#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 30 December, 2015

I can’t believe this is the last Wednesday of 2015. This year has flown by even faster than previous ones have seemed to. I’ll have a post up tomorrow looking back over the year in terms of reading and writing, but for now, it’s time for WIPpet Wednesday and WWW Wednesday.

First off today, we have WWW Wednesday, a weekly blog hop hosted by Sam over at A World of Words, in which we answer three questions about the books we’ve been reading this week. Click the link to share your own post.

  • What are you currently reading?

wwwwednesdayI started Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales and so far, it is beautiful. At time of writing (which is Wednesday morning, as opposed to Wednesday evening when I will post this), I’ve read stories based on Cinderella (the Eleventh Doctor as Cinderella’s fairy godmother made me so happy), Sleeping Beauty and… I’m actually not sure what the one with Weeping Angels was based on, but it was a very nice fairytale-style story either way.

I’m still sitting at around 20% on The Crash of Hennington. The Doctor Who book is from the library, but once I finish it, I might try to give this one my full and undivided attention for a while.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I stayed up on Boxing Night to finish The Raven Boys. I’m still working out exactly what I liked and disliked about it. I liked it enough that I’ll probably continue with the series, but I’m not madly rushing off to read the next book just yet.

Boxing Day also included a re-read of a book from my childhood, The Bugalugs Bum Thief. The basic plot is that one day everyone in the charming seaside town of Bugalugs wakes up to find that their bums have been stolen. So Skeeter goes on an investigation to track down the missing bums. As I said, I first read this when I was about eight years old (and I was quickly re-reading before handing it on to my niece of that age), and it was only now that I realised it was written by Tim Winton, who is one of Australia’s most respected authors. I haven’t actually read any of his other work, but I know he’s won all the awards at one stage or another, and I just could not believe this book also came from his pen.

I then finished listening to The Magician’s Nephew on the drive home yesterday. I’m a Christian myself, so Lewis’ rather heavy-handed parallels to Christianity did not bother me, though even I was at times thinking, “Wow, this is so very not subtle.” But I actually really loved the story of the creation of Narnia.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I  joined Netgalley last night and got my first approval this morning, for Somewhere In Between by Katie Li. The plot sounds really intriguing and I’m quite looking forward to it.

wippetwednesdayNext up is WIPpet Wednesday. For those unfamiliar with this blog hop, it’s one in which writers share excerpts from their current works in progress that somehow relate to the date. Today’s the 30th, so I’ve added 3 and 0 and have three paragraphs. If you would like to join in, simply write up a post and then follow the little blue link in the top right to link up with us. Princess Adelyn has just learned that people convicted of magic use are hanged in front of the palace as an example.

Adelyn felt a knot forming in her stomach. “Why have I never seen this before?”

Maisie kept her eyes lowered. “Your father generally likes to keep this sort of thing from you. It’s not the sort of thing a princess should have to witness.”

“But I didn’t even know.” Her eyes widened. “Oh, no. It’s not… you don’t think… and there I was, saying how good it was I wasn’t forgetting things anymore.”

She’s probably onto something there.

I’ve just realised that it’s 9:35pm and I’m yet to do any writing today. And I’ve been on a really good streak lately and I don’t plan on breaking it, so I’m going to go and do that. Until next week!

~ Emily

15 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 30 December, 2015

  1. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    I got approved for my first NetGalley books last week… I think I’m going to try to find a balance between them and ones I get from the library and buy myself.
    The Doctor Who stories sound great. One of my favourite bits from the ninth doctor’s series was a short little quip to Rose about how he might possibly be Father Christmas 🙂
    I enjoyed The Raven Boys but didn’t feel the need to rush to the next in the series either. I’m going to try and catch up in time for the final installment coming out in the spring though.
    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2015/12/30/www-wednesday-30th-december-2015/

    I hope your writing streak continues. I’ve stalled for the holidays and travelling and more excuses… hopefully I’ll get back into it soon.

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  2. Sam says:

    I’m glad you liked ate Magician’s Nephew. It’s been a long time since I read Lewis and I think the Christian parallels went ice my head at a young age. It might be time for a reread. Don’t forget to share your link on my post so others can see what you’re reading. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Yeah, I’m the same. I was quite familiar with some of the stories from the BBC TV series, and I remember the first time someone told me Aslan was a metaphor for Jesus, my mind was blown. But it was very obvious reading/listening to it now.

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  3. shanjeniah says:

    I love reading about what you’re reading about almost as much as I love reading what you’re writing. Adelyn seems to be in a bit of a pickle…

    Boxing Day isn’t an American tradition, but the kids and I talked about it, and I was willing to trade places if they were. They weren’t – my kids are big enough to know they’ve got a pretty sweet life, and also to know that they’re not all that far from being adults with adult responsibilities, and they’re not really looking to rush it…

    I had a bit of a break from writing the last two days, as well. Tuesday, my Accomplice and I had a lazy day where we began with some energy, but ended up spending a good part of the day on our bed watching movies and the last part in a documentary series on Prohibition. Wednesday, the kids and I went to visit some local friends we hadn’t seen in too long.

    Sometimes, I think we all need a bit of a breather. I’d been doing a lot of writing, blogging, and other catching up ever since I got my laptop back to fully functional a couple of weeks ago, so I think it was time to take a mini-break. I’m feeling ready to get back into it now, so that’s good.

    As for reading, I finished Up From Slavery a few days back, and started rereading Zen: Its History and Teachings by Osho. I began this book several years ago, but I wasn’t ready for the abstraction of it, and couldn’t finish it. It’s going more easily this time, and I’m glad I gave it another chance….

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  4. Yvo says:

    I had some minor issues with The Raven Boys as well, so it’s good to hear I’m not the only one… I will continue the series as well though like you. Happy reading!

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  5. AM says:

    Nice snippet! I’m curious about why she’s been forgetting things or maybe not forgetting them.

    I haven’t read the Narnia books since I read them to my kids a few years ago. They are sharper than I was at their age–the first thing my older one asked was if Aslan was supposed to be Jesus. I had only read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as a kid, and then I didn’t read any others until I was in college–by which time I definitely got the not-at-all subtle references.

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