WHAT I’M READING
I finished The God of Small Things. Hmm. Well, on one hand, I enjoyed the scattered timeline. And there were some really POW lines, like on page 68:
This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt.
Or page 264:
Kalyani looked down and smiled, coyly acknowledging her bigotry.
But in some places I felt myself getting irritated by the repetitiveness, the cutesiness, the cleverness of the prose (Estha’s pointy shoes, etc.).
There was definitely something lovely/haunting about this book, but it was too dreamy and abstract for my tastes, so I couldn’t love it.
Also read Pivot Point by Kasie West. It had a really cool concept (two timelines) and I thought the presentation of those dual stories was done well, but the mystery was a bit thin/predictable and I wanted more world-building and explanation over how the MC’s powers worked.
Currently reading The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I’m only a few pages in, but I feel like I’m at the beach and I can’t wait to read more.
WHAT I’M WRITING
Warning: ramble ahead
After a week of attempting two projects at once, I have to say I’m struggling. I’m finding I can’t easily switch back and forth between the two. My first draft is rambling and unfocused, and my rewrite is pretty much going nowhere.
I think a lot of it has to do with the page count goals I’ve given myself. I’ve never done well with word count goals and it seems I’m the same way with pages. I’m an edit-as-I-go type person, so I might have a satisfying writing session but have little tangible evidence to show for it.
To remedy my “writing flounder,” I’m going back to my tried and true method of writing an hour a day. It’s worked well for me in the past, so if it ain’t broke…
That being sad, I’ve decided to focus on only ONE project for the time being and that’s my rewrite of JULES. My document is titled “Please let this be the last first draft.”
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
It was my younger brother’s 17th birthday over the weekend. I remember the first time I laid eyes on him and I thought, “How is it possible for a person to be so small?” Now he’s a licensed driver and a year away from finishing high school. He is smart, funny, kind-hearted, and sarcastic and I’m so happy that such an amazing human being is related to me.
Macrameing. (see below)
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Alison and Katy had WIP Love Lists on their blogs earlier this week and I’m going to post mine on Friday. With all the “eh” I’ve been feeling about writing lately, I’m glad to have a reminder of why I love my WIPs.
This post on the YA Buccaneers blog, challenging readers to do something that scares or intimidates them. That’s where macrame comes in. Don’t laugh!
I am pretty much the least craftsy person on earth. I look at clothing patterns and sigh wistfully because I wish I could sew, even though I can’t even mend a small hole in a sweater without making the problem much worse. The same with crocheting (oops, lost the needle) and knitting (ouch, my eye).
Years ago, I bought this macrame book at a used book sale because it looked so 1970s and fun. But I eventually gave it away b/c it seemed so hard (whine).
Well, I am determined to try again. And not just a little bracelet – I want a bag! Some of the pics I’ve seen look just like a purse I had (and adored) when I was a kid.
I expect this will take me quite awhile, but I’ll be periodically posting updates. And if I get really badass at macrameing, fun gifts for everyone!
In the meantime, since my purse will take me awhile, my July challenge will be completing the President’s Challenge Adult Fitness Test.
(aerobic) walking a mile OR running a mile and a half
(muscular strength) half sit-ups for a minute
(muscular strength) push-ups for a minute
(flexibility) sit and reach
I am not looking forward to running!