What's Up Wednesday - 2 for 1 on Rants and Apathy!

Wednesday again.  Happy days :D Are you going to join in this fun blog hop? Stop by Jaime and Erin's blogs!

What I'm Reading

Finished The Archived.  I liked it, but I don't feel like I'm in a rush to pick up the sequel...

...Probably because I just read the amazing Gone Girl.  If you haven't read this book, you need to *right now* because wooooooooooow.  I can't really say anything without really ruining a spectacular twist, but it really made me sit and think.  It's so damn clever! I think I'm still a little hungover from it...

I'm now powering through Dayna Lorentz's No Safety In Numbers and really liking it... aside from a comment about the character Ginger who is "a ginger".  Like, the book has an awesomely diverse cast, and yet what does the author even mean by a "ginger" (yes, it's in quotes in the book)? Personally, I can't help being sensitive about "ginger" comments when even now, as a fully grown woman, I have people shout stuff like "ginger whore" at me across the street. It's probably a throw-away comment for any non-redhead reading it, but it was just really disappointing, you know?

...Wow, quite a rant.  Honestly though, I really am enjoying the book.  It's a neat thriller with some engaging characters, a tight setting and a great build up of tension.

What I'm Writing

...Eeeeeeeeeh... Well, Camp NaNo was going really well until work picked up at the end of last week (chicken pox outbreak uh oh!) and I got totally distracted.  I'm really hoping I can focus on my NaNo idea at least long enough to hit my 20k goal before I switch onto the new idea...

It's so strange. I went from being totally absorbed my my NaNo idea to "meh, whatever".  I'm hoping I'll find the love if I force myself to work on it over the long weekend.

What Else I'm Up to

I have a friend's wedding coming up and, oh yes, I'm going to be a bridesmaid for the third time.  I know, I know.  Never the bride.  This has been pointed out to me.  FOREVER ALOOOOOONE! Well, at least I'm getting an awesome 1950s style dress out of this deal.  Photos will come in May :D

What Inspires Me

It's Resident Evil month over here.  The smell of Spring triggers a sudden burning urge for Resident Evil in my brain.  It goes back to Spring 1998 when my cousin and I played through Resident Evil 2 together despite being waaaaaaaaaay younger than the 15 certificate on the box. I have such epic nostalgia about that game, so I always have a replay.  If you've been following my blog for a while, this won't be news to you ;)


Have a great week, everyone.

Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, I can't believe someone yelled that at you! As a fellow ginger (plus the wife of a former ginger and the mother of one), I'm totally offended on your behalf. I was teased a lot about my red hair when I was a kid, but not so much as an adult, although I do hear a lot of ginger jokes floating around. It's completely ridiculous to me that people don't see that as a form of prejudice. Rant away!

    Ugh, a chicken pox outbreak sounds nasty. I hope you feel excited about your NaNo project again soon! :)

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    1. I don't get as much teasing as I once did at school, but somehow it's worse now because it shocks me so much more. I was walking to my car and someone just shouted it at me across the road. I was so upset and it's like why? Why do that to someone?

      Thankfully the little one is over the chicken pox and back to her usual self and therefore back at nursery. More writing time for me! :D

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    2. Just butting in to say that Trev (Erin's husband) is *still* a ginger even if he shaves his head. I mean, hello, check out his beard!

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    3. LOL! My eldest brother is a secret ginger. The rest of the hair on his head may be brown, but his beard will always be ginger, right, Jaffa? ;)

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  2. That does sound like something pretty disappointing to come across in a book. Personally I've never understood why people tease people with ginger hair - my sister and her daughter are both ginger and I think they're gorgeous!

    I hope you find the love for your NaNo project again soon!

    1950s style dress? :o I'm jealous!

    Have a lovely week!

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    1. I'll never understand it either, even after a lifetime of being on the receiving end of it.

      I hope so, too!

      Thanks ^_^

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  3. Ugh, chicken pox doesn't sound fun. Hope you're feeling better! I know what you mean about losing enthusiasm for an idea - I was originally going to work on a different project for NaNo but I'm glad I went with this one because I don't even know if I want to work on the other one next... Ah, well.

    Have a great week! :)

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    1. Ah, it was the little one I nanny for who had the pox. I'm thankfully immune. Glad to say she's absolutely fine now :)

      It's so weird because I still love this idea, but my brain is totally distracted. Hmmm...

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  4. Ah, chicken pox would throw your life for a spin! Hope you get through it soon and can jump back into your writing (words are so much better than being sick). Get well soon!

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    1. The little one is fine now, thanks! Thankfully, I didn't catch it as I'm immune, but she was a little unwell. She's back to nursery now and immune too :D

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  5. I've known about GONE GIRL for a while now... it may even be on my TBR--I don't remember. In any case, it sounds like a book I should read. Thanks for the reminder! :)

    I hope you manage to get back into writing your NaNo book. Even if the love's not there at the moment, maybe it'll return the more you work on it.

    Have a great week, Cole! :)

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    1. You're welcome. It's an amazing book and I really couldn't put it down until it was done... or that one time I fell asleep while reading it :P

      I'm hoping some hard graft will get me back to loving the NaNo project.

      Thanks, Colin!

