February 26, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

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.

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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 just finished up The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, an adult read for the book club I take part in. As I suspected, it was only meh. It felt like someone trying way too hard to be deep, which I really kind of dislike. On a more positive note, I started reading Melissa Landers' Alienated and I can't wait to devour it. I may read the occasional adult book, but I always come back to YA.

WHAT I'M WRITING

Nothing this week, but that's because my husband was home for a handful of days and because the Olympics were wrapping up. I fully anticipate getting back to writing this week now that I have more time on my hands and less cheering on my country to do. While hubby was home, I bounced revision ideas off him and received valuable input in return. Talking it out is always the most helpful thing for me.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW

A little bit of this, a little bit of that. The fact that it's almost March is inspiring, because it means that spring is just that much closer. {You know, despite the fact that we woke up to -32C (-25F) temperature this morning and it's supposed to be like this for the foreseeable future. Ew.} It also inspires me that I have nothing major on my plate for the next little while, meaning I'll have more time to get some writing done. I've been having the worst time getting into a routine, so this gives me time to sort that out.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Olympics: I'm sure I drove the people in my Twitter feed a bit nuts this weekend will all of my Olympics-related cheering. {I'm not even a little bit sorry about that.} Canada won GOLD in men's + women's curling as well as men's + women's hockey. My favourite part of the whole Games had to be that nail-biter of a gold medal women's hockey game! It was pretty fun to see Team Canada march in for the closing ceremonies wearing the same sweater I was wearing at the time. {A Christmas gift from my husband.} We wrapped up the final day with what I'm calling a Gold Medal Canadian lunch: poutine, coffee and a maple donut from Tim Horton's, as well as Molson Canadian and Granville Island Maple Cream Ale. Sooooo not healthy, but we didn't care.


Team Canada Sochi 2014 sweater and our Gold Medal Canadian lunch {cardiac arrest waiting to happen}.

Harry Potter Exhibition: We drove an hour north to Edmonton to check out the Harry Potter Exhibition at the Telus World of Science. It's basically a travelling collection of props and costumes from the movie. This was one of the final weekends it was showing, and being the twits that we are, we headed up on a Saturday. The wait to get in was four hours long, and once we were in, I hate to say it, but I was a bit underwhelmed by it all. I know, I know. Sad but true. The gift shop was full of overpriced, poor quality merchandise {with the exception of the wands and Marauder's maps}. I might have been tempted to buy a Ravenclaw scarf, but for some bizarro reason they were sold out of that house alone. In the end, I'm glad we went because I would have felt like I missed out on something otherwise.

Pipe & Drum Band: I finally got my kit! That's pipe band speak for the uniform we wear to play in. This is a big milestone. Too bad it makes me look like I weigh twice as much and have a bad case of cankles lol. Now all I need is a flask full of some kind of adult beverage to hide in my sporran. ;-)



All in all, it was a pretty good week all around, especially having my husband home. I'm looking forward to another great week!


SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU, FRIENDS?


45 comments:

  1. Even if it does give you cankles, I love the kilt look. I also love that you are super excited about Canada winning Curling. I get the hockey thing, the woman's game was a total nail biter. But does anyone ever watch Curling outside of the Olympics? Is Curling like a real sport in Canada? Here in the US of A, Curling's only purpose is to serve as the butt of jokes. Like making your kids sweep the floor and telling them they are in training for the Olympics.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Hmm. I guess I find it a bit troubling that people would make anything culturally different (or that they find a bit odd) the butt of jokes. Curling is really popular in Canada and, as evidenced by the sport having a place in the Olympics, in other countries around the world. There were twelve different countries represented between the men's and women's curling competitions, including the USA. It's a sport that goes all the way back to medieval Scotland, which really kind of pre-dates a good number of sports that don't get mocked. I guess I don't see how it's any weirder than any of the other sports out there.

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  2. What the crap is Poutine? I speak French, and it still doesn't sound right! haha, but for reals. What is that?

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    1. Poutine is a French-Canadian dish originating in Quebec. The original Québécois version is french fries with cheese curds and gravy, though different variations have started to crop up across the country. It is so stinking delicious. It's so good, in fact, that it's actually starting to catch on around the world. You really should try it sometime! :-)

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  3. And very nice the kilt looks too!

