What's Up Wednesday (4) / RSW (3)

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Still working on 17 & Gone, but I have a bunch of books ready after. I have Gillian Flynn's Dark Places, Adrienne Kress' Outcast, Leigh Bardugo's Siege & Storm, and so on and so forth!


Okay, I'm kind of failing at this. I barely wrote at all this past week (see, low goals are my friend), and I'm not really sure why - other than I was reading a bit more and doing some trip planning. Oh and I got hit with a crazy allergy attack over the weekend, and the medication basically made me a sleep monster.

The bright side is I did pick up some research-related books from the library and read some folklore, which is supposed to help me write the folktale-ish backstory thing I was writing. I also think I figured out a few plot points for a totally different project, so yay!

Goal: Still the 500 words, but hopefully I actually finish the folktale thing by next update!

The warm weather! I love summer and sunshine. It puts me in a good mood and generally makes me a more motivated individual!

Coffee gelato! YUM!

Also, the craziness that went down last night in regards to the Texas abortion bill SB5. It was inspiring to see so many people caring about politics and speaking out on women's rights, and Senator Wendy Davis' BAMF filibustering was straight up incredible. Here's a good recap by Joyfulldreams: joyfulldreams' Fillibuster Recap

More movies! In particular, the sister and I watched World War Z, which was solidly entertaining - a fun summer zombie flick that is more thriller than horror.

Interwebby things! As in firstly, you might recall I was a bridesmaid for one of my best friends back in March, and I posted some photos about it. Well, my friend's wedding was recently featured on Style Me Pretty!

Secondly, the Sister submitted a post to Buzzfeed about the interestingly-shaped ships in Man of Steel. I promise it's not spoilery, though it's probably a little PG-13. Seriously though, we can't be the only people who had these thoughts (and found it funny)!

Planning! Planning all the things - like wardrobe & housing for Comic Con, plane tickets for SF Outsidelands, possibly there will be a Vegas trip somewhere in there... Oh, AND...

Thanks to impulsive late night decisions & the sister's general plotting, we're probably going to see this Shakespearean play starring one Tom Hiddleston in early 2014...

Art Direction: Matt Dixon/ Portrait by Spencer Murphy
Source:  Coriolanus - Donmar via Behance

...LIVE - like in THE UK. Um, yeah. IS THIS REAL LIFE? WHAT???

Ahem, so anyway, I'd like to make one of my other summer goals to be to sleep earlier. I'm failing that as I type this, so I'm going to leave now. Hope the rest of you are making better progress than I am with your WIPs!

Q4U: So how are the rest of you doing with Ready.Set.Write? Is anyone doing Camp NaNoWriMo in July? Anyone else going to Comic Con / have tips / have suggestions on what the heck I should wear?


Tonja Drecker said...

Wow! You've got a lot of amazing things planned. No wonder you can'T concentrate on writing. But I personally count the thought, research and digestive time before writing as writing time too. Plus, with all those fun things to do, you'll be able to write tons later. How fun!

KatOwens: Insect Collector said...

Okay YES on the Wendy Davis front. That decision can't stand in court... I have to believe that it can't stand in court. How inspiring to see some democracy in action. I have a friend in TX who was there and posting photos on FB. It was inspiring.
Just clicking around on all of your links-- GORGEOUS wedding. Love that sort of groomsman "Reservoir Dogs" shot. Everything looks freakin' perfect!
....and your sister's article on Man of Steel. LOL! That is some funny biz. It reminds me of a 30rock where Liz asks Tracey and Jack-- "What's your fascination with guns" and Tracey replies, "I think I speak for everyone when I say they're metal penises." It's funny because it's true.
Happy writing week!

Unknown said...

I am going to Comic-Con! It's always the highlight of my year! :)
As someone who has attended Comic-Con 2008, '10, '11, and '12, I believe comfort should be a top priority. Assuming you're going to prowl around the Exhibit Hall for a good amount of time, you will definitely want to wear something that's not going to become bothersome while walking the equivalent of many football fields and navigating a veritable ocean of people. You will be walking. A LOT. Myself, I just keep it casual. Fashion... is kind of obsolete at Comic-Con. There are grown men running around in tights, after all.
It doesn't get too hot, so I wear jeans and a t-shirt, and I take along a sweatshirt in case it gets cool in the evening. I don't consider myself a very trendy person, so I can't really speak to that too much, but I can say with confidence that you should wear something that you can be comfortable all day in.
I hope this helped in some way! :D

Anonymous said...

