May 21, 2014

What's Up Wednesday


What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by me and my sister, Erin Funk, to help connect writers on this writing journey. With that aim in mind, if you'd like to join us, we encourage you to visit other WUW blogs each week, get to know some of the other writers taking part, and spread some writerly love! Don't forget to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post. ***And please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons provided. We really appreciate it!***

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

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 THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB (Colleen Gleason) yesterday. I thought it was a fun YA steampunk, though I wanted a wee bit more out of a few elements, namely the romance and the time travel aspect. This is the first in a series, so I'm fairly certain To Be Continued  is kind of implied. After that, I started reading THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN (Meredith McCardle) before bed last night. I was bummed that I had to, you know, go to sleep instead of reading more because I think it's going to be great!

WHAT I'M WRITING
Still working on my YA sci-fi, WATCH OF NIGHT, which is both surprising and a bit of a relief. (I haven't given in to the temptation to project hop again, thank goodness.) After chatting with my sister, I decided that I need to go the index card route so I can actually see what needs to happen and where. When my story is 'trapped' on the computer, it's so much harder to visualize the flow of events and the big picture. Does that make sense? Physically moving scenes/ideas on index cards around my office floor might help this rewrite/revision gain some traction. I really hope so, anyway. So that's the current plan of attack.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
This...
(I don't think you need to write every single day, but I do love the image of
wearing books as crazy hats. Oh, and I'm a book sniffer of the worst variety.)

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Honestly? I don't even know where the week went. I've been knitting, reading, revising, working on my French course (I aced my first written assignment), messing around with images on Corel Paint Shop Pro and pickmonkey.com, Skyping with Erin, Skyping with the hubs (he's in Texas for the next several weeks), pulling weeds in the garden, exploring the yard and finding new blossoms + sprouts every day, enjoying the occasional stint in the sunshine, wasting too much time piddling around on social media, wasting even more time binge-watching shows like Gossip Girl and really kinda lame rom coms (thank you, Netflix)...

...you know, the usual.


The picture on the far left was taken on Monday, the other three on Tuesday. What a difference a day makes!


Well, that's my week, folks.
WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?


62 comments:

  1. Ooo, I love that Ray Bradbury quote! I wonder if wearing a book like a crazy hat qualifies as a thinking cap, you know, for writing inspiration. I also love the flower pictures. Are those crab apple blossoms? The trees are only just starting to get tiny leaves here, so I think you guys must be getting warmer weather than us.

    I hope the index card exercise is helping sort some things out in your story. I think it's easier to wrap your head around something if you can see it all laid out in front of you, and that's hard to do on the computer. I might have to do that when I start plotting my next WIP soon.

    Hope you have a great day! We'll have to do a writing session over Skype again soon! :)

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    1. I saw that quote and LOVED it, so I had to share. It's actually not the entire quote, but I didn't realize that until I'd already made the little picture up. HERE is the full quote. Makes me want to literally wear a book for a hat. ;-) As for the blossoms, I'm pretty sure it's a flowering crab apple tree. We have a few different varieties of flowering trees/bushes in this yard, which is a nice surprise. The flowers on that bush are right outside my office window, so that's wonderful.

      I haven't started the index card exercise yet (haven't had much time to write), but that's next on the agenda. I think that's exactly what needs to happen at this stage of the game. That said, it does feel like a lot of work. Ah well. You do what you have to do, right?

      I'm game to Skype pretty much whenever after Thursday. I might do a little bit of gardening this week, but that can be slotted in whenever. It's been too long since our last writing session!

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  2. That Ray Bradbury quote is brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

    I love the index card method. I've never tried it, but I'm going to keep it memorised for future reference.

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    1. I loved the quote when I saw it, though I found out after making that little picture that it's only part of the quote. The whole thing is I HERE and it's pretty great. That Ray Bradbury was quite the guy.

      I haven't yet started the index card thing, but that's where I'm hoping to go next with this revision. I feel like many of the problems I'm currently having might be sorted out by taking this approach. I hope so, anyway!

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  3. What a gorgeous quote, Jaime! I've been down the index card road many times before, but I think they usually end up distracting me more from the WIP in question, haha. When it comes to revisions, though, I'm all over those bad boys!

    This is my first WUW, hopefully it's the start of a weekly habit :-)

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    1. I thought it was pretty great. It's only part of the quote, apparently. I found that out after posting this little pic I made. HERE is the full quote. I haven't yet started the index card method for my revision, but I think it's what needs to happen to sort out the issues I'm having with it. We'll see, I guess!

