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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.

21 Jul 2014

Ready. Set. Write: The Plague Strikes Back!

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 five of Inside the Broom Closet. (Check)
  • 15K for NaNo WiP. (Got up to 12000)
MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK:
  • Chapter 6 for Inside the Broom Closet.
  • 15k for NaNo WiP.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK:
It was the last week of term so work was absolutely hectic and I caught yet another cold that finally disappeared on Friday after a week.  So they were the main reasons I didn't get all my targets done.


A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED:

She hip bumped him, grinning. “I can handle moody employers.  And everyone knows you really shouldn’t mess with short people.”

SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP:
The grumpy owner of Amber Moon, a witch shop in my NaNo WiP.  Bryce is quite young to be the owner of the shop and there's a reason behind it which I'm keeping quiet on.  Let's just say there's a lot happening with him but I'm love his moody, can't-be-arsed personality that's come about through winging this story.

14 Jul 2014

Ready. Set. Write: Aging Up!

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 5 of Inside the Broom Closet. (Didn't make this week.) 
  • Reach 10k on Camp NaNo WiP. (Check)
MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK:
  • Chapter 5 needs to be done for ItBC so I'll keep going with that and make sure that goal is achieved this week.
  • Reach 15k on Camp NaNo WiP.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK:
Winging it for Camp NaNo and also trying to get all writing done with yet another cold and recovering from school trips.  It meant I decided to focus on NaNo so I wasn't pushing myself too much.

A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED:

This one is from the Camp NaNo WiP seeing as I don't really have anything new from ItBC:



Darren shrugged. “I dunno.  The whole thing is odd.  Like these random attacks where people seem to be getting mauled by something.  I get a weird feeling on that campus.”
 
SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP:
I'm trying out NA with this NaNo WiP.  Originally it was supposed to be set in high school but I liked the idea of writing about new university students who discover their new town is a little bit on the supernatural side.  I like having characters who are still considered young and are still teenagers at 18/19 but are also at a stage where they've got more freedom and independence.  And I feel like it'll be more acceptable to have these characters going out to pubs and drinking alcohol because for most it is a natural part of their student life.