What's Up Wednesday!

Another Wednesday is upon us. Will you be joining in Jaime and Erin's What's Up Wednesday?

I'll do my best to get to all of your blogs this week as I won't be here next week due to my middle brother's impending nuptials.

What I'm Reading

I finished The Rook, which was alright.  My brother paid me back with lunch on Saturday ;) Then I read Sadie Walker is Stranded, which is the sequel to the superb Allison Walker is Trapped... Sadly, it lacked the first book's originality and drive.  The final, and only YA book of the week, The Hit, had a great concept - imagine you took a drug that made everything about you better... and then killed you exactly one week after you took it.  It was a fast paced thriller. Melvin Burgess doesn't pull his punches, that's for sure.

What I'm Writing

I'm currently reading through Space!Story and noting necessary changes I need to make. I'm trying to get through it quickly so it stays fresh in my mind.

What Else I'm Up To

Work, work, all the work (and then some more work), but headed to the MCM Expo in London on Sunday, woo! :D Here's a sneak peek of who I'm dressing up as:

WOAH WOAH!

Well, I am a natural ginger...

Practise makes perfect! :D

What Inspires Me

Space!Story needs an appropriate theme song... and if only I could use the song title as the book title. It suits it so well!


Have a great week!

Comments

  1. Hearing David Bowie just made my day, love this song :)

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  2. Predictable books that are, nevertheless, enjoyable--I take that as a positive. After all, most novels are, to some extent, predictable. The MC usually survives, and there's usually some kind of happy resolution, normally in the MC's favor. A good story is not always about how it ends, but how much fun and excitement you have getting there.

    As for using "Space Oddity" for a book title, if Beth Revis could use "Across the Universe," why not? :)

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    1. Oh, absolutely. The Hit is a very well-written book with an excellent hook... but it was clear to see where it was going. I still enjoyed it though.

      Why not indeed ;)

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  3. I've heard about The Hit - haven't read it ,but it looks gripping!

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    1. Gripping is the perfect word for it. I downed it in a day.

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  4. A sequel for the sake of a sequel sounds frustrating to read. It seems like a lot of books these days start out intended as singletons, but the writers are pressured into sequels, trilogies, or series by agents or publishers.

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    1. I certainly feel that was the case with that book. The first book is absolutely amazing though and comes highly recommended.

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  5. When I grow up (*cough cough*) and start dying my hair, I'll try some red shades - but it sure won't look as great as yours - love me some ginger ;)

    I think Space Oddity is a great title - I don't see why you couldn't use it ... there are several books and songs with the same title out there.

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    1. Yeah, sorry to say there's no dye on Earth that can match natural red hair. Yes, we're all rather smug about that :P

      You know, I'm starting to think I might!

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  6. I agree, I think you can use it as a title. Especially since publishers often change the title anyway...
    You always read books I've never heard of!

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    1. It's so tempting!

      All the more reason to try them out ;)

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  7. love Space Oddity! hope you have better reading luck this week, and a break from all the work :)

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  8. Let the Right One in was taken from Morrissey's Let the Right One Slip In. =D Space Oddity would make an awesome book title.

    I was actually going to go to this month's MCM but decided against it in the end. I need to go to one in the future though. It's on the bucket list! =D Also... yay Tintin! Not to sound feminist but why do the guys get the awesome characters to cosplay? I'd totally go as Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon A Time. ^^

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    1. It would, wouldn't it?

      Aw, shame! This is my third but the first time I've properly gone in character... although I'm going as girl!Tintin ;)

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  9. Ooh, THE HIT sounds interesting. I hadn't heard of it before your mention, but I'm definitely intrigued. Love that photo of you playing violin. Your hair is gorgeous! Have a wonderful week. :-)

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    1. It's a great thriller. I definitely recommend it :) And thank you! *blushes*

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  10. I did not realize you were a Ging, that is fabulous! Are you going as Tin Tin? My son loves the old cartoon of that show, and has a Snowy dog. Such a fun show.

    Hope you keep the momentum going with your revision!

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    1. Ginger and proud ;) I am indeed going as Tintin :D

      Cheers, me too. So far, so good!

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  11. I hate it when sequils fall flat. I haven't read any of the books you read this week so I can't speak to them directly, but in general bad sequils make me froun. I've heard of several authors who wrote a stand alone book and then had their publisher encourage them to turn it into a sieries or trillogy and the second book has been a huge let down--probably because the story was supposed to be a stand alone book to begin with.

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    1. This one definitely fell flat, which is a real pity because the first one is fantastic. It must be so hard to write under that kind of pressure.

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  12. Can never go wrong with David Bowie!

    Have a great week, Cole!

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  13. I am adding THE HIT to the TBR. It sounds too crazy good to ignore! And your hair is GORGEOUS! Have a great week!

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    1. I hope you like it! It's a good thriller.

      Thank you! ^_^ Hope it's a great week for you, too :D

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  14. Good luck with your read through on Space!Story, sounds so very exciting and I agree that Space Oddity does seem like fantastic title :) I'm like you in that I usually like to do a read through right away while it's fresh, but then I usually do another one later when it's not so fresh. It's funny how sometimes we can surprise ourselves with your writing after just a couple of weeks away! Glad to hear you enjoyed THE HIT, and wow, your hair is beautiful!! Hope you have a fantastic week!

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    1. Thanks. Yes, you're so right! Sometimes I read my own writing and wonder when I wrote it :P I must go into some kind of trance.

      *blushes* Thank you.

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  15. Ooh have fun at the MCM Expo - I can't wait to see your costume! Good luck with your space book!

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  16. Work, work, and work -- I totally understand. How it can get in the way of writing, right? But the MCM Expo sounds fun!

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    1. It definitely gets in the way. As do weddings :P

      The Expo is loads of fun. I'm really looking forward to it.

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  17. I understand your reservations with predictable stories. I like to be wowed, although I can often still enjoy predictable stories if they have other things going for them, like characters or world building.

    I love your hair! So pretty!

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    1. I love being wowed too, but thankfully this book was very well written.

      Thank you!

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  18. So impressed by all your reading! Thanks for the insights on those books - too bad a couple didn't make your favorites list.

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    1. Thanks :) Being a fast reader is a very helpful skill.

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