    Minus what?! *Whoa*

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    1. Why, thank you. :-) It is un-freaking-believable just how heavy this kilt is. Honestly, it's about 3-4 times heavier than the kilt I had to wear as a uniform in high school. I suppose I'll appreciate that when we have gigs in this minus-kill-me-now weather, right? ;-)

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  4. That's great that you have been revising ideas etc. having a good soundboard to work ideas off is a god send. I started watching the olympics too but we got sick and then I didn't get a chance to watch as much as I had been.

    Love the Kilt.

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    1. My sister is my usual soundboard, but my husband also lends a hand sometimes, too. Talking story ideas and issues out is so, so helpful. That's too bad that you guys were sick. The Winter Olympics are kind of something Canada really loves, so we tune in as much as we can. :-)

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  5. I'm inspired by Spring too, I'm so glad it's just around the corner. Good luck with your writing this week!

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    1. It's funny, but I actually haven't been too bothered by winter this time around. Normally, I really can't stand it, but for whatever reason it really hasn't been too much of a drag this year. That said, I really do look forward to spring! :-)

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  6. I, for one, quite enjoyed your Twitter feed during the Olympics. :) You had me cheering for Canada! And you are so lucky that you can bounce ideas off your husband!

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    1. Well, that's pretty cool that you were cheering for Canada. :-) The Winter Olympics are kind of our thing (because we don't do so well in the Summer Olympics), so we get a little crazy about it lol.

      I'm very lucky to have a sister and a husband to bounce ideas off of. I find it so, so helpful!

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  7. Your "kit" is amazing! Who cares if it's not flattering? It makes you look pretty freaking badass. I love it! And yay for Canada! I have to admit, I don't follow the Winter Games too closely, but I've loved reading your tweets about your country's success. They've been rocking it. Also, your sweater? Awesome. Hope your revision goes well as you begin working on it again. I like to bounce ideas of my husband too. He writes non-fiction stuff all the time for work, but surprisingly, he's pretty brilliant with plot/character stuff too. Have a great week, Jaime!

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    1. I'll take badass lol! You know, even with the cankles. ;-) The kilt is so, so heavy which accounts for the added weight. We kind of love the Winter Games around here because Canada actually does pretty well in them. Not so much in the Summer Games, though. It's nice to win medals in all kinds of sports, but we really kind of love Curling, Hockey, and Figure Skating.
      I think it's so valuable to have someone to bounce ideas off of. Hubby is especially useful for all of the plot stuff. You know, because I have a tendency to get all wrapped up in the kissy stuff. Erin's easily one of the best sounding boards, too, so I'm pretty lucky. Hope you have a wonderful week, Katy!

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  8. This winter feels like it's lasted forever. I can't wait for spring! Have a great week!

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    1. Normally winter drives me crazy, but for some weird reason it really hasn't bothered me much this year. We've had this strange combo of super mild weather and then super cold weather. Very weird. That said, I'm *really* looking forward to spring. Have a great week!

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  9. Yay, Canada! OK, I know I should be cheering the US or the UK, and the US did do well, and I'm very pleased about that... but the Winter Olympics is Canada's opportunity to shine. They don't make a big showing in many other global competitions (Summer Olympics, World Cup)--at least that I'm aware of. So I have no problem cheering their successes in the Winter Games. I even had a bottle of Molson myself. :)

    I hope you have a really productive writing week, Jaime!

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    1. You are so right about the Winter Olympics being Canada's opportunity to shine. We never do very well in the Summer Olympics, so it's nice to excel in the Winter Games. Plus, we're a patriotic country all the time, but it really comes out at times like this, especially since Vancouver 2010. I think we were all surprised then by just how patriotic we really are. We tend to be a bit more reserved about how much we love Canada. ;-) And thank you for cheering us on! And enjoying a Molson Canadian. (We have far better beers up here, but that one is the most overtly Canadian. Obviously.)

      Have a wonderful week, Colin!

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  10. Hope you enjoy getting back into writing. :) Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Emma. You have a great week as well!

