#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 03 February, 2016

First up on today’s post is WWW Wednesday. All you have to do is answer three questions about what you’ve been reading. Then link up with others in the comments on Sam’s post.

  • wwwwednesdayWhat are you currently reading?

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. This is my first proper ARC from NetGalley, as the few things I’ve had previously have been published prior to me requesting them. This one is released in a few weeks, so I’m hoping that I’ll get it read quickly. It’s a quite inventive time travel story. Heilig said in answer to one of the questions on her GoodReads profile that she had just figured she’d throw it up on Wattpad, but her mum persuaded her to look for an agent. I’m glad she did!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris. It was… mostly okay? The idea is that Loki is looking back over his time with the Norse Gods prior to Ragnarok and telling his side of the story. Except he sounded like an immature, 21st century teenager as he told it. And when he says things like “I flipped Odin the bird” I was just like, “… really? Are you being metaphorical or are you saying that gesture existed a thousand or so years ago?”

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I have a couple of things from the library and another NetGalley item still waiting. The Ghost Writer by Damon Norko is quite short so I might read that to make up for the time I lost by taking a whole week to read Gospel of Loki.

Now onto WIPpet Wednesday. For those unfamiliar, WIPpet Wednesday is a weekly blog hop where a group of writers share a snippet from the current WIP (work in progress) that somehow relates to the date. You can join in by clicking the little blue guy to the right and leaving your link there.

wednesdaybannerYou may have to indulge me over the next few weeks as I try to work out what I’m going to do with Worlds Apart. I reached 9.5k with it in its current form and realised I was biting off more than I could chew, mostly in terms of world-building, as well as how much I would need to return to and fact-check. Yes, I had an outline, but an outline does not a fully-fleshed-out-world make. A More Complicated Fairytale has two main characters, perhaps six major side characters and four locations. Also, there’s no magic. A consistent magic system doesn’t get developed overnight, and it’s not something that comes to me easily, but unfortunately, the entire plot of Worlds Apart relies on magic being a thing. Unless I turned into sci-fi, but then that would present its own problems.

So anyway, all this is to say that at least today’s, and possibly future weeks’, WIPpets will basically be bits of scene I’ve scrawled down in the hopes I can use it later. Two of the things I’ve done in an attempt to scale everything down is to modernise the setting, and instead of being a princess, Adelyn just has a wealthy father. Oh, and I swapped the names of Adelyn and another character, Carrie Cortain. So now Carrie is the daughter of the wealthy businessman, and Adelyn is from a slightly rougher part of town.

Goodness me, this has gone on longer than the WIPpet is going to be. Okay, five lines (adding the day plus the month) from my handwritten notebook. So it’s very short. Rougher-part-of-town!Adelyn is waiting at the gates of Carrie’s fancy private school for Carrie to appear. She understandably feels a bit out of place there.

She pulled the cap further down over her eyes and continued to watch. Some of the other students glanced across at her, but she was out of their minds again by the time they passed her.

I’m not even 100% sure that phrasing works. I’m trying to go for an “out of sight, out of mind” thing. Anyway. I promised myself I would do some house cleaning tonight and it is already 8pm, so I should get this post finished and go do that.

~ Emily

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19 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 03 February, 2016

  1. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    I like the sound of The Girl from Everywhere. Time travel stories can be very hard to get right, so it’s great that it sounds as though Heilig’s pulled it off. Thank goodness her mum convinced her to try to get an agent!
    For my second book I have a whole separate Word file containing scenes I scrawled down in the hope they’d come in useful later! 🙂 Who knows? Maybe even in another book?!
    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/www-wednesday-3rd-february-2016/

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  2. Lindsay | Bookboodle says:

    Re The Gospel of Loki, I read a book called The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis which is set in Roman times. I really enjoyed the book but the author mentioned Asthma several times, I just kept thinking that wouldn’t have had that name in those times surely. I guess you have to disregard but it is kind of annoying. Anyway moan over…..
    Here’s my WWW – http://bookboodle.co.uk/2016/02/03/www-wednesday-february-3rd 🙂

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  3. Sam says:

    I hope you enjoy ‘The Girl from Everywhere.’ I’ve never signed up for NetGalley but I’ve had a few ARCs through Goodreads that I always try to read before publication (though I’m not great at this…). Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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  4. Amelia E. Browne says:

    The Girl from Everywhere sounds really interesting. I’ll have to search it out once it’s released. As for the Gospel of Loki, I got the same impression. Something about the voice, the attitude, doesn’t sit well with the mythos that the author set it in.
    Good luck with all your world-building! It’s definitely the most challenging part, I find.
    As for the phrasing in the WIPpet, maybe ‘but she was already forgotten by the time they passed her’? 🙂

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    • Emily Witt says:

      It was really fun! My review will go up on release day, so keep an eye out for it.
      I’m still scratching out the new world-building a very tiny bit at a time. I’m thinking a break might be in order so I can come back to it fresh in a little while.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Thanks, Patricia! Hope you like The Girl from Everywhere when you get to it.

      By the way, I tried commenting on your WIPpet post and it wouldn’t let me. I filled out all the fields but then the post button was greyed out. :\

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  5. shanjeniah says:

    For me the first sentence seemed to be more in her head, and the second rather abruptly out of it. A little jarring…but I’ll bet noodling will help.

    On a totally unrelated topic, while going through my old email, I bumped into a copy of Unicorn Love. Is there any chance you’re still looking for a beta for that? If so, let me know. I’m going to be starting a local friend’s theatre murder mystery this week, but, once I’m done with that, I’d be happy to take it on. =)

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I think there’s going to be a lot of noodling with this story! *makes face at it*

      Unicorn Love actually underwent a pretty extensive edit with my partner before I submitted it to a contest in the second half of last year, so it’s probably quite different now from the version you have. If I come up with something for this other short story contest I mentioned on your blog, I might ask you to read it over, if that would be okay? It’d be at least a couple of weeks away yet, I imagine.

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      • shanjeniah says:

        Yes, do feel free to send it along, if you come up with something you’re happy with. =D Seems like the least I can do, since I left your poor Unicorn Love to die in my inbox.

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