July 23, 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 Morgan Matson's latest, SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE, then promptly added it to my list of favourites. I loved this book just as much as the other two I've read by this author. YA is positively rife with broody bad boys, so it's refreshing to read Matson's stories with sweet good guys. Also loved the playlists throughout (like in AMY & ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR) and the awesome friendships. Highly recommend! Now I'm reading devouring DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas. This book is every bit as unputdownable as everyone has been saying! Bonus points for the new, less cheesy-looking cover too!

WHAT I'M WRITING
Nothing since my RSW post on Monday, unless something changes between when I'm writing this post and when it goes live. There are roofers stomping and hammering on my roof, listening to over-loud music which includes both Nickelback (shudder) and that earwormy "Rasputin" song by Boney M (double shudder). Needless to say, if there's an enemy to creativity, it's Chad Kroeger and his talentless hack band members. I do plan on amending my WiP's outline this week, then tackling this rewrite.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Nickelback. #not

Back to back awesome reads that were both impossible to put down and a crash course on how to write like a champ. #GoBooks

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
• Spending time with Todd's family this past weekend at his grandparents' 60th Anniversary celebration. 60 years, folks!
• Trying to stay focused on writing while my mind is too busy thinking about our trip TWO WEEKS from today! Woot!
• Doing the #YAPhotoADay challenge still. Here are some of my favourites from this week: Pic #1, Pic #2, Pic #3, Pic #4
• And then, of course, all of this fun stuff below:

Clockwise from top left: My sister, Erin, sent me a super awesome early birthday care package (I'm in Europe for my birthday);
my new Shakespearean insults mug courtesy of Erin (my favourite insult: "Not so much brain as ear wax"); our new Deathly Hallows
fairy door sitting just above the baseboard at the end of the hall (Two adults with no kids, but we have a fairy door. Not weird at all.);
a signed copy of Susan Dennard's A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY for donating to YA Does a 5K; and fun Chapters purchases.

Well, that's it for me, folks!
WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?


39 comments:

  1. Got the builders in? Pack up the laptop and move into your nearest coffee shop. It's the perfect excuse, especially if their taste in music is so dodgy.

    60 years? Wow. That's amazing.

    Love the photos :D Nice signed copy!

    Have a great week!

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    1. The roofers left! The roofers left! Can you tell I'm excited? The silence is WONDERFUL! :D So, that said, I guess I no longer have an excuse not to write, hey? Have a great week, Cole!

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  2. What?!? I love the Rasputin song!!

    Congrats to the grandparent's on the 60 year anniversary, that is just awesome and awe-inspiring, =)

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    1. "Rasputin" gets seriously stuck in my head, and after two full days of non-stop radio I was kind of going crazy lol. The roofers finally left, so it's blissfully silent around here. :-)

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  3. Don't get me wrong, I love my sisters dearly, but I wish I had a sister who knew the kinds of things writers like to get for their birthdays. That's awesome. As is the fairy door. I hope the roofers finish in record time and that you have a great week!

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    1. My sister (Erin Funk) is a writer and my CP, so we definitely know how to put together a writerly care package. :-) It's pretty awesome, for sure. And, wonder of wonders, the roofers finally finished and left today! It's blissfully silent around here now. Have a great week, Melanie! :D

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  4. I still haven't read any Morgan Matson but I've heard nothing but brilliant things about her novels. Since You've Been Gone sounds like a really fun read - I'll have to try and get my hands on a copy soon!

    Oh dear, I hope those builders stop stomping all over your creativity sooner rather than later. =\ I love that Deathly Hallows fairy door! It's adorable!

    Have a great week!

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    1. Morgan Matson's books are some of my favourites. I have not been disappointed yet by her. It's great having those authors whose stuff is an instabuy. :-) The roofers have finally left! All of this wonderful silence is already inspiring me to get my butt in the chair and write. Have a great week, Jess!

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  5. Yayayayay for sweet guys! I know what you mean, I'm a bit over bad boys at the moment. Morgan Matson has yet to let me down, so SYBG is definitely high on my TBR pile!

