December 3, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

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What's Up Wednesday is a blog hop created by me and my sister, Erin Funk, to help connect writers. With that aim in mind, we encourage all participants to swing by other WUW blogs, get to know some of the writers taking part, and spread some writerly encouragement around. Before you go, be sure to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post. 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 WUW, these are the headings we've been using:

WHAT I'M READING
WHAT I'M WRITING (+ ONE WRITING GOAL) *

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
WHAT ELSE IS NEW



* This is a new writing-focused addition to What's Up Wednesday as of last week. See the explanation in last week's post for further details.


WHAT I'M READING
I finished up SNOWED IN by Rachel Hawthorne. Overall, I thought it was a pretty cute story, mainly because of the setting. It was a reminder of all the things I love about Mackinac Island with some fun facts I didn't know thrown in. (I had no idea that tourists to the island are referred to as "fudgies". I guess that makes me one. LOL) That said, I could have done without the whole cheating-with-a-friend's-boyfriend as the central conflict of the story. This kind of plot point really bothers me.

Now I'm reading MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES, a collection of short stories by twelve awesome YA authors. I don't tend to read short stories very often, but I've heard really good things about this YA holiday anthology.

WHAT I'M WRITING
I met and even surpassed my goal for the week by a teensy bit. I managed to write 1631 words, which isn't event the daily amount for a NaNo writer, but I'm satisfied with that for now. I'm easing back into writing and I've been a bit busier than usual this week, so I wasn't expecting a giant rush of words anyway. For the most part, I do like what I wrote, so that's good!
My writing goal for the week → Nothing this time around because my mom is coming to stay with me this week.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Writing out of sequence.
There are writers who need to write their WiPs in chronological order from start to finish. I am not one of those people. When I started writing my first WiP, I read an article about the nonsequential method of drafting. I remember thinking, "Yes, this could totally work for me," and gave it a whirl. I was right! For me, if I'm writing in order and bump up against a boring patch or plot issue, I will spend ages trying to sort it out and eventually end up avoiding my WiP out of frustration. By working on the scenes that I'm in the mood to write on any given day, I seldom run into this problem. There is the concern that the not so fun scenes will get left to the end--a roadblock in and of itself--but I find that this is just another reason to make sure that all the scenes are interesting and therefore fun to write (to some extent). Definitely works for me!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW
Like I mentioned, my mom is coming to spend the week with me, so there will be lots of Christmas baking, knitting, game-playing, movie-watching, shopping, and other fun stuff. We do this every year at this time and it's always loads of fun. It's going to take me a bit longer to visit blogs and respond to comments this week, but I'll try to get to it as soon as possible!

I'm thinking of making and selling knit goods over the course of the year and maybe even long-term, so I bought a bunch of awesome yarn this week. I can't wait to get started on cowls, scarves, mittens, writing cuffs, boot socks, hats, and all that fun stuff. Hey, I watch a lot of Netflix, so why not knit while I watch? Might as well multi-task so I feel less guilty about it. ;)

Clockwise from left: We got dumped on two days in a row and then slammed with -30C and lower windchill #brrrr #bejealous;
Day 1 of my DAVIDsTEA advent calendar was very tasty; making a list of what to bake this Christmas; I was tagged by
Katy Upperman to do the #BlackAndWhiteChallenge on Instagram, and my first photo is a closeup of our kitty
Pete's super cute little whiskery face ♥; sporting my new MukLuks for an intense round of shoveling.

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


37 comments:

  1. I'm giving you an imaginary high five for meeting your writing goal. Nicely done! You know, it's kind of funny that you and I usually have the same opinions on books and yet our writing processes are completely opposite. Whatever works!

    Have fun with Mom and the knitting, and don't forget to start reading WINTERSPELL soon! I'll keep this short seeing as we'll probably be Skyping sometime in the very near future. :)

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    1. Why thank you. It's a pretty sad amount of words, but since I wrote zilch for months, I'm not overly disappointed in myself. I'm pretty happy with what I've written thus far, so there's that. I wouldn't mind getting myself into the habit of writing a minimum of 500 words six days a week just until I get into the swing of things again. I'll have to give that a try once Mom isn't here visiting.

