December 17, 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 would like to encourage participants to swing by other WUW blogs, get to know other writers taking part, and spread some writerly encouragement around. Before you go, make sure to leave a 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 one of the WUW buttons provided. 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


**Note: WUW will be taking a break on Christmas Eve + New Year's Eve, so there will not be a linky widget on either host blog on those days.**
WHAT I'M READING
I just finished ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell and it was so good I think I can safely say it's my favourite of her books. Are we calling this one NA? Not sure, but I loved the age range of the lead characters, the slow-burn, they-haven't-even-met-yet unique romance. Next, I started Dahlia Adler's BEHIND THE SCENES. So far I'm really liking the voice and the way everything flows--dialogue, story, all of it. It's always nice to see evidence of just how talented an interwebz writer friend is. (Though, Dahlia is one of the few writer folks I've actually met in real life. Spoiler alert: She's just as rad in person.)

WHAT I'M WRITING
Well, I didn't quite meet my goal of 2500 words this week. First off, squeezing in writing five days this week didn't end up happening, so I just aimed for an overall word count goal. While I didn't meet my goal, I'm cutting myself some slack because my productivity always tanks during the holidays. It's not an excuse, it's just the reality of the situation. I came in at about 1750 words, which is 1750 words I didn't have last week, so I'm calling it a success. Celebrate the small stuff, right?
My writing goal for the week → I'm going to aim for 2000 new words this time around, which should be doable. (I hope.)

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
1) My fancy new retro kitchen timer (see below), and the way it allows me to accomplish things in smallish blocks of time.
2) This Sainsbury's Christmas ad is totally inspiring a scene in my WiP, which coincidentally is set in the trenches of WWI:


WHAT ELSE IS NEW
My week in photos...
(Top row) Retro kitchen timer keeping me on task; Puck being cute; my shiny (and clean!)
new bowling shoes; I got to cuddle my friends' 2-week-old baby boy for a few hours ♥;
(Bottom row) YA Buccaneers' #12DaysOfBooks photo challenge: book beard; mug of the
moment; bookshelf (my overflowing + messy TBR shelf); and my favourite reading spot.
I've also been taking part in the 2014 edition of YA Superlatives Blogfest. This is my third year of participation in a row, and it has been lots of fun so far. Plus, it's a great way to celebrate the year's releases and to add more books to our TBR lists. It's not too late to jump in if you're interested. Here's a link to more info about it → Class of 2014: YA Superlatives Blogfest
(Here are my YA Superlatives posts so far: Head of the Class, Popularity Contest, Elements of Fiction)

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


32 comments:

  1. Congratulations on all the words! It is hard to find time to sit and write when there's so much going on.

    That Sainsbury's advert is really emotive. Glad to hear it's inspiring you, too :D

    Have a very merry Christmas, Jaime!

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    1. Thanks, Cole! It really is tough this time of year. I anticipate less distraction in the New Year. Fingers crossed, anyway. I love that Sainsbury's ad so much! I'm just happy it showed up in my Facebook feed or I might not have even known about it. I've always loved hearing about Christmas truces during WWI, so it's perfect. Have a Merry Christmas! :D

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  2. I loved Attachments! Such a good story.

    Have a great Christmas, enjoy whatever writing you can manage!

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    1. It was so good! I borrowed this copy from the library, but now I'm thinking I should have bought it. I liked that the characters were adults, but toward the younger end of adult, you know? It feels like there's a giant gap there when it comes to books. There's NA and then there's adult-with-kids kind of stuff, but not much in between. Anyway, loved it!

      Have a very Merry Christmas, Mere! :D

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  3. I really need to read Rainbow Rowell's other books seeing as I loved ELEANOR & PARK. My TBR list is just way too long right now, and I didn't get nearly enough reading done this year. Wish I could've taken part in the YA Superlatives Blogfest, but my book list was too short. I hope 2015 magically produces more reading time.

    That Sainsbury's commercial is absolutely perfect inspiration for your WIP. It feels like a whole little movie all in one ad. Hope those 2000 words come easily this week. I skipped a goal because I'm not sure I'll be able to get much writing done. We shall see.

    Love the photos, especially sleepy Puck! Have a great week! Counting down the days till our visit! :)

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    1. I really liked her other ones, but this one is my favourite for sure. I think you would really like Lincoln, the MC in this one. It was just a really unique premise, in my opinion (har), and well-executed. Doing the Superlatives Blogfest has been a reminder that there are major gaps in my reading. I should have at least one paranormal in there, for instance. But I don't. Anyway, I hope to fix that in 2015.

      That Sainsbury's ad popping up on Facebook feels fortuitous. I'm not sure if I would have even known about it otherwise. It's perfect inspiration for this story. I got a WWI Trench Lingo dictionary in the mail yesterday too, so I'm pretty excited about that. (Yes, I'm a total weirdo.) I should have a set a writing goal for the whole holiday hiatus. Derp. Ah well. We'll see how it goes, I guess.

      Can't wait 'til you guys are here! :D

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  4. Congrats on the word count! Christmas time is so busy. There's no getting away from the chaos of real life and holidays.

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    1. Thanks, Robin! I'm just happy I got any words down what with how busy it has been. Yesterday in particular. I'm hoping to keep up some kind of momentum throughout the rest of the holidays, but I know that could be tricky. Have a Merry Christmas! :D

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  5. Definitely celebrate the small stuff! I think you have a great attitude. :D Good luck with your goal this week!

