WHAT I’M READING
Books of note from the past few weeks:
NIGHT by Elie Wiesel. Heartbreaking.
SWEET VALLEY CONFIDENTIAL. I was never a diehard SV fan, but I was familiar enough with the characters that I expected to enjoy this soapy 10-years-later installation. Instead, I endured flashbacks within flashbacks to the point of absurdity. It was like Inception, but even more confusing and without the benefit of Ken Watanabe.
I, ROBOT. I can appreciate that Isaac Asimov was a visionary and some of his imagined technology was awesome, but it was surprisingly dull, sort-of like reading a summary report of events.
Last night I started THE ONLY THING TO FEAR by Caroline Tung Richmond which is set in the alternate reality of “What if Hitler had won WWII?” It’s pretty surreal to have my small hometown mentioned by name and to learn in this world it has become a labor camp.
On a side note: my TBR-list has once again exploded, thanks to Stacked’s annual upcoming YA contemporary list.
WHAT I’M WRITING
I’m doing a final read-through of Jules!
My goal is to finish that.
WHAT WORKS FOR ME
I’m going with the oldie but goodie of reading my WIP out loud. I cut almost 5700 words/sentences while actively searching for filler and I’ve caught more while reading.
WHAT ELSE IS NEW
I enjoyed a middle school production of Into the Woods Junior.
I am having work done on my car. The first mechanic quoted me a price that was more than my car was worth. Not kidding. But I shopped (pun intended) around and no one else in existence was anywhere close to how high the first place was. Either they’re scammers and/or completely incompetent. I even got my door locks fixed and when I pick up my car it’ll be awesome when it doesn’t randomly lock me inside the vehicle.
I’ve been working on my little brother’s Christmas present. I always try to outdo myself and I’m especially pleased with his gifts this year.
And that’s it for me in 2014. Have fantastic holidays and I’ll see y’all in 2015!