Hello to those of you who join me each Wednesday for this regular blog hop, and happy new year! I am wishing I was still on holidays, but at the same time, really glad to be finding my routines again. I had just under two weeks off work, but it’s amazing how even that short time can throw you off everything.
On that note, time for the blog hops! The first one is WWW Wednesday, 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.
What have you recently finished reading?
I finished a few things over the holidays, though nowhere near as much as I would have liked. First, there was Pyramids by Terry Pratchett. I really enjoyed reading this; I hadn’t visited the Discworld in quite a while and this has made me think I should spend some more time there this year. I have a whole shelf of Pratchett books that I bought off a uni friend who was moving overseas, but I have only read a few of them.
I spent my whole NYE reading Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, which is the short story collection set in the Lunar Chronicles universe. I have to be honest, I wasn’t actually that fussed. With a couple of exceptions, I didn’t really feel like they added anything to the overall narrative. But as usual with Meyer, it was really easy to read and I powered through it very quickly.
And today, I finished Mother of Dreams;: Portrayals of Women in Modern Japanese Fiction, edited by Makoto Ueda. As with any short story anthology, I found some of the stories more meaningful than others. I didn’t realise until I started reading it that it was published in the 1980s, and the stories featured were published over the previous 20-30 years, so some of it felt a bit dated.
Unfortunately, I DNFed Letters to the End of Love by Yvette Walker, which I had planned to make the final book of my 2016 Australian Women Writer’s Challenge. It was just a bit too literary and character-driven for my tastes.
I posted a review of The Two by Will Carver just before Christmas, and my review of Pyramids went up on Monday
What are you currently reading?
I should be reading The Diary of Anne Frank, which I’ve had from the library since before Christmas and which is due back next week. But I’m not, I’m about to start The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, which will be my first Australian Women Writers Challenge book of the year. A few people were discussing it on the AWW Facebook group and I felt I needed an un-put-downable book, so here it is.
What do you think you’ll read next?
Definitely need to read Anne Frank next. After that, I have a copy of The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias from NetGalley (is it still an ARC if the book was released nearly a year ago?) and the few pages I skimmed on my phone the other day were appealing, so I’ll probably continue with that.
What are you reading this week? 🙂
The 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.
I was having a bit of a freakout about Operation Sugarplum over the last couple of days, but I did some brainstorming and I know where I’m going now. I seem to have developed this method of outlining a bit, then writing that bit, then outlining some more. It works for me!
I wouldn’t usually share so much on a WIPpet post, but today you have 16 paragraphs (17 for the year minus 1 for the month – don’t worry, it’s mostly dialogue) of Clara dealing with a grumpy customer at the shop where she works. He’s trying to return some Christmas lights. Warning for some bad language.
Clara put on her best customer service smile. “What can I do for you?”
“These don’t work. I want a refund.”
“Okay. Do you have your receipt?”
“No. I lost it. But it’s your store brand, so obviously I got them from here.”
Clara grimaced inwardly. This was going to be fun.
“I’m afraid I can’t issue a refund without proof of purchase, sir.”
“It’s got your bloody brand on it. Where else would I have bought it?” He pointed to the store’s logo emblazoned on the box. Clara agreed with him, but there was still nothing she could do.
“I’m sorry, sir, but that’s the store policy. Would you like me to call my manager?” She reached for the phone, sensing that this was going to get beyond the level of customer service she was paid to deliver.
“I don’t want you to call your manager; I just want to get my money back for the shitty product that didn’t work!”
Clara took a step back as the man’s voice rose. He towered over her, his cheeks red, and Clara felt adrenaline spike through her body. She hated it when customers intimidated her. She lifted the phone to her ear to call her manager but saw the man throw up his hands.
“Bloody useless,” she heard him mutter.
She knew he was just venting, and that she shouldn’t take it personally, but she felt anger bubble up in her stomach regardless.
