WHAT I’M READING
After being gutted by SECOND CHANCE SUMMER, I wanted something way lighter and MEANT TO BE by Lauren Morrill hit the spot. It was predictable and somewhat unbelievable at times, but still a cute read.
I also read GOING VINTAGE by Lindsey Leavitt which had a fun concept:
When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
I liked Mallory, who said amusing things like:
I’ve driven by here, but I’ve never actually hiked up. Hiking seems very, I don’t know, laborious. (150)
And I completely loved Ginnie, who was the most awesome, supportive BFF sister ever.
Mallory’s issues with her boyfriend (aside from the cheating) were something a lot of people (teen/adult or guy/girl) could relate to –trying to find your own identity after someone else has pretty much been your entire life.
It was an enjoyable read although it’s hard to forgive this passage:
She bought him a Baltimore Orioles hat online. Yes, the Orioles, the most boring team in the major leagues. (85)
That hurt my little heart as it pumped orange and black blood through my body*
Finally, since Banned Books Week is coming up soon (September 22-28), I’m planning to read Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, which has been challenged in the past due to “indecent language.” My husband has been bugging me for years to read it. I’m finally doing it!
WHAT I’M WRITING
SO MUCH. LIKE WHOA.
So last week I finally got a new laptop battery and I’m no longer tethered to my desk, staring at a wall. I can pick up my laptop and go places with it and it doesn’t cut off after five seconds! That really gave me a kick in the creative butt and I cranked out like 30 pages. This is major since I usually only manage a page or two a day.
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
Failing miserably at my first macramé purse attempt. I took a wrong step somewhere and it ended up looking more like a Barbie dress than anything else. Blah. Next time I’m ignoring the pattern.
Working off my Summer Seven.
“What’s that?” you ask.
Well, it’s similar to the “Freshman Fifteen” and Holiday weight.
Every year, I go into a sort-of summer hibernation. I hide in the dark and air-conditioning, stuffing my face with snacks like it’s going out of style while generally just feeling cranky.
Insert September and I stumble, blurry-eyed, into the great outdoors.
Ahh, fresh air. Since I work from home, it’s really (sadly) easy to spend all day in front of the computer in my pjs, but I’m trying to get outside, at least for a few minutes, every day.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
That fresh air I mentioned above. Even though September is still overly warm to me, I can feel myself slipping out of bear-cave mode.
*For all you non-baseball people out there, those are the Orioles’ colors.
My love of my team can be summed up by this Seinfeld clip: