What’s Up Wednesday


Hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk, this is a great way for writers to get together and keep in touch!

So what have I been up to?

WHAT I’M READING

I finished reading Emma, and am now on the hunt for a decent adaptation to watch! This one was definitely my least favourite of all the Austen’s I’ve read so far, but it was still a wonderfully enjoyable read!

I just discovered some awesome novelizations of Jim Henson stories (Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, and Storyteller), and while I’m not big on reading movie/show novelizations, the fact that these were done in the eighties and under Jim’s supervision sold me. I’ve started Labyrinth, and so far I’m actually fairly impressed. The writing is not nearly as bad as I thought it would be, and it’s adding a lot of little details that aren’t seen in the movie, which I like.

WHAT I’M WRITING + WRITING GOAL
 
My goal for this week is to get to 30,000 words. Currently, I’m at around 26,500, so it’s doable, although it might be tough. However, if I can get at least one more chapter written, I’ll be satisfied, even if I don’t quite hit the 30k mark.


WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Professional development is working for me right now. I don’t go back to work until September, but I’ve decided that in the upcoming months I want to do some training and brushing up of my skills, so that I don’t feel like I’ve lost a year of my career. This, of course, relates to librarianship and is not strictly a writing thing, but as I research and brainstorm how to keep myself relevant and and useful for when I return to work, I can’t help feeling like writing is part of that package. Keeping myself engaged creatively will be helpful, I guess? I can’t quite explain it. Maybe it’s just that writing makes me feel productive. But whatever it is, it’s working right now.

WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO

I started attending a baby program at one of the library branches where I work this week, which I’m hoping will be good. It’s only 30 minutes a week, so not too demanding for me or Finn, but it gets us socializing and gives me a chance to see at least some of my colleagues and keep up to date with them!

That’s been my week. What have you been up to?

5 Responses so far.

  1. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy Emma. It is far more focused on humor that many of her earlier books. You can tell Austen delights in poking fun at almost everyone (expect maybe Mr. Knightly, who I guess is the 'straight man' in this comedy). I enjoyed the 90s adaptation with Gwyneth Paltrow, not necessarily because it's such a pure adaptation, but because its approach seemed to capture well the wit and poking fun and doesn't take the story too seriously.

    Good luck with your writing and development. It's cool that your library does a program for the teeny-tinys. My daughter would have loved that back in the day (she's 12 now and goes to the teen programs!)

  2. T. Drecker says:
    I honestly considered picking up Labyrinth last week, but then hesitated since it wasn't in book form first (those usually aren't as good.) But now, I'll check it out.
    Good luck with your development and writing thing. Sounds fun.
  3. smile4niki says:
    Labyrinth was one of my all time childhood favorites! "You remind me of the babe!"
  4. Miss Cole says:
    Have fun with the baby group ^_^ It's always good to get out with the little ones. Develop those social skills 😀 Teach him how to share and all that 😉

    Good luck hitting 30k!

  5. Jaime Morrow says:
    I love the Romola Garai/Johnny Lee Miller adaptation of EMMA. It's a miniseries, so it feels like it captures so much more than the Gwyneth Paltrow movie. Plus, I adored Miller as Mr. Knightley. I had no idea there were novelizations of Jim Henson's stuff! That's very cool. 🙂 Best of luck meeting your writing goal this week! 😀

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