The next thing she knew, the box of Christmas lights was thudding to the floor and the man was swearing at her while rubbing a bruise that was quickly forming on his forehead.
“You little bitch!” he screamed. “Did you throw that at me?”
Had she? She didn’t remember picking the box up at all. Was this another one of her unexplained abilities?
I’m posting this a bit later than usual, so I shall head off and get my links done and hopefully get to some of your blogs as well. 🙂
16 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 04 January, 2017”
Oh, I so do not miss working retail. though unexplained abilities sounds intriguing. 🙂
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I am curious about The Natural Way of Things….and I hope you have a better week! Thanks for sharing…and here’s MY WWW POST
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Unfortunately, it ended up not really impressing me, but I would be interested to hear your thoughts if you check it out.
My Mum gave me a copy of Anne Frank’s diary on my 13th birthday (the same age Anne Frank was when she got the diary) and my copy is now very worn. It’s such a sad read but also very important and it affected me a lot as a teenager. I might have to get my sister to read it this year!
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I can’t believe I’ve never read Ann Frank. Also I’ve never read To Kill a Mockingbird…soo ‘shrugs’. I think I have seen a movie or something about Ann Frank, I know the story and all…
Also…. retail…wow lol. I have worked retail for very short spurts of time and that does seem quite fitting and sadly familiar lol. I’d be interested in more context as to if the customer has something to do with the bigger story overall 🙂
Here’s my WWW post.
I did To Kill A Mockingbird at school, and didn’t appreciate it at the time, though in hindsight I do understand why its so significant. I know there is an Anne Frank play, so it’s very likely there’s also a movie.
Yep, I worked through retail all through high school and it’s pretty accurate from my experience. This customer isn’t hugely significant, only in that this is the situation that finally causes Clara to lose her job.
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I felt the same about Stars Above. There were a few shorts that I really loved but other than that I felt that they didn’t add much to the series (which I loved).
Here’s my WWW.
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I am embarrassed to say that I have never read any of the Discworld series. And I call myself a fantasy/sci-fi fan! It’s on my list of things to start reading this year. Hopefully I’ll get to it. So many books, so little me!
Here’s my WWW post: https://lifewithnoplot.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/www-wednesday-january-4th-2016/
Lol – Get him Clara! The situation is eerily familiar to those of us who have worked in retail previously (have you?). Is Clara a witch? (It’s okay if I have to wait to find out 🙂 )
As for WWW, I’ve heard similar sentiments for Marissa Meyers’ Stars Above. Makes me happy I procrastinate when it comes to novellas and short stories.i don’t know if I could handle the dud..
Hope you have a great week. No WWW from me as I’ve been busy, but wanted to check out everyone else’s post 🙂
I definitely feel the same about Stars Above! They are easy to read and some are better than others, but they are not as good as the main series (which happens often when it comes to novellas). I hope you will find time for Anne Frank soon! You reminded me I’m due for a reread this year as well. Happy reading!
I hope you do get to Anne Frank soon. It was a really moving read for me last year. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!
I’ve only read on DiscWorld book (the one about witches?) – I found Terry Pratchett’s sentence structure really difficult to decipher for some reason.
I love the WIPpet. Unexplained ability or no, I’d have lamped him with the box. That I don’t work in retail is probably a good thing.
I’ve read a few of the Discworld books, but they weren’t so much my thing. I’m checking out some of the other books on your list, though.
I’m torn between thinking having unexplained abilities like Clara would be useful or terrifying. I’m not feeling especially sorry for the customer.
You must read very fast! Have you ever read Night by Elie Weisel? He survived the Holocaust and wrote a short book about it. I read it as a teen and it changed the way I saw the world. I was also lucky enough to hear him speak but I don’t remember what he said now…it was a long time ago.
Love the WIPpet excerpt too!
Oooooh, that’s an interesting twist!
Having worked in customer service for over 10 years, I’ve had more than a few customers act like that. I don’t blame her one bit if she subconsciously did something.