What's Up Wednesday

It's the first What's Up Wednesday of October. Have a look at Jaime and Erin's blogs then join in!

Wow. Can't believe it's this time of year already. I'm hoping for some good stormy weather this month :D

What I'm Reading

What a reading week I had last week! So, I finished the fantastic The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi which could've been a real jump-the-shark kind of book but absolutely was not, and now I'm stuck waiting for the next book to come out...

...And then I read Stephen King's Doctor Sleep. I had no idea I needed a sequel to The Shining until I picked this up. Following up on what happened to Danny (now Dan) Torrance after the events of The Overlook felt like catching up with someone I hadn't heard from in years.  I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but if you're read The Shining, you have to pick this book up.  If you haven't read The Shining, DO IT NOW!!!!!!, and no, the film doesn't count. It's my favourite King novel, and Doctor Sleep is a perfect companion to it. It's completely different and yet totally spot on. I'm just glad I didn't have to wait thirty years for this book like people who read The Shining when it came out in 1977.

Alas, my third book of last week did not work for me. I'm so sorry to say it because so many of you really enjoyed Throne of Glass.  If the main character is meant to be an assassin, I want to see an assassination or two, okay? While I think the book was very well written, I feel like the blurb gave me the wrong idea of what to expect.

I'm now reading Russian Roulette, a prequel/side story to the Alex Rider series... which is making me want to reread all of those books. As you can see, I started reading the books a while ago because they changed the cover design for the final two *headdesk*

What I'm Writing

Space!Story's edits continue nicely, although I am getting to some bigger rewrites right now.  Still loving it ;) I can't get it to shrink, though. My wordcount continues to rise. I think this draft will be somewhere around the 86-87k mark...

What Else I'm Up To

October is going to be a busy month, culminating in a trip to Tenerife for my middle brother's wedding... Until this year I'd never even been a bridesmaid, and now I've done it twice.

What Inspires Me

Everyone, I felt it. The first chill of Autumn. I swear I did. There's a certain freshness in the air at this time of year in the northern hemisphere. I am very excited to bust out my warm boots when the temperature really dips :D

And then I decided to share something from the Skyfall soundtrack that somehow captured the quiet awesomeness of the season. Enjoy!

Comments

  1. I had the exact same reaction to Throne of Glass. I don't know if it was just really mis-marketed or if I read the wrong synopses, or what, but I went into it thinking it would be a totally different book than it turned out to be!

    Glad to hear your edits are going well! In a few weeks hopefully I'll be editing my SciFi MS again with beta feedback. That's always exciting!

    What's the premise of your Space!Story again? Or is it in top secret phase still?

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one ^^;

      Beta feedback is very exciting. Hopefully mine will go back out by the end of the month...

      Still in its secret phase until querying begins ;)

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  2. Wow, you read a ton last week! We just bought all the Alex Rider books for my son this summer, so I'm glad to hear they're good. I've always thought they looked interesting, so I might have to give them a try myself sometime. It's too bad you didn't care for THRONE OF GLASS, but despite the fact I enjoyed it, I can see your point about Celaena needing to show off her assassin skills more. I'm reading the sequel, and whoa, that sure isn't an issue anymore. I don't think it spoils anything to say it's way more violent. And there's less emphasis on dresses :D

    We've definitely been experiencing some autumn chill here. I'll try to send some over your way! Good luck with those edits this week!

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    1. The Alex Rider series is great. Not quite as good as the Young Bond series, but fabulous anyway. You should definitely read them. They're quick, action-packed reads. The second one is my favourite.

      I've heard the second book does what the first one never did, but I'm not in a rush to pick up the next book in the series. Maybe when they're all out I will.

      Thanks! :D

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  3. I'm going to have to pick up Doctor Sleep! I loved The Shining when I read it (a while ago now!). I really enjoy the Alex Rider series, too, though I have to borrow those from my brother! :P Best of luck with the edits. :)

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    1. You muuuuust read it! It's so good :D

      Thanks!

