What's Up Wednesday!!!!!!

Roll up and all that jazz, it's another What's Up Wednesday brought to you by Jaime and Erin

What I'm Reading

Finished Peter James' newest crime series book at the weekend. They're set in Brighton. It's really cool to know exactly what place the author talks about... even if said place is used as a crime scene and now EVERYONE EVERYWHERE IN BRIGHTON IS OUT TO GET ME AAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!

Or not... *cough*

I'm now working my way through Charlie Higson's newest zombie book, The Fallen. If you haven't read any of his work, you need to go add him to your TBR piles RIGHT NOW.

Speaking of TBR piles... mine grew again last week... Um... oops? BUT I'M TOTALLY TACKLING IT NOW!

hahahaha (there are so many books out this month I CAN'T EVEN CONTAIN MYSELF WHEE!)

What I'm Writing

Oh, Space!Story, you loveable thing, you! <3 Editing's going really well! :D I even have a draft of the query letter in my Blackberry... possibly getting a little ahead of myself, but we'll see ;) And I've written a couple of scenes for EvilBuilding!Story too. That's definitely on the backburner right now, but it's nice to have multiple writing options open.

What Else I'm Up To

Actually, it's all a bit quiet right now... 

What Inspires Me 

You have to check out this amazing butterfly photo on Laura's blog. Look at how beautiful and perfect that shot is! WOW.

Also, there's no denying it: Autumn is on its way. We've had some epic rainstorms this week... kind of a shame Space!Story's set in space, you know? :P Oh well, I'll have to store the inspiration away for later use ;)

May I recommend the following as your RainyMood.com accompaniment:


Yes, I am rather enjoying jazz and blues right now :D

Comments

  1. I know it is definitely autumn! Time for the wooly jumpers and crumbles. At least Strictly Come Dancing is back on :)

    There are so many good books out this month it's brilliant! What are you most looking forward to? Mine is The Dream Thieves.

    Hope your writing continues to go well :)

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    1. I think I'm most looking forward to Stephen King's Doctor Sleep. Sequel to The Shining? GIMMIE!

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  2. I'm glad your editing is going well! I'm getting ready to dive in and hope I have the same sort of experience. Let me know if/when you need any Space!Story readers. Because I love space. And stories.

    Have a good week :)

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    1. I think I'll be putting out a general call on my blog when the time comes :D

      Hope you have a fantastic week yourself!

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  3. I don't get out much, you know, so if someone wrote a novel set in this town where we've lived for the past 10/11 years, I'd still be saying, "Oh, where's that?" "We have one of those?" And my wife would be shaking her head in despair... :)

    I've been wanting to read one of Higson's Young James Bond books for a while now--the first one, SILVERFIN I think it's called. (Of course the first one--you don't start reading a series half-way through... and the covers all have to be the same design, and if I start with a pb, then they all have to be pb... and...) Hopefully soon. Ish. My TBR is impossible right now!

    Sounds like your edits, revisions, writing is all going well, Cole. Keep up the great work! :D

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    1. I loooooove Silverfin! It's just fantastic. My favourite in that series is the third book, Double or Die. The new covers are so awesome. I'm so tempted to buy the whole series again on my Kindle ^^;

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  4. So happy that SpaceStory is going well! And I love the Louis Armstrong track. I had to explain to someone the other day who Louis Armstrong was, so basically you just restored my faith in humanity. :)

    Hope you have a fantastic week! :)

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    1. ...This person needs to be under the age of ten, otherwise their lack of knowledge is UNACCEPTABLE!!!!

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  5. That butterfly pic is GORGEOUS! And yay for Spacestory!!! I am no where near querying my current WiP (first draft is not complete!), but I have bits and pieces of a query that I add to when something hits me. A query is always a work in progress, so nothing wrong with "getting ahead of yourself."

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    1. Isn't it? Laura is so talented!

