#WWW Wednesday and WIPpet Wednesday- 04 November, 2015

This has been one of those weeks where I can barely believe it’s only Wednesday, and yet Wednesday it is. On the upside, that means fun blog hops! First up we have WWW Wednesday, which is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in over there by leaving a link to your own WWW Wednesday on today’s post. All you need to do is answer the three questions.

  • What are you currently reading?

wwwwednesdayI started Chasing Nonconformity by indie author Michelle Proulx yesterday. This is the sequel to Imminent Danger (And How to Fly Straight into It), which I reviewed back in February. This is a really fun YA/sci-fi/romance series with some really entertaining characters and strong world-building. After reading a whole slew of things that only got three stars, I wanted to read something that I’m pretty sure I’ll give at least four to.

Still going with The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker. The pace is very slow, but the writing is good, and I am interested in the characters. They’ve only just met where I’m up to, and I really want to see how their relationship develops.

I’m also reading How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson. I’ve been interested in this method for a while, so I’m going to give it a go with my next WIP.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I read the first two volumes of Jim Henson’s Return to Labyrinth. They were fun, and I’m thinking about making my rating 3.5 rather than 3. They gave Jareth a tragic romantic backstory, though, which I have mixed feelings about, because really, can you imagine the man who sang “Dance, Magic, Dance” having a tragic backstory? And even though this is set 13 years after the movie, he seems to have been mooning over Sarah all that time. Now don’t get me wrong, I am totally a Jareth/Sarah shipper, but I’ve read fanfiction that depicted this relationship better (The Goblin Market is a good one, if you’re interested).

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Mothers Grimm by Danielle Wood is my November Pick for me read, and it arrived for me at the library today, so probably that. I’m actually not sure what to expect with it.

In other news, I hand in my final assignment for the year on Friday, and I’ve got to say, after the best part of ten months spent studying straight, I am so looking forward to the break. Nothing to get up for on the weekends! No feeling guilty for doing fun things! Yay!

On that note, since I now have free time on my weekends, I decided it was time to re-join WIPpet Wednesdays. I missed sharing my writing with you guys, though on the upside, sitting out for a few weeks does mean I’ve got lots of new stuff to share from. I’m actually pretty excited, as I may end up finishing the first draft of Operation Sugarplum tonight or tomorrow! I plotted out the last few scenes at the end of my lunch break yesterday. I’ve also got a lot of notes for things to be improved upon in the second draft, as well as some glaring inconsistencies that need patching up, but I will be putting this aside for a little while and picking up something else. Probably Lessons Learned, which I have shared from before. It’s the one with Grace and Frederick.

wednesdaybannerAnyway, WIPpet Wednesday. It’s a blog hop where we share some of our current WIP that somehow relates to the date. Our linkup is here. K. L. Schwengel is our host and she is awesome. This week, I’ve four paragraphs for the 4th of November. Not long after the last excerpt, in which the Creelan King was threatening Clara that she’d better do as she’s told, he notices that she’s wearing a familiar pendant. Max gave it to Clara earlier, promising it would guard her against Creelan magic. The King wants to know why she has it and if she knows where it would have come from.

“I can tell you where it came from. Either your Max, or someone else who could then pass it on, stole it from the body of a Creelan soldier. When there is magic flying blindly in the heat of battle, it can be easy to miss our intended target. These stones ensure we cannot be hurt by our own magic.” Again, he reached out his hand, though this time it was with the palm held upwards. “I would be grateful if you would hand it back, so it could be returned to the man’s family.”

Clara had to admit he was good. She nearly took the pendant off and handed it over, but common sense kicked in at the last second. “Do you think I’m that stupid?” she asked. “Give up my one means of protection while you’re keeping me a prisoner in my own house?”

“You think I’d need to rely on magic to hurt you?” the King countered, his voice rising. “Give it to me!” He lunged towards Clara, grabbing both the pendant and a handful of her shirt in his fist. Clara wrenched herself away.

“No!” she screamed. “Do you think I’m going to believe a single word you say to me? When you’ve already tried to kill me once, and now you’re taking me hostage? Leave me alone.”

Clara then flings herself off to her bedroom and the King lets her go because honestly, he’s got plenty of time to wrestle pendants from around her throat.

