What's Up Wednesday - Autumn Has Arrived! :D

I can finally bust out a different button for Jaime and Erin's What's Up Wednesday! YAY! Autumn arrived at last.

Hi everyone! Hope you've all been well the past couple weeks. Sure is nice to be back... for this week only :P I'm in Scotland next week, and I'll be driving all around the Highlands next Wednesday, so I'll have to miss out on all the fun again. But hopefully I'll be back in two weeks with loads of pretty pictures ^_^

What I'm Reading

I've read a few books since I last took part, the best of the bunch being Clariel by Garth Nix. I love that whole world, and it was nice to read a prequel. Can't say more without spoiling it ;) Now I'm working my way through Tana French's In The Woods, a crime novel set in Ireland.

What I'm Writing Editing

The time for line edits has arrived... *gulp* Completing the first round of edits felt great and gave me a great sense of what needs work :) Also, I need to stop using the word "But" so much. It's got to be my worst habit. I deleted over 500 uses of the word. FIVE HUNDRED.

I chanted "first drafts are meant to suck" the whole time. It helped.

What Works For Me

Taking a break from blogging really gave me the time I needed to finish that edit. It's easy to forget that blogging is meant to take a backseat role to actually writing novels. Getting my priorities straight feels good :D 

Also, just enjoying Autumn. It has to be my favourite season. Yeah, I know, summer's nice and warm and bright, but Autumn is fresh and so, so beautiful.

<3 Autumn sunsets

What Else I'm Up To

Settled quite nicely into my new work hours, although we'll see how I feel after those eleven hour days :P Also continuing my epic Kingdom Hearts replay and drowning in nostalgic feels. Loving 1.5 on the PS3 and I am eagerly awaiting my pre-ordered copy of 2.5.
 

Ah, memories :D

See you all again soon ^_^

Comments

  1. I find it easy to switch from writing to editing but always struggle when switch back to writing. Here in Australia we are heading into Spring. My favourite times of the year is Spring and Autumn when it's not ice cold nor burning hot. Middle ground you could say.

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    1. Middle ground is good, but I quite like winter, too ^_^ And it still bends my brain that your seasons are backwards to ours. Like, Christmas in Summer. Awesome ^_^

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  2. Oh man - I have the EXACT same problem with 'but'... I don't know what it is! I don't FEEL like I'm qualifying everything when I'm writing, but apparently I am!

    I'm so happy - Autumn's arrived across the Irish Sea as well. It's my favourite season!

    Have a great week! :-)

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    1. I know! I have no idea what my "But" addiction is all about, but it has got to go.

      Enjoy Autumn ^_^

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  3. I read CLARIEL this week, too! I do love that series' world/magic system (total world-building envy here!).

    I have a list of about 20 words I tend to over-use so I can find/replace when I edit. Mostly adverbs. :P Great job finishing that first edit!

    Have fun in Scotland! Exciting! ^_^

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    1. The magic system in The Old Kingdom books is amazing. So smart and so simple!

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  4. Kiiingdooom Heaaarts! *drool* That soundtrack is featured in so many of my WIP playlists, it's just so evocative and suspenseful!

    Here Down Under it's heading into Spring, but still cold enough to warrant me wearing gloves whilst writing, haha. Best of luck with those pesky line edits, and have a wonderful week!

    -- Caitie

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    1. You have got to check out the Project Destati music. It's so good! :D

      Thanks! Enjoy that Spring time weather ^_^

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  5. Love that sunset! :-) Line edits: exciting!
    You´re right about blogging and writing, and finding a balance :-) Hope you have a wonderful week and good luck with the edits!

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    1. I chose a super busy working week to return to blogging :P Gotta work on that balance.

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  6. Good luck with line edits. I cut so many unnecessary "justs" and "reallys" during edits it was ridiculous. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Cheers!

      I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one with crazy word habits.

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  7. 11 hour days - ugh! Yay to line edits! We all have our word problems ;) And yay to setting blogging aside. It's hard but makes writing so much easier.

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    1. Yeah, long days indeed. So far, so exhausting ^^;

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  8. We all need a break, sometimes. I love sunsets!

