Wednesday, August 7, 2013

What's Up Wednesday (13): Turbo Edition




What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what's up. Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk are the hosts, and we'd love for you to join in the fun! Just hit up their blogs and sign up on the linky. J
What I'm Reading:

This past week I read
There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

After reading a slew of dystopians last year, I suffered a bit of burn out. This book has renewed my love. Even though it reads a lot like HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT (a very GOOD thing), it's a very fresh and fascinating take on a dystopian society with many page-turning twists. Bonus—it's from a male POV, and we all know how much Alison loves her boy books. The only thing I didn't like about reading TAKEN is the fact that I have to wait nine months now for FROZEN. L Fortunately I have plenty of books on the TBR to keep my brain occupied until then, but STILL.
I also finished beta reading an incredible contemporary manuscript and am about to start another beta read—actually I already read the first page and if the rest of the story is just as awesome, I'm in for a reading TREAT. I'm also reading 17 & GONE (Nova Ren Suma). I wasn't a huge IMAGINARY GIRLS fan, but I don't want to put this one down!

How about YOU? What are you reading this week?
What I'm Writing:


My goal for the past week was to write 5000 words on the blob. I wrote 6000. And am currently in the middle of writing a scene in which one of my characters gets a little tipsy has way too much to drink. I'm pretty good (I think) at writing angry drunk. Even depressed drunk.  But my character gets a little funny drunk in this scene, and well, it's kind of fun to write.  What does this say about me? Not sure.

Anyway, this week boring ol' Alison wants to continue with the 5K a week goal. Wish me luck!

 How about YOU?! What are your goals for the week?!

What Inspires Me Right Now:
This guy

 


Not going to lie—was VERY skeptical about this movie. I mean, it's about a snail. Who has super speed. Also, it’s about a SNAIL. But we scored free tickets with a four-tire purchase earlier this summer so off to the movies we went and OHMYGOSH—this movie is INCREDIBLE. It's fun and cute and action-packed and FUNNY. Also, anyone who has ever had a dream should see this movie. I cried (of course I did) and left the theater with two very inspiring quotes…
Guy Gagné: No dream is too big; no dreamer too small.
Chet: What if you lose your superpowers tomorrow? Turbo: Then I better make the most of today.


What Else I've Been Up To:
This morning I'm taking my daughter to her high school orientation. Yep—HIGH SCHOOL. I should be ready for this—she's been playing soccer with the high school soccer team all summer and she's been at tennis tryouts since Monday. But I'm not ready. Where does time go?!
What's up on YOUR Wednesday?!

48 comments:

  1. High School is a big thing, and I'm sure you're daughter will have a great time!
    Congrats on over-reaching your writing goals and good luck on next weeks.
    TAKEN sounds amazing. I always like a good dystopian and to have one from a guy POV is real treat.

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    1. Thanks, T.! And TAKEN was amazing! I hope you get your hands on it soon!

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  2. Congratulations on going above and beyond your writing goals, and good luck to your daughter on starting high school!

    I wrote about 8,000ish words this last week, staring to get back to my normal levels of productivity. I'm taking a short detour to a hiatused WIP so I can have fitting material for my weekend bloghops. This is something pretty new to me, as I always write books in order, never taking a break and then temporarily resuming it with an out of order chapter.

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    1. I primarily write one ms at a time, but sometimes a creative break on another helps me with the one I'm currently focusing on. Good luck with the writing!

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  3. Wow you're doing great Alison! Can't wait to start reading!
    (and I loved loved loved TAKEN too :))
    Hope you're doing well!

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    1. You TOO!!! I can't wait until I finish and revise and can send you SOMETHING. :)

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  4. Congrats on your progress on the Blob!! Go you!!!

    And I haven't read TAKEN, but now I miiiight have to change that. I love Dystopian, it really works with my world view. (What does that say about me, right?!)