      I think you're right! I shall continue to tweak the query as I tweak the book ^_^

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  6. When you said you knew which button you were going to use, I knew it was going to be the rocket ship! :-) As for TBR piles, mine is getting seriously ridiculous. I told the hubby that I might put myself on a bit of book-buying break until Christmas rolls around. That will be hard, but I'll be able to read what I have already.

    That butterfly photo is beautiful! Have a great week, Cole! :-)

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    1. How well you know me ;)

      I have tried to stop buying books but they CALL to me! They whisper promises of amazing stories and I can't stop myself...

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  7. So happy to hear you're enjoying writing Space!Story. Keep going! :)

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  8. I love when books are set in a place I'm familiar with!

    My TBR pile is so big that it outgrew my bookshelf :)

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    1. Me too, and as I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, it basically never happens :P

      Yeah, mine did too, so I wound up buying another bookcase ^^;

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  9. oooh, a zombie book, will have to check it out. Glad revisions are going so well, it makes the process so much more fun.

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    1. You must! So good :D Charlie Higson is an amazing author.

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  10. Your comment about everyone in Brighton being out to get you totally cracked me up. Oh geez, too funny! I'm jealous of your epic rainstorms. It's all sunny and warm here, and I want some nice autumn rain already! Good for you for hammering out a draft of your query already! It never hurts to think ahead! And I'm glad to hear your edits are going well!

    So, I'll give you one guess what my hubby brought home yesterday. Hint: It stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. We have some catching up to do if we want to watch it as many times as you have though! ;)

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    1. Be careful what you wish for ;)

      YAY STAR TREK! Hah, I'm only at ten viewings. That's easy to catch up on. Enjoy! Have tissues ready!

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  11. I know what you mean about the new releases this month. There are so many I want to buy!

    I love that photo of the butterfly! It's definitely inspiring! :)

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    1. Me too! That's why I'm trying to clear through as many books as I can before I buy more ^^;

      Isn't it amazing? Such talent!

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  12. Best of luck editing the Space Story. I actually think early query writing is a good thing. Summarizing the story in a brief, hook-y way always helps me to flesh out the truly important and exciting bits. And yes, I agree... That butterfly photo is stunning.

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    1. Thanks! It is a really great way to remember the key aspects of the plot... which is helpful when you're deep in edits ^_^

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  13. I try to write out a query letter of the stories I'm working on it helps me try to gain a better picture of where I want the story to go. And my TBR pile is ridiculous. This fall there are so many good books coming out. Have a great weekend!

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    1. ...Oooh, that sounds perilously close to plotting for this pantser ;)

      Soooo many books. It's all I've bought lately... and I still need new jeans ^^;

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  14. My TBR is seriously so out of control right now...I just can't stop myself getting more and more books out of the library! At least I'm not spending my money, I guess...

    I haven't used RainyMood in a while but now you've reminded me I'm definitely going to go back to it! And I think I will listen to a bit of jazz as my accompaniment--thanks for the reminder/idea :)

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    1. Our local library does e-book lending... I AM A LOST CAUSE!!!!

      You are very welcome! Enjoy :D

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  15. Ha. Ha. Let's not talk about my TBR. It's ridiculous. I'm sort of embarrassed about it, actually.

    I also tend to write queries waaaaaay ahead of time, but I actually prefer doing it that way because it helps me figure out what the heart of the story really is, plus I can go back and tinker with it whenever I need a break from rewriting/revising/editing/etc.

    Good luck with your editing!

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    1. I'm chipping away at mine. I'm determined to clear through more of it before I add to it in the next couple of weeks ^^;

      Yeah, using the query to hone in on the key themes is so helpful for revising... I need to tackle the synopsis, too.

      Thanks! Have a great week!

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  16. The autumn rain has finally struck Sweden too!! So I'm playing the Louis Armstrong song, and yes it definitely sets the mood of today :)

    Keep up your writing!

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    1. It's a great song, isn't it? I love a bit of Louis Armstrong every now and then :D

      Enjoy the Swedish weather and happy writing to you, too!

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