February 12, 2014

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 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

I haven't been getting in as much reading time as I would like lately, but I did finish The Burning Sky, which I got totally sucked into and now I'm a handful of chapters into Cress. Honestly, all I want is a big block of time to sit down and devour this book.

WHAT I'M WRITING
Nothing, unfortunately. I did a lot of thinking about my WiPs this week and talking it all over with my husband, but other than that I really didn't get in any brainstorming or anything else really. Such is life, right? I blame barfing for two days straight and watching the Olympics for the lack of time and focus. And, of course, having my husband home finally after three weeks away.

I love Team Canada's Olympic gear.
It looks great and doesn't cost $500.
#GoCanadaGo #WeAreWinter
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Excellence in sport. The way people from around the world come together and put aside our differences to cheer on our amazingly skilled and talented athletes. I honestly cannot get enough of the Winter Olympics. It helps that Canada is doing really well right now too! I also love hearing all the stories about athletes overcoming huge adversity--injury, lack of funding, personal hardship--in order to compete at the Games. So unbelievably inspiring!

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Watching all of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics I can possibly squeeze in. I will always love the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics above all, but I thought Sochi put on a great (albeit rosier than reality) show at their opening ceremonies. Ballet! Tolstoy! Good stuff.

Fighting off a migraine that knocked me flat and made me puke for two straight days. Ugh.


Babysitting, playing on my brand new Andante snare drum for band practice (it's amazing), going on dinner dates with my hubby (we saw the Lego movie the other night too), and staying in out of the -35C (-31F) wind chill. Basically, aside from the days spent barfing, the complete lack of writing, and the chilly weather, everything is awesome.




SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?


53 comments:

  1. I still haven't gotten around to ordering a copy of CRESS. Don't know what's wrong with me. I suppose I should do that asap and it might be here by the time I finish INTO THE STILL BLUE.

    And I'm with you on Vancouver 2010. We have Trev's torch set up in the living room right now, complete with the original soot on it. Can't believe that's four years ago already! I'm feeling the need to cue up some Nikki Yanofsky...

    Did you guys enjoy the Lego movie? Liam said it was pretty funny. We couldn't believe how many kids were there to see it on Sunday when we came out of Shadow Recruit. I'd never seen it so packed! Anyway, have a great week and let me know when you want to talk writing next. :)

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    1. I have not spent nearly enough time getting into CRESS these past few days. For whatever reason, I've been sidetracked time and time again. I know once I really sit down with it I'll probably lose several hours at a time. I hope you love INTO THE STILL BLUE as much as I did. I'm pretty confident that you will. I mean, really. It's hard to go wrong with Perry and Roar. ;-)

      I really miss the Nikki Yanofsky song, not gonna lie. I feel like the CBC coverage is seriously lacklustre. That aside, I've really been enjoying watching as many of the sports as I can. I would be super happy if my duffel coat showed up before these Games are done.

      I enjoyed the Lego movie, though I wouldn't say it was amazing as everyone was saying. I also felt like it was very much geared toward adults and maybe not so much kids. Though, that's not to say it isn't kid-friendly. I'd really like to see Shadow Recruit for a bunch of reasons, but a big one is Chris Pine. Love that guy.

      We'll definitely have to talk writing really soon. I'm not sure when Todd heads back to work, but I don't think this will be a long stint at home. And he might not mind if I Skype while he's doing other things anyway. We'll touch base for sure. :-)

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  2. Sorry to hear you've been ill. Haven't the Olympics been cool?! I mean, it's no London 2012, but it's still amazing* ;) And Canada are doing so well.

    *forever biased ;)

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    1. Well, I feel a million times better now, so that's good. That at least gets rid of one hurdle, anyway. The Olympics have been cool and totally inspiring. These people never cease to amaze me. I think we will all be forever biased about our home Olympics. I would lay money on it that the Russians are so, so proud of how the Sochi Games are going. There's nothing quite like hosting the Olympics to boost national pride, is there? :-)

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  3. Hiya

    Hope you are feeling much better. Taking time out to talk out your WIP ideas is a great way. Brainstorming in my opinion is such a great tool. I have been loving the Olympics too, especially the Pairs Ice Skating. Have a great week.

    Angel

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    1. I'm feeling WAY better, thank goodness.
      I always find that talking out my stories helps me sort out so many problems and come up with great ideas. Thankfully, I have a sister and husband who make wonderful sounding boards. ;-) Have a great week, Angel!

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  4. Sorry to hear about the migraine and the puking! That sucks. I hope you feel better now. I can relate about the Olympics. I've been spending more time than I should watching but, hey, they only happen once every four years! Have a great week.

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    1. I definitely feel a million times better now. I did feel kind of bad about not getting around to the WUW posts until the weekend, though. Better late than never, right? One thing I'm finding I actually love about the Olympics being in Sochi is that most of the live events are done and over by noon or 1pm my time, so I can get on with my day without feeling like I'm missing anything. When we hosted the Games in Canada I watched them from morning until night lol. (That was pretty darn awesome, though!) Have a great week, Kitty!

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  5. Sorry you've been sick, that's miserable. Hope you're better now. I've only been able to catch highlights of the Winter Olympics but it's so inspiring watching all those people live their dreams.
    Have great week and I hope you find some time to read Cress :D

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    1. I don't often get sick, but when I do I honestly want to die. Thank goodness that's done and over with lol. I've been able to squeeze in a fair amount of Olympics coverage, but it has been nice to do that in the morning and then do other things the rest of the day. You're so right about how inspiring it is.
      I'm hoping to get to CRESS today or tomorrow at the very latest. I can't believe it's taken me this long! Have a wonderful week, Alexa!

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  6. Yuck to migraines - glad you're better. And that "everything is awesome." That movie looks so amusing.

    I've had the Olympics on in the background. Half the sports, with the flipping while a million feet in the air while strapped to boards and the hurtling down ice slides face-first, make me so nervous I can't pay full attention otherwise I'm gasping/shrieking all over the place.

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. I don't often get sick, but when I do...eek. It's nice to be feeling this much better.
      Someone was commenting on Twitter about just how dangerous Winter Olympic sports are, as evidenced by all of the helmets. No kidding! I honestly could not handle even attempting some of these sports even once lol. I would probably die of fright halfway down a ski jump.

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  7. OK, so with hubby home, barfing, and the Winter Olympics, I think you can have a pass on not getting much writing done this week. Oh, and reading CRESS. I'm sure once I get stuck into that book, not much else will happen for a day or two. :) I've caught some of the Olympics, and it is inspiring to see these athletes compete. They put so much discipline and dedication into their sports, and the reward is to be listed among the best in the world. That certainly gives us all something to think about.

    I hope you're feeling better, and that you have a wonderful week, Jaime! Stay warm!! :)

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    1. I still haven't really gotten to CRESS and it's killing me. Killing me! I'm hoping to get to it today or tomorrow at the very latest. I know once I really get started I'm going to lose several hours to this thing. I totally agree with what you've said about Olympic athletes and the inspiration it provides us to push on as writers. With determination and hard work we can accomplish a lot!

      I'm feeling tons better and am eager to get going on some writing again!

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  8. Sorry you've been so sick, Jaime! You get an automatic pass to disregard pretty much everything else in life when a stomach bug is involved, I think. Hope you're all better now! <3

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    1. Well, thankfully it wasn't a stomach bug and just a migraine, so I wasn't contagious or anything. (Just a migraine? Ha! :P) I don't often get sick, but when I do it's pretty terrible. Now that I'm feeling better I'm eager to get writing and reading CRESS!

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  9. Sorry you've been sick, Jaime, but I'm so glad you hear that you're feeling better. Yay for your husband being home again! I hope you guys get to spend lots of time together and do some fun stuff. Also, I hope you're writing brainstorming continues to go well. I have a feeling that once you sit down to actually start writing, the words are just going to come flying out. Have a wonderful week, friend!

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    1. Thanks, Katy. Now that I'm feeling better I'm eager to get working on writing. I have some great ideas that I'd like to get down. I think sometimes just talking out ideas is a great way of resolving story issues and coming up with new ideas. Thank goodness for my hubby and my sister! It just means once I get going I'll have lots to work with. Have a great week, Katy!

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  10. Oofa. Sorry you're not feeling great. Is Cress part of the series that begins with Cinder? Or am I thinking of something else?

    Yes, you have my permission to just chill out and watch the Olympics. We all need some downtime now and again!

    Feel better soon!

