Wednesday, 15 May 2013

What's Up Wednesday



It’s hard to believe another week has gone by already. I meant to post since last week’s What’s Up Wednesday, but this time of year is crazy busy at my house, and time got away from me. In case you’re new to this whole Wednesday meme, it’s something my sister and I came up with to help people stay in touch with blogger friends. The format is pretty open, and it’s basically meant to provide a framework for sharing whatever is going on in your neck of the writing world.  We’d love it if you’d take part!

What I’m reading:

The other day I finished That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard. I liked it a lot, but will reserve my comments for another time as I’m hoping to compile my thoughts into a review.

Now I’m finally reading Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers. I’m only a few pages in, but my fingers are crossed in hopes that it lives up to Grave Mercy, which is one of my favourite YA books ever. Heck, forget that it’s YA, it’s probably just on my list of favourites, period.

What I’m Writing:

I’m still plugging away at some revisions, though they’re pretty minor for the most part now. It’s been exactly a year since I started this manuscript. Halfway through May last year, I fished out my old notes on this story and threw myself into the writing. Soon I’ll be querying, and the urge to dive headlong into another project is grabbing me lately. I’ve started on the sequel to my manuscript, but haven’t been able to dedicate much time to it yet. I also have another WIP that’s been on the backburner for quite some time that I’d love to revamp. And I have another idea, complete with notes and inspiration, that’s just begging for attention. Why aren’t there 80 hours in a day?

What’s Inspiring Me Right Now:

The rain. We’ve had a bit of rain lately, which is so much nicer than the piles and piles of snow we got this winter. The other night my son and I stood in our back doorway and just smelled the rain together. You know that damp, earthy scent? Love it. And watching my son breathing it in was one of those special mom moments for me, the kind where I feel like this is how life is meant to be.

Last night, we had our first thunderstorm of the season, and it was a doozy. I was sitting here working on the couch (at an ungodly hour, as usual) when the rumbling started. It turned into that sort of thunder that shakes the whole house. We had some pretty nice lightning too. I love a good, scary thunderstorm and for whatever reason rain always puts me in the frame of mind for writing. I think it’s because things slow down and there’s a tendency to stay inside when it rains. It makes me feel introspective, which inevitably leads to creativity.


Oh, and in case you'd like to listen to some rain for the purpose of inspiration, check this out: rainymood.com. 

What Else I’ve Been Up To:

I had a lovely, relaxing Mother’s Day this weekend. We went to The Broadway Café, one of my favourite restaurants. It’s a little greasy spoon 1950s diner with pictures of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe all over the walls. I’m really more of a Buddy Holly, American Graffiti kinda gal, but I still love the atmosphere. With my son’s peanut allergy we have a limited list of restaurants and though it’s pretty much the opposite of fancy, we tend to gravitate to this café even on special occasions. They make a mean patty melt.

So what’s up with you these days? Go ahead and share in the comments or feel free to join in on your own blog. If you’d like to sign up for the blog hop, go to my sister Jaime’s site: here.

36 comments:

  1. Oooh I do so love a good house-shaking thunderstorm!

    Yeah, I could use a few 80 hour days too ^^;

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    1. If time could stop for about a month, I think I might be able to get caught up. :)

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  2. Awesome you're reading Dark Triumph. I can't wait till it comes in at the library.

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    1. I had a bunch of other books I had to read first, so I'm excited I've finally gotten to this one. I hope the library gets it soon for you!

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  3. Oh can't wait to read your thoughts on 'That Time I Joined the Circus' - I've heard a bit about that book!
    Thunderstorms that shake the house?! We don't have anything like your amazing thunderstorms over here, and I've never been through one that shakes the house. That would be cool, I bet it would inspire you! (It would me!)
    Your mother's day sounds awesome, that restaurant sounds super cool. Hope it was a great one :)

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    1. I've jotted down some notes, so hopefully I'll get time to morph them into an actual review soon. You don't get thunderstorms that shake the house in New Zealand? Hmm, I wonder if it's because I live on the prairies. We get some pretty huge storms here, and because it's so wide open we have an amazing view of the lightning. :)

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  4. I love the picture with you and Liam at the Broadway Cafe! I saved it to my computer. :-) I miss the Broadway Cafe and its delicious clubhouse sandwich and fries combo. So yummy. I might have to see if I can find something similar in the Shmear. I'm hoping DARK TRIUMPH lives up to GRAVE MERCY too, though I'm not sure when I'll get to it. I'm reading a fantasy right now, but I've been itching to read a whole slew of contemp. I blame it on the time of year. Nice to hear that your revision is starting to wind down a bit. We'll have to do another Skype chat soon to discuss our stuff and maybe work this time too. ;-)

