October 30, 2013

What's Up Wednesday





It's MOVING DAY (finally!!!), so no WUW post for me this week. 
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everybody!

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October 23, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Super Quick Edition

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! Don't forget to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post.

I don't have much to say this time around because my days have been consumed by packing boxes and fighting off migraines all week. I've had very little time to read (boo), I'm not writing (yet), can't think of a whole lot that's currently inspiring me (besides the thought of all this packing being done and moving somewhere better than our current place), and apart from the batch of cookies and the loaf that I baked during a packing break, I've been doing basically nothing but packing (or thinking about what still needs to be packed, changing our address for billing purposes, setting up utilities...fun stuff.) It's all incredibly boring this week, folks.

I hope your week has been much more exciting than mine! SO, WHAT'S NEW?



October 16, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

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! Don't forget to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post.

WHAT I'M READING
•  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Here comes super angsty Harry!!
•  I've Got Your Number (Sophie Kinsella) - Totally fun chick lit. (Just finished it.)
•  War and Peace - Yeah, I won't be done by Christmas like I had originally hoped.
•  Emerald Green (Kirsten Gier) - I'm just about to start this and I cannot wait!

WHAT I'M WRITING
Nothing yet, but come November once this move is over and done with, I will write ALL THE WORDS.* I'm not doing NaNoWriMo this year, but I plan to ride the wave of excitement/energy and use it as motivation to write and to set daily goals.


WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Somewhere in my Twitter feed sometime last week someone (Could this be any more vague?**) posted a link to an article which I cannot find because I'm a fool and forgot to favourite it. It was about adults reading YA and how this doesn't make us any less intelligent than those who strictly read adult books. I know this isn't anything new, but the article struck a chord with me as I've encountered this ignorant notion recently that more adults are reading YA because, and I quote, "people are getting dumber". (If ever there was a reason to Hulk smash another person...) The article included this very appropriate quote from C.S. Lewis:
"Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."
Basically, it was a great reminder that we shouldn't let anyone make us feel lesser for loving YA. I needed to hear that again.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
•  Packing up everything we own, which of course includes lots and lots of books. Yeah, I'm still not done packing all of them.




•  This past Monday was Thanksgiving here in Canada, and somehow turkey dinner kind of slipped through the cracks. We didn't plan ahead and then when the day arrived, it just seemed kind of pointless to do it all up for just the two of us. (Family was otherwise occupied or living far enough away to make getting together not feasible.) Needless to say, I was a bit bummed about that because I love turkey dinner. BUT, I did make us pumpkin pie, so that almost  made up for it. Okay, no it didn't. Not at all.***

•  We bought some candles from Bath & Body Works, and they smell so good! We've been lighting them every time we think of it. 

If only this blog was scratch-n-sniff.


SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?



* That was for you, Erin. (Should you happen to read this.)
** If you read that in Chandler Bing's voice, you are awesome.
*** But we did remember to be thankful for all of the good things in our lives. Just not turkey...



October 9, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

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! Don't forget to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post.

WHAT I'M READING
I haven't touched War and Peace  this week and I'm still very slowly working my way through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  and The Dream Thieves.  Erin and I had a VERY interesting chat about the latter, particularly relating to a theory we have about a certain character. I won't say anything more, but the fact that we both picked up on this is further evidence that we essentially have the same brain.

WHAT I'M WRITING
I've gotten to read and critique some writer friends' pages this week (including my CP Elodie's first fifty) and it has really given me the itch to get my butt in a chair and start writing again. Considering the fact that I'm surrounded by stacks of unpacked boxes and mountains of books and whatnot that need to go into those boxes, I'm not sure when I'll get to sit down and write. But the point is I WANT TO. I'll have to squeeze it in between packing boxes.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Purging. Well that sounded grosser than intended. Before every move I like to comb through all of the junk we've accumulated and do my best to dispose of what really needs to go. So far I've managed to get rid of tons of junk between tossing it in the trash, recycling it, or adding it to the rapidly growing donation pile. Why exactly does this inspire me, you ask? I find it sort of freeing to shed some of the excess, weed out what isn't that important. I guess it makes me feel kind of lighter in a way, ready for a fresh start, unencumbered by all the crap we totally don't need.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Besides trying to get everything in order for our move? Not a whole lot. I did get to spend time Skyping with Erin (my sister) on Monday afternoon/evening for a good chunk of time (as per usual), which was both helpful writing-wise and also highly enjoyable (as per usual). There was plenty of tea + cookies, book talk and other fun stuff. It's been awhile, so this was long overdue.

