Some Saturday Ramblings

It feels like a “lost” week around here in a way. Monday was a holiday here (not that it matters much to me work-wise since I work when I have a deadline and take time off when I don’t, but there’s the not-minor matter of not having to get up with the kids in the morning as they get ready for school!)

Add to that the head cold I had for three days, which unfortunately came back yesterday and really, it feels like all I’ve done this week is loll around in the grip of cold medication that makes me drowsy.

Reading …

I did manage to get through a nice chunk of The Likeness, by Tana French. I’ve mentioned before that, for some reason, this novel hasn’t hooked me the way In The Woods did. I finally felt really engrossed at around page 189. I’m now very near the end, but (and it might just be because I’ve been under the weather) I don’t find myself racing through to see what happens. In fact, the book has sat on the coffee table, open to the page where I last left it, for the past two days.

I did much better with the audio version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – I’m getting close to the end, and I just started listening earlier this week. (It generally takes me longer to listen to an audiobook because I only listen when I’m exercising, cleaning the kitchen and for an hour before bed.)

While I’ve reread the first three Harry Potter books a few times, I realized as I was listening to this one that this is my first reread of it. There were several things I’d forgotten, and one thing I was pleased to rediscover was that (tiny spoiler here, for those of you who haven’t read this one or seen the movie), unlike the movie, it wasn’t Cho who ratted everyone out. I hadn’t realized that the movie had parted ways with the book there (which goes to show how much of the book I’d forgotten by the time I saw the movie!).

Writing …

I’d meant to spend this week doing up character sketch thingies for my NaNoWriMo novel, but never lifted even a finger in that direction. I did, however, find a very handy set of free Excel worksheets right before I came down with that head cold. I’ll only be using the character worksheet, but for those of you who like to plot first, The Novel Planning Excel Workbook might come in handy (you can see all the worksheets in the novel here, but you need to go here to download it).

When I was writing NANTUCKET, I ended up taking a file folder and writing down all my secondary characters in it, because I found myself wasting a lot of time trying to remember names, especially the names of the more minor characters. I think using the character worksheet will really be helpful.

Fitness Challenge

I haven’t done that well this week with the challenge, logging in only two miles, on the day when I was feeling better. I was supposed to do another 1.5 miles yesterday, but kept postponing it, and then that head cold came back again. I really should get on the treadmill today, but I’m still feeling tired.

Ah … discipline. Nope. I don’t have it, not for fitness, anyway!

The Food Blog

Earlier this week, I posted about our Thanksgiving dinner this past weekend; I also mentioned that I was hoping my husband would start blogging at our food blog, Muse in the Kitchen, because I have been doing a terrible job of keeping it up-to-date.

The thing is, while I do love to eat, it’s Ward who’s really passionate about the cooking and the recipes. He’ll be so thrilled about discovering a new technique that creates a much better result, while I’ll be like, “okay, that’s wonderful, is it okay if we dig in now?”

So guess what? He wrote his first post at Muse in the Kitchen the same day I wrote about our Thanksgiving dinner! You can check it out here: 30-Minute Homemade Pasta.

Since that first post, he’s also written several more posts. And today he told me he’s having a great time blogging! My job with the food blog now is very much like my job in the kitchen. During prep time, I play the role of sous chef; at the blog, I do a bit of reformatting.

Life feels pretty near perfect right now …

16 thoughts on “Some Saturday Ramblings

  1. Margot Kinberg

    I’ve had exactly the same experience as you have – rereading a novel often reminds you of things you forgot you’d forgotten : ).

    Thanks for sharing the information about the Novel Planning Worksheet. You’re absolutely right that sometimes, it’s hard to make sure that secondary characters, subplots, etc., stay focused, and I’ll bet an organizational tool like that could come in handy.
    .-= Margot Kinberg´s last blog .."Signs of the Times" and How Authors Deal With the Big Issues =-.

    1. Belle

      I now have a post-it stuck to my monitor. It reads: REMINDER: put down all beverages (especially hot ones) before reading any of Jill’s comments.

  2. Cathryn

    Maybe your “down time” was your body gearing up for NaNoWriMo .. you still have two weeks to get the characters sketches going. Can’t wait to hear how NaNoWriMo goes!
    .-= Cathryn´s last blog ..Rain =-.

  3. Esme

    You must be Canadian-I did not know that-I miss celebrating Thanksgiving in October-but love the fact that I get Columbus Day and Thanksgiving now. Where are you-I am from the nation’s capital originally.
    .-= Esme