February 19, 2014

What's Up Wednesday: Fun Mail + Revisions FTW!


What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop to connect with other folks on this writing journey. With that aim in mind, if you would like 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.

For those of you who are new to WUW, here are the headings we use:

WHAT I'M READING
WHAT I'M WRITING
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO


Welcome, and thank you for joining us!




WHAT I'M READING
As I'm typing up and scheduling this post, I'm exactly 25 pages from the end of Cress. I know, I know. Why didn't I just finish the thing first? I guess I'm a sucker for punishment or something. Such a good book, but that was not at all a surprise. After this, I'll be moving on to Rebecca Behrens' When Audrey Met Alice, which arrived in the mail this week and made me grin like a bit of a fool. I had the privilege of meeting Rebecca a year ago at the SCBWI conference in New York, and she's as wonderful as I fully anticipate this book is going to be.


WHAT I'M WRITING

Thanks to a flood of completely WiP-altering ideas and a super constructive Skype chat with my sister, I've begun tackling a revision of that erstwhile dead-in-the-water story I yammered on about a few weeks back.* I think sometimes the decision to let something go is exactly what's needed to breathe life back into it. Who knew? Needless to say, I'm thrilled at all the possibilities.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
{see above}

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Watching Olympics, jotting down revision ideas as they pop into my head {which, thankfully, is a lot these days}, binge-watching Netflix shows {Damages, Archer, and World Without End}, attending a Valentine's ceilidh, babysitting, eating half a container of green apple Tic Tacs in one sitting {but they were so darn tasty}, and receiving fun stuff in the mail {an HBC duffle coat as seen on Team Canada's Olympians at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Games and some fun writer socks from ModCloth}.


Too bad we're having surprisingly nice weather again, making it a bit warm to actually wear the coat right now.

SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU, FRIENDS?


* My opinion hasn't changed about similarities between books, but fortunately I've come up with a bunch of really solid ideas to differentiate my story from OTHER STORY.


52 comments:

  1. I'm glad you found a new wave of inspiration for your WiP. And I love those writing socks! I want a pair. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Kate! This wave of inspiration has been a long time coming. Hope you have a great week, too!

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  2. Well, you already know I love Canada's Olympic coats this year. I'd be tempted to get one if I didn't look so horrid in red. I know it'll totally suit you though. I have to say, our Olympians look spiffy every Olympics. Shouldn't we get a medal for that?

    I think I might have to read CRESS as soon as I'm done INTO THE STILL BLUE. I'm glad you're liking it so far. My copy of WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE should be in the mail and on its way to my house right now, along with a few other books I ordered recently.

    I'm excited that the ideas have been flowing since our Skype chat. I think once you can figure out how to weave all these new plot developments together your story is going to be even more awesome than it was before. :)

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    1. Love the coat. I just wish it had come with the Olympic patch already sewn on. It's super tricky stitching it on the arm. It's actually a more vibrant red than I was expecting, but I like it. And we should definitely medal for awesome apparel, in my opinion.

      Definitely read CRESS next. It was really good! I was not disappointed at all. She's just so good at plotting her books and creating interesting characters.

      I talked to Todd a bit about some of these new story ideas and I think he likes them. You and I will have to have another chat soon. :-)

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  3. Those socks are awesome! I love them :D

    Giving things time to settle before attacking them with gusto always seems like the right thing to do. Enjoy the revisions!

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    1. I definitely love the socks, and they came on a day when I finally buckled down and worked on my story. Perfect! :-)

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  4. I love those socks :-) So happy that the ideas are flowing and that you're back on this WiP :-) You know how much I love it! WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE is amazing! Happy reading and have a great day, Jaime!

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    1. Thanks, Elodie. :-) When I saw them I couldn't resist buying them. It's funny because so much has changed in WoN, it's very different than the version you read. Same characters though, so that's good! Have a great week, Elodie!

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  5. Gad the writing is back on track! Adorable coat and socks. :)

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    1. Thanks, Emma! I think I'll have to wear the socks to inspire me to get writing more. ;-)

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  6. How exciting to have new life breathed into an old idea! And those socks are awesome. :) Have a great week!

