March 11, 2015

What's Up Wednesday


What's Up Wednesday is a blog hop created by me and my sister, Erin Funk, to provide a space where writers can connect. With that aim in mind, we would like to encourage all of you to visit other WUW blogs, get to know other participants, and spread some writerly encouragement around. Before you go, make sure to leave a link to your post in the widget below. Also, please remember to link back to the host blogs and/or use one of the fancy shmancy buttons provided. (Find them under the What's Up Wednesday tab above.) We would really appreciate it! For those of you who are first timers to this blog hop, welcome and thanks for joining us! Here are the headings we've been using:

WHAT I'M READING
WHAT I'M WRITING (+ WRITING GOAL)
WHAT WORKS FOR ME
WHAT ELSE IS NEW



WHAT I'M READING
• I'm (still) doing my reread of SAPPHIRE BLUE by Kerstin Gier.
• I'm (still) reading THE WINNER'S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski.
• Both books are great, but I haven't had much time to read lately.

WHAT I'M WRITING
• Still working on the first draft of my WiP, EVERY SAD & LOVELY THING.
• Still grateful for the lovely ladies who have been doing writing sprints with me.
• Still loving the whole stickers for words written thing. I'm using colourful dots.
• Erin helped me sort out some plot-related issues, which improves the whole thing.
• I managed to write 5000 words this week, which was the goal I set last Wednesday.

Writing goal for this week → Write 4000 new words + fill out character worksheets

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Just doing the frigging work even when motivation and discipline are sorely lacking.
For me, this often boils down to laziness rather than an absence of inspiration. #lame
Lately, it's all about kicking that laziness to the curb and fighting for every single word.

End of story.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW
I made a new header for my blog and other social media sites. The old header featured a blue butterfly, which was a nod to my first story, WATCH OF NIGHT. That YA sci-fi has been (temporarily?) backburnered while I work on my current WiP, a YA historical/contemporary set at a WWI battlefield in France in both the past and the present. My new header features poppies, which are significant to war-related remembrance that originates with the First World War. (Wearing poppies for this purpose was inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields"* by Canadian Lieutenant Colonol John McRae.) The calligraphy just felt reminiscent of handwritten letters and all things vintage, which feels appropriate to the historical side of this WiP.

* "In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses, row on row..."



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



40 comments:

  1. I love your new header - so poignant (and pretty!). I totally hear you about just doing the work - I find it really hard to knuckle down sometimes, especially when I've let myself get out of rhythm.

    Have a great week! :D

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I'm kind of in love with my header too. :-) I think sometimes when it comes to writing through a lack of motivation, it is simply better to just write. Other times it's better to walk away for a bit. I think I've resorted to the latter FAR too often, so push through it seems to be the best option. And it seems to be working, so there's that. Hope you have a great week!

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  2. You already know that I love your new header! :)

    I feel you about the reading. I'm also reading 2 great books (and just picked up The Winner's Curse) but just haven't had the time or energy to read! I also need to get back into the writing game - and yes, part of it for me too is laziness and motivation. Gah! The energy well is so dry...

    You're doing great on getting words out though. Keep it up! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks again, Alice!
      I'm loving the books I'm reading, but haven't been carving out enough time in my day to just read. Must do that soon! Honestly, the writing sprints and having someone prompt me by asking if I'm writing at any particular moment is the only thing keeping me writing regularly. There have been many times where I just did not feel like doing anything, but it was the kick in the pants I needed at that moment. So, yeah. I highly recommend sprints.

      Have an awesome week! :D

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  3. Love the new header. So pretty!

    Write, write, write! You can do it. Get those words out.

    Have a great week ^_^

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    1. Thanks, Cole!
      You're right about the write, write, write. I ~can~ do it! Now I just need to make myself do it. ;-)
      Have an awesome week!

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  4. Your new header's gorgeous. :) Well done on writing 5,000 words!

    I feel you - I really need to give laziness a kick up the backside, too.

    Have a lovely week!

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    1. Thanks, Jess!
      The laziness is strong, but I am stronger when I choose to be. Which I need to do more often. ;-)
      Have a great week!

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  5. Love the new header! And wow, 5000 is great! Especially if you were working around plot issues.
    I'm going to adopt the sticker idea as well. Hope it motivates me.
    Good luck on 4k this week!

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    1. Thanks, Mandie! "Plot issues" might have been a bad choice of words on my part. I think maybe it was more struggling with ways to deepen my plot, to make it more interesting. Either way, I think I'm on the right track, so that's good. :-) It is weird how motivating stickers for words can be. It speaks to that part of us that never really grows up, I think. Hope it works for you too! Have a great week! :D

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  6. The new header is absolutely gorgeous! And you did great with your word count! Hope to see you around on Twitter this week, you CAN DO IT!

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    1. Thanks, Elodie! I kind of love the new header too. :-) I will be around Twitter this week for sure. Honestly? It's the only way I'm getting anything done writing-wise, if you can believe it. Have a great week! :D

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  7. The header is lovely, =) Congrats on the word count, and great job on kicking laziness to the curb!

