Happenings


AIN'T WE GOT FUN

This month is flying by waaaay too fast. I seriously can't believe that Ain't We Got Fun will be available in 4 days ... 4 DAYS! I got my copy yesterday, 3 or 4 days after Emily got her copy ... this is what happens when you live basically in the middle of nowhere. But I got it at long last!!


The blog tour starts this Monday, May 25th and ends on Friday, May 29th. We have lots of fun blog posts and a big giveaway planned, so be sure to check back next week! Thank you to all who volunteered to help out with AWGF's blog tour! You guys are the best!



RESIST

In other news, I've been diving into the re-writing process of Resist. It's quite the tedious, time consuming project. I wrote the first draft in third person, then played around with telling it in first person, and felt the latter was more engaging. I'm thankful for my mom and sister-in-law who helped me through the, "WHAT POINT OF VIEW SHOULD I CHOOSE?" phase. Seriously, I was all anxious and couldn't get any work done until I figured out which way I was going to tell the story. Writers are strange creatures ...

I've been doing more research, which included watching a documentary on the Battle of France while drinking the best iced coffee ever on Sunday.


I've been so engrossed in WWII that this happened the other day:

Les Miserables is no longer about the French Revolution. It’s now about the French Resistance! “At the barricades of freedom! Shall I join my brothers there? When the REICH begins to FALL. Do I stay; and do I dare? Will you take your place with me?”

Wow. I’m a nerd.

READING


I finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird this month. Basically, I'll be naming my future children Jem and Scout ... or convincing my older siblings to name their children that. =) I'm currently reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. I'll probably be doing a review on that once I'm finished. I have a stack of books waiting to be read ....they're all WWII books. No surprise there, right? Also, I really want to read Saint Augustine's Confessions.

So many books, not enough time. Ugh.


LISTENING TO

Oh, you know, the usual ...  The German National Anthem, Die Gedanken Sind Frei, The French National Anthem, and Le Chant Des Partisans.

READ-TO-WIN

I'm one of the authors participating in the Read-To-Win event happening over at Homeschooled Authors this summer! Keep an eye out for more information ... you could win a $100 Amazon gift card by reading and reviewing books. =)


I think that about wraps up my writerly and bookish happenings. Be sure to check back on Monday ... fun times coming up!

What have you been reading, writing, and listening to?

-Emily

14 comments

  1. I enjoyed reading this post :)

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  2. It's cool to hear what your're up to.
    I haven't been reading anything lately. I ordered some books on the Norwegian Resistance, and am waiting for those to arrive. Then I get to research! That's the 2nd best part of writing. The best is typing "the end."

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    1. Wow, the Norwegian Resistance sounds fascinating! I'll have to read up on that sometime! Are you writing a historical fiction about that? Yes, the best part is typing "the end." I agree!

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    2. Yes, that's my new project. The idea's five days past conception, and I've already fallen in love with the characters. Never did characters come alive back when I wrote fantasy. There's just something about knowing real people lived one's character's stories. Or in Resist's case, they *were* real people.

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    3. That's so awesome!! I'd love to read it someday!!

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  3. You've been such a busy lady! Sounds like RESIST is coming along beautifully - I'm amazed by how fast you've been getting it done! (or maybe it just seems fast to me - maybe it doesn't feel like it to you!)

    To Kill a Mockingbird is so great, isn't it? Such a touching story.

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! Yes, life's been very busy lately! Resist is actually coming together pretty fast ... faster than I expected! I started writing it in February.

      Yes! I loved To Kill a Mockingbird! I have the movie and I knew the story growing up, but never read it for myself. It's a good one. =)

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  4. You have a lot going on. KEEP IT UP EMILY!

    Also, I can't wait to hear what you think about Quiet. It is the next book on my booklist as well.

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    1. Thank you so much, Susanna!!

      I'll definitely be back to talk about Quiet. It's really interesting. =)

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  5. That's so exciting about Ain't We Got Fun! Good luck with Resist, I'm getting all excited about that one now :)
    Looking forward to all the fun next week!

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  6. I like your reading pile. I just bought a new WW2 book I want to read at some point in the nearish future. "The American Home Front: 1941-1942" by Alistair Cooke. I am finishing up reading "Pied Piper" by Nevil Shute and enjoying it very much.

    Ah, your listening songs are the epitome of a historical fiction writer's sort of research. I do enjoy a good WW2 era recording of The French National Anthem though.

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    1. Oh, that sounds like a really interesting book! I'll have to look that up. And I saw on Goodreads that you were reading "Pied Piper" and I added that to my "to-read" list. It looks fascinating!

      Yes, I love WWII era recordings, too!! So good!! And I love listening to other countries National Anthems. =)

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