Wednesday, June 4, 2014

WUW and Susan is Back on the Blog!

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! 

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I've been travelling, so there's been more reading time in my life than usual! 

Recently I finished: 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor --there were one or two things that bugged me, but I LOVED it on many different levels--beautifully written, super-fun atmosphere, would recommend.

Shows the cover of The Daughter of Smoke and bone, which features a blue feathered mask.

The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson --a novella, really good, but super-intense world-building and magic-system-building isn't my favorite; hence, Sanderson isn't my favorite; but still really good!

The cover of The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson, which features a young woman with a determined look on her face.

And I am partway through: 

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (which I left at home)

Cover of The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, which features a blue jewel with a girl's face inside of it.

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks (which got REALLY good around page 260--so good that I forgive everything that wasn't good before...)
The cover of The Black Prism by Brent Weekswhich features a handsome, imposing man holding a blade.


Still the YA fantasy, of course!  What with travelling all over Turkey on a bus, there hasn't been much opportunity for me to sit down and really write.  I have, however, been using this down-time as an opportunity to think about my story.  I've been having a lot of ideas, and I think I'm doing a decent job of pushing myself to understand what needs to happen when I get home and sit down at my desk. 


So, Belle is generously letting me sleep in her flat in England this week.  (She's doing summer study in Oxford, and she has a week off from tutorials so I get to hang out with her!!!)  One of the other people who also lives here is writing his dissertation and, even though I have heard about how long it takes to get one of those done, seeing his HUMONGOUS pile of books has reminded me of something: 

Some things just take a really long time. 

Especially great things. 

So here's to the dissertation-writers, the novelists, and anyone else involved in a slow, laborious creative process.  It's amazing any of us have the stamina to do these sorts of things.  But we do.  :)


I just spent three weeks touring Turkey!  That's why Tyler-Rose has been blogging on her own for a while.  (Wifi in Turkish hotels was spotty.)  Turkey is a GORGEOUS country.  When I get home I will share more pictures, but to start, here is the view from our hotel in Istanbul: 

Picture of the Golden Horn, a bay in Istanbul, from a hill above, surrounded by the city and lit red and orange by the sunset.

Have a great week, everyone!  Happy writing, reading, and living. 


  1. What a lovely photo of Turkey! Wow :D

    Oooh, and now you're in Oxford, lovely! I haven't been there in years. What an academic place you've found yourself in ^_^ Have an amazing time!

    Enjoy the rest of your travels!

  2. I love the Girl of Fire and Thorns so much! I also love Brandon Sanderson, and I had no idea he was capable of a novella--he's so darn prolific. :)
    I am very inspired by your inspiration :) Sometimes great things do take time! Turkey looks beautiful. Have a great week!

  3. I have to echo Melanie and say just how much I loved GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS. The series just gets better and better too! Wow, Turkey! Sounds like you had a great time. :-) My parents went years ago and loved it. I would love to be in Oxford right now. Have a wonderful time!

  4. I love what you said about inspiration, great things really do take time!

    I went to Turkey when I was around 7 years old and I have really fond memories of the place, I'd love to go back there. The view from your hotel room looks like it was lovely!

    Good luck with your WIP and have a great week!

  5. Traveling around Turkey? Sounds awesome!
    I just finished the end of Laini Taylors trilogy and I definitely liked DoSaB best.

  6. oh my gosh, Turkey! That's on my short list of places to visit before I die. Lucky!

  7. Oh wow, Turkey looks amazing! Can't wait to see more photos :) And I've got DoSaB on my shelf too, waiting to be read - it's supposed to be amazing, hopefully it lives up to my expectations, haha :) Have a wonderful week!

    - Caitie