Wednesday, 29 May 2013

What's Up Wednesday...

Aloha friends! Time to see how everyone's doing on this less-than-sunny Wednesday.



What I'm Reading:


This weekend I read HOLD STILL by Nina LaCour, who you all already I know I fangirl over, and just...everyone. Go read this book right now. But not anywhere or with anyone who you wouldn't want to see you sobbing, okay? Okay. Now I'm right at the beginning of AMY & ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR by Morgan Matson--I really enjoyed SECOND CHANCE SUMMER, so I have good feelings about this one. (Sidenote--I really prefer the US covers to these UK ones, although I still think this one's cute.)


What I'm Writing:

I've been working on my query (PSA: Query Shark is the best), and...I've started a rewrite.

I know.

I never EVER thought I would rewrite anything; I always figured that if I thought a story was not working so much so that I needed to scrap everything and start over, I just wouldn't do it. Drafting is not my favourite thing, so the idea of essentially drafting the same story twice did not appeal to me. But...

It's not really the same story. It has some of the same characters, and some of the same ideas, but enough is different that it feels new to me. (We'll see how long that feeling lasts, huh?)

What Inspires Me Right Now:

On tumblr recently I saw the absolute PERFECT gif for a future story, and then whilst wandering through YouTube I stumbled upon the video it came from! I honestly can't wait to start writing this story--after I finish this rewrite, and draft the other story that's been hovering in the planning stages for a long time, that is. It never ends, does it?



What Else I'm Up To:

Trying to plan a night out with my friends in Bristol because my friend Katie is GRADUATING this year! So we won't have a house to stay in in the fine city of Briz, (sadface) but she will be coming back home so I will finally have someone to hang out with during termtime! We are also formulating plans for a podcast! And a joint blog! Christ knows if any of that will actually happen because the number of things we've planned over the years but not actually done is about, oh, one million.


And that, lovelies, is what I've been up to. Off to catch up with everyone else's posts over at Jaime's blog!

xoxo

30 comments:

  1. HOLD STILL is on my TBR and I just bought it while in the US, can't wait to read it :D

    And I really enjoyed AMY & ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR - I am an official fan of Morgan Matson's books...

    Good luck with your rewrite. Sometimes characters can't let go :D

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    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it :) Just finished AMY & ROGER today--I didn't enjoy it as much as SECOND CHANCE SUMMER but I agree, I am officially a Morgan Matson fan!

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  2. I loved AMY & ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR. It was so good! Which reminds me that I need to read SECOND CHANCE SUMMER still. Thanks for the reminder! As for rewriting a story, I felt the exact same way you did about the idea, but then ended up doing it anyway. Honestly, the thought of writing something twice was just exhausting. And yet, that's exactly where I find myself right now. Good luck with yours, Becky! We can totally cheer each other on. :-)

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    1. You're an excellent cheerleader, Jaime! I'm hoping this rewrite pays off because oh boy, it is not easy. But at least I know I'm not alone :)

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  3. Yes, Query Shark is awesome. I learned more about writing queries from the Query Shark archives than from just about any other "query help" site.

    All the best with the query and the re-write, Rebecca! :)

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    1. Reading the archives is advice everyone should listen to, I think--especially good for stumbling onto the truly terrible queries and realising you're not quite as awful as you thought!

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  4. I've been wanting to read Nina LaCour. I don't know which book to start with. Best of luck with your querying and the rewrite. I rewrote a novel last year. One of the hardest but also the best, best, things I could have done for the story I wanted to tell.

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    1. I'd say start with either--I love them both so much! HOLD STILL is definitely more intense and a little tougher to read, but it blew me away.

      I really hope that once I get through this rewrite I feel the same way as you! Not an easy task to undertake but should be worth it in the end :)

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  5. I don't know how I haven't read HOLD STILL yet. I own it, and THE DISENCHANTMENTS is one of my favorite contemporaries. Must remedy soon! Best of luck with your rewrite. I'm actually a big fan of rewriting. I think that's because I'm such a character person. I develop and fall in love with these great characters, then stick them into crappy plots. Rewriting goes a long way in helping with that. :-)

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    1. You must read it! I think you'll love it, honestly.

