Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What's Up Wednesday



Hosted by the lovely sisters Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk, What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme/blog hop in which writer-bloggers take a brief post to share what's going on in their lives, writing-related and otherwise.  Check it out here or here if you want the details! 



WHAT I'M READING

I finished Cruel Beauty last week.  It's one of the best YA books I've read in a while!  Highly recommended to fans of YA fantasy, romance, sister relationships, and the whole Beauty and the Beast/Hades and Persephone story. 

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I'm now mostly focusing on A Game of Thrones (yes, I'm just starting it now...), which is beginning to get really, really good.  I was impressed with the writing pretty much from the beginning, but it's taken me about 100 pages to be totally hooked.  I am hooked now, though I believe my decision to not read it when I was younger was a good one. 

WHAT I'M WRITING

Did some reassessment last week and am heading back into my rewrite of THE MADMAN'S CROWN with renewed focus. 

I think (I hope) I'm finally at a point where I just have to get those words down.  (As opposed to planning and planning and straightening things out and revising the plan and learning lots of good things but not actually writing because the learning curve is steeeeeep sometimes...  At this point I just want to WRITE IT.) 

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW

Tyrion Lannister. 

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Well, I'm avoiding an English paper as I write this, so...better go! 
 
Happy Wednesday, everyone!

16 comments:

  1. I watch Game of Thrones (which I'm iffy on at times; the questionable stuff for me I've been told is not even in the books). But I also really like Tyrion. There are probably two or three characters in that unviverse I truly like. Good luck with writing!

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    1. Yeah...I think I'll just have to read forward and see if everything I've heard about the TV shows is in the books. That will be interesting.

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  2. I love the GoT show, so I really need to get to the series. My husband loves the books, and I'm sure I would too. As far as the show goes, Tyrion is my favourite character hands down. Love him! I really can't wait to read CRUEL BEAUTY. I'm so close to finishing the book I'm currently reading, and that's up next. You're making me even more excited to read it!

    Oh man, I can totally relate to your What I'm Writing section. I've been in that "planning and planning and straightening things out and revising the plan..." stage for SO long now, only for me it's revising and having to fix my overall plot and the planning that goes with that. Eek. It just needs to end already. Good luck with your English paper!

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    1. Thanks, Jaime! And re: the planning/revising/fixing, I'm glad I'm not the only one!

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  3. You're the second person to mention Cruel Beauty. I definitely need to add it to my TBR.
    I tried one episode of GoT and thought it was blech. I know, I'm like the only person on the planet to feel that way. Anyway, it's kept me from trying the books.

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    1. Definitely add Cruel Beauty to the TBR! And, you know, I'm not sure I'd like the TV show from what I've heard...but I haven't watched more than the trailers so I don't know. The book is excellent so far. :D

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  4. I'm intrigued by Cruel Beauty, I've heard good things about it! I love GoT - it gets even better the further you get into it. The whole series is great! I love Tyrion.

    Hope you get to the writing stage soon! :)

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    1. Excited to hear GoT only gets better!! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  5. I haven't read the GAME OF THRONES novels, but I love the show! I can totally see why you're inspired by Tyrion Lannister. He's such an awesome character. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Glad you understand why Tyrion is inspiring. :D I've read all of three scenes with him and I can already agree that he's an awesome character. I don't think you can show someone facing adversity that well and not have readers fall for them.

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  6. The cover on CRUEL BEAUTY amazes me every time I look at it. I've heard good things about it, so onto the TBR list it goes! Beauty & the Beast is my favourite fairy tale, so I'm always looking for a good retelling of it.

    Good luck with your rewrite! I've been rewriting a lot of scenes lately, which is tough, but it's worth it in the end. I'm terrible for over planning too, especially since I'm nerdy and organized and like to scribble in my notebooks. Have a great week, Susan!

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    1. If you are a Beauty and the Beast fan, you TOTALLY need to read Cruel Beauty. Tyler-Rose is Beauty and the Beast/Hades and Persephone girl through and through, and she loved it.

      You're right, rewriting IS worth it. Best wishes for yours as well!

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  7. I've read the first GoT book, and have the second on my shelf waiting for me. Needless to say, I enjoyed the novel. There's a depth to the world Martin's created that kinda draws you in. It's interesting how everyone likes Tyrion. I admit, he does have a bit of a loveable rogue quality to him. He's by no means "good", but he doesn't seem to live up to his family's image either.

    Have a great writing week, Susan! :)

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    1. In addition to what I said above about Tyrion dealing with adversity, I also have to admit that he comes out looking really, really good just by virtue of being compared to his siblings. :/ I hope you have a good week as well, Colin!

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  8. Lol! Tyrion is an inspiration :) I'd say 'just go write!' There's enough phases where it feels more like prodding along. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you, Tonja! I really needed to hear that, as in, exactly...now. *goes to write*

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