    The Sainsburys Christmas ad is really touching this year. It's lovely. :)

    Have a great week!

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    1. We get so used to beating ourselves up for not achieving maximum productivity, so I'm trying really hard to stay positive. I'm really hoping to hit my goal this week. It helps that I've put it out there anyway. I think I need to watch the Sainsburys ad again for more inspiration lol. Love it! Have a wonderful Christmas, Jess! :D

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  6. 1750 words is no mean achievement. It's not 2500, but, as you say, it's 1750 words that weren't there last week. Congrats, Jaime! This is a busy time of year, but it's a fun busy, a fun stress (if there can be such a thing). I hope you and yours are having and continue to have a wonderful Christmas! :)

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    1. It's definitely better than I have been doing in recent weeks, so I'll take it! I really hope things pick up on the writing front come January, but for right now I'm not going to stress too much. Christmas is always so busy. Have a wonderful Christmas, Colin! :D

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  7. That was such an awesome commercial.Thank you for sharing. Have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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    1. Wasn't it great? I've always loved the Christmas truce stories from WWI. So inspiring! Have a wonderful Christmas, Melanie! :D

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  8. I LOVED Attachments! It's my fave of her books too and it's so underappreciated! (I'd call it adult?)
    Love that ad too, in fact I had to speak in my church this past Sunday and mentioned it and the whole Christmas truce. It's one of my favorite stories.
    Good job getting some words down!

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    1. It was so good! The best yet. I wish I could find more books featuring adults in that age range. NA is becoming a much bigger thing, which is cool, but it's still pretty young adults. The alternative is adult reads with divorcées and the like, which so doesn't appeal to me. Anyway, loved this one and I hope she writes more like it! That's awesome that you mentioned the Christmas truce. I've always loved these stories from WWI. Have a Merry Christmas, Melanie! :D

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  9. I didn't meet my goal, either. We'll get it this time!

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    1. Such is life, right? Better luck this week for both of us! :D

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  10. I'm so glad that you read Attachments and loved it. It is one of my very favorite reads this year. I even bought a copy as a gift for my mother in law, who just so happens to work in an office!
    My productivity for all things writing seems to have tanked this month too. It seems every moment has something Christmas related to fill it. I love Christmas and all things Christmasy but I get grouchy when I don't have time to write.

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    1. It was so good! I really hope Rainbow Rowell writes more books like it, especially with characters in that age range. It feels like an untapped market. I definitely feel the same way about Christmas filling every little bit of space right now. I really hope to be more productive come January. Have a Merry Christmas, Sarah! :D

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  11. Love that Sainsburys advert! Definitely my favourite of the UK telly ads. :D Loved ATTACHMENTS as well!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Jaime. :)

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    1. It's fantastic, isn't it? Perfectly suited to the centenary of the truce. :-) I really hope Rainbow Rowell writes more stories featuring characters in this age range. I'd love to read more like it. Such a good book! Have a very Merry Christmas, Emma! :D

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  12. Good luck with your writing goals! Enjoy your holidays, no matter how much or how little writing you end up getting done.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie-Anne! And the happiest of Chanukahs to you! :D

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  13. It's always tricky to fit everything in at this time of year! Great job getting some words down, and have a fantastic Christmas! :)

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    1. It really is. So I'm just happy to get anything done lol. Have a wonderful Christmas, Emma! :D

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  14. I also really liked Attachments; I read it a few months ago. I would not put it as New Adult, I think it's just literary fiction like stuff I used to read before I got sucked into YA. She fills a welcome niche though, like a next gen Jennifer Weiner in a way. Ignore me, I'm rambling. I also read Behind the Scenes this year--I'm so glad it got a new cover to match the series! It's a great read and the first cover was sort of a barrier to me sharing the love.

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    1. She really does fill that niche nicely. I wish I could find more stories with characters in that age range. There are more NA books now and then there are adult books, but a lot of them seem to feature characters who are older than me, have kids, and are divorced half the time. Bleh. I hope she writes more like this!

      I was super happy to see that there is a new cover for BEHIND THE SCENES. I didn't love the first, so it kind of held me back a bit. Lame, I guess, but there it is. I'm really enjoying it! :D

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  15. I love your retro kitchen timer! I am a fan of all things retro and I strongly feel I was born in the wrong decade!

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    1. Thanks, Niki! I love all things retro too. This timer happens to be super useful, so even better! :D

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  16. ATTACHMENTS has been on my TBR-list for awhile, I need to pick it up soon, love the concept.

    Aww...your Puck looks like my Frank. I've got a soft spot for tabby cats :)

    Your new timer is awesome. I have a cheapy one which is actually good because I've dropped that poor thing so many times it makes a sad chirping noise instead of beeping.

    Have a great Christmas!

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  17. The Sainsbury's ad is wonderful. If more ads were that good, I would actually watch television...instead of just Netflix. Have you seen Joyeux Noel? It's a French film about the WWI Christmas truce. It is so very well done. I highly recommend it. And I have to say, every time you talk about your MS, it just makes me want to read it more. Such an interesting time period. I love books and movies set during WWI & WWII.

    And lovely pictures as always. Puck is such a fantastic name for a cat! (Also, I meant to apologize for assuming that Pete was a boy kitty. I hope she wasn't offended ;)

    I think Attachments is my next read. Love everything about the premise. Though it might give me office flashbacks.

    Hope you have a splendid week! :)

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