      Thanks for joining us this week! I hope to see you back! :-)

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  4. I love the quote too, but I'm not that much of a book sniffer. I love actual books, but I'm a pretty big Kindle fan now too, even if they're not too sniffable. ;)

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    1. My husband is more into the Kindle thing, but I will always prefer the actual paper pages of an actual book. And the smell. ;-) The convenience of having your entire library on a Kindle is really kind of great, but I like being surrounded by books a little too much lol.

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  5. I love that Ray Bradbury quote! I've never seen it before. And your photos are gorgeous. I hope to get out this weekend and take some springtime photos. It's been beautiful weather around here lately. Finally! Have a great week!

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    1. Isn't it great? Apparently it isn't the whole quote. HERE is the full quote. Pretty awesome. I hadn't seen it before either, so it was a nice find. It's amazing just how fast spring happens, you know? One day everything is brown and bleh, and the next it's green, or in this case, from buds to blossoms in only a day. Love it! Have a wonderful week, Kitty!

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  6. I hope the index cards are helping. I always love reading about other writers' processes - we all do things so differently. And good luck with revisions. I can't wait to see where this book takes you. Love the spring-y photos, too! Have a great rest of the week, Jaime.

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    1. I haven't started using the index cards yet, but that's next up on the agenda. (I haven't worked on revisions for the past couple of days.) I really think that's what these revisions need. It's just too hard to visualize it right now. I think once I get a clear picture of what needs to happen when, it'll be much smoother sailing from that point on. I hope. ;-) Have a great week, Rachel!

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  7. Love the idea of index cards. What you're saying makes perfect sense :) I have been known to act out scenes and my husband very patiently goes along with playing different parts so I can work out the flow.

    Have a fantastic week!

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    1. While part of me balks at the notion of creating more work for myself (actually writing stuff on all the index cards), I think it's necessary at this point. I need a clearer picture of what needs to happen and where. I'll let you know if it works! I sort of love this whole acting out your story thing. Very clever! Hope you're having a great week!

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  8. Love those gorgeous flower photos, Jaime, and that Ray Bradbury quote is fabulous. I hope you get lots of time to work on your sci-fi, and I hope you enjoy THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN. You'll have to let me know what you think! Have a great week, lady!

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    1. The tree has even more blossoms on it today, and it's right outside my office window as I'm typing this. :-) I hadn't ever seen that quote before, but I loved it when I stumbled across it on Pinterest. There's actually more to it that's quite good, but I had already made the graphic before I knew that. I'm already enjoying THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN. I fully anticipate spending a good chunk of time reading this weekend, and I can't wait! Have a wonderful week, Katy!

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  9. Love the Ray Bradbury quote! I'd love to get to the point in my life where I write every day (it's a goal I'm hoping to work toward this summer), but I feel like most writers at least think about books and writing and characters constantly, and I think that counts for something!

    Have a great week Jaime!

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    1. I had never seen this quote before, but I loved it so I had to share. I used to write every Monday-Friday without fail, but somewhere along the line I got derailed and have never gotten back on track. I hope things change a bit this summer on that front. You are so right that all that thinking about books and writing counts. It definitely does! :-)

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  10. I love that Ray Bradbury quote! I hope taking the index card route helps you - I know what you mean about a story feeling 'trapped'. Sometimes I find myself scribbling down ideas in a notebook even when I have word open in front of me, because somehow writing it down by hand makes my brain feel a little less scrambled.

    Have a lovely week! :)

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    1. I loved it so much I had to share it. I hadn't actually seen it before, so it was a great find. As for my writing, I have post-its and notes all over the place in addition to what's saved on my computer. I really think the index card thing will help, but we'll see. I'll keep everyone posted on how it goes. ;-)

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  11. I like the index card idea!! Good luck! Sounds like a fun week. That inspiration photo is so darn cute. Love it. Enjoy gossip girl. I'm thinking a rewatch is in order.

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    1. I really hope it works. I've never tried this method before, but I think it's exactly what I need to do right now. As for Gossip Girl, I never did watch it all the way through (though I do know who Gossip Girl ended up being), so I figured it was about time I did. It's so ridiculous sometimes, but I love the fashion and all that fun stuff. Hope you're having a great week!

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  12. I absolutely love that quote by Ray Bradbury. I can't believe I've never seen that before. The picture of your flowers blossoming is also very inspiring.

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    1. I had never seen it before either, but I loved it so much I had to share with all of you. What a great find! There's actually more to the quote, and it's really quite good. I had no idea that we had a blossoming bush/tree out front, so I was pretty excited when I saw it. There are even more blossoms today, which is just wonderful. :-)

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  13. Sleep is overrated. I've stayed up all night reading on multiple occasions. Then again, I'm 22 and fresh out of college so I'm used to pulling all nighters. I love the Ray Bradbury quote. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I used to pull all-nighters all the time when I was in university, but I can't do it anymore. At some point I got the oldz. ;-) I think there might be a whole lot of reading going on this weekend, though. As for the quote, I had never actually seen it before, but I loved it so much I had to share.

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  14. Sleep — psh, who needs it? The answer is me, but I kind of love when I don't care because of a book. I am so glad you are still moving forward with you revision. YAY! Very good to hear. I love the picture you posted and the quote. I too love the idea of wearing books as hats!

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    1. I'm kind of a wiener about getting enough sleep, so as much as I love reading, I (almost) always cave to the sleep. But WEEKEND IS COMING (see what I did there?), so I figure there will be a whole lot of reading going on then. Maybe even in the sun. It's funny, but I'm feeling so much more motivated to work on these revisions now. I haven't worked on them for a few days, but the fact that I *want* to work on them is definitely a good thing. As for the quote, I had never actually seen that one before. Love it! And I think we should promote the wearing of books as hats.

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  15. I'm intrigued by the index card method! I'm quite a linear planner, but I do often have to add in extra scenes when I'm revising/editing. I love that you can arrange scenes onscreen in Scrivener, but sometimes it's good to do a bit of off-screen planning!

    Have a great week!

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    1. I've never really given Scrivener a fair shake, but even with the ability to rearrange things on it, I think I would still need to physically move things around on index cards. We'll see if it works. :-) Have a great week, Emma!

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  16. Congrats on that French test! Yay!
    I'm all for index cards. I can shove the ideas around as needed, add new ones or simply toss others as needed. I hope it works for you. Oh, and don't forget to use colors--colors make it pretty ;)

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    1. Thanks, Tonja! It was actually kind of easy and open book. ;-)
      I haven't tried the index card thing yet, but I really think it's what this whole revision process needs right now. I'll definitely use colours! (*Makes note to get some coloured index cards.*) I like the way you think!

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  17. First of all, I love that quote! Especially the last part, "And out of that love, remake a world." Beautiful :) I really like your idea of index card plotting. I'm kind of at a similar point with my manuscript. I've made some major changes to plot, and now I'm a little lost. I started printing it for a read through, but I like the index cards idea. I think it would really help to just kind of "zoom out" and easily see it as a whole. Have a great week :)

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    1. I hadn't ever seen that quote before, but I loved it, so I had to share. I even made myself a computer wallpaper out of it. As for the index cards, I think it might be the only thing to help be figure out this revision once and for all. I keep hitting these walls, and I think that's because I can't see where certain things need to go in a big picture kind of way. Like you say, to "zoom out and see it as a whole". Exactly!
      Hope you have a great week! :-)

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  18. I've been ALL OVER THE PLACE with my "other" stuff too. ALL. OVER. Sewing. Watching Elementary. Running. Yard Work. End of the year stuff for kids... ALL. OVER.

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    1. I think this time of year just gets BUSY, BUSY, BUSY. I guess I don't mind it, but it means I'm going to have to get creative with slotting things into my day. :-)

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  19. Hiiiiii! *waves* I feel so out of the loop! I haven't stopped by your blog in AGES. So sorry about that. :) I blame revisions! Anyhow - just wanted to say kudos for sticking with your project. I hope the index cards work for you! Personally, Scriveners index card view for scenes/chapters has helped me so much, but there is nothing like physical cards you can play with. I also love the idea of using a white board ... but I haven't tried that yet. I love the flower photos - so pretty! - and I hope you have a great week. :)

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    1. We've missed you, Bridgid! Good to hear you've been getting so much done, though. That's awesome! Revisions have a way of sucking up time, don't they? It's been tough sticking with this project, but I think it will be worth it once I finally figure it out. Hence the index cards. (I hope, anyway.) I've never really given Scrivener a fair shake, despite owning the program. I think the index card view would be helpful, but I think I really need to just physically move things around on my floor like a puzzle. The white board could be useful too, though I'd probably just end up high off the smell of white board markers lol. (I always felt a little sketchy when using them when I was teaching.)

      Have a great week! :-)

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  20. I often read before I go to work in the morning, and it's always horrible when I have to put the book down and actually go.
    I love that quote, I have visions of bloggers wearing books as crazy hats now. Good luck with your WIP!