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  6. I've heard great things about Gone Girl but surprisingly I've never felt the urge to pick it up. I also liked The Archived but it wasn't like a WOW book. I am getting the sequel from the library soon though.
    A 50s style dress! Nice.

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    1. It's a great thriller. One of the best I've read in years.

      That's exactly how I felt about The Archived. I definitely enjoyed it, but I didn't fall head over heels for it. I will definitely read the next one when I have the time and money for it :)

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  7. I'm confused by the "ginger" hate that I've seen, but I suppose the thing about discrimination is that it always picks on something that's inconsequential to decent people.

    Good luck with NaNo! And I'm literally chicken shit because Resident Evil scares me XD

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    1. If I had a pound for every insult my red hair has garnered, I wouldn't need to work :P

      Resident Evil is awesome! Watch someone else play ;)

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  8. RE: being shouted at? NOT COOL. What jerkfaces and I'm sorry you have experienced that. :(

    I totally agree with you about Gone Girl. Such a great book; my favorite of Flynn's novels! So gripping. Have you seen the trailer for the movie coming out later this year? It just premiered the other day and it looks SO GOOD. I cannot wait! :)

    And no worries about the never a bride thing. We can be spinsters together, haha! Looking forward to seeing pics and your dress! 1950s style is so classic.

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    1. Thanks :) They are awful people. I just need to remember I'm awesome ^_^

      I haven't seen the trailer but I'm going to watch it now. I'm really curious to see how it'll work as a film given how amazingly the book is structured. I'm going to pick up Flynn's other novels as soon as my TBR pile is a little shorter ;)

      Spinsters for liiiiife! High five :D

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    2. If you ever want to talk Flynn books, I've read them all and am available for email chats. ;) The cool thing about the movie too is that the 3rd act is going to be different & Flynn is writing it!

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  9. Ginger jokes and rude comments are so not cool. And I honestly don't get what the deal is with it. What's so weird or different about red hair? People confuse me and all too often irritate me.

    GONE GIRL was a total ride, that's for sure. Of the two Flynn novels I've read, that one wins by a long shot. You're right, though. It's tough to talk about it without spoiling it. I spoiled Erin, thinking she had no intention of reading it, and now I feel like a total jerk.

    Can't wait to see pics of this dress, Cole. It sounds fantastic!

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    1. People are jealous, that's what it is ;)

      I have worked sooooo hard not to spoil anyone but I want everyone to read it so we can discuss it because AAAAARGH I NEED TO DISCUSS IT WITH PEOPLE!!!!!

      I can't wait to share. My friend's wedding dress is so stunning. It'll be May before we know it though... O_o

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  10. I have the Archived on my nook. I haven't started reading yet. I hope you find your spark with your Camp NaNoWriMo. Good luck :D

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  11. I found your "ginger" rant oddly entertaining. Mainly because I find it so starnge that people make a weird thing out of people being ginger. When exactly did red hair stop being a hair color and start being an adjective. I guess blonds went through a similar thing a few decades ago with all the dumb blond jokes, but that seems to have died down quite a bit lately. I rarely hear people use the word "blond" to mean stupid now. I definitely hear people use the word "ginger" to mean wild though. When will "brunette" become a scandalous title, and what will it mean?

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    1. Whatever the reason, it's exceedingly unpleasant to be on the receiving end of it.

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  12. What's wrong with people? Yelling at a stranger is not cool I loved Gone Girl, too, and am so excited that David Fincher is doing the movie. (He is the best book-to-movie director, period.)

    And now for some encouragement! The year I did Nanowrimo, there was an awesome pep email somewhere in the middle that said when you get bored and tired, you should spice things up. Write a fun romantic scene, or throw in some kind of outside crazy force of nature. It may take things in a new direction, and it may be exactly what you need to see things in a different light. I always try to keep that in mind when I'm stuck. :)

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    1. Very not cool.

      I will have to go and see the film. I'm curious to see how it'll live up to the book.

      Hah, yeaaaaaaah, I don't do romance but maybe I'll use my favourite trick - "a shot rang out". Thanks for the encouragement. I haven't given up yet :)

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  13. OH MY GOSH, I loved Gone Girl! Such smart writing. I enjoyed Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, too.

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    1. I'm definitely picking up her other books!

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  14. I loved GONE GIRL. I have you read GF's others? Her debut, SHARP OBJECTS, is my favorite of her three. Disturbing, but very, very good. Best of luck reclaiming your writing mojo. I have *meh* weeks too. :-)

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    1. I haven't yet, but I definitely will!

      Thanks. Here's hoping the mojo returns soon.

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  15. Oh i haven't read Gone Girl but I just saw the movie trailer with Ben Afflick which looks awesome. I am going to have to read the book. And I totally get you about the Meh whatever for NANO because I am feeling that way too.

    Not cool about the ginger comments and Jokes, that is just mean.

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    1. You should definitely read it before you see the film. It's a great read.

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  16. Oh, man, taking care of a little one with chicken pox does not sound like fun! Glad to hear she's feeling better. I have had GONE GIRL on my list for ... well, forever. Thanks for not spoiling the twist! I will get to it one of these days. I hope you fall back in love with your NANO project. I always seem to go in waves like that too - love it then, eh, whatever... then love it again. Good luck!

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    1. Ah, she was fine and coped really well. She's such a good girl :)

      I would never spoil a twist! You should read the book asap so you know what it is ;)

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