5.07.2014

What's Up Wednesday (34)


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WHAT I'M READING

SEA OF SHADOWS by Kelley Armstrong, but I'm not very far in. Haven't had much reading time this week. I'm also reading SCARLET by A.C. Gaughen, which is written in dialect. Pretty interesting so far but again, I'm not very far in.

I'm probably going to have to switch to reading THE FAULT IN OUR STARS at some point though because I, um, still haven't read it and that movie is coming out. So I would like to be prepared.


WHAT I'M WRITING

A few lines of poetry here and there. The thing I'm dabbling with is supposed to be told through 2-3 POVs. So right now, I'm mostly trying to figure out the voice of each character.


WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW

As part of the WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS campaign, May 3 (Saturday) was a call-to-action day. The campaign encouraged people to buy and/or request diverse books and use the hashtag #DiversifyYourShelves to talk about it. I made a few recommendations and then did some book-shopping of my own.

My Diverse TBR pile. Bought POINTE & OSCAR WAO on May 3, bought THE NIGHT ITSELF in 
the UK in Feb (it'll be out in US in the fall but titled THE NAME OF THE BLADE). KILLER OF 
ENEMIES and NIGHTINGALE'S NEST were won from giveaways.
It was also California Book Store Day, which I found out about literally on Friday afternoon. CA Book Store Day was a state-wide celebration of independent book stores with participating book stores carrying exclusive (that day only) books and art and holding their own events/activities!

So I took care of 2 birds with 1 stone: went to my local indie, bought a CA Bookstore Tote (I love the design!) and some diverse reads.



(It was Free Comic Book Day too but I am not a comics reader and the line by the comic bookstore we passed was super long and it was super hot this weekend - like in the 90Fs.)


WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Thursday, the Sis, our friends, and I went to the Wiltern to get our teenybopper on at The Wanted concert. We didn't know many of the songs, but it was still fun! Oh boy bands.

[Photo: Gennia]

I also FINALLY got my long-awaited Sherlock-inspired BORED leggings from Gold Bubble Clothing! Long-awaited because 1) I've been coveting these since I saw them last November (during Nerdvember, saw someone's pic of them) but they were part of a limited line and 2) I ordered these babies in February when the line was made available again, but thanks to new company growing pains + flaky fabric suppliers, the collection's creation kept getting delayed.

But it's all good now because I have them and the leggings are great! For those of you have seen BBC's SHERLOCK, you'll recognize the print as the wallpaper from inside 221B.


On Saturday, other than all the book buying, the Sis and I also saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It was fun and we enjoyed it, but it definitely had way too much going on. Surprisingly, it wasn't the number of villains that made it bloated (unlike say Spiderman 3 from the older trilogy). There was just too much going on - too many character arcs and plot points, which made the transitions between the arcs jarring.

But like I said, I enjoyed it. It's a fun summer movie and I liked it about as much as I liked the first. It's very funny and Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are just too adorable.

Sunday was May the 4th aka Star Wars Day! We love us some Star Wars up in here, so of course, we had to show our pride! [Photos from me, the Sis, and Gennia]


We also built one of the Sister's remaining Lego sets: Anakin's Jedi Interceptor!

[Photo: Gennia]
Here's the finished product, complete with spring-loaded missiles:



Even Loki got in on it with a lightsaber and a PetCo Star Wars line bow tie!


And it was so sweet that a couple of you expressed that you missed seeing Loki around the blog. Well, you're in luck! On top of his Tumblr (Dog Days of Loki), Loki now has his own Instagram account as well! So if you only want to see all pup all the time, go join his army! He's @dogdaysofloki.



LASTLY, the Sis and I finished ARROW Season 1 Monday night. So good! Must start Season 2 immediately! We actually bought the first season because it was super cheap at Target ($15!!). It was also the season finale of BATES MOTEL Monday night, so it was just a night of OH MY GOD for us, haha.

I read books slow, but I watch TV fast. Bring on the next season! ;)

What's up with you? Got any good diverse reads to recommend?

12 comments:

Melanie Crouse said...

I am also very inspired by the We Need Diverse Books campaign. I'm attempting to be much braver at diversifying my characters. Luckily my co-author feels very strongly about this, and has really paved the way for me to give it a try. I love your Star Wars pictures!

Laura Marcella said...

I love your Star Wars dresses! There's an R2D2 dress and bathing suit I want, but they're a little more expensive than I feel comfortable spending right now. Maybe next year! :)

I haven't yet read The Fault in Our Stars either. Actually I haven't read anything by John Green yet. Yeesh! I must get on that. I've been devouring Neil Gaiman books recently. I finished Neverwhere and now I'm reading American Gods and next up is Smoke and Mirrors.

Have a great week!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Laurie Dennison said...

Um, first of all, those leggings are amazing.

I'm sure you've heard this before, but prepare yourself emotionally before reading TFIOS. I'm not sure if I want to see the movie, because it's a really tough subject for me personally.

And thanks for sharing your book finds! They look like some great titles!

Lori M. Lee said...

I love how much fun you're always having in these posts lol. You live an adventurous life, Krispy!

Connie Keller said...

Wow! I love the leggings.

I'm currently reading Gone Girl. I tried limiting my reading time to running the treadmill (since I'm trying to finish my WIP), but it's too addicting. So I'm reading while cooking dinner, getting ready for bed, etc. :)

Katy Upperman said...

Obviously I'm following Dog Days of Loki. :-) Love all of the Star Wars celebration photos, and even though I don't watch Sherlock, I think those leggings are fabulous. I hope you enjoy all of your new books... Some lovely covers in that stack!

prerna pickett said...

I don't think I could pull of writing more than 2 povs! Good luck to you, you're quite brave :) I loved The Fault In Our Stars, hope you get to it soon. And have some tissues nearby!

Stephanie Scott said...

I also need to read TFIOS, though I'm not sure I'm ready for all the feels. I'm hoping I can get through revisions to where I can actually read again. They are a bit all consuming right now. I love your super cute Star Wars dresses and your Sherlock leggings. Have a great week!

Melanie Stanford said...

It took me a bit to get into Scarlet because of her voice, but once I did, I loved it!
Also can't wait to read Pointe!
I also saw Spiderman 2 on the weekend. I thought it was kinda cheesy but I love the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
A great diverse book is Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. It's historical though, in case that's not your thing. ;)

amy said...

I'm so sad that Bates Motel is over. We're probably going to have to wait a whole year for season 3. Have a great weekend!

Lily Cate said...

Leggings? Yes.
Loki? Adorable. More please.
Spiderman? Haven't seen the new ones. I feel like I can't keep up with the comic book movies anymore!

Fifi Islaih said...

Yay for poetry! I'm glad you could be part of the diversity campaign (: