Snapshot: March 10, 2015

Time: 4:29 pm

Feeling:  A lot more energized than yesterday! And it’s making me really appreciate how important feeling energized is. Yesterday was so bleh, but today I feel like I can (maybe) juggle everything I’ve been loading on my plate.

Reading: I just finished S.J. Bolton’s Now You See Me last night, so I’ll probably start on book 2 of the Lacey Flint series, Dead Scared. And I’m still working on Pet Sematary for the #gangstercats readalong.

The Shadow Cabinet

I also picked up Maureen Johnson’s The Shadow Cabinet from the library, and since it’s a relatively new release, I should get to it sooner rather than later because I’m probably not going to be able to renew it. I loved the first book in The Shades of London series, The Name of the Star but the second book (The Madness Underneath)? Not so much.

Still Writing

And in non-fiction, I’d like to start The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin. Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life, by Dani Shapiro, also came in from the library. This is the second time I’ve borrowed it – the last time I didn’t get to it fast enough and there were holds on it so I couldn’t renew it. It’s a book that I’ve been wanting to read for a while, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to make the time for it.

Listening: I’m still listening to In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, edited by Leslie Klinger and Laurie R. King. It’s not quite as enjoyable as Klinger and King’s first collection of Holmes stories, A Study in Sherlock, but I’m enjoying it.

Writing: I haven’t done much writing this past week, but I have a lot of revisions and editing in the works. I’m still in the process of revising Waverley, my middle grade children’s fantasy, and I need to edit a short story and a flash story this week so I can submit them.

Working: No indexes this week! I do have ten blog posts to write for a business client. The rest of my time has been spent on preparing to take the plunge into freelance writing – not writing for corporate/business clients, which is what most of my writing work has been (except for one client, where I write articles under my own byline) – but bylined writing for websites and print publications. I’ve been compiling a collection of places and editors to pitch my pieces, but I need to work out a better system. I also need to make time each day to brainstorm ideas for different pieces.

It’s very different from anything I’ve done before. I have a tendency to go into heavy-duty research and learning mode whenever I start doing something different, so the key is to know when I’ve got enough facts under my belt, and start the doing steps. Which means sending out those article pitches and writing those personal essays!

I also have an interview tomorrow with a publisher, again in a field of work that’s new to me. So these are very exciting times indeed!

Blogging: This year I’ve been getting more involved in blogging events, and it’s been fun so far. I haven’t skipped a day yet (except for Christmas day, which was planned), so I’ve managed to stay on course in terms of my 365 days of blogging self-challenge.

Later this month I’ll be hosting a mini-challenge for Bloggiesta – they’re still looking for more mini-challenge hosts, if you’re interested. I’m also working on a post for next month’s theme at  Book Bloggers International.

And next month is Dewey’s Read-a-Thon! I’ve only ever participated as a cheerleader, because in the past my Saturdays were booked with getting Dylan to a variety of different classes. This year, though, he’s in one building in the afternoons, and my wait time on Saturday afternoons has become my reading time. So I’m hopeful I’ll be able to participate both as a cheerleader and as a readathon participant.

Creating: A couple of weeks ago, Joy Weese Moll and I talked each other into taking the Verbal to Visual Classroom course, which started yesterday. It’s basically a sketchnoting course, offered by Doug Neill of the Verbal to Visual site, and I’m hoping it will get me taking more visual notes as I read.

Looking forward to: Getting back to Pet Sematary tonight. I know I said I wouldn’t read it at night, but I intend to go to bed early so everyone should still be up while I’m reading. Hopefully!

The rest of today: I’m heading out with Dylan for a dance class. And then I have the evening for reading!

13 thoughts on “Snapshot: March 10, 2015

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I’d definitely recommend reading A Study in Sherlock first if you haven’t read it yet, Katherine. The quality of the stories is more even in the first anthology, I think. Mind you, I read the first one in print, and the second one I’m listening to in audio, so that might make a difference. I do like this audio, though – there are different narrators for each story, and the narrators seem well-suited to the stories they’re reading.

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I did that a few years back, Alex – it was fun, but I wasn’t disciplined enough back then to finish the challenge!

  1. Heidenkind

    I heard the second book in The Shades of London series was kinda meh. Probably why I haven’t read it.

  2. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    I finished Pet Sematary late last night. Which is probably why I was up before 4AM this morning, lol.

    I’m so glad to hear you might be able to be a cheerleader for the readathon! It’s so much fun. It does cut into the reading time but the sociability of it is not to be missed 😀

  3. Jemi Fraser

    Lots going on! I can’t read any horror at all anymore – did it in high school and still have occasional nightmares about those books! :)
    Good luck with the freelancing – you’re going to be great!

  4. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

    I’m still feeling off from the spring ahead. I’ve been just exhausted by about 8 or 9 in the evening, which is early for me. I’m hoping things will normalize by this weekend. I’m glad you are feeling better about the time change!


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