    Hope you have an amazing week! And I think perhaps you should write a book and actually title it The Blob or Romancing the Blob...hahaha! (make it happen pleeeeaase)

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    1. I've fallen in love with dystopian all over again, so definitely read TAKEN! And thanks for all the encouragement! Romancing the Blob would be hilarious!

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  5. I just read TAKEN a week ago and I loved it too. I could not put it down! I am definitely agonizing over the 9 month wait. Ugh...

    Haven't seen Turbo yet, but I saw Despicable Me with my 3 yr old niece and it was adorable!! I love kid movies that are just as enjoyable for adults.

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    1. I LOVED Despicable Me 2! Even more than the original. And I think I've watched more kid movies in the past fourteen years than when I was a kid. Love them!

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  6. Taken sounds like a great read. Adding it to my GR list. I really enjoyed Turbo, too. That's one determined snail.

    Congrats on exceeding your goal!

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    1. Thanks! And I hope you love TAKEN as much as I did!

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  7. Congrats on kicking butt with your writing goals. I love writing drunk scenes. I love writing dark scenes, period. I swear this says nothing about me personally - my spirit animal is a unicorn, I love rainbows, puppies and kitties...I just write dark ;-) Hehehe!

    Congrats also to your daughter getting to HS. I loved HS and my advice is to get involved and have fun. :-)

    And woooo Taken! I haven't read it yet but I've met Erin twice and she is such a sweetheart! I so need to read TAKEN.

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    1. I can be some kind of awful to my characters so I don't mind writing dark scenes. And I hope you get to read TAKEN soon! I've only connected with Erin a little bit online and she seems as awesome as her story!

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  8. Oh wow High school that is a big deal! Good luck to both of you!

    Yay on the 6000 words and good luck with next week.

    I really must pick up 17 & Gone it looks great. So many books, so little time!

    Snail looks fun. We're waiting for Planes to come out. The Disney Store is packed with the merchandise already!

    Have a great week!

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    1. I hear you on the so many books thing. I wish I could just devote a month or two (or five) to catch up!

      Oh - and the Disney store. I think I've spent a small fortune in that place. :/

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  9. 6000 words is awesome, Alison! Good for you! Sounds like you're making great progress on your WIP. :-) I actually wrote a funny drunk scene recently and it was WAY too much fun. So I'm not sure what that says about me either. :P

    Have a great week, Alison!

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    1. Thanks, Jaime! And those funny drunk scenes are fun aren't they? Until they aren't. :) That's where I'm at now. My poor characters.

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  10. Your daughter's reaching the age of your characters. Are you ready for that? I don't think I would be. I don't have any kids at all yet, but still it's got to be odd. You clearly understand teens already, but understanding them and excepting that your baby is one--two different things.

    Good luck with your writing too. 6k is great.

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    1. Having taught teens for twenty some years, I've had a pretty good insider's scoop already, but yeah - having a teen of my own is like walking research resource 24/7. I kind of love teens something fierce so I have no issues with this. :)

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  11. a daughter in high school - cheating at writing YA ;)
    it must be such an experience! good luck to both of you in the new posture!

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    1. Thank you! And no - not cheating. But she and her friends are great resources!

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  12. Aaah! High school! C started 1st grade today and I'm all melancholy about it. I can't even imagine how you're feeling!

    I loved TAKEN too, and I agree -- nine months is WAY too long to wait for FROZEN.

    Best of luck with your writing goals for the coming week. I'm all kinds of intrigued by your angry drunk scene... Can't wait to read this book!

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    1. I thought she was starting this week! That's so early! And I hope to be sharing something soon. Expect an email in the next few weeks lady!

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  13. I'm also burned out by YA dystopian, but if I hear one is exceptionally good, I'm all for it. I just came across too many "in a world where x is forbidden..." and then weak world building around that. The good ones are good no matter the genre.

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    1. This one is SO GOOD. Hope you get a chance to read it!

