#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday

Edit: I totally forgot to include this in the post when I was writing it last night, but if anyone would be interested in taking part in my cover reveal for A More Complicated Fairytale, or helping out with any other promo, please send me an email at fuzzyagent999[@]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au. I’m hoping to do the reveal and some promo throughout March, with a release some time in early April. I’ll get in touch with people over the weekend to work out specifics. Now on with the show!

It’s Wednesday! And I have good news on the writing front! Last week I was bemoaning having really had no drive to write for a quite a while. I think part of that was because I was trying to write in order, from beginning to end. And when I got stuck, I didn’t know how to deal with that. Writing linearly has never worked for me, so I don’t know why I was trying this time. So I’ve been writing a bit every week day. And I think I might be getting a bit too attached to some side characters. Usually when this happens, it’s with characters who are supposed to die, so then I get all guilty. At least that isn’t a problem this time. So I’m back to sharing from Worlds Apart.

This week I have six sentences for you. After Princess Adelyn came to see him, Jasper Cortain sent her off with his daughter, Carrie, as a guide, to find a magician who can help her get back the memories that have been wiped. Of course, it’s been noticed that the Princess is missing, and people have bewednesdaybanneren searching. Jasper’s just coming home from work now.

Jasper was fairly sure the figure was a member of the Royal Guard. He wasn’t surprised to see them outside his house. It had been nearly twenty-four hours since he had sent Carrie off with the princess, and they would have been searching for the Princess ever since. Someone would have said they saw her leaving, or perhaps Mary herself had told them she had brought the princess there to protect herself. Either way, there was no point in running. Better they capture Jasper and waste time interrogating him

If you’re unfamiliar with WIPpet Wednesday and are curious, it’s a blog hop we writer types do each week, in which we share snippets from our WIP that somehow relate to the date. I shared six sentences by adding the two and the four of 24 together. You can find our linky by clicking the blue link to the right. If this scene has confused and/or intrigued you, you can click on my Worlds Apart category to read previous snippets that I shared.

Next up is WWW Wednesday, a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

  • What are you currently reading?

wwwwednesdayMadly reading Unwind by Neal Schusterman before it’s due back to the library tomorrow. I had it on hold at the library for months, and it finally came in, but I was not paying attention to the fact that it’s a high demand book, therefore I only get it for two weeks, not four. I’m enjoying it in spite of some implausibility, but I have a freakish talent for hand-waving implausibility in YA dystopians. I should finish this tonight or tomorrow morning.

I’m also in the middle of The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson, the third in the Shades of London series. I’ve read book reviews before where reviewers have referred to the heroine as TSTL (too stupid to live), and in those cases, I’ve always thought, “Oh, come on now, was she really that bad?” But Rory’s making some decisions in this book which have had me using the term, so… yeah. You’re on the run from everyone, but you’re going to go out by yourself, to a place you’re unfamiliar with, to try to contact a ghost you’ve never spoken to before, without telling anyone and leaving your phone in the safe house where you’ve been left because it’s freaking safe… yeah, I have no sympathy for you when bad things happen.

  • What have you recently finished reading?

Nothing this week. 😦 My weekend reading time was compromised by having my mum visit.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is my next library read (my mum read the first few chapters before bed on the weekend, and was impressed, which is saying something because YA fantasy is way down the list of genres she enjoys, so I’m hoping that’s a good sign), and I also need to get back into Cogling, since that’s a Netgalley copy and I should probably read it soon.

That’s it from me for this week. My partner is hassling me to hurry up so we can go get some take-away for dinner. I’ll catch up with you all soon!

~ Emily


21 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday

  1. kay says:

    I’m glad to hear you’ve got back into the writing jive. I was a bit stuck myself for a couple days. And it was the same problem. I kept trying to write in order! Skipping ahead solved the problem. 🙂 Worlds Apart sounds really interesting! I’m going back to read the other snippets now. Also I love the character names, both Princess Adelyn and Jasper Cortain.

