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!

34 comments:

  1. The Raven Boys is such an awesome read!! I found your blog through the Whats Up Wednesday post...nice to meet you. As for rewriting, it is hard, it is a pain but I found it to be very very helpful. Good luck with it, Liz. You can do it!!!!

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    1. Thanks Rachel :) I'm pretty sure The Raven Boys was my favorite read last year!

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  2. That's so great that you're back to writing again, Liz! So happy that that's possible again. I would love to reread THE RAVEN BOYS, but I have so many other books I want to read for the first time. If only there were more hours in the day. Though, I'm intrigued by all of the tidbits tucked in that I probably missed on the first read. :)

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    1. I totally know what you mean--but for some reason, when I love a series, I HAVE to re-read before I can pick up the next book. I didn't do that with ASUNDER, and I was lost the whole time. I think it might be because I read so fast.

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  3. Ooh, I love THE RAVEN BOYS... Can't wait to read THE DREAM THIEVES!

    So glad to hear that you have time to write again. Our goals ARE similar. Hopefully they'll be attainable (and surpassable!) for both of us.

    Looking forward to a summer of writing with you, Liz!

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    1. I know! I'm so excited about THE DREAM THIEVES. Good luck this summer!

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  4. Sweet! Sounds like you've got a great goal for Ready. Set. WRITE! Nice meeting you and looking forward to hearing more about your project!

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    1. Thanks! I'm trying to keep them attainable. Nice meeting you, too!

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  5. I'll have to add The Raven Boys to my TBR. I love re-reading books because I always pick up so much more the second time 'round. Or the third time if it's really good. :)

    I am such an introvert as well. I work as a therapist, so I definitely understand getting worn out from being around people for too long. Recharging after is so important.

    Congrats on having time to write again!

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    1. Yes, it is so good. You really have to pick it up. Thanks :)

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  6. THE RAVEN BOYS is so good! And thanks for the reminder to reread books; I'm always amazed at what I missed during the first read-through.
    And YAY for getting writing time again! Good luck on your rewrite!


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  7. I read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater - the writing was beautiful, BUT it was too slow for me. Too slow. And I have the idea that Raven Boys will be the same style, so yeah ... I didn't read it and don't really plan on doing it.
    Good luck with your goals!

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    1. Probably not right for you then. Thanks!

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  8. Hope you get a chance to unwind soon ^_^ And good luck getting back to writing and hitting all your Ready. Set. WRITE! goals :D

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  9. A reread of The Raven Boys is my reward after Ready. Set. WRITE! Then I'll be ready for THE DREAM THIEVES. Can't. Wait!

    Also, hot yoga sounds interesting. Most curious. :)

    And thanks again for climbing aboard the Ready. Set. WRITE! train! I hope you have a wonderful writing week!

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    1. SUCH a good reward. Hot yoga is awesome. I really had no interest in it, but a co-worker talked me into a Groupon. Now I do it 4-6 times a week.

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  10. I hope you feel revived soon! Hooray for rewrites! I'm working on some of my own. :0)

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    1. Thank you, and good luck with yours!

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  11. I definitely need to re-read THE RAVEN BOYS--I love books that have that much depth to them where you can pick up something new every single time. Maggie Stiefvater is an amazing writer for sure :)

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    1. It's so good. I'm very glad I'm doing it.

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  12. I'll have to add The Raven Boys to my list of books I have to read. That list is getting really long. :)
    Good luck with your writing goals!

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    1. You should definitely check it out!

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  13. I can't wait until THE DREAM THIEVES comes out! I made the mistake of reading the prologue that Maggie Stiefvater released, and it was like slow, horrible torture knowing I'd have to wait to read the rest. I'm so glad you're finding time to write again. It sounds like you've been really busy. I hope you get back to feeling like your self and that you make lots of headway on your goals this summer! :)

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    1. I KNOW I WANT IT NOW! Ahem. Life has been so crazy, and I'm hoping things are finally calming down.

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  14. I...still haven't read The Raven Boys. Which is bad, because I won it in a giveaway, but it's still sitting on my shelf because I have a mild (read: not at all mild) library addiction. That, along with Graceling, are must-reads for me this summer.

    I hear you on the needing to recharge thing! I'm also an introvert. So of course I teach and work in retail. Because that makes sense.

    Good luck with your writing goals! I can't wait to read it :)

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    1. Ha--well when you get to it, I'm excited to hear what you think. I'm an introvert, and I work in public relations. I think we might both be crazy. I can't wait to read yours either!

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  15. I hear you on the work drain (and introversion). Make sure you take plenty of time to decompress and do yoga!
    Did you see Maggie Stiefvater's TED talk at NASA? That was pretty inspiring, too.

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    1. Today was pretty much yoga and writing. Loved it. I didn't see her TED talk. I'll have to check it out--thanks for mentioning it!

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  16. Thank you for recommending The Raven Boys! My WIP is third person limited so I'm always looking for great YA books with third person POV. Just finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone and that was another great 3rd person book.

    Good luck with everything! I used to think I was extroverted, but I realize now that that being out there was really out of pure necessity. I just got good at it! But really, I'm more of an introvert.

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    1. It's such a good one. If you pick it up, I really hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. I rarely re-read a book, but it's always so interesting what new things can be picked up. I borrow a lot from the library and sometimes I wish I owned some of the really good books I've read so I can refer back to them.

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    1. Wanted to also say, I am revising/editing my Nano 2012 project. It's going OK but I am so antsy to start another idea!

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