#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 27 July, 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 are you currently reading?

ashalawolfcoverStill going with the audio of Paper Daisies by Kim Kelly. It’s going on a bit, but I’m kind of at that “Well, I’ve committed now” point.

In print, I have started The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina. This is one of my Indigneous Australian author reads for the Australian Women Writers Challenge. I only started it today, but I like it so far and I’m hoping it might be the book that ends my long slew of 3-star reads and gets a four or a five.

  • What have you recently finished reading?

islasinheritanceAs expected, I finished Wonder Women by Sam Maggs, and my review went up on Monday. I do want to go back through it and note down some of the books written by the featured women and bios written about them, because I would love to find out more.

I then proceeded to finish Isla’s Inheritance by Cassandra Page very quickly (less than 24 hours). It was enjoyable enough, but I didn’t feel compelled to continue the series.

melodybittersweetgirlsghostbustingagencycoerAfter that, I finished off Melody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French, which I saw on someone else’s WWW posts in the last couple of weeks. It was cute, though I did not like the love interests at all, which did put a damper on the “romantic comedy” aspect. I did really like the mystery, though.

Last night, I read the preview excerpt of Vicarious by Paula Stokes, which is available on NetGalley in the lead-up to the release next month. If I had actually read the listing properly and realised it was a preview, I probably wouldn’t have requested it, but it was interesting.

I also posted my review of Blood of My Blood, the third in the Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga, on Friday.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I also Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss out from the library for the AWW Challenge, so it may well be next. I also have a few books of my own that I’m going to try to read soon.

wednesdaybannerAnd now for WIPpet Wednesday. This is another blog hop in which writers share excerpts from their current WIP that somehow relate to the date. Clicking the blue guy on the right will take you to the linkup for this one.

In this scene, Frederick has just told Grace that he shouldn’t teach her any magic, and should instead tell her to go back to her room and never think about it ever again. Seven sentences for the seventh month.

Grace looked at him with a wry expression. “You think you can just tell someone to forget about this sort of thing?”

“No,” he replied. “I know you can’t. No one can. That’s what makes it so powerful. The second you get a taste for it, it has a hold over you.”

Frederick does have his reasons for showing Grace the magic in the first place. I’m not saying they’re good reasons (in fact, they’re pretty weak), but they are reasons nonetheless.

This week I’ve been writing from Frederick’s POV, and that’s been interesting. He’s very private but I’ve managed to needle out a lot of his past, which has been good. I also had an epiphany the other day (after writing the first 16k, of course!) that the whole thing would work a lot better if Grace were the governess to Frederick’s children, rather than a maid in his household. So I’ll have to a whole lot of revision there, but that’s okay.

That’s it from me, as I have a few things I need to get done tonight. I also need to consume the rest of this delicious lemon meringue pie sitting next to me. See you on your blogs!

~ Emily

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#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 03 February, 2016

First up on today’s post is WWW Wednesday. All you have to do is answer three questions about what you’ve been reading. Then link up with others in the comments on Sam’s post.

  • wwwwednesdayWhat are you currently reading?

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. This is my first proper ARC from NetGalley, as the few things I’ve had previously have been published prior to me requesting them. This one is released in a few weeks, so I’m hoping that I’ll get it read quickly. It’s a quite inventive time travel story. Heilig said in answer to one of the questions on her GoodReads profile that she had just figured she’d throw it up on Wattpad, but her mum persuaded her to look for an agent. I’m glad she did!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris. It was… mostly okay? The idea is that Loki is looking back over his time with the Norse Gods prior to Ragnarok and telling his side of the story. Except he sounded like an immature, 21st century teenager as he told it. And when he says things like “I flipped Odin the bird” I was just like, “… really? Are you being metaphorical or are you saying that gesture existed a thousand or so years ago?”

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I have a couple of things from the library and another NetGalley item still waiting. The Ghost Writer by Damon Norko is quite short so I might read that to make up for the time I lost by taking a whole week to read Gospel of Loki.

