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?


  1. Oh my goodness, Liz... Your legs! I hope they don't hurt as badly as they look like the do.

    I absolutely love your excerpt -- not that I'm surprised. I cannot wait to read this story one day. I'm still all for swapping sometime down the road.

    I really liked NOBODY BUT US. It made my heart hurt, but in a good way. You'll have to let me know what you think when you've finished.

  2. OUCH!!!!! That looks so painful! I'm so sorry!! I hope it heals quickly...

    I love this part: " 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."

    It makes me want to know what the fire in his chest and swirling in his mind is about. I mean, I can guess, but I'm sure there's more to it than meets the eye. Good wording!

  3. Oh wow - I really hope you heal fast. I can only imagine how horrible your fall must've been. HEAL SOON!!!

    And I LOVE the excerpt! "I oughta knock you into a cock hat." LOVE!

    I hope things look up for you this week! And enjoy NOBODY BUT US - one of my favorite reads this year!

  4. Oooooh, beautiful excerpt! I love the atmosphere in those paragraphs. And so cool that you get to dive into rewrites in the coming chapters. Revising and editing can be really satisfying, but rewriting can just feel so FRESH. Good luck on your goals this week! And take care of those injuries, ouch!

  5. LOVED the excerpt, definitely want to read this one, one day. I hope you feel better that looks like it hurts.

    Good luck with your goals for this week :)

  6. I hope your legs heal up fast!

    Dude, your writing is AMAZING. I was totally pulled into your world. SIGN ME UP FOR AN ARC WHEN YOU ARE PUBLISHED BECAUSE I WANNA READ IT! :D Good luck hitting next week's goals.

  7. Thank you so much from sharing an excerpt from your WiP! So awesome, Liz! Also, big hugs for fast healing on your legs. So sorry that happened :( I totally agree too that sometimes it's nice to read something completely opposite from what we are working on. Happy writing this week!

  8. Your legs make me hurt. I love your What's Inspiring Me. Mumford & Sons was my go to for writing my book.

  9. Oh Liz! That looks so painful! I'm glad you're okay though. :(

    That excerpt was great! I love the playful dynamic between the characters and especially the bits about Mason. I hope you can get your next two chapters revised and even squeeze in that third one! Happy writing this week!

  10. Excerpts! Yes!! Thanks for sharing's great!
    Wow, it sounds like you have some VERY good reasons to be sitting. Ouch! I hope you heal quickly!

  11. I LOVE this excerpt. I could picture everything that was going on and the last line 'Nights like these were the only ones that kept him from losing his mind' really got to me.

    And I hope you heal soon! Those look extremely painful.

    Good luck with getting your chapters written this week. I have a similar goal, so I'll be rooting for you! :)

  12. Love the whiskey-drinking excerpt. I love how the dialogue and card-playing teases out details about the characters.

    And ouch to your injuries! I hope you're healing speedily.

  13. Ouch! I hope you feel better soon. Love your excerpt. I want more! :)

    Good luck with writing the next chapters! Have a good weekend!