November 5, 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 to What's Up Wednesday, 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 finally finished up my reread of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS via audiobook. Still just as good as the first time. I'm continuing another reread with Cassandra Clare's CITY OF ASHES, which I'll finish today. I forgot how much I enjoyed the first books in this series when I read them before. After Book 3, everything will be new because I haven't ever read Books 4-6. I need to pick up my reading pace as I've somehow fallen two books behind on my Goodreads Challenge.

WHAT I'M WRITING
Well, I have a loose outline typed up now, but it's not what I'd call adequate by any means. For some reason, I'm struggling to formulate a detailed plot for this WiP, and it's making me crazy. The last couple of projects I started, I jumped in with half-baked outlines and this caused me nothing but headaches and roadblocks while drafting. I'm hoping that spending more time on other aspects of the planning process--research, character development, and so on--will yield more plot details that are eluding me. I wanted to be drafting by now, but I refuse to rush and ruin the story because I was impatient.

My goal for this week→ Add more meat to my story outline, get to know my characters better, and chill the heck out.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
An uncluttered workspace.
I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but clutter is Public Enemy #1 to my creativity. My office has become a dumping ground lately and it's making me want to give it a wide berth. Which is why when I'm done writing this post, I'm going to tackle the clutter. I had good reason to clear my desk up this week when I got a new all-in-one desktop computer! Woohoo! Not only does this thing have only one cord coming from it (I detest the mess of cords and cables normally found around computers), but it has a touchscreen as well, which is really kind of cool. It's making me want to get working on my WiP!


(I have a laptop, but I'm more likely to park myself where I'm going to be distracted, like the couch in the living room. It all spirals downward from there with the remote and Netflix only an arm's reach away. Discipline: I have none whatsoever.)

WHAT ELSE IS NEW
I've been taking part in a number of remembrance-related events over the past couple of weeks. I already mentioned the Flags of Remembrance event my pipe band participated in last week. As part of this initiative, Todd and I were honoured to sponsor a flag on behalf of Master Corporal Kristal Giesebrecht, a Canadian medic who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

On Sunday night, the pipe band played in a Musical Remembrance concert at the local college. I had to lead everyone on stage in single file and completely botched it up. For some odd reason I couldn't figure out what to do with my feet and ended up doing this weird hop/shuffle combo in trying to correct my march. So flipping embarrassing, but I'm over it now.

I've been watching Call the Midwife on Netflix and loving it. My initial thought was, "Do I really want to watch a TV series about midwives, nuns, and childbirth?", but it's so much more than that and really, really enjoyable. Oh, and I ♥ Chummy!

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


19 comments:

  1. I love the Harry Potter audio books so much - they just get better and better. I am in a similar place with planning my next book. It was so tempting to just jump in and do NaNo because I really want to get writing, but I'm holding back and getting that planning and research done first. Thanks for the blog hop! It's my first time participating and it's such a wonderful idea :)

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  2. Yessss to Call The Midwife, and yes x 1000 to Chummy, haha!

    I know exactly what you mean about clutter, I can't stand being surrounded by mess in a work environment. Even teacups - I can only have a maximum of 2 mugs on the desk before I go insane. Also, touchscreen computer? Um, AWESOME.

    It sounds like your pipe band Remembrance events have been wonderful opportunities for reflection and appreciation - I'd imagine being involved in something so meaningful would be a great experience for you and Todd :) Have a wonderful week, Jaime!

    -- Caitie

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  3. One of the hardest parts of planning for me is fleshing out the outline so it's more than a rough sketch - sometimes, I do have to actually start writing (or draft parts of scenes) to see where it's going!

    My desk's kind of organised chaos... not so much general clutter, but I need to be able to access all my notebooks when I'm working, and it drives me crazy when I can't find things!

    Hope you enjoy the other Mortal Instruments books, and have a great week! :)

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  4. Yay for *all* your entertainment consumption--I'm looking forward to diving into a Harry Potter re-read (at this point I'm thinking Christmas break) and all the Cassandra Clare books have been sort of on my list. I read the first...few? I'm not even sure how many. They were a lot of fun but I made myself stop "until she finishes writing them" because I'm trying to spend less time on forced re-reads. Of course, now it looks like she may never stop...so we'll see.