      I am the same way re: characters and plot--I could write entire stories of awesome characters doing practically nothing. Actually, I don't know why I'm saying 'could' because that's exactly what I do! Sigh.

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  6. I've read HOLD STILL and AMY & ROGER... and loved them both!

    Good luck with your query and rewrite. :)

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    1. Thanks! I actually perversely enjoy writing queries...I know, so weird :)

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  7. I loved, loved, loved THE DISENCHANTMENTS so I know I'll love HOLD STILL. :) And yes! Query Shark IS awesome! Good luck with that revising!

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    1. I adooooored THE DISENCHANTMENTS! Can't wait to read what she comes out with in the future :)

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  8. Isn't query shark amazing? Even for the tiny details about where to put the "about me" section.

    Enjoy your rewrite! The funny thing about them is once you decide it's the thing to be done, it can be a lot of fun because every sentence is like "this is better than what I did before and I know I'm getting closer to the AWESOMEST VERSION of this story" :D

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    1. Yes, that's the way I'm trying to think through this rewrite! Trying to keep in mind that I've already done the shitty version of this story, so I can only be improving it really (hopefully!)

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  9. Oh man, Write On Con saved my query. If I hadn't had it ripped to shreds, it would still be a pile of poo that would in no way entice anyone to read my book.

    I actually love rewrites. I always think of my first drafts as "exploratory" drafts because I'm sort of just throwing things and seeing what sticks. Also, it's my first taste of my MC's voice and a new world, and I tend to figure out things like that as I write. I doubt I'll actually use anything from this draft in the next one, aside from the things I learned while I wrote it.

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    1. Whoa, I cannot imagine writing like that! I practically have an anxiety attack when I have to cut big chunks from my manuscripts; I don't know how I'd cope putting the whole thing aside! Although the using-what-you've-learned is an excellent point :)

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  10. Ahh, good luck querying! Writing a query letter has to be one of my least favorite things ever. Although it is kind of fun to send it out and get excited every time you open your inbox. I'm excited to hear how it goes!

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    1. Sending queries has to be the most simultaneously terrifying and exciting thing in the world. That moment of pressing 'send' is so hard every time, but you're right, getting excited every time you check your email is awesome!

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  11. Good luck on your rewrite and in query land! I think the cover of AMY & ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR looks cute too.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I like the way both of her covers match here, too :)

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  12. Wow, just read the blurb of HOLD STILL and omg it sounds so intense and so good!
    Good luck with your query!

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    1. It is intense, it made me ugly cry! Thanks for the good luck :)

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  13. Good luck with writing your query letter and rewriting your story! I hope you enjoy AMY & ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR as much as I did. :)

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    1. Thanks! I did enjoy it, it was a fun read :)

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  14. I haven't read either of those but they sound fun! I've heard such great things about Nina LaCour. Hooray for rewriting-- it's a pain but totally worth it. And I agree, the Query Shark ROCKS. She posted my query a few years ago and requested my MS. She ultimately passed but I have such respect for her.

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    1. The Query Shark is a wise, wise woman--I learned so much without even realising it! Nina LaCour is definitely one of my favourite writers now :)

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  15. I love that video, B.!!!! What a fantastic piece of inspiration! Of course, I could be biased, since my current WiP takes place in Honolulu...and seeing things like that video remind me so much of being 18 and in college at HPU. Oh please do get on with writing that one - I can't wait to hear all about it!!!!

    And I too, enjoyed SECOND CHANCE SUMMER - AMY & ROGER has been on my TBR for awhile now, just need to get to it! And HOLD STILL? Just added that one to my list now - thanks for the great reco, I know it's going to be a tough read, but it sounds incredible.

    Best of luck with getting your query written - as sick as it might sound, I absolutely love writing query letters. Love. And good luck getting that rewrite tackled, too!

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  16. Oh, isn't it just? Makes me want to catch a flight right now! Ooh, your WIP is set in Honolulu, that is so cool. I love a great and unusual setting in a story :)

    HOLD STILL is a tough read, but so incredible. Hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it :)

    I love writing query letters too! We are united in our sickness ;)

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