Wednesday, 15 May 2013

What's Up Wednesday

I'm such a bad blogger! I keep thinking of things to post about, but then I haven't got the energy to write the post, or I forget, or I put it off until tomorrow...I'm going to try harder, I really am.


But I'll stop beating myself up about it for now, because it's Wednesday, and time to check in with what everyone's been up to :)


What I'm Reading:

Yesterday I finished AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE by Kat Rosenfield--perfectly creepy and haunting, with vivid imagery and rich language. Now I'm reading BUNHEADS by Sophie Flack. I love ballet (all the pointe shoes and tutus!), and I especially love hearing about what goes on when the dancers aren't on stage, all the work and passion that goes into it. So I'm hoping that I'll love this book, too.

What I'm Writing:

I've finished this round of revisions...I think. I'm at that stage of have I done this enough? Should I rewrite the diner scene? What do any of these words even MEAN?! I'm kind of sick of looking at it now. (Sorry, little story. I still love you.)


What Inspires Me Right Now:

Honestly...not much. I hate to be a downer, but oooooh boy this depression business really kicks my ass some days. (Message to brain: could you, like, not?) I'm just trying to keep on writing and dancing around the kitchen and moving along. And always hoping tomorrow will be better--which it often is :)


What Else I've Been Up To:

Again, not much, really...I know, I know, I'm so boring! I've been working, watching Breaking Bad, and that's about it. Actually, one cool thing I've been doing is writing a short story with my girl Jess. We email one sentence at a time and so far it's really fun! It's a weird little story about a freckle-faced boy named Noah. Well. It could have been normal, but I made it weird. Sorry, Jess!


Well, that's life around here lately. I'm feeling the need to end on a cheerier note, so...


Don't forget that!


And hop on over to Jaime's blog for all the other What's Up Wednesday posts :)

22 comments:

  1. I can totally relate about the revisions. My head is swimming right now after tinkering with several more chapters. I cracked up when you wrote "What do these words even mean?" because I'm at that point right now. I can stare and stare at the computer screen and it all looks like gibberish.

    The short story you're writing with your friend sounds so fun! What a great idea! Also, I have AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE on my TBR list, so I'm glad to hear you liked it. :)

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    1. I hope you like AMELIA ANNE! Yeah, I'm now past the point of not being able to understand written words and have started questioning everything I say: "Did I make that word up? How do you say 'hello' again?" I think I need to take a very, very long nap!

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  2. I know exactly what you mean about that stage of editing. You start to wonder if what you're doing is making anything better or shuffling it for the sake of shuffling.

    That does sound like a fun idea ^_^ Enjoy Noah's adventures :D

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    1. Yes, I can't seem to stop tweaking and fiddling every. single. scene! I need help!

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  3. Oooh is Bunheads anything like the TV show? :)
    I totally know what you mean about getting sick of it. I'm such a culprit of getting sick of the words I've written. I'd be a terrible editor!

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    1. The two are not related, but I've been meaning to watch Bunheads--I adore Sutton Foster!

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  4. I really liked Bunheads - you're in for a treat with that one! It's a proper dance story and I loved it even more once I found out Sophie Flack a) was a professional dancer and b) is dating Josh Charles aka Will Gardner from The Good Wife!

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    1. Is it bad if I say both of those facts made me buy this book? I love dancers and I love Josh Charles! It's seeming like it's going to be a good read :)

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  5. I know what you mean about revisions. I'm starting to feel cross-eyed from looking at mine so much. I keep getting that, "Crap! Should I tease out this plot point a little more" kind of thing going on, and it's enough to make my head pound. That's great that you've reached the end of this round. :-) I keep meaning to check out AMELIA ANNE, but I keep getting sidetracked. I've heard good things about it.

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    1. I am EXACTLY at that point--"should I build on this plot point, or would that be overkill?" It's so hard to get the right balance. (And to think, once an agent gets involved there are more revisions! And once a book sells, there are MORE revisions!!!) (But I would gladly do them because that would mean I actually had an agent and had sold a book!)

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  6. Thanks for inspiring me to the do the Wednesday Meme, Rebecca. It's helped with a blogging drought. I am curious about Bunheads. That world has always fascinated me. Best of luck with your revisions. I'm getting sick of looking at my manuscript too : )

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    1. Glad to be of service! The ballet world absolutely fascinates me--I spend so much time watching videos of dance rehearsals, behind-the-scenes, how pointe shoes are made...I'm pretty sure it's all going to go into a book one day.

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  7. Oh that stage of have I done this enough? God, Rebecca, I SO hear you. I finally had to put my story aside (it's been well over a month) and work on my new WiP in order for me to not want to hate it right now. It's still out with a handful of agents, but I've also gotten a few R's on it from some pretty big guns, so I know there's more work that needs to be done. But I'm only a few chapters from finishing this new WiP, so I'm going to keep going with that one while I feel inspired to write it, then I'll get back to revising the other one soon. After all, it's not going to rewrite itself.

    So you're totally not in this alone, I hope you know! We all have those days of wondering what the hell it is we're doing, but then it's the really great days that keep us knowing why. So keep going, because this is something you're meant to do, I promise. And besides, there are so many of us that will always be here, if you decide you're in need of some inspiration. :)

    Looking forward to hearing what you think of BUNHEADS. I thought that one looked good and it's definitely on my TBR list, just need to get to it. AMELIA ANNE is also on the list - and I love creepy and haunting...so this one may just need to get bumped up!

