Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Ready. Set. Write! Week Three

First, thanks to everyone who stopped by last week! I was traveling to Denver for work, so I wasn't able to make it around to everyone's posts. Luckily, things are much more calm this week, so I plan to make the rounds today and tomorrow. Huzzah!

What I'm Reading: After I finished my second read-through of The Raven Boys last week, I started Nobody But Us--one of the books on my Debut Author Challenge list. I haven't had a chance to read much of it since the plane on Friday, but the chapters I did read, I really liked. I wanted to get into something that was the opposite of what I'm writing--setting, characters, plot, all of it. Sometimes that sort of thing really helps my creativity.

What I'm Writing: I met my goals for this past week--revising and writing. I just wrapped up part two of five of Stars & Stripes, and here's where the real fun begins. I've been rewriting, and up until now I haven't diverged much plot-wise from draft one. The rest of the story gets a little different and a LOT crazier from here. Goals this week? Realistically, I'd like to write the next two chapters. Idealistically, I want to finish the next three as it will put me into part three. Here's a little excerpt (for funsies):

Mason pulled a flask from his coat and pressed the metal to his lips. Tennessee's February was worse than Kentucky's. At least back home--before the Academy was his home--winter was winter. There was no spring tease slipping in waiting to slap them with icy rain and snow just when they thought they'd left the cold behind.

Mason laid his last card down and took another long drink. When the war started, he'd quickly learned that if he drank enough whiskey, he could dull the fire in his chest and the swirling in his mind. He could forget the fighting and the Rebel Seers long enough to enjoy himself--even if only for a few hours.

Ed slapped his hands on the table. "I'm shuffling the cards this time. That was Tim and Warren's third game. I think they've fixed it," he said over the pipe in his mouth, dropping the r's from card and Warren, an imitation of his mother's high-class British ancestors.

He give Tim a dirty look, but Tim only shrugged and drank from his flask. Ed started to shuffle, when the ace of spades slipped from his sleeve. He whistled. "Well I'll be damned. Where'd that come from?"

Tim slammed his flask down on the wood with a thump. "Some card player you are. Can't even win by cheating. Still, I oughta knock you into a cock hat."

Ed slid the card right back up his sleeve. "Now, now--no need for that. I'll get you some fresh whiskey next chance we get. And like you said, I lost. No harm done." Ed's brown eyes sparkled with mischief. His cheeks dimpled when he grinned.

Mason laughed and leaned back in his chair. Nights like these were the only ones that kept him from losing his mind.

What Else I've Been Up To: I fell down the stairs on Saturday, so I haven't been doing much. Just a lot of resting and anything that involves sitting (mostly writing and video games).

Healing progress. Top left: day 1, bottom left day 2, right day 3.
You don't want to see day 4.

What's Inspiring Me Now: Mumford & Sons :)

How's your Wednesday?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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

“What’s Up Wednesday” is a weekly blog hop by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. From Jaime: It’s similar in some respects to the Currently… post, but it’s been whittled down to only four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. 

What I'm Reading: Still working through a re-read of the The Raven Boys. I got Siege & Storm in the mail, but I haven't unpacked my books yet, so I can't re-read Shadow & Bone. I think maybe I should read books more slowly so I don't have to reread. I also picked up Nobody But Us. I'm going to be flying to Denver this afternoon for the AIA (American Institute of Architects) tradeshow, so I'm hoping fro some reading time on the plane.

What I'm Writing: Still plugging away at Stars & Stripes. Somehow I managed 6,919 words (almost 7,000!) last week. So I beat my goal and will be okay if I don't get as much in this week due to aforementioned tradeshow. My goal for this week is to do some revising of the scenes I've been writing. Normally I don't write and revise at the same time, but as I'm doing a full rewrite of my NaNo project, I want this draft to count a little more, plus it's really helping me figure out my characters. So this week's goal: Revise chapters 13-15. Write chapter 16. We'll see if that happens :)

What Else I've Been Up To: We finally finished unpacking the living room last week. I still need to get to the office/book shelves and do some work on the dining room, but the house is starting to look like we live in it! Also, my husband has been cooking. It's changing my life. Thank God for this sizeable kitchen!

Butternut squash pizza made by the Mister.

What's Inspiring Me Now: This is so corny, but I'm inspired by one of my characters--Captain Greybar. He's just, oh, I love him. He's not my main character or even really a sub-main, though there are a few chapters from his POV. Here's a snippet of him in conversation (and also a great summary of the story I'm working on):

“This war is much more than a fight to uphold or abolish slavery, it goes far beyond the foundations of economies. Rebel Seers, unhappy with the government’s iron grip on their lives, have stepped into our country’s growing tensions and brought forth the fire of war. They don’t want states’ rights or a Confederacy. They want to burn our country to the ground and remake it in their own image. They won’t stop with the South. They intend to create a new world order, and the only way to stop them is to crush their rebellion completely.”

What about you? How's your week been? What are your writing goals for the upcoming week?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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

Hello long lost blogging friends. I'm back! At least for today: “What’s Up Wednesday” is a weekly blog hop by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. From Jaime: It’s similar in some respects to the Currently… post, but it’s been whittled down to only four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. 

What I'm reading: I'm in the middle of re-reading The Raven Boys. I was on a bus ride on Monday and didn't have anything to read. My phone connection wasn't working, so I couldn't download anything new. Since I'm writing a third person, multi-perspective novel right now, I decided to reread this masterpiece. I'm falling in love with these characters all over again. If you haven't re-read it--I really recommend it. There is so much I missed the first time through!

What I'm writing: FINALLY I have time to write again. I'm working on my NaNoWriMo draft from last November. Okay, really I'm completely rewriting it. I'm about 30k in, but had to stop as we were moving. Right now I'm rereading what I wrote and am almost done with that. I'm participating in Ready. Set. Write! (a fun summer writing intensive being hosted by some of my favorite people). Check it out and sign up here. My goal is 3,500 words a week--500 a day if I can. Once I see if that's attainable, I may adjust. We'll just have to see how it goes. :)

What else I've been up to: Work has been kicking my butt over the past week. We had three events we were working on all tied to the CMA's. I finally had a chance to decompress yesterday, but I'm still in a bit of a fog. I really need to recharge. I work in communications, but I'm actually an introvert. All this time with people has drained me. I'm hoping alone time reading and writing will help me get back to myself. Also, I started up hot yoga in April, and I love it. So I think that might help some, too.

What's inspiring me now: Actually, The Raven Boys. These characters and the way the interact is just so real. I'll have them on my mind as I write this summer!