1.28.2015

What's Up Wednesday (56)


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WHAT I'M READING

Finished VICIOUS and oh my god, I loved it. Great cast + complex characters + complex themes = book love for me. Everyone's the hero of their own story, unless they want to play the villain. ;)



For Christmas, my friend bought me the first 3 volumes of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, and so I've finished Vol. 2 and am in the middle of Vol. 3 at the moment. It's pop culture + mythology, so of course, I love it.


WHAT I'M WRITING

Still playing with the SNI.

Writing Goal: Finish that second SNI scene.


WHAT WORKS FOR ME

I think I've mentioned this before, but reading other people's wonderful work inspires me. Yes, it can also be super depressing, but when something is really good and I love it, it gets my own gears turning.


WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
It was National Readathon Day this past Saturday. I sadly was not able to read during the time period of the readathon, but I did make time to read that day because I was getting past the halfway point in Vicious.


I finally bought my plane tickets for New York City next month! I can't wait to see Sarah, the city, and my history crush Alexander Hamilton! I will hopefully 1) finally be able to visit his house, The Grange (it was under renovation the last 2 times I was in NYC) and 2) I will be seeing the Lin Manuel musical HAMILTON, based on Ron Chernow's brilliant biography of the man. I'm SO EXCITED.

In fact, if I can swing it, I will probably re-read the 700+ page biography in the next few weeks to prepare.

Speaking of my US History geekery, I have loved History Channel's 3-part mini-series SONS OF LIBERTY. As I said to my friend, it's like the blowing-stuff-up dramatized/ historical-fic version of the birth of the US Revolution (US Revolutionary history & the Critical period are my favorite eras).

I've pushed aside all other TV commitments I usually have on Sunday-Tuesday to watch this thing. I've even dressed for the occasion. (Thanks to my nerdiness & xmas gifts, I have shirts for days.)

1) Join or Die 2) Thomas Paine's Common Sense 3) Washington- Great Britain, not so great.
Also, it has Ben Barnes as an aged-down, dashing Sam Adams. I've had a long-standing crush on him, and not only is he a badass in this (he's Sam Adams, after all), he has a fantastic coat (seriously, the coat!) and is a total babe. Sorry not sorry, I have an ineffable affection for Mr. Barnes.

Oh and to seal the deal, Hans Zimmer wrote this baller theme for the show. I need it in my life.



Now that all 3 parts have aired, I believe you can watch all of them on the History Channel's site. GO DO IT.

(I'm also probably going to go read David McCullough's 1776 now. I've had it for ages...)

What's up with you?


P.S. Sometimes, I feel like people don't understand the extent of my history geekery - but then I make posts like this and then, there's this post as evidence as well.

P.P.S. This 6 YA book giveaway is still going until the end of the month. If you're in the US or Canada, feel free to enter!

9 comments:

Emma Adams said...

VICIOUS is fantastic! Glad you enjoyed it. Have fun with the SNI! :)

Melanie Crouse said...

You ARE a history geek. :) But I've got to say that if I had a history crush, it would probably be Alexander Hamilton as well. Have a great week!

Miss Cole said...

Have an amazing trip to New York!

And best of luck with the SNI this week, too.

You're looking as stylish as ever ^_^

Kim Graff said...

Love your outfit! I still haven't read VICIOUS yet, but now I'll have to push it to the top of my TBR list. Enjoy your trip!

Rachel said...

LOVED Vicious. (even more so than her YA? Is that bad to say? hehe) I love your outfit too and the T-shirts for your Sons of Liberty viewing. :D I still haven't seen the mini-series but looking forward to it. :) Have a great week and good luck with your shiny new idea!

Katy Upperman said...

Ha! I love your nerdy history shirts, and you've totally got me wanting to read VICIOUS. Best of luck as you tinker with your SNI -- can't wait to hear more about it. Have an awesome week, Alice!

Jaime Morrow said...

I feel the same way about reading other people's work. Totally inspiring! (Even while it's completely humbling.) I'll have to check out the Sons of Liberty miniseries. I'm not American, but I've always liked American History, so this should be right up my alley. Hope you have a great week, Alice! :D

prerna pickett said...

Your jacket is so awesome. So jealous you get to visit New York! There is so much history there!

Majanka Verstraete said...

I haven't read Vicious yet but I might have to add it to my reading list. Good luck on your writing goals!

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