Snapshot: July 26, 2015

Time: 8:20 pm

Feeling: Productive, even though I really haven’t done much today. But I FINALLY got around to getting some pictures taken so I can have a decent social media picture, instead of either the one that’s years old, or the one where I’m hiding behind my 12-year-old Dylan or the one where I’m on the edge of the picture with all three of my kids.

It turns out I was using a different picture on different social media sites. Once I uploaded to Facebook, it took me another ten minutes to log in and change my pictures on all my other social media accounts and all my email accounts, too. Phew! But I’m glad I finally got it done.

It was quite the family affair. I got Dylan to take several shots of me, and then today when I met my daughter Hayley for an early dinner, I got her to select the shot she liked best.

This was actually the picture I personally liked, but I guess it doesn’t work well as a social media profile pic, does it?

Me trying to grab the phone

Eating: I went with Hayley to Queen Mother Café here on Queen Street West. They had a smaller menu than normal when we went, but Hayley was very pleased with her Ping Gai (boneless chicken marinated with garlic, coriander and black peppercorns, grilled crispy and served with a spicy lime and coriander dipping sauce, salad and  jasmine steamed rice) and I was quite happy with my arugula and smoked cheddar cheese salad (baby arugula, toasted pumpkin seeds, pickled red onion and  grape tomatoes, in a lime spinach and Dijon dressing, topped with grated smoked cheddar cheese). I also added grilled chicken to it so it would be more substantial.

Reading: Maybe it’s a summer thing, but I seem to be drawn to chunksters right now. There’s Atlas Shrugged, which I want to read for the #AtlasRAL. And there’s my book club read, The Name of the Wind (I know! It’s so exciting—I’m in a science fiction and fantasy book club!).

What’s really gotten my attention lately, though, is Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings. What a great book! I’m about a third of the way through, and I’m really liking it.

Listening: I haven’t had a chance to get back to Ernest Cline’s Armada, which makes me quite sad because I’ve really enjoyed the few chapters I’ve listened to. I find I haven’t had as much time for audiobooks because when I’m not doing something I’m trying to keep noodling over bits and pieces of the story I’m working on. I used to do this all the time—I’d go off on a daydream about whatever book I happened to be writing, any time, any place—but it’s something I’ve gotten out of the habit of doing over the past four or five years. Which has been detrimental to my writing but very good for my audiobook stats.

Writing: Yes! I am still writing! Although I’ve now written all the scenes I’ve thought up, so the past few days I’ve been brainstorming instead of actually writing any new scenes. But I’m brainstorming in a “writing journal” file specifically for this book, so I’m counting it even if the word count can’t be added to my actual writing word count. Because really, while actually writing the words of your novel every day is a good goal, there’s some prep work that needs to be done and if I didn’t count it as “writing” I’d feel pretty down on the days when I didn’t “write” even though I was still working on my story. Right?

Working: This is a bit of a heavier week coming up for me. I’ve got three deadlines to finish up, plus it’s my older son’s birthday this Thursday. The tabletop board games I ordered for his birthday did arrive in time, which is good. He wants to have biscuits and sausage gravy for his birthday dinner, so we’re trying to find a restaurant around here that has that on its menu.

Creating: Nothing yet, but I’ve got a nice big stash now of adult colouring books, and I’m just waiting for a bit of time so I can pull out my Prismacolor pencils and start colouring!

9 thoughts on “Snapshot: July 26, 2015

  1. Suey

    First… YAY WRITING! (I’ve been doing well this week too!) And second… I’m so excited about all the books you listed as reading! The Name of the Wind… AWESOME! The Way of Kings… AWESOME! And all this talk around and about on Atlas Shrugged… wow. Makes me glad I read it YEARS ago so I don’t have to do that again, but I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks about it.

    AND… I love the new picture! So cute!

    Happy birthday to your son this week. :)

  2. Care

    I think people would freak if I changed from PIE to my face! I do change my FB profile often but I want to stick to my pie pic for my avatar. I do like your photo that you decided NOT to use! fun.
    I’m really flying through Atlas Shrugged even though it is full of heavy-meaning SPEECHES rather than dialogue.

  3. Sharlene

    The Name of the Wind is one of my favourite books!

    And it seems like almost everyone is doing the colouring book thing… I peeked into one at the bookstore the other day. Maybe I should’ve bought it!

    Hope you have a great week!

  4. Vasilly

    It’s good to hear that you’re still writing! What are you doing for your mornings? Are you still waking up really early to take walks? Now you have me wanting some Ping Gai. 😉

  5. Ti

    Yay on the writing front! My Mac would not boot this weekend so I couldn’t post a Sunday post or really do much of anything so today I am frantically writing reviews and trying to catch up.

  6. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    You have been eating well and so healthy! That salad with the cheddar cheese sounds absolutely amazing. So many people seem to be drawn to chunksters when it hits summer. I’m the opposite. My brain feels fried and my attention span is down to almost zero so the lighter the better. Maybe when the Tornado is a little older? I can see how brainstorming would count towards your word count. It’s part of the process just as much as writing the draft itself. Have a great week!

  7. Athira

    Yay for writing!! The husband recently got me Armada so I’m eager to read it. I have been seeing mixed reviews about that one but still, I can’t wait to get to it.


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