Snapshot: June 25, 2015

Time: 1:05 pm

Feeling: Revved up and motivated—yay!!

Eating & Drinking: I have fallen in love with savoury green smoothies. Last week we bought a NutriBullet blender/liquifier and I’ve been having a blast with it. I searched for savoury green smoothie recipes, then ended up making up one of my own based on seeing what other people are using in theirs.

Basically I throw in a tomato, some cucumber, a handful of cilantro, a cup of plain kefir, a quarter of a small onion, a clove of garlic, a tablespoon of flaxseed, a half a tablespoon of potato starch and salt to taste. Zap it for about a minute, and it’s the most delicious veggie drink ever. And the bonus? It’s pretty filling, so easily substitutes for a light lunch.

Reading: I’m in a reading slump. Yes, I figured I should just bold that for good measure. I think it’s because I’m feeling both productive and busy, and I’m scared if I pick up a good book, I’ll end up sucked in for hours on end.

Whatever the reason, though, I haven’t picked up either a print book or a physical book for a week, other than continuing with my reading of Patricia Highsmith’s Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction. It’s not really a “how to write” book, but rather more a memoir type book in which Highsmith describes how she came to write several of her works.

But I’m headed to the library later today to pick up some holds, so something enticing might get my out of my slump. I can hope, anyway!

Watching: On the other hand, maybe what I just wrote above about being scared that picking up a good book will blow my productivity right out of the water is just an excuse. Because I started watching season 2 of “Agents of Shield” on Netflix last night …



I’m skipping around between a bunch of things (which is often what happens when I’m in a reading slump): Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny (I have the omnibus in print version in my TBR stack—all the books in the series will be rereads for me); The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, another reread/relisten; and Bryant & May: The Burning Man by Christopher Fowler.

Writing: I’m finally working on those first 20 pages of my dark fantasy, for my summer writing workshop class with Kelley Armstrong. Memory gave a me some great developmental feedback, and my older son also read my first draft and pointed out the things which puzzled him or weren’t clear. I’ve got lots of good points to work on now, and both of them tell me what I’ve got so far is very interesting, so I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

Working: I’m back on a productivity binge. I’ve decided to try doing a daily braindump to-do on Trello and so far (for today, anyway), it’s been working. Doing the braindump turns out to be quite the relief for my poor brain which has been trying to juggle everything.

And having a list of things, big and little, seems to be helping, too. I pick and choose depending on my mood. Like this blog post.

I’ve already moved several things to the “done” list, which feels great.

Kijiji: Ward and I finally got around to listing something on Kijiji—a computer desk we no longer need or use—and I can’t believe how easy the whole sales transaction went. I listed the desk late Monday night, and someone emailed us at 7:00 in the morning the very next day. The desk was gone by early afternoon!

I have a friend who recently downsized from a huge house to a condo; she had a blast selling her too-big furniture on Kijiji. She told me it becomes addictive. I can certainly see how that could happen!

So that’s been my week so far. How’s your week been? Any tips for battling a reading slump?

12 thoughts on “Snapshot: June 25, 2015

  1. Ti

    I am reading a lot but the same book! A Little Life cannot be read quickly or once through. I keep going back to read stuff I’ve highlighted. It’s quite a process and it’s not an easy book to read along with others, although I am trying to get through Luckiest Girl Alive. I just need to get moving on the reading front because I have a lot in the queue that I want to get to.

    The green smoothie you described is quite different from what I had in my head, I always have green smoothies with fruit. I should go the savory route to mix it up. I love a good veggie blend.

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I’m loving the green smoothies. I think it’s the garlic that makes it so tasty for me. Unfortunately, there are certain social repercussions to ingesting raw garlic, I’ve been finding …

      I have ATLAS SHRUGGED! So now I just have to get out of this reading slump and I’ll be all ready for the readalong.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    That veggie drink sounds amazing! I can definitely see how it would work as a light meal. A good book can definitely hurt productivity so I can see how you’d be hesitant to really get into something. I always go through a little bit of a slump during the summer because my brain feels baked in the heat!

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      Good point, Katherine. I wonder if it’s just the change in weather that’s affecting me. I’ve never been good with too much heat.

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I made another smoothie with avocado and tomatoes that’s like a savory pudding. Is there such a thing? Well, I guess there is, because I definitely made one!

  3. Athira

    I find that when I’m on a roll getting stuff done and being productive, I try to stick with it. So reading suffers. Sometimes, the opposite happens too – I’m reading a lot, so then my todo list suffers. It’s usually a full circle though, so all good.

  4. Vasilly

    Reading slumps are the worst! Maybe you can go back to reading short stories for awhile until you’re in the mood to read something longer? Are you still getting up early to get more done? How’s that going?

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I’ve been thinking about short stories, but even those don’t feel very enticing. And I’ve been staying up late this past week and it feels like my productivity has gone right out of the window as a result!

  5. Tif

    I cannot wait to hear about your class with Kelley Armstrong! And, I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks of your story!!

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I’m really nervous about it, Tif. I’ve never taken a writing class before! Two weeks and counting …


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