Wednesday, 19 June 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Ready. Set. Write! #2

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What I'm Reading:

I'm about to start ONCE WAS LOST by Sara Zarr (which is now called WHAT WAS LOST, I believe, but the copy I have is old from the library.) I loved, loved, loved HOW TO SAVE A LIFE so I have high hopes for this one!

What I'm Writing:



Revisions are going well! Every time I get feedback/am about to start a new round of revisions, I make a list of everything I need to do so I can keep track and work through it. Right now, everything on the list is checked off except for a few little things, and I'm about to start a read-through where I'll work on those things (trimming dialogue, checking for POV switching, things like that.) I am LOVING the cheerleading aspect of RSW--I'm pretty good about writing/working consistently and keeping myself accountable, but writing can be lonely and I can get pretty down on myself, so it's awesome to have people shooting me supportive messages! And I'm having tons of fun doing the same :)

How about a teeny, tiny snippet of my MS?


“Hey, Mar.” She turned around, wearing a carefully neutral face. “Can I ask you a question?”
            Marlene, smudging blush onto her cheeks, raised her eyes from her compact. “What?”
            “Do you think…do I look…”
            “Spit it out, Tuesday.”
            She sighed dramatically. “Is this too much boob? Because I usually go for Carrie Underwood but I’m feeling a little Dolly tonight.”
            Marlene cracked a little smile. “You wish you looked like Dolly,” she said.
            “Hell yeah, I wish I looked like Dolly! Well, young Dolly, because you know I will always love her, but she looks a hot mess these days.”
Aaaand that about sums up my MC.

What Inspires Me Right Now:

I've watched this very short film a few times now and it's just as inspiring to me every single time. I've said before how much I love the behind-the-scenes aspects of ballet; I think it's because being a writer, I know how much goes into creating a story and how many hours of hard, hard work it takes, so I want to appreciate that aspect of other creative pursuits.




What Else I've Been Up To:

Father's Day was Sunday so my brother came down, and as we are the world's worst children we went out on Sunday morning to get our dad something. Long story short, we came across a tiny carousel and this happened:


So proud of him!

Hope everybody's week went well and catch me on Twitter for some #ReadySetWrite fun!

xoxo

40 comments:

  1. LOVE the snippet! And I love the name Tuesday! This sounds awesome!

    Also this: "but writing can be lonely and I can get pretty down on myself" I KNOW all about that one. So glad for all the cheerleading too!

    I hope you have a wonderful writing week! See you on Twitter!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, writing is the best and most awesome thing, but so isolating sometimes. Which is why I'm glad for all my writer buddies who get it :)

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  2. I love your MC. Great sneak peak at your MS. I had no idea that so much work went into individualizing ballet shoes. I guess it makes sense though. Thanks for sharing that video. I learned something new and it's not even 10 am yet. :)

    Good luck with your goals for the week.

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    1. Thanks, I love her too :) Yes, so much work goes into it, and they go through so many shoes! They're so talented, though :)

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  3. Haha, your brother is awesome.

    Your MC sounds hilarious. What an awesome name too!

    Thanks for sharing the video! You're right - watching other creative hobbies is informative and fascinating. And watching professional ballerinas is amazing... even if it makes my toes ache!

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    1. Don't tell him that, his head doesn't need to get any bigger! Haha :)

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  4. Love the excerpt. Very funny! It always feels good when you're able to check things off a list. Good luck with your read through!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I do love a good list :)

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  5. Love the excerpt! I want to read more!

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  6. Great excerpt! It totally made me laugh! Actually, so did that pic of your brother. I think you should've framed it and given that as a gift to your dad! :)

    I'm so glad you're feeling encouraged by Ready. Set. WRITE! I am too. Sounds like your revisions are on track. Best of luck this week with your read-through!

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    1. That is a great idea--maybe that can be his birthday present next year! (I'm sure he'll *really* appreciate it haha)

      Glad you're feeling encouraged, too :)

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  7. Great job on your revisions! Also, the picture of your brother totally made me smile :) Looks like you guys had a lot of fun and made some great memories. Good luck with your writing this week!

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    1. Thank you! Revisions are my favourite part, but I will be glad when these ones are really over!

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  8. I love your snippet! The voice and banter are great. :)

    I also love the cheer-leading aspect of RSW. It's really helping me stay motivated.

    WHAT WAS LOST is the only Sara Zarr book I haven't yet read so I'm curious to hear what you think. I also loved HOW TO SAVE A LIFE.

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    1. Thanks Ghenet! Yeah, it's hard to stay motivated when you're sick of looking at the words, but it's not so bad when everyone else is doing it with you :)

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  9. I love the snippet you shared! And I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, but I love the "I will always love her" part like in the Dolly Parton song. Very clever! Keep it coming. :) I agree, the cheerleading aspect of RSW has been awesome. You know, I still have yet to read a Sara Zarr book, which feels like something I should not be admitting publicly. I really need to get on that.

    And, as you know, I love that pic of your brother. So funny! :)

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    1. It WAS intentional! So glad someone caught it :)

      My brother is such a doofus. All it takes is one teeny-tiny suggestion from me and off he goes...haha

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  10. That video is beautiful. I absolutely love ballet (attempted when I was little, but quickly switched over to gymnastics instead) and dance...and oh-so excited that SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is back on TV right now - one of my absolute favorite shows! So much inspiration can be taken from dance - and even in that video, just the preparation that goes into putting your shoes together. Awesome - thank you for sharing!

    And I loved your snippet! Great job on working through your revisions - best of luck for another successful week!

    That picture of your brother is too funny - gotta love brothers. :)

    Happy Wednesday!

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    1. I love SYTYCD but they stopped showing it over here about five seasons ago, boo! I try to keep up with it in bits and pieces, though--I loved Eliana last year. I also went the gymnastics route instead of ballet which I now regret! I so wish I could dance like that.

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  11. When there is nothing left to revise, I always feel a mixture of pure joy and crushing sadness. But it IS a good thing! Congrats.

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    1. Yes, it's a sort of lost feeling...like, there's nothing else to do? But what do I do now?! (The answer is, of course, start something new!) And thanks :)

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  12. Hee hee hee - love the photo of your brother on the carousel. :)

    And I'm so glad to hear that your revisions are going well. What a great feeling!

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  13. Oooooooh, what an awesome, voicey snippet! Sounds like a very fun read. Keep up with those revision goals so we can all read this soon!

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    1. Oh, thank you so much! I hope it is a fun read, that's what I was aiming for! Who knows if I actually pulled it off though...:)

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  14. Great snippet! You sound super organized with your revisions--way to go!

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    1. Thanks! A little organisation goes a long way--and is a great way to procrastinate actual work ;)

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  15. I loved Tuesday, she's great. I didn't know Once Was Lost changed names, I wonder why. I didn't like it as much as the other to SZ books I read, but it was still good. How to Save a Life was terrific.

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    1. Aww thanks, Suzi :) I think it was changed because they thought ONCE WAS LOST had a lot of religious connotations, but then the book is all about religion so I don't see why that's a bad thing!

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  16. your snippet is all kinds of hilarious. :)

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    1. Thank you! I like to think I'm funny...however, the rest of the world usually doesn't agree ;)

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  17. Aah, aren't brothers the best?
    I loved reading your snippet; thanks for sharing! It sounds like you're really on track with your revisions--that's great!

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    1. Yeah, when they're not being absolute pains! Thanks--I try to stay a little organised when it comes to revisions because otherwise everything would get ABSOLUTELY OUT OF CONTROL! Haha :)

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  18. I like your snippet! I'm with you--I love the cheerleading aspect of RSW, but I really really love the accountability. Good luck with your goals this week!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! Yeah, nothing keeps me on track more than knowing someone's watching!

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  19. I called my dad? Yeah. That was the extent of Father's Day. At least you and your brother got your dad something :)

    If everyone's snippets are any indication, my bank account is going to be in some serious trouble in a few years...I especially appreciated the Carrie vs Dolly reference in yours, because I love country music.

    Good luck this week!

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    1. Haha, well I'm sure he was overjoyed to hear from you! Yeah, I'm fully prepared to be (even more) broke in a couple years--but on the plus side, I'll be able to say I knew all those famous authors way back when :)

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  20. I love the snippet you posted. Carrie Underwood is the best! :) Good luck with your revisions!

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    1. Thanks, Kaitlin! Yeah, I like a little Carrie every once in a while :)

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