#WWW Wednesday – 17 May 2017

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?

I finally finished Heart of Brass by Felicity Banks. It picked up a bit in the last quarter, and I actually enjoyed the tie-ins with actualy historical events. My review goes up on Friday.

I then whizzed through The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias. It started strong and remained readable throughout, despite some pacing issues. My review is scheduled for next Monday.

My review of How the Aliens from Alpha Centauri Invaded My Maths Class and Turned Me Into a Writer… and How You Can Be One, Too went up on Monday (and hopefully, I will never have to type that title again! Haha!). I feel like I’m finally back on top of reviews, after falling  off the wagon a bit lately. That review is here.

What are you currently reading?

I’ve  been concentrating on  Dracula by Bram Stoker this week. I’m aiming to read two or three chapters each week, and then it won’t take me forever to read it.  Most of the chapters are under 15 pages, so it shouldn’t be that hard. So far my main takeaway is that I want to give Dr Seward a hug. He’s all sad but stoic after Lucy rejected his proposal.

I also managed to pick up On Writing by Stephen King, since all the cool kids are reading it right now. 😛 Off the top of my head, I think I’m only about 50 pages in, so he’s still mostly talking about his childhood, but I am enjoying it so far.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My mother recently recommended The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie to me, so I have got it from the library. The author is a Buddhist and uses the cat’s perspective to inform the reader about Buddhist teachings. It sounds cute but I’m not entirely sure I will enjoy the perspective. We’ll have to see.

What are you reading this week? 🙂

~ Emily

P.S. If you’ve come here looking for WIPpet Wednesday, head on over to my new writing blog, Letting the Voices Out. Today’s WIPpet isn’t up yet, but you can pass some time reading my other posts for the Story a Day in May challenge.

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#AWW2017 Book Review: “How the Aliens from Alpha Centauri Invaded My Maths Class and Turned Me Into a Writer… and How You Can Be One, Too” by Jackie French

Title: How the Aliens from Alpha Centauri Invaded My Maths Class and Turned Me Into a Writer… and How You Can Be One, Too
Author: Jackie French
Genre: Non-fiction/middle-grade
Date Read: 06/05/2017 – 07/05/2017
Rating: ★★★★

Review:
I read this book years ago,  when I was probably still a member of the target age-group, and there were things in it that I still remember and apply to my writing. When I came across it in my local library while looking for Stephen King’s On Writing, I thought it was time for a re-read.

Jackie French breaks down the writing process into easy-to-understand chunks. There isn’t any jargon; instead, French uses terminology like “make your story fat and then make it skinny again” – meaning, in this case, “write all the words you think your story needs, then go through and cut out all the unnecessary stuff”. It’s all advice that we hear in chunkier writing craft books, just delivered in a perhaps more digestible way.

The fact that it is written for younger writers shouldn’t put you off. Most of the chapters end with writing exercises which I think would be just as beneficial to any adult writer as they would be to a twelve-year-old. We are always learning, and this is a great back to basics book for anyone.


This review forms part of the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge for 2017. Click here for more information.

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#WWW Wednesday – 10 May, 2017

Hello friends. I hope you don’t mind me start this post with a non-book-related topic, but as this is the most visited blog post of my week, it makes sense to add it here. If you’ve followed my last few Sunday Summary posts, you would know that I recently registered to take part in the UN  Women Trek for Rights 2018. Money raised for this event will go towards helping women survivors of the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.

I am aiming to raise $3500 AU over the next twelve months and I’m hoping you can help me. If you are willing and able, please click the banner below to go to my fundraising page and make a donation. Any donation, no matter how small, is appreciated!


And now we return to your regularly schduled WWW Wednesday post. 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?

The only thing finished this week was a re-read: How the Aliens from Alpha Centauri Invaded my Maths Class and Turned Me Into a Writer… and How You Can Be One, Too by Jackie French. I actually read this when I was around the target age (it’s more MG/very YA). I honestly still remember some of the advice given, so I thought it was time for a refresher when I found it on the library shelves. I was actually looking for Stephen King’s On Writing, which wasn’t there, though the catalogue claimed it should have been. Another day, then.

What are you currently reading?

haven’t made much progress with  Dracula by Bram Stoker over the last week. I think this will be one where I read a bit here and there in amongst other reads.

I have finally returned to Heart of Brass by Felicity Banks, which has been sitting on my on-hold shelf for the last three months. I’m not finding it that engaging (partly why it got put aside in the first place), but it’s only short, so I’m going to finish it this week.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Not sure at the moment, though since I’m trying to finish things on my on-hold shelf, The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias might be next. I read about 5% of it on my phone when I didn’t have whatever physical book I was reading on me at the time, but again, it’s been weeks since then.

I do have a bunch of things on my Kindle that I want to read despite them not even being on my immediate TBR list. But I’m trying to ignore them.

What are you reading this week? 🙂

~ Emily