Now onto WIPpet Wednesday. For those unfamiliar, WIPpet Wednesday is a weekly blog hop where a group of writers share a snippet from the current WIP (work in progress) that somehow relates to the date. You can join in by clicking the little blue guy to the right and leaving your link there.

wednesdaybannerYou may have to indulge me over the next few weeks as I try to work out what I’m going to do with Worlds Apart. I reached 9.5k with it in its current form and realised I was biting off more than I could chew, mostly in terms of world-building, as well as how much I would need to return to and fact-check. Yes, I had an outline, but an outline does not a fully-fleshed-out-world make. A More Complicated Fairytale has two main characters, perhaps six major side characters and four locations. Also, there’s no magic. A consistent magic system doesn’t get developed overnight, and it’s not something that comes to me easily, but unfortunately, the entire plot of Worlds Apart relies on magic being a thing. Unless I turned into sci-fi, but then that would present its own problems.

So anyway, all this is to say that at least today’s, and possibly future weeks’, WIPpets will basically be bits of scene I’ve scrawled down in the hopes I can use it later. Two of the things I’ve done in an attempt to scale everything down is to modernise the setting, and instead of being a princess, Adelyn just has a wealthy father. Oh, and I swapped the names of Adelyn and another character, Carrie Cortain. So now Carrie is the daughter of the wealthy businessman, and Adelyn is from a slightly rougher part of town.

Goodness me, this has gone on longer than the WIPpet is going to be. Okay, five lines (adding the day plus the month) from my handwritten notebook. So it’s very short. Rougher-part-of-town!Adelyn is waiting at the gates of Carrie’s fancy private school for Carrie to appear. She understandably feels a bit out of place there.

She pulled the cap further down over her eyes and continued to watch. Some of the other students glanced across at her, but she was out of their minds again by the time they passed her.

I’m not even 100% sure that phrasing works. I’m trying to go for an “out of sight, out of mind” thing. Anyway. I promised myself I would do some house cleaning tonight and it is already 8pm, so I should get this post finished and go do that.

~ Emily

#WWW Wednesday & #WIPpet Wednesday –

Hello, and happy Wednesday! Today is my biggest blog hop day of the week! First up, we have WWW Wednesday, a blog hop hosted by Sam, in which we answer three W questions about what we’ve been reading.

  • wwwwednesdayWhat are you currently reading?

I’ve started Throne Of Glass and I’m enjoying it so far. The thing that annoys me most is that all the main characters are Really Attractive. Which is fine, except the narration keeps reminding me of it.

I’m also listening to the audio book of Matilda, read by Kate Winslet. She’s really good! The reason I haven’t listened to too many audio books in the past is that often the version I ended up with didn’t have a narrator whose voice I felt really fitted the story (also because I can’t afford to buy many and the ones you get from the library on CD are usually all scratched up). But Kate’s got a nice regular reading accent and fantastic accents/voices for each of the characters. I’ve only got about an hour left, but it came up with a weird message about not being able to process the file or something. Hopefully, the worst case scenario will be I have to re-download it.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I finished For Darkness Shows The Stars and I really loved it! I tend to flail a lot when characters I want to get together are about to get together, and there was lots of flailing at the end of this book (it’s based on Persuasion, so I feel like that isn’t really a spoiler). I learned there is a not-quite-sequel-more-of-a-companion-novel based on the Scarlet Pimpernel, which is a favourite of mine, so I might have to track that down (the library doesn’t have it, and the ebook is expensive, but I am told the library buys pretty much anything that is suggested within reason, so…)

  • What do you think you will read next?