      I'll get to WINTERSPELL soon. Maybe sooner than expected because the YA anthology isn't grabbing me like I'd hoped it would. Boo. I'm really hoping WINTERSPELL is Christmas-y. (Even though it's based on the Nutcracker, it's possible it isn't Christmas-focused, but we'll see.) We'll "see" you tomorrow! :D

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  2. Have a lovely time with your Mum :D

    Hooray for writing progress ^_^

    Knitting and netflixing sounds like it's just meant to be. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Cole! As for the writing, right now I'm happy with any and all progress, so yay! Have a great week! :D

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  3. Great job with your writing goal, and I totally feel you on the writing out of sequence thing. EXCEPT I know that if I don't try to go in order, I will never go back to write the "boring"/transition-y type parts. But yeah, it definitely helps to skip around when you're stuck.

    Also, all your weather updates on Twitter make me feel cold. I hope you're staying warm. And lastly, I ADORE the new WUW buttons (but this one you used is my favorite)!!!

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    1. I've never actually run into the problem of having to work on boring parts. If anything, this keeps me from writing anything that might fall into that category. The transition-y stuff wasn't all that bad either, for whatever reason.

      It isn't nearly as cold now, thank goodness. Though, I think our current temps would still make you seriously chilly lol. Hey, it just means more excuse for fun, warm drinks. I'm glad you like the buttons! Have a great week, Alice! :D

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  4. I totally get where you're coming from with the whole cheating boyfriend thing - girls need to stick together and not screw each other around, especially not over a guy! I hope My True Love Gave to Me is a good anthology, I'm hoping to treat myself to a copy later this week. :)

    Well done on surpassing your writing goal last week and I hope you have a lovely time with your mom! :D

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    1. I find it really hard to root for characters who are doing something I completely disagree with. Cheating is especially bothersome. MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME isn't grabbing me, unfortunately. I'm hoping once I finish the current short story I'll get to one I like better. (I'm only on the second story, so it will probably get better.)

      I sort of hate taking the week off writing after just starting to write this thing, but I'll just have to buckle down next week. Have a great week, Jess! :D

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  5. Yay for mom visits! I'm totally spoiled because I live near my parents and I get to watch cheesy Christmas movies with mine every weekend - it's the best :) By mine I mean "mom." My dad rolls his eyes over our viewing choices, but he doesn't know what he's missing.

    Congrats on meeting your writing goal! I love that there's no right way to write - out of order, in order, etc. - we do what works.

    Pete's cute little kitty face = AWWW

    Love the new WUW buttons!

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    1. My mom only lives about an hour and a bit away, but we don't actually see each other all that often. It's always nice to do the cheesy Christmas movie thing together. :-) You're so right about the many ways to write and how cool that is. So many combinations that work for people and then those that work for us. I've picked up some great tips through WUW, so that's awesome. Have a great week, Jennifer! :D

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  6. The snow is so pretty! But all that shoveling- yuck! And such a cute kitty face, he's adorable.

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    1. It does look really pretty, and it makes me feel all Christmas-y, but the shoveling is the worst. The kitty is actually a little girl named Pete lol. I just thought I'd confuse everyone by giving a boy name to a girl kitty. ;-)

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  7. The new WUW buttons are so cute! Can't wait to use one for my post next week!

    Awesome job surpassing your goal this week, Jaime. I'm slowly becoming a believer in the write-out-of-sequence method. It feels so wrong to my OCD brain, but on the occasions I've tried it (my NaNo WiP, for example) it's worked out well.

    Enjoy your snow, and happy knitting -- I can't wait to see what you make!

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    1. Thanks, Katy! The things I do when I should be writing... ;-)
      The nonsequential writing thing can be a pain when it comes to continuity, but I've always found that it's better to work on something I'm in the mood to write than not writing at all because I'm just not feeling it. For whatever reason, it has never bothered me that I'm not working on it chronologically, but I can totally get how that would bother most people. Mostly I'm just happy that I'm writing again. :D
      Have a wonderful week, Katy!

