WHAT I’M READING
I finished Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
I really enjoyed the first half of the book. Some of the moments were even more hilarious told indirectly (through emails, notes, etc.) because there was a lot of subtle, between-the-lines humor. The second half had its moments, but it lacked the same spark. It was mostly narrative from Bernadette’s daughter, who seemed likeable enough, but her personality felt a little flat compared to the other characters. There were also a lot of scenes with Bernadette’s husband and I pretty much thought he sucked. Most of the characters were unlikeable to a certain degree, but I assumed they were supposed to be. The end felt a little too quick/convenient.
I also read When it Happens to You by Molly Ringwald. Yes, THAT Molly Ringwald. She wrote a book and it’s good! It’s a collection of interconnecting short stories, some of them so unflinching that it felt like I was trespassing on these people’s lives. The only story that really gave me pause was “Mea Culpa,” because I had trouble following the timeline of events. Everything else seemed to be linear and this one suddenly went back in time. But even with that confusion, the emotions were as strong as ever.
WHAT I’M WRITING
Last week I wanted to write the “major event” scenes and I’ve got the skeletons down for that – I just need to fill them in a little more before I move on. I’m on page 37 and since I write about a page or two a day, I’m aiming to get to 50 by next Wednesday.
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
I had to collect a urine sample from my cat last Friday. Before a week and a half ago, I didn’t even know this was a thing. I’ll spare you the icky details, but it did not involve following him around with a cup, as I’d imagined.
Good news is that he’s doing much, much better – he goes back to the vet next week for a follow-up and will hopefully get a clean bill of health.
In other news, the freaking engine light is on in my car. AGAIN. WTF? Seriously. It seems to be running fine, but I’m pretty annoyed considering all the money I’ve dumped into it and the several mechanics I’ve taken it to. Does my car need an exorcism or something? Is it going to go all Linda Blair on me?
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
The weekend. I’m having a crazy, busy week and I can’t wait to spend at least part of the weekend relaxing.