Wednesday, 10 June 2015

What I'm Doing When I'm Not Writing

WHAT I'M UP TO
-REVISING. By Sea or Sword draft number two is coming close to completion! And then it's off to my CPs. I've sent the first twelve or so chapters to some awesome people and getting feedback has been AMAZING. I don't know what I'd do without fresh eyes and insight. Getting over my fear of sharing my words was the best thing I ever did.
-CANOEING. My boyfriend and I recently went on a four day canoe trip through Algonquin Park with our best friends. We completed a 40 km loop (with hellish portages) and saw a moose! And almost got stuck in a marsh full of beaver dams! 

What follows is a collection of the things that have distracted me from writing over the last few weeks. The list is by no means exhaustive, despite what you may think.

WHAT I'VE READ RECENTLY
-All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This book is nothing short of brilliant. If I were to highlight favourite passages, the pages would be entirely yellow. I don't just recommend, I IMPLORE you to read it.
-A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
It took me a little while to get into this, but once I did it was like a drug. Team Tamlin forever.
-An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This book was a perfectly paced gem with stellar worldbuilding and compelling characters. I'm dying for book two!

WHAT I'M READING NEXT
-The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker 
British history was the focus of my degree, so I'm really excited to read this twist on the Tudor period. THE TWIST IS MAGIC.
-The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This book has an insane amount of hype from people I trust (like Victoria) so I know I'm going to love it.
-The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
This book has been described as haunting, intense, provocative, and a masterpiece. It's going to be a hard read, but I'm looking forward to it.

WHAT I READ ONLINE
-The Faith of Fury Road from The Ontological Geek
-Kalief Browder, 1993-2015
-That Weirdo Announcer-Voice Accent: Where It Came From and Why It Went Away
-Just. Keep. Writing. by Victoria Schwab

WHAT I'VE WATCHED - TV
-Game of Thrones
What was once my favourite show EVER has morphed into something unrecognizable. The treatment of female characters is egregiously bad, they ruined Dorne, don't even get me started about Stannis. UGH.
-Veep
Veep is my happy place. Every single character is flawless and hilarious. I'm pretty sure Dan is my soulmate. 
-Friends
"I didn't realize that basically all of my jokes come from Chandler." -my boyfriend.

WHAT I'VE WATCHED - MOVIES
-Mad Max: Fury Road
Since the whole world has seen and loved this film, I don't need to bore you with how deeply in love with it I am.
-The Duff
I don't know why I didn't expect much from this movie, but it was whip smart and hilarious.
-The Age of Adaline
I didn't hate this movie! It had the added bonus of Michiel Huisman in the role of Adaline's love interest, so that helped a lot. Also Ellis's parent's house is my dream home.

WHAT I'VE GOT ON REPEAT
-Midnight by Tor Miller


-When We're Fire by Lo-Fang


-2 Heads by Coleman Hell


-River by Ibeyi