November 12, 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'm currently reading ROSE UNDER FIRE, the companion novel to CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein. For whatever reason, it's taking me foooooorever to get into this one. I think it might have to do with the fact that the narrator kind of spoils what was was, to me, something that would have created huge suspense and would have kept me flipping pages to find out what happens. Knowing the outcome less than 100 pages in isn't propelling me forward. Not giving up yet, though.

WHAT I'M WRITING
Still in the planning stages on this WiP, but had a MAJOR breakthrough plot-wise all thanks to a super productive Skype session with my sis/CP. (Thanks again, Erin! :D) This story has suddenly taken a different turn than originally anticipated, and now I'm even more excited to get working on it. I actually talked about it a bit in a writing-related post I did Monday.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Sharing my words and ideas.
While it's certainly difficult for me to put myself out there and share snippets of what I've written or to even just talk about my WiP, the outcome is always beneficial to my writing process. It's been said that writing is a solitary pursuit, often lonely in nature, so there's nothing quite like getting a boost--big or small--from someone actually enjoying your words or ideas. When I start losing steam, sharing what I'm working on powers me back up again in a way that nothing else does.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW
Yesterday was Remembrance Day here in Canada, so my pipe band was very busy. We played at three venues, including the main Remembrance service with armed forces, cadets, RCMP, vets, and so on. It was very chilly (-15C), so kilts and knee socks were less than ideal, but it was such an important day and I felt honoured to be part of it. A fun highlight: a 93-year-old WWII vet at our local Legion gave me a shoulder massage lol. He and his wife of sixty-seven years were so inspiring.

The hubs and I went to see INTERSTELLAR at the theatre on Monday. It was completely awesome, though I did leave feeling a good deal dumber than going in. Quantum physics and the like confound me. Even so, that didn't affect my enjoyment of a truly stellar (hardy har) movie. (But really, was there any question? It's a Christopher Nolan film, folks.)

After puttering around with various Christmas photo card sites (Shutterfly, Walmart, Snapfish, Mixbook...) and not loving the choices or the ridiculous prices, I finally decided to make my own on picmonkey.com. Below on the left is what I came up with and I'm pretty happy with the outcome. It's a 5x7 card, so it's super easy to get printed off at any photo place.


Remembrance poppy (#LestWeForget), my wool band socks were long enough to pull up over my knees (thank goodness!), and our Christmas card.

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


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    1. And good luck with the planning. It must be so awesome to have a writer sibling you can work things out with ^_^

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    2. Thanks, Cole! It really is great having Erin in my corner. The chats we have about writing are always helpful. Have a great week! :D

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  2. Hope all is going well and enjoy the week!

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  3. Good luck with your writing this week!

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  4. I just watched Interstellar today and really enjoyed it! Have a great week! :)

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    1. It was pretty great, albeit confusing at times lol. That's okay because I fully intend to watch it again sometime and watch for all the clues they drop along the way. Have a great week, Emma! :D

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  5. During our Skype session, I felt like a ton of things fell into place for your WIP. It's like you had one flash of inspiration and it set off a chain reaction. Knew that would happen eventually! Maybe it's the whole atmosphere surrounding Remembrance Day that brought that on. I was really encouraged by your feedback on Engrave too, so we'll definitely have to be more diligent about exchanging snippets and discussing our stories. We need to get back to how we did things when I first wrote Envision and you wrote WoN. Accompanied by lots of tea, of course.

    I'm glad you loved Interstellar too. It was every bit as good as I'd hoped--awesome plot, lots of emotion, great acting, and that whole philosophy meets science aspect I love so much. I can't wait to see it again!

    I love the Christmas card pic you put together. I need to work on ours too. I'll probably use pics from our trip and do a collage, which means our family photo will likely be the equivalent of a selfie with Trev's arm in the way. I'm glad you had a good Remembrance Day. It's interesting that after everyone pays their respects, there's almost a celebratory feel to it. We watched the ceremony in Ottawa and the parade afterward was very upbeat. I guess they want to leave off the day with a feeling of hope, which is good.

