Wednesday, 4 June 2014

What's Up Wednesday! | 04/06/14

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk as a way for writers and readers to stay in touch!

What I'm Reading

I feel like this past week has flown by, it feels like only yesterday I was writing last week's WUW post, and as a result I haven't done any reading this week. I'm still in the middle of Deadline by Mira Grant, somehow I just haven't found the time to read!

What I'm Writing

Today I'm working on more of my novel, but these past few days I've actually been returning to a few pieces of short fiction and some poetry! There's a couple of competitions I'd like to enter - I want to get more of my writing out there! - and there are quite a few short stories lying unfinished in my documents folder that I'd really like to finish. Some of them have been there for over a year!

What Inspires Me Right Now

Yesterday I spent more time than I should have on Pinterest. I love gathering story inspiration there, in fact I have a board for my novel that I fill with pictures and photographs - it's a lot of fun!

Also, shout out to Pinterest who, when I searched for pictures of a noose, put a phone number and website at the top of the page for anyone who might be considering suicide. I know a lot of websites probably do that now, but it still makes me glad when I see it there.

(Don't worry, I'm not suicidal - there were just a lot of nooses in the 16th century!)

What Else I've Been Up To

This week I have not one, but two cinema trips to tell you about!

Last Thursday I went to see Maleficent with a couple of friends, and to be honest I had a very similar experience seeing this as I did to seeing Godzilla: I can't decide how I feel about it yet. I was really hoping for a story that was about a villain that was evil because she liked being evil, I'm a little bored of villains being 'misunderstood'.

That being said there were some elements of the film that I really enjoyed, and even if the story isn't the most original I've seen you should definitely see it for Angelina Jolie's performance. She was a fabulous Maleficent.

Then on Saturday one of my friends came to visit me. We went to Bella Italia for dinner - I had the most amazing cheese and chicken pasta dish that I would have taken a picture of if I hadn't been starving - and then we went to see the new X-Men film. I enjoyed it, but I think I like X-Men: First Class just a little more.

I also recently heard Channing Tatum has been cast as Gambit, and I'm not impressed. Gambit's always been one of my favourites and I'm still not over the fact that he wasn't in the original films. Hopefully Tatum will surprise me with a Gambit-worthy performance.

I've had a very nostalgic week, too. After we went to see X-Men, my friend and I decided to watch The Road to El Dorado; it's one of those films I always seem to end up watching with her, and we know it that well that I'm pretty certain we can quote the entire film at each other. Then I discovered that it's 14 years old this year!

On Monday I made another one of my friends sit down and watch The Lion King because she had a Disney-deprived childhood, and that's when I remembered that The Lion King came out in 1994, making it 20 years old this year. I feel so old!

What's new with you?


  1. I'm going to see Maleficent tomorrow, so I'll have to see what I think of it. And The Lion King being 20 years old makes me feel old, too. It was the first movie I ever saw in theaters, and I still remember it. I'm going to have to dust off my DVD and watch it now...

    1. Really, that's so lovely! I think my first cinema trip was to see Tarzan. :D I hope you enjoy Maleficent!

  2. Wow, that's a lot of movie watching ^_^

    Pinterest is such a great website. So much inspiration in one place!

    1. I love watching movies as much as I love reading books. :P

      I know, right? It's a little too addictive sometimes, though!

  3. I can't believe how fast this past week went too. Makes my head spin. That's cool that you're returning to some short stories. I'm not sure I could ever write a short story. I'm too darn wordy! That's really great about Pinterest. Good on them. Hope you're having a wonderful week, Jess!

    1. I had the opposite problem for the longest time - I couldn't stretch something into a novel! (In fact my current WIP started out as a short story!)

      Thank you, you too! :)

  4. I saw Maleficent this past weekent too and was actually pleasantly surprised- which isn't too hard considering I didn't really want to see it in the first place.
    I remember seeing The Lion King in the theatre. I don't want to admit how old I was when it came out!

    1. I do think Angelina Jolie was a brilliant Maleficent! :)

      Haha, I'm sure you were just a baby. ;)

  5. Sounds like you've been writing a little bit of everything! That's great! I imagine variety must keep things feeling fresh in the writing department.

    That was surprisingly responsible of Pinterest to post a suicide hotline number. I'm impressed that they had the foresight to do that. It's too bad more sites weren't that socially aware and helpful.

    Lots of fun movies for you this week! I know a lot of ladies swoon over Channing Tatum, but I've never quite understood why. I think maybe it's his dancing skills, but I'm not sure that will help him play one of the X-Men. Ah well. Have a lovely week!

    1. It's nice to have a little variety, but I must admit it can be hard to get back into a novelling mindset when I spend time with some short stories!

      I know, right? I really like that they've done that - I'd love to see more websites doing the same!

      I don't really have anything against the guy, but I feel like he gets typecast quite a lot, and I'm not sure Gambit fits the characters he usually plays. (And on a more shallow note, he's just not how I picture Gambit). I'm hoping he surprises me! :)

      Thank you, you too!

  6. Wow sounds like you've been writing all over the place! How cool! How far through your novel are you? I really have been meaning to go an see Maleficent, I've heard it's quite corny but I'm looking forward to seeing it. I loved Xmen and Godzilla though, but I'm not a comic fan or anything and had never seen Godzilla before so was able to just watch it 'as is' i guess would be the best way to describe it!

    Have a great week!

    1. Honestly I'm not entirely sure how far through I am. ^^; I think I'm getting near the halfway point now, though! :)

      I'd definitely recommend seeing Maleficent for Angelina Jolie's performance. :) She was brilliant!

      Thanks, you too!