#WWW What are you Reading? and #WIPpet Wednesday

wwwwednesdayWWW Wednesday is a blog hop that I discovered last week, which asks three questions: what have you finished reading, what are you currently reading, and what are you about to start reading. It’s hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Answer the questions and share your post in a comment on that one to join in.

  • What are you currently reading?

I’ve recently started Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. It’s a retelling of Peter Pan, narrated by Tinker Bell and focusing on the character of Tiger Lily. It’s interesting enough, but I started it nearly a week ago and am less than 50 pages in… that said, a lot of the reviews say that it starts off slow and you have to get used to the TInker Bell point of view, so maybe it’ll pick up.

I also started The Island of Doctor Moreau, but that’s on a hiatus due to the fact that I own that book and Tiger Lily and a couple of others are from the library.

  • What did you recently finish?

I finished The Madman’s Daughter last Friday. It’s the adaptation of Doctor Moreau that I mentioned in last week’s post. It had a great twist at the end that I didn’t see coming at all (though on reflection, probably should have figured it out a bit sooner). I’m keen to pick up the next book in the series.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I have Dorothy Must Die out from the library but I don’t think I really want to read it. I’m not in a Wizard of Oz mood, really, and I’d rather put it off until I’m more likely to enjoy it. I think I’ll try and get the sequel to the Madman’s Daughter (which is based on Jekyll and Hyde) from the library.

wippetwednesdayOnto WIPpet Wednesday. As most frequenters of this blog are aware, WIPpet Wednesday involves posting an excerpt from your WIP that somehow relates to the date, and then linking up here and reading what others have offered. I’m going to follow on from last week’s post, in which Grace was given an ambiguous pieces of advice regarding her unwanted immortality. Everyone wonders what it means, and in this one line for the 1st of July, Grace surmises.

“I think he meant that I’m the only one who can kill me.”

Essentially, in Grace’s case of immortality, illness cannot kill her and neither can another person with any kind of violent act, but if she wanted to kill herself with a bottle of pills or a knife through the heart or whatever, that would work. The thing is, though, Grace doesn’t actually want to commit suicide as such. She doesn’t necessarily want to die, she just wants the opportunity to grow old like everyone else.

I’m going to head off now and try to read some more Tiger Lily. I can’t promise that I’ll manage to visit too many of your blogs over the coming week, as my mum is visiting for the weekend, but I’ll do my best! Until then!

~ Emily

#MirthMusicMon – *whispers* Shia LaBeouf – #mondayblogs

So today Shia LaBeouf was trending on Facebook because a guy painted him as all 13 incarnations of the Doctor from Doctor Who. And they’re actually really good artworks. But it did mean that all I could think of was the Doctor in the lead in the song I’ve chosen for tonight’s post. I have no idea where this song came from, but wow, it’s epic. And hilarious.

See? You needed this in your life.

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#WIPpet Wednesday, and a #WWW Wednesday Reading Meme (all on a Thursday)

This is just a quick post. It’s nearly 12pm on Thursday in Australia, but that means it’s still Wednesday in some parts of the world, and therefore this post still counts. :P

I’m writing this regardless of all that because I was determined this was the week I’d get back to things like blogging, and get back to them properly. And also things like eating properly and… well, I need to get the tyre in my bike fixed before I can get back to that, so that will have to wait until pay day next week. But writing, too. Though that is happening slowly. Uni work is also on the agenda; I’m going to start my winter course this Saturday.

I have very little that I can share for WIPpet Wednesday, but I did write some stuff yesterday. Yesterday was the 24th and 2+4 = 6. Except I’m a day late, so minus 1, and we have five paragraphs (this has nothing to do with the fact that I only wrote five paragraphs).

This is a scene that had bounced around in my head for a while and will probably come at the end of Lessons Learned if it comes at all. Just imagine that they’ve finally worked out their differences with Frederick Merrow and he’s finally going off to wherever ghosts go when they’ve finished their business here.

“You know that immortality is never really set in stone, don’t you, Grace?”

‘What do you mean?”

“If you choose to end it, it will end. But it has to be your choice.”

Grace stared at him, wondering if he was telling the truth. She’d never heard anything about this in the years she’d spent searching for a way to reverse the effects of the Elixir she had drunk.

“Choose wisely, Grace.”

WIPpet Wednesday is hosted by K. L. Schwengel, and you can join us here. Simply post an excerpt of your current WIP that somehow relates to the date, then check out what others have posted.

I was also just over at Books Over People, and decided to hop on the WWW Wednesday meme as well. This asks three simple questions, as you’ll see below.

What are you currently reading?

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd. It’s a YA adaptation of The Island of Doctor Moreau, with his daughter as the main character. I haven’t read the source material, but this book is interesting. Slow-paced, but atmospheric. It doesn’t actually feel like I’ve read 150 pages.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Splintered by A. G. Howard on Monday. It’s an Alice in Wonderland spin-off, and the world-building was good, but I really hated one of the characters and that kind of ruined everything. Apparently he gets worse in the next book, so I’m leaving the series here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m actually thinking I will read The Island of Doctor Moreau, since I have copy on my shelf. It’s only short, so it shouldn’t take me too long to get through.

All right, I suppose I should actually consider doing some work? I’m in that tricky transitional phase in a new position at work, where I’m doing things, but slowly, and the office is basically empty today, so things are going even slower since I’ve got no one to answer my questions. But one colleague did give me something to work on before she went downstairs for a reference shift, so I should have look at that. See you all on your own blogs soon!

