#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 15 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 was away over part of last week and briefly returned to With Memories and Magic but my main project at the moment is still my Wizard of Oz contemporary retelling. Today I’m sharing 15 lines for the 15th day of the month. Dora is chatting to one of her housemates, Sam Crowe, who if you couldn’t tell from the name, is the Scarecrow character. He’s only just started college and he’s already flunking out.

“I barely passed this paper,” he said. “If I don’t pick up my grades soon, I’m going to flunk this class.”

“What’s the class?”

“Twentieth century American literature.”

Dora stopped leaning on the door frame and took a seat on the couch next to him. “I did a few literature courses while I was getting my drama degree,” she said. “I did pretty well. Maybe I could take a look at it for you. I might be able to give you some advice.”

Sam didn’t look too thrilled at the suggestion, but he shrugged and handed the paper to Dora anyway. The topic of the paper was broad, asking for a discussion of themes in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. As Dora glanced over it, she began to see a few reasons for Sam’s lower marks. He didn’t really focus on a particular topic; instead he jumped from idea to idea. His examples were vague, too. She had a feeling he had only read parts of the book and was trying to shoehorn in the quotes he was familiar with, even if they didn’t quite fit the point he was trying to make.

“Listen, I’m not trying to be rude,” Dora said, “but did you actually read the book?”

“Yes,” Sam replied, too quickly. Dora just raised her eyebrows at him and he looked away, shrugging again. “Maybe half of it. I used CliffsNotes for the rest.”

Dora bit her lip, trying not to laugh. “Sam, do you really think CliffsNotes is going to get you through college?”

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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So I had the majority of this post ready for last week, then I shut down my computer and went away for three days without finishing it and posting it, so here we are! As a result, and the fact that I had lots of reading time while I was away, this is sligthly longer than usual.

What have you recently finished reading?

These aren’t in order of when I read them, rather I’ve grouped like books together.


I have finished the entire Colours of Madeleine series by Jaclyn Moriarty, comprising of A Corner of White (which I listened to on audio and the narrators were completely awesome), the Cracks in the Kingdom and A Tangle of Gold (I read these two in paperback). The first two I absolutely loved, but I was let down by the third one sadly. My reviews of A Corner of White and Cracks in the Kingdom are here and here respectively. A Tangle of Gold’s review goes up on Friday.

On a related note, I was thinking about starting a “this series started so well, what happened?” shelf on GoodReads because this happens to me an awful lot! Or maybe I need to swear off series and concentrate on standalone books.

untoldcoverI also finished Untold, the second book in the Lynburn Legacy series by Sarah Rees Brennan. The character arcs and the writing were really well done but the plot itself was a bit light on the ground. Review here.

I also finally got back to the Lemony Snicket books and read The Wide Window and The Miserable Mill, books three and four of A Series of Unfortuate Events. I haven’t been reviewing these because they work to a particular formula and I don’t think I would have enough to say about each of them individually, but they are rather addictive! Though I seem to be liking the odd-numbered books better than the even-numbered ones, so that’s a thing.

And last but not least, I’m going to put this here because I’m going to finish this tonight, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson on audio. This is an interesting book exploring the issue of public shaming in the age of the Internet, and how a person can have the virtual screaming hoards pile onto them and they can lose their jobs, etc, over one badly worded tweet. It’s fascinating stuff, though I think some of the things he talks about are a bit tangential, or at least the way he structures the book makes them seem that way.

I also posted my review of The Fearless Travelers’ Guide to Wicked Places by Peter Begler since my last post.

What are you currently reading?

After weeks of having this book as the answer to What do you think you’ll read next, I am finally actually reading Adverbs by Daniel Handler. It’s essentially a short story anthology, but the stories are all set in the same universe, and the main characters in some stories show up later in smaller roles in others. It’s interesting, but the writing style is a bit pretentious, but then I guess even his Lemony Snicket books are a bit pretentious.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

So I thought my March TBR had gone right out the window, but I’m actually not doing too terribly with it, despite getting distracted by Jaclyn Moriarty. A Conjuring Of Light by V. E. Schwab is still waiting for me on Kindle, so that will probably be next. After that, I’m looking forward to returning to my Beat the Backlist and Australian Women Writers Challenge items for a while.

What are you reading this week? 🙂

~ Emily

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23 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 15 March, 2017

  1. Ríona O'Inabha says:

    Haha love the WIPpet. We all know someone like that, I think 😛
    I’m reading ‘The Three Daughters of Eve’ by Elif Shafak at the moment and I’m loving it so far. It may even earn itself a pile on my favourite books list.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I only realised recently that she and Liane were sisters. I had wondered but figured Moriarty was a fairly common surname. I haven’t read any of Liane’s yet, but I do intend to. I will have to look into Nicola as well.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Yvo says:

    Wow that’s a lot of books! I’m going to try and read A Conjuring Of Light soon as well, although in a way it will be sad to she one of my favorite series end… I hope you will enjoy your books this week!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I’ve started ACOL and as someone who didn’t enjoy AGOS, I can say that so far it is back up to the standard of the first book, so I hpoe you get to it soon! Though it is definitely always a bit bittersweet when you get to the end of a series you love, especially if the books weren’t all out when you started and you’ve been waiting.

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  3. AM says:

    Nice snippet, and I had to laugh because I recall writing an essay like that in high school on a book I didn’t really read. I hated most of the assigned books, even though I generally like literature. I much preferred the wide variety of books we kept at home.

    I’m not sure I could get through Ronson’s book. I’ve never personally been publicly shamed on social media, but I’ve witnessed it, and it’s horrifying. The result of peer aggression when I was a kid left me with a lot of anxiety over public shaming, so I’m not sure if I could read it.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I had the same trouble. I had no issues with reading, it was the assigned books that were the problem! I think sometimes, especially in high school, having to read them to study them also makes a difference compared to reading them for your own leisure.

      That’s fair enough. It is really awful when people pile onto someone in the way that only the Internet allows for. There was a great quote from it “The snowflake doesn’t have to feel responsible for the avalanche” and I think that is the exact mentality. I kept wanting to bash my head against the wall when people were trying to justify themselves when they thought someone deserved it.

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  4. charliegirl says:

    I also listened to A Color of White on audio! I have more series that I’ve started than standalones. I would so support your new feature “What the hell happened?” It makes me sad that some series start so strong and then fizzle out. Happy reading!

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