What's Up Wednesday :D

It's another Wednesday :D Yay! Come join Jaime and Erin's What's Up Wednesday.

What I'm Reading

I finished Ashes. Oh, how I wish the second half lived up to the first. It was almost as if two completely separate books got stuck together at the halfway point. The first half is amazing - awesome setting, interesting characters, intriguing set up... And then the second half had barely anything tying it to the first part. Bleh. I've never read anything quite so disjointed before.

Now it's time for my Northern Lights re-read, yay! This is my favourite book of all time, and I received it as a Christmas present back in childhood, so I associate it with this time of year. It's one of those books I get something different out of every time.  Out of the whole His Dark Materials series, it's the one I love the most.

What I'm Writing

The synopsis is fully drafted. I haven't dared look at it again yet ^^; I know it's not quite right, but ooooooooh I dare not touch it. Getting it down to a single page took some serious work.

What Else I'm Up To

Work. Lots and lots and lots of work.  It's Christmas party season so I am aaaaaaall about the overtime right now. I'm so sorry for the lack of good blogging.  But I have next week off, woo hoo! And my asthma is mostly under control. Things are on the up :D

What Inspires Me

I've been rewatching The X-Files.  The 90sness of it is so much fun.  So many episodes wouldn't be a problem with the technology we have these days. I just love it.

Here's that iconic theme tune:


Have a great week everyone :D

Comments

  1. So glad your asthma is getting better! Have a great week too. :D

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  2. I love Northern Lights! It's my favourite of the trilogy, which is one of my all-time top fantasy series. Writing synopses is something I despise with a passion! It's hard to get so much onto one page without it just being confusing.

    Have a great week! :)

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    1. There's definitely a fine art to the synopsis. This one was a lot easier than the last, but it's not finished yet ^^;

      Northern Lights will probably always be my favourite book of all time :)

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  3. I loved The X-Files. My dad used to get a kick out of telling my mother she could look again during some of the creepier/gorier scenes, before they were actually over. And one time in my 8th grade social-studies class (when the show was brand-new), one of the guys at my table was telling our enemy the wrong channel and time for the show. The trick failed, as our enemy realised that information couldn't be right.

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    1. It's a classic, that's for sure ^_^

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  4. I understand the desire to not go back and revise stuff once it's finished. It's hard to get it down in the first place, now people expect you to make it better. Ahh, the pearls of writers. So congrats on finishing your synopsis, we just won't talk about the fact that you think it still needs some work. You finished it. Yay!

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    1. I'm taking a short break from it, but I have a feeling I'll be tackling it again very soon :)

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  5. Man, I hate it when the first part of a book is good and then the second part is awful. I almost wish it was awful to start out with so that I didn't waste my time (usually in the middle of the night) just to be disappointed. I feel your pain.

    Congrats on getting the dreaded synopsis drafted. Let it stew. It can wait.

    Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Me too! I was so invested by the halfway mark and then... I have no idea why it went so wrong.

      Cheers!

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  6. sorry the weird book wasn't a good weird, always disappointed as a reader. I hate writing a synopsis! I'm glad you made it through! Hope you get a break from work soon!

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    1. One of these days I'm going to find the trick to writing synopses and I'll never complain again ;)

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  7. Would you believe I've never watched the X-Files? I really have no excuse since every single season is on Netflix right now. Maybe that will be something I tackle in the new year. I' also haven't read the whole His Dark Materials trilogy. I should probably fix that, right?

    Writing synopses is the worst. Good for you for getting it down to a single page! That's a major feat, in my opinion. I feel much the same about queries, come to think of it.

    I like the winter-themed blog look, Cole! Have a wonderful week! :-)

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    1. :O You have to watch The X-Files and you definitely must read His Dark Materials. Go on, watch! Read! Two of the best things ever. Fix IMMEDIATELY!

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  8. I may have commented on the X Files in another post of yours; I also did a rewatch this year--the whole series right through to the end including the movies. Seasons 1-5 are so good, I'm tempted to go back and watch some of them again.

    Also, I read Ashes and thought the SAME EXACT THING. I saw the author at two different author events, and was really intrigued by her military background and the real life survival training she does. I loved the first half of the book and then I have no idea what happened. It completely switched to that cult and then ended not on a cliffhanger but just like, stopped. That's the first in a trilogy and all I could think was the second book accidentally mashed into the first. I still think about how weird that book was. Midway through I was ready to give 4 or 5 stars on Goodreads and then it just went Meltdown.

