What's Up Wednesday

Yup, it's that time of the week already! Come and join in Jaime and Erin's bloghop and tell us all about your writing week.

What I'm Reading

I finished Debt of Honor. I struggled with this one. And I struggled with how to sum up my reaction to this book without going into a particularly long rant. The short version is it jumped the shark. The long story is it's racist, sexist, and uses rape as a plot device to ensure the main character first becomes Vice-President and, under 100 pages later, is the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Seriously! That's what the unresolved and appallingly written rape subplot winds up being: a narrative device. The victim is completely forgotten. UGH. And all the "good" guys handling the case are like "Oh, these poor women. NOT ALL MEN ARE RAPISTS!" Oh yes, it has a "not all men" argument. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!


Suffice to say I am done with this series. I never should've read past The Sum of All Fears. *sigh*

Now I'm re-reading one of my favourite manga series of all time, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle.

What I'm Writing

My book is off with the first round of beta readers! Commence nail biting ;) Right now, I'm just doing what I like to call "ticking over" writing. So it's nothing in particular, but it's keeping me from stopping entirely.

What Works For Me

That week off sure did! Can't believe I wrote and sent a draft out to beta readers within two months O_O Personal record for sure.

And always celebrate the small victories. You deserve it!

What Else I'm Up To

Violin. With a combination of practical and theory, it's really starting to come together. My teacher wants me to take my Grade IV exam in the summer ^^; Eep!

Comments

  1. Wow, Debt of Honor sounds just awful. :|

    How exciting! Enjoy your "tickling over" writing. :D Have a great week!

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    1. It certainly was.

      Thanks, I will ^_^

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  2. Yeah, gotta agree with Jess, Debt sounds SO BAD. Uuughhh.

    Enjoy your break, and thank you for brightening my week with an awesome story to beta read. :D

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    1. Very bad. I really toned down my RAGE because ew ew ew ew ew.

      Thank you for being so supportive! :D

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  3. Congrats on finishing the draft and sending it off! Started it the other day and loving it so far (although it's terrifying, in the right way). Enjoy your break! :)

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  4. That books sounds horrible. I hate it when rape it used as a plot device and the NOT ALL MEN argument is the worst one in history. That's not what anyone wants to hear. Rape culture is the worst -_-

    But yay for sending off your manuscript to beta readers! Hope you get back some great feedback!

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    1. It was one of the worst books I've read in terms of content. Just... how did it get released? The racism alone should've had the publishers going "Nope!!!"

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  5. I love that gif! And yay for sending off your manuscript to beta readers!

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  6. Congrats on getting the second round of edits done! That's so great about the violin playing...it's such a beautiful instrument, =)

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  7. Gross, I'm not picking that up. cleanse yourself with some good literature. Congrats on the draft. Thanks for sharing. :D

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    1. I cleansed myself with some excellent manga ;)

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  8. Do you want a nail-biting buddy? I'm sure the responses will be oh-so-helpful and exactly what you need. Still, I'm wishing you amazing cheese to keep the heart from pounding out of your chest. It's always interesting to get a first response on a draft.

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  9. Hope you get awesome feedback from your beta readers! Good job finishing that thing so soon! Have a wonderful week, Cole! :D

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  10. That's excellent time on a draft, and I'm sure you'll have excellent feedback to kick you into revisions and rewriting from your beta readers. Enjoy "ticking over" writing in the meantime!

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  11. Two months to draft and send to beta readers is awesome! Enjoy your writing break! :)

    Debt of Honor sounds awful. Definitely won't be picking that up!

    Have a great week! (And looking forward to my turn reading your book!) ^_^

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    1. Cheers :D It'll be yours as soon as the next round of edits is complete.

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  12. Congrats on that personal record! Two months is crazy fast for finishing a draft! I only wish I had it in me to do that. Don' t bite your nails too much, because I'm sure you'll get awesome beta feedback! Enjoy your week, Cole!

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    1. I know! This book wanted out, and it wanted tidying up asap ;)

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  13. You are really cranking them out, lady! Keep up the good work!

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  14. Wait, are those piano keys on a cup of coffee? Awesome!
    I love getting beta feedback, although the wait is hard! It's good that you've got things to keep you busy.
    Have a great week!

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    1. Yup! It's a piano arrangement album. Very nice ^_^

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  15. I do something similar similar between projects where I just drabble and write random things. Sometimes it turns into a new project, sometimes it's just good practice.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Agreed ^_^ Who knows what it could lead to!

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  16. I've read some bad books, but Debt of Honor sounds like it takes the cake. And good luck with the betas! :)

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    1. It certainly did. I still feel a bit gross for having read it.

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  17. I don't know what series Debt of Honor is from but that sounds awful. Boy I haven't thought of Tsubasa in forever.

    good luck when the edits return from the beta

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    1. I just finished re-reading it. It's so good. CLAMP are the masters of complicated plots with excellent pay offs.

      Thank you!

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  18. Wow. That books does sound so bad. Love the gif though. Congrats on getting your WIP into beta readers hands. I bet that feels great! Have a great week!

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    1. ^_^ Thank you! It sure does feel pretty good :D

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  19. Great job with getting your drafting done and with violin! Yay! And I agree with you - breaks and celebrations are essential for well-being! :)

    Sorry your book was disappointing, but that GIF usage is A+++! I realized after our Tsubasa twitter chat that I basically skipped the first however many volumes until Kamui and Subaru appear and read on and off from there! :X

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    1. :O But the plot twist in that section is sooooo much more powerful if you've been with it since the beginning. I still remember how much I freaked out and my friend who I read it with was like "I KNOW!!!!!"

      Time to pick up xxxHolic again ^_^

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  20. Gawd, that book sounds awful. That gif is the appropriate reaction for sure. Congrats on getting your drafts done and out in the world. You definitely earned that break!

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  21. I love that "Nope button" gif!!!! I may have to steal it!! Seems very appropriate for that book. :(

    But good for getting a draft to your readers!

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    1. It's a great gif to have in your stockpile ;)

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