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    1. It's kind of weird, because Marilyn Monroe is lurking in the back of a lot of our pictures. Remember the Sweet Memories ice cream shop on my wedding day? Yeah, Marilyn is behind us in those shots too. I think she's stalking us. I was thinking of you when we were at the Broadway Cafe, because I know you miss it. I haven't read much of DARK TRIUMPH yet because it's been so busy, and I have a feeling I'm not going to get a good chunk of time to sit down and zip through it any time soon. Ah well. I'm glad the revision is winding down too. I'm starting to completely lose perspective on it though. We'll definitely have to Skype soon. :)

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  5. I'm new to the Wednesday Meme and enjoying it. Happy to have discovered your blog. Rain inspires me to write too. I could use a good storm to keep me inside to finish up my own revisions. Best of luck with yours. : )

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    1. I'm so glad you decided to join our meme and that you found your way here! I hope your revisions are going well too! :)

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  6. Eek! I hope you like Dark Triumph. I definitely did...but no one can live up to Duval, in my eyes. I love him SO MUCH. Looking forward to Book Three, though!

    And I'm eagerly awaiting your review of That Time I Joined The Circus, although it's not like I'm hurting for books to read and I shoud probably just avoid reviews altogether until I make a dent in my TBR!

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    1. I was so relieved when you said you liked DARK TRIUMPH and that Ismae and Duval are still in the story. Seriously, Duval is the pinnacle of book boyfriend perfection, and not only because he's an adult. I'd love to sit down and just devour the whole book, but things are so busy I doubt that will happen. Sigh.

      Hopefully, I can organize my notes on THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS into a review soon. I keep telling myself I'm going to post on Fridays and Mondays, but you know how it is. I just finished a pile of library books, and finally got to my own books, and now the library called and they have two more in for me. It never ends! :)

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  7. I really want to read GRAVE MERCY, I've heard such great things about it! I love the rain, too--when it's pouring and grey outside, and you can stay inside without feeling guilty. It does put you in a creative frame of mind :)

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    1. If you like historical with a bit of a paranormal twist, then you should definitely read GRAVE MERCY. It's so good! I always feel a bit guilty wishing for rain when everyone else who's suffered through a nasty Canadian winter just wants a few months of sun. :)

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  8. Love the picture!!!! And gosh, I love the rain too... it totally inspires me and makes me happy. I swear I need to move somewhere where it rains ALL THE TIME... !!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks! I thought it was a pretty nice Mother's Day memento for me. Yeah, I'm living in the wrong province right now. We get more sun here than anywhere in Canada, although when we do get storms they're usually good ones. I'd be happy if it rained everyday too! :)

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  9. I could use a few extra hours in the day.
    If that's your special restaurant, then go and enjoy! My nephew had a peanut allergy when he was young and my brother had to be real careful when they went out to eat.
    No thunderstorms yet this year, but summer hit full force this week.

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    1. We'd definitely love eating there even without the peanut allergy issue. It's just a fun place to hang out and the food's great! Summer is starting to hit here too. Where I live we tend to go from winter to summer in the blink of an eye and bypass the other two seasons altogether.

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  10. Love the picture of you and your kiddo - I'm glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day, too!!

    And you know, if rain is what does it for your, well, come on down to my neck of the woods pretty lady! You'll be writing up a storm, I can PROMISE you! It happens to be a great inspiration for me as well - something about writing when it's wet and windy outside, I love.

    I have not read GRAVE MERCY yet, but it's definitely on my TBR list - so I'll have to bump that one up a few places. :) And I'm glad you enjoyed CIRCUS, I look forward to your review!

    Great job on plugging away at your revisions! And oh so exciting about this new WiP that's pestering to get a shot - I can't wait to hear all about it!!!

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your week, Erin - I really love these WUW posts!

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    1. I did have a wonderful Mother's Day! It was nice to take the day off from revisions and everything else. As for rain inspiring me, now that I think of it, two of my stories have key scenes that take place in the rain. Hmm, I should definitely be living somewhere wetter. I hope you enjoy GRAVE MERCY when you get around to reading it. Robin LaFevers did an amazing job of the setting without bogging the story down in historical details. And the romance? Well, it's one of my favourites, let's say that. About this new WIP of mine, I keep shoving it aside, but I think it might do me some good to shift gears and work on something entirely new for a change. Enjoy the rest of your week too!