    Not sure if that is encouraging or discouraging as a writer. If the book was self-published I might go, hey, well it was a creative choice by the author. But with editors and agents involved, I don't get how something that starts off so strong turns in such a bizarre way and is not caught by the gatekeepers. Hmm. But, the author is lovely in person and I would someday like to finish out that series.

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    1. I've never watched the second film. I just... eeeeeeeeeeh... I kind of pretend everything after season 7 never happened ^^;

      I am so glad I'm not the only one. It was such a weird thing to happen. And that's really interesting to know about the author ^_^

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  9. always re-read Northern Lights at Christmas too and usually The Subtle Knife (which is my favourite) yay for re-reads!
    Now I really want to go watch The X-Files - loved that show.
    Congratulations on the synopsis.

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    1. I love the whole series, but Northern Lights is without a doubt my favourite.

      We should have an X-Files rewatch club XD

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  10. I haven't read Northern Lights but it does sound like the perfect Christmas read. I've never seen the X files either! Congrats on the synopsis :)

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    1. Well, you have two very cool things to read/watch over the Christmas break :D

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  11. Great job on getting that synopsis down to one page! That's such a huge task and one I don't enjoy much either. Glad to hear your asthma is under control. I've often thought my year round allergies are a pain, but asthma is so much worse to deal with. I hope you can enjoy your holiday season despite all the overtime! Enjoy your break next week! :)

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    1. The major synopsis battle is over. Now I just have to tweak it here and there :)

      Ah, the asthma isn't so bad now I'm drowning it in a ton of steroids :P

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  12. Very curious about that Ashes book. Sorry it ended up being disappointed, but at least since you're doing a reread of a favorite, you are guaranteed satisfaction there. :) I actually haven't read the entire His Dark Materials series. I remember liking the first one (The Golden Compass out here in the States), but for whatever reason I never picked up the next book. I do own the series though, so I will read it!

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    1. Yeah, Northern Lights is definitely satisfying. I shall enjoy it a lot :D You should definitely read the rest of the series. It's amazing :)

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  13. Ha, I have totally been craving old school X-Files lately too!

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  14. Oh, I love the X-Files! Such a great show! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Isn't it? :D

      You're welcome! Thanks for swinging by my blog too.

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  15. That's awesome that your asthma is doing better. Yaaaay! Did you know that NORTHERN LIGHTS is called THE GOLDEN COMPASS in the US? Weirrrrrd. I read it last year and have the THE SUBTLE KNIFE waiting for me ... The first one was pretty intense - not what I expected. I'm looking forward to finishing the series.

    Good luck making it through the overtime! :)

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    1. I did know that :) I find it so odd when they rename books - like the first Harry Potter. I really hope you enjoy the rest of the series :)

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  16. I was way too young to fully appreciate The Golden Compass/Northern Lights the first time I read it. Someone made the mistake of thinking, "this book has a young protagonist, so it would make a completely appropriate gift for a ten-year-old." It was like the time someone wanted to know if they should buy Game of Thrones for their kid because the main characters are YA aged. *facepalm* Young characters do not YA make!

    I know it's one of those series that I *should* have liked when I re-read it, because it's a seminal work of fantasy and such, but I was not the biggest fan. The Subtle Knife, however, I really loved.

    Let's all agree to pretend that the movie version of the first book never happened.

    I like your new blog design! Have a good week. :)

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    1. I read it for the first time as a ten year old too and to me, it was just the most amazing adventure story I'd ever read. As I've re-read it over the years, I've really appreciated the wonder and depth of the narrative.

      THERE IS NO FILM WHAT IS THIS THING YOU SPEAK OF?!?! I made a point of never seeing it. I can't have that awful thing ruining my favourite book of all time.

      Cheers! Hope you have a great week, too.

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    2. The film was awful. But Nicole Kidman. *sigh* I can't entirely hate anything she's in, even if it's utter crap. Weirdly, the movie drew my attention further to the things that had made me uncomfortable with the first book, or that I had already disliked about it -- so when I did re-read it after the film, I liked it a lot less. And a subtle knife that can cut between dimensions is still TOO FREAKIN COOL for me to dislike the whole trilogy.

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