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  9. I also love autumn, It's so beautiful when the leaves start changing and the air grows cooler, and plus there are so many holidays during the fall, all back-to-back within one month.

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    1. Yes, the colours are just magnificent ^_^

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  10. Oh, I love IN THE WOODS! Tana French is fantastic -- I'm excited to hear what you think when you're done reading. Best of luck with your line edits... You'll rock it!

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    1. I just finished the book this morning. It was pretty unlike any other crime book I've ever read. I'll have to check out some more of her stuff when I have the time.

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  11. Totally stealing your first draft chant! And your "but" count made me smile. I went through a draft one time and deleted close to 2000 "that"s. My new favorite word seems to be JUST. Ugh.

    Good luck with the revisions! And have a great week!

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    1. Wow, what an impressive number!

      Shake one bad habit, pick up another, huh?

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  12. I love autumn so much! Like you say, summer is great, but autumn is so much better.

    I have words that I fall back on WAY too much as well. Doing that whole document search for these words is always enlightening and a bit disheartening. But it's okay if first drafts aren't perfect. And I bet you'll be more aware of your overuse of 'but' going forward, right?

    Hope you have a wonderful week! Oh, and have a great time in Scotland. (So envious!) :D

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    1. Very enlightening. It's a great way to find your worst habits!

      Thanks :D

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  13. I loved IN THE WOODS. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. I also love autumn best…love sweaters and fall leaves and hot cider. Mmmm.

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    1. I definitely called the big twist in that book, but not so much the smaller things. I'll have to pick up the next one soon :)

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  14. I can't wait to see your pictures and am insanely jealous about your trip. I want to come too!

    LOL! My last crutch phrase was too-"insert a word". Ug. Too-perfect, too-distant, too-green... Need I go on? So frustrating.

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    1. lol! Pictures as soon as I get them ;)

      Too was a huge problem in my last MS. I replaced it with But this time :P

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  15. Congrats on finishing your edits. I love your "first drafts are ment to suck" montra. Have a great trip next week.

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  16. Woohoo for Autumn! Boo to long hours but hey, you got an Audi out of it so.... ;) xxx

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  17. Way to lose 500 butts! I mean buts!

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  18. I hate those word tics. I use "slowly" and "just" apparently far, far too often.

    Yay Autumn! Gorgeous photo!

    Also yes, blogging is fun, but you can't spend all of your writing time on it or you'll never write anything else.

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    1. Word tics is a good way to think of it. I wonder what my next one will be :P

      Exactly! Blogging has to be squeezed in elsewhere, not takeover everything else.

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  19. Edits are so hard sometimes. I'm okay with 'but.' It's 'that' and 'just' I overuse to the point of silliness.

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    1. I have an irrational dislike of the word "that", but I've definitely had issues with "just" in the past.

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  20. It's amazing how many words can be trimmed out when you start to realize which ones you're overusing. I have the same issue and keep a running list of overused words to check for during edits. Once you weed those out everything reads so much smoother too!

    Hope you have a lovely time in Scotland! I can't wait to see your pictures! :)

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    1. I cut 1000 words just by deleting the buts and their equally unnecessary sentences :P

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  21. Wait, blogging is supposed to come second to actually writing books?!! Now you tell me. *facepalm* Kidding. Though ask me what I spent more time at today. (Don't ask. Really. Don't)

    I feel your pain on overused words. Never write a book set entirely in the desert. There are not a lot of words for "sand". You're just going to have to trust me on that one. ;)

    Good luck with all the edits. You can do it! *sends vast quantities of chocolate*

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    1. Wednesday is always a blogging heavy day.

      HOORAY CHOCOLATE!!!

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  22. Scotland?! I'm so jealous!!!!!!!!
    And my "but" is "just". I had to delete that word out like crazy.
    Enjoy your Scotland trip!!!

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  23. Glad to have you back in the blogosphere. :D I hope you have an excellent, excellent trip around Scotland! Weather's been good this week, I hope it holds!

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    1. Fingers crossed for some good Scottish weather ^_^

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  24. Scotland! I am so envious. Have a wonderful time up there. Try the haggis; it really is delicious. Och aye tha noo!

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    1. Cheers :D I'm looking forward to it.

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