What's Up Wednesday! :D

Hooray, it's that time of the week! What's Up Wednesday is Jaime and Erin's brilliant way of getting us to share our writing/reading and, in my case, musical finds of the past week.

What I'm Reading

While I (rather impatiently) wait for my John Marsden books to arrive, I decided to pick up The 5th Wave. So far, so awesome. First person done right! I really, really, really love a first person narrative that really gets me into the character's head rather than relates a bunch of stuff from their point of view.  I want to dedicate the time to sit and read this book quickly, but the next section will explain why that's probably not going to happen...

 

What I'm Writing

This notebook was a gift from Laura <3
I took a break from editing Space!Story because not only do I need some distance from the plot, I also knew I was going to spend a good chunk of May completely distracted by Star Trek... and then, thanks to a combination of insomnia and my iPod choosing perfect music at the perfect moment, a new story crept out of my brain.  It's currently called RainyCity!Story. What can I tell you? Hmmm... well, it's sci-fi (WHAT A SHOCK, RIGHT?!) and it kinda comes from all those dreams you have when you know you have to be somewhere but you're lost and every turn you take goes the wrong way.  Thanks to Mama, by Genesis and Anxiety from Final Fantasy VII:Advent Children, this story is steadily taking over my brain! I shall have to find a way to balance editing and writing in the next couple of weeks though.  Can't leave Space!Story for too long.

What Else Am I Up To?

Vio-vio-violin! I am so determined to get better.  I think I'm doing fairly well for someone who's only been playing for six months, but I have got a loooooooooooooooooooong way to go.  I'm gonna get there though!

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And for those keeping score at home, I've seen Into Darkness six times. Every time I put the soundtrack on, I'm like "I LOVE THAT BIT!!! Oh... oh... oh no! WHERE'S THE REMOTE! MY FEELS CANNAE TAKE MUCH MORE, CAPTAIN!"

What Inspires Me Right Now 

The delightful and wonderful Kris Atkins pointed me in Lindsey Stirling's direction, and now I have violin dubstep on my iPod.  Talk about an inspiration!

Comments

  1. THE 5TH WAVE is on my TBR. I'm glad you're enjoying it Cole--I'll have to get that one soon. And keep up with the violin. It will take time and practice, but doesn't anything that's worth doing? :)

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    1. Definitely worth doing. It's a really fun skill to develop!

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  2. RainyCity!Story sounds lovely and wonderful. How great that you got something to grab you just when you needed to step away from Space!Story. Hope it goes well--and excited for you about the violin :)

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    1. I think the story was just waiting to attack at the perfect moment ;)

      I'm excited too, thanks!

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  3. My husband and I saw Into Darkness last Friday and loved it. But then, we knew we would, so that's no big surprise. Seriously, whatever my thoughts about J.J. Abrams TV shows (Lost...bleh, among others that tanked in the second season), the guy does great movie!

    Yay for shiny new ideas! I'd love to get to some of mine in the near future (they're not exactly 'new' anymore, but still). I might have to step away from my current revision and play with one of these SNIs for a bit. RainyCity sounds interesting! :-)

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    1. Yeah, Lost is blah but my goodness does he know how to make a summer blockbuster!

      Right now, I'm giving the SNI all my attention. Space!Story's in a good place and Rainy!City is begging for development. Wish me luck! :D

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  4. I'm going to see the new Star Trek tomorrow evening. CANNOT. WAIT.
    And The 5th Wave looks really good. The cover catches my eye every time. I actually despised Ender's Game, though, and I keep seeing that comparison in the descriptions. Is that accurate?

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    1. Enjoy! Please feel free to come back here and share your thoughts ^_^

      I'm not that far in and I've never read Ender's Game and given the author's awful attitude I have no intention of doing so. All I know is I'm really enjoying it ^_^

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  5. So, I absolutely must read THE 5th WAVE. I've heard so many good things! And what a gorgeous notebook! And yay for SNI giddiness!

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    1. My friend absolutely spoiled me with it <3 Be sure to read it! I'm looking forward to diving into it again later :D

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  6. Pretty new notebook! I keep coming up with excuses to go and buy a new one... then I'm reminded of the pile I haven't used yet. Must be good!