While at the grocery store, I decided I wanted a pumpkin this year despite the fact that we're moving on Halloween. (Boo. And not in a ghoulie and ghostie kinda way.) I have this idea that I'm going to actually carve it, but I'm not exactly sure when that's going to happen. Still, there's something delightfully autumnish about having a pumpkin kicking around, wouldn't you agree?

Plotting how I can turn my Sticky Date Pudding recipe from a cake into cupcakes and somehow reduce the fat in the toffee sauce that gets poured over top. I have a few ideas, so I can't wait to get experimenting. (You know, because cake is exactly what I need to be shoving in my gob.)



Oh, and this lovely new literary tee that I ordered showed up this week. I bought it from Neena Creates on Etsy, which is quickly becoming one of my favourite shops. The words are from Captain Wentworth's totally swoonworthy letter to Anne Elliot in Persuasion. I've also gotten a Jane Eyre shirt from her and it's awesome too. I've been eyeing a Robert Frost scarf in her shop, but I'm trying to exercise restraint. (Which is the only exercise I've been getting.*)


SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?




* Hardy har.


October 2, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Happy October!

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! Don't forget to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post.

WHAT I'M READING
Well, pretty much everything I was reading last week at this time. I've been weirdly busy this past week, so unfortunately reading hasn't been a priority. I'm partway through: The Dream Thieves  (How crazy it is that I've been reading this for a week now?), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and War and Peace. Though, I did manage to plow through all of Book 4 in W&P  in one sitting so there's that, I guess.

WHAT I'M WRITING
I haven't actually sat down to write just yet, but I have been mulling over necessary changes in my first WIP. For some time now the conflict has been bothering me, so I think I've maybe finally figured out what I want to amp up and what I want to downplay or remove altogether. The subject matter of this story feels especially timely in light of certain bits of news I've read, so I really want to buckle down and finish this revision once and for all. That said, now I just have to actually DO exactly that. I have some pages from writer friends to critique, so that should get me into the zone.

Autumn leaves
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Autumn; a handful of good things happening in my life (see below); reclaiming interests that I had set aside for way too long (see below); lengthy emails from my good friend and CP, Elodie; and actually feeling the tug to get writing again. I guess you could say I'm just all-around happy!

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
We're moving at the end of the month! Woohoo! For some time now, I've been growing increasingly more dissatisfied with our current digs for a variety of reasons. I've been wanting to move back to the small city that I last taught in, and we found a house to rent there. It's pretty much exactly what we were looking for, so we're very thrilled. But not about the actual moving process. Ugh. That's never a treat. Especially when you've done it as often as we have. Weird side note: I've had "Pack it up, pack it in" from House of Pain's  "Jump Around" in my head since we found out we're moving, which is fine with me because I will always love that song. (Really.)

I made a quilt! I still need to do the backing, binding, and overstitching, but apart from that I sewed a 70" x 70" quilt. I've puttered around with quilting before, but this was my first serious attempt at actually using a pattern. The fabric patterns I chose to use (Passport: old timey cameras, vintage passport stamps and travel ads, etc.) were a bit unforgiving for this style of quilt, but live and learn, right? Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out even if I can pick out all of the mistakes and imperfections in it.


My week was full of other fun stuff like Book Club (Friday night) and Pipe Band Pub Night (Saturday night), and I'm sure my days are only going to get busier from here on in. Especially since I'm hoping to start substitute teaching again once we move. Eek!

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN: WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?

P. S. Feel free to grab the Autumn WUW button in the What's Up Wednesday tab of this blog! (I was feeling a bit autumnish.☺)