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  11. Oooh I recognize ALIENATED from the Barnes and Noble shelf! I was in there yesterday and thought the cover was so pretty. Let me know how you like the book!

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    1. I'm not very far into it (yesterday was a super busy day), but I can't wait to dig in. :-)

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  12. I always come back to YA as well after reading a 'grown up' book. There's something about the voices in YA that I can't find anywhere else. Glad your husband helped you with your revisions ideas, that's awesome! Supportive Spouses for the win! Team Canada did great, that hockey game really was a nail biter!

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    1. I like certain adult books, but I think this book club seems to be going out of its way to find adult books that there's no way I'll like lol. I'm not super into pretentious reads. Bleh. And you're so right about the voices in YA and how compelling they are. I think YA isn't so caught up in itself that it forgets to be interesting and real--like much of the adult stuff I pick up out there. Supportive spouses are definitely awesome! Between him and my sister, I feel very fortunate in the sounding board department. As for the hockey game, I almost gave up on them by the third period. So glad I didn't!

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  13. I can't find poutine in my area and I've always wanted to try it b/c, seriously, what's NOT to like about it? I think a few restaurants closer to "the city" have it on their menus, though, so maybe one of these days :)

    Agree with Katy, you look badass in your kit!

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    1. I have the same thought about poutine: what's NOT to like about it?! I hear people mocking it (probably because of the 'poo' part of the word lol) and I think: gravy, cheese, french fries...duh! ;-) You really should try it sometime.

      And thanks about the kilt comment. I'll take 'badass'!

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  14. Ugh, can you believe it's snowing again here? Just flurries, but still. And the forecast is more snow this weekend. Ugh. I'm done with winter!

    Canada kick some serious butt during the Olympics. Congrats! :)
    Love the sweater! And the kilt!

    Have a great week!

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    1. We're used to the odd snow 'surprise' sometimes right into May. Those rounds of snow are the most upsetting, not gonna lie. Snow right now just feels normal for me lol. That said, I'm ready for spring to show up.
      Canada did pretty well! We really love the Winter Games because we actually place well. Not so much in the Summer Games, though. It will definitely be cool to watch the next Summer Games, though. Brazil FTW! :D
      Hope you have a great week, too, Juliana!

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  15. I'm so sick of winter (mind you I was right from the start I think). Today it's supposed to be a surprisingly nice -2 and then we get back to the double digit minuses tomorrow. Boo. I hope spring comes soon!
    Mmm, poutine!

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    1. For some weird reason, winter hasn't bothered me nearly as much this year. I think because my Twitter feed has been a constant stream of people moaning about winter and piddly bits of snow (not like here in Alberta lol), it just kind of made me care less. Weird, I know. ;-) Still, I could use some spring. It would be wonderful to get outside more.
      All of this poutine talk is making me want some. Really good stuff, though, not the McDonald's version.

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  16. I don't mind winter but it's been nice to step outside and have some sunlight for a change. The weather's been quite mild and sunny so it feels like Spring already! Brighter weather definitely wakes me up more.

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    1. Normally winter is just terrible around here, but for some odd reason I haven't been nearly so bothered by it this year. (And we've had some really gross weather.) I'm pretty ready for spring, though. There's just something about it that lifts the spirits, you know? I especially like the longer days. In the middle of winter it's dark for WAY too long (4:30pm until about 8:30am. Eek.) So, yeah, I'm about ready for warmer weather, longer days, getting outside more! Have a great week, Robin!

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  17. I've been dying because the darn Olympics are impossible to find online without a cable subscription. Since when did you have to pay for cable to watch the Olympics? *sigh* Bit torrents it is.

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    1. I've only ever had cable, so I'm not even sure where else to watch the Olympics.

