What's Up Wednesday

What's up Wednesday returns! Stop by Jaime and Erin's blogs to join in!

What I'm Reading

Finished Patriot Games.  I really enjoyed it.  Tom Clancy knew how to build tension.  You're like "AAAAAAAARGH WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN!?!?!?!?!?" This was a great book, I just had to ignore the naivete. I know this book is from 1987, and I could write an essay on how blind patriotism isn't a good thing, but I'll sum it up like this.  The final chapter is called The Sound of Freedom.

Wanna know what that is?

THE FIRST CRIES OF A BABY BORN IN AMERICA.


As I had to order the next Jack Ryan book from Waterstones, I switched to the Jack Reacher series and ooooh, there's another brilliant thriller series you should all read.  The first book is written in a really effective first person narrative.  It's violent at times, but I really enjoyed the setting and how the mystery unravelled. 

...Then my Jack Ryan book arrived but I kinda had to read the next Jack Reacher book, Die Trying, and oooooh this might get confusing...

Allow me to join the legions of Jack Reacher readers pondering why they cast Tom Cruise when Reacher explicitly tells us over and over and over that he is around 6ft5in and blond? Meh, whatever. I'll stick to the books.

What I'm Writing

Set a Feb 1st deadline for the end of this edit... So around about then I'll probably share Space!Story's actual title ;) I'm currently developing characters and technology. It's all fun and games :D

What Else I'm Up To

I've been playing loads of tabletop games with my brother and his partner.  I've only won a couple, but they are so much fun. I think Archipelago is still my favourite, but Risk:Legacy is awesome because the game changes the more you play it.  I always seem to get soooo close to winning... and then I fail ^^; Next time! :D

Oooh and I watched The Hunt for Red October which, yep, sorry, gotta say it, and you get to chime in with me: it's not as good as the book. It's a very neat summary of the book's key elements, but I missed a lot of the stuff they took out. A+ for Sean Connery's accent. A PLUS, SIR!

What Inspires Me

BEING SO CLOSE TO QUERYING AGAIN YAY!!!!


Have a great week everyone :D

Comments

  1. Looking forward to hearing SpaceStory!'s official title, and YAY for querying! Best of luck with it, and have a wonderful rest of the week. :-)

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  2. ACTUAL TITLE OMG OMG OMG :O

    All this awesome editing you're doing is motivating me. I might need to dive back into the BROKEN THINGS edit and get it prepped for querying instead of hiding with my shiny new plotbunnies (but editing is haaaaaarrrdddd whiiinnngeee).

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    1. ;) Maybe I should really shock you and rename it :P

      Do it, do it, do it!

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  3. A friend got me into the Jack Reacher books years ago - I love knowing the good guy will always win :)

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    1. They are quite satisfying in that respect ;)

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  4. What? Space!Story has a title and we don't know it yet! OH, I'm curious! TELL US! =P

    That MC Hammer dance always reminds me of World of Warcraft - that's the male Orc dance lol

    Have a great week!

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  5. Good luck finishing your revisions of Space!Story. You're real title better be good, because it's been Space!Story in my head for quite some time now.

    Have a great week.

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    1. I still call it Space!Story most of the time. It's a real effort to think of it's actual title.

      Thank you!

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  6. Can't wait to hear Space!Story's actual title. I barely remember what it feels like to be about to query. That must be exciting for you. :-) I hadn't heard of that Archipelago game, but it looks kind of cool! It kind of looks a bit like Settler (which I love). I'll have to check that one out.

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    1. As I just received a rejection, I definitely haven't. Aaah, I can't wait for the next round of "Thanks, but not thanks!" e-mails ^_^ Living the dream ;)

      You have got to play Archipelago. It's so much fun!

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  7. I've heard great things about the Jack Reacher books. In fact, I got a couple for my husband since he's big into thrillers. I still haven't gotten around to reading any yet.

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    1. They're perfect thrillers. Predictable but exciting. Very exciting. I just about stopped myself starting the 3rd one and instead returned to the Jack Ryan series :P

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  8. I keep getting Jack Reacher and Jack Ryan mixed up, especially since one movie is about to come out and the other one is on Netflix right now. I haven't read a whole lot of thrillers, but I might need to just because I love thriller movies so much.

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    1. Honestly, there are too many characters called Jack :P

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  9. I wasn't a fan of the Jack Reacher movie, but I haven't read the books either. Querying is inspiring and terrifying! Best of luck to you as you prepare to enter the trenches :)

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    1. I haven't seen the film but the books (the two I've read anyway) are really good.

