What's Up Wednesday?

All aboard for Jaime and Erin's What's Up Wednesday!

What I'm Reading

Still working my way through the 6th book of the Tomorrow series.  It's been a bit of a chore to be honest.  It doesn't have the same thrill as the previous books in the series and it's the one I remember the least about.

I'm also reading a friend's project.  He has great potential!

What I'm Writing

Editing Space!Story is going really well! I've tweaked the middle and I'm well on my way to making the timeline clearer.  Exciiiiting! I'm really hoping this will be headed out to the betas soon.

Hahahahahahahaaaaa ^^;;;

Rainymood.com has helped me tackle RainyCity!Story too.  That poor MC. She thinks she's unstoppable...

I have to admit though, switching tenses keeps messing me up.  One minute present tense feels completely natural and the next I have no idea how to write it and then just when I think I'm safely in third, I'll start a new paragraph and out pops present tense.  Editing RainyCity!Story sure will be fun :P

What Else I'm Up To

Work. As well as my day job as a nanny, lots and lots of other children require sitting on too.

:P Actually, I tend to be the one to be sat on... or jumped on... or kicked...

Oh, and my violin teacher just text me to say she's found me some Star Trek sheet music to play from on Friday. OMG YAY!

What Inspires Me

Oddly, the awful state of Brighton right now.  Our refuse collectors (aka binmen) have been on strike because the idiotic council want to cut their wages.  It's madness.  As you can imagine, nearly a week of no rubbish collection is making the city whiff a bit.  There are parts of the city where you can quite literally wade through rubbish.  Pushing Baby Squidge around in her buggy is a real challenge.

Believe it or not, this is quite tidy

There are more pictures in our local media here

Or watch this:


So, what's a good post-apocalyptic piece of music to go with our rotting city? Hmm...


Have a great week everyone!

Comments

  1. :) And I bet the sun is make things really hot so it stinks even more.
    Good luck with revisions and with those kids!

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    1. Yeaaaaah, the city is a bit fragrant right now.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Oh, I feel (and smell) your pain. How horrible!

    And yay for an exciting week in revisions! I hope you have another wonderful writing week!

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    1. Horrible indeed, but I fully appreciate why they've gone on strike. I just wish the stupid council would do the right thing.

      Thank you! Have an awesome week yourself!

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  3. Oh, that's too bad about the garbage. That happened one summer in Toronto and it did horrible things to their tourism for a few months. Here's hoping that dispute gets sorted soon.

    Good for you for having such a great week with your revisions and writing, Cole. And that's just awesome that your violin teacher found you Star Trek music! Have fun with that! :)

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    1. Hopefully tourism won't be too badly hit. It just makes you really appreciate how great the city normally looks... and shows you how much rubbish a city produces O_O

      I can't wait to play it! Thanks :D

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  4. Way to go on the writing! I don't usually struggle with the wrong tense getting into my writing, but when I do...ugh. I'm too OCD to not go back and fix it. :P
    And I hope that the rubbish collection things get resolved soon. :\

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    1. I don't fix as I go, but my brain just chooses at random which tense it wants to use so come editing time it'll all be fun and games :P

      Cheers! So do I. Thanks for stopping by ^_^

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  5. I've had tense switching happen to me a few times. I didn't even realize I'd been using present tense with my past tense characters. It even happened once with using past tense with my present tense characters. Thankfully, I caught my errors before I had more than a few sentences to correct.

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    1. One of these days I'll choose a tense and stick to it ;)

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  6. I sometimes switch tenses in the first draft accidentally. I consider this one of the easy revision fixes though. It's just line edits!

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    1. Very true! That's a great attitude to have ^_^

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  7. Way to go with the writing, Miss Cole!!! Like others have said above me - I switch tenses in first drafts too but don't sweat it. So many of us do and its a fairly easy fix. :-)
    I also LOVE the Tomorrow book series. I lived in Australia for 5 months and bought them all, reading them in one shot. It was so fun to read about a place I was actually living in and experiencing. It made it all the more real-er. :-)

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    1. Thanks!

