Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Quickie What's Up Wednesday





Hello Friends,



“What’s Up Wednesday” is a fun weekly meme started by my friends Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk.  WuW is a easy way to post on Wednesdays with four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. You’re invited to join us if you’re looking for something to blog about, a way to let your blog friends know what’s been going on with you. You can link up each week at Jaime's blog.





WHAT I'M READING: 
Since last week's WuW I read: 
A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness. (LOVED) 
MIND GAMES by Kirsten White
and Re-read: 
THE WAR OF ART by Steven Pressfield (a favorite of mine and I highly recommend to all writers, along with BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott)
And one of my favorite books 100 YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel García Márquez


WHAT I'M WRITING:

To be honest, I didn't get as much as I'd hoped done last week.
I revised about 7-8 pages of one project and maybe 2 pages of another. 
And that SNI that I've been trying to ignore? I mostly ignored it. No new words, but I confess to thinking about it more than I should. (I need to be thinking about the above projects and how to make them everything they need to be). 
One of the things I keep thinking about is how to tell the story in an interesting way by playing with its structure. (and my recent binge-watching of LOST is only exasperating that desire.) (what could possibly go wrong?)

MY GOAL THIS WEEK is to focus hard on writing my 2nd draft of Backwards Book. I'd like to knock out a couple chapters of it, at least.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO: 
I've been busy. But when I've had time to relax I've been binging on watching the TV show LOST. Lots of friends on Twitter told me I had to. So I am. I finished season 4 last night. And all I can say is: HOLY SHIZZBALLS. What a ride so far!
(if the series ender ends up explaining it was all a dream, I'm gonna be pissed.)  


WHAT'S INSPIRING ME RIGHT NOW:
This song works on so many levels for my southern gothic backwards book. 




What's up with YOU? How was YOUR WEEK?


Love,
Lola 

25 comments:

Linda G. said...

*waves* Hi, Lola!

Sounds like you're enjoying getting lost in Lost. I like it a lot myself. Re the final season...you won't get any spoilers from me! *grin*

Lola Sharp said...

*Waves back* NO SPOILERS!!!! I am DYING to know how it's all going to play out...like to the point I want to stop everything and keep watching, sans sleep, until I get to the end. BUT, alas, I must be a responsible human adult and Do Things. *le sigh*

Miss Cole said...

I cried sooooo much at A Monster Calls. What a book!

Enjoy LOST and good luck with your goals :D

Margo Berendsen said...

I'm new to What's Up Wednesday. Mentioning the The War of Art and Bird by Bird in the same breath caught my attention - I think I'll have to try War of Art because Bird by Bird is my absolute favorite!

Getting sucked into a good series is fun these days when you can rent/buy entire commerical free seasons!

Alison Miller said...

I've watched very few episodes of LOST but it's on my must watch list for the fall (now that we have Netflix- yay!)

And yay for Bird by Bird! And despite no new words, it sounds like you accomplished quite a bit this week!

Good luck with revisions this week!

Katy Upperman said...

You got tons of reading done, lady! I've heard great things about WHEN A MONSTER CALLS... I look forward to reading it.

I'm playing with structure in the WiP I'm working on now and it's... tricky. Sometimes I think what I'm doing is the most brilliant thing ever, and sometimes I think it's absolutely ridiculous. I'm determined to finish though, and then I'll reassess the thing when it's complete. If I have to rework the whole structure then, so be it. :-)

Best of luck with your writing this week. Let's meet up via Twitter!

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I've never watched Lost before, but I know what it's like to get hooked on certain TV shows. Now that I have a DVR it would be very easy to never turn my TV off again, but I know that I should.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Yay for LOST! The ending is controversial, but not so controversial as all that. I loved that show.
How was Mind Games?

Jaime Morrow said...

I've been hearing a lot of talk about A MONSTER CALLS. I might have to check it out. I recently read THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Ness and was only so-so on it. Maybe this is the Ness book I'm meant to read?