I have this all worked out. I’ll finish Throne of Glass, then read Crewel and Dust Girl, both of which I have from the library. Then I am going to read The Viper and the Urchin by fellow WIPpeteer Celine Jeanjean. And after that, I’m not sure, but this should keep me going at least a couple of weeks. And I also bought the cheapest audio version of Persuasion that I could find on iTunes. I’m not sure if the narrator is English or American and I’m really not sure I can listen to Jane Austen being read in anything other than an English accent, but it was only $2, so if I end up also buying the $9 one where it is read by Miss Marple (aka Geraldine McEwan), it will be no great loss.

Now I have to tell you something. I started a new writing project today. I have been trying to write every day, but I just haven’t been feeling Grace and Frederick’s story for the past week. I did some brainstorming on their back story and I think those ideas need to really percolate and solidify before I can keep going. I was trawling through the NaNoWriMo Adopt a Plot forums and one of the ideas there reminded me of a story that I considered writing at uni, but never got around to. It had a bit of urban fantasy in it then, but I decided that wouldn’t really work, so I’ve stripped that way and basically have a contemporary romance left in its place. I only have a main character and some plot points so far, but I really quite like her, even if she is a rather cliched university student.

So that’s my exciting news. And after having led with that, I bother to mention that you’re still getting a WIPpet from Grace and Frederick’s story, since that’s what I have actually words of right now. I have five paragraphs for the fifth of August. Last week, Grace persuaded Tristan to let her stay in the Merrow House overnight to see if she could get in touch with Frederick’s ghost again. He shows up, finally, and they have a bit of an awkward chat. The reason for the age comments is that Grace is 129-years-old and Frederick has been dead 90 years.
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Now that Frederick was here, she found herself wishing she had just gone back to the hotel after the seance. She had thought that surely enough time had passed since she and Frederick had last crossed paths, but now her stomach was in knots just looking at him.

“You’re looking good for your age.”

Grace cocked an eyebrow. “You’re not looking too bad yourself.”

“Grace…” Frederick reached out a hand to touch her cheek. Somehow, his form was solid once again and she could feel his knuckles against her skin. She closed her eyes for a moment, but then quickly pulled away.

“Frederick, you can’t just show up again after all these years and expect me to be the naïve, stupid girl who hero-worshipped you as you taught her magic.”

It’s worth noting Grace was nineteen when all that was going on. It’s been a long time.

You can and totally should join in on WIPpet Wednesday! Just post an excerpt from your current WIP that somehow relates to the date. Our linky is over here. Since beginning this post, I’ve gone out and played some netball with friends, so it’s now fairly late. I’ll finish up and hope to see you all either on my blog or yours pretty soon!

~ Emily

#WIPpet Wednesday – You look like you’ve seen a ghost – and #WWW Wednesday

wippetwednesdayMy daily writing practice continues to be going well, though today I did have to sneak in an extra five minutes at lunch to get my page written, because I accidentally got chatting about politicians. And I’ve also managed to finally stick my head down and my bottom up with regards to uni work. Which is to say, I managed nearly three solid hours of it last night, and will hopefully do the same tonight.

But for now, it’s WIPpet Wednesday. This is a blog hope wherein writers post excerpts of their WIPs that somehow relate to the date. You are welcome to join in, too, and see what other people have posted here. Today is the 22/7, so I’ve added 2+2+7 and have eleven lines for you. This takes place a little later in the seance, and it’s Madame Dorenia speaking the first line.

“What do you see?”

Grace didn’t reply. Her gaze was fixed on the translucent figure by the door. He was leaning on the door frame, an easy smile on his face as he calmly gazed back at Grace. He was older than she ever saw him. At some point, he had started balding, and there was visible stubble on his chin.

“Hello, Frederick,” Grace said quietly.

“Hello, Grace.”

“Why are you here?”

“Haven’t the slightest, though I imagine you had something to do with it.”

“Me?”

“Your magic flowing through a circle of people all hoping to see a ghost. Seems you’re the only who can, though. They’re all looking at you like you’re mad.”

