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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What's Up Wednesday - December 3

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writers stay in touch. I can't believe it's December already. It seems like New Year's Eve was just last week.


What I'm Reading: 
Last night I skimmed through two books about octopus for a presentation. In other words, no pleasure reading.

What I'm Writing: 
I read through an old WIP over the weekend just to see where it stands. It definitely needs a massive overhaul, especially in the middle, but that's going to have to wait.

What Works for Me: 
Keeping notes of future revisions while working on the first draft and then while it's simmering. I find that when I get an idea for revisions when I'm not actually working on them it's best to just write it down and keep it aside until I get to that point. I don't revise while drafting because I'd probably never finish but it makes sure that I don't forget.

What Else I'm Up to: 
It's the last week of classes before finals and I can't wait for it to be over so that I can go home and just chill out for a month. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What's Up Wednesday - November 26

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writers stay in touch.

What I'm Reading:
Now that it's break I should read more. I feel like it's not working like it should be.

What I'm Writing:
Nothing! I finished LP in one big writing spree on Sunday. Once I got to the big climactic scene I just couldn't stop. It's rounded out at 75k and is on the back burner for a while. I'm taking a break from writing until, at least, the semester is over. Next up is going to be revisions, but on what I'm not sure yet. I have a few projects that have been on the sidelines for a while.

What Works for Me: 
Letting the words flow. On Sunday I almost stopped once I hit my 1k goal for the day so that I could work on something else. Instead I kept my Scrivener doc open and I just kept going until I wrote the final sentence. It meant that I had to put a couple of tasks on my to do list off for another day, but it was worth it.

What Else I'm Up to: 
Thanksgiving break. I've barely left my apartment over the past few days and I'm enjoying it. Unfortunately it also means I'm having trouble convincing myself to get any real work done, but I'm still chipping away at what needs to be done. I have two presentations to give over the last week of classes so that's one thing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What's Up Wednesday - November 12

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writers stay in touch. This picture is very appropriate for this week. I don't think it's ever going to stop snowing.


What I'm Reading: 
Still Dead to You. I haven't had time for pleasure reading in a while.

What I'm Writing: 
I'm so close to the end of LP I can feel it. I have most of the remainder planned out and I can't wait to write it. Unfortunately I'm going on vacation for a week starting Saturday so it might have to wait.

What Works for Me: 
Instrumental music. Sometimes I need background music to help me block out everything that's going on around me but songs with words are even more distracting. Instrumental music is the perfect combination. I really like movie soundtracks because some of them (Pacific Rim, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings) have that undertone of urgency that works as an extra motivator.

What Else I'm Up to: 
Literally everything. I'm waist-deep in grad applications. Essays and presentations due within the next few weeks. The vacation is a professional one so I'll be missing a week of school. The week before Thanksgiving break. So while everyone else has two weeks of classes left, I only have one and it's very frantic. 

Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What's Up Wednesday: November 5th

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writers stay in touch. NaNo started on Saturday so a big "Good luck!" to everyone participating. I thought about doing a personal one, just writing 50k in general rather than on one new WIP (since LP is so close to being done) but then I remembered that I don't have time.

What I'm Reading: 
Dead to You by Lisa McMann. It's good so far, though I haven't been able to read it as much as I would like.

What I'm Writing: 
LP hit 60k and climbing this week. I have most of the rest of it outlined now so it's just a matter of putting it on the page. I thought up some really exciting things over the weekend and I can't wait to write those scenes. Some characters will be playing parts that I didn't expect.

What Works for Me: 
Getting out of my usual space. I've had so much to do the past couple weeks that I've found myself in the library a lot, just to get away from all the distractions at home. Sometimes it's hard for me to get work done when I'm in my usual chair, even if I shut my bedroom door. At the library I can find a secluded desk next to an outlet and just block everything out.

