Wednesday, 25 September 2013

What's Up Wednesday #8



What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow and is a great way for readers and writers to catch up!

What I'm reading

I've been reading a book of short stories chosen by Neil Gaiman, intriguingly titled Unnatural Creatures. Just my kind of book!

What I'm writing

I already posted about finishing the Darkworld series! Other than that, I've been inching forward with my YA fantasy. It's slow-going, but I'm getting close to the 2/3 mark!

What else I've been up to

I had a great time exploring London over the weekend - setting myself the ambitious task of bookshop-hunting with the help of Google Maps, and seeing as many sights as possible! I walked past the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey; saw Big Ben and the London Eye; watched a guy playing bagpipes in Trafalgar Square, got attacked by a pigeon in Piccadilly - and found the biggest Waterstones in the UK! Unfortunately, I can't share my photos yet because I rather stupidly left my camera cable back in Birmingham...but I'm moving out of my London flat on Saturday! Yes - my placement finishes on Friday. It's been a great month, and I can't believe it's flown by so fast! It's kind of scary that I'm now left in the no-man's-land of the UK graduate job market...again...but with my book coming out on the 10th October, I'll get some time to kick-start the promotion!

What inspires me right now

I'm inspired by life. Exploring London has re-awakened my adventurous spirit, and I can't wait to make the most of my time off to plan my next trip!

15 comments:

  1. London is so awesome and I looooooove that Waterstones and always make sure to stop by when I'm in the city.

    Good luck with your fantasy novel!

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    1. I love it :) The one in Birmingham's nice, too, but I really wanted to find the London ones!

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  2. This is really making me want to go to London again. I was last there a year and a half ago, but only for a few days. (We were on a trip to Scotland and ducked down to London.) I'd love to got to Fortnum & Mason again and load up on tea and sweets!

    That's awesome that you're making such great progress on your fantasy. And congrats on finishing your series! :-)

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    1. Thank you :) I've not had the chance to explore it as a tourist before, so it was exciting!

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  3. I really need to read more of Neil Gaiman's books. I've only ever read CORALINE and NEVERWHERE, but thoroughly enjoyed both. I'm very jealous of your time in London. I've never been and would love to go sometime. Not so jealous of the pigeon incident though. Eek! Good luck with the job search!

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    1. I love Neverwhere! The Graveyard Book is amazing, too. Yeah - London's pigeons are a bit aggressive! Thank you :)

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  4. Ah, I'm insanely jealous for your London escapades. Sounds so fun! And congrats on nearly hitting the 2/3 mark on your YA fantasy. Hopefully the path to the finish is nice and easy for you. :)

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  5. Wow, sounds like you're having fun in London!

    Also, slow-going is always better than no-going. Wishing you the best of luck with your YA fantasy!

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  6. Your life sounds so interesting!!!!

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    1. Haha, it's pretty hectic at the moment, but exploring London was fun! :)

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  7. Congrats on finishing your story!!! And wow! How awesome to be exploring London! Enjoy!

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  8. I would looove to explore London and hunt for bookstores! That sounds pretty perfect. :) Good luck with your move!

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