What's Up Wednesday!

It's What's Up Wednesday time.  Are you going to join in with Jaime and Erin's fantastic bloghop?

What I'm Reading

Final Fantasy IX. What? It's not cheating! It's from the pre-talking era of Final Fantasy games (so the last of the good ones OOOOOOOOH) so the thousands of lines of dialogue have to be read. Personally, I think the best RPGs are like interactive books, and I looooooove Final Fantasy IX. Not quite as much as VII though...

What I'm Writing

Space!Story's edit is complete! 


While the book is in the hands of three lovely betas, I'm hard at work on the query letter and synopsis. It's so exciting to be at this stage with another book :) Other than that, nothing. I'm taking some to revisit a few ideas (hello, EvilBuilding!Story) and seeing what else comes up...

What Else I'm Up To

I've just begun learning vibrato for violin. It is sooooo much trickier that it looks. I am in for the long haul with this skill. I'm using Youtube tutors as well as my teacher to find the best way to learn, but I am open to more advice!

I've also been busy Christmas shopping. You can find my guide to shopping for writers here.  There's plenty of suggestions in the comments, too. Might be a good post to share with those who need some help buying for you ;)

What Inspires Me

My Final Fantasy replays are usually triggered by listening to the OSTs one time too many...


That's one upbeat piece of music :D Have a great week everyone!

Comments

  1. YAY!!! Congrats on finishing your edits and getting it into readers' hands! SO exciting!

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  2. Congrats on finish your edits on Space Story! That is very exciting.

    I think that deserves a Final Fantasy marathon. :)

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  3. Congrats on finishing your edits! :D

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  4. Way to go on finishing your edits!
    And don't remind me about Christmas shopping. I'm so behind! Yikes!

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    1. Thanks ^_^

      I'm surprisingly well organised this year. Normally I do it all at once in December, but I decided to spread it out a bit this year.

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  5. Congrats on finishing up edits. Woohoo!!!! :D That's awesome, Cole. I checked out your gifts for writers post and there are lots of great ideas there. I especially liked the tin of Royal Blend Fortnum & Mason tea. ;-) Annnnnd, I discovered that you can get the Writers Tears Irish Whiskey in my city. Pretty cool. And as for using FF for your reading section, it definitely counts!

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    1. Woo hoo! :D

      Mmm, it's a very good tea ;)

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  6. My hubby would totally agree with you on the "reading" older RPGs. His favorites were the Dragon Quest series, and I just tracked down the 2nd one for him a year ago. Good stuff.

    I hope your betas come back with some extremely happy, if not cheesy responses. ;)

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    1. Oooh Dragon Quest games are fun :D

      Me too, thanks!

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  7. I used to play what we would call "text adventure games" on what we used to call "computers" back in the early 1980s... and I would agree that they are like reading novels. You have to use the descriptions given to inform your imagination as you navigate your way around, just as you would in a novel. Ahh... fun times! :)

    Congrats for finishing edits. All the best with the query and synopsis, Cole. :)

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    1. Fun indeed ^_^

      Thanks! Yeah, we'll see how that synopsis goes...

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  8. Congrats on finishing your edits, and best of luck with query/synopsis writing. For me, those are almost as difficult to write as a manuscript! :-)

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    1. You're so right. Getting just the right balance is so tricky.

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  9. Woo hoo! Congrats on finishing those edits!

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  10. I love that you have been "reading" final fantasy. You crack me up.

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    1. *takes a bow* Thank you, thank you ^_^

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  11. Awesome job on finishing your revisions!!!! Congrats on that accomplishment -- it's a big one!

    And vibrato...I have no tried and true advice, other than listening to some of your most favorite pieces with headphones on, so you can really listen -- this always seems to inspire better playing for me. Keep at it...in time, it will come, I promise.

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    1. Thanks for the vibrato advice. I'm slowly but surely developing my way of doing it :)

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  12. Congrats on finishing your edit. That's great news. There is a lot of dialogue in some of these games. It's been a long time since I really played a game like that. I spend too much time on Minecraft and Second life lol.
    Have a great rest of the week :)

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    1. I really love games with good stories which is why I replay the Final Fantasy classics whenever I find the time ^_^

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  13. Congrats on finishing edits (again, it sounds like)! I hope you have the best luck ever with your querying :)

    I never did quite learn how to do vibrato on flute or oboe, but on the other hand, I didn't try that hard. I'm thinking of taking up flute again, so I guess we'll see?

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    1. Yup, this was the 6th round :) Feels good to have it all done.

      Oooh, have fun playing the flute again. I never could get a sound out of one ^^;

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  14. Congrats on finishing your edit! That is such an appropriate gif. :)

    Your dedication to the violin is always inspiring every week. Makes me wish I were more dedicated to my instruments!

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    1. It's awesome, isn't it? ;)

      Thank you ^_^ I just spent so many years wanting to play that finally being able to means a lot to me.

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  15. Congrats on your edits, Miss Cole--from the other Cole! :)

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  16. Congrats on your edits, woohoo!! Also, that's so cool that you're learning vibrato for violin!

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  17. Vibrato can be tricky. My teacher is teaching me some new techniques...like, let the string vibrate (sans vibrato) and pay attention to the humming in your fingers, so that you can feel the string vibrating down your different knuckles. And then, in my case, she would tell me to vibrato at the speed/width/etc. I thought was appropriate based on the strings' vibrations. It's very...subjective. But neat. It makes you be more aware of the instrument and what it wants, rather than having you force some sound out of the strings that the instrument doesn't want to give you. :)

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    1. That sounds like a great method. Thank you SO much for sharing!

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    2. Let me know how it works out for you! :)

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  18. That's a good point about the FF games being like interactive books. I kinda want to replay X again now. Congrats on getting to the query stage and good luck with it!

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    1. Thanks!

      Eyaaaah, no, not FFX and that teeeeeerrible fake laughing scene. Noooooooooo! Play IX instead!

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