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What's Up Wednesday: February 26

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What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writers stay in touch. First off I'd like to thank everyone for the well-wishes last week. I'd like to say that I feel a lot better this week but I didn't sleep last night. I have a dentist appointment on Tuesday. It was the earliest I could get. I will attempt to read everyone's posts this week but it's very likely I may end up in bed sleeping all day. I promise I will get back at it once I am feeling better.
What I'm Reading: 
Still Seraphina. I'm making pretty steady progress, but I wish I had more time and energy to devote to it. It's such a great book so far and it deserves my full attention. I've also reread Chronicle of a Death Foretold twice because I'm writing a paper on it and I was looking for evidence. The more I read it, the more I wonder about. 

What I'm Writing: 
Weredragon revisions are almost done! For real. I have two and a half chapte…

What's Up Wednesday: February 19

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What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writers stay in touch. It's been a week of ups and downs. I'm counting down the minutes until I get to go home for spring break. It was sunny and 30s yesterday and the same is promised for today. It's so lovely that it's almost sad how much I'm enjoying it.

What I'm Reading: 
Finishing up Texaco for class this week. I'm more than ready to move on. Our professor promises that our next assigned books will be more enjoyable. I'm about a third of the way through Seraphina, most of which I read in a single afternoon when I picked it up for the library. I can't wait to be able to settle down and read it properly again.

What I'm Writing: 
Last week I hoped to announce today that I'm through with Weredragon revisions. Unfortunately work got in the way so that still hasn't happened. I'm not sure what's going to happen over the next week and a half so…

What's Up Wednesday: February 12

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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 just finished Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein last week. The full review is here. It was beautiful and gut-wrenching and I loved it. It's a highly recommend for anyone who is a fan of Holocaust or WWII historicals. I'm a little over halfway in Texaco and I've gotten used to the writing style. Working my way through bit-by-bit. I also picked up Seraphina by Rachel Hartman from the library yesterday and roared through the first third. The worldbuilding is intricate and beautifully imagined, the writing gorgeous and quickly paced, and the characters intriguing. I want to be reading it right now but I have work that must come first.

What I'm Writing: 
Weredragon revisions are almost complete. I'm making steady progress and there's only five chapters left to go. The next ones are probably going to go a little slower, as I have a…

Rose Under Fire Review

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Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein Code Name Verity #2 While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store for her?

I'm going to pre-face this with a reminder that Code Name Verity is one of my favorite books of all time. I have a thing for WWII historicals so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one.

Rose Under Fire did not disappoint. It was quieter than Verity, no huge twists, but that didn't make the story any less poignant. Verity was a sudden, brutal kick in the chest; Rose is a slow burn that never stops hurting. The contrast is very fitting, considering the differences between the narrators.

The writing is beauti…

What's Up Wednesday: February 5

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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: 
Still Rose Under Fire, though I will be finishing it this week. I'm also reading Texaco by Patrick Chamboiseau for class and not enjoying it in the least. It's a very wordy, complicated, and literary story and that's not my style at all. The story itself is set in Martinique (Caribbean) and spans roughly 150 years of history. It's Marie-Sophie Laboireax telling the story of her grandfather, father, and finally herself and how the shantytown of Texaco was founded.

What I'm Writing: 
I've taken the last week and a half off Weredragon revisions in order to focus on keeping out with school and work. It's back on my to do list today, though, and I'm excited to dive back in.

What Inspires Me: 
I'm having trouble thinking of anything for this one right now.

What Else I've Been Up To: 
Olympics! They start tomorrow and t…