#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 01 March, 2017

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Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday! This is a weekly blog hop hosted by yours truly. If you’re a writer, you are very welcome to join us 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 mentioned in my Sunday Summary post that I had decided to put With Memories and Magic aside for a while and focus on a new project. Some of you may remember a while back I mentioned a plot bunny for a contemporary Wizard of Oz retelling. I planned it out at the time and intended to start working on it in March. Well, I started a few days early.

I’m trying to remember to use American English, since it is set in America. I had to google “What do Americans call a dressing gown?” the other night because I was totally blanking on “bathrobe”. At the moment, it’s strict contemporary, no fantasy elements, though that may change if it takes my fancy.

Here are a couple of paragraphs from the opening scene (third month – first day). Dora has arrived at Linda North’s boarding house during inclement weather. Linda is awesome and had hot chocolate waiting for her at the door.

“Here, dear,” she said, placing the mug in Dora’s grateful hands. “This is terrible! I can’t believe you drove through that. I’m surprised you didn’t get blown away!”

Dora let the warmth of the mug flood through her before taking a sip of the hot chocolate. She swallowed and shrugged in response to Linda. “It was only the last twenty miles or so that were really bad,” she said, and then took a slightly bigger gulp of the drink.

You Americans and your miles. I had a rough distance in mind and had to convert it from kilometres. Because I’m pedantic like that and just picking a number out of the air just won’t do. 😛

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

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What have you recently finished reading?

fearlesstravelersguidecoverI finished The Fearless Traveler’s Guide to Wicked Places by Peter Begler and while I enjoyed aspects of it, I found myself skimming the last 100 pages or so. It was a bit too slow. My review will go up on Friday.

Just one review this week, of Neil Patrick Harris’ Choose Your Own Autobiography.

What are you currently reading?

cornerofwhitecoverI’m almost done with A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty on audio. I’m really enjoying it, though I can understand why the reviews are somewhat mixed. It’s one of those books where I think the charm of it is really enhanced by the narrators, though unfortunately, my library only has this one Overdrive, so I’ll have to read the print books if/when I continue the series.

untoldcoverI’ve also started Untold, the second book in the Lynburn Legacy series by Sarah Rees Brennan . So far it’s a good follow-up to Unspoken. Jared’s being a jerk, though.

What do you think you’ll read next?

adverbscoverI think it will Adverbs by Daniel Handler and that will be the last of my library books. I’m also traveling to Sydney next Monday and to save space in my bag, I’m just going to take my Kindle and start A Conjuring Of Light by V. E. Schwab, so I can (hopefully) squee with the rest of you. I have about 7 hours of traveling all up, so I should be able to make a good dent in it.

I also posted a full March TBR here yesterday.

What are you reading this week? 🙂

~ Emily

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24 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 01 March, 2017

  1. Fallon says:

    Very interesting start. I love retellings. 🙂

    I’ve read books that were set here in the States but I’d go, ‘that’s not how we say/spell that’. I’m glad you’re taking the time to do that.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Thanks! I’m hoping since it’s set in LA and a lot of the movies I see are also set there, the language I use won’t be too far off the mark. And hopefully I can find some beta readers who will be able to correct me.

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  2. Denise D. Young says:

    This week I’m reading “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, slowly working my way through that one. And I’m continuing to read “Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance” by Julia Cameron, part of her Artist’s Way series. I’ve read “Little Women” several times before, but it’s always nice to do a reread of a classic. “Finding Water” is good, though “The Artist’s Way” is still the most powerful book of the series for me. Good luck with your retelling! It sounds intriguing.

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  3. AM says:

    A modern retelling of WoO! That sounds fun. Having once set a short story in another country, I don’t envy you having to research the right words for things. Even within the States, I’ve had to tell people I was beta reading for that certain phrases aren’t used regionally. Slang varies from place to place quite a lot.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I wondered about that and figured there would be regional differences as well. I think I can only hope that I find some beta readers who can help with picking up things like that.

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  4. Yvo says:

    Good to hear Untold is a worthy sequel so far! I’m hoping to start the series some time soon… And yay for ACOL! I can’t wait to get my own copy. 😀 I hope you will enjoy your books this week and happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      It’s actually doing “YA love triangle” well? It’s weird, I’m not used to being okay with love triangles. But both the guys have their own POVs and are well developed characters and not complete asses, which is unusual, and helps a lot.

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      • Yvo says:

        That’s definitely unusual! I almost never like love triangles either, but I guess there are a few exceptions out there. Good to hear this is one of them!

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  5. ceeleeolson says:

    I hate it when word blanks happen. Especially once you remember the word and it’s like, ‘how could I forget this? It was so simple!’

    Great snippet, I’m really intrigued by how a modern retelling of Wizard of Oz would be. NBC is trying with Emerald City, but I confess it’s a little lacking and totally lost me a couple of weeks ago.

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  6. Eden says:

    Another vote for the “slang/dialects vary a lot camp… Sometimes within a region even, only varying because there is a city involved. In New York State, there are several camps about how one refers to fizzy drinks (the soda/pop/soda-pop debate) for example…

    You are a brave woman.

    Don’t hesitate to ask for help, if we can offer it (though, as a mostly East Coaster, Northeast at that, I can’t promise I can really help much, but I’ll try).

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  7. shanjeniah says:

    I’m an upstate New Yorker (which means I DON’T sound like a “New Yawker”) who has traveled the country, and married an Oregon boy. I would be honored to beta for you when you’re ready – if you liked my input for AMCFT, and aren’t in too much of a hurry.

    It’s funny you mention the miles, because I’ve found myself doing the exact same thing with the kilometers (which you might notice I spell with the e and r the other way round!)

    Hot chocolate sounds like almost just the thing after a drive like that – but I’d rather hot sweet coffee.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Ewwww coffee 😛 (I have come round to mocha, but that’s as close as I’ll be getting for a while)

      Thank you for the offer! I will definitely keep you in mind, as your feedback on AMCFT was fantastic. It will probably be a while away yet. At the moment, I’m trying to just get down the scenes that are clear in my head, then I’ll link them up together later. Writing contemporary is quite a big change of pace for me!

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