WHAT I’M READING
THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brien which is a collection of short stories that take place during the Vietnam era. While it’s classified as fiction, some of it is semi-autobiographical and, like other “war stories,” it’s a tough read. It makes you contemplate human nature and self-preservation and morality.
THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate, a sweet, sad and hopeful MG about a captive gorilla named Ivan.
BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater. I love how it felt like reconnecting with old friends. Some of it did feel like set-up over actual storytelling and did I miss what ultimately happened with Adam and his dad because there was a scene and then it was over and other stuff was happening and was my book missing pages or did I blank out??? Anyway, despite my confusion over that part, I enjoyed the book (such awesome atmosphere and tension and Ronan) and I’m looking forward to all the action/answers in the fourth book.
In the future:
I’m about to start INFINITE by Jodi Meadows and I can’t wait to see how the series ends.
After that, I’m going to pick up something light and sweet. Something like a beach read for when it’s cold outside. I’ve got a few ideas, but I’m always open to suggestions!
WHAT I’M WRITING
My last posted goal (weeks ago) was to rearrange the scenes in some sort of order. That is done and I’m slowly, but surely, working my way through this draft.
This is a major rewrite and I luckily did some of the work months ago, so the beginning of the book is mainly revisions. But I’m about to run into scenes that need to be written from scratch. *panics at the thought of drafting*
My goal for next week: Work on the scenes immediately following Emma’s argument with her cousin.
WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Physical activity. I’m not a big health nut (as evidenced by the ridiculous amounts of snack foods I consume), but I try to work-out or take a walk every day. I also take frequent mini breaks to stretch or get water or whatever so I’m not constantly sitting, sitting, sitting and staring, staring, staring at the computer screen. I’ve noticed that if I don’t get up a lot during the workday, I tend to feel sluggish and achy.
WHAT ELSE IS NEW
I got a new phone because my (very, very) old one was literally falling apart. It had a slide-out keyboard and at some point, I lost a couple screws (it may have had to do with the dozens of times I dropped it). This meant that pretty much every time I picked it up, the phone would come apart and I’d have the screen in one hand and the keyboard in the other. Not cool at all.
My complete goals are listed here, but to summarize:
- Get to page 50 of EMMA
- Finish reading GREAT EXPECTATIONS
- Run up a giant hill
- Take a country drive
- Watch a so-bad-it’s-good movie