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    1. Exciting and a massive relief, because I've been working on this story for the better part of three years. I'd hate to shelf it for good. I'm hoping the new ideas really work, but we'll have to see. Maybe wearing the new socks will inspire even better ideas. ;-)

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  7. Sometimes letting a MS go is the best way to breathe new life into it - so true! I find if I let go of the pressure to fix something, the solution arrives in its own time. Best of luck with it! :)

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    1. Maybe it's just freeing up your brain to think about something else that actually makes the ideas flow for the first idea. I guess it removes some of the stress and pressure. Whatever the case, I'm glad it's not shelved for good!

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  8. Cool--I'm glad you're enjoying CRESS. I'm really looking forward to reading it, so it's good to hear it lives up to my expectations. :) And how awesome it is that your WIP has been given a new lease of life--snatched from the clutches of the writerly back-burner! I hope your rekindled enthusiasm translates into lots of great words and ideas on the page this week, Jaime. :)

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    1. Finished CRESS and it was every bit as good as I was hoping it would be. I don't think you'll be disappointed. As for the WiP, I'm thrilled to no end that this story I've been working on for about 3 years now is not actually dead. What a relief! I hope the ideas continue to flow and I can fix this thing once and for all!

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  9. Super cute coat and socks!

    You and Erin make me wish I had a sister! But don't tell my brothers that ;)

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I think maybe I shouldn't complained about the weather being too warm to wear the coat, because today it snowed like crazy lol. At least I get to wear it now, right?

      Having a sister is definitely great. I wish you had one too! Though, your brothers sound pretty great too.

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  10. Those socks are too cute! I've been watching the Olympics and binge-watching shows on Netflix (if political intrigue is something you like, I highly recommend House of Cards) this week, too.
    Thanks for the kind words :)

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    1. I'm trying to get into House of Cards, but it's hard to root for the MCs lol. I haven't given up on it yet. I expect I'll probably get sucked in in the end. ;-)

      And...I'm just about to crack open your book. Can't wait!

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  11. LOVE those socks! And good luck with the revisions you're diving into! I'm glad you're seeing lots of possibilities for it now. :) Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Kaitlin! I'm hoping the socks will provide writing inspiration lol. Well, at least I can wear them while I'm writing and feel like a real writer. Have a great week!

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  12. I so excited to hear that you're back to revising! I hope it goes well for you, and that you're able to address all the things you want. I have a feeling you're going to love WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE. So completely charming! And your new socks... so cute! Have an awesome week, Jaime!

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    1. I'll admit, it's tough getting back into the swing of things, but it definitely helps that I have some solid ideas to fix this mess of a WiP. I've been working on it for about 3 years now, so I really didn't want to pack it in. Thankfully, it has been given a reprieve. ;-) I'm about to crack open Rebecca's book right before bed, and I can't wait! Hope your week is wonderful, Katy!

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  13. I'm so happy that your shelved story is now getting a makeover. I think you're right, that sometimes letting go & letting things sit, is a great way to get some new perspective on a story. So go team you!! (That's my Olympic reference right there.)

    Also, I LOVE the socks!

    Hope your week is amazing and full of loveliness! :)

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    1. Me too! I really didn't want to shelf this thing, especially after working on it for three years now. I think I just freed up my mind a bit when I decided to let it go, which took off some of the pressure to fix it. I really hope these ideas pan out. Maybe the socks will spur me on to great revising sessions. ;-) Hope your week is amazing too, Kris!

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  14. Good luck with your WIP! Sometimes a little break and re-evaluation of where a story is going is the best thing for it.

    I love those typewriter socks!

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    1. Thanks, Carrie-Anne! Breaks are pretty much necessary when working on a WiP. I think we sometimes get too close to a story and can't see how to fix its problems. I'm hoping these ideas pan out!

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  15. I'm one of those readers that can't stop until I find out what happens, so I have no idea how you can stop so close to the end! I'm glad you're getting back to revisions, that's awesome! And that it's inspiring you is even awesome-er.

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    1. When I stopped to type up this post I don't think I realized how few pages were left in the book lol. I finally finished it and wasn't disappointed. As for revisions, I need another great revising day like I had earlier this week. Here's hoping that happens soon!