Awkward.

wwwwednesdaySadly, uni work (or at least, staring at my computer and contemplating uni work) has meant that I haven’t had quite as much time as I would like for reading. In spite of that, here is WWW Wednesday, in which we answer 3 W questions about our reading habits over the past week. This one is hosted by Sam, over at A World of Words.

  • What are you currently reading?

I started Dorothy Must Die this afternoon. I had it from the library a while ago, but got it into my head that it wouldn’t be that great, even though it sounded interesting. I started reading the sample at the bus stop after work, and ended up getting off the bus at the library to see if there was a copy on the shelves. And there was! I’m less that 10 pages in, and I’m already rooting for the main character and wanting her to kick ass.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I finished A Cold Legacy on the bus this morning. I really loved this series and recommend it. Be warned, though, it is not for the faint-hearted. It is violent, bloody, contains detailed descriptions of medical procedures and lots of people die. But the ending really got me emotional. There were some things that I got a bit confused by (a character can’t take after a character she’s not related to? Even if the taking after is in terms of personality?) but overall it was fantastic.

I also finished The Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 last week. There were definitely some laugh-out-loud lines where I thought, “Yep, that is exactly how a male teenage mind works”, though I still sort of felt he was a bit over the top. My partner has several of the other books in the series, but while I can deal with a teenage character bemoaning the fact that the world doesn’t understand him, I’m not sure I could put up with it from an adult, even if it’s the same character as an adult.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I put a few things on hold at the library yesterday, so I hope they’ll be ready to pick up soon. In case you didn’t see my post on Monday, it’s my birthday this Sunday, so I’m going to spend three days at a health and well-being retreat. Not that I necessarily need it (though things have been stressful lately), but I wanted to treat myself. So I want to have lots of good reading material. I’ve got Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund and Crewel by Gennifer Albin all to look forward to, but no idea which one I’ll start first. There were a few others that I was keen to get, but they’re currently checked out to other people, so I’ve left them for now.

#WWW Wednesday and #WIPpet Wednesday – July 15, 2015

wwwwednesdayFirst up tonight is WWW Wednesday, a blog hop that asks three W questions about what you’re currently reading. It’s hosted by Sam over at A World of Words.

  • What are you currently reading?

I started reading the Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾ because I needed something light between Her Dark Curiosity and A Cold Legacy. I am finding Adrian a little annoying to be honest, but my partner assures me he becomes endearing in his annoying-ness, so I’m willing to keep going. It’s less than 300 pages so I feel like I should just sit down and go through it.

I guess I am also technically reading A Cold Legacy¸ since I did start it immediately and then realise I needed a break from that world after the murder and mayhem at the end of the second book.

  • What did you recently finish?

I finished Her Dark Curiosity (the second in the Madman’s Daughter trilogy) on Monday night. It was just as good as the first, but it is even darker, so as I said, I needed a bit of a break before ploughing further on. I have a feeling the third is darker still.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ll finish A Cold Legacy and then I’m not sure what to follow it up with. It’s put me in a very specific mood in regard to books and I don’t really have anything similar on my TBR.

And now on to WIPpet Wednesday, another blog hop where writers come together and share snippets from their writing that somehow relate to the date. This one is hosted by K. L. Schwengelwippetwednesday and the linky is here. Please do join in if you feel so inclined! Today is the 15th, so I’ve added one and five together and have six paragraphs. Last week, Tristan said that the medium, Madame Dorenia, was not the slightest bit genuine, but hilarious nonetheless. Here’s a glimpse as to why.

From invisible speakers, a thunder clap sounded as the door burst open. It was all Grace could do to not laugh at the figure who struck a pose in the doorway.  The woman was probably in her sixties and must have been wearing at last five petticoats to give her skirt as much volume as it had. The skirt itself was a patchwork of shiny fabrics in various colours. The accompanying blouse was a garish hot pink. Grace had once seen a production of the Blythe Spirit when she lived in England, and the so-called medium in front of her reminded her of the Madame Arcati in the play.