~ Emily

#MirthMusicMon – Oooooooooooooooooooooklahoma! #mondayblogs

So, um… I’m hoping this post turns out all right. I actually have no audio on my laptop right now (I don’t know why; I watched some stuff on YouTube with headphones in, then when I took them out, it refused to play sound at all). But I was determined for this to be the week I get my life back on track and stop moping about and being sad that My Fair Lady was over. Getting back into blogging and writing is a part of that. Last Friday was only the second alternate Friday in 18 months when I didn’t post a book review. And I’ve got a bunch of things I have read that I should have reviews written for. Anyway, in light of all that, I’m going to hope that good visual for the videos means good audio as well and post some Mirth and Music today anyway.

While My Fair Lady was on, I had a half-hour drive home from the theatre every night. It was usually around 11:20 by the time the show finished, so getting on for 11:35 or so by the time I got out of costume and make-up and actually made my way to the car. I was always pretty tired, and my solution for having to drive when tired is to blare show tunes and sing along with them. I was on a Rogers and Hammerstein kick for most of this time, so Oklahoma got a pretty good run. This then led to purchasing the Hugh Jackman version on DVD. I adored this when I was a kid (it was the first thing I ever saw HJ in) but I hadn’t watched it in years and years. It lived up to the nostalgia. So here are a couple of clips. Enjoy!

We have a MMM linky over here if you want to join in. I’m going to go and maybe write a book review!

~ Emily

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Genre: Sci-fi
Date Read:
22/04/2015 – 28/04/2015
Rating: ★★★


TheMartianUKCoverI had such high hopes for this book. Every single person I know who has read it has given it five stars. And while I can see where they were coming from, this book didn’t do it for me.

The Martian focuses primarily on Mark Watney, the seventeenth human to set foot on Mars, who accidentally gets left behind when an accident leaves his crew thinking he’s been killed. Most of the book takes the form of Mark’s log entries, though we also meet characters who work for NASA as they realise he is still alive and try to work out how on Earth (or Mars) to rescue him before he dies of thirst or starvation.

At first, the book was really interesting. Mark was figuring out how to grow food in Martian soil, as well as provide himself with water, and find a way to contact NASA. However, after a while, this starts feeling more like a Mars survival guide than the log of someone who has been completely deserted up there. There was so much science-talk, which is fine, but most of it went over my head. Not only that, but Mark was always chipper. Even when things went wrong, he just swore a bit and then spent a couple of days figuring out how to fix whatever it was. There were no moments of depression, no existential crises or anything else you’d expect from a character who has been left on another planet. And because he was always in such a good mood, it never felt like the stakes were particularly high.

The characters at NASA were a bit more interesting because they had each other to react to, and the techno-talk in these scenes was generally a bit more accessible. However, I did lose track of who some characters were, as we switched between NASA divisions and subsidiaries, and that did also make it hard to stay engaged.

The amount of research that went into this book is incredible, and I definitely applaud Andy Weir for that. People at NASA, as well as Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and others who are far more scientifically-minded than I, have said that the majority of the science provided in the book is sound. But a scientifically-sound book is not necessarily an engaging one, and that was where this book fell flat for me.

#WIPpet Wednesday – Get used to it.

Ohai, you guys! I’m back for WIPpet Wednesday, at least for a while. I’ve got a whole month between the end of semester and the beginning of the winter session, where I’m cramming in an extra course to make up for the one I dropped. My two goals for that month are read and write as much as possible. Writing has certainly fallen by the wayside in the past few weeks, but if I want a Master’s degree in three and a half years, I’m going to have to accept that it’s going to happen at the end of each semester.

Having said that, I know that I do get lazy about sneaking in the words in the spare moments when I’d be unlikely to get any studying done: in the branch meeting every second Tuesday, while my lunch is heating up, on the bus in the morning… I need to work on that.

Today for WIPpet Wednesday, I have a short snippet which takes up three lines in my notebook. Three for the third of June. (Related: how is it already June?!). Grace is trying to convince Laura that she (Laura) was the victim of some pretty serious magic cast by her husband, and Laura doesn’t want to hear it.

“Frederick was – is not an occultist!”

“He was much worse than that. And you should really get used to the past tense.”

To join in on WIPpet Wednesday, simply post something from your WIP that somehow relates to the date (whether in length or a different way), and link up here. Sorry for the drive-by nature of this post, but this is all I have the time for today! I’ll be back to normal next week, promise!

~ Emily

#MirthMusicMon – The coolest thing you’ll ever see played on a fairground organ

With any luck, this post signals a regular return to Mirth and Music Monday for me. Admittedly, I am posting this two days in advance because this is a crazy week for me (My Fair Lady rehearsals Sunday – Thursday and then opening night on Friday, followed by three more shows on the weekend), but after this week, I will have my Mondays back! Weee!

Anyway, a page I follow on Facebook just shared this video, and holy carp, it’s amazing. Bohemian Rhapsody is, of course, an incredible number in and of itself, but this just took it to a whole new level.

And now another Queen song, but the clip never fails to make me smile. I wish I had legs that look as good in a mini-skirt as Freddie Mercury’s.

Our Mirth and Music Monday link is here, feel free to join in! I’m going to go now and put my name on the $200-worth(!) of makeup I just bought for the show. Things get so easily lost in theatre dressing rooms, and I’d so rather not lose any of my new stuff.

~ Emily