#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 17 August, 2016

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This is a blog hop hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for today, and just answer the three questions.

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  • What did you recently finish reading?

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My partner ended up buying Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and so I ended up reading it a lot sooner than I expected. It wasn’t perfect, but I actually really enjoyed it! It probably helps that I haven’t really been involved in Harry Potter fandom since 2008, so I was able to shrug off the more dubious parts more easily. And being a theatre person used to reading scripts also helped as well, I guess. I wish I could see the play now, I think it must be amazing! My review for this will go up on Friday.

tallowcover  I finished the audio of Tallow by Karen Brooks this morning. This was a good series opener, though it really was setting up for things to come. I do like the alternate-Venice setting though. It’s really fresh and original. And I got quite invested in the romance, which is unusual for me in a YA series!

Reviews of Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant, and Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss went up this week. Anita Heiss retweeted the link to my review, and it subsequently got retweeted by 24 other people, which then translated two days where my blog stats were off-the-charts (at least compared to my usual traffic). So that made me happy.

  • What are you currently reading?

therookcoverI am still going on The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. I’ve really only been squeezing in reading time on my lunch break this past week so this one is going slowly. Fortunately, it’s borrowed from a friend rather than the library, so I don’t need to worry about impending due dates (though it does make me paranoid about breaking the spine or doing it other such damage that has usually already happened to the library book).

votivecoverVotive by Karen Brooks is my new audio book, as I finished Tallow this morning. From the reviews, it sounds like this one gets a lot darker than the first book.  At 23 hours long, it is the longest audio book I’ve committed to by about 7 hours, but I’m trying not to pick anything else up at the library at the moment, so I’m rolling with it. (I know, I know, some of you are able to get through 40 hour ones quite easily, but if it’s faster to read the book than listen to it, I usually try to go with that option).

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thissavagesongcoverI know I just said above that I was avoiding getting anything from the library, but This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab has come in for me after several weeks on hold, so I’ll be picking it up tomorrow. I’ll probably put The Rook on hold to read this as it is likely to be a popular title and therefore only have a two week loan period rather than four.

And now for WIPpet Wednesday. This is another blog hop in which writers share excerpts from their current WIP that somehow relate to the date. Clicking the blue guy on the right will take you to the linkup for this one.

I decided to share from Operation Sugarplum this week, since that is where my interest is at the moment. For those newer to these parts, this is my modern-day retelling of the Nutcracker. In  this scene, Max is battling an Evil Creature, and for context, the sword he has just produced is magic and can only be used in defence. That isn’t explained here, but does come up later when Clara tries to use it to attack someone. I have complicated maths this week! ((1+7)/16) x 8 = 4 paragraphs.

“Ah,” it said. “It has to be this way, then?”

“I guess it does,” Max replied.

“What if I don’t touch you? What then?”

“Well, then, you might as well turn around now because I won’t come with you willingly. If you’re going to make your King happy, there’s going to have to be some sort of confrontation here, and that means I’ll be able to use it. And then I’ll beat you.”

Max is awfully confident for someone whose magical abilities have been an abstract concept/training exercise up until now. Let’s just say it’s a good thing Clara is spectating.

I think this is the first time I’ve shared from this story this year. You can read more excerpts by clicking here. Bear in mind, I’m working on the second draft now, so things are liable to change a bit.

All right, better finish this up! See you all later!

~ Emily


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25 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 17 August, 2016

  1. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    Yay! Your copy of This Savage Song has come in 🙂 It was really good. It’s so nice to read something based round such an interesting concept and without any romance holding the characters back from their goals (which seems to an issue in a lot of YA).
    I’m really glad you enjoyed Cursed Child. I’m tempted to hold off reading it and instead wait until they adapt it into the inevitable TV mini series or 3 feature films!

    Thanks for visiting my WWW (https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesday-17th-august-2016/) and happy reading!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that there are plans for the West End production to be filmed, which I hope is true. We get a lot of the National Theatre stuff at our local cinema, so I’m sure they’d pick up something like this with such a huge potential audience as this. I want to see how the magic looks onstage, as there’s rather a lot of it, and some of it I can’t see how they’d manage it.

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  2. Diana says:

    Oh wow congrats on the retweets and the blog stats. That is pretty impressive. I really like it when authors do that. Glad to hear that you enjoyed most of your books last week including HP. Happy Wednesday and happy reading!

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  3. Sam says:

    I hope you enjoy Schwab! You’ve reminded me that I need to get a hold of AGoS. Glad you enjoyed Cursed Child! Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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  4. Kelly | Kelly's Rambles says:

    I also enjoyed Cursed Child, I think the nostalgia it induced made it feel much better. I’m so excited that you will be reading This Savage Song, it’s one of my favourite reads this year! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

    Here’s my WWW.

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  5. Eden says:

    I was looking at the Cursed Child today in a fit of curiosity and wondering if I shouldn’t start reading (the Boodle wants to get into Harry Potter more, so having something ‘new’ in an old interest could make it fun again for me). Sounds like I’d enjoy it without getting to invested… which might be exactly what I need.

    As for the snippet… hmmm. Max, are you quite sure you know what you are doing?

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Yeah, that’s pretty much the way I read it. It’s quite different from the novels, not just because of the play format, but the structure of the plot itself, and I can totally see where the people saying it reads like bad fanfic are coming from, because some of it did make me raise my eyebrows, but I liked it regardless. 🙂

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  6. shanjeniah says:

    Umm…Max?

    The first rule of having magical abilities with limitations is not to let the enemy know any more about those limitations than you absolutely have to. Just sayin.’

    I never got into Harry Potter, although each of my kids had a torrid but brief passion for The Boy Who Lived. No Vulcans in Harry Potter, and things in my world are often better when Vulcans are involved! =)

    I love that your review was recognized and shared by the author. How cool is THAT?!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Oh, this is a centuries-old sword that everyone knows about. Max’s country is kind of the Switzerland of that world. They’ll defend themselves if needs be but they’d really rather just mind their own business.

      Weirdly, I have always read fantasy and watched sci-fi, up until very recently. And even then, the reading sci-fi now is mostly just the odd Doctor Who novel. I think possibly because my brain is not very science-inclined and when I’m watching something I can just say “Ah yes, they did a thing!” rather than having to try to understand the descriptions.

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