June 18, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a blog hop created by me and my sister, Erin Funk, to help writers connect. With that aim in mind, 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! And 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'd 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! 



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WHAT I'M READING
I finished WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick. It took a bit to get into, but all said and done I really enjoyed it. A lot of people are saying they liked her debut, MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, better but the two are such different books I find it hard to even compare them. Next, I read my CP Elodie's book ONE TWO THREE (out on June 26th). It was great to see how it has evolved from when I first read it into this captivating story you will all get to read soon. I think you'll love Nata + Tonio! I'm currently (re)reading Erin's MS (ENVISION) and loving it! You guys, this is some seriously good YA sci-fi! Just started THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Robin Constantine. Not much has happened yet, and I'm not sure if I like the (slightly arrogant) LI, but we'll see.

WHAT I'M WRITING
I've been doing a bunch of drafting, some outlining, and some revising. Here's what I did this week: Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 2)

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Like I mentioned last week, for the next little while I'm sharing something that I love, that inspires me about YA:

With very few exceptions, the YA books I read (and love) aren't pretentious, preachy, or indulgent.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
• Taking part in the lovely Liz Briggs' Book Blitz for her debut MORE THAN MUSIC. There are teasers, a Q + A, and giveaways!

• Taking time to smell the roses lilacs. My jerk neighbours' lilacs hang over the fence into our yard. I may have snipped some.

• This past Friday, the pipe and drum band I'm part of took part in the annual Relay For Life, hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society. We played as we led the survivors (and local members of the RCMP and military cadets) in a march around the grounds where the event took place. It was pretty special to be able to do this as my father is a non-Hodgkins lymphoma survivor.

Lilacs + cobalt blue glass = two of my favourite things; kilt + sporran; last year's Relay For Life (no pics for this year yet)

• Other than that, I've been spending most of my time writing (a lot), watching disaster movies like Deep Impact and The Day After Tomorrow  (they're relevant to my WiP), and passing out from (mostly) routine bloodwork because I'm cool like that. #not


SO, THAT WAS MY WEEK.
HOW WAS YOURS?


40 comments:

  1. I promise not to tell your neighbours ;)

    Disaster movies for your WiP? I am intrigued!

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    1. Haha...thanks! ;-)
      I'm having way too much fun watching disaster movies lately. Contrary to how it might seem what with all the movies I'm watching, I'm actually writing a contemporary not a post-apocalyptic story. It's so much fun!

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  2. Good luck with your next lot of Ready. Set. WRITE! goals! :)

    The Relay For Life sounds like something really lovely to take part in. :) Oh my gosh, I remember The Day After Tomorrow! I used to have it on DVD (I think I lent it out to someone and never got it back) and I watched it all the time. Gotta love a good ol' disaster movie!

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Jess! So far, so good. I managed to write 1600 words yesterday, so woohoo! :D

      I really like supporting and taking part in cancer-related fundraising events given my family's history with the disease, so this was extra special. Especially since it was my first time ever marching and playing in public. I watched The Day After Tomorrow the other night for probably the millionth time lol. Love it. :-) Last night it was 2012, which is just so over-the-top ridiculous. Still, sort of fun to watch, especially since it's, you know, 2014.

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  3. Hey, it's in your yard! Free game!! Haha. Yay for One Two Three release!! So excited for Elodie.
    Sounds like a good week! And love The Day After Tomorrow. One of my favorite movies.

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    1. That's how I see it. :-) Apparently the bylaws support that too, so I'm good! I'm pretty excited for Elodie too. I hope she has a wonderful launch day. So I totally watched The Day After Tomorrow again the other night. It's still pretty great. Actually, this is the first time I've seen it since visiting NYC last year, so it was awesome to see familiar sights. Especially the part in the public library where they're burning the books. O_o

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  4. We're both cool like that - I'm a passer-outer after getting blood taken, too. And once just when I was on a field trip to the hospital as a kid and I wasn't anywhere near a needle #lame :)

    YES YES YES to your YA inspiration line! I actually remember the last "preachy" book I read and it wasn't YA. It felt like the author had an agenda and it left a bad taste in my mouth.

    Have a great week reading, writing and watching disaster movies!

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    1. I'm normally fine with a single vial of blood taken, especially if you get a good nurse. But six vials of blood after fasting all night for the bloodwork was just a bit much. It didn't help that was counting the vials in my head as she was swapping them out. Eek. Don't ever do that lol. So, yeah, we can be #lame together. ;-)

      I've been reading a lot of adult lit for the Book Club I joined and while some of it has been all right, a bunch of it was so boring, so pretentious and indulgent. Bleh. Give me YA any day. I can't stand books with an agenda.