ZOMG, gelato! *drools* Research can take so much time, so no wonder you were writing less. Good job on researching and planning! And I loved 17 & Gone.

Alison Miller said...

Oh, that gelato has me drooling! (seriously - the keys are a bit wet) YUM

And sounds like you are keeping super busy with lots of fun stuff! Good luck with the writing this week!

Mia Hayson said...

Totally agree. I only hear about it this morning but Wendy Davis is a definite BAMF.

You've been so busy! I hope you get some writing done this week. :)

Lydia Kang said...

I'm doing my camp Nano right now! Nearly done. :)

And that play! Must see!

Miss Cole said...

Sometimes you have to stop writing and research in order to move on. Best of luck to you! Folklore research sounds really fascinating! Enjoy :D

Ooooh that gelato looks awesome! Om nom nom!

I'm so inspired by everything that happened in Texas too. Inspired and horrified because it's so depressing in this day and age women still have to fight for our biological rights. But we won't be silenced or stopped. Go Wendy Davis!

Anonymous said...

Coffee Gelato? Aack! Must. Have.
And you're going to see Tom Hiddleston live? In the UK? Wow...it sounds like you have some excellent reasons to be distracted from your writing. :D
I do hope you get a chance to write this week, though. :) Good luck!

Erin L. Funk said...

Um hello, which is yummier: that coffee gelato or Tom Hiddleston? Ahem. I'm so jealous you're going to see him in a live play!

Sorry to hear about the allergy issues. I have awful allergies too and together with meds they can totally wipe a person out. Feel better soon and good luck with your folktale research! Sounds fun!

Stephsco said...

Wow, THE Comic Con?! Very cool. I would get on the housing thing, those hotels get booked very quick. I'm guessing you are planning to stay further out and drive in?

I have only been to WizardCon in Chicago which is a mere fraction of the event SDCC is. I say the time is prime to dress up. I am still debating whether I should invest in a Princess Leia Hoth office (although snow gear at a summer con...probably not a great idea). I dressed as Leia for Halloween as a teenager but I don't have the stuff anymore, just the wig. Anyway, if you aren't dressing up, I say wear your favorite geeky tshirt, or else just something cool that you'll feel comfortable in all day. From what I hear, you'll be standing in a lot of lines.

Have a wonderful time! I'll be living vicariously through SDCC on twitter :)

Stephsco said...

Oh! And Tom Hiddleston is my new favorite actor. I absolutely loved him in Thor (and Avengers). He, like Michael Fassbender, has this totally captivating face. He made Thor in my opinion. I bet that play will be incredible.

Unknown said...

You've been busy! No wonder you're having a hard time finding time to write. Good luck with everything, and have fun at ComiCon. I've always wanted to go but never have.

linda said...

wow, so much excitement! lucky you! :D

LOL i fail at nanowrimo/camp nanowrimo every time so i don't know if i'm enough of a masochist to try it again >.<

Tracey Neithercott said...

I am officially jealous of you. Pack me in your suitcase, please.

Also, you need to join in with #readysetwrite one of these nights. I will be your drill sergent and make you hit 500. As a thank you, you may bring me to London with you (see "pack me in your suitcase," above).

elena said...

Yum!! Coffee gelato sounds delicious and yay for Siege and Storm. Hope you'll enjoy the book.

amy said...

That Coffee Gelato looks so good! Congrats on coming up with ideas to fix your plot holes. Comic-Con sounds like a blast. One year, one year! Good luck with writing your 500 words!!! Have a great week!

Elizabeth Briggs said...

Ooh I'll be at Comic Con. This is my 6th year, I think? I kinda lost track...so if you have any questions, let me know! It's pretty much my favorite thing ever. ;)

KM Nalle said...

One of these days I will go to Comic Con. It's on the bucket list. I haven't seen Man of Steel yet, but those pics are hilarious. I may have to stifle a giggle or two in the theater.

Katy Upperman said...

Summer is totally inspiring me too! Love your photos, as always.

I'm keeping my word count goals rather low this week too... There's no shame in adjusting to account for life, I think. :-) Best of luck meeting your goals, and with the research you've got on deck. Sounds like interesting stuff!