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    1. It would be so hard putting a book down to go to work! I mean, I like sleep, so it's not all that hard to give in to it. But work? Bleh. ;-) As for the quote, I'd never actually seen it before, but I loved it so much I had to share it. I think we should promote this wearing of books as hats thing. Have a great week, Laura!

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  21. I did the index card thing with my latest WIP after getting it back from betas. I needed to see each scene laid out so I knew what had holes and what could be moved. I literally paced around it for a couple of hours trying to figure out stuff, but seeing it all really helped. Good luck!
    That's a great quote. :)

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    1. Yes! That's exactly what I need to do. Get a bird's eye view of the colossal mess that is my story lol. I think being able to physically move scenes or ideas around is the only thing that will sort this all out once and for all. Have a great week, Melanie!

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    1. Isn't it great? I had to share it. Though, this is a shortened version of the quote. The whole thing is pretty great.

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  23. I use index cards too. I agree it's easier to see it all before you so you can remove and move around scenes. Have a great weekend!

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    1. I've never really tried the index card thing before, but I think it's exactly what I need to do. I'm having a really hard time visualizing what needs to happen and where. We'll see how it goes. Have a great week!

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  24. I never thought about using index cards--ingenious! And that is a great quote! I go through spurts where I write every day when I'm immersed in a project, but then I take a little break. My least favorite part is revisions. I could write until the cows came home, but once it's time to revise, I'd rather be doing anything else (even laundry!) :)

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    1. The index card idea was something my sister suggested, but something I've thought about doing a number of times. I've reached that point where I need to physically move scenes and ideas around to figure this revision out. Hope it works! I don't mind revisions, but for whatever reason, this rewrite/revisions has been so difficult. As for the quote, I'd never seen it before yesterday, but I love it! I had to share. :-)

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  25. I always use index cards too. :)

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    1. This will be my first time doing the index card thing, but I think it will help. :-)

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  26. I've never heard of that Ray Bradbury quote, so I'm glad you shared it!

    I love using index cards to help when revising. I had to rewrite a large part of my last book and the index cards basically kept me sane. ;)

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    1. I had never head it before either, but I loved it so much I had to share it. There's actually more to the quote, and it's really quite good.

      I've never used the index card method before, but I'm really hoping it will sort this mess out. I think it's the only way to tackle this revision at this point. :-)

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  27. That's a great quote! It fits what I've had to do lately; "write" my story in between doing everything else and think about it even when I can't actually write anything. :)

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    1. Isn't it great? I stumbled across it for the first time only yesterday. There's actually more to the quote, and it's really quite good. I think I'm almost always around the written word, whether it's published books or the words I'm writing. :-)

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    2. I consider reading to be work on writing, too. :)

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  28. The index card method helps me a lot, because like you said, I can move things around when I need to and see how the entire story looks. I also use them for research because I can just jot down information on them, and number the cards based on what it corresponds to. (That research method got me through college.)

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    1. Ooo, I'll have to remember the numbering method when I get going on this. Someone else suggested colour coding too, which I could see being useful. I think this is the only way I'll be able to sort out this messy revision once and for all. Wish me luck! :-)

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  29. I love working with index cards. I hope they help you with your manuscript! I also love that Ray Bradbury quote. :)

    Sounds like you've been up to a lot of other fun things lately, too. I love those spring blooms!

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  30. I love outlining on index cards! It really is easier to rearrange things physically, maybe since you're not staring at a screen it helps put a different perspective on things? Who knows!

    And if you're still in a romantic-comedy Netflix mood, you should look up 'The Decoy Bride' if you haven't watched it yet. I thought it looked a little lame-ish, but it was surprisingly good!

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  31. Yay for working on your WIP and for staying busy. Sounds like you had a busy-but-good week. Congrats on acing your French assignment. Love the Bradbury quote. He is my favorite. :)

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  32. Hi Jaime, it's me again!

    Just wanted to drop by and let you know that I nominated you for a Liebster Award. You can check out my blog for more details and decide if you wish to accept the award. :) Here's the link:

    http://swordsandstilettos.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-liebster-award.html?showComment=1401042143829#c2404633075548135520

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  33. Hi, Jaime! I'm stopping by from Kristin Smith's Liebster post. :) I love the idea of the blog hop you and your sister created. I hope to participate when my blog and everything else settles down more. I was just saying I watched to start watching Gossip Girl from the beginning. ;)

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