October 22, 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 all participants to stop by other WUW blogs, get to know some of the other writers taking part, and spread some writerly encouragement around. But before you go, be sure to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post. **Also, please remember to link back to the host blogs and/or use a WUW button. We really appreciate it!** For those of you who are new , here are the headings we are using:
WHAT I'M READING
WHAT I'M WRITING

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
WHAT ELSE IS NEW


WHAT I'M READING
I'm still reading my sister's manuscript ENGRAVE before going through it a second time to critique it. It's pretty awesome! I'm getting very close to the end of my reread of THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, at which time, the hubs and I will watch the movie again. We've been working our way through them as I reread each book. (He finished his reread ages ago.)

Up next: THE EXPLOSIONIST by Jenny Davidson, an alternate history set in 1930s Edinburgh.

WHAT I'M WRITING
Still at the planning and researching point in this WiP, but I'm feeling a bit better about the progress I'm making. I had a really productive Skype session with Erin this past week, and took some great notes as ideas cropped up. Through the course of our conversation, I also decided that I'm going to make a concerted effort to hammer out an outline before the end of the month. NaNo's not really for me, but I do like to ride the wave of accountability, focus, and discipline that the month provides. NaNo on the fringes, in a way. Soooo, I'd like to be ready to draft this story by November 1st. We shall see.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Naming my WiP.
I have the worst time working on an unnamed project. In fact, it has been driving me nuts that my current WiP has been nameless until this past week. Now that I have a title, this story feels more real and more deserving of my time. Does that make sense? Last week I mentioned reading WWI poetry, on the hunt for a possible title. Well, I found a line that I like and plan to use for my story: EVERY SAD & LOVELY THING. It's a line from (British) Lieutenant William Noel Hodgson's poem "Before Action", penned only a couple of days before he was killed at the Somme in 1916. The poem and this line are perfect.
Look at the pretty!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW
Not much, really. I've been knitting like crazy (with pretty new wooden needles) while binge-watching Murdoch Mysteries, Elementary, and Friends. I baked an apple pie with Mackintosh toffee in it, hoping for a caramel apple effect. It ended up tasting like...apple pie. Unfortunately, you couldn't taste the toffee. Still: pie. #yum 

The mountain ash tree in our yard dropped some gorgeous orange and almost burgundy leaves. Todd and I took pictures together, amateurs that we are, with our camera. We had a lot of fun and ended up taking goofy ones too when the timer caught us unprepared. They're not perfect--there's a chain link fence in the background--but I like them. ♥
These leaves are EVERYWHERE, but I don't have the heart to rake them up yet.






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




P. S. I'm subbing all day, so I will be around to visit your blogs in the evening. Hope you have a great Wednesday!




18 comments:

  1. I know what you mean on the naming front - when I'm working on something I like having something to call it, even if it's just a working title! I love the title that you chose; I had to study War Literature during the first year of my A Levels and I really enjoyed it. There are certainly a lot of sad, beautiful poems. :)

    I've been watch a lot of Friends recently, too. It's one of those shows I just never get bored of! I'm also guilty of binge-watching Poirot recently - I don't know why I find it so addictive!

    Those are very pretty knitting needles. :D Good luck with all your planning and researching and have a great week!

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  2. I feel the same way about naming my WiPs. I can't write until I have a decent title. That part of drafting is very important to me. Good luck with your WiP and NaNo.

    Yay for apple pies! I love fall foods. And you guys look great in that shot. The leaves are a nice touch.

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  3. I love this line: it´s beautiful, intriguing and full of emotions! I am actually working on my NA without a title...it is a big strange but it almost feels like if I am naming it, it really is happening. I know, sounds weird :))

    (and gorgeous picture of you and your hubby!)

    Hope you have a great subbing day!

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  4. I love that line! What a great title, Jaime! Love the picture of you & your hubby too. Y'know I didn't notice the chain link fence until you pointed it out - just noticed your smiling faces :)
    Have a good day, subbing. Hope it's not too difficult!

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  5. I have a hard time getting momentum for a project without a working title. For me, titles capture the essence of a novel, so I try to have one before I start writing. Usually it comes to me through plotting, but sometimes it takes a couple of chapters.
    Those leaves look so pretty. Whenever I hear Mountain Ash, I think of Teen Wolf. I didn't know it was an actual tree.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love your title! It's gorgeous. And so is the photo of you and your hubby. :) You don't even notice the chain link fence in the background. It motivates me to get some family photos done! Have a great week.

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  7. I tend to use working titles, since I'm terrible at fitting titles to manuscripts! Using a line from a poem is a really cool idea!

    Have a great week! :)

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  8. Beautiful title!

    I always feel like I'm NaNo-ing on the fringes during November. I write too slowly to get a draft done, but I want to do *something* to join in on the fun. Still not sure what I'll work on this year - I probably won't figure it out until November 1 :) Good luck with your outline, I'm cheering you on!

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  9. what a cute pic! I love the leaves, beautiful! I prefer to name my projects ahead of time as well, good to know I'm not alone in that. Glad Erin's manuscript is so awesome! I've NaNoed in the past but never achieved the coveted 50k badge. I'm going to join in this year just for motivation to finish up my new WIP. If you decide to join the fun let me know so I can add you as my buddy!

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  10. I adore the name you chose for your WiP, Jaime. It's beautiful! As are the photos you and your husband took. Love the autumn colors, and I think the fence in the background is kind of cool and edgy looking. I approve! ;-) Have a wonderful week, lady!

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  11. Those are the most awesome knitting needles ever! And that is a beautiful picture. I like the idea of Fringe Nano-ing. I'm considering it myself. I shouldn't. I really shouldn't. But I might!

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  12. That picture of you and your husband is absolutely adorable! And I love, love, love EVERY SAD AND LOVELY THING! I think you should go with that. But I hear you on titles. Mine is being such a...challenge. :) Have a great week!

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  13. I agree with what you said about titling a story. It's hard and feels more real after it has one. I like the title you chose!

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  14. That pic is great! I didn't even notice the chain-link fence until you pointed it out.
    Love your title. It already gives such an image of what the book is going to be like.
    I did NaNo last year and while I was successful, I'm not sure I'm going to be able to do it this year. Like you, I want to get an outline ready, but I might just use NaNo as a push without trying to get the whole thing done in a month. We'll see. :)

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  15. I think when you give a book a title, you give it valid reason for existing. =) That said, most my books go through about ten titles before I settle, and then my editor shakes his head. *sigh* It's such a crazy process, eh?

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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  16. Love those needles. Luckily titles never bother me. They're the last thing I do except for nano where I need something but I have many friends who are like you. They need that title.

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  17. You have a much nicer mountain ash than we do; ours is next to the roadway, and it makes a hideous mess of leaves and especially berries, for most of October. We had a crazy windstorm last night, and the roadway under the tree is red with berries now. I love it the rest of the year, but in October it makes me nuts.

    Love the title for the WIP. And what are you knitting on those gorgeous needles?

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  18. Hooray for naming your MS! And I LOVE the title. Even more that it came from a poem with such meaningful context.

    And I know I said so before on IG, but those knitting needles are so gorgeous. I love the feel of wooden needles, but I have never even seen needles that lovely.

    The pic of you and Todd is adorable. You'll be glad for the goofy ones too. It's funny, but the goofy pics are always my favorites years later.

    Hope your week is full of amazing and apple pie. :)

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