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  14. Best of luck to your daughter starting out at high school! How exciting :D

    I've been on a YA dystopian break but if there's a good one to be found (like The 5th Wave), I'll be sure to check it out ^_^

    Good luck with your writing this week.

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    1. Thank you! And yes - definitely check out TAKEN!!!

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  15. That's good to hear about Taken. I love dystopian books, but I'm a bit burned out on them. Sounds like I need to get this one, though.

    I felt the same way when my oldest daughter started high school last year. She should still be a little girl. They grow up so fast, don't they?

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    1. They do grow up TOO fast. Before I know it she'll be in college. I'm going to enjoy it while I can.

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  16. I love the cover of Taken. I'll have to check it out. Congrats on completing your writing goals. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks! And that cover is awesome, isn't it?! Hope you get to read it soon!

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  17. Okay, first of all, I'm glad I'm not the only one who cries on cartoons. The end of Toy Story 3 chokes me up every time. And that montage of Carl and Ellie in Up? I can't even think about it without getting sniffly.

    You did awesome on your goal this week! And hey, if aiming for 5k a week is doing the trick, then why not stick with it? Have fun writing that funny drunk scene. Sounds like an interesting challenge. And I hope the high school orientation goes well!

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    1. Sadly (haha), I cry at everything. I bawled like Big Baby during Toy Story 3 and yeah - UP? Tissues are a requirement. I don't think this is a bad thing - just something my kids make fun of me for. :)

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  18. I seem to have a lot of drunk teen scenes in my WIPs, too. In the back of my mind, I wonder if my characters will all end up together in group therapy one day :)

    6,000 words is AWESOME!

    My little brother is about to start his senior year and I'm thinking, wait, weren't you just born, how are you so old now??

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    1. haha! I think all our characters probably need to go to therapy together.

      And senior year?! Yikes! Enjoy it while he's still around. And good luck!

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  19. Oh my gosh, I loved 17 & GONE soooo much. I was a little iffy on IG, too, but 17 & GONE is just incredible. Hope you enjoy too!

    Yay for 6K this week! You can totally get another 5K this week, I know it :)

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    1. Glad to hear that about 17 and GONE. I am enjoying it so far!

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  20. I'd love to read that book.

    Excellent word count. I'm sure you'll hit 5K by next week.

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    1. TAKEN is awesome! I hope you get to read it soon!

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  21. I've been wanting to read Taken for a long time. But I haven't had the opportunity. Maybe I'll wait until all of the books are out so I won't suffer. Congrats on reaching 6k , I hope this week goes well. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I did that with Hunger Games and was so glad I did. And thanks! I hope this week goes well for all of us!

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  22. You've sold me on TAKEN. I've had it on my TBR list for ages and keep finding reasons to put it off (I too have dystopian burn out.) Going to have to bump it back up!

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  23. Hmmm... TAKEN sounds intriguing. I might give that one a whirl--at least put it on the TBR.

    When you have kids, the time goes so quickly. I'm sure it goes quickly when you don't have kids, but they're a very visible reminder of the passing of the years. All the best to your new high schooler, Alison--and to her parents! :)

    Have a great writing week!!

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  24. It's funny that I own Imaginary Girls but haven't read it yet! I did read 17 & Gone not that long ago though and found it engrossing. I couldn't put it down. Hope you enjoy it!

    LOL about Turbo. It's doubly cool that you won tickets to see it AND it turned out to be good. I was skeptical about it as well, but maybe I'll rent it when it's out on DVD now? Haha.

    Great job (as usual) with your writing goal! And omg, high school for your daughter? I hope she's excited! :)

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  25. Jeez--6,000 words? Can I have some of those? I hope your writing has been going well since this post :) Can't wait for your update this week! Maybe I'll actually get a chance to read it on Wednesday and not almost a full week later. :)

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  26. Eek! Did you really have to introduce me to another book I'm going to HAVE to read? *sigh* Fine, I will--but you're paying for the lost time. You hear that? ;)

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