WWW Wednesday, 27-August-2014

27 Aug

I was hoping for a bit more movement in MizB’s WWW meme because of Bout of Books, but I think I did it wrong. You’ll see what I mean.

www_wednesdays4The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading:  I’ve stalled reading Canada by Richard Ford so I can read a library book… and then I’ll have a book club book… and one a co-worker loaned me. In short, this might be on hold for a while. The audio of Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan is progressing, but getting under my skin. The narrator is really inconsistent with the accents she’s given the characters and it’s driving me mad. I started a new ebook, The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka. It’s a nice short book so I hope this will move faster than most of my other ebooks have.

Recently finished: Two this week;  The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. I finished it Tuesday afternoon last week in the airport but didn’t have a way to update my WWW from last week, so I’ll count it for this week. Last night I finished Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors and I’m sleepy because of it! I’m ready to start a new one at lunch.

Reading Next:  I’m still waiting on Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett to come in at the library. I’m almost giving up on getting this back any time soon. Maybe it’s worth reporting to the library? I’m not sure how that process works. I’ve got two books coming up soon. My next book club selection is The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. I’m excited because my mom read this a while ago and really loved. I hope it’s a good discussion book as well. The other is one my co-worker is lending me, Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt. She and I have similar tastes in YA so I’m looking forward to a quick, solid read. I’ll crack it open during my lunch break in a few hours. Pretty soon I’ll be starting Read Along #2 and the book we’ve chosen is The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar. I met Umrigar about a year ago and she blew me away; what a wonderful woman. I’m excited to read this book! If you’re interested in joining the Read-Along, check out my post explaining what it’s all about and drop me an email.

My goal is to finish ‘Marble Sky’ this week and get started on one of my ‘Reading Next’ books. How is your WWW? Leave a comment and let me know and check out the original post on MizB’s blog!

Until next time, write on.

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And the Next Read-Along Will Be…

26 Aug

Thank you so much to the one person who voted on line (sarcasm) and the two people who voted via email. In truth, I could have read any of the selections and been happy, but I’m really selfishly excited for this choice because it’s been on my TBR pile for ages. Anyway, Read-Along Volume II will be…

The Space Between us by Thrity Umrigar

Woo hoo! I heard Umrigar speak about a year ago and I’ve also read her memoir and I’m sure we’re heading for a crazy roller coaster with this title.

If you’re interested in joining up, please send me an email: SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. I’ll get  you on a mailing list and send out the schedule. Here’s the basic premise of a Read-Along:

  • The book is divided into six sections (about 50 pages)
  • You will read a section every two weeks
  • After you read a section, you will (via email) submit a question to the group
  • For each section, an assigned member will pose a topic (ex. forgiveness, maternal instinct) upon which everyone else will muse
  • Within a week of a section ending, you’ll write a blog post in any format you choose to discuss the section with other participants.

As I’m only a site on the internet to most of you, I can’t enforce any of this. It’s what you make of it; the more you do, the more you get out. If you can’t give as much,  you get what you can and that’s that. It’s very relaxed and I hope we can all enjoy.

Get excited! I know I am!

Until next time, write on.

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Bout of Books: Sunday and Wrap-Up (Plus a Reminder)

25 Aug
Bout of Books

Sunday
Pages read:

  • Beneath A Marble Sky: 18 pages
  • The Buddha in the Attic: 23 pages
  • Total: 41 pages

Read One Hour- fail

Read 50 pages- fail

Finish two books- fail

Summary of Bout of Books

Pages read: 611

Books finished: 1

Lessons Learned: My habit of reading multiple books at a time failed me here. 611 pages total, but I only finished the tail end of one ebook. Yikes. On average, I read 87 pages a day, which is well over average. I’m about to dive into grad school, so I’m glad I did this before then! I really enjoyed the photo challenges and if you follow me on Instagram (or look at the left side of this page) you can see the fun things I did with photos. If there’s another of these that’s during a school lull and preferably not while I’m on a business trip, I’d be in again in a heartbeat.

And for the reminder! About 7PM EST tonight I’ll be closing off the voting for my second Read Along event. I’ve only received three votes so far (two off-line) and I’d love to have a big group. I put up an intro post that you can review here if you have any questions on how it works. Please consider joining us!

Please consider joining me for my Second Read Along. Voting closes Monday for what our next book will be. Cast your vote below.

Until tomorrow!

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Bout of Books: Saturday

24 Aug
Bout of Books

Saturday
Pages read:

  • Beneath A Marble Sky: 43 pages
  • Total: 43 pages

Read One Hour- complete

Read 50 pages- fail

Finish two books- in progress

I’m tempted to add in the ten pages I read of my Marketing textbook, but that feels like cheating. It’s looking less and less like I can make the two books goal I’ve set. There’s still a lot left in all of my books and I’m at my parents house right now, looking at a list of chores to do when I get home. Fingers crossed, but I’m not too hopeful.

