What's Up Wednesday!

Gosh, Wednesday again already. It certainly comes around fast. Are you going to join in Jaime and Erin's awesome blog hop?

Apologies in advance if I miss your blog today. I'm back to my fifty hour weeks until mid-August and a week off has really thrown me off my schedule ^^;

What I'm Reading

I'm focusing on my friend's project.  It's really nice to beta read for someone else, although work is making finding the time very tricky, and that's annoying because this story has one of the most awesome magic systems I've ever read.

 What I'm Writing

Still plugging away at RainyCity!Story.  Again, it's not so easy to focus now I'm back at work so much, but I'm merrily pantsing my way through it.

What Else I'm Up To

Learning third position for the violin. It's certainly a stretch for my hand and arm. My teacher tells me my music reading is fluent now - yay! I just wish I could be more fluent when turning notes on the page into sound from the violin. Of course, if that was easy too I'd be some kind of natural born violinist... which I am not.

What Inspires Me

I finished off my Top Five Soundtrack Tracks series last week with the videogame edition I really hope you found at least one piece of music to inspire you.

What inspires me right now is one of my favourite Final Fantasy tracks.  And coupled with Rainy Mood.com, it makes for some atmospheric writing music.


And, of course, the Fresh Prince of Cambridge (thanks, BBC Radio 2 XD) was born on Monday! I'm really hoping they call him Arthur because that would be brilliant and will make up for the fact that we won't be having another Queen in my lifetime...

Oh.

...I'm in my twenties and I can say something like that...



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Um... Have a great week everyone!

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Comments

  1. Yay for beta reading :D I always feel so honored reading someone's book and being able to provide feedback...

    Good luck with plugging away at your story and finding time to do so!

    And congrats on the progress with violin! Any chance we will hear you play at some point? :D

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    1. Me too! It's lovely to be asked ^_^

      Aaaaah... maybe? Someday? Um.... ^^;;;;;

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  2. That would be so awesome if they called him Arthur! I'm pretty sure that would fulfill some kind of legendary prophecy or something lol. Good luck with your busy week, and as always, loved the music! :)

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    1. I so wish they'd called him Arthur. Oh well, maybe he'll choose the name for himself when he becomes king :P

      Glad you liked the music. Yay!

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  3. I vote for Arthur too. =D Who knows? Maybe a prophecy could come true! But I also like the name Arthur. Old fashioned names have grown on me.

    It's ridiculous how little I get done when I'm not working and in a routine. Everything is thrown into chaos! Routine gets things done.

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    1. Some of them are so cute and I looooove the name Arthur.

      It certainly does. All I want to do right now is sleep :P

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  4. I'm going to repeat Elodie - Yay for betaing! I always find it fun, interesting and tend to learn something in the process too.
    Good luck with that 3rd position. Compliments from the teacher are always great :)
    Have fun plugging away on the WIP!

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    1. My teacher is just lovely. She makes me feel so awesome ^_^

      Cheers!

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  5. Lots of good name picks on the WUW posts this week. ;-)

    I hope you get to squeeze in some more writing time when work lets you, but I totally agree with you about the awesomeness of betaing too. I read a CP's ms last week, and feel so luck that I get to read so many great things before they're published.

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    1. Haha, we're all fans! I'm sure George will grow on me... but I will always long for Arthur!

      Me too! As soon as I'm back into my routine, it'll all work out.

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  6. It is pretty awesome to beta read amazing stories - I'm doing that right now and glad I have time for it. I can't stand when I get into a book and have to put it down!

    Ugh. Work. I hope you get to work on Rainy City! this week!

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    1. Finding the time isn't easy, but it's a great story.

      Thanks!

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  7. I've always wanted to learn violin, but never got around to it. I can't even read music, and I'm over 30, which are both challenges in learning an instrument. Good luck with mastering your latest lessons.

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    1. It's never too late to learn. I've only been learning for 8 months and I'm kind of amazed at how quickly music started making sense... but that's violin sheet music. Piano sheet music is terrifying!

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  8. Well done on the progress you're making with the violin, Cole! And persevere with the "mechanics" of playing (3rd position, etc.). Remember, your musical ability is in no way related to your mastery of a particular instrument. Musical ability is something you're born with, and that you hone with practice--just like writing ability. To associate musical talent with how well you play an instrument makes as much sense as to judge someone's writing talent by how neat their handwriting is. Saying that, keep up the practicing. The mechanics will come in time. :)

    As to the royal baby--woohoo! Of course, the name they give the baby won't necessarily be the name he goes by as king. English Monarchs can take names, just like the Pope. George VI's name was actually Albert, but he chose the name George to make the connection between himself and his father, George V. If they're sticking with tradition, my guess would be something like Albert, George, Phillip (after his great-grandfather), Charles (after his grandfather), or Edward (another popular royal name). Of course, they might go completely pop culture and call him Zachary, Ethan, or something like that. :)

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    1. Thanks, Colin ^_^

      Yes, my friends and I were discussing the likelihood of Charles changing his name, given the previous Charles' misfortune :P

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  9. Yay for Final Fantasy! I love those soundtracks, they have some of the best atmospheric music ever :D
    Well done on all your progress with your writing and on the violin, I have no idea how you fit it all in. You're amazing :)

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    1. They certainly do! If there's a piece of mood music to be found, it's on a Final Fantasy OST.

