Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What's Up Wednesday: Relief and The DUFF

I finished HEIR OF FIRE by Sarah J. Maas, and while the book did grab me a bit more by the end, I was kinda disappointed. Even more so when someone told me it's going to be a SEVEN book series. I thought it was ending at four, so powering through number three was worth it. Now... I'm not so sure I'll continue. :(
After that, I read NORTHANGER ABBEY by Val McDermid- a modern day retelling. It was okay. I have so  many thoughts on this Jane Austen project happening that they might need their very own post.
Now I'm reading PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry.

Yesterday, I finished my WIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The funny thing is, despite all those exclamation points, I'm not even excited. Just relieved. This thing has plagued me from start to finish and I'm just glad to be done the first draft. It needs SO MUCH revision, it's too short, and I think it needs another POV, but for now, I want to set it aside and STOP THINKING ABOUT IT. Just for a little while.

Having a daily goal. My WIP gave me such h-e-double-hockey-sticks that I haven't wanted to sit down and write, but I've been forcing myself to anyway. Just a bit each day. One thousand words. I manage it every time I get my butt in the darn chair. And obviously it worked since I'm done.

I mentioned on my Friday's Love List that I saw THE DUFF a couple of weekends ago. The movie was lots of fun, although there were a few things that bugged me (mean girl was one-dimensional, the mannequin scene was over-the-top and long, and Mae Whitman is NOT fat). I laughed a lot though and it made me want to reread the book since it's been so long.


  1. CONGRATS ON FINISHING YOUR WIP MELANIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woo hoo!!!!! I have such trouble with series, too. I am waiting on the Raven Boys to be all done so I can read them straight through :-)

  2. Congratulations on finishing your draft. Hooray!

  3. YAY FOR TYPING THE END! I felt the same way about the last draft I finished. Not excited, just relieved. Hooray for editing.

  4. Congratulations on finishing your draft! ^_^

  5. CONGRATS on finishing up your WiP! That's huge! I think setting it aside to simmer for a bit is a great idea. Who knows? Maybe when you return to it with fresh eyes, you'll love it and have some good strategies/ideas for how to buff it up. I'm with you on forcing my butt into a chair. That usually does the trick for me. I still haven't seen THE DUFF movie, but you had the same reaction I did to Mae Whitman's casting. I love that girl, but she is so not fat. I worry what that does to girls watching the movie. Like, are they going to think they're "fat" too when they see petite Mae Whitman? Dear god, I hope not. :-/ Even so, I'm still looking forward to seeing it. Hope you have wonderful week, Melanie!

  6. Congrats on finishing the WIP! Some books are harder than others. Sorry you didn't feel excited--I actually have a hard time getting excited when I finish things usually. I'm usually relieved and a little scared. Despite looking forward to finishing the whole time, I hate endings. It's weird.

  7. Congrats on hitting The End!!! Hopefully reading it over after you've let it sit for a while will get you excited about the story--or, at the very least, get you excited to transform it. :)

  8. Congratulations on finishing the first draft of your WIP! That's such a great feeling. :) Yay for daily goals, too! "One day at a time" works pretty well for me too. It makes the whole project easier to take it in small chunks. Have a great week!