    Nickelback? *shudder* *vomit* You poor thing. Maybe fight back with some trashy music of your own? Or "accidentally" kick the stereo off the roof?

    Also, arghhhhh I want that mug so bad! And congrats to the grandparents, what an achievement! :D

    - Caitie

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    1. I think with the broody bad boys I'm always a little skeptical that they've *actually* changed or that they're *actually* just misunderstood. Because in real life sometimes these bad boys are just bad news and should be avoided at all costs. That sounds terrible, but that's been my experience. I much prefer sweet boys who treat girls right. Call me crazy. :-) I feel much the same way about Morgan Matson's books. Seriously, her stuff will always be an instabuy for me.

      The roofers have finally left! The silence is so wonderful! And it's inspiring me to write, so that's just the icing on the cake. Have a great week, Caitie! :D

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  6. The theatre nerd in me giggled at the Shakespearean insult mug. I loved those photos. Every adult should have a fairy door. It's more common thank you think. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Isn't it great? So many funny and just plain weird insults on it. I love it! And I think you're right: every adult *should* have a fairy door. :-)

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  7. I agree, the sound of construction is not the most inspirational (nor is Nickleback, bleck!) so it's ok you're not really feeling the words. Reading is a good use of time! And it's also totally acceptable to be fixated on your future trip! Have a great week!

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    1. Right? Ew. They're finally done and gone, so I'm just basking in the silence. It's wonderful. :-) I've been reading such awesome books lately, so I'm trying not to feel too guilty about not writing. As long as I don't lose my momentum, then I'm happy. Have a great week in New York! :D

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  8. Those pictures are inspiring. I don't see how you can get much writing done with the roof and Europe and . . .uh. . . Nickleback? Although I do like one or two of their songs. (never for writing, though!) Good luck and get some ear plugs ;)

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    1. The roofers finally left, so now maybe I can focus on all the things that need to get done, including some writing. The silence is just wonderful! Confession: There's one Nickelback song that I actually kind of like, but don't tell anyone, ok? Have a great week, Tonja!

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  9. Argh! We had builders knocking down and replacing our front door yesterday, but luckily they weren't playing music! It's hard to concentrate with irritating background noise. Hopefully you'll get to write in peace soon!

    Awesome signed copy! I need to read the rest of Susan Dennard's trilogy, as I've only read the first book. But I really enjoyed it!

    Have a great week!

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    1. I might have been able to deal with the noise of hammering and banging, but add to that loud radio music for about 10 hours straight and I'm about to climb the walls. I'm not one of those people who needs to have music playing all the time in the background. I listen to music purposefully and not passively. Does that make sense?

      I actually haven't read past the first book in Susan Dennard's trilogy, so I'm looking forward to rereading it before reading the other two. She's honestly the coolest person, in my opinion. :-) Have a great week, Emma!

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  10. Boo, Nickelback! Definitely not inspiring for writing. Or much else for that matter. Love the pictures of all the goodies though. I'm with you on reading awesome books equaling inspiration. I've been in the same mode, though a few nice words from my CP also helped. Europe - how exciting! I'm a tad jealous over here. Enjoy your week and your countdown to your vacation!

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    1. Boo is right. I'm so ashamed they're from my province. Thankfully, the roofers have finished the job and the silence has returned! It's wonderful, not gonna lie. I'm in this weird position of *wanting* to write really badly, but wanting to read just a wee bit more. I'll have to maybe use reading as incentive to squeeze in some writing first. Have a great week, Stephanie! :D

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  11. I love that fairy door! My kids would love it too, especially my 7yrold who swears she saw a fairy at school last year.
    Putting both of those books on my TBR!

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    1. Isn't it cute? They had all different ones--some I liked better than this one--but the I couldn't resist the Deathly Hallows symbol on it. What can I say? I'm a total HP dork. ;-)

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  12. Happy Birthday in advance!!! (since you will be MIA for your actual birthday) (So, soooo jealous of your trip) :)

    And I love that fairy door! And I have very recently made tiny, mossy fairy gardens. (Yep, two adults and no kids over here either...but we have ourselves some fabulous fairy gardens) *grin*

    I have yet to meet a roofer with good taste in music. I am not sure why that is. The atmosphere must be too thin up there.

