What's Up Wednesday!

Hi again, Wednesday :D It's time for Jaime and Erin's What's Up Wednesday, in which I share a neat summary of the past week ^_^ How have you all been?

What I'm Reading

Finished One Shot and then watched Jack Reacher, the film based on it. Both were good! The book was another great thriller, and the film was a solid adaptation. And even though he's way shorter than the novel's version, Tom Cruise did a good job as Reacher. Probably didn't quite capture the character's sheer physical presence though. 

Then I was very excited to read Charlie Higson's newest book, The Hunted. Better than the last one for sure.

Now I'm reading one of my TBR pile's longest serving books, Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve. A prequel to the amazing Mortal Engines series (which you all need to read right now!), it's been in my TBR pile since 2009. In fact, I found one of my ticket stubs for Star Trek in it. Whoops! So far, so good ^_^

What I'm Writing

It's funny how a few years away from a story can completely change your perspective. This week, I rewrote the original opening to Resistance to fit into the rewrite. So, said opening is now 60k into the story. I'm hoping it'll survive edits, but time will tell :P

Current word count = 68 70k as of this morning ^_^ Earning my stickers this month!


What Else I'm Up To

Took part in #PitMad yesterday! I love going through all the tweets and retweeting the amazing books other people have written. So much talent on offer. Agents must be spoilt for choice!

What Inspires Me

Good music. I love end the day in bed, with the lights of and my headphones on, letting whatever I'm listening to carry my imagination away. It's got me thinking about a potential NaNoWriMo project...

Comments

  1. Great job on your star chart! I love that you do that, just like a teacher of yesteryear. PitMad was AMAZING! SO many great premises and pitches!

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    1. Thanks!

      It was amazing, wasn't it? I hope there'll be lots of new agent/author partnerships coming from PitMad :D

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  2. Ah, I need to read the prequel series to Mortal Engines! I loved that series. Great job on the stickers! The book I'm querying has the same characters as the first novel I wrote, but couldn't be more different. It's odd how that can happen! :)

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    1. It was a good book! I'll have to pick up the next one asap :)

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  3. I love that you have stickers...they are a time-honoured form of reward!

    I was so busy yesterday I got to spend all of 5 minutes looking at PitMad, which was unfortunate...even what I saw in that time was awesome!

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    1. I don't know how agents wade through it all. Very impressive of them :)

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  4. Yay for music inspiring future novels, good luck!

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  5. I loved following along with #PitMad yesterday. I hope you found lots of success! And I totally agree with you about how helpful time away from a MS can be. The story I revised over the summer was one from a few years ago and the vacation I had from it was crucial to improving it now. Have a wonderful week, Cole!

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    1. So far, the years away from the book seem to be working wonders ^_^

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  6. congrats on 70k, editing is a process. I ending up adding 2 new chapters to Suspension of Disbelief during the last round of revisions/edits. Those things surprise you, but it gives you a better understanding of your story and characters.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you ^_^ And yes, the editing phase can be so exciting because it gives you time to really dig deep into your characters.

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  7. I did PitMad yesterday a bit too! Generally, I don't think it's my thing, but I'm glad I did, and think it was good for boiling down the story. Good luck this week!

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    1. Thanks!

      PitMad is definitely good for making you boil everything down into a pithy sentence. A useful skill to have.

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  8. The sticker method seems to be a popular motivator. Or at least I've been seen it a lot lately. From the looks of your stickers you're having a great week! I like this idea of laying in bed in the dark listening to music for inspiration. I kind of just becomes about the music and your imagination that way, doesn't it? Have a wonderful week, Cole!

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    1. There's nothing like music, darkness, and stillness to really drift away into good daydreams ^_^

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  9. I didn't even realise Pitch Madness was having the Twitter party yesterday. I got three nice personalised rejections from my would-be mentors, and it just confirmed that particular book is a little too old-fashioned for the average modern contest judge. I'm indie publishing it as planned next year, after doing a little more polishing.

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    1. I got a really nice Pitch Madness rejection, too ^_^ It's so nice of them to take the time to do so. Good luck to you!

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  10. Hey Miss Cole! It was fun bumping into you in the twitterspere this week!

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  11. Stickers work as a GREAT reward for my kiddo's but I haven't broken down to giving them to myself. Once I dive back into drafting my 3rd book, I might have to.

    Have a great week!

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  12. Oh, love stickers! They are great way to track progress :)

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    1. They are! And I finally have a good excuse to buy loads XD

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  13. Yay look at those stickers - fantastic. I am going to buy myself some tomorrow in town.

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  14. Those stickers are GREAT. Congrats! And fistbumps for PitMad! It was a BLAST. :D

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  15. It's been a while since I've gone to bed with my headphones on listening to music... this sounds like a great idea! I'd love to get a new idea to start working on this fall.

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  16. Your reaction to the Jack Reacher movie was the same as ours. We scoffed at the idea of Tom Cruise playing the title role (though I haven't read the books yet), but he actually did a great job. I still think it's funny that my son refers to him as Little Reacher though lol.

    You've just reminded me that I still haven't bought Lindsey Stirling's latest album yet. What is wrong with me?! Hope you have some good results from #PitMad and keep earning those stickers! :)

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    1. XD I like that. Little Reacher indeed. I can't help but wonder who would be a good actor to play BIG Reacher, and I just can't think of anyone. He's so huge!

      I hope you like her new album. It's got some amazing tracks on it.

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  17. So glad the writing is going well! I love Lindsey Stirling's work. :D

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    1. Cheers!

      She is so talented. Such an inspiration!

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  18. That's funny about the ticket stub. Hope pitmad treated you well! I glanced at it every now and then, and really wondered how agents can find anything - tons of great stuff, but still TONS

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    1. I must've stuck it in there way back in May 09, thinking I'd read the book... only to get distracted by another book entirely ^^;

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  19. Ooh, look at the pretty stars! Congrats!

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  20. I was nervous about watching the Reacher movie, but it was better than I anticipated. Although it was hard to ignore the fact Tom Cruise just isn't massive and hulking like Book Reacher.

    Have a starry week!

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    1. That's how I felt. It was a good version of the book, too, although I do think the finale should've happened in the house :P

      Thanks!! :D

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  21. I love Lindsey Sterling, very nice mash up. Congrats on the writing progress.

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    1. It's such a great piece of music. I love it! :D Thanks!

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