June 11, 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. ***Please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons provided. We 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
This week I didn't read as much as I'd like, but I definitely liked what I read: PUSH GIRL by Jessica Love. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and I encourage you to give it a read. Right now, I'm reading WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I'm not very far in, but I'm hoping I'll like it as much as I loved her debut. Sadly, my reading time always takes a huge hit when I'm spending more time on writing. (Boo.) Next up: ONE TWO THREE by my CP and friend, Elodie Nowodazkij. (Available June 26th!)

WHAT I'M WRITING 
This has been a fairly productive week for me on the writing front. FINALLY! Erin and had another one of our Skype writing sessions, during which I got some words down. And then yesterday, the first day of Ready. Set. WRITE!, I surpassed my goal of 500+ words with a total of 1500 new words added to my WiP. I'm off to a great start, and I'm pretty darn ecstatic about that. :D

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Adults who love YA and DON'T feel even a little bit embarrassed about it. (Take that, Ruth Graham!) For the next little while, I'm going to use this section to share what I love, what inspires me, about YA. Feel free to jump in and do the same in your posts! *

I love that even though I'm all grown up (well, most of the time), 
I always find things that resonate with me in the YA stories I read.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Writing or thinking about writing. Connecting with many of you through Ready. Set. WRITE! Babysitting (I'm done after this week), substitute teaching for a 1/2 day (surprisingly, lots of fun), going out to lunch and visiting with my parents on their 40th anniversary, catching up on Game of Thrones because I'm tired of having to dodge spoilers on the interwebz (spoilers suck), feeling cranky from the fall-like weather we've been having (grrrrr), absolutely LOVING getting back into a writing routine...

And taking time to remember the sacrifices made on our behalf by those past and present. Feeling so, so grateful...
Wearing a poppy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day (this past Friday). Honouring the 3 Mounties who were killed this past
week in Moncton, NB by flying flags at half mast across Canada, keeping their families and all of Moncton in our thoughts.


WELL, THAT WAS MY WEEK.
WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?


* Only if you want to, of course.


44 comments:

  1. Wow, congrats on reaching above and beyond your goal. Keep up the good work. I try to avoid articles that bash YA. I get too angry. I'll come back later today with a well thought out reason why I love YA. Right now it's 3 am and my brain is mush. Thanks for sharing. :D

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    1. Thanks! I'm pretty happy to be back in the whole writing schedule thing. I probably shouldn't have read that Slate article bashing YA, but it was like catnip. Stupid me. :/ BUT I'm going to put as positive a spin on the situation as I can. Hope you're having a good day!

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  2. I'm so happy for you that the words are flowing again! Way to kick of RSW with flying colours! I'm getting lots done, but it's tedious so it feels slow. Let me know when you'd like to Skype/text write again. We just got a new router so hopefully Skype will stop kicking us out now.

    You took a more positive approach to the whole YA bashing debacle. I hope I didn't rant too much in my post. I've just been boiling about it so much since reading that article though that I had to get it out.

    I found out after I left the house today that Canadians were encouraged to wear red in remembrance of the Mounties that died. I wish I'd known before, because I would have done that. Not that I own a lot of red clothing, being a ginger and all, but I would've made the effort. So sad.

    On a more uplifting note, I hope your Wednesday is a good one!

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    1. As you know, it's been a long time coming. I'll have way more time to write now that I'm not babysitting anymore, so that should help keep the momentum going. I'm game to Skype/text tomorrow if you'd like. Or during the day on Friday. I have a pipe band event Friday night, so it's less ideal for me.

      I've been feeling pretty surly about that Slate article too, so no worries there. I was just afraid once I got started on it, I'd never stop lol. I really should have written a whole post on the topic. Ah well.

      I wore my red Olympic hoodie to band last night in honour of the RCMP officers. It came up all over my FB feed, so I knew about it Monday already. Such a sad situation. I guess Danny, the one officer's dog (he was a dog handler) cried at the foot of the casket through the whole ceremony. :-( And he kept jumping up to sniff his handler's Stetson (another officer was carrying it). The shooter was charged with three counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, so hopefully he never sees the light of day. That feels too kind, in my opinion.

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  3. Congratulations to your parents, wow :D

    Hooray for writing! Go, Jaime, Go! Hope RSW is a huge success ^_^

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    1. Yeah, it is pretty great that it's been 40 years. :-) It was nice to spend the day with them too.
      I'm thrilled to be back in a writing routine again. THRILLED. It's been a long time coming, that's for sure. I think RSW is definitely helping with that. Have a great week, Cole! :D

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  4. Ugh, I haaateee GoT spoilers. People just can't keep their mouths shut about it, not even for a few days.

    So glad to hear that you're having a productive writing week. :)

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    1. I stumbled across so many almost spoilers and narrowly missed seeing actual spoilers that I caved and just got myself caught up. (My husband is away, so I was saving them until he gets home.) People who spoil suck.

      I'm thrilled to be back in a writing routine again. I've missed writing like this! Have a great week, Emma! :D

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  5. I love YA because even though the characters may not make choices I agree with, they are almost always more thoughtful about their choices than they are in adult books, where people seem to do whatever they want-unless their character arc involves ditching their old values.