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    1. I'm exactly the same ^^; I try and do a first in, first used system ;)

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  7. It's so inspiring to read about you taking violin! I had piano lessons as a kid (READ: my parents paid for piano lessons that I COMPLETELY wasted). It is one of my only regrets (don't take that to mean I haven't done regrettable things, I just don't worry about most of them. :0) )
    Also really like your take on T5W. Will have to add that to my list. The buzz is really building on this one, and my interest is piqued after your comment. :0)

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    1. Thank you! I just decided it was time to stop wishing about learning and actually do it.

      I'm really looking forward to getting further into this book!

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  8. I just read The 5th Wave, and I loved it. You are so right that the first-person narration was done very well. Have fun with the new story!

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    1. I'm always a bit dubious about first person because when it's poorly done it's a real chore to read but oh. my. gosh I am LOVING its use in The 5th Wave. It's used to heartbreaking effect.

      Thanks! So far, so intriguing...

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  9. Wow, that Lindsey Sterling video was AMAZING! I've never even heard of her, and I've only recently learned the term dubstep (in my quest for sci-fi music). I'm definitely going to be listening to that while I write tonight! Thanks for sharing it!!!

    And RainyCity!Story has me so intrigued! One of the sci-fi pictures I've been using for inspiration lately is a futuristic city in the rain, so the working title of your story makes me want to read it! Like right now! I hope you find the time to balance your edits and writing this new project!

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    1. Enjoy! The whole album is awesome!

      I think one too many listens of the Bladerunner OST has inspired me :P So far I'm looking at 2000 words so alas, I have very little to offer ^^;

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  10. So cool that you're learning violin! It's such a gorgeous instrument.

    I saw STAR TREK last Fri and loved it!

    Yay for another 5TH WAVE reader! I haven't gotten to it yet but my editor edited it and she's been raving about it for ages!

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    1. It really is! I can't wait until I can just sit, read a piece of music and play it as it should be played.

      It's fantastic, isn't it? ^_^ Of course, I'm totally biased.

      It is amazing! I actually keep thinking about it, desperate to get back to it.

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  11. I still need to see Into Darkness. I am trying to wait until my birthday to see it but it's not until the end of next month and I don't think I can wait that long.

    And I love the violin!It's such a beautiful instrument. Good luck on your progress. I got a guitar for Christmas and I'm really hoping I become somewhat good at playing it one day. I just don't know how to go about learning. I found a few videos on YouTube to watch, so hopefully that will help.

    Also, I keep hearing so many great things about The 5th Wave. I'm definitely going to add it to my TBR list now.

    Good luck with writing/editing. Haha, don't you just love it when new ideas creep up on you?

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    1. You muuuuuuuust! It is so good! Do not wait! Go now!

      Thank you ^_^ Good luck with your guitar too!

      It's a great book. Enjoy!

      I absolutely love it when an idea creeps up on me and demands to be written. It's quite exciting!

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  12. I don't know if I've ever been balancing writing and editing at the same time--I'm eager to hear how that goes! It feels like such different parts of the brain, but maybe that's actually really nice when you need a break or to switch gears for a while.

    And how cool that you're learning violin! One of my MCs once played violin so I did a bunch of research on it and watched a billion YouTube videos of violinists, and it was like the most fun research ever. I wish I could play.

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    1. I kind of have, but at the moment I'm determined to develop the new idea. I'll report back!

      Thanks! It's a wonderful instrument to play but quite tricky! I'm loving the challenge though!

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  13. I LOVED The 5th Wave, so I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it. What an entertaining book! I thought ST Into Darkness was very entertaining too. Love that cast!

    I am so curious about this violin dubstep. Thanks for pointing it in my direction!

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    1. I'm really enjoying it!

      I love the cast too ^_^

      You're welcome! Lindsey's whole album is fantastic.

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  14. Violin dubstep?! I never would've thought to mix the two together, but I checked out the video you posted, and it's so awesome!

    Good luck with both of your WIPs!

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    1. I know, right? I love it when people mix music styles and create awesomeness!

      Cheers!

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