Wednesday, 18 September 2013

What's Up Wednesday - 18th September


What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow . It's a brilliant way to tell the bloggy world what you're up to, in both reading and writing and anything else that's going on for you.

It's broken down into four headings:

                    1. What I'm reading

                    2. What I'm writing
                    3. What else I've been up to
                    4. What inspires me right now

What are you waiting for? Head on over to join in!


What I'm reading:
I'm currently re-reading my way through the wonderful 13th Floor Series by Christine Rains.
She's having a month long blog tour in October to celebrate the release of her stories in one collection, and to join in the celebrations I've been giving my thoughts on each story in the series as part of my new 'Book Thoughts on Thursday' feature.

What I'm writing: 
I've been working on a piece of flash fiction that will feature in the next installment of Write ... Edit ... Publish. 
This is a monthly hop with a different theme each month. This months theme is 'Moving On', and those of us already signed up will be posting this Friday, 20th September. 
It's not too late to join in, so head on over to sign up yourself! 
What else I've been up to:
My new course materials arrived last week for my first creative writing course with the Open University. I've enjoyed having the rest from study over the summer and I'm now ready to get back into it. 
As soon as the parcel arrived I sat straight down with my books, schedule and diary to mark out all the important dates for the assignments and End of Course Assessment. No exam this time! 
What inspires me right now:
I know the start date isn't officially until 5th October, but I've made a tentative start on the course book. It's kick-started my freewriting habit and introduced me to clustering as well. Clustering is a lot like mind maps, with a key word in the middle of the page, from which you branch off different ideas as they present themselves.
I've never tried this technique before, but I find I'm quite liking it, and I'm having more ideas than I thought I would. It's definitely inspired me in the writing stakes.
What have you been up to this week? Read any good books? Have you tried clustering?
Happy Wednesday everyone!


  1. I really enjoyed reading The 13th Floor series too. It especially found the novella set-up reader friendly. Clustering sounds interesting. I've never heard of it before.

    1. I hadn't heard of clustering either until my course, it's very useful though.

  2. Never heard of clustering before, but it sounds helpful. I'll have to give it a try :)
    I've been meaning to read The 13th Floor series for ages, I just got the first one on my Kindle the other day.

  3. Oh my gosh, clustering! I haven't done this in YEARS! But it does work and is cool.... hmmm I should try it again, I'm need of new inspiration/ideas ;)

  4. No exam is great!
    You'll really enjoy Christine's series. She's an excellent writer.

  5. Thank you for shouting out for me! :) I can't wait to read what you thought of the next book tomorrow. I remember doing creative writing classes and getting far ahead with the material because it was just so much fun. Enjoy! I'm currently reading Elizabeth Arroyo's newest book, The Second Shadow.

  6. Good luck on the course! How much was the creative writing course to take? It's something I wouldn't mind having a crack at :)

  7. You've been quite busy, and best of luck with your course. I love doing writing courses:)

  8. Christine's books are certainly awesome!

  9. One of the best phrases in the whole of the English language is 'no exam'. Even when I love the subject, my head gets exam terror. Enjoy the course, you sound very enthusiastic!