    Push Girl sounds awesome. I'm adding it to my pile.Congratulations of all that writing!

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    1. I like what you had to say about YA. Very, very true! Honestly, I could go on for days about how I like YA better than adult fiction. I read both, so I feel like I'm at last qualified to have an opinion, unlike Ruth Graham who clearly hasn't read much (or really any) YA.

      Have a great week, Melanie! :D

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  6. Happy to hear that you're getting back into a writing routine - that's great progress so far this week! Congrats to your parents - and here's hoping for less fall-like weather for you! :)

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    1. I'm thrilled that I'm back in a writing routine. I've missed it! It's nice having all of you to keep me accountable too. ;-) So far so good with my RSW goals. It still feels unseasonably blah and chilly around here, so I'm hoping that gets sorted out. And soon. Have a great week, Sara!

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  7. Congrats on such a fantastic start to the writing challenge! :)

    I hate GoT spoilers. Even though I've read the books, I know plenty of people who haven't!

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Emma! The words are flowing lately, so that's awesome. I think I've written somewhere in the neighbourhood of 5000 words in the past week, so that's making me VERY happy. RSW comes at a great time!

      I should probably just read the GoT books already so these awful people and their spoilers don't ruin it for me. Seriously, who does that? I get that people want to discuss it, but I shouldn't have to avoid social media all summer so as not to be spoiled. So ridiculous.

      Hope you're having a great week! With much less sickness, too!

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  8. Congrats on that word count! Awesome! I'm hoping to get back in to my routine next week, too.

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! It's actually closer to 5000 in the last week, but that's what I wrote since Monday when RSW started. I'm thrilled to be back in some kind of writing routine. It's been way too long! :D

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  9. Yay for an awesome start to RSW!

    I was saddened when I read about the Mounties that were killed and then annoyed that the comment section of the article was full of American gun control debates. Not one person had the decency to express sympathy to the victims' families or the community.

    Hope you have a good week and happy anniversary to your parents!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I've actually written closer to 5000 words in the last week, so I'm pretty happy about that. :D

      I really wish that people would just express sympathy rather than turning it into a debate about gun control. I mean, it's an important issue and all (so is mental illness in many of these cases), but there will be time to talk about that in a bit, *after* a decent mourning period.

      Hope you're having a wonderful week!

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  10. Congrats on all the writing progress!!! Words are lovely when they are working and real buggers when they're not. ;)

    And any time I see GoT in any tweet or comment, I skip it because we are very behind in the series and I hate Spoilers. We should be able to zap people through the interwebs that drop spoilers. (Not a big zap, just a little static electricity zap) I'm going to invent this device and lend it to you.

    Love your poppy photo. We visited that region in France and it was so surreal to see the little white gravestones lined up to the horizon line. And of course there were red poppies everywhere. Lining the roadsides, bordering the houses. I saw an elderly French woman in a black scarf scatter a bunch of red poppy petals in the ocean near Mont Saint-Michel and a little seal popped up out of the waves to see what she was doing. Made me wish that fallen soldiers could turn into selkies and visit their loved ones. (Sorry, bit of a comment tangent there....)

    Hope you have an amazing week and that the words behave themselves :)

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    1. Thanks, Kris! And you're so right about words and their potential to be lovely or total buggers. ;-) Agreed. I'm thrilled that they're being lovely lately.

      I feel like every day is a potential stumble-across-GoT-spoilers day. And I come across them when I'm least expecting it. I mean, I'm not thick enough to go on Twitter on a Sunday night, but you'd think you'd be safe on, say, a Wednesday. Not so. My husband and I watch the show together and he's away for several weeks, so I was saving them. Boo. I like your static zap idea. You should get on that. ;-)

      I love your story about the poppies in France! And the selkies idea, too. (Feel free to go off on tangents any time. :D) Every Remembrance Day (November 11), people in the Commonwealth don poppies because of the "In Flanders Fields" poem written by WWI Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian. The pipe band I'm part of is actually doing a battlefield/cemetery tour of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands in August. I'm really looking forward to paying my respects while we're there.

      Have a wonderful week, Kris! :D

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  11. I love your poppy pin. <3 I'm so excited about your extraordinary RSW kick-off, Jaime! Yay for new words! I'll be interested to hear what you think of WITWT. I liked it a lot, but not as much as MLND. That debut sort of blew me out of the water, so I think I just had SUPER high expectations. Oh, and I'm so glad you liked PUSH GIRL! I hope you can keep up your RSW momentum. I know you're not usually a nighttime writer, but if you ever get the urge, I'm usually puttering around on Twitter trying to hit my daily word count goal. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Katy! Remembering our vets (and our current troops) and paying my respects is something that is very important to me. :-)

      Things are going so well on the writing front, I'm almost afraid I might jinx it. I think I wrote somewhere close to 5000 words in the last week. (Some of that was before RSW.) I think RSW is only going to help that. I actually feel excited about writing again! And for whatever reason, I've become a "whenever I feel so inclined" writer lately. Weird. So there just might be some evenings when I'll be writing. I'll be sure to see what you're up to!