      Have an awesome week, Jennifer! :D

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  5. Sorry about the jerk neighbors, but the lilacs are beautiful!
    The disaster movies have me intrigued about your WIP!
    Have a great week

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    1. Thankfully, their jerkiness doesn't crop up all that often. And, hey, they have lilacs I can "borrow" so... ;-)
      Contrary to how it might seem, my story isn't post-apocalyptic, it's actually contemporary. It just occurred to me that it might come off as post-apocalyptic given the disaster movies. I'm having so much fun writing this one! Hope you have an awesome week, Rebecca! :D

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  6. You're part of a pipe and drum band? How cool. Watching movies is great research. When writing SoD I watched a lot of superhero movies. :P Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I am! :D I joined just over a year and a half ago and now play the snare drum. It's tons of fun. You're right about movies as research. It's just another medium that can help inspire you to write your WiP, right? I'm having way too much fun "researching". :D

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  7. At least the jerk neighbors have lilacs that you can poach. (bright side) And I love the cobalt blue vase.

    Wonderful pics of the Relay for Life. How very cool that you get to participate in an event like that. Also, that is one sexy sporran. ;)

    And now you have me super curious as to how all those disaster movies relate to your MS. Annnnd it kind of makes me want to read your book. (Love me some post-apocalyptic mayhem. The fictional kind anyway) :)

    Have a marvelous week and good luck with all your Ready Set Write goals.

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    1. You're right: If they're going to be jerks, at least they can provide me with pretty-smelling lilacs. ;-) I love, love, love cobalt blue glass. I actually collect it because it's just so gorgeous when the light streams through it. If it didn't get so stinking windy here so often (we're on the edge of the Prairies), I'd consider hanging blue bottles from the trees in my backyard. Can you imagine how pretty that would be?

      I love taking part in cancer-related fundraising events, especially given our family's history with the disease. This one is especially great because they make a point of celebrating the survivors. So great to be able to march them around with our music. And as for the sporran, I'm digging it. And soon it will have a thistle-engraved flask in it...tee hee. ;-)

      The funny thing about my WiP is that it's contemporary not post-apocalyptic. The disaster movie thing is kind of misleading, right? I hope this story turns out well, because I'm having so much fun writing it. Hope you have a wonderful week, Kris! In every way possible! :D

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  8. That is so cool that you could take part in that event.
    My neighbours are both okay, although one of them smells like pot through a lot of the summer. :/

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    1. I try to make a point of supporting cancer-related fundraising events like this and the Terry Fox Run because of my family's history with the disease. How great to march in the survivors this time around!
      As for neighbours, I'm 99.9% certain the dude across the street is a drug dealer. But I have never in my life encountered a guy who is so meticulous about maintaining his yard. It puts the rest of us to shame. Maybe he's on speed? LOL

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  9. It must be really cool to get to read your CPs' published books and see how they've evolved!

    I pass out every time I get blood taken, even a tiny amount. It's not fun!

    Hope you have a great week! :)

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    1. It is cool to see that. I'm also finding it really neat to see names I know in people's acknowledgements sections. The publishing world really is pretty small.

      As for the bloodwork thing, I'm usually okay with it when it's just a single vial. (Vaccines are a whole other story. O_o) This time around it was six vials on an empty stomach because I had to fast for it. That combo was just not ideal. Blurgh. I *am* kind of a wimp when it comes to needles, though. That said, I'm glad I'm not the only one!

      Have a wonderful week, Emma! :D

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  10. Congrats for getting back into your writing, Jaime! It sounds like things are going well. I recall you went through a bit of a dry spell with your WIP a while ago, but it seems that's ancient history now. May the words and ideas continue to blossom like the lilacs. :) Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks, Colin! It's a total rush to *actually* want to sit down to write almost every day now. Too many months have gone by without feeling this way. Kind of like a dam bursting, really. I fully anticipate a very productive summer and that's very exciting to me. :D And I'm making progress on not one but two stories, so even better. Hope you have a wonderful week, Colin!

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  11. I still have yet to read a Huntley Fitzpatrick book, but I feel like summer is the perfect time! Both of them are on my TBR list. :)

    And HAHAHA at snipping your neighbor's lilacs! If they're hanging over in your yard...I say they're yours! ;) Have a great week Jaime!

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    1. Oh, you should definitely check out her stuff! Most people seem to love MY LIFE NEXT DOOR (which was really good), so I would start with that one. :-) Summer is definitely the perfect time to pick up her stuff. But then again, I tend to crave contemporary the most during the summer. Probably why I'm working like a crazy woman on my own contemporary WiP...

      Apparently, the bylaws actually allow for snipping parts of plants/bushes/trees that make their way into your yard from the neighbours, so I don't feel too guilty lol. Have a wonderful week, Kaitlin! :D

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  12. Good luck with your writing goals! Hopefully soon I'll be back to actively writing instead of polishing, though soon enough I'll have to get down to my final polishes, edits, and minor revisions of the third book I'm releasing this years.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie-Anne! I'm actually revising one WiP while drafting another, and I swear that's the only thing keeping me a) sane, and b) actually doing any kind of writing-related activity. When I was focusing solely on my rewrite/revision, I kept hitting these walls that made sitting down and doing the work something I dreaded. So, yeah, this is really working for me. Thank goodness! Good luck with your own revisions and polishing! :D

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  13. Snipping the lilacs, eh? That's hilarious. I can see it my mind, like Tom Hanks from The Burbs! haha, so funny.

