What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, to help connect writers on this writing journey. If you’d like to join us, check out the blogs each week, get to know some of the other writers taking part, and spread some writerly love! 

What I’m Reading

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The Park Service by Ryan Winfield (Park Service Trilogy #1). I totally happened on this book by accident, I was actually reading another book when I found it and downloaded a sample on my kindle. This book is a perfect example of two things you’re normally not supposed to do (prologue, and opening with MC waking up) and doing them so well it blew my mind (a further blog post to follow regarding rules and how to break them). I was so hooked by the end of the prologue, I put away the other book and haven’t been able to put down this one since. Winfield has created such a vivid, resonating, creative, and yet realistic world. He has done post-apocalyptic society in a unique way that is also entirely believable. I can’t wait to see what’s next 🙂

What I’m Writing

Well, I thought I was done with my MS. Seriously, I had started printing it out for a read-through. But of course my characters wouldn’t let me get off that easily. I already knew I had to change my climax and pacing, but wanted to find that out in the read-through. As part of the pacing, I counted how many scenes each POV had, and found an overwhelming gap. So I went to even that gap, and Crow (one POV) yanked the pen out of my hands and started writing his own story. I’m serious. I’ve added over 6k of purely his POV so far, with more scenes planned. He is even fighting to become the ultimate love interest, instead of the guy I’ve had planned all along. It’s kind of frustrating but amazing all at the same time. As I also talked about in this post, I’ve unbound his restraints, and he’s shown me all new depths of darkness and depravity, but it’s kind of brilliant and exciting 🙂

What Inspires Me

This week I’ve been kind of overwhelmed by support from the writing community. I’ve been a little out of touch with my online presence lately, with so much else going on, that it seemed a lot like a chore. Then I came back, and I remembered why writers and book people are the best people in the world 🙂 It is amazing to me that I can connect to people I’ve never met before, some who are across oceans and continents from me. And I love when I see bookish things trending on twitter, hashtags we created, because it reminds me of the impact and influence we can have when we put our minds to it. I kind of picture us like a little nerd army, wielding books and laptops as weapons 😉

What Else I’m Up To

SUMMER! Sorry, this has been a crazy semester and I am so glad to be done with it. I’ve been enjoying the time off with much needed naps, binge-watching Netflix, and pool time. This summer, boyfriend and I decided to try something different, since we’ve kind of gotten into the lull of just spending time at each others houses, watching Netflix or movies, usually in our PJs. Boyfriend actually came up with the idea, and I was inspired by many similar lists we found on Pinterest.

So, we made our very own Summer Bucket List! The idea is to (at least) once a week do something new or different than our usual. It includes everything from roadtrips to frisby golf to reading a book together, and we have 75 on the list so far. Boyfriend even had the added idea of writing them down, sorting into categories, and drawing randomly (ie places to go, museums, free, restaurants, and whichever we pick, we have to do). What do you think? Do you have any awesome summer ideas for us?

Happy Wednesday! 🙂

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18 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday

  1. I love when someone breaks the rules and does it well. I feel like all writing rules are more like guidelines, and they’re good advice for beginners, because they’re usually mistakes beginners make, but once you’ve honed your craft, you can get away with pretty much anything if you do it well.
    As for self-assertive characters, it’s hilarious how they can go against you so much, huh? I had something similar o your guy trying to be the love interest happen in an old draft I finished, where the boy was supposed to like one girl, and ended up kissing the other. Alas, I can’t choose who they love. 😉
    Love the summer bucket list idea. That’s brilliant.
    Are you in Seattle? I’m in Seattle and my name is also Victoria. Hurrah!

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    • Yes! I absolutely agree. I like how you said that. And Ohh goodness, I know. I swear they really are people who just happen to live in my head, and love to rebel against what theyre supposed to do 😉 Thank you! And that’s crazy! Haha I lived in Seattle my whole life until two years ago, I live in Texas with my family now but miss it everyday 😦 Victoria is my professional name but everyone who knows me still calls me Tori, its a good name 😉

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  2. Oooh, you are selling the book you read. I’m going to check it out on my Kindle. Thanks for the rec!
    Good luck with the revisions! And enjoy the summer ^_^ The bucket list idea sounds fantastic.

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  3. Sounds like you’re getting your ms figured out, which is wonderful! And I completely agree with you on the writing community–we definitely get to meet some wonderful people in this business! 😀

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  4. I love your summer bucket list idea! That’s going to be so much fun. The hubs and I often fall into the same ruts–sitting around watching TV and whatnot–so this might be an interesting way to break out of that. Have fun!

    It’s crazy the directions our characters and stories take us. Just when you think you’re done or at least getting there…bam! Something crops up and changes everything. Good luck with all of the new additions/changes. Hopefully the “amazing” side of things will take over the “frustrating”. Have a great week! 🙂

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  5. Go for a summer bike trip and camp under the stars. Great ideas come while riding on two wheels. In regards to the Theory of Relativity, Einstein said, “I thought of that while riding my bicycle.”

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  6. I love your little Pike Place pic 😀 Seattle is probably my favorite city on earth. Laid back but awesome and the OCEAN. ANYWAY – I have a love/hate relationship with the process when my characters take over. Generally they make my book better, but sometimes we butt heads for longer than I want to…

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  7. Ooh, I love it when characters just grab ahold of their own story and write it for you! So much better than slogging it out alone, so to speak. Also, nerdy army unite! There are so many amazing people in the writing community – I don’t know how I would have lasted this long on my lonesome!

    A bucket list for summer sounds like an incredible idea! What a special memory for you guys ❤ I hope it's everything you could ever want in the hotter months, and that you don't get *too* sunburnt 😉

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    • Yes! It’s a pretty great feeling, if I’m a bit frustrated at where they want to go 😉 Haha! We need some tshirts with that or something…but I absolutely agree. I’ve been going it alone my whole life but the past couple months of being a part of the community have been better than I could have ever imagined. So much support and inspiration! And thank you..Can’t promise on the sunburn though 😉 boyfriend is asian and already brown, but I turn into a lobster after 30 minutes! Hopefully some good new memories though 🙂

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  8. I agree, some rules can be broken and you don’t care a bit about it. I am so glad Crow took the reins and won’t let go, and that you are allowing him this freedom. Plus, um, I remember saying something to you about him as the love interest and that being super interesting. 🙂 Looking forward to reading some of this soon!

    Love the summer bucket list idea, too!

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  10. i love your summer bucket list idea. it’s a beautiful day here in sunny Cambridge, England! I’m planning to go out and do stuff outside as it is so nice. Maybe read in the garden, then do the gardening. My daughter’s got her A level English today, so have to keep occupied, take my mind off it. She’s worked so hard, so hope she does well. Maybe the sunshine is a good omen!

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