#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 14 December, 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 have you recently finished reading?

fairestcoverJust one book completed this week, and that was Fairest by Marissa Meyer. I had mixed feelings about it, as it is a helluva lot darker than the rest of the Lunar Chronicles, and I’m not sure that’s a good thing. My review will be up on Friday.

My reviews of Heartless by Marissa Meyer and Eléonore by Faith Rivens went up this week. Click the links to read them.

What are you currently reading?

pyramidscoverI’ve got to be honest, I’ve been barely reading at all over the past week. I’m really tired and in need of the Christmas break, and don’t have the attention span for anything. However, the two books that are on my GoodReads currently reading shelf right now are Letters to the End of Love by Yvette Walker and Pyramids by Terry Pratchett.

My copy of Pyramids was picked up for $2 from a market raising money for an animal shelter, and when I opened it, I discovered an inscription that appears to be from Terry Pratchett himself. I’ve compared it to a few photos of his autograph online and it resembles some more than others, so at some point I’m going to post on the official TP forum and ask.

What do you think you’ll read next?

motherofdreamscoverI’ve still got Mother of Dreams edited by Makoto Ueda and Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank to read to finish my challenges for the year, so it will be one of those. I’m not entirely sure I’m going to get the challenges finished, but I’m going to try!

What are you reading this week? 🙂

wednesdaybannerThe other blog hop for this week is WIPpet Wednesday. If you’re a writer, you are very welcome to join us in this one by posting an excerpt from your WIP that somehow relates to the date. You can click the blue guy on the right of this blog to be taken to the link up.

So today’s excerpt is not exactly related to the date but to the fact that this will most likely be my final WIPpet before Christmas. Imagine that you’re from a medieval-verging-on-Renaissance-era fantasy world, and you’ve ended up in today’s modern world. The person you’re protecting has had her memories altered so that she fits into this world (and for other reasons), but you need to remember that you’re protecting her, so you’ve had to keep your regular memories and wing it. This is Max’s situation with Princess Clara right now. Clara dragged him Christmas shopping, and they’re waiting for the bus.

They had waited for Thursday night and late-night shopping so that they could do their errands in the early evening and not have to spend too much time outside. Even so, waiting just a few minutes for the bus was long enough in the hot weather. 

“One day when I’m rich and famous,” Clara remarked, “I’m going to have a chalet in the Swiss Alps so I can have cold Christmases every year, like it was supposed to be. Mulled wine and ugly sweaters and all of that.”

Max just nodded attentively. He had done a lot of research into Christmas over the past month. He had been confused for quite a while, as everything he looked at referred to snow and baked dinners and ugly sweaters, and he couldn’t work out why people would put themselves through that when the weather was so sweltering. Eventually, he had mentioned it to Clara. She had gently slapped him on the upside of his head and told him that he was reading about European Christmases and that the seasons were reversed here. He’d gone away and researched Europe and hemispheres and how the seasons worked her, and eventually grasped the rough idea of why it was different in Australia.

Back in Ye Olde Days, Australian families used to try to emulate an English Christmas with baked dinner, etc, but thankfully, times have changed. I travelled around Europe at Christmastime in 2013 baffling everyone with my talk of 40*C/104*F Christmas Days and seafood and salad Christmas lunches. And you have lunch and open presents and then just lie in front of the air conditioner with a cold drink while you digest, because that’s all you have the energy for.

There should be more Australian Christmas stories! Every year around this time, I say I’m going to write a one (or maybe a play), and it still hasn’t happened. One day! (I say that, but actually, cold English Christmas is 2013 was basically my favourite Christmas ever).

That’s it from me for now. This may well be my last unscheduled post for the year (apart , as next Wednesday, I will be getting my bags packed to head to my parents’ place the next day. With that in mind, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, whether you’re celebrating anything or just enjoying some time off. I’ll be back in 2017 for more!

~ Emily

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33 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 14 December, 2016

  1. Amelia E. Browne says:

    Loved the WIPpet 🙂 I’m always surprised when people find the Christmas weather in Australia so odd. Just the other day I was talking to my Irish colleague about how it felt too early to be almost Christmas because its been so cold. She agreed, up until the cold bit! 🙂

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  2. Cait @ Paper Fury says:

    Omg it excites me EXTREMELY that you’re writing an Australian book with an Aussie christmas!! YAY. I agree, there just like aren’t any?! Shame on the universe. Our christmases are great. It wouldn’t be Christmas without the air-con blasting and going swimming and having a BBQ. 😀 😂
    And also I really loved Fairest! I think the fact that it was so dark was the best part for me.😂

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Exactly, right? Christmas lunch on plastic lawn chairs out in the back yard, etc. I will continue doing my part to chip away at the lack of Aussie Christmases in literature

      Usually I love a good dark book; I can’t work out what it was about Fairest that unsettled me so much!