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    1. I totally felt all badass and sneaky. ;-) Though, in reality, the bylaws actually allow for such snipping when it hangs over into my yard. Still, it helps that the neighbours in question are total ignorami. :D

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  14. Go go go, Jamie. Love that you can keep things moving on 2 fronts at once. It sounds like it's helping you to be able to go back and forth. Makes me want to start a new project, but I know I should focus on getting to the end of my first draft before I start something new. Must prove I can finish something first, before I try juggling!! Good luck this week.

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    1. Thanks, Laurel! It's definitely helping me to bounce back and forth between two projects. To be honest, I'm spending much more time on the contemporary, but that's okay. Any forward movement on either project is fine by me. :-) Good luck with your WiP this week! :D

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  15. Great pics of the Relay for Life, Jaime. I skipped this week's WUW but I do have a book review in its stead. :-) I didn't love Huntley's second book but I LOOOOOOVED her first so so much. Her next book is from the pov of Tim (Sam's bff Nan's brother from My Life next Door) I'm so excited for it!!!!! Good luck this week!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! It was so great taking part in something so meaningful. I'll be swinging by your blog right away to check out your review. I'm not 100% sure what I think about Book 2. I read Book 1 so long ago, it's hard for me to compare them. If I had to guess, I think I definitely liked Book 1 better, though. I'm very much looking forward to Tim's book. Have a wonderful week! :D

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  16. Very intrigued about this WiP of yours if Disaster films are part of the inspiration. I totally dig anything disaster!

    ... That makes me sound like a horrible person!

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    1. Disaster films are *definitely* part of the inspiration for this WiP. It's been so much fun to write. And hey, if loving anything disaster makes you a horrible person, then the fact that I've been watching disaster movies all week and LOVING it makes me pretty horrible too. LOL ;-)

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  17. Thanks for your encouraging comments about ENVISION! I hope book two will be an enjoyable follow up!

    It's funny that you swipe lilacs from your idiot neighbors, because when our idiot neighbors tore down the fence and built a new one, the lilac bush they hacked down grew back on our side. That's what they get for not asking us if we wanted to contribute to the fence until the actual weekend they built a new one. Thanks for the warning on that people.

    I liked what you said in your inspiration section about YA. I feel sorry for people who read to look good or to name drop titles instead of for enjoyment.

    Wish I could see you perform with the pipe & drum band. Maybe some day! :)

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    1. I'm sure ENGRAVE is going to be great! You've put so much hard work into it. I'm pretty excited about reading it. And I'm not just blowing up your tush either. ;-)

      I don't feel even a little bit guilty about the lilacs lol. That's too funny about your lilac bush. That's what they get for the whole fence thing. I'm just glad it grew back at all!

      I've had to read a lot of Adult lit for book club, and holy cannoli there are a lot of pretentious and indulgent books in that particular market. Bleh. Not my thing at all. I know what you mean about name dropping titles. I know people like that and it drives me bonkers. I read primarily for enjoyment, so I can't even begin to understand that.

      I'm hoping that by the time you eventually get to see me play I won't suck so bad lol. :-)

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  18. I have a ridiculous obsession with the movie The Day After Tomorrow. I don't even know how many times I've watched it. To be honest, I have a ridiculous obsession with any movie that depicts the end of the world as we know it. :) There's probably a medication for that! Have a great week, Jaime!

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  19. Wow, not only are you getting a lot of writing done, you're also getting a lot of reading done! Give me some of that!

    In other news, when are we going to see you in your band uniform? ;)

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  20. It's so cool that you got to participate in Relay for Life that way! My mom is a breast cancer survivor I'm always drawn to things like that too. I love the pictures!

    You've been reading a lot! I feel like I've been in a reading rut for the last couple of weeks and I'm determined to break it this weekend.

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  21. You've read so many good-sounding books! I love the shout out for your sister's ms. That's so awesome. :) And the parade sounds cool - you'll have to share a pic of you in that kilt sometime! :)

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  22. Ooh, that's a cool idea! I should be sharing more of the things I love about the stories I love. Have a great week!

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  23. Well, the way I see it, if your neighbors' lilacs are hanging over the fence into your yard, those lilacs on your side belong to you ;)

    I did Relay For Life one year in college. My grandfather died of lung cancer before I got a chance to really get to know him, so the part of the night where we had the candlelight vigil was particularly sobering for me. Cancer sucks.

    I love disaster movies probably way too much. Or anything where major cities are being destroyed, really. Independence Day is one of my favorite movies ever.

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