#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 18 May, 2016

Once again, I have failed at keeping up with everyone’s blogs! However, on the brighter side, I handed in my final two assignments for the semester this week, and now I am free for ten glorious weeks! My aim is actually to get a lot of writing done in that time, but it will mean increased blogging time, too, I hope.

Anyway, now is time for 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 (though I’m posting quite early, so if the post isn’t there yet, check back later).
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  • What are you currently reading?

lastdaysofmagiccoverThe Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins. It’s not exactly wowing me and the writing feels a bit clunky, but it’s early days so I’m not writing it off just yet.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

rebelofthesandscoverRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I actually realised about two thirds of the way through that there was no indication from the book that some of the things I had been expecting would be there, so I guess I did a bit of a disservice to myself and the book by having unfounded expectations. I still enjoyed it, but not as much as I might have otherwise. My review goes up on Friday.

I also finished World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, which I was listening to on audio. My review will go up on Monday. I enjoyed it, though my mind wasn’t blown.

I  posted my review of Rivers of London by Aaronovitch on Monday.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

kingdomlittlewoundscoverThe Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal, which I mostly picked up because of the stunning cover (seriously, go check it out), and The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood are the last two of my library books. I will probably read the Poison Diaries first because it’s shorter, and hopefully I’ll get through it before the due date, though I’m actually keener to read The Kingdom of Little Wounds.

Now for WIPpet Wednesday. My WIPpet maths this week is such – it’s the eighteenth, and so I have a nine-line paragraph because I added the two digits together. Carrie is getting Princess Adelyn out of the city, but they have to go on foot, and they’re getting into the dodgier parts of town.

Princess Adelyn kept her hood raised as they walked. It was still dark outside, but the street lamps lit their way. She wasn’t sure how much longer that would remain the case, though, as they headed into the poorer parts of the city. Once they reached the forest Jasper had mentioned, she didn’t know what they would do to see their way. Carrie seemed to know what she was doing though. She walked confidently through the streets. Adelyn was surprised that a young woman from the part of town where the Cortains lived would know her way out of the city by this road so easily.

If you are unfamiliar with WIPpet Wednesday, it’s a blog hop that I coordinate, wherein us writer types share an snippet from our current WIP (hence, WIPpet) that somehow relates to the date. The date correlation can be as tenuous as you like; we enjoy creativity in that respect. 😉 You can join in by clicking the little blue guy to the right. 🙂

On the subject of this WIP, I am very close to hitting 20k on it! Which isn’t a lot given I started it November, but I’ve had some rough patches lately, writing-wise, so I’m getting excited at any and all milestones.

Now that I’m done with uni for a while, I’m hoping to do some proper promo and marketing for A More Complicated Fairytale. Some people actually bought it despite my lack of marketing! But I’d like to see a few more! (If you’re keen, you might like to use the link in the sidebar to buy your own copy, but I am going to hopefully have a giveaway up and going in a week or so, so you might like to hold off until then).

Well, I’d best be off now. I’m going to the circus tonight! 😀 Hopefully this week I’ll actually manage to get around to a lot of your blogs. Until then!

~ Emily

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26 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 18 May, 2016

    • Emily Witt says:

      I can definitely see where the more negative reviews are coming from, though I did for the most part enjoy the it myself (apart from expecting things that weren’t coming)

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  1. ReGi McClain says:

    Congratulations on getting your assignments in!

    Hmm, this Carrie person… I wonder if she is trustworthy. Hard to tell from just a little bit, and I haven’t been around for many WIPpets lately. :-/ If she IS trustworthy, I’m betting she’s the kind of gal with lots of fun surprises up her sleeves.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I haven’t seen the movie but I gather it’s actually very different. The book focuses on a different character in each chapter and covers different personal responses to the zombies all over the world, rather than one individual story. It’s more about the big picture of government responses and global panic and that sort of thing, if that makes sense.

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  2. Sam says:

    I’m sorry World War Z didn’t wow you more nice heard the movie is completely different. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I haven’t seen the movie, but I’ve also heard it’s very different. The book focuses on a different character in each chapter and covers personal responses to the zombies all over the world, rather than one individual story.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      It was actually pretty good! I made this mistake of going in with ideas like “Well, obviously, this character is going to be this” so I spent time waiting for that to happen, even though it never said that was going to happen and gave no indication of it.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Both books were still enjoyable, just not quite what I was expecting in some areas. Isn’t the Kingdom of Little Wounds cover amazing? They had it out on display at the library and I couldn’t walk past. I have read a couple of reviews and apparently some of the subject matter is quite harrowing, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to get into it.

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  3. Yvo says:

    I was really excited when I first found out about The Last Days Of Magic myself, so I hope it will get better for you later on. 🙂 And I’m sorry to hear your recently finished reads weren’t as good as you hoped either…

    I hope you will enjoy your books this week! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I think Last Days of Magic is one of those books that is really good if it’s your type of thing, but I’m not quite sure it’s mine. It’s very dense, lush fantasy, and the author is trying really hard to show off all the research he’s done. The timeline also jumps around a lot, so at the moment I’m trying to work out what the events in chapter one have to do with the events in chapter two, which are three years later. Hopefully it’ll all come together soon.

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      • Yvo says:

        Mmm it sounds like I will have to properly sit down for this one to see if I like it myself… I don’t mind dense prose if the story is good, but I agree it has to be ‘your thing’ to really enjoy it. I hope you will grow to like it better though! 🙂

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  4. shanjeniah says:

    It’s always fun to see what you’re reading, Emily!

    And, although I’ve read your snippets patchwork-fashion, I’m enjoying the tension and uncertainty in this story.

    Congratulations on the time of freedom, and the writing progress. It’s just like that sometimes. Hopefully, there will eventually be a surge that makes up for the lull. =)

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    • Emily Witt says:

      😀 I’m glad, as I like rambling on about what I’m reading, too.

      I did have a noble intention to share excerpts in sequence, except now my writing has got rather patchwork-y, too, so there goes that idea. I’m actually debating whether or not I need to rewrite my outline, or whether I can just wing it with all these changes and see what happens.

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  5. patgarcia says:

    I like the title The Kingdom of Little Wounds. I look forward to reading your review. As for your WIPpet, Carrie is a person that can grow on me. I like how she leads the way.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

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