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  4. My revisions tend to grow, too--I was desperately trying to cut words in the last round, and wound up adding 5K. Oh, well!
    Hope you have a happy busy month!

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    1. Oh well indeed. The story has to be told ;)

      Thanks!

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  5. I'm right there with you in the incredible expanding WIP department. Mine is currently hovering around the mid-80k mark, too.

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  6. Blogger just ate my comment. :( I'll try to remember what I said. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy THRONE OF GLASS, but I get why. Like Erin said, Book 2 has more assassination, less dresses. (Wow, that sounds awful put like that lol.) I've only read THE STAND by King, but since I loved it, I've always meant to pick up more by him. Happy to hear your edits are coming along well. I know what you mean about adding words in edits. Only I can't seem to get mine below 100K, so you're already doing better than me. :P Have a wonderful week, Cole!

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    1. Epic fail, blogger!

      More assassinating and less dresses sounds better, but none of the characters grabbed me either so I'm really not fussed at the moment.

      I could not get through The Stand. I think I was all dystopian'd out when I read it. I'll have to try again.

      If mine hits 100k, I'll be a wee bit worried given the whole "agents don't want books that long" stuff. Hope you can shrink yours a little ;)

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  7. I've always had the problem of too high a word count until my latest MS- too low! It's weird knowing I have to add instead of cut. Good luck!

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  8. Wow, go you on reading! That's disappointing about THRONE OF GLASS, but I'm eager to read it and see for myself.

    Also, hooray for space stories!

    (Hi, nice to meet you! :D)

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    1. I hope you'll like it! It just wasn't my kind of thing.

      (Thanks for commenting! :D)

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  9. Seriously? I mean, can't they at least FINISH the series before changing the cover design?! That kind of thing really irks me. They did it with SHATTER ME, and it makes me cringe. Not that it stops me buying the series--the story and the writing's good enough for me to overlook the cover issue. :)

    And I appreciate your review of DOCTOR SLEEP. I wondered about reading this since I've read THE SHINING (and much preferred the book over the movie). Perhaps I'll check it out.

    Have a wonderful week, Cole! :D

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    1. I guess the problem is the first Alex Rider book came out in 2000 and the last in 2011. It's definitely a frustration and I have no intention of buying the whole series again.

      You have to. It's an amazing book.

      You too, Colin!

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  10. Good luck editing! It's actually my FAVORITE part of writing. I love going over and over a MS and finding ways to make a scene go deeper. Have an awesome week, Miss Cole!

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    1. I've never enjoyed editing as much as I am with this book. Space!Story for the win!

      Thanks for following, Valerie! :D Us Coles have to stick together ;)

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  11. I LOVE the dips in temperatures! Today it's in the eighties, which is nice, but man, do I love the cool mornings. Also, I have never been a bridesmaid, but good for you! Have fun at the wedding! And good luck with the editing!

    Have a great week!

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    1. Yeah, our mornings are chilly but it certainly warms up. Not for much longer though!

      Have a lovely week yourself :D

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  12. Have to say I've never read anything by Stephen King, gah! My mother-in-law just got into his books so I may give it a try. The Shining did creep me out though (the movie). Sorry you didn't enjoy Throne of Glass, I do think the marketing was a bit misleading. Good luck with your space story, I don't think the word count is an issue right now. Just keep on working!

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    1. The Shining is one of the best so it's a great place to start :) And if you think the film was creepy, you've got a fantastic read ahead of you.

      The marketing definitely misleading. So frustrating.

      Thanks for the support :D

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  13. I loved the Shinning. That book got me hooked on horror and ghost stories, but to be honest I've totally ignored King's work since "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" I just really felt his story telling had let his roots of suspense and psychological terror and turned into a whole other creature. I know people still love his stuff but It didn't do a whole lot for me. (Well 'IT' was one of my all time favorites) I might have to check out Doctor Sleep after all.
    Fall has be teasing us up here in IN. We'll have a few days of 60s and then back up to the 90s. I can't wait to break out the sweaters and hot chocolate.