    Hope your week is amazing and does not require earplugs to get some fabulous words down. :)

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    1. Thanks, Kris! We're going to be in Amsterdam on my birthday. If I was the wild type (so not), I'd probably find that even cooler than I do. ;-) No red light districts or skunky coffee shops for me!

      So I think it's pretty great that you have fairy gardens. If I lived somewhere that had nicer weather for longer, I'd definitely make up a little fairy garden with some succulents and whatnot. I put this door inside because our summer season is just too darn brief. That's all right. I get to see it every time I walk down the hall now. :-)

      Had to laugh about roofers and thin air. No doubt. They finally finished the job and left and I'm thoroughly enjoying the silence. It's WONDERFUL. Maybe I'll get some writing done today after all! Hope you have a great week, Kris!

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  13. I love how Susan Dennard signs her books! So awesome.

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  14. I wouldn't guess Nickelback fans would also enjoy disco - it's a strange, strange world :)

    Happy anniversary to Todd's grandparents!

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    1. It was some random radio station with the weirdest mix known to man. I found myself singing along to some of the tunes and then groaning for getting sucked in. Thankfully, they finished the job and left and it's been blissfully silent around here for a bit now. I might actually get in some writing today! :-)

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  15. Congratulations to your grandparents-in-law on making it 60 years! My surviving grandparents have been married almost 63 years, and when I worked at the newspaper, we had a number of anniversary stories for couples celebrating 50, 60, 65, even 70 and 75 years of marriage.

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    1. It's amazing to hear about (and actually know) people who have been married for so long. So inspiring!

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  16. I agree with you on the high moody bad boy population in YA. I might have to check this book out if it's full of the nicer guys. Definitely something I would love to see more of in YA. :)

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    1. Not that I'm one to wag fingers and harp on about messages in books, but I *do* find it troubling what we're telling readers about bad boys and the ability to reform them simply by loving them. Not every bad boy is just "misunderstood". Often times bad boys = bad news. That's what I think anyway. I much prefer a sweet boy and would love to see more of them in YA. :-)

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  17. I have a copy of SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE and I'm excited to read it. I've loved all of her other books. Enjoy DANGEROUS GIRLS! So good, and I'm excited for DANGEROUS BOYS to come out.

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    1. You're going to love SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE! There are some of the same types of awesome things as in AMY & ROGER, but then other awesome things added to it. I thoroughly enjoyed it! And DANGEROUS GIRLS is so good so far! Hope DANGEROUS BOYS doesn't take *too* long to come out!

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  18. Ugh, sorry about the guys stomping all over your roof! Yuck. I always hate having work done on the house that involves workers for more than an hour. It feels like such an invasion! Happy Early Birthday - your b-day package from Erin looks wonderful. :) Two weeks until the trip. Yay!! Have a great week!

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  19. i enjoyed your whats up wed! nice to meet you!
    books are very inspiring - i like the books on your sidebar, rereading HP & classics & currents!
    and the word mug is my favorite!
    happy hump day!

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  20. Considering all the angst you're getting from Nickleback right now, maybe you should add it to your writing playlist and listen to it every time you need to write a fight scene. :)

    Have a great week!

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  21. Nickleback huh? My condolences. I have neighbors that like to blast the most impressively horrible music on their backyard deck, usually all summer long. But this summer has been pretty rainy and cold, so they've had to keep it indoors :)

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  22. Hi Jaime,

    I'm a weekly participant of What's Up Wednesday, but next Wednesday (July 30), I won't have wi-fi. I'm scheduling my post... would it be possible for you to add me to the linky? My blog is Books and Bark ( http://booksandbark.wordpress.com ), and my name is Sabrina Wolfheart.

    Thanks,
    Sabrina

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