    I haven’t read the Shades of London series, but I have certainly came across my share of TSTL characters. Hopefully that character will gain some sense before the end of the book. I agree with your mom. The beginning of Seraphina is so fascinating. 🙂


  2. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    I’m glad that writing “out of sequence” has helped you 🙂 When I’ve been really stuck and a bit down I’ve treated myself and skipped ahead to write the really dramatic stuff I’m aching to write.

    I’m not a fan of any character who makes daft decisions repeatedly. I can forgive one and maybe two daft decisions… but all of them? No.

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/www-wednesday-24th-february-2016/


  3. L. Marie says:

    Yay! Glad you figured out the issue. I often write scenes or chapters out of order in one file, then stick them in order in the story file. It helps me write what I’m inspired to write.
    Ha ha! I often quit a book that has a protagonist that’s TSTL! 😀


    • Emily Witt says:

      Exactly! It’s much better to write the scenes you’re inspired to do then try to slog through.

      I actually ended up quitting on the TSTL protagonist. Frustration at her finally outweighed my desire to know the ending.


  4. Yvo says:

    I loved reading Unwind last year! I really don’t know why I haven’t picked up the sequel yet… I have Seraphina on my TBR pile as well.

    Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.


      • Yvo says:

        I don’t remember the ending that well, but that might explain why I haven’t picked up the sequel right away even though I did have a copy… I will probably read it at some point, although I don’t think it will be soon.


  5. Brigid Gorry-Hines says:

    Hey, I’m re-reading Unwind right now! It’s been one of my favorite books for a long time, but I still need to read the rest of the series (there was like a five-year gap between the first book and the second one, haha). Yeah, the concept of unwinding is of course scientifically impossible––but I’m willing to suspend my disbelief, because Neal Shusterman does such a good job of detailing what the world would be like if it *were* possible. 🙂 And I really liked Seraphina, hope you enjoy that one!

    Nice WIPpet! I should try writing out of order more often. I almost always write chronologically, but sometimes I feel like it holds me back.

    My WIPpet


    • Emily Witt says:

      That’s interesting, because I actually felt like Unwind wrapped up really nicely and didn’t really feel like it needed a sequel(s). Do you know if it was always planned as a series or if it was just something he returned to later? Agree about the writing, that chapter from Roland’s POV as he was unwound was pretty horrifying. And I’m not one who needs any in-depth explanation, the fact that there was a line somewhere about “and one time, this guy invented technology so we could do this” is enough for me.


      • Brigid Gorry-Hines says:

        It wasn’t always planned as a series; I think he decided to return to it after the first book had such a positive response. I also thought the first book tied things up pretty nicely and I was nervous about the sequels, but I remember loving the second book too. From what I remember, it did a really good job of continuing to expand the universe and bring in some interesting new characters. I’m looking forward to re-reading it!

        Acck yes, I totally agree! Even years later, that part in particular always haunts me. (And whenever I discuss it with other people, I feel like someone can just say “that scene” and everyone knows what they mean. That’s how memorable it is!) I think part of what’s so powerful about it is that it isn’t all blood-and-guts, but the psychological aspect of it is even more disturbing than that. *shudders*

        Yeah, I get what you mean. In some cases, I feel like no explanation (or very little explanation) works better than trying to over-explain something. And in the case of this book, I feel like the lack of explanation kind of adds to the creepiness of it.


  6. Sam says:

    I hope you’re able to finish ‘Unwind.’ My husband read it a while back and talked about it for months afterward. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!


    • Emily Witt says:

      I’m enjoying it overall so far, though I did spend the first few chapters thinking two entirely different characters were the same person. Hopefully there won’t be any other confusions like that. I do love dragons, but I don’t read anywhere near enough books with them!


  7. shanjeniah says:

    I’m glad you figured out where the issue was with the writing. We all have ways we create best, and other ways that just don’t work for us…the trick is to know which is which!

    Happy reading and writing! I’ll be looking forward to more of the story!


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