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.
- What 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.
You 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.