What Else I'm Up To: 
So much to do so little time. Classwork is coming to a peak as the semester winds down. My first round of grad school applications need to be in over the next couple weeks. It's all very frantic.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What's Up Wednesday: October 29

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writers stay in touch.


What I'm Reading: 
Still nothing for fun. I'm probably going to pull Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce off the shelf tonight. It's a stressful week and I need an old favorite.

What I'm Writing: 
LP. I had a total brain blast in the shower this morning where I finally managed to figure out some very important components of the ending. It's mostly a matter of bridging the gap between where I am now and there. 

What Works for Me: 
Brainstorming sessions. If I'm stuck on what to do with a chapter, where to go next, or what needs to happen in the ending, I brainstorm. All it takes is an empty word document. I use bullets for organization and just type whatever comes into my head. If there are questions that I need to answer, I write those down too.

What Else I'm Up To: 
I watched How to Get Away With Murder over the weekend on my girlfriend's suggestion and...I'm hooked. I seriously can't wait for Thursday for the next episode. I didn't want to watch it because the initial promos made me confused on what the show was even about and then the later ones made me feel like it was extremely over-dramatic. I'm glad that I did anyway.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What's Up Wednesday: October 22

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writers stay in touch. Saw the first frost of the season this morning and snow over the weekend, though thankfully it didn't stick. I know winter is going to hit us hard this year, but I'd rather it wait until after Halloween at the very least.


What I'm Reading: 
Uh. I'm determined to move on from Blood and pick a book off my shelf today. I just haven't decided if I want to go for an old favorite, the next book in Game of Thrones, or something new that I've had for a while but haven't read yet.

What I'm Writing: 
After a week's hiatus, I'm back to working on LP, though with a word count goal of only 250 a day again because my to do lists are getting lengthy and I need to focus on other things. It's up to 55k and I'm starting to get the feeling it's going to end up being closer to 80k now all told.

What Works for Me: 
Reward system. I usually use episodes of whatever TV show I'm working my way through at the moment. This week is Stargate SG-1, season six.  If I finish a certain number of tasks on my list, then I get an episode. Short tasks (like writing this post) mean that I have to do more than one. Longer tasks (like reading a chapter for class) get a reward by themselves. Some days, when I'm easily distracted and work takes a backseat to binging episodes, I have to finish all of the tasks on my list before I can watch. It all depends on the mood I'm in, exactly how much work I have to get done, and whether the episodes have cliffhangers.

What Else I'm Up To: 
Grad school applications. November is roaring up like a train and I was not prepared for that. I got all my letter of recommendation stuff in order on Monday and now I'm working on my materials. Hoping to send in my first application as early as Friday. It's a horribly nerve-wracking process. 

Have a great week, everyone!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What's Up Wednesday - October 15

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writers stay in touch. I can't stop listening to Fall Out Boy's new song, "Immortals." It's actually getting a little worrying.


What I'm Reading: 
Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (last book in Heroes of Olympus which is the sequel to Percy Jackson and the Olympians) arrived Friday. I started it around two and read it in one unstoppable spree of nine hours. I considered slowing down, actually savoring it since it's the last book, but it just wasn't possible. I wasn't going to sleep that night without finishing. This could not have been a more perfect ending to the series. I don't think I have ever loved a conclusion this much, and that's including Deathly Hallows. I haven't actually started reading anything else since.

What I'm Writing: 
Still LP, though I've been taking this week off writing.

What Works for Me: 
To do lists. I have multiple sets of them in an Excel spreadsheet so that I can stay organized. There's one for the day, one for grad school stuff, one for homework, one for things to get done that week, and another for things that I need to do but don't have a set time frame.  It helps me to make sure that I don't forget to do anything and makes me feel accomplished when I delete things from the list.

What Else I've Been Up To: 
It's been an insane week. I just got a job as a tutor for a stats class that I took last year, overseeing a study group. I started yesterday and it's been a steep learning curve. The class I'm tutoring for has a different professor and let's just say she has different methods from the one I had. I'll be doing a lot of stats review this weekend.