds like you've got some great stuff going on! Hope you enjoy going through Harry Potter again.

    And thank you for hosting the blogfest. I finally got around to posting something for it this week.

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  32. You have been busy! I wish I could run. I"m not a runner at all!

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  33. I think we get so busy we forget that life is where we get most of our inspiration from. How can I come up with new ideas if I stay locked away from everyone and everything? I'm glad you're taking the time to just live your life.

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