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  11. Ooh, I love the sound of rain too! And a good thunderstorm. We get lots of those in DC during the summer!

    Gah, I've been meaning to read GRAVE MERCY forever. I lent it to a friend before reading it, and then I couldn't remember who, so I ended up just buying a new copy. It's so hard to keep up - so many books, not enough time!

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    1. Thunderstorms are inspiring and yet a bit distracting because I find myself running to the window to watch the lightning. :)

      I can't believe your friend didn't give back your copy of GRAVE MERCY! Maybe she loved it so much she couldn't part with it lol. I'm glad you got a new copy, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You're right, it's way to hard to stay on top of the TBR list. I've given up hope of every reading everything on mine. That's a good kind of hopeless though!

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  12. I hope you had a great Mother's Day! I'm with you on the thunderstorms, very inspiring. I'm excited for you to be querying! Is it the sci-fi piece I got to read a few chapters of? If so I can't wait to see where it goes and wish you so much luck!

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    1. I did have a great Mother's Day, thanks! And yes, the story I'm going to be querying soon is the sci-fi one you read a portion of. I'm so nervous to start the querying process, but also eager to get on with it. Thanks for wishing me luck! :)

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  13. Ooh - the Fair Assassin series looks so good. And what a recommendation for GRAVE MERCY! Now I have to read it!!

    I love that after-the-rain smell! There's something about it that's so magical. We moved to the desert about a year ago, and I still can't get over the post-rain smell here. It's a little different, but still amazing. :)

    Happy belated Mother's Day & good luck with the rest of your revisions! :)

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    1. If you're into historical with a dash of paranormal, then you should definitely read GRAVE MERCY. Hope you enjoy it! I never really thought about how the rain would smell different in the desert, but that makes sense. Thanks for the Mother's Day wishes!

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  14. Looking forward to your thoughts on That Time I Joined the Circus... I've had my eye on that one for awhile. Love the photo of you and your son... How cute is his hat?! And thanks for the heads up on rainymood.com. As a former Washington girl, I definitely don't miss *actual* rain, but I do miss the sound of rain outside while I'm inside writing. :)

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    1. Hopefully, I'll be able to patch together my notes into a review on THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS soon. It wasn't originally on my DAC list, but I heard good things about it and had to agree once I'd read it.

      One of the authors (can't remember who) on Pub Crawl recommended rainymood.com, and I thought it was kind of fun. I can imagine coming from Washington you've had your fill of rain for a lifetime. Now you can listen to it without all the hassle real rain brings. Oh, and thanks for the compliment on the picture! I love that hat on my son, and my husband actually has a matching one. :)

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  15. The rain will do that to you, or the wet dirt will. Sometimes I wish we lived in the Pacific Northwest where there's lots of rain.

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    1. I live on the prairies, so we're not supposed to get a lot of rain, but for whatever reason (climate change maybe?) the last several springs and summers have been very wet. I've been enjoying that, except when our basement occasionally floods. :)

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  16. 80 hours a week would be amazing!! Also, I love that picture--that diner looks great.

    And living on the prairies sounds so neat! I would love to visit there someday.

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    1. The diner is great. Fun atmosphere and delicious food, though not very healthy.

      I'm not originally from the prairies, but when I was a kid my family drove through here on a trip out west. I remember being horrified at how barren parts of it were and thinking "I could never live somewhere like this!" Naturally, I ended up marrying someone from the prairies and have lived here for many years now. After all this time, I still miss having lots of trees around, especially in fall.

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  17. Longer weeks would be fab, or leaning to survive on two hours sleep :) So many ideas and so little time!

    The diner sounds great, I'm glad you had a nice mother's day.

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    1. Learning to survive on tiny amounts of sleep would be awesome. If only! And thanks, I really enjoyed my Mother's Day. :)

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  18. Ooooh, I've had Grave Mercy in my TBR pile for a while now. I need to bump that up to the top.

    Lordy, the extra writing time! I always want to grab people who say they've run out of ideas and ask them if I can borrow their writing time to add to my day. The best ideas always come when you're mid-revision/WIP, too, don't they?

    I love the smell of rain. Up in apartment land, it is one of the few times the air smells *right* because it smells like home.

    And that café sounds adorable! Happy Mother's Day to you!

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    1. I hope you enjoy GRAVE MERCY! It's one I know I'll reread many times. I never understand how people can run out ideas. Time, yes. Ideas, not so much. I guess, my head is too full to even imagine that. And you're right, brilliant ideas always seem to pop up when you're in the middle of another project. Thanks for the Mother's Day wishes!

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