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  8. I'm so jealous of all your snow! I know it's probably annoying for you but we only get snow a few days a year (if we get any at all). I really hope we get some this winter for the puppy to experience for the first time. And the kitten, too!

    I can't write out of order because I find that, like how you can't move past a boring scene if you write in order, I would skip right past them and I'd never have a complete MS! Isn't it interesting how we all work differently and what works for one doesn't for another? I love that writing isn't just a one-size-fits-all thing :)

    Have a great week with your mum!

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    1. I don't mind the snow, exactly--it's perfect for getting me in the mood for Christmas--but I really don't like having to shovel it. Ugh. I'd find it so hard to get into the Christmas spirit without it. Here's hoping you get a bit of snow where you are!

      For whatever reason, I haven't run into a problem of having to write boring scenes. Writing out of order really makes me stop and think about making all the scenes interesting. Of course, there's the issue of transitions between all of this out of order scenes, but transitions are always tricky anyway. But it really is interesting how we all have our different ways of doing things. Love it! Have a wonderful week, Rebecca! :D

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  9. Sometimes I write out of order, like I've been doing with this draft, because it's easier to get motivated when you can skip ahead to the scenes you most want to write! On the other hand, I've not been enjoying trying to stitch the fragmented scenes together. :P

    Have fun with the knitting and the snow! :)

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    1. Yeah, stitching scenes together can sometimes be a huge headache, but there have been many times where I was surprised at how easily things meshed together. Or something completely awesome emerged in the process. It really is WiP-specific, though, right? Have a wonderful week, Emma! :D

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  10. I tried the writing out of sequence trick last month during Nanowrimo. It didn't quite work for me as I intended, but it got me unstuck so I could at least get to 50k. Overall, I tried to write the scene that excited me vs the fillers and transitions, but it's really hard for me not to go back and add those in for a more consistent draft.

    I have the YA anthology ready to read! I'm planning to give writing a rest for a week or two after Nano and catch up on books. Ha, I say catch up on books, but who are we kidding. I'd like to read 2-3 in the next few weeks.

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    1. I was worried that adding in missing pieces and stitching scenes together would be absolutely terrible, but I was surprised at how much that wasn't the case with my WiPs. (So far, anyway.) For me, it just really made me stop and think about those transitional scenes that I wasn't necessarily in the mood to work on and sort out how I could make them more interesting to write.

      I'm thinking of picking up WINTERSPELL and reading a short story from the anthology every so often. Hope you enjoy your reading catch up...lol. You are so right: there's no way we'll ever catch up. ;-) Have a great week!

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  11. I totally missed the new addition of the goal last week, so I'll have to remember to add it in next week! I want to read My True Love Gave to Me as well, but I don't think I'll get to it before this holiday season is over...congrats on surpassing your goal last week! Hope you have a good time with your mom =)

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    1. So, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME isn't grabbing me like I had hoped it would. I'm only about 3/4 into the second story, so there's a good chance that impression will change, though. Hope so! In the meantime, I'm going to start WINTERSPELL by Claire Legrand and maybe read the odd short story from the other every now and again. Have a great week, Mere! :D

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  12. Ugh. I can't write out of order. I can't even edit out of order. I really wish I could, but I find the emotions get all flip floppy. I'm glad it works for you. As always, I love your pictures! Have a great week.

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    1. Writing out of order certainly has its own challenges, but it definitely works for me. It's kind of cool how writing methods are so different for every writer, isn't it? I've really been enjoying picking up tips from everyone with this WHAT WORKS FOR ME section. Have a wonderful week, Melanie! :D

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  13. I am actually a lot jealous of your snow. We haven't had any here in Kansas City, and it always makes me feel more Christmas-y! Have fun with your mom!

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    1. I don't mind the snow, but I'm so not a fan of having to shovel boat loads of it lol. Christmas just isn't the same for me without snow. We've had maybe 1 or 2 brown Christmases in my lifetime and it was terrible. Then again, when you get your first snow of the season the first week of September, it's super hard to keep the urge to decorate for Christmas at bay. (Fortunately, that's not a normal occurrence around here.) I hope you get some snow for Christmas where you are! Have a great week, Niki! :D

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  14. Congrats on your brand new 1631 words! And even better that you actually like them. :) And can I just say, I am soooo glad that to hear someone else writes out of sequence. It makes me feel a little less like a crazy person. I've tried it the other way and I just get stuck and/or bored because what I really want to write is what is speaking to me at that precise moment. But yeah, connecting the dots at the end, for me, is a little tricky.

    And oh your glorious photos!! Your life looks so cozy. I can't wait to see everything you bake. And Pete, holy mother of all that is holy that is the best picture of him!!! Those eyes. It's like his little kitty soul is staring right into you.

    Hope you have the best time with your Mom. Knitting and baking and playing games sounds like so much fun. And if it was cold enough down here to wear any knitted stuff, I would buy any and everything you make in a heartbeat. :)

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    1. Thanks, Kris! I wish it was more, but I'll take what I can get right now. I'm hoping to get back into a regular routine and then the word count will grow, I expect. But, yes, it's great to write words you actually like! You've put into words exactly how I feel about writing out of order and why I do it. Connecting the dots can be a headache, but sometimes really cool things emerge in the process. That's been my experience, anyway. :-)

      Everything around here feels cozier this time of year, even while it's chillier outside. I love Christmas! Can you tell? Pete's actually a girl kitty. I thought I'd confuse everyone by giving the little lady a dude name. She has such a cute little face, so it was fun to mess around with photos of her. She has some pretty stellar whiskers too.

      I'm having a great time with my mom. There will definitely be some knitting today and maybe even some baking. Can't wait! I'd wish you chillier weather so you could wear knit goods, but I'm not sure I'd wish that on anyone lol. Have a wonderful week, Kris! :D

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  15. I completely write the same way. I can't write things in order... at least not when it comes to anything longer than 500 words. I go to the most interesting parts (at the time), write that, and then go back and fill in the gaps. It's surprisingly cohesive when I finish!

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    1. I've tried writing in order and it works for me sometimes, but not usually. I need to work on what I'm feeling on any given day. That doesn't necessarily mean only the interesting parts for me either. That means, if I'm feeling angry or sad, then I can work on a scene that cheers me up or that suits my mood. Do you feel the same way re: pairing your mood with writing certain things? I've found that it's pretty cohesive too! Have a wonderful week, Dani! :D

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  16. Knitting is a great idea if you love to do it! I wish I was more crafty.
    Have fun with your mom this week!

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    1. I'm surprised at how much I've been wanting to knit lately. I mean, I've always liked knitting, but lately it's something I really want to do. Especially when it involves smaller projects. I can probably blame the chilly weather and shows like Outlander with all of its awesome knitted goods lol. Have a great week, Melanie! :D

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  17. Hey! It's good to read from you again! I love how crafty and multi-tasky you are! Have fun with your mama. :)

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  18. Huh, I've never even thought about writing out of sequence but, now that I think about it, that's kind of how stories come to me so I should really give that a try! Have a great time with your mom. All that festive holiday stuff sounds like fun. Good luck with your knitting business idea, too. How exciting! Have a fantastic week!

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    1. It has definitely worked for me! Sometimes people think that writing out of order means writing only the interesting scenes and getting stuck with the less interesting scenes at the end. That hasn't been the case for me because I write scenes based on what I'm feeling on any given day. So if I'm angry or bummed, that might mean that I write a scene that suits that mood, or I might choose to write something that's the opposite to cheer myself up. Does that make sense? You should definitely give it a try! There is the concern that stitching everything up in the end can be a hassle (it can be sometimes), but I've also found that some really cool things emerge in the process.

      Have a wonderful week, Kitty! :D

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  19. Oh, I wish I could meet your mom! I bet she's SO COOL. How wonderful that she's coming to visit. And I love reading all of this, Jaime. I think that word count for the week is ah-mazing. These updates are always so inspiring. <3

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