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  18. I think I need to go to Canada just for the poutine fries and donuts. I was more interested in your celebratory food than actual Olympic medals, lol. (But I am also a fatty.) Speaking of, when it comes to celebration food, you are NOT ALLOWED to feel guilty. It's a celebration after all! :)

    Sorry to hear that the traveling exhibit was underwhelming! I was a little afraid it'd be like that at the studio tour, but it wasn't (maybe because of the sheer amount and size of stuff)! So weird that the Ravenclaw scarf was sold out! I sort of want one, but they're kinda pricey, not to mention there's not too many opportunities for thick scarves in SoCal. The scarf in my picture was actually a prop you can borrow. It was probably way cleaner than the Gryffindor & Slytherin scarves, haha.

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    1. You should totally come for the food! And I only felt a tiny bit guilty about the celebration food. ;-)

      Next time we're in London, we're totally doing the studio tour. I was really bummed that we missed out on that when we were there. I suppose it's better that the Ravenclaw scarves were sold out and not the Slytherin ones, right? I will never ever understand how people see themselves as Slytherin. I think I might just have to knit myself a Ravenclaw scarf sometime. I looked back at my Platform 9 3/4 photo and it looks totally different than yours. The cart didn't have suitcases, which is kind of weird. I wonder if they changed it. It looks way cooler in your photo!

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    2. Maybe? There was a guy there with props (the scarves) and a photographer and everything! So they might have spruced it up. There was even a wand in the cart and the HP store was just around the corner.

      Well, since I'm related to a Slytherin, I can see it, haha. My sister self-identifies as a Slytherin and indeed in almost every single HP House sorting quiz, she has been put in Slytherin (the few times she wasn't, she was Gryffindor). I think it's just Slytherin House has a bad reputation and though there's some lip service in the books to the House not being all bad / not determining the type of person you are, neither the books nor the movies did a particularly good job of *not* being prejudiced against Slytherin House. We're shown Slytherin individuals who ultimately did good (e.g. Slughorn, Snape, Regulus) and some ambiguity in a few others (e.g. the Malfoy family), but we're not given any broader glimpses of Slytherins not being all bad (i.e. the Battle of Hogwarts - not even ONE person from that House decided to stay and fight?).

      That said, Slughorn is often used as an example of what non-evil Slytherin is supposed to look like (though he's also not exactly admirable). He's capable, charismatic, but he's also ambitious, proud, and a name-dropper/fame-chaser (which makes him kind of slimy as a character). He has at least some of the traits that the House values: ambition, cunning, leadership, and resourcefulness. And those traits by themselves can be good things; I mean, the Sorting Hat thought Harry would do great in Slytherin too!

      Anyway, this is turning into an essay! The point being my sister prides herself on being a Slytherin because she's ambitious and smart and she doesn't take crap from people. She likes the House for that reason - that they're unapologetic about their ambition and about who they are. :) So I think that's the Slytherin perspective.

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  19. I'm ready for winter to be over, too. Bring on Spring! I hope you are able to get back into a writing routine soon, especially now that the Olympics are over. :)

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    1. Well, there are definitely less distractions now that the Olympics are over. Now I just need to make sure that I don't fill my time with other non-writing activities!

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  20. I am SO READY for Spring! And I've been keeping up with your tweets! They've actually inspired me to watch a bit more of the Olympics than I usually do. :) I mean, I'm all Team USA, but I enjoyed watching both Canada and the USA perform in several events. Especially skating. Fun!
    And yay for getting back into writing! I hope you have a warmer and wonderful week!

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    1. The Winter Games are just so fun for us in Canada because we actually do decently at them. Not so much the Summer Games, unfortunately. It was nice to know that other people were watching the Olympics and cheering on their countries as well. :-)
      This week should be less full of non-writing things, so hopefully I'll make good use of my time!

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  21. Sounds like you've had an amazing week. I love the Olympics, and I enjoyed rooting for all the teams as I generally just like to watch curling at figure skating for the fun of it. Happy writing!!

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    1. I'm a really big fan of the Winter Games, but not quite so much the Summer Games. That's mainly because Canada doesn't do as well in the Summer sports. My favourite sports to watch are curling, hockey, and figure skating, and we did really well in all three. :-)

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  22. I love winter. Well, normally I love winter. This year? :P I'm over it. Bring on the flowers and sunshine!!

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    1. See, I normally hate winter, but this year I haven't minded it nearly so much. That said, I'm pretty read for spring to arrive. :-)

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