Madame Dorenia swayed into the room. One man further down the table snorted at the spectacle and she shot him a glare. He looked down at the table, embarrassed.

Tristan pulled out the chair at the end of the table and Madame Dorenia lowered herself into it with a gracious nod towards him. She placed her hands flat on the table and let her eyes wander slowly from guest to guest, pausing slowly enough to make each of them fidget.

“Do you all believe?” she asked, her voice low and husky. Silence. “I said, do you all believe?”

“Of course we do,” said a woman near Madame Dorenia quickly.

“This is a serious matter,” Madame Dorenia continued. “The spirits will know if one or more amongst us is a non-believer, and they will not waste their time with us. Now, all join hands.” She paused as the guests did as instructed. “Now, close your eyes and empty your minds. Imagine a portal between our world and the next. Imagine it opening up, allowing our friends on the other side safe passage through.”

With any luck, I will actually get around to your blog posts this week, something I have failed at rather dismally in the past couple of weeks. For now, though, I’m going to go and read some more before bed. Laters!

~ Emily

#WWW Wednesday and #WIPpet Wednesday –

wwwwednesdayWWW Wednesday is a blog hop I’ve recently joined, in which bloggers answer three questions about what they’re reading. Follow the URL in the image to find more links and read more about it.

  • What are you currently reading?

Nothing, actually, as I just finished a book this evening and have yet to start a new one. (I had something on tonight).

  • What did you recently finish?

After a week of not reading much at all because I had things on and then had my mother visiting all weekend, I finally finished The Island of Doctor Moreau today. I enjoyed it well enough though I can’t say Wells is at the top of my list of favourite authors.

I also ended up returning Tiger Lily to the library. I was a third of the way through and it didn’t seem to be going anywhere, so I gave up.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I finally picked up Her Dark Curiosity from the library. It’s the second in the The Madman’s Daughter trilogy, and is inspired by The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (which I referred to simply as Jekyll and Hyde last week… I realised later that that’s the title of the musical, not the book. I’m far more familiar with the former, though). I’m really looking forward to it!

wippetwednesdayOnto WIPpet Wednesday and my goodness, does it feel good to be writing consistently again. Well, it’s really only been two days of ROW80 so far, since I wrote my goals late on Monday night, but it’s feeling good at the moment. In spite of all that, I’m keeping my WIPpet short today. I’m sharing 15 words; I got to 15 by adding the day and the month together. Grace has recently returned to Merrowford and is chatting to the guy on the desk in the gift shop of the historic home, regarding a medium who will be appearing at a seance on the weekend.

“Is she for real? “

He grinned. “Not in the slightest. Hilarious,  though.” Grace smiled back.

After two rather short ones, I promise I’ll have something meatier for you next week. I sort of maybe got distracted by Netflix in the middle of writing this post, and it’s now nearly 11pm, so I should probably go to bed. Perhaps going to bed at 11 rather than 10 will mean I don’t wake up at 2 like I’ve been doing the past several nights. That would be nice. Anyway. Goodnight!

~ Emily

#WIPpet Wednesday, and a #WWW Wednesday Reading Meme (all on a Thursday)

This is just a quick post. It’s nearly 12pm on Thursday in Australia, but that means it’s still Wednesday in some parts of the world, and therefore this post still counts. 😛

I’m writing this regardless of all that because I was determined this was the week I’d get back to things like blogging, and get back to them properly. And also things like eating properly and… well, I need to get the tyre in my bike fixed before I can get back to that, so that will have to wait until pay day next week. But writing, too. Though that is happening slowly. Uni work is also on the agenda; I’m going to start my winter course this Saturday.

I have very little that I can share for WIPpet Wednesday, but I did write some stuff yesterday. Yesterday was the 24th and 2+4 = 6. Except I’m a day late, so minus 1, and we have five paragraphs (this has nothing to do with the fact that I only wrote five paragraphs).