    Congrats on finishing this latest round of revisions! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!

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    1. "It's not going to rewrite itself"<---preach! Part of me wants to start querying so that I can give myself permission to work on something new and get that falling-in-love feeling you get at the start of a new project. But! I must be patient. And it is so awesome knowing that all of you guys are out there in the exact same boat as me, that I'm not alone in this madness!

      Congrats on being so close to the end of your WIP--the first draft is the hardest part, I find. Bummer about the rejections, but hey, we've all gotten them! And hopefully we all use them to make our work better :)

      I'm enjoying BUNHEADS so far, it has a little GOSSIP GIRL feel, and of course the dancing! Couldn't ask for much more :)

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  8. Ooh, I've been meaning to read both AMELIA ANNE and BUNHEADS for ages! Must move them up my TBR pile. Oh, who's kidding, it's more of a TBR bookshelf now...

    *hugs* re: the depression. I've been transitioning to a lower dose of my anti-anxiety medication and having some of those days lately myself.

    Good luck with your revision! It's so hard to know when you're done. I would fiddle forever without deadlines, honestly!

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    1. It's a TBR mountain over here! So many books, soooo little time...sigh.

      Hugs back! We'll get through those days, I know (I hope). It's not easy, but we can do it :)

      I think I need to get back to setting myself deadlines--I think that's where the cure for my revision woes is hiding. I'm not sure I will ever meet my deadlines though, I have enough trouble getting out of the house on time. Perpetually running behind!

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  9. I totally feel you on the revisions stage--actually, I kind of feel there already, and I'm not even on revisions. I'm so sorry to hear about the depression, though, and it's seriously pretty amazing you're able to get anything done at all!

    And I love that graphic at the end. I would totally frame it and put it over my desk (if I had one, instead of hunching horribly over my laptop on the couch all the time).

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    1. I actually do have that graphic over my desk! It is perfect inspiration for those hard writing days (a.k.a. every writing day!)

      I'm one of those high functioning depressives, who writes and socializes so that no-one one realises how batshit crazy I am. (And also makes inappropriate comments...haha!) But seriously, as much as writing sometimes makes me feel loco, it's actually true that I would go (more) loco without it. Stories, you are a fickle mistress :)

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  10. Rebecca! Are you the Rebecca who offered to make cupcakes for Katy's crazy writer people party? Because that's awesome and I think we need to be friends. :)

    BUNHEADS looks so good! Thanks for recommending it. And I love the way you're writing with your friend - sounds like fun!

    I think it's awesome that you finished a round of revisions - major kudos and congrats for that! - and I am so sorry to hear that you're wrestling with depression. Personally, I tend to dip down into sadness after I finish a writing project. I find revising super-draining, so I think that's a part of it. But I also think it's because there is so little closure. You put your heart, soul, and time into it, and then ... what? Like you said, how do you know it's done? What does "done" even look like? It's so nebulous, it's crazy-making.

    This winter I felt super-low about my writing and career stuff in general. I also lost someone close to me around that time. All in all, it was a really crummy winter. In an act of pure desperation and avoidance, I read JUST ONE OF THE GUYS by Kristan Higgins. It's women's fiction (usually I just read YA), but I thought the premise looked fun. So I read it, not expecting much, and I laughed so hard. I had no idea at the time, but it was exactly what I needed.

    I ended up reading all of her books, back-to-back. I'd curl up after work and just tune out everything. I didn't write. Not one sentence for at least a month. There were a few other me-things I did to help me out of the funk, but mostly I just chilled out, laughed, did things that made me happy. After a while, the writing bug came back in full force. Hurrah! :)

    Maybe the above won't help you, but whatever happens, I really hope you find things that help you through this rough patch. And again, congrats on the revisions! Finishing any revisions is a HUGE accomplishment in my book. :)

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    1. Yes, that is me! Crazy cupcakes girl! Haha :)

      I am right there with you on the lack of closure--it's so hard to feel accomplished when you have nothing tangible to show for it all. Of course, we should all be feeling like rockstars because we write books! We do things that some people only wish they could! And we work on our writing, we strive to improve, we work sososo hard...if we looked back on our early work I think we'd all be blown away by how far we've come. But that's not how our writer brains work, is it? If only!

      Thanks for the book rec, I'm definitely going to check it out! So sorry to hear of your loss and your crappy winter. But I'm glad that you found a way to lift yourself up :) I'm trying very hard to find things that help me too, but honestly, nothing works better than comments like this (oh, could I sound any cheesier?) But seriously, it brightens my day so much to see words like these and know I'm not completely on my own with all this. So BIG hugs :)

      Sometimes a break from writing is just the thing you need, until you're itching to get the words down again. Whenever I try to take a break I only last about a week! I just have too much going on in my head. I would love to take some real time off at some point, though, and spend some time doing all those things I really mean to do but keep putting off because "just one more page! just one more chapter!" One day :)

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    2. Yay! This made me smile. I *love* cheesy! LOOVE. :) I am delighted to have helped brighten your day! And I am so glad to have found your blog! What's Up Wednesday = my favorite. :)

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