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    1. Thanks, Mere! I'm really hoping I can keep kicking laziness to the curb, because man, is it strong. I think I'm stronger though, so there's that. Hope you have a great week! :D

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  8. I love the new header! Great job on the words this week. :)

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  9. Love the new header! I remember being a kid and veterans handing out the little pin-on fake poppies at certain times a year. I never see that anymore, which is sad since now I understand the significance.

    I "schedule" lazy time so I don't feel guilty. I think "if I write for an hour," then I take a break to watch TV or surf the internet. Or "If I work out today," it's more TV time! Can you tell I love TV? haha

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! The wearing-poppies-for-remembrance thing was actually started in the US as a response to this Canadian poem. I think the Commonwealth countries have latched onto the poppies a little more fiercely, though. I think it's a great way to show our respect and remembrance. :-) Plus, they're pretty.

      I need to start scheduling lazy time or using it as incentive for getting other things done. I've always kind of meant to the same type of thing you do with "If I do this task, I can do this lazy thing". Seems like a good trade-off. (I love TV too!)

      Have a great week! :D

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  10. I love your new header! And your WiP sounds really fantastic. Sounds like you've had a good week - hopefully I'll get back on track soon and we can twitter-write together. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sara! I'm really enjoying this WiP, so you'd think it would be easier to get my butt in that chair, wouldn't you? *sigh* Thank goodness for Twitter writing parties! Looking forward to Twitter writing with you! :D

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  11. Your new header is great! I need to work on a new header myself, apparently, since I've discovered it's getting cut off on the right on mobile devices. Good luck with your writing goals for this week.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie-Anne! Have a great week! :-)

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  12. I'm still loving my planner too, and the sticker tracking. Who knew something so simple could be so motivating? I know I've already told you this, but I love your header so much! That font is perfect, and you know I'm a poppy fan. So pretty, Jaime! Best of luck with your WiP in the coming week. I have a feeling you'll be telling us you're DONE in no time!

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    1. I got these pretty sticker dots in pastel pinks and blues and hot pink. Love them! I just caved and bought a bunch of stickers at the Dollar Tree yesterday. I think I have a problem, Katy. 0_o But you're right: the stickers for words thing is simple but totally motivating. Whatever works, right? Thank you for your kind words about my header. I think you and I might be the world's biggest poppy fans. :-) Have a great week!

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  13. I like the new header! I noticed it the other day :) When are you doing writing sprints? I did one last night through the YARWA group and it really helped. I've been having trouble getting through to the end of manuscript since I'm at the point when all the plot points are coming together, so it's a lot of work. the focused time helped.

    And you're writing a WWI era YA! I would love to hear more if you ever want to share! Or need a reader :)

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I kind of have a thing for poppies. :-)
      I've been doing writing sprints later in the morning (my time → MST) or throughout the afternoon. I don't often write in the evenings because by then I'm a bit mushy in the head and/or watching TV. The great thing is, there always seems to be a handful of people doing sprints on Twitter all throughout the day and evening, so there's someone to write with no matter when you work. Thank goodness for that!

      I'm loving this WWI era WiP so much! I get lazy about working on it, but I really do love it. I just hope I'm doing it justice... Eek. I will definitely remember that you offered to read it! Thanks! :D

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  14. I love poppies.
    I was like you with my WIP, just fighting against the lack of motivation for every single word. Argh, that's hard. Keep it up though!
    And thanks for the banana bread recipe- it's yum!

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    1. Me too! I'm kind of bordering on obsessed with poppies, to be honest. #sorrynotsorry ;-)
      Thank goodness for other writers saving me from myself and prompting me to get my butt in that chair. Honestly, I don't know what I would do without Twitter writing parties these days. I'm hoping that fighting for these words is going to make it just that much more worth it in the end. Happy to hear you're enjoying the recipe! Makes me want to make some... Have a great week! :D

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  15. I know the laziness feeling. Getting out of the funk can be difficult. And i love the new header, way cute!

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    1. It happens WAY too often with me, no matter how much I love the story I'm working on. I'm so happy there are people to help kick me in the pants when I'm not doing a good enough job of dealing with that laziness.

      Thanks for the kind words about my new header! :D

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  16. Love the new look for the blog, and it's cool that it has a special meaning!

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  17. Your WWI WIP sounds intriguing. I love historical fiction. Good luck on your writing goals this week. Have a great week!

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    1. I'm a big historical fiction fan myself and WWI is of particular interest to me. I just hope I'm doing it justice! Have a great week, Amy! :D

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  18. I like the new header. Congrats on reaching your writing goal this week. Sometimes it's hard to just get started, but eventually everything starts to click and you won't stop writing. Then it's gone and it comes back at the most inconvenient moments. Thanks for sharing. :D

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    1. Thanks! :-)
      You're so right about the difficulty of just getting started. It does start to click once I force myself to get started, so it's just getting over that initial struggle, isn't it? Hope you have a great week!

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  19. The new header is really lovely. Congrats on getting all those words in. It's hard to put our heads down and grind through it sometimes. Your WWI story sounds awesome. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Adrianne!
      I suppose nobody ever promised an easy road with this writing thing, so powering through the lack of motivation, discipline, inspiration, whatever is kind of par for the course. I always feel so, so much better when I force myself to stop being lazy and actually get something written. I just hope I'm doing this story/topic justice!
      Have a great week! :D

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