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    1. Well, I feel a million times better now, thank goodness. I actually feel like getting stuff done now. CRESS is the third book in the CINDER series. I love this series, so I'm eager to really get into CRESS.
      I've been watching a lot of the Olympics coverage live, so it's nice that it's all pretty much done by noon. It allows me to get on with other things from that point on. I love watching the Games, but I do need to get other things done! :-)

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  11. Ohhh, sorry to hear about your migraine. :( :(

    It seems like every time life hits me with things that keep me from writing, I have to learn all over again to be reasonable and forgive myself for being human. You're probably better than I am at dealing with this, but just in case: it's okay!!! Focus on feeling better and enjoying having your husband home again. :)

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    1. I feel much better now, so that's good. :-)
      I do tend to beat myself up a bit for getting sidetracked from writing, no matter how legitimate the reason. Which is kind of ridiculous when you can't stop throwing up lol. Now that I'm feeling better, I'm definitely ready to get doing stuff again, namely writing!

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  12. Hope you feel better soon! I don't normally watch sporting events but I'm enjoying the Winter Olympics. Have a great week!

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    1. I feel a million times better. Thankfully, the migraine went away and took the barf along with it lol.
      I watch hockey all the time with my husband, and I'm a big, big fan of the Winter Olympics. These are always a fun two weeks, especially when our athletes are doing so well. :-)

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  13. I don't know if it's because I'm from a country where there's no snow so all of the sports featured on the Winter Olympics don't exist in Brazil, but I'm not watching it ... I should though, because I do like skating and skiing, and I think everything is really pretty.
    Sorry you were sick. I have bad migraines here and there, but never to the point of throwing up, thank goodness. Sorry that you had to go through that :(
    How was the Lego movie? I'm considering taking my daughter to watch it ...

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    1. Brazil actually has a delegation of 12 athletes in these Games, which is bigger than some of the teams from other countries. Mostly in skiing and bobsledding. I think a lot of the athletes from warmer countries train in colder countries. I guess Brazil has been sending athletes to the Winter Olympics since 1992! I definitely love the skating events the best. Well, and hockey, of course. (I am Canadian after all lol.)
      The migraine + vomiting combo is a fairly recent thing for me, and I really wish it wouldn't happen again. Eek. So terrible! Thankfully I'm feeling much, much better now.
      I enjoyed the Lego movie, but in a lot of ways I feel like it was geared more toward adults than kids, though it's definitely kid-friendly. I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure I loved it as much as some people. :-)

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  14. I heard the Lego movie was awesome. I haven't been to a movie in months--I'm such a shut in, I watch TV at home and write! I'd like to see that one in the theater.

    I'm also consuming mass quanitities of Olympics. The Canadians nailed it in women's snowboarding, that was fun to watch.

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    1. It was pretty fun, and while I really enjoyed it, I don't know if I loved it nearly as much as everyone else seemed to. There were definitely some really funny parts, though. I don't remember what the last movie was that I saw in the theatre before this one. The 2nd Hobbit movie maybe? I really should get out more lol.
      I'm totally enjoying the Olympics coverage. So many great stories and awesome records/performances. Love it! I didn't get to watch much of the women's snowboarding, unfortunately. We recorded the women's USA/Canada hockey game and watched that instead. Can't wait to watch more!

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  15. Sorry you had to suffer through a migraine, I get them every now and then and they're never fun, especially when you get the sickness with it.
    I was watching the ice skating the other day, I think it's amazing what they can do. It's always fascinating to watch.

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    1. I never used to get extreme nausea with migraines, so I'm not loving this development. So terrible! I'm just glad it's gone now.
      I'm completely amazed by the skaters as well. I'm especially looking forward to watching more ice dancing. All of these athletes completely amaze me. :-)

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  16. I've been loving the Olympics too- they're so inspiring!
    Sorry you've been sick, that sucks! :(

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    1. It's so great to know that so many Canadians are collectively cheering on our athletes. All of this makes me super proud to be Canadian. My brother-in-law was a torchbearer for the 2010 Olympics, which was awesome because we're all huge fans.
      I feel a million times better now, but it was super terrible feeling like that. Eek.

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  17. I've been watching a lot of Olympics, too! It's addicting! :)

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    1. It's definitely addicting! Thankfully, since most of our coverage in Canada is live, it's over by around noon, so I can get on with my day. Otherwise I think I'd be glued to the TV all day like I was during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. :-)

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  18. The Vancouver games were an hour away from me, but alas, everything was too expensive for a college junior's budget. It was nice actually getting to watch things live for once, though ;D I haven't been watching too much this time, though, mostly because my roommates are always already using the TV and they couldn't care less about the Olympics. Boo :( (The only reason they weren't able to overrule me during football season was because they knew I would kill them in their sleep if they didn't let me watch the Seahawks. They're both soccer-and-only-soccer people.)