      I'm not very far into WITWT, but liking it already. I think I'm just really in the mood for a seaside read, you know? I'll let you know what I think when I'm done. I really enjoyed MLND, so it will be hard to beat.

      Have a great week, Katy! :D

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  12. Busy busy!! Love your idea for the what inspires me section. I'm on board. And congrats on so much writing done!!! That's awesome. WITWT was good but I loved My Life Next Door so so much more. And One Two Three was so good!!!

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    1. This time of year always seems busy. I think it's because everyone comes out of hibernation here and wants to do ALL THE THINGS lol. That's how I feel anyway. I'm thrilled that I'm reclaiming my writing routine. It's been way too long now.

      I'm not very far into WITWT, but liking it so far. I liked MLND a lot, so we'll see how this compares. A lot of people are saying the same thing you did. I'll let you know what I think when I'm done. Can't wait to jump into Elodie's story next. It's been ages since I last read it/critiqued it, and I expect it has changed a lot. Very exciting! :D

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  13. Congrats on the writing! That sounds fantastic!

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    1. Thanks, Robin! I'm thrilled to be writing again! :D

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  14. I love the idea of sharing what inspires you about YA.
    I can't wait to read One Two Three. And congrats on 1500 words!

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    1. It seems like a great response to that awful article. And there's much to love about YA!
      I can't wait to read ONE TWO THREE again. It's been ages since I last read it, so I imagine it has changed up a lot. It will be like reading a whole new story!
      I wrote somewhere closer to 5000 words this week, but 1500 is what I wrote since RSW started. I'm so happy to be writing again! :D

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  15. Congrats on the progress with your RSW goals! 1500 is AWESOME! :) And I love that you added the bit about why you read YA. It's CRAZY to me that it needs to be said, but I am so, so glad the YA community isn't one to take stuff like that lightly. Shannon Hale had a bunch of insanely awesome tweets about it ... if you're interested, definitely worth taking a look!

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    1. Thanks, Bridgid! I've written about 5000 words in the last week, so I'm happy. :D (1500 is just since RSW started up.) I feel like I've FINALLY reclaimed my writing routine, and it feels fantastic. I've missed it!

      I feel like there are so many things to love about YA, so this feels like a good response to that awful Slate article. I agree: it's crazy that anything needs to be said. I'll have to check out Shannon Hales tweets, because she often has really good things to say in cases like this. Thanks for the heads up! :D

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  16. I'm so glad I've read all the GoT books. I don't mind the spoilers as much as some people because I already know what's going to happen, anyway.

    Great job on kicking your goals' butts so far!

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    1. I really should read the books so I'm not spoiled by dummies with flapping jaws (flapping fingers?) on the interwebz. I know better than to visit Twitter on a Sunday night when GoT airs, but you'd think you'd be safe on, say, a Wednesday or whatever. Not the case. Boo.

      I feel like I'm finally picking up some writing steam again. Thank goodness, because it's been AGES! :D

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  17. I'm so glad that you're getting back into a writing routine! I'm trying to do the same. Great job with your goals! Here's hoping we can all keep it up!

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    1. You and me both, Jessica! It feels wonderful to reclaim my writing routine after months away. I didn't realize just how much I missed writing regularly. I hope you're able to establish a routine again too! I think RSW will be great for all of us, if nothing else for a little accountability. Have a wonderful week, Jessica! :D

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  18. So glad you're making awesome progress on your RSW goals!!!

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  19. Congrats on your awesome RSW progress! And good for you, putting a positive spin on the YA bashing that's been going on recently. It seems like there's always something negative floating around about YA lit, but that doesn't make me love it any less. If anything, I'm more protective over my favorite stories! <3

    Have a great week Jaime!

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    1. Thanks, Kaitlin! It feels so wonderful to reclaim my writing routine. :D

      I got pretty angry when I read that Slate article, but rather than sit and stew and get more angry, I've decided to focus on what I love about YA instead of what I hate about that article. (Not that there isn't some of the latter going on too, though. LOL ) I have a similar response to this: It makes me hug my fave YAs a little bit closer. :D Have a wonderful week!

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  20. I can't wait to read Push Girl (seriously, where do we buy Reading Vacations?) Congrats on your awesome word count! And yes, boo to people who think they're cool for dissing YA.

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    1. I would love a Reading Vacation! Someone should get on that. I'm thrilled with how much writing I'm managing to get done lately. I've missed writing regularly! You know, when people diss YA, it makes me love it just that much more. So take that, Ruth Graham! :D

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  21. Congrats on your writing! I hate GoT spoilers as well. I can't believe that this Sunday is the season finale. It seems like the season just started. Have a great week!

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  22. Oooo… I want to read Push Girl!!! That's next on my list…

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  23. AWW, thank you so much for reading PUSH GIRL and saying nice things about it. That means so much! xoxo

    I'm glad you're enjoying subbing! My kiddos drive me nuts a lot, but I truly enjoy my time with them every day. :-)

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  24. Great job on your word count! That's awesome! I want to read that Huntley Fitzpatrick book, too. I loved her debut, so I'm excited to read this one. :)

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