    Have a super week, and let me know when you feel like Skyping next! We should do some goal setting! :)

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    1. Things really did fall into place because of that conversation. Now I just need to sit down and beef up my outline with everything we discussed the other day. Before I lose momentum again. I basically just need to get writing this thing. You're right about Remembrance Day helping to inspire ideas and whatnot. Thanks again for mentioning that CBC special. I watched it last night and it was so great to see those Vimy tunnels and hear all of the other awesome information they shared. (Like the fact that they could hear the shells overhead down in the tunnels. Good to know!) I saved it on our PVR so I can watch it again. I also recorded the Ottawa service, so I'll have to sit down and watch it too.

      Between knowing the outcome of INTERSTELLAR and knowing that much of it was filmed in Alberta, I feel like I need to watch it again! I think I would catch much more now and I might even catch some familiar sights. Such a great movie, but then that was no surprise given that Christopher Nolan was behind it.

      I think I'll probably do my own Christmas cards from now on. Assuming the finished product looks good, anyway. I'm waiting on the photos in the mail, so we'll see. There are lots of great Christmas photo cards on other sites, but they're so expensive if you want the nice ones. I just can't fathom paying extra money per card just to have the corners rounded. So frigging ridiculous.

      I'm pretty much game to Skype anytime. I like the idea of setting some goals for ourselves. I know I need some accountability in the worst way. And Skyping with tea is always awesome. Have a great week! :D

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  6. It's always frustrating when a story tells you something too early, isn't it? I hope Rose Under Fire gets more exciting for you soon! I'm glad to hear you've had a breakthrough on the writing front, and I agree that sharing your work with other people can be super helpful - I've lost count of the amount of times I hit a block during my MA and then was inspired to return to my keyboard after a really supportive seminar.

    Sounds like you had a very eventful Remembrance Day - it was so nice to see everyone around the world acknowledging the centenery of WW1 in their own way.

    Have a lovely week!

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    1. It really is frustrating. I'm sure the book is good, but I would have rather been left in suspense for much longer. With sharing writing, I think even hearing one or two things that someone likes about your words is enough to really get me going again. I have a tendency to doubt myself, so knowing that what I'm writing isn't total garbage is always a boost.

      Remembrance Day is really important to me, especially after the battlefield tour we did this summer, so it was great to see so many people observing it. There have been some great specials on TV focusing on WWI too, so that's been nice. Hope you have a great week, Jess! :D

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  7. I don't know if I'd still be an author if it was a solitary experience. That's the beauty of the internet, right? And it is so lovely that you and your sister can work together. It's very inspiring to me. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. The encouragement and accountability I've received in the writing community has been great. I don't know what I would have done these past few years without the support I've found. My sister is absolutely the best sounding board for writing, though. Hope you have a great week, Melanie! :D

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  8. I agree that sharing your words is a great way to get some oft much-needed motivation. I always have a little "eep" moment when I do though. Because deep down, I am a total Word Coward.

    Congrats on your Major Breakthrough!! Cherish the moment.

    And I've loved seeing all your Remembrance Day photos. But holy shiznit -15 degrees?!!! That is just too cold. You get MAJOR extra points for wearing a kilt in that weather. I'm hoping the male members of your troupe at least wore some wool undies and didn't try to go all authentic Scotts. (Whole new meaning to the term Outlander there) ;)

    Have a great week and happy plotting! :)

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    1. It always makes me almost sick to my stomach when I put my words out there, but then I'm always boosted by even the littlest things that people like about what I've shared. Total Word Coward, right here. (Great name for it, by the way!) I'm really hoping this breakthrough propels me forward because I've been stalled out thus far. I think I'm going to be able to start drafting soon, so that will make things more interesting as well.

      -15C isn't even all that bad lol. Well, when you're not sporting a kilt, anyway. The male members of the band remain true to the True Scotsman thing, even in less than balmy weather. And windy conditions. I wish they'd don some drawers on those occasions. I've been "treated" to far too many white Canadian bums. We're lucky Remembrance Day didn't fall a couple days later. We're gearing up for -30C overnight. EEEEEEEEK. It's way too early for that kind of nonsense. (Actually, it's never the right time for that.)

