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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Halloween Week

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writers stay in touch.

What I'm Reading: 
I'm only two chapters away from the end of Return of the King so I'll be finishing that today. Sadly I didn't get to read Allegiant over the weekend because it was delayed in the mail and didn't arrive until Monday. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to start it tomorrow or Friday, but I will definitely be reading it this weekend.

What I'm Writing: 
Hopefully, after I finish RotK, I'll have some more free time on my hands and I'll be able to start up daily revision goals again.

What Inspires Me: 
I stayed up until one last night watching Pacific Rim for the first time and I can honestly say that I don't know what took me so long. Just everything. It was weird because I fell in love with the music first and to see it in the movie was disconcerting, but also awesome in a way.

What Else I've Been Up To: 
Halloween! It's tomorrow and I don't think I've been this excited since I was a kid getting ready to go trick-or-treating. I don't really have any special plans. Other than going to class dressed up and hanging out with my friends all afternoon. My costume this year is a Star Trek science officer, so I carved my pumpkin in the shape of the insignia. I'm happy with the way it turned out, considering it's my first pumpkin carving attempt.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: October 23

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writers stay in touch.

What I'm Reading: 
I finished The Two Towers last week and now I'm into Return of the King. The first few chapters were a little slow but now I'm really getting into it. I'm totally jealous of everyone who is currently reading Allegiant. My copy won't be here until Friday, which is probably for the best, but I have every intention of taking a break from everything to read it this weekend. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

What I'm Writing: 
Nothing as of right now. I spent a good bit of yesterday afternoon writing a paper comparing the One Ring to the Elder Wand. I've been doing a fair bit of brainstorming lately but nothing concrete. I've considered giving NaNoWriMo a shot, just to get myself writing again, but revisions come first.

What Inspires Me
A friend watched Pacific Rim and recommended that I listen to the theme song even though I have yet to see the movie. Ever since then I've been on a bit of a soundtrack kick, especially since I need some kind of background music while I study. There's something really epic about doing stats homework while listening to the Skyrim theme, or writing a paper for a class on Tolkien while listening to the Hobbit soundtrack.

What Else I've Been Up To
Staying inside as much as possible. Apparently we've decided to completely skip autumn because the first frost arrived on Sunday and the first snow on Monday. It still isn't sticking, but I don't expect that to hold off for much longer. Don't get me wrong, I love snow, but I prefer it to wait until at least after Halloween.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: October 16

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writers stay in touch.

What I'm Reading
I am well into book 2 of Tolkien's The Two Towers and hoping to finish it by Friday. After that, I'll be immediately leaping into Return of the King. I thought I would have time for House of Hades by Rick Riordan this weekend but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. It arrives in the mail tomorrow and will be my reward for finishing the LOTR trilogy. I'm also making my way through B.F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior for a research paper and, I have to say, it's fairly fascinating.

What I'm Writing
Papers for class. CK revisions have been put on hold while I read LOTR and write a paper for Tolkien and another paper for Grammar. Hopefully in another day or two I can get rolling again.

What Inspires Me
There's a song, Light 'Em Up by Fall Out Boy, and I'm completely obsessed with it right now. It took me about four days to realize the reason why I felt like I'd heard it before was because I did, it's in the Sea of Monsters movie. It's really upbeat and catchy and I've pretty much been listening to it every morning to wake myself up.

What Else I've Been Up To 
I watched the series finale of Heroes on Thursday and now I'm stuck in that weird state where I really want to watch more but there isn't any more to watch. I know a lot of people bash the show as it goes on through the seasons and while, no it's not as good as the first season, I still really loved it. If things ever settle down again, I'm going to start watching Star Trek the original series again. I took a break midway through the second season to watch the first season of Heroes and "the first season of Heroes" somehow turned into "all four seasons of Heroes."

I hope you all have a great week!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writers stay in touch.

What I'm Reading
I finished Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien last week and I was kind of surprised how much I enjoyed it. I was told as a kid that Tolkien's novels are slow and full of too much description, so I never gave them a shot. Now I'm glad I haven't continued to let that deter me, because I'm really getting into the series. I'm into The Two Towers now and would probably enjoy it more if my Tolkien professor hadn't told us that we have a quiz over Fellowship and Book 1 of Towers on Monday. In addition to that, there's also a stack of books on neurolinguistics sitting on my desk for a research paper.

What I'm Writing
Not really much of anything the past couple of weeks. I'm still making steady progress on CK's revisions, but classwork is consuming my life.

What Inspires Me
This might sound kind of strange, but the sun. I live in a place where winter equals weeks of overcast skies and snow.  We got a glimpse of that when it rained all weekend. But today the sun is out and it's actually warm outside and it's just so gorgeous. 

What Else I've Been Up To 
Classwork, mostly. It's midterms week around here and while I don't technically have any midterms, I do have a lot of exams and projects due. I'm seven episodes away from the last episode of Heroes and I haven't been able to watch any in a few days. That's going to be my reward this weekend for getting all of my work done.