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12 Jun 2013

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk.  Perfect for readers and writers who want to share what they've been up to on a weekly basis and right now the place to share your goals and track your progress for Ready. Set. Write!

1) What I'm Reading
Leviathan... *le sigh* The action is finally coming and I'm 300 pages in now so I'll see how the end goes.  But overall it's just gone so slow and I haven't been hooked at all.

2) What I'm Writing
I'm participating in Ready. Set. Write! so I have a few writing goals from now to August 28th:

Overall goal: Complete July Camp NaNo to finish off the story I started in April's Camp NaNo and decided to put aside for a bit of a chill out.  Then I have a duology completed and ready to edit.  I really wanted Lapse and Consequences to be the start of a paranormal series but it doesn't feel right to extend it.  The story's going to end nicely in Consequences and I'm quite happy with that.

Also complete the round of edits I'm doing for Beast Inside.  I'd like the 2nd and 3rd edits which I'm doing back to back to be finished by the end of summer.

Weekly goal for 19/06/2013: Finish Chapter 21 in Beast Inside.  Do more planning on Consequences.

3) What Else I've Been Up To
Gym, super awesome display project at work, jotting down notes for other projects, driving lessons, and getting all the fiddly bits sorted out for Rome.

4) What Inspires Me Right Now

Ghost hunting shows.  They can be super fake and OTT acting but it gets me in the mood for Consequences which involves the death of a ghost hunting reality show in my wannabe ghost investigators' hometown.

This theme tune:

And these photos of Apocalypse Britain

23 comments:

  1. 28 Days Later has an amazing soundtrack. I have that piece on my iPod. It's "In the House - In A Heartbeat" ^_^ I love how it builds from such a quietly menacing start.

    Good luck with Ready. Set. WRITE! :D

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    1. It's got great a pace. Great for scenes where you're building up tension. :)

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  2. I think this is the first time someone says Leviathan is slow - I haven't read it, but heard tons of good things about it.
    Good luck with your goals! I'm not sure about CampNaNo - guess I have to wait until we're closer ...
    Ugh, ghost shows - I'm such a wimp. I would never watch those lol

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    1. I can be an impatient reader so I wouldn't want that to put people off. But I honestly think there hasn't been much in the way of action or the plot until the story is well into page 150 or so. Before that is all the build up of the character's back stories and world building which took a while to get to the story that the blurb tells us about.

      I just need Camp NaNo to finish off a project so my target word count is lower than 50,000. I'm not looking to write a new draft from scratch because I've got quite a few of those now and I really need to get them edited. :)

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  3. Those are some great writing goals for yourself. I'm very curious about LEVIATHAN now. It's sitting on my shelf, but now I'm a bit reluctant to pick it up. Hmm. You'll have to let us know what you thought when you finish it. :)

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    1. Will do. :) I'm hoping to finish it this weekend.

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  4. Great goals overall and for the week! I like that you have both long- and short-term goals. That's a smart idea. I'll have the think about doing the same for next week, as I only have a weekly goal.

    I've heard a ton of mixed reviews of Leviathan. My sister read it, but it took her a long time to get through it. I'm sure I'll eventually read it, but it's not exactly high on my priority list. Let us know when you finish!

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    1. I've been reading the reviews too because I know it's been really recommended and I was wondering what others had thought. I saw a lot of comments about being slow paced so I'm glad I'm not the only one. I was worried I was being too impatient with the book. ^^

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  5. Wow, sounds like you've got a good mix of projects to work on. I like how you broke it down into a one-week portion of your overall goal.
    I actually requested an audio version of LEVIATHAN from the library this week. I've got a long drive next weekend and I wanted a TBR for the road. Hmm...I might need to bring along a backup just in case LEVIATHAN isn't enough to keep me interested. :P

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    1. Lots to keep me busy over the summer. :) Looking forward to share the experience with others and stay motivated!

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  6. Sounds like awesome goals for the week and the summer! So glad you're joining us for Ready. Set. WRITE!!! I hope you have a wonderful writing week!

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    1. I just love this idea! =D Was on board the minute I heard about it ^^

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  7. Ooh, I love ghost stories in books but I haven't watched any of the shows on TV. I'm reading a ghost story right now that I'm loving, the Ghosts of Ashbury High. It's fab. Good luck with those writing goals!

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    1. Ooo I'll make a note of that book and check it out. Thanks! =D

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  8. I think it's a good idea to keep your stories as a duology--there's nothing worse than when an author has to force ideas to keep a series going. It makes it feel really inauthentic, I think. So I think sticking to your guns is great :)

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    1. I get that feeling towards TV Programmes I watch. Some of them are going on and on now and I look back at earlier seasons thinking 'that would have been a great place to end'. I don't want to do that with any of my projects. If things are tying up nicely then maybe that's the best to end things. :)

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  9. I haven't read LEVIATHAN yet, but my son just finished it and said he found it kind of slow in parts too. Sounds like you have your work cut out for you this summer! Good luck with both drafting and edits!

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    1. There's a six week holiday coming up so this is the best time for me to get a lot of writing done! Perfect opportunity. ^^

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  10. I love the movie 28 days later and the soundtrack is definitely inspiring for tension/creepiness/emotion...

    Good luck with your goals for the summer and for this week! I know from Twitter, you're doing great :-)

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    1. It's such a perfect theme. :) One of my faves.

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  11. In defense of LEVIATHAN, I think the story really works well over the three books. I didn't think about it at the time, but I suppose if you consider the story as a whole, the first book probably is a little on the slower-paced side. I was too absorbed by the characters, the inventiveness of the world, the secrets, and the World War I parallels to really notice how fast the story was going. To me, that says a lot (positively) about the book. But again, to each their own.

    I wish you every success with Ready. Set. Write! Robin. :)

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    1. I will admit I can be an impatient reader which isn't the author's fault, it's just the kind of reader I am. :)

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  12. I watched 28 Days Later last summer and I'm surprised I didn't have nightmares since it freaked me out so much. Then again, it did give me another zombie apocalypse scenario to prepare for, so it was educational.

    Good luck with your writing goals this week/summer! Shout out for Camp NaNo! :)

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