What's Up Wedesday!

Hello everyone! How are you all? I'm really looking forward to catching up with you all this week ^_^ If you want to join in What's Up Wednesday, be sure to stop by Jaime and Erin's blogs.

And GOOD LUCK to all you NaNoWriMoers out there!

What I'm Reading

What is wrong with me right now? As I mentioned in a previous post, I DNF'd with What's Left Of Me... And I just did the same with a book called Wool. Maybe I need a break from dystopias.  I powered through the first two hundred pages kind of enjoying it and then I sat back and realised that the inciting incident didn't work for me.  I had absolutely no idea why the characters were going so crazy about it. Maybe it's just me ^^;

I took comfort in re-reading The Shining, which was supposed to wait until the end of this edit but I needed something I knew I liked... and now I'm going to re-read James Herbert's Domain. After that I'll delve back into my TBR pile.

What I'm Writing

I finished Space!Story's read-through in Madrid's airport on Sunday and I'm now typing up all the notes.  Here's a small selection:

All of these are double sided... and there there are more pages not pictured. GULP.

What Else I'm Up To

The wedding! My middle brother successfully married his partner in Tenerife last Friday. YAY! Here's a few photos:

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!

Me in green, eldest brother next to me and eldest brother's partner on the left.

Despite the clouds, the weather held perfectly and I also spent a few days digging as much Spanish out of my head as I could remember.  And to think I scored a B in school ^^; While I come to terms with my personal failures, here's some images of the northern Tenerife coastline for you to enjoy.



Before the wedding, my friends and I went to the MCM Expo in London.  I make a pretty good Tintin, if I say so myself ;) It was so much fun having random people go "Look! A girl Tintin!"


What Inspires Me

The thing I love about a good album is how you can listen to it over and over and you hear new things every time.

I'm like that with Lindsey Stirling's album.  She is so insanely talented.


Daydreaming to this album during the commute to and from work is a great work out for the imagination!

Comments

  1. A B is nothing to sneeze at - that's awesome! And love the pictures! Your brother's partner's dress is gorgeous (as is yours!). So glad you all had a great time!

    And your notebook reminds me of my journal. Detailed and obsessive can be very good things. :)

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    1. Yeah, I was pretty chuffed about it at the time ;)

      I consider myself to be fairly laid back but my notebooks suggest otherwise...

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  2. A B is great - definitely not worth hanging your head over. Thanks for sharing the wedding pictures. I love weddings ;)
    I had to laugh at your notebook because I think I've seen something like that before in my own hands.

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    1. Thanks ^_^ I just wish I remembered more Spanish ^^; And you're welcome for the photos!

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  3. I've become a bit weary of dystopia, too. Love The Shining, though! And Tenerife sounds lovely, especially at this time of year! Expo is a lot of fun, too. I'll have to save up and go next year!

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    1. I'm taking a dystopian break once I'm done with Domain and going to read some good ol' sci-fi and fantasy.

      The Shining is such a classic. I love it.

      The Expo is well worth saving up for :D

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  4. Aw, I hate when I DNF a book so that sucks you haven't had much luck lately.

    The wedding pix are gorgeous! I love your green dress :)

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    1. I do too! I always feel so bad for the author because it's never bad writing it's just me not engaging with something.

      Thank you ^_^

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  5. I've always wanted to visit the Canary Islands.

    Odd fact-non sequitur of the day. I once looked up Canary Islands and was surprised to see it wasn't named after a bird, but a breed of dog indigenous to the islands!

    *crickets*

    Alrighty then...

    Pics are wonderful. Embarrassed to say I've never read the Shining. I know...shameful.

    Good luck with your writing!

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    1. Actually that's really interesting. Thanks for sharing ^_^

      Seriously, go read The Shining! It is amazing! It's King's best.

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  6. Dystopia has never been my favorite genre but there are a few great ones out there. In general though I stay away from it unless I've heard the book is AMAZING.
    Great pics, I'd love to visit Tenerife!

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    1. I love a good dystopia, but I think I need a break to recharge my end of the world batteries :P

      Thanks!

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  7. Congrats to your brother!

    I've been there with reading burn-out, where everything just starts to run together. It takes a fantastic book to knock me out of it.

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    1. Yes, I definitely feel some serious running togetherness with what I've been reading. Time to change genres for a while :)

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  8. What's left of me is currently unread on my Kindle, along with Wool...hmmm....maybe I'll wait a bit before diving into them. The wedding looks beautiful! Hope you had an awesome time with your family!

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    1. Well, those are just my opinions and to be honest, I think my reason for not finishing What's Left Of Me is very personal. Wool just didn't work. I hope you'll enjoy them though :)

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  9. I think an inciting incident can be bland (moving country, changing jobs, walking the dog...)--it's what you do with it that makes the story. Meeting the person of your dreams while walking the dog, but s/he's on a one-day work release from prison. You move to a foreign country, but between take off and touch down, there's been a military coup and you're stuck in a foreign airport hoping the officials don't discover the ham sandwich you smuggled in--something that 24 hours ago might have got you a slap on the wrist, but now will get you a prison sentence... etc. And then you have to keep it interesting. I suspect that's where these books fell down for you. Not so much that the inciting incident wasn't interesting enough, but that the authors didn't do anything interesting with them, such that you were left saying "Is that it??"

    All the best with revisions this week, Cole! :)

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    1. Yeah, it's definitely what you do with it. Wool just fell flat for me.

      Cheers :D

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  10. Yeah, I can see needing a break from dystopians...but mostly because they've never really been my favorite genre.


    Those are some intense notes! And congrats to your brother!! (Lol...I think it's hilarious how you said "successfully married.")

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    1. I think I've read too many that are too similar. A break will do me good.

      Thanks! Weeeeeeell, who knows what could've happened. He was so chilled out about it he had no idea where the venue was :P

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  11. The wedding looked like fun.

    I haven't read Wool, but I definately no what you mean about the big reveal being not a big deal. That always bothers me in books. Here's to hoping the next thing your read will be fabulous.

    Good luck with your revising.

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    1. It was wonderful ^_^

      I hope it will be, too :)

      Cheers!

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  12. Sometimes, you just have to switch it up with the reading or take a break! I know what you mean about getting burnt out on dystopias. I was for a while too because I read too many of them in a row. You start recognizing and expecting certain things, and then it gets boring!

    The wedding and Tenerife look beautiful! It must have been fun to be there, and at the MCM Expo! You do make a great Tintin! :)

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    1. I'm definitely switching genres for a while once I'm done with Domain. Back to sci-fi and fantasy for me for a while ^_^

      Thank you!

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  13. How insanely quirky and amazing is that violin video!!! I love it. I pride myself on finding indie music that's not on mainstream radio (I like mainstream too) But this is off the charts different and totally cool sounding. Years ago, in my twenties, when I wasn't listening to Sarah McLaughlin or Tory Amos, i listened to instrumental music. I need to dig out those old CDs and get inspired. ANd I need to download this song too!

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    1. Isn't it amazing?! The whole album is spectacular. I can't wait to see what Lindsey comes out with next :)

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  14. I've had several reading rough patches this year. My book count is way down because of it. Re-reading something you love is a great idea. Why didn't I think of that? Win-win.

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    1. Re-reading good books is a great way to get out of a slump.

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