      I might have to use that as an excuse to go to Australia. "It'll make an awesome series of books even more awesome!!!!"

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  8. Oh, tense issues in writing - I totally feel your pain! I do the exact same thing where I'm writing in present tense, then a moment later, it's like I have no idea what I'm doing. Granted, I'm not trying to tackle two separate MS's like you are - I have NO idea how you're keeping track of it all!

    And yay for finding sheet music you want to play on the violin! Keep at it - I can't wait to hear how it all goes.

    Best of luck with your revisions this week - and oy, too bad about the binmen strike. Hopefully it's not too much longer...

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    1. The stories are very different which helps keep it all separate plotwise. Tensewise... nooot so much :P

      I can't wait for my lesson tomorrow to give it a go! Exciiiiiting!

      Looks like we'll have another week of it if the council doesn't give them a real option. Ugh!

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  9. UGH, a garbage strike--I'm so sorry! No fun.

    I definitely know one of my revision passes will have to do with checking for tense issues--I've mostly got it down now, but even as an English teacher there are times when I've been like, um, I don't know how to say this in this tense. So I just approximate and move on! Isn't drafting grand? Good luck with that!

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    1. Not fun, but oddly inspirational and definitely informative!

      Okay, knowing an English teacher gets it wrong is comforting! Thanks for letting me know and thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Yikes... A garbage strike during the summer. No good!

    Way to go on all your Ready. Set. Write! progress. Revisions are tough, but so rewarding. Here's to even more progress in the coming weeks!

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    1. Yeah, I certainly wish they'd chosen winter to do it ^^;

      Thank you! ^_^

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  11. Whoa! I'm sorry you have to deal with all that garbage.

    I have that problem too when it comes to tense. Especially in the same scene in the same paragraph maybe even in the same sentence. It's a dilemma.

    Good luck in editing!

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    1. Yes, that's exactly how my tenses keep changing! I definitely chalk it up to editing in present and writing in past. One of these days I'll keep it all straight.

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. I lived in New York city. The smell of garbage does have strange and lingering effects.

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    1. I was in NYC in 2003 during massive blackout and the smell, ah, lingered :P

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  13. Glad your revisions are going well! And YIKES to the garbage strike! Hopefully it gets resolved soon.

    I know what you mean about tenses. My WIP is my first time tackling past tense in SO LONG, and I find myself slipping back into present once in a while. Good luck keeping everything straight!

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    1. Me too!

      Present feels so natural now even though I've always written in the past. It's a very strange feeling!

      Thanks for commenting ^_^

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  14. Yikes, hope the garbage strike gets resolved soon! And good luck with all the tense-switching! That would make my brain hurt.

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    1. Hmmm... maybe the tense-switching is the reason I keep getting headaches ^^; Thanks for commenting!

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  15. Yay! glad to hear your story is going well. :) I know what you mean about the tenses. I'm working on two stories: one that I am revising -3rd POV past, and the other WIP 1st POV present. I always say it's good exercise for my brain..lol

    Oooh Violin. I love the violin. I wish I could play. My daughter plays so I live vicariously through her. :D

    Oh gosh! I hope the garbage situation will get sorted soon, especially now that summer is around the corner.

    Good luck meeting this weeks goals! :)

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    1. High five to a fellow two stories at once writer! You're doing it the other way around to me ^_^ Exercise for the brain is a very apt description.

      It's a wonderful instrument. I love it!

      Thank you for your support! :D

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  16. Star Trek violin music, omg! :D

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  17. Great job on your writing progress! Also way to hang in there with the kiddos this summer :) Definitely a fun but tiring job! Hope the trash problems get cleared up soon.

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    1. Thanks! Me too. I'd like some fresher air again.

      Thanks for commenting :D

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  18. Oh, good luck on those revisions! I know what you mean about the tenses too. That can definitely be frustrating.

    Hope the garbage gets resolved soon! Ick.

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      I'm really hoping it is sorted soon too.

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  19. Wow that's a lot of trash, yikes! Good luck with your revisions, I know the feeling but you can do it :)

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    1. It certainly is. I'm soooo hoping the situation is resolved soon.

      Thanks!

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  20. I can see how writing stories in different tenses would make you feel a bit scrambled after a while. I can barely keep one tense straight! And man, that garbage situation is horrible! I hope they get that cleaned up for you guys soon, because it's going to smell even riper when the hot summer weather hits. Have fun with your new Star Trek sheet music and with writing this week!

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    1. Yeah, yesterday was really warm and it was really unpleasant. But the real problem are the seagulls and foxes spreading it all everywhere. Ick ick ick!

      Thanks! I'm excited to make some progress with my violin and writing :D

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  21. Eeesh on the rubbish front. That sounds awful to live in. Hopefully things can be figured out soon.

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  22. Wow! Rubbish back up is never a good thing. Best of luck.

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    1. Definitely not! Thanks for commenting :D

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  23. Tense is a tricky thing. I struggle with it all the time, especially present tense. Sometimes I forget how to write it too and...ugh.

    Sorry about all of the garbage. Hopefully it won't get too post-apocalyptic-y. If it does, then that could be something to write about.

    Glad to hear that ediing is going well. Also, Star Trek sheet music = FTW!

    Good luck with writing this week. :)

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    1. I feel like I've forgotten how to write it, which is weird because until this MS I've always used it.

      It's definitely something to write about.

      Definitely FTW! YAY! :D

      Thank you! Best of luck to you too!

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  24. Oh lord, I can't even imagine what a city in the midst of a trash collecting strike is like! I hope they resolve it soon. And I'm dying to hear you play Star Trek music. You must share it with us! :)

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    1. Ohmigosh I'm not good enough to share with anyone ^^;;; Maybe when I get supremely awesome I'll have the confidence to share.

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  25. That tense thing happens to me all the time. One day I'm in present and the next day I'm in past. I have no idea why. My WIP has a split personality.

    Good luck writing/editing this week.

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    1. Split personality is a good description!

      Thank you! Good luck to you too!

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  26. Hope the strike is sorted out soon - the council should have to be the ones that collect the overflow and maybe then they'd think twice about cutting wages!

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    1. Oh if only they would! That would be such a good lesson for them to learn.

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  27. I'm having the same problem with tenses. Obviously, the one you saw on my post is in present, but the project I'm about to query is in past. So tricky to keep them straight. Good luck revising them :)

    We played Star Wars in high school band one time and it was AWESOME. I'm excited for you getting to play it!

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    1. It's definitely tricky! Good luck to you on your querying!

      I'll have to get some Star Wars sheet music too, but right now I'm all about the Trek ;)

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  28. Not pleasant with the garbage... Best of luck with editing.

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  29. Oh dear I hope the council comes to their senses soon!

    Well done on your writing. I sometimes find myself switching to present tense when I'm writing dialogue. It does make editing interesting :)

    Have fun playing your Ster Trek music!

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    1. Me too!

      Interesting is definitely one word for it ;)

      Thanks!

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  30. Hooray for Space!Story. I hope you do well on your goals this week. I don't know how you're inspired by all the trash, but I guess it's good. I think I'd go crazy.

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    1. Cheers!

      I'm not sure either, but anything out of the ordinary has to be inspiring, right? :P

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  31. Wow, that trash pile is crazy. Hope that gets resolved soon!

    Glad to hear your editing is going well. Good luck with it!!

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    1. That's the smallest one I've seen. If I get the chance, I'll have to take some photos with my proper camera...

      Thanks!

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  32. So I love that the trash collectors are called "binmen". :) The whole strike situation sounds rough. I hope it gets cleared up soon!

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    1. Well, really I'm meant to call them "refuse collectors" or "waste management officers" but that sounds mad so binmen it is! Binpeople really :P

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  33. Hahahaha :D I love that note to your Future self :D
    Crossing my fingers the situation with the "binmen" is resolved soon and best of luck with your revisions this week!

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    1. My past self is very amusing :P

      Me too! I want a less smelly city to live in please!

      Cheers! Have a great week too!

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