WHAT I’M READING
I read Jungle (or Lost in the Jungle as it’s apparently sometimes called) by Yossi Ghinsberg, which is a non-fic account of the author’s survival for nearly three weeks ALONE in the Amazon rainforest after he becomes separated from his traveling companions.
It was a fascinating story, but I really need to stop reading about scary stuff like trench foot and fire ants because it sorta makes me want to never set foot in nature again.
WHAT I’M WRITING
I’ve fallen into that same-chapter trap. You know, the one where you feel like you’ve been writing for days (and you literally have) but you don’t seem to be getting anywhere.
There’s a YA Buccaneers’ Word Sprint tonight and I’m determined to get out of this freaking chapter. I need to move on!
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
My parents have been slowly but surely cleaning out their basement and among their four trillion boxes of books, I uncovered a “treasure” that needs to be shared with friends.
So here it is, my friends:
How to Perform Strong Man Stunts by Ottley R. Coulter
There are instructions on things ranging from tearing a telephone book in halves to smashing a rock with “a blow of the first,” but these two were favorites of me and my younger brother:
How to Support 1,000 Lbs. of Living Weight with Ease (I’m not sure why “living” had to be added)
“This particular feat I am going to describe is one you can perform in the parlor any time you are having a party.”
How to Lift and Swing a Man with Your Teeth
“These stunts will make you the life of the party, as well as greatly admired.”
I did a search for the author and found some pics, but sadly none where he was actually performing these stunts.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Firstly, my parents, who just celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary. I’ve learned so much about love and commitment from them.
Secondly, I mentioned last week that reading ELEANOR AND PARK reminded me of my own stack of cassettes, so of course I had to pull them out.
I still have what I think was my first non-Disneyish tape: Bruce Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love. One of my cousins gave it to me for Christmas and hearing The Boss usually reminds me of him.
I’ve always been a big fan of music, so I like to have a “soundtrack” for each of my WIPs. It’s not something I listen to constantly while I write, but when I’m stuck, it gives me some inspiration.
With my last WIP, it was like all the right songs jumped out at me immediately.
But with my current one, the jams have been elusive.
I *think* I’m finally starting to get in the groove! Thank you, Rihanna and Mikky Ekko, for the song “Stay,” I can definitely picture this playing during scenes with Jules and Jesse.