March 18, 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 finished Marie Rutkoski's THE WINNER'S CRIME, and no big surprise, it was fantastic.

• I'm still doing my reread of SAPPHIRE BLUE by Kerstin Gier and still very much enjoying it.
• Just started THE CONSPIRACY OF US by Maggie Hall. This international thriller is pretty fun.
• I'm hoping to start Victoria Aveyard's RED QUEEN this week for the YA Book Club. JOIN US!
• I'm reading something else that's pretty great... {See below.}

WHAT I'M WRITING
Not a whole lot of anything, to be honest. I did a bit of a writing sprint with my sister and that resulted in about 600 words. I've also been puttering away at character worksheets for my MC because I feel like I need to know her a bit better before I do too much more drafting. I'm also fleshing out more outline details.

Writing goal for this week → Finish MC's character sheets. Other than that, I'm focusing on reading a friend's WiP. Yay! :D

WHAT WORKS FOR ME

I'm sure I've said this a million times under this heading, but accountability really works for me. I'm pretty lucky to have a good group of writer friends--and, of course, my awesome sister--to keep me from getting derailed. Thanks a bunch, ladies!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

(From left) First attempt at Jamberry nail wraps. I like them! (But I need more practice.); I subbed in my favourite grade six
classroom on Monday; my pipe band took part in a "St. Practice Day" event on Saturday, which also happened to be PI Day, so I
celebrated with shepherd's pie; still loving my planner and this old-timey pointer finger in particular; my pipe band did it's
annual pub crawl for St. Patrick's Day. It was tons of fun, but my ears are still ringing, and I'm sort of sick of drunk people.




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


34 comments:

  1. Ack! I forgot about YA Book Club! Thanks for the reminder. I'll have to see if I can get my hands on Red Queen...

    I loved the nail wraps and your cute glittery shamrock! Yay for the friend's WIP being a good read! :) Have a great week!

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    1. I have my copy already, but I need to get my butt in gear reading it if I plan to have it done by the end of the month. 0_o I'm looking forward to this one, so that definitely helps. I'm really liking the nail wraps, not gonna lie. I'm on day 5 of wearing them (I think) and they're holding up remarkably well considering I wore them bowling this week. I sort of loved the shamrock too. So much so that I stuck in my planner after taking it off my hand. :-) Have an awesome week, Alice!

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  2. I hope you manage to finish your character sheets - sometimes it's working on stuff like that we need to keep us ticking over until we're ready to dive back into the action. :)

    I love your nails, and that shepherd's pie looks yummy! Have a lovely week!

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    1. It's amazing the kinds of things popping into my head as I fill out these character sheets. Honestly, I think my story will be so much better for it even if a good chunk of it never actually ends up in my WiP. I think you can tell that a character has been properly fleshed out in the background, you know? At any rate, I'm enjoying the process. :-)

      The shepherd's pie was very tasty, and the best part was I had leftovers for the next day! Have a great week, Jess! :D

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  3. Sometimes it's worth taking the time to flesh out characters and details first before drafting. Have a great week! :)

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    1. I did a bunch of character planning and outlining before I started drafting, but realized I needed to go a bit deeper. So far I think it's helping. Can't wait to get back to drafting though!

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  4. Sounds like you've read a lot of great books lately! Good luck with your character sheet—fleshing characters out is aways fun. (P.S. LOVE the new layout header!)

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    1. I feel like I'm reading so much slower lately, but I've definitely been enjoying the books I've been reading. I feel pretty lucky to have an endless supply of great books to read. :-) I'm *really* enjoying fleshing out my characters a bit more. Honestly, I feel like this story will be so much better for it even if most of this never makes it onto the pages. I think you can tell when an author has spent time with his/her characters.

      Thanks for your kind words about my header. I kind of love it too! Have a great week, Kim! :D

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  5. I think the character sheets are a good idea. Knowing your MC, and knowing her/him well, makes such a difference in both the story, as well as the writing process!

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    1. You're so right about that, Mere. So many interesting things are cropping up just by filling in these character worksheets. It won't all make it into the story, but I think my story will be so much better for it. Plus, it's kind of fun! (I gave my character a super cute cat the other day. Not something I planned on doing before, but it just sort of materialized.) Hope you have an awesome week!

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  6. I find character sheets helpful, but (like you're doing) first after I've worked on the WIP a bit. Yay to good writing friends, and wow - that's a lot of reading!

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    1. I did a bit of character planning before diving into drafting, but I wish I'd gone a bit deeper. These character worksheets are pretty involved, so I think it will definitely make my story better. Plus, they're just fun to fill out. :-) Hope you have a great week, Tonja!

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  7. I want to read Red Queen so bad, I just have not the drive to just pick up a book and read for hours. I blame the internet. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'm really looking forward to RED QUEEN but haven't been carving out much reading time lately either. So many great books and so little time, right?