Please consider joining me for my Second Read Along. Voting closes Monday for what our next book will be. Cast your vote below.

Until tomorrow!

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Bout of Books: Friday

23 Aug
Bout of Books

Friday
Pages read:

  • Beneath A Marble Sky: 35 pages
  • Under the Wide and Starry Sky: 104 pages
  • The Buddha in the Attic: 10 pages
  • Total: 149 pages

Read One Hour- complete

Read 50 pages- complete

Finish two books- in progress

I started a new ebook on Friday. Now I’ll have something around at all times.

Until tomorrow!

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Bout of Books: Thursday

22 Aug
Bout of Books

Thursday
Pages read:

  • Beneath A Marble Sky: 36 pages
  • Under the Wide and Starry Sky: 68 pages
  • Total: 104 pages

Time spent reading: 1.5 hours (complete)

Pages read: 104 (complete)

Books finished: one (in process)

I’m finally back and able to type this on a computer. My apologies for a lack of engagement while I was away. I’m going to keep going strong.

Until tomorrow!

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Library Writer’s Group: Quotes and Cliches

21 Aug

A writing related post! I’ve been very reading-centric so it’s a relief to write this. My library’s writers group got together about a month ago and I’m only now getting around to summing this up. I hope some of this is worth it for you!

One of the other members said he does his writing using the snowflake method. I’d never heard of this, but it sounds interesting. There’s software related to this, it seems. You can read about it here. The basic concept is that you start with one sentence, then a paragraph, then a page, etc. At some point, you have a full novel, just growing it slowly so the points of the story are always in sight. Cool idea.

Then we talked about writing as a process. Our organizer gave us all a quote she’d found from a famous author about writing my favorite was from Chris Baty, the founder of NaNoWriMo

Rereading parts of your novel while writing is like doubling back at rerunning parts of a marathon midrace.

As an amateur runner, this really struck me. Though, I know this is only one approach to writing. Some writers get halfway through, read their novels, and then decide if they’re heading in the wrong direction. Still, I like Baty’s idea. It matters more that you get there, not how you get there.

The last thing we did was talk about clichés. The exercise we did was really great; we were given a list of cliché phrases and story plots and had to re-write them as something similar that’s not a cliché. So, for example, we were given the phrase “his bark was worse than his bite.” I wrote, “the Sargent screamed so loud that he covered Joel’s face in his spit. he threatened to transfer him, court-martial him. But we all knew he’d never willing let go of any of us.” It’s more fun to do with cliché plots. Here are a few, give it a try!

  • Technology has turned us all into soulless robots
  • Scar-crossed lovers
  • An orphan turns out to be someone important
  • It was all just a dream

That’s all for this meeting. I’ll be on a business trip for the next one so unfortunately I’ll miss that. I hope to update you all again as soon as I can with another writers’ group summary.

Remember to vote for the next book in my Read-Along series. Voting ends Monday, 25-August. Read more about it here.

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Bout of Books: Wednesday

21 Aug

This will be painfully brief. The good news is that this should be the worst day.

Beneath a Marble Sky: 14 pages

Total pages: 14 (fail)
Time spent reading: 20 minutes (fail)
Books finished: 1 (in progress)

Busy day on this trip but I’m heading home. Here’s another picture!

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Until next time!

WWW Wednesday, 20-August-2014

20 Aug

This will be quick. I’m out-of-town today so I don’t have a lot of time for MizB’s WWW meme. I’m in the middle of Bout of Books so that’s helping!

www_wednesdays4The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading:  Almost done with  The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien! By the time you read this, I might even be finished. I’ve stalled reading Canada by Richard Ford. The book on hold at the library came in, unfortunately. But I hope to finish it soon; maybe even this week. I’ve started two. My new audio is Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan. One of the librarians recommended this to me and specifically said she loved the narration. I’m not as much of a fan. The other is Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors. I’m not sure what’s up with me being under the sky this week!

Recently finished: Two audiobooks this week! Looking for Alaska by John Green, which I finished with my carpool buddy. The other is Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick which I’d downloaded to my phone in case of emergency.

Two reviews up, as well. Check out my review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen.

Reading Next:  I’m still waiting on Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett to come in at the library. If there was such thing as a ‘library bounty hunter’ to track down people whose audiobooks are a month overdue, I would take that job. I’ll also start a new e-book, probably The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka. This is another the book calendar recommended.

With Bout of Books, I hope to finish at least two! We’ll see how that all goes. How is your WWW? Leave a comment and let me know and check out the original post on MizB’s blog!

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on GoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Bout of Books: Tuesday

20 Aug

This will be short as I’m typing it on my phone!

The Things They Carried: 57 pages (finished)
Under the Wide and Starry Sky: 33 pages
Beneath a Marble Sky: 54 pages

Total pages: 144 (complete)
Time reading: 2 hours (complete)
Books finished: 1 (in progress)

And here’s a picture from my trip.

Until next time!

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