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  3. Clare Stone says:

    That copy of Pyramids sounds amazing! Will be interesting to see if it really is TP! I felt very mixed about Fairest too. It was interesting to learn more about Levana (and it definitely impacted my reading of Winter) but it read very differently from the rest of the series.
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I tried registering for the TP forums, but for some reason, even then I didn’t have permission to post, so I don’t know what was going on there. I’ve decided I really think it is, though. Claire Huston sent me a photo of her autograph and it was very similar.

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  4. Fallon says:

    Love the snippet! I always find it interesting to hear how Christmas is celebrated in different areas. We usually do have snow here, and it’s odd to wake up Christmas morning when there isn’t any.

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  5. K. L. Schwengel says:

    LOL First off, the ugly sweaters. I’m still grinning. A handful of years ago we started trying to outdo each other with homemade ugly sweaters. It’s quite the sight! And, honestly, I never really thought about Christmas in other climes. It’s good to take a peek at that.

    And, so I don’t forget, Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Thanks for sending me the photo to compare! Still can’t believe someone would get rid of a signed copy…

      Yeah, I haven’t started it yet, but I think Stars Above will be much more in the same vein as the main LC books. Fairest felt a lot different.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Yeah, even at one point, I was considering switching my characters’ location to England or somewhere in mainland Europe… it is such a prevalent mental image.

      Eghhh, I had really mixed feelings about Fairest, to be honest, but a lot of people love it because it’s so dark. To me it felt a bit out of place amongst the main books, so I personally wouldn’t recommend. My full review is posted now if you want to have a read of that to decide (it is a bit spoilery, though).

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Many of the traditions are the same, just adjusted for hot weather. I’ve got a few other scenes planned for Max and Clara before they return to their owh world, so hopefully that will enlighten, too. 🙂

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  6. Yvo says:

    I hope you will be able to rest soon! Luckily Christmas break is finally around the corner. I want to reread Diary Of A Young Girl some time soon as well, although I don’t think I will be able to before the end of this year. Happy reading and enjoy your books this week!

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  7. b10track says:

    I love this snippet! 🙂 I live in England, but we visited family in Brisbane at the beginning of December a few years ago. It was crazy to see all the trees with fake snow in the mall when it was 38C outside. 😮 I’d love more wintry Christmases than we get hear (it rarely snows), but I also loved the idea of spending Christmas on the beach, as my Ozzy family do (maybe just the once).

    Have a good one! See you on the other side.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Yeah, it’s kind of weird how prelavent the idea of the white Christmas and all that is even here.

      We were a bit disappointed to learn it probably wouldn’t be snowing on Christmas Day the year we were in England.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Yeah, it’s kind of weird how prevalent the idea of the White Christmas is even here, given how hot it is. I have to say, we were a bit disappointed when it was broken to us that we probably wouldn’t get snow on Christmas Day they year we were in England.

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  8. AM says:

    Hahaha! I don’t usually think about how it’s different on the other end of the world. We associate Christmas so much with snow and crackling fires and hot drinks. I once wrote a short story where people took a trip to Australia in late May, and I had to look up local forecasts to see what sort of clothes they’d need to bring. What’s funny is that it wasn’t all that different from what I’d wear in late May. I think that surprised me more than hot weather at Christmas.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Yeah, it can be a bit like that sometimes! Where I live we don’t really get much middle ground so it goes straight from hot to freezing at the end of March, but in other places it’s much more gradual and the winter temperatures are much like summer temperatures in other places.

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  9. ceeleeolson says:

    if it was 104 on Christmas I wouldn’t want to do anything or eat anything either. Yikes! Though I do remember one episode of Miss Fisher where they went to the mountains to celebrate Christmas in July or something. Maybe Max should do that instead?

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  10. shanjeniah says:

    I got a jolt when I read why they didn’t want to be outside. Here, right now, a week before Christmas, it’s far below freezing here, and snowing. I’m under two warm blankets, with heat and a wood fire.

    But I spent a winter in the Everglades, in shorts, being chewed by mosquitoes. We didn’t have air conditioning, but I wanted it! I decorated a little palm tree, and there was no chicken or ham for me. I think I may have had conch fritters or coconut shrimp, two of my favorites there.

    I love how into his research Max is!

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