#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 10 February, 2016

Hello! And Happy Hump Day! I’m pretty excited because I’ve actually been writing this week. As I mentioned in my Sunday Summary, I’m taking a break from Worlds Apart and trying to find a new project. I’ve hit on an idea for the MsLexia Women’s Short Story Competition, so I’ve started working on that. In theory, it will be funny, a bit of a new adult comedy, but I have been known to set out to write lighthearted and end up bittersweet at best, or dark and moody at worst. So I’ll write my 2000 words and see what it turns out like.

wednesdaybannerOn that note, it’s time for WIPpet Wednesday, a blog hop that I look after in which writers come together and share snippets from their WIP that somehow relate to the date. You can visit other participants or join in yourself by clicking the blue guy at the top of the sidebar. Today I’ve subtracted the month from the date and have eight lines from the beginning of my new story. Amy receives this text message from the university at the end of what should be her final semester of university. See if you can spot the bit that makes her stomach plummet to the floor.

MS AMY MORTON
STUDENT ID 4848154
SEMESTER TWO, 2015
COURSE RESULTS:

ARTH1209            MARK 60              GRADE CREDIT
ENGL4001            MARK 65              GRADE CREDIT
ENGL4023            MARK 70              GRADE DISTINCTION
HIST8018              MARK 48              GRADE FAIL

Yeaaaah. That happened. (Also, I’m really wishing I had saved the texts I got from uni at the end of last year so that I could mimic them, because this is not what they actually look like, but I figure it’ll do).

On now to WWW Wednesday, where we answer three questions about our reading over the past week. This is hosted by Sam over A World of Words. You can link up on today’s post on Sam’s blog to join in.
wwwwednesday

  • What are you currently reading?

I started The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. I’ve followed Maureen on Twitter for ages so I felt it was about time I read one of her books. I’m not very far in yet, though, so I’m still waiting for the ghost/s to appear.

Also listening to the audio of The Secret River by Kate Grenville. I’m not loving it as much as I loved The Lieutenant but I’m going to try to get through the whole thing.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I really loved The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. There were a couple of things that annoyed me, like the fact that there was a love triangle (it was actually mostly okay, but now the three of them are traveling together so it has the potential to get annoying in the next book), and that the major conflict described in the blurb actually isn’t that huge in the story, but I still gave it 4.5 stars for the way it cleverly blended different cultures’ mythologies and history. My review will go up this Monday, which is its release day.

After that I read The Ghost Writer by Damon Norko, but it was a bit disappointing. I probably should have paid more attention to the fact that it listed literary fiction along with SFF as the genres on NetGalley. It was trying to be really ~meaningful~, but to be honest, I just found it dull. It’s less than 150 pages long and it took me three days to read. Three!

Yesterday I finished A Method Actor’s Guide to Jekyll & Hyde by Kevin MacNeil. It was… weird and I think trying for postmodern? I enjoyed a chunk around the middle but then the ending was pretty unsatisfying. I did pick it up at the library entirely based on the cover, though, so there was never a promise that I would love it.

Two reviews also went up this week, for Illuminae and The Gospel of Loki.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I got approved for Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth on NetGalley this morning, and I also have Dear Fatty by Dawn French and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn sitting on my bedside chest. I picked those two up for free from a mysterious box that appeared at the back of my church with no explanation. So a few of us kind of just figured they were there to be taken.

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19 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 10 February, 2016

  1. alilovesbooks says:

    I’ve never read any Gillian Flynn so will be interested to hear how you get on. She’s one of those authors that everyone seems to rave over how brilliant she is. Being the contrary person I am it puts me right off. Have you read any of her others?

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Haha, I know what you mean! If something is really popular, I tend to go into it trying to pick out all the tiny, tiny flaws just to be spiteful. I read Gone Girl a couple of years ago and it was gripping enough, though rather than having my mind blown by the twist, my reaction was more “Ahh, well, obviously. Nothing else would have made sense at this point.”

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  2. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    I’ll look forward to hearing what you think of Dawn French’s book. I think she’s great and whenever I see her interviewed she comes over as naturally funny and I’d hope that would make it into her book.
    I know what you mean about “nice” stories turning dark on you. My long fiction attempts are all cuddly romances, but all my short stories are full of monsters, mayhem and murder! It’s great you’ve been writing.

    Thanks for visiting my WWW post (https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/www-wednesday-10th-february-2016/) and happy reading!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I’m hoping so, too! She is actually doing a show in in Canberra tonight and I have friends in the audience of whom I am very jealous, so it may well be my next book so I can try to capture some of what they are experiencing.

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  3. Beth Camp says:

    Love your excerpt/list for WIPpet Weds. Because, of course, that captures the moment exactly. And thank you for saying somehow your writing turns dark (as does mine). I’d love to figure out why. Your WWW for reading tickles me. It took me nearly 100 years to read 100 Years of Solitude, and that’s a great book. OK, now Dear Fatty is on my TBR list.

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  4. Kate Sparkes says:

    Oof, dat fail. :/

    I liked The Name of the Star. Not enough that I’ve grabbed more of the series (partly because the second book wasn’t out in paperback when I wanted it, and I lost interest… SMOOTH MOVE, PUBLISHER). But it was good.

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  5. The Gal Herself says:

    I know I should be talking to you about your book selections, but instead I’m intrigued by that box that showed up for no known reason and the books it contained. Sometimes I love the story OF the book as much as the story IN the book. We have Little Free Library boxes all over my town (http://littlefreelibrary.org/) and I can’t resist checking them. Who dropped this book off? And where is my book now living? Fascinating. There’s so much less romance to reading on Kindle or Nook.

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  6. Ruth Nestvold says:

    Oh, yeah, that would make one’s stomach plummet …

    I have a tendency to go dark too, even when I want to write light. I end up with a huge night battle scene on the streets of Portland. At least I tried to get in some funny lines. 🙂

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