      My Blackberry makes the writing part a lot easier :P

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  10. I love beta reading too, but it's always kind of bitter sweet. You read this awsome book and then can only tell people, I read a great book that you may be able to read too in a couple years. So in a couple years, if this book hits the market, make sure and remind us.

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    1. I know! That's why I can't really go into any detail because it's not my project, but it really is fantastic! I'll be sure to recommend it in the future ;)

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  11. Beta reading is always fun! Although it is frustrating when you can't find the time to read it, especially when the writer expects it back by the deadline. And why is Final Fantasy music so good? ;)

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    1. Final Fantasy music is phenomenal, isn't it? Thanks for that, Uematsu Nobou!

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  12. Congrats on being able to fit beta reading, writing and 50 hour weeks in there!

    And I'm very impressed by anyone who takes on the violin.

    Hope you have a fantastic week!

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    1. Thank you! Have a brilliant week yourself.

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  13. Love Beta reading, and it's bonus when the story and world are in a good place. Have fun!

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  14. Isn't it amazing to be able to read music? It's like a completely different language that, to most people, just looks like squiggles on a page. The violin is definitely a tricky instrument to learn, so go you for taking it on!

    I recently discovered RainyMood and it has revolutionised my writing! I love listening to soundtracks, too :)

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    1. Absolutely! It's been so exciting to learn something new.

      It's amazing what the sound of rain can do, right? ^_^

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  15. I'm in the same boat as you, writing-wise. I work in an office all day, sitting in front of a computer. It's SO HARD to come home after a full day at work and sit in front of ANOTHER computer to write. Good luck plugging away at your story. I'm right there with you!

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    1. My day job is just physically exhausting, but I try to do something daily, no matter how small :) Hope you manage to keep on writing too!

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  16. I love beta reading! Nothing like reading a book before it’s published and then one day bragging about it!

    Congrats on progress!!!

    Yay for being fluent on music reading. I was good, until it came to sight reading. Then I bombed (flute though).

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    1. I am looking forward to being all "Oooh, yeah, I beta read that AGES ago!" :P

      I'm fairly good at sight reading. It all came easily... except the actually getting the violin to sound like it should :P

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  17. So they went with George... I was pulling for James. Arthur would have been pretty darn cool too. ;-) I guess George is a nice tip of the hat to QE2's dad. Kind of cute on a baby too because it feels like an old man name. Wait...maybe they named him after George Weasley. :P

    I wish you had more time off from work to read and write. I hope things slow down again so you can get to both more. And you are totally rocking the violin, Cole! Good for you! :D

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    1. I love the names James too, but George is clearly a big deal in the family :)

      Thanks, Jaime! Every time I pick my violin up, I remember how much I love to play ^_^

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  18. Woot, woot! There is no better soundtrack than video game scores--especially Castlevania and Zelda.

    I am super envious of your violin lessons. Done piano, voice, choir, and learned the basics of most instruments, but to actually master another one? *dream* Have a blast with that, eh?

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    1. Zelda has some awesome music!

      And I'm jealous of your piano, wow! I'm loving the violin though so I'm sticking with it ^_^

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  19. Congrats on the Fresh Prince (and thank you so much for sharing that nickname). And best of luck with the crazy schedule!

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    1. You're welcome! It's awesome and how I will forever think of him ;)

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  20. The Fresh Prince of Cambridge! Fantastic! Much better than George :)

    I hope you find some time to write this week.

    Yay on being fluent in reading music. That's great.

    Have a good week

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    1. I know, right? XD

      I'm getting a few words in here and there ^_^

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  21. Oh my gosh, they SHOULD have named him Aurthur. Major missed opportunity there! :)

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    1. I knoooooow! Still, being the Once and Future King would be a lot to live up to. Plus the idea is Arthur will rise alone at our hour of greatest need...

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  22. Arthur would have been awesome! Have fun beta reading. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Alas, so near and yet so far.

      Thanks! Have an great weekend too ^_^

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  23. Congrats on your music reading progress. I'd really like to get back to piano lessons. I miss making music.

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    1. Do iiiiiiit! Just picking up my violin makes me happy ^_^ I can't believe it took me so long to come to it. Lots of lost time to make up for.

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  24. I really love beta reading. I like discussing story points and characters and all of it. Reading music and playing smoothly at the same time is so hard. Keep at it!

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    1. Yes, it definitely takes practice but I'm slooooooowly getting better ^__^

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  25. I love that you're learning to play the violin. Is that something you started recently? I used to be into music (singing) and had such a hard time with sight-reading music. It's much harder than it looks!

    The "awesome magic system" has my curiosity piqued. :)

    Have a great week!

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    1. Yes, I started 8 months ago so it's all very new and exciting!

      I still get a bit muddled with notes at times, but it's certainly a lot easier now than it was to begin with. I'm just loving it, which helps the process!

      Hopefully one day the book will be published and you'll have a chance to read it ^_^

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  26. I was always better at reading the music than actually playing it... (I play the flute & zither!). But the violin is such a beautiful instrument. Kind of wish I'd learned it. Good luck with that!

    Also, have a great week working on your WIP! Seems like you have a lot of inspiring music for it. :)

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    1. Thank you! It's wonderful to play even when it's being very, very tricky.

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  27. Great inspiration:) I'm also having one of those weeks... too much going on:)

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    1. Let's hope it all calms down for us soon!

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