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  8. Good luck on your character sheets! I rarely use them, but they can come in handy. I have "Red Queen" on my TBR list, and I look forward to reading it.

    My What's Up Wednesday post.

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    1. I don't always use character sheets, but this time they felt necessary. A lot of interesting stuff is emerging from the process, so that's kind of great. :-) I can't wait to start RED QUEEN. Too many great books to read lately! Have a great week!

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  9. I can't wait to read The Winner's Crime!
    I'm wondering how The Red Queen turns out- there has been so much marketing for that book that I wonder why/how it got it and if it's worth all that. I'm interested to hear what you think.
    Have a great week!

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    1. I really enjoyed THE WINNER'S CRIME. I'm always happy when a sequel lives up to the first book. I really need to get my butt in gear and get reading RED QUEEN before YA Book Club at the end of the month. I'm looking forward to it and am definitely curious about the hype myself. I'll be sure to share my thoughts! Have an awesome week, Melanie! :D

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  10. Character sheets really help me too. Good luck.

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    1. I don't always use them, but this time it felt necessary. They seem to be helping, so that's good. Have a great week! :-)

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  11. My dearest, oldest friend hosted a Jamberry party at the end of January, and I went even though I'd already done my research and found out it's yet another MLM. I didn't buy anything, since I feel very uncomfortable at financially supporting any MLM, though some of their designs are very nice.

    Good luck with your character sheets!

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    1. I'm not all that worried about the MLM thing, to be honest. I like the nail wraps, so I'm pretty happy about the purchase.

      Have a good week!

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  12. I enjoyed The Conspiracy of Us. I'm glad you are too!

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    1. It's definitely a fun read. Can't wait to see what happens next!

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  13. I need to start RED QUEEN soon! Surprise, surprise, I own it but haven't got to it yet. That Kindle preorder button is DANGEROUS because I always forget about preordering books until they magically show up months later.

    Good luck with your character sheets!

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    1. I own a copy of it too. Mine is a physical copy sitting on my shelf, staring me in the face, saying "READ ME". I can't wait to get started, but I need to finish my current read first. I've done the Kindle preorder thing myself, so I don't even know what's coming and when. We should probably start recording this somewhere, huh? ;-) Have a great week, Stephanie!

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  14. I can't wait to read Winner's Crime!!! I adored the first book. I have to wait for my audio credit though as that's the format I'm using for the series. I write better with accountability too.

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    1. It was really good! I'm always happy and really, really relieved when a sequel lives up to the book before it. Thankfully, this does exactly that. As far as accountability, I doubt I would get anything accomplished without it.

      Have a great week, Sarah!

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  15. Wow, that's a lot of books! I'm kind of jealous, I won't lie. :) And I think it's good to take a break from writing to critique because it helps me improve my own writing. So own it!

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    1. I kind of wish I was focusing on only one story at a time, but I think it would be pretty lame of me to complain about all the awesome books I'm reading at the same. LOL Critiquing and beta reading are so awesome for my own writing. It really makes me want to be a better writer and helps me think a little more critically about my own stuff.

      Have a great week, Kris!

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  16. I really want to read the WINNER'S CRIME soon, but it may have to wait until after we move. I have so many books to keep me busy until then, and I shouldn't keep adding to what we have to ship. Darn. I've read a bit more in RED QUEEN and it's starting to grab me more now, so that's good. I have a feeling I'll really enjoy it, which bodes well for you too.

    I'm glad our Skype word sprint resulted in some words for you--twice as many as it did for me! I'm sloooow, so I'm really more of a marathoner than a sprinter. Is that a surprise in my family? We really should do that more often though. It's fun, and I feel like I could use practice trying to write on the clock instead of taking my sweet time at 3 in the morning lol. Good luck on your character worksheets! I've told you already, but I can't wait to read this WIP when it's all done!

    Funky nails! And you know I don't use that word flippantly. :)

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  17. Crap, I didn't even think about it, but I should have had pie on Pi Day :)

    Pretty nails!

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  18. I had the best piece of pie on pie day. I'm still thinking about it. I really want to try Jamberry nails. I've seen a lot of people with them and they've said good things about them. Good luck with your character sheets. Have a great week!

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  19. Your St. Patrick's Day sounds like a ton of fun! But sick of drunk people, haha...kinda comes with the territory doesn't it? I've been in several bands, and I can't tell you how annoying drunk people are when you're trying to play music. (Great way to forget your own songs) :/

    And hooray for great writer peeps that help keep us on the rails. What's Up Wednesday helps me a ton, in that I know if I've been slacking, I have to admit it. In print. So thank you again for all the effort you guys put into it!

    I love it that you celebrated Pi Day with shepherd's pie. ;) Hope your week is glorious!

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