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18 Aug 2014

Ready. Set. Write! The Penultimate Edition

Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive that is hosted during the months of June, July, and August by Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, Alison Miller and Katy Upperman.  If you want to participate you come up with your own writing goals for those three months and check in with a short update every Monday.  This year RSW starts today until August 25th.

HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS:
  • Get Chapter 8 finished. (Check)
  • Choose and start reading a new book. (Check) 
MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK:
  • Chapter 9 of Inside the Broom Closet.
  • Read two chapters of The Neverending Story
 THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK:
I guess I had to squeeze in my goals for the last part of the week.  I was still in Kent Monday and Tuesday doing touristy things and travelling back up to Leeds most of Wednesday.  

A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED
 "It slowly glowed red and he blew at it. A trail of dancing grey smoke began to float around, parting in different directions and curling in the air."

 SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP:
I quite like writing the parts that show the spells and magick working.  It's supernatural but it's not horror like my usual stuff.

13 Aug 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk. Perfect for readers and writers who want to share what they've been up to on a weekly basis and right now the place to share your goals.

1) What I'm Reading
I finished Cress! No, really, I did! Taking more time to read made me realise how much I've been missing sitting down and reading.  Overall, I really enjoyed Cress.  Everything is kicking off, secrets have been exposed, we have more awesome characters in Cress and an introduction to Winter and her love interest Jacin.  I am so excited for Winter next year!

2) What I'm Writing
Still trekking through Inside the Broom Closet, editing longhand. 

3) What Else I've Been Up To
Just back from the little holiday to Kent.  Thanks to horrible weather we didn't get to do most of the place we wanted to visit.  We went into London a couple of times, visited Howletts Wildlife Park and saw the most adorable baby monkey ever! I'm a complete softie for animals.  I absolutely love them.  When I was a kid I was desperate to be a presenter on The Really Wild Show just so I could meet animals.  We went to Leeds Castle for Go Ape, which does tree top climbing and zip lining.  So much fun! I'm still aching and covered in bruises but it was an amazing experience.  We were going to go into the castle but the prices were ridiculous and we'd already paid for Go Ape so we left that in the end.
Challenge a cinema employee to an arm wrestle for a free ticket.

I also took part in GISHWHES this year, which was the craziest thing I've ever got involved in.  Yes,
Suck blood from a doughnut. It's still jam!
even crazier than the zombie runs I take part in.  I met some incredible people who were absolutely legends getting tasks done.  I probably won't take part next year just because if things go to plan I'll be busy planning for my NQT year and getting my first ever classroom sorted.  But it was an experience and I've put up a couple of photos of the challenges I had to do.

 4) What Inspires Me Right Now
During my stay in Kent, Pete and I went into London to see a play.  Ghost Stories was truly terrifying! I can't reveal a lot of the plot because the creators want the audience to keep it secret for future viewing but it revolves around three spooky stories that all connect.  It had tension, jumpy moments, funny moments, audience interaction.  People actually screamed.  I screamed quite a few times! It was the best horror I've seen in a while and completely inspiring.  It reminded me how well horror actually fits in the short story.  I quite like spooky stories that are snappy and straight to the point.  It works well.  So after watching Ghost Stories, I'm itching to write some horror short stories.  I've done one before which got published in an anthology and had so much fun writing it.  I'm saving the review for Halloween so keep an eye out! 

11 Aug 2014

Ready. Set. Write! Reversed Priorities

Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive that is hosted during the months of June, July, and August by Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, Alison Miller and Katy Upperman.  If you want to participate you come up with your own writing goals for those three months and check in with a short update every Monday.  This year RSW starts today until August 25th.

HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS:
  • Finish Chapter 8. (Still writing.  Been very slow with writing.)
  • Read two chapters of Cress. (Actually ended up reading the rest of the book!)
MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK:
  • Get Chapter 8 finished.
  • Choose and start reading a new book.
 THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK:
Again, time was my enemy.  I was partaking in GISHWHES that requires a LOT of your free time and I'm also on holiday in Kent so since Wednesday it's been insane.  Apart from Friday when I was sick every day since we came down has been spent out and about. 
  
A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED
 "We shouldn't have to hide who we are.  We shouldn't be killed for it."

SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP:
This chapter involves a circle and some spellcasting which is always fun to write. :)  

4 Aug 2014

Ready. Set. Write! History Lesson

Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive that is hosted during the months of June, July, and August by Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, Alison Miller and Katy Upperman.  If you want to participate you come up with your own writing goals for those three months and check in with a short update every Monday.  This year RSW starts today until August 25th.

 HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS:
  • Revise Chapter 7 of Inside the Broom Closet. (Check. Seven is done and I also started on eight.)
  • Read two chapters of Cress. (Check. Read 4 chapters.)
 MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK:
  • Finish Chapter 8.
  • Read two chapters of Cress.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK: 
I actually had time to do some reading and writing this week until GISHWHES started on Saturday and doing the wierd and wonderful challenges has taken up most of my time.  I think one challenge I'm having is making sure I keep going with the writing.  I can feel myself getting into a writing slump.

A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED:  Back to the rebellious witches:

"As much as you hate your powers, ignoring them will lead to trouble."
  
SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP:
New ideas.  I got a new idea for Ashley, my little witch who refuses to practice.  It's become part of his back story which, at the moment, seems to do a better job at explaining why he acts the way he does.  Much darker and conflicting for him.  Me likes. ^^ Mwahahahaaaa

30 Jul 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk. Perfect for readers and writers who want to share what they've been up to on a weekly basis and right now the place to share your goals.

1) What I'm Reading
Getting back into Cress to finish that this summer.  I'm using the last few weeks of Ready. Set. Write to get in some reading goals. 

2) What I'm Writing
I'm leaving my supernatural university WiP for now to concentrate on editing more of Inside the Broom Closet and focus on other tasks like uni work and reading. I might pick the NaNo WiP up again for November but we'll see how much time I'll get.

3) What Else I've Been Up To
Been making the most of the summer hols.  Went to Ilkley Moor today and last week for a pub meal and a walk up to the Cow and Calf.  It's not a very long walk but it's quite impressive to get all the way up and see the view of Ilkley.  Didn't get to see the town itself but that's on the bucket list.  We're definitely making the most of the long holiday to see places.  Next week we're driving down to Kent to stay and have a lot of places planned to visit like Leeds Castle, Dover Castle, and Canterbury so I think it's time to get a few more inspirational setting posts out on the blog! =D

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 4) What Inspires Me Right Now

Ilkley Moor was quite inspiring.  The moors always remind me of An American Werewolf in London where the character gets attacked. I still don't get how he's in a place that is clearly in Yorkshire and then sent all the way down to London but hey ho, I'm not dwelling on it.  The moors are a fantastic spooky setting and I'd love to do something with them one day.

28 Jul 2014

Ready. Set. Write! And Read!

Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing intensive that is hosted during the months of June, July, and August by Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, Alison Miller and Katy Upperman.  If you want to participate you come up with your own writing goals for those three months and check in with a short update every Monday.  This year RSW starts today until August 25th.

HOW I DID ON LAST WEEK'S GOALS:
  • Chapter 6 for Inside the Broom Closet. (Check)
  • 15k for NaNo WiP. (Check)
MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK:
  • Revise Chapter 7 of Inside the Broom Closet.
  • Read two chapters of Cress.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK:
Completely winging it is still proving to be quite the challenge.  I definitely write much slower when I don't have a plan or an idea about what's going to happen completely, which doesn't really suit me. I'm thinking of leaving the story there for now and maybe be a NaNo rebel in November to finish it off if time permits.  For now, I need to start limiting the writing and maybe concentrate more on reading and uni homework.

A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: 
Last one from supernatural university WiP: 

Then he lifted his left foot onto the chair, rolling up his trouser leg and, like his side, the gashes and stitches that should be there were nowhere to be seen.  All he had left were pale scars that should not have fully healed so quickly.

SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP:
I do love writing NA.  It's been a nice change from YA and I love how much more independent the characters get to be. 

23 Jul 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk. Perfect for readers and writers who want to share what they've been up to on a weekly basis and right now the place to share your goals.

1) What I'm Reading
Newspapers, uni books, education magazines.  Very non-fictiony at the moment for my course and summer task.
 
2) What I'm Writing
My supernatural university WiP and rebellious witch WiP.  

3) What Else I've Been Up To
 July has been a hectic month.  Work has ended for the summer and this month I've finished the year off with two school trips, doing a bit of teaching myself, getting the classroom ready for next year, and almost sobbing my way through Friday.  It was my last day at the school I work in and now it's time to prepare for university in September! So excited! =D

4) What Inspires Me Right Now   
I had a pre-induction day at my uni last Tuesday to see the campus, meet staff and fellow trainee teachers, and learn more about the course.  The university I'm going to inspired the one my characters attend in the supernatural university WiP so it was nice to see the area and get a good idea of the atmosphere and campus set out.  Also had an annual trip to York which inspired the city the characters have moved to for uni.  Plenty of visiting the actual locations I've based everything on. :) Always inspiring.