Don't be too hard on yourself about your writing. Sometimes a slower week is what we need to recharge. I think it's cool that you're playing with story structure. I am too chicken to attempt that!

I never did finish LOST. I watched 2.5 seasons and then abandoned it. I pretty much know how it ends, though. I promise I won't say anything. :)

Have a great week, Lola! :D

Rachel said...

BIRD BY BIRD is one of my favorite writing books. And LOST! I have only seen 5 episodes of the very 1st season but still...so good. As for your writing, Lola, don't worry about it- Any writing is good. Think of it as more than you had before. :-) Good luck finishing your second draft!
http://rachelwritesthings.blogspot.com/2013/07/whats-up-wednesday-6.html

Kris F. Oliver said...

Oh, I love 100 Years of Solitude. It's one of my favorite books. I've read it so many times the binding is starting to break.

And you know I'm right there with you with the Shiny New projects taking away all our precious writing time. Still, I think if it helps to keep you loving writing instead of going batshit crazy in the editting cave, it's worth it. :)

Kate Scott said...

I still haven't watched LOST. Maybe I should get on that. But I already spend to much time watching TV and I'm afraid it would seriously suck me in.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's the best way to watch Lost. I still need to add it to my NetFlix queue.
Now, knock out some chapters!

M.J. Fifield said...

I'll be curious to see what you think of the LOST finale. (I just watched the series last year)

And that's an amazing number of books you've read. Love Bird By Bird, but I've never read The War of Art.

Erin L. Schneider said...

Lost, oh, Lost!!! I have no idea where I fell off in watching that series, but I have no idea how it ends - so I think I need to catch back up on that too!

And even if you didn't get as much done in your writing as you'd hoped - you sure read some pretty amazing books! That does so much for your writing craft, even if you're not actually writing -- so I think that should count towards your goals!

Best of luck on your 2nd draft this week!

Colin Smith said...

I, too, am struggling to keep the Shiny New Ideas at bay while I'm editing. But now is not their time. They need to marinate a little more, and let me get on with the current project. It can be tough to resist the call of the blank page, though.

Hang in there, Lola! :)

Melody said...

This is why I'm terrified of watching LOST. What will happen to my story structure? How will I be able to tear myself away from the screen? And what, oh, what am I going to do if it turns out to be a dream?

As for what I've done this week, I finally finished an out-loud read-through of my MS. Those read-throughs are necessary if I want to publish, but, man, oh, man, are they tedious!

Alexa said...

Wow you read loads :) I like the sound if The War of Art, I'll look that one up.

Oh I love thinking about SNI, all that possibility! Good Luck with your second draft this week!

I was obsessed with LOST when it was on TV. If I had box sets I imagine someone would have to drags away from watching - enjoy!

Rebecca Barrow said...

Oh, LOST, what a journey you were. And if it's any reassurance, I'd for sure read a LOST-inspired book--if I can keep up with the madness of the island and all the crazy happenings there, then I think I could keep up with whatever you threw in a story inspired by it! Oh, no--all this talk is making we want to go back and rewatch. Bad idea!

mshatch said...

I loved Lost. I think it's one of the few shows I waited patiently for every week til the end. What a ride!
Enjoy :)

Jemi Fraser said...

I loved the first few seasons of Lost, but then I took a course on that night and missed the last few. Loved the twists and turns - great imagination :)

prerna pickett said...

LOST, oh how i miss thee! Loved Mind Games, hope you do too. And good luck with your goal this week!

KatOwens: Insect Collector said...

This makes me think it may be fun to re-watch LOST. What a great show. I love those characters and all that imaginative storytelling so much! Have a great writing week!

Matthew MacNish said...

A Monster Calls is both the best and the worst book ever. So. Freaking. Hard.

But also really powerful in it's message. I lost my mom at about the same age the boy in that story did, so ...

Roxy said...

Wow! It sounds like you've been up to a lot, Lola. This post makes me want to do something fun, read something awesome, and enjoy the beautiful summer. Thanks for making me happy. I'm querying, you know, so I needed cheering up. ;)

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