Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

“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 started The Madman's Daughter last night--a YA historical fiction inspired by H.G. Well's The Island of Dr. Moreau. I'm enjoying it so far. The language feels right for the time period, and I like the characters. I know a lot of people who read this took issue with what happens to the animals, and while I saw the very first evidence of this, I'm not deep enough in to the book to have experienced much of it. It does make me a little nervous.

What I'm Writing: I accomplished my goals for this week! I finished part four and am almost at 65,000 words. I am also about halfway through Everyday Life in the 1800s. There's some great stuff here. I really recommend it for anyone writing historical fiction during the 19th century.

So while I wrapped up part four, the words themselves need a lot of help--a lot. I'm in that part of the story where everything is different than what I originally wrote, so it's like writing a first draft all over again. My goal for this week is to cull through parts three and four. While I don't need them at any sort of point of perfection, I do want to make sure everything is working before I go into parts five and six, as the climax is coming up.

What Else I've Been Up To: I reached the halfway point on my 30-day hot yoga (both bikram and heated flow) challenge this week. Today is day 17. I think it's been really good for me, but I'm starting to get to the point where my body is getting more tired and achey. My office is also moving locations this week, so I won't be around on Saturday until much later in the day for writing :) I'm crazy-excited about the new space and will be sure to post some photos!

What's Inspiring Me Now: I'm 2/3 of the way through my story, and that's huge. I'm getting into some completely uncharted territory with my WIP, and I'm excited about it. I'm also really inspired by my husband right now. He loves this story I'm working on. He's not a huge YA person, and he hasn't been sold by my other WIPs. So we've been talking through a lot of the pieces and parts of this story, and I love it. :)


  1. Congrats to you on 17 days of hot yoga! I could not do that. I did 3 days in a row of Bikram and got a massive leg cramp in the middle of the night, so had to rest a bit. I just did a groupon for the same hot yoga studio and it's been several years since I've done it -- yeah, that was intense. I'm used to cardio and weight classes at the gym. Hot yoga is just so different.

    I really liked The Madman's Daughter. I could handle the animal stuff for the most part, mostly because the character was also horrified by the dissections, so it allied me as a reader. It's not as if things are happening that are going unchecked. But from a graphic standpoint, I think it is appropriate for YA; it never got too disgusting for me, although it was definitely creepy. If anything, I think the love story could have been less focused on, but maybe it brought some needed balance. Overall, a good read!

  2. I might need to look into Everyday Life in the 1800s, since that's the time period I have in mind for FIRE.

    That's so exciting that you're making so much progress on your draft! I turn in the keys to my old apartment on Friday, so I'll have a brief respite from the moving madness and I'll have time to look at your chapters then (finally!).

    Good luck with the revising this week!

  3. Congrats on making so much progress!

  4. Hot yoga? Wow, sounds very intense.

    65,000 is brilliant! Congratulations :D

  5. It's great that your making so much project on your WIP. It's great when your writing is what inspires you to write more. It's a beautiful cycle, when it acutally happens. :)

  6. Congratulations on your writing progress! I'll definitely need to check out that book when I resurrect my long-shelved 19th century character. It's been so long since I've written 19th century historical.

  7. I have major issues with violence against animals in books too, and while I didn't like the descriptions of vivisection in THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER, I felt like the author was saying it was wrong so it at least didn't seem gratuitous to me. That doesn't make those sections easy to read though. I'm interested to hear your opinion on it when you're done.

    Two-thirds of the way through your story is awesome! It's so exciting that you're getting closer to writing the climax. And I love that you're discussing your WIP with your husband. I solved some big plot issues during conversations with my hubby, so that can be really helpful. Plus, it's just fun!

    Have a great week with those revisions, Liz!

  8. Ooh hot yoga! I loooove hot yoga. I did a 40 day Bikram challenge (it was supposed to be 30...but I kept going) and it was seriously life-changing. Not only did did my flexibility improve by leaps and bounds, but it also deepened my practice. Days 15-18 were the hardest for me, for whatever reason, and the instructors told me it's normal. It's supposed to ease up - not sure that helps you, but it helped me! :)

    Congrats on making it 2/3 through your WIP! Woohoo! What a great feeling. Good luck with the revisions!

  9. Oh, that is so great that your husband loves your story! My hubby's feedback is so crucial to mine - especially since I've been writing from a guy's POV. And I hope the office move went smoothly! I enjoy "writing" with you on Twitter!