    The new computer looks awesome! How cool!

    If you're itching to draft, could you write scenes that aren't in your book? Like as a character exercise? (The research and patience required is why I'm not sure I will ever attempt historical. I have endless respect for people who write it.) Looking forward to seeing it when it's up on its feet, though!

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  5. The Harry Potter audio books are so good. I am rare to like an audiobook (I find myself too impatient with them), but I love those. Also I LOVE the City of Bones TRILOGY . Yes trilogy. 4 and 5 and 6 were 'money makers' to me but also in general not as well written…I felt like the plot dragged on. But I hear great things about the Clockwork series…have you read that? Have a great week Jaime!

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  6. I've heard so many great things about Call the Midwife. I've got the first season waiting but haven't watched it yet.
    Good luck filling out your outline. Mine isn't that meaty either but I think it'll do. I get way too impatient to start writing!

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  7. I am the same way about having an organized workspace. Even though I have a laptop, if I stray from my desk/office area, I end up getting so distracted.

    Happy plotting--it is the hardest part, for sure. But I have total faith you will find your way and write an amazing story. <3

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  8. I feel you on the planning front. Sometimes I think I've planned well and still run into roadblocks. Maybe inevitable, but that brainstorming time can weed out potential plot issues ahead of time. Good luck!

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  9. I haven't read books 4-6 of the Mortal Instruments either. I liked how the third book ended. Maybe one day I'll pick them up Good luck with your outline. Thanks for sharing :D

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  10. Nothing inspired me to learn how to outline--however vaguely--than writing a few messy drafts. I'm a pantser at heart but I've started trying to work out the basics before I dive in, for future me's sanity. Good luck with finding your plot!

    Clutter is evil. It's also crazy distracting to me. Like I'll just clean and reorganize instead of writing. :/

    Have a good week!

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  11. Chill the heck out. <-- That's a perpetual goal for me, too. I'm drafting my project without much of an outline at all and it is SCARY. But... jumping in felt weirdly right, so I went with it. So far, so good, but I'm very worried that those road blocks you mentioned are going to start popping up. Also, cheers to a clutter-free workspace! I'm beginning to think our creative minds are quite similar, Jaime. :-) Have an awesome week!

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  12. Which narrator do you have on your HP audiobooks? I would love to hear the Stephen Fry ones, which a friend strongly recommended.

    Clutter is my enemy, too. And my office is also a dumping ground. I must tackle that at some point. But first I must finish up the day's writing, because deadlines.

    I am feeling the same way about outlining - I want to do it but am running up against roadblocks. I may be thinking too linearly. But when I don't, I think I need to think more linearly.

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  13. Your Remembrance Day events sound like such an amazing thing to be a part of! You get to do such neat things with your pipe and drum band too. And I'm like you, I agonize over silly stuff like that, but I'll bet no one even noticed your little hop/shuffle thing but you.

    And clutter...whoa boy. Your desk is gorgeous!! I would never be able to post a picture of my desk without dying of mortification. (mine still has Halloween crap all over the place) *sigh*

    And go you on really fleshing out your outline! It will probably save you oodles of heartache later.

    Hope you have an amazing week filled with lots of tea and an outline that behaves himself. (outlines are male, don't ask me why, they just are) :)

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  14. A clean workplace is so nice and helps fuel my creativity. I love the Mortal Instruments series but have yet to read the 6th one. Good luck with wedding more meat to your outline!

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  15. I'm glad I'm not the only one with no discipline! I'm so easily distracted. I hope your new clutter free workspace works for you. I love that computer too.

    I love the Harry Potter audio books and isn't Call the Midwife lovely. The actress who plays Chummy has another show called Miranda which is very different, but very funny.

    Have a great week

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  16. Good for you for not rushing it. I'm sure this extra planning you are doing will pay off. Stick to the plan. Have a good week, Jamie, and thanks again for hosting.

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  17. I'd really like to reread the Harry Potter books soon! :) I hear you on the discipline front - I have none either!

    Have a great week!

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  18. I am so with you on the clutter thing! I have found that especially at the day job, I have to keep a clean space or I can't concentrate on anything. Have fun reading Harry Potter! I wish those books were all new for me again. :) How fun!

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