    Migraines are lame. Hopefully you don't have another one for a really, really long time.

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    1. I was living in Saskatchewan during the 2010 Games, but I would have LOVED to attend them. That would be hard to be so close but unable to attend. My brother-in-law was a torchbearer, so we were all pretty glued to the TV for the entire two weeks. Of course, a lot of that had to do with the fact the Games were on home soil. There's nothing quite like that! I'm glad you got to watch your Seahawks play (and win!). That would have been a MAJOR bummer to miss that. I don't get the soccer thing. I've never been a fan lol.
      I really have to agree about the lameness of migraines. And, of course, I also hope I don't have another one for a reallllllly long time. ;-)

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  19. Barfing for two days sounds like no fun :( Hope you're doing much better. Athletes are so inspiring! Watching all the ice skating routines and various skiiting and snow boarding puts me to shame. They are so talented. Keep on enjoying the Olympics and get to writing when you feel up to it.

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    1. Definitely no fun. O_o Thankfully I feel much, much better now. And I'm feeling ready to get some writing in.
      I'm totally inspired by these athletes and their stories. They completely amaze me! :-)

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  20. I agree on the winter olympics being a source of tremendous inspiration. It is such a perfect reminder of what the human spirit is capable of with dedication and practice. I'm sure they have natural talent too, but it's the level of dedication and persistent practice that makes the difference in putting them at the top of their game. The same principle applies to anything, I imagine, including writing!

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    1. You are so right about how this is inspiring to people like us--writers! It really does make me want to buckle down and really push myself on to great things with my writing. I'm enjoying them because they're great to watch, but the inspiration is also a big draw for me too. :-)

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  21. I have had Cress on my TBR pile for AGES. AGES. After hearing everyone else talk about it, I'm waiting for a time when I can take a day and devour it :-D

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    1. Oh, me too! I'm shocked that I haven't completely devoured this book already. I think I do that sometimes because the sooner I read it, the sooner it's over and done with. Does that make sense? I'm definitely hoping to get reading it ASAP. :-)

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  22. Sorry you've been sick. I hope you feel all better soon. You don't have to be better enough to do chores or anything, just better enough to lay on the couch and read CRESS. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Kate. I actually feel a million times better now, so that's good. And I like the way you think. Better enough to read, but not better enough to tackle housework lol. Hope you have a great week too!

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  23. Ooh, CRESS look soooo good. I can't wait to read it. I'm sorry to hear about the barfing and migraines. Booo. That's no fun at all. I hope you're back to 100% soon.

    I love watching the Olympics, but I haven't watched much this year. I'll have to fix that. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. I've been waiting to read this one for ages, and yet I'm not managing to squeeze it into my day. Boo. Must do that soon! I'm feeling much, much better, so that's good. The worst part about being sick with a migraine is that the last thing you feel like doing is reading. The very thought of trying to read words on a page made my head spin. Eek.
      Have a wonderful week, Bridgid! :-)

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  24. I use to love watching the winter olympics but the little peninsula I live on has horrible tv reception and I refuse to pay for cable just to get the local channels... so, I haven't been able to watch them this year.
    I hope you feel better. I had a migraine like that last month. They are horrible and its hard to be creative when it hurts to think or look at a computer screen.
    The Lego movie looks fun :) My husband is hoping to take our oldest son to go see it. He is crazy about Legos.

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    1. That's too bad the reception isn't better where you live so you can watch the Olympics. I think some of it might be online, but I'm not sure about that.
      I feel much, much better, so that's good. I'm eager to get working on my story again, though I'm not sure when that will happen given the other distractions around here. At least I can keep brainstorming here and there while I'm doing other things. :-)

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  25. Lego movie!!!
    We've been singing, "Everything is Awesome" all week now. It still hasn't gotten old :D

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  26. Canada is doing really well in the Olympics, which I'm perfectly fine with. As long as one of the North America countries takes it all I'll be happy :)

    Sorry to hear you weren't feeling too well. That's horrible. I really want to see the Lego movie though. It looks so good. Even though I have no kids to take with me to see it.

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  27. Wow. I hope you feel better soon! Canada is kicking booty at the Olympics. I'm claiming them as fellow North Americans too!

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  28. I have been trying to comment, but I just got a new computer and it is hard to get used to. I hope that I haven't posted a million times!

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  29. Of course, it publishes the stupid comment. At least, it's working! Happy Wednesday!

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