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  16. Those socks are all kinds of awesome!
    I'm glad you've worked something out for the WiP. The break sounds like it's helped you a lot to figure things out. :)

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    1. Thanks, Robin! I hope the socks inspire more good ideas for this WiP lol. The time away from this story definitely helped. I think it freed up my mind and stopped me from stressing about it so much. That's always a good thing!

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  17. I love those socks, and ModCloth, and that you are working on your previously shelved MS with new excitement! I also want you to work on the fantasy idea, but you can keep it on a slow burn for now.

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    1. I love ModCloth way too much. It's too easy to go on their site and blow money. O_o I just couldn't resist the socks, though. I'm thrilled that this story isn't shelved after all. I feel like my fantasy idea will be something that takes awhile to really flesh out anyway, so I can fix up this sci-fi in the meantime!

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  18. I love the socks, haha!! :D and I've been watching the Olympics a tonnn too. too bad there's like an advert after every contestant. ._.

    oh, and good luck with your WIP!!

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    1. I love fun socks, and these were just too perfect to pass up. :-) The Canadian coverage of the Olympics hasn't been that bad for advertising, so that's a good thing. That would make me crazy! I've been multi-tasking while watching events, so that helps too.

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  19. I love that you have the Team Canada coat! I'm still trying to find some mittens and not having any luck.
    Or rather, I'm too lazy to drive into Calgary to hit up a Bay. :/

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    1. Love the coat, but didn't love that the 2014 Winter Olympics patch that is supposed to be on the arm needs to be sewn on. It came separately in a little bag. Sewing onto the arm of a wool coat is not the easiest thing in the world. Still, I love it! You should definitely get some of the mittens before they disappear!

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  20. First, I LOVE the Team Canada coat and your writer socks! Both so, so cute! (Also, it's nice your coat doesn't look like the Star-Spangled Banner barfed all over it. I mean, I think ours are cute in an ugly sweater kind of way but otherwise kind of not wearable outside of specified occasions.)

    Also, YAY for having WIP and revision breakthroughs! I definitely know what you mean about sometimes having to cut ideas (or kill your darlings) to really make a story work. Good luck with it!!

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    1. Thanks, Alice! I saw that the coats had been marked down $75 and that was an offer that was just too good to pass up! I love the Team Canada apparel they put out all the time. And the best part is that some of the proceeds go to our athletes. :-) I had to laugh about the ugly Christmas sweaters. I think they should have gone with either the American flag OR the stars and certainly not both. The overall effect was a bit "craft fair" lol.

      I'm thrilled about the WiP breakthroughs. THRILLED. It's been a long time coming. Here's hoping the inspiration continues!

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  21. That's great news about your writing. I hope it continues to go well. And those socks! I'm swooning!

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    1. Thanks, Adrianne! I'm so happy that the ideas are flowing again. Maybe the socks will inspire more good ideas!

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  22. Yay that is great news about your writing. Revision breakthroughs are the best. Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks, Angel! I'm pretty happy with these breakthroughs, especially after a long time struggling with this WiP. Hope you have a great week, too!

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  23. I love your socks! Adorbs. I love what you said about letting go breathes life into it. It's like the romantic idea of setting someone free and if they come back to you, then you really belong together ;)

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    1. I really could not resist the socks. They were just too cute to pass up! You know, I was totally thinking about the setting someone free thing when I wrote this post. It's definitely like that!

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  24. I'm so glad you've found the fire again for your WIP! Like you said, sometimes that's all you need. I've been there before.
    Love those socks! Too fun.

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    1. Me too, Kris! I was beginning to give up hope in my ability to write anything decent. Thankfully, this has given me the motivation I needed to get writing/revising again. The socks were just too darn cute to pass up! :-)

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  25. Glad you found some inspiration for your WIP, it always seems to happen that way for me, too; if I think about putting something aside, or even giving up on it, a ton of ideas flood through me.

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  26. How fun! I love that you and Erin have lots of writerly Skype chats. So, so cool. I also love that it's helped re-inspired you! Hurrah! Have a wonderful week, Jaime!

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  27. Oh my goodness when Audrey Met Alice sounds like its right up my alley! Unusual contemporary situation with a link to a historical situation. Daughter of Madame President of the United States. Must. Read. Now.

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