This is a scene that had bounced around in my head for a while and will probably come at the end of Lessons Learned if it comes at all. Just imagine that they’ve finally worked out their differences with Frederick Merrow and he’s finally going off to wherever ghosts go when they’ve finished their business here.

“You know that immortality is never really set in stone, don’t you, Grace?”

‘What do you mean?”

“If you choose to end it, it will end. But it has to be your choice.”

Grace stared at him, wondering if he was telling the truth. She’d never heard anything about this in the years she’d spent searching for a way to reverse the effects of the Elixir she had drunk.

“Choose wisely, Grace.”

WIPpet Wednesday is hosted by K. L. Schwengel, and you can join us here. Simply post an excerpt of your current WIP that somehow relates to the date, then check out what others have posted.

I was also just over at Books Over People, and decided to hop on the WWW Wednesday meme as well. This asks three simple questions, as you’ll see below.

What are you currently reading?

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd. It’s a YA adaptation of The Island of Doctor Moreau, with his daughter as the main character. I haven’t read the source material, but this book is interesting. Slow-paced, but atmospheric. It doesn’t actually feel like I’ve read 150 pages.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Splintered by A. G. Howard on Monday. It’s an Alice in Wonderland spin-off, and the world-building was good, but I really hated one of the characters and that kind of ruined everything. Apparently he gets worse in the next book, so I’m leaving the series here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m actually thinking I will read The Island of Doctor Moreau, since I have copy on my shelf. It’s only short, so it shouldn’t take me too long to get through.

All right, I suppose I should actually consider doing some work? I’m in that tricky transitional phase in a new position at work, where I’m doing things, but slowly, and the office is basically empty today, so things are going even slower since I’ve got no one to answer my questions. But one colleague did give me something to work on before she went downstairs for a reference shift, so I should have look at that. See you all on your own blogs soon!

~ Emily

#WIPpet Wednesday – Matchmaking

This is wippetwednesdaya bit of a drive-by WIPpet post, as I started it on Wednesday night and then my Internet browser went funny, and I sort of forgot to come back to it. It’s now 7am Thursday morning in Australia, but it’s still Wednesday in plenty of parts of the world, so.

I apologise to everyone for not getting around to your WIPpet posts this past week, or even replying to comments on mine (I intend to still do that much, at least). I can guarantee anything this week, either, since I am heading up to my parents’ place on the weekend and while Internet there is not as scarce as it used to be, I’ll be trying to keep of it regardless. I probably won’t post a Wednesday post next week either, though I do have my Monday and Friday posts scheduled, at least.

As for the WIPpet. I have added the two digits of the day together and have three paragraphs from Unicorn Love to share. Lydia has gone out on her Cupid rounds, despite still not feeling the job any more. This is the first draft and yes, I am aware that a few words and phrases are a bit repetitive.

She saw a dorky Chinese guy in a bookshop furtively glancing at the sales assistant. Probing a little into his thoughts, she learned that he had been there the past several Friday nights because he knew this girl worked the late-night shopping shift, but so far he hadn’t worked up the courage to actually talk to her.

Despite still feeling all the frustrations with her job that she had earlier that day when she was with Aphrodite, she found herself taking some pity on the guy, and strung two arrows in her bow. She fired them off and then used her fingers to guide them towards their intended targets. Each of them blinked slightly, and the salesgirl took a step backward from the shelf she was tidying, nearly bumping into the Chinese guy. She spun around to apologise to him, but her words caught in her throat.

Lydia watched as the awkward small talk took place, hoping that if this was to be one of her last jobs, maybe it would work out. There was a time when this first meeting of two supposed soul mates would have made her heart speed up a little and her head spin with giddy euphoria, but those days were long past. Now she couldn’t help the cynicism.

Join us for WIPpet Wednesday by posting an excerpt of your WIP that somehow relates to the date, and then link up here. I need to start getting ready for work now, but I’ll hopefully see you all soon!

~ Emily