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    1. The last book of his I read was Under the Dome which was great until the end. Still enjoyed it though. The man knows how to hook you. And you have to read Doctor Sleep. Sooooo goooooood!

      The weather's the same here. Chilly to begin with, baking by midday, chilly again by early evening. Come ooooon autumn!

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  14. The past couple weeks I've been able to break out my scarves and tights, and I'm so excited. Also, I'm a huge fan of pumpkin EVERYTHING, so basically I love this time of year.

    Have fun being a bridesmaid! I've only done it once, but it was exciting to be there for my friend's big day. And less stressful than what I imagine my wedding will be, ha.

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    1. It's ginger for me. Ginger everything! EAT ALL THE GINGER! :D

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  15. Wow! I envy you how many books you manage to read in a week. I have no idea how you find the time. Especially with all the other things you have going on. I hope you have a great holiday and that all goes well for your brothers wedding.

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    1. I'm just lucky that I can read quite fast ^^;

      Thank you!

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  16. oh nearly forgot thank you so much for your tips for Chapter one of RG I really appreciate it.

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  17. Ah, I can see your objection to Throne of Glass. It's marketed as being about an assassination...but it's really about an ex-assassin who is using her assassin skills to compete for a legitimate position where she can kill people legally. :) Still, there were some great fight scenes!

    It's interesting, though, the angle that was taken...not a story about an assassin, who would have been more of an "evil" character, but an ex-assassin, who is on her way to reform (possibly) and therefore more morally sound and likeable.

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    1. I pretty much wanted the assassin to be an assassin. I like a darker, more morally ambiguous character now and then. I felt I couldn't connect to the MC because she wasn't what I expected and I held on for the whole book waiting for something to happen that simply wasn't part of that book's plot (namely EPIC QUANTITIES OF ASSASSINATING).

      It's one of those cases where the blurb and the actual book are two very different things. It just didn't work for me. I wish it had, but alas, it did not.

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  18. Ooh! THE SHINING! I haven't read it, but I recently came across an article that talked about how Stephen King hated the movie adaptation. I've seen the movie and I didn't love it; hearing King's thoughts make me super curious about the novel. Hope your edits continue to go well... Have a great week!

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    1. As much as I like the film, I definitely understand why King hates it so much. So much of the story is completely absent the film only just makes sense (to me, anyway). The book is a much richer experience.

      Thanks, you too! :D

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  19. I've seen the movie but never read the book but at your recommendation I will read The Shining! Thanks! I can't wait for it to get cold here. But it's still hot. I want to wear long sleeves and drink hot chocolate so bad. Good luck with your editing. Have a great weekend!

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  20. Congrats on your edits to SpaceStory! Your progress is inspiring.

    And isn't that first chill of Autumn wonderful?! Of course down here in FL, the "chill" is 75 degrees, but still welcome. :)

    Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thank you! What a lovely comment to receive ^_^

      Aaaah, Florida. I was there last December and genuinely found myself thinking it was July. That was a very bizarre moment!

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  21. Kudos on the progress with your WIP revisions! That's exciting.

    I love this time of year too - there's just something about Autumn that makes me feel so inspired and energized.

    I read THE SHINING ages ago, and now I think I need to revisit it. :) Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Cheers! :D

      It's been a while since I read it, too! Enjoy your re-read.

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  22. Confession, I haven't read any Stephen King, but The Shining is probably one of the ones I'm most interested in reading. Might be a good October read, yes? :) Also, don't feel too bad about Throne of Glass. I enjoyed it in a fluffy pulp fiction kind of way, but that was probably my main complaint about the MC - too much telling and not enough showing. I always felt like she didn't live up to all her hype. I've recently read the sequel and I enjoyed it, though I still have lingering issues with it. I will say that she does actually show us some of her skills though. So there's that.

    I'm still waiting for autumn to really come, but I'm in Southern California so...it's actually kind of normal to be in the 80s around this time of year. It is getting chilly at night though!

    Good luck with your edits and have fun at the wedding!

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    1. The Shining is a perfect October read. It's very, very sinister.

      My mental image of Southern California is Land Of Eternal Sunshine ;)

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