I have to dash now, as I need to be somewhere in half an hour or so, but I will catch up on your blogs soon!

~ Emily

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22 thoughts on “#WWW Wednesday and WIPpet Wednesday- 04 November, 2015

  1. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    Enjoy your break! Sounds like you’ve deserved to put your feet up.
    I can’t imagine Jareth with a tragic romantic backstory! And now I’ve seen Labyrinth mentioned I’m going to be singing, “the babe with the power” in my head all day 🙂
    I’m intrigued by the Snowflake Method. I’ve never heard of that before so I’m off to check it out now.
    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/www-wednesday-4th-november-2015/

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I realised I had left half the sentence out, but that was what I had intended to say – can you imagine the man who sang that song having a tragic backstory?

      There’s an outline of the Snowflake Method here, which is probably enough to work from. The book goes into a lot more depth about why each stage is important, though.

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  2. L. Marie says:

    I’m glad you have a break! Whew! I feel your relief. I remember the lovely breaks I had in grad school. They seemed so few and far between.

    Good on Clara for keeping the pendant. i hope she has a plan for keeping it with her.

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  3. Sam says:

    I hope you enjoy Ingrrmanson’s book. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Snowflake method and I hope the book is helpful. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Good luck with NaNo! I did it the past four years, but have decided it’s not really a method that works for me, so I don’t know if I’ll go back. Maybe once I master something like the Snowflake Method and can actually plan a book decently before I sit down to write!

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  4. kathils says:

    I wondered about the Labyrinth books. Hmm… might have to pick them up just to read about Jareth I love. Sarah, all I wanted to do through the whole movie was slap her. I’m not sure I could handle Jareth pining over her. *shudders*

    Clara seems to have found herself in quite a predicament. I love the king’s threat, “You think I’d need to rely on magic to hurt you?”

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    • Emily Witt says:

      We were watching it recently, after seeing the David Bowie exhibition in Melbourne, and Edy made the comment that watching this movie, you’d never know that Jennifer Connolly went on to win an Academy Award. Got to admit I skip all the scenes that Bowie isn’t in, but Edy is actually there for the Jim Henson creations, so every now and then I watch it all the way through.

      The King has kind of turned into my favourite character…? He has all the best lines.

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  5. shanjeniah says:

    Clara’s a smart girl, to hang onto that necklace and get away from the Creelan king, who definitely seems to know his stuff.

    I read Snowflake over the summer, and used it to plot my July CampNaNo novel. I liked it, but it left some holes in my plotting. I’m now deciding to combine elements of it and Rock Your Plot, which I’ve used for several first drafts.

    I hope you find Snowflake useful. Reading it was certainly fun! =)

    I picked up The Writer On Her Work at a used bookstore over the summer. It’s a collection of essays by American women writers from 1980, when I was 11 years old – the same age my own daughter is now. I read one essay each morning, after I finish my journaling. I’ve found them thought-provoking and sometimes amusing – as much for the zeitgeist of that time as the writing, I think.

    Enjoy your break, relax, and create at will! =)

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I’m hoping that Snowflake will help cure my “this planning is boring, I’m just going to start writing!” habit, since it does have the opportunity to be creative while planning. I have the Rock Your Plot workbook in my writing resources file and I plan to re-read it soon as well; I’ll probably end up doing something similar to you and combining a few methods to find the best one for me.

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      • shanjeniah says:

        I love gathering tools and combining them with what I already know to make the best fit for me and the project.. I never used to like plotting, either. It was just like you said – boring. I love techniques that let me delve early into creativity, and which are also open-ended enough that the characters can live their own lives, evolving as I go.

        Cheers to learning new things, and relearning older ones in new ways! =)

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  6. Pax Asteriae says:

    I love how dramatic that snippet is, it says so much in such a short space!

    Is the Snowflake book good (I mean, do you find it helpful)? I’ve read some things online about it, but they never seem to explain it well enough for me to even think about using it…

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I haven’t actually sat down to experiment with it yet, but I think it will be really helpful for me. I don’t know if you’ve read the full description on Randy Ingermason’s website (the link is above, in my reply to Claire). It sort of tells you what you need to do, but then the book goes into the whys and wherefores as well.

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