      Thanks! Nothing like a handful of rejections on one novel to have you ready and raring to go for a second try ^_^

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  10. I love games. I'll have to check out Archipelago. Love that you set a Feb 1st deadline. I need to give myself a deadline. Good luck getting it done and congrats on being near the query stage!

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    1. Definitely have a go. It's such a fun game and has loads of different challenges. I think it's still my favourite.

      Thank you!

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  11. Risk! I'm addicted. I got the Lord of the Rings version for my birthday last year. Sadly, I keep losing. My strategies may need to change. >_<

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    1. Me too! I've won once. I think I need to be a little more cutthroat about the whole thing.

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  12. Good luck with getting to querying! I've decided to check myself out of that rat race and do indie publishing, but it was a helpful learning experience.

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    1. I hope the indie path works out for you and your truly epic writing :D

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  13. I'm laughing really hard right now, because my husband loves the Jack Reacher books and ranted for ages about Tom Cruise being cast in the movie. He was seriously miffed about that. We ended up watching it, and much to our annoyance actually enjoyed it despite Tom's shortness (after suspending our disbelief, of course). My son now refers to Tom Cruise as Little Reacher lol.

    Looking forward to hearing Space!Story's official name!

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    1. I really want to read all the books before I watch the film, but I'll probably give it a watch. Tom Cruise is usually fairly entertaining as he does his action star thing. But really, he's way too short for Reacher.

      Little Reacher, hah! Like he's Jack Reacher Jr or something :P

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  14. Good luck with the edits! Querying is nerve-wracking, but also exciting. :)

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    1. I know! I had a pretty exciting run with my last novel, but it's nearly time to give Space!Story a go ^_^

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  15. Congrats on being close to querying! What a fitting song lol. Can't wait to here the title!

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  16. Haha, love the MC Hammer! Excited to hear the actual title of Space!Story. :)

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    1. Thanks! ^_^ I'm looking forward to sharing it :D

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  17. I always get the two Jacks mixed up. I actually have no idea what the difference is really... Isn't that new Chris Pine movie one of those franchises?

    Table top games! I miss them! I didn't realize how amazing my friends' collection was until after college and I no longer had access to them. Recently, my sister's friend bought Settlers of Catan, so we played that over the holidays. It's a fun/addictive game that I'd only played once or twice in college. Once again, I didn't take advantage!

    Can't wait to hear Space!Story's title!

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    1. Chris Pine is the new Jack Ryan. Tom Cruise was Jack Reacher.

      I like Settlers of Catan, but there are definitely similar games that do it better :)

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  18. It is exciting to be close to querying :)
    I'm about to start querying again this February for a YA thriller of mine. Good luck with yours!

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  19. Woo hoo for end of February! Let me know if you need a reader :) Also--I'm a huge fan of tabletop games. My brother got us the Civilization board game for Christmas, and it's awesome.

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    1. Thanks for the offer. It'll definitely be coming your way if I decide it needs one more read through :D

      Oooh, I'll have to see if my brother has that one.

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  20. Good luck with edits! And querying!!! Exciting! I'm so curious what your title is for your WIP. Have a great weekend!

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  21. I read the first Jack Reacher novel a while ago. I recall it being a bit James Bond-y, but very enjoyable nonetheless. I may read some more in the series at some point.

    There is such a thing as "blind patriotism" in the US, but I think that's a stereotype of the American mindset--one I had before I moved out here. In truth, most Americans are rightfully proud of their country. That doesn't mean they always like everything that's been done in the name of the US, but those of us who live here have a lot to be thankful for. :)

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    1. Jack Reacher's definitely similar to the Bond movies. Not so much with the books though.

      Thankfully, I have never met an American who had a such a limited mindset - "We're the best, RAH! No one else compares, woo!" It's just interesting to see the idea of American patriotism written in such a way. Obviously a lot of it comes from the era it was written in, but some of the statements the book came out with, like how America could never produce homegrown terrorists because it's such a class-free society, were so tragically naive it was a little awkward to read. But, like I said, it all has to be put in the context of the cold war and, if I'm not being too presumptuous, how the author felt about his country. Twentieth Century America was *the* super power after all. It's just slightly bizarre to read in this day and age with the benefit of hindsight. I still really enjoy the books! They're very technically detailed thrillers. It's just very much a product of its era, as the Bond novels are. Now those really are hard to read. I seem to manage one or two every few years or so ^^;

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  22. Haha, I have never read the Reacher books, but Tom Cruise baffled me on that one too.

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