What's Up Wednesday

Another Wednesday is upon us. Gosh, where did last week go? Stop by Jaime and Erin's blogs to join in the fun :D

What I'm Reading

Still playing/reading Final Fantasy IX. Love it! I did pick up a book during the week, but seeing as I got all of three chapters in before tossing it aside due to utter boredom, I shan't name it. I seriously dislike first person narratives that never give any sense of character. To me, a bad first person narrative reads like a dull list of things that happen to the character. That's what the nameless book was.

What I'm Writing

Space!Story's query letter is coming together.  I haven't started the synopsis yet... Gulp. I did, however, receive loooooovely tweets from Emma Maree that really made my Monday ^_^ Sometimes, it's nice just to be told your book is good.

What Else I'm Up To

Finally got around to seeing Gravity, and was insanely proud of myself for spotting a Hollywood!Science moment. All that astrophysics research I did for Space!Story really paid off! XD Thankfully, it was a really good film. The sense of the isolation was really intense, and the Earth looked amazing.  Great sountrack, too.  Ooooh but the 3D made me queasy ^^; Pathetic, I know. Once upon a time I could go on any ride or watch any film I wanted without any side effects. Now?


HEED ALL THE WARNINGS ON THE HARRY POTTER RIDE AT UNIVERSAL, OKAY! Uuuuuuuuugh.  There were signs on this ride everywhere. Every five meters there was a "DO NOT RIDE IF YOU SUFFER FROM MOTION SICKNESS!!!!" poster. I was all, "Nah, I've had Dramamine, I'll be fine!" Well... me and theme parks don't really mix anymore.  One of these days I'll have to incorporate Cole's 2009 Misadventure At Thorpe Park into a book... It's due to my low blood pressure, okay!

What Inspires Me

LISTEN TO THIS AWESOME VERSION OF THE SONGS OF TIME AND STORMS.


That violin is so cool looking :D :D :D

And on that note (haha), I'm off to play mine. Have a great week everyone :D

Comments

  1. Even reading about 3D gives me motion sickness :)

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  2. Gravity didn't look that great to me but I've heard so many wonderful things about it. It'll be a rental for sure. Sorry about your motion sickness issue. I get easily scared by roller coasters but I loved the HP ride at Universal- I went on it twice.

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    1. It has some slow moments and a few moments when I know it's scientifically inaccurate, but the rest of it is amazing.

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  3. Congrats on the query coming together! Exciting. Synopsis...not so much. (Those things are right up there with the Spanish Inquisition)

    And I hate that motion sickness seems to increase as you get older. No more upside down roller coasters for me. I used to be able to ride them all day. Now...not such a great plan. And you should totally work your Harry Potter ride story into a book. :)

    Hope your week is fabulous!

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    1. Yeah, the synopsis will have to wait for a day when I feel *really* enthusiastic about it........... :P

      I'm the same. Roller coasters weren't a problem until suddenly they really, really were.

      Cheers!

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  4. I skipped Gravity in the theatre because I think I would be terrorized by it. I'm looking forward to see it on DVD. I wish I wasn't so squicked out by the thought of being lost in space, but I am. Far worse than my nightmare of being lost at sea (Life of Pi was brilliant but difficult to get through for my own personal fearful reasons!).

    How does FFIX compare to the last FF that came out a few years ago? Is it similar? I used to love the FF games but the later ones there is so much to manage that the game itself doesn't feel as fun. I know some people love all that strategy and item management but for me it gets tedious when I want to just play the game (ditto for too many cut scenes).

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    1. There's a real nightmarish sense to Gravity for sure. Some of the scenes are so cleverly done you're just sitting there like "they're screwed. They're in freaking SPACE."

      I haven't played a FF game past XI because I don't like the strategic nature of them. I love the old school battles! And I really prefer the characters to not talk. A bad voice really pulls me out of the plot... which is probably why I can't stand FFX ^^; My brother, however, loves all that stuff. Me? Nah. I'm all about the story ^_^

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  5. Haha... That Harry Potter ride totally got me too. I had to close my eyes for the last few minutes, and it took me a good hour to recover. I'm glad I did it though because it was incredibly well done!

    Best of luck with your query and synopsis (or, the hardest parts of writing EVER), and Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. It was a good ride, but I paid for the rest of the day ^^; Oh well!

      Cheers! Here's hoping I have them ready for the new year :D

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  6. Congrats on the query progress! I've been wrestling with mine all week, so I feel your pain. Are you entering Pitch Wars?

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    1. I've decided not to because my MS isn't quite ready. Best of luck to you though!

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  7. First off, I have to applaud your totally appropriate use of the Bones gif. Nicely done. (Picture me slow clapping.) I can sort of relate to your motion sickness thing with rides. I have an especially hard time with things that spin excessively. Yikes. Always have. I want to see Gravity, but I think it's pretty much a whole movie of something that terrifies the heck out of me--floating around in space. Space is amazing and breath-taking, but I'm so, so scared of it.

    Yay for awesome and encouraging comments about your story! Makes it all worth it, doesn't it? Have a great week, Cole!

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    1. You know me. Any excuse to indulge my Trekkie nature ;)

      Yeah, the film definitely makes you realise how scary a place space could be if everything went horribly, horribly wrong.

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  8. I went to Universal during one of my trips to Florida to visit my aunt. Unfortunately, the Harry Potter ride was down for maintenance during that time, and a few other rides also had problems, like some of the VR screens in Spiderman not working.

    Good luck on your query letter!

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    1. That's a shame. Before my motion sickness got the better of me, some of my favourite rides were at Universal.

      Thanks ^_^

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  9. I'm glad you liked Gravity despite the Hollywood!Science moment. Sometimes things have to be sacrificed for art, right? But yeah, it was an extremely well done and beautiful!

    I feel you on the motion sickness thing though. I've always been prone to motion sickness, but surprisingly was okay with the movie in 3D. Rides are generally okay too (it's certain things that get me), but I just went to Disneyland and I will say I'm definitely more sensitive to things now than I used to be. I didn't get sick, but I FELT it.

    Have a great rest of the week!

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    1. Exactly. And when the rest of the art around it is pretty amazing, it's easily ignored.

      I used to be fine with everything, but a few years ago it all changed. Now all kinds of things set it off, including stuff on the TV.

      Thanks, you too!

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  10. I saw Gravity in IMAX 3Dand it was amazing.

    I feel you on quitting a book you're not into. A lot of people feel obligated to finish once they began.

    Not I.

    If I'm not feeling it by three chapters, I move on. There are lots of other books waiting!

    Good luck with query.

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    1. I loooooove the IMAX but I don't think I would've made it through Gravity.

      Me neither! If it's rubbish, it's going!

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  11. It IS nice to have someone else love your story! I think it's important to find people who get you and your writing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. It feels lovely indeed ^_^

      Thank you! We don't celebrate it here, but I hope you had a wonderful day.

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  12. It's a bummer having motion sickness, especially since that seems to be the way a lot of rides are heading.

    It's *always* nice to have someone else tell you your book is good. :D

    Happy Thanksgiving

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    1. Yeah. DisneyWorld rides are mostly alright, but that's kind of my limit these days. Oh well. It was all fun while it lasted ^_^

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