      Have a great week, Kris! :D

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  9. I enjoyed Rose Under Fire, but it was nowhere near as good as CNV and I think it's because of what you said- you already know the ending so it loses some of the tension.
    I haven't seen Interstellar but I heard a lot of it was filmed in Fort MacLeod and even around Lethbridge (and a few other small Alberta towns, though I don't remember which ones). When I see it, I'll be interested to see if I recognize any of it!

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    1. I honestly don't know why she would have spoiled her own ending so early on. I would have preferred the tension of not knowing and hanging in suspense. It's really making it hard to get through it. It's funny, because I've heard people say they preferred this one to CNV. So far I disagree.

      I had no idea that INTERSTELLAR had a bunch of scenes filmed in Alberta! Wish I'd known that beforehand so I could have watched for things. (Though, it was probably farm shots, so that would have been hard to place in this province what with all the farms lol.) Have a great week, Melanie! :D

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  10. I love the card! Have been looking to do something similar so thanks for the tip. Cannot believe it is time for the cards already...EEP! Have a great week :)

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    1. I honestly don't know if I'll ever buy actual Christmas cards again. Picmonkey has so many fun Christmas features, so you can do tons with it. I used the collage card feature and just selected 5 x 7, which is an actual photo size anyway. AND this way you don't have to try to come up with sentiment inside of a regular Christmas card. (I feel terrible saying it, but who has time for that?) Have a wonderful week, Carrie! :D

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  11. I've been wanting to see Interstellar. Hope you have an awesome writing week!

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    1. It was really good and a total nail-biter at times. Have a great week, Sarah! :D

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  12. I started Rose Under Fire but haven't been able to finish it-- it was due at the library. I think I have a problem. I check out too many books. But I was listening to the audiobook, I read Code Name Verity the same way. I think the reader of the Code Name Verity audiobook is great. I was enjoying the Rose Under Fire audiobook too. Hopefully, one day I'll get to finish it. Ha. Have a great week!

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    1. I'm really hoping I'll get into it, because I really hate not finishing books once I've started them. I should look into the audiobook version. Who knows? Maybe it'll hook me? Have a great week, Amy!

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  13. I've been so torn about Interstellar, so I'm glad to hear you liked it. If I had a baby-sitter, I think I'd go see it. :-) I'm so excited that you're making plotting progress on your WiP, Jaime! Can't wait for you to get started drafting because I sense your passion for the subject. I'm rooting for you! Have a wonderful week! <3

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    1. There was a chunk of time there when I was kind of over Matthew McConaughy--it felt like he was always the same guy in every movie--but he was so good in this one. I definitely think you should see it if you can. As for writing, I've kind of reached the point where I feel like I need to get drafting this thing. If I wait too much longer I'm going to completely lose momentum and motivation. Plus, I'm just itching to get started! Have a great week, Katy! :D

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  14. Sharing writing is so helpful, but so hard.

    I haven't read ROSE UNDER FIRE yet, but it's on my list. I'm currently struggling my way through I, ROBOT by Isaac Asimov. I've only got a chapter and a half left and nothing has really happened. Maybe all the backstory has been leading up to an exciting conclusion though?

    Hope you have an amazing week!

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  15. Hi, Jaime! First of all, I have to say that you and Erin are so lucky to have someone so close to you to share this writing journey with. And, I also agree on how sharing your words help. I have a writing coach and most of our current sessions consist of her sending me feedback on my scenes. It's so encouraging and helps me keep moving forward. Oh, and nice on the major breakthrough! That's always exciting. :)

    Oh, if you like the 5 minute timer method, you should look up the Pomodoro technique which includes timed breaks as well. They also have some really neat pomodoro apps out there. If you ever decide to try one out, I can recommend a couple of nice ones.

    And I agree on quantum science and INTERSTELLAR--I understand the basics of it, and of what was going on in the film, but it's all so mind-boggling when you really stop and think about it. I love stuff like that, too. :)

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  16. I don't know if I'd ever finish anything if I wasn't sharing what I'm writing with people. Sharing is hard and I get SO NERVOUS every time I send something to a new person, but it definitely helps!

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