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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.
 

7 Jul 2014

Ready. Set. Write: Winging It

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:
  • Edit the rest of Chapter 4 for Inside the Broom Closet. (check)
  • Start on July Camp NaNo. (check)
MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK:
  • Chapter 5 of Inside the Broom Closet.
  • Reach 10k for NaNo project.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK:
Pantsing on this NaNo project.  So many times I've come to a full stop and felt like I have no idea what to write without a plan but after a break away and a think (with the playlist on repeat) I've gone back to it and just written whatever comes in my head.  It's nice letting the story work things out itself.

A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED:
She felt like a hunched up weed compared to how straight and alert he sat.

SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP:
Newbie Brandon has been introduced.  He's ready to cause some trouble!      

2 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
More of Cress. I'm at a really good part which is really making me want to find out more so hopefully I get back into reading.

2) What I'm Writing
Couple more chapters in with Inside the Broom Closet edits and also started a WiP for Camp NaNo that I decided to wing in the end.  Never done that before so we'll see what happens.

3) What Else I've Been Up To
=D It was that time of year again:


I've also signed up as a volunteer to take part in Sheffield 2.8 as a zombie.  I go to Zombie School in August and get to chase people around for a change.  Cannot wait! I also signed up for GISHWHES.  It sounded pretty awesome and it's created by Misha Collins.  Even more awesome.

4) What Inspires Me Right Now

Started re-watching Charmed again to get me in a witchy mood.  And also because I used to watch that show religiously.  

30 Jun 2014

Ready. Set. Write: The Strange Case of Productiveness

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 3 edit of Inside the Broom Closet (Done and also started on Chapter 4)
  • Send off short story (Done) 
MY GOAL(S) FOR THIS WEEK:
Edit the rest of Chapter 4 for Inside the Broom Closet and start on July Camp NaNo.  I did intend on planning and preparing for it but I'm going to take a risk this year and wing it.  I have an idea in mind that I've been mentally planning but haven't got it all organised into notes.

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED THIS WEEK:
Again, another busy week of covering lessons at work and driving to and from Leeds, Darlington and Newcastle a lot this weekend but the writing got done so this week hasn't been too bad for time.

A FAVOURITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED:
With his cheeky grin never leaving his face, Connor flipped his middle finger at every mocking student and jumped back up.

SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP:
Connor! He made his grand entrance in Chapter 3 so I had lots of fun writing with him.  

26 Jun 2014

Tag! Five Character Facts

Much thanks to Miss Cole who tagged me in this character bloghop! The idea is to introduce a character from your current WiP and write facts about them.

I'll take a character from the WiP I'm editing at the moment:

Inside the Broom Closet is a YA (still unsure about genre) novel set in an alternate modern day universe where witchcraft is against the law and punishable by death.  Three teenagers who are sick of the oppression they face begin to protest against their anti-witchcraft government but is rebellion and fear really the way to earn their rights?

Connor Moore is an Irish teen who has grown up bitter towards the government and the laws they have enforced that have encouraged hatred and fear for witchcraft.  Here are five facts about him:

1) He's an incredibly opinionated teenager who wants to voice out his beliefs and opinions through documentary making.

2) His rival is David, a bookish and studious teenager in most of his classes who sees Connor as competition and is homophobic towards him. Getting bullied and abused by David, verbally and physically, is part of Connor's daily routine.

3) Hannah is his best and only friend, until newbie Brandon comes along and joins up with the gruesome twosome .  Hannah and Connor met in year 8 and have been inseparable since.

4) He's impulsive, immediately leaping to the idea of starting a rebellion and standing up for his identity and beliefs.  Brandon's 'fight power with power' motto is quite appealing to him.

5) He looks like the love child of Christian Slater and Sid Vicious and owns one coat: an old, black and swishy trench coat.

I love coming across music for characters as well as the whole story itself so if I could associate any song with Connor: (Warning: Language)

Minority - Green Day


I tag Jaime Morrow and Sara Biren! =D