What's Up Wednesday

I just discovered What's Up Wednesday, and thought it would be a great weekly meme to participate in. It's hosted by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow, and the idea is to let other bloggers know where you are with any writing and reading goals you may have.

1. What I'm reading
I'm currently reading Looking for Alaska, by John Green. It's one of my favourite books but I haven't read it in years, so I thought I'd break it out again, and I'm loving it! 
I'm also reading some Edgar Allan Poe on my kindle, as I think it'll make good research for my dissertation - I'm writing dark short stories, so it makes sense!

2. What I'm writing
This week I'm working on character profiles for my short stories. It's a lot of fun, since they are pretty twisted characters! It's interesting getting to know them; some of them are turning out very differently than I had first thought.

3. What else I've been up to
I've been working a lot, trying to save up for my holiday in a few weeks. My life at the minute pretty much consists of working 5 days a week and dissertation writing when I'm not at work. Needless to say, I'm ready for a holiday!

4. What inspires me right now
I'm very inspired by music at the minute - for the first time I've made playlists for my writing. Each of my seven short stories now has a playlist to go with it, which is fun. It's a good job I'm a fan of dark, depressing music, otherwise I'd probably need therapy!
My character profiles are also inspiring me, because all I want to do is write their stories. 


  1. I love Looking For Alaska! Sounds like you're making good progress on your dissertation which is great! Good luck with finishing it!

  2. Looking for Alaska is one of my FAVORITE reads! I need to reread it soon too. :)

    And wow - sounds like you have a crazy schedule! I hope you get to take a holiday soon!

  3. I still haven't read LOOKING FOR ALASKA, despite the fact that I bought a copy ages ago. I really should read that thing!

    I hope these few weeks before your holiday go nice and quickly. :)

  4. It's probably been over 10 years since I last wrote any character profiles. It's really an important thing to do when you're just getting to know new characters.

  5. So much joy and excitement can come from listening to music Laura, really glad to hear that you're getting motivation from somewhere. Character profiles are brilliant ideas in my opinion, a really good way for preparing for the main story.

  6. I love writing with music too. It's such a great writing tool.

    Have a wonderful holiday!

  7. Oh, reading some Edgar Allan Poe is a great idea! I haven't looked at anything from him for ages. Sounds like you could use a vacation - any ideas where you'd like to go yet?

  8. I loved Looking for Alaska. And Edgar Allan Poe, awesome! I love to create playlists for my WIP. Since my WIP takes place in the 80s, an interesting time in music :) Oh, thanks for mentioning character profiles. I think I might do that for this WIP to get a sense of the characters.

  9. I'd love to hear more about your process with the character profiles. That's something i always want to do but I never know where to start.

  10. So glad you decided to join us for What's Up Wednesday! I haven't read LOOKING FOR ALASKA yet, but I recently read THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and finally get why everyone makes such a huge deal out of John Green! Good luck with those character profiles this week!

  11. I'm doing character profiles this week for my WIP...and I have to agree, it's way fun. I love seeing a completed person appear by the time I'm done. :)

  12. Sounds like you're a busy lady. Kudos for your productivity. I'm a fan of twisted characters and dark music too. :)

  13. Playlists for writing? Interesting idea. I just play all my MP3s in alphabetical order.

  14. Guess what - I just started reading Looking for Alaska too! So far so good. Have a peaceful, good, productive weekend!

  15. I'd never heard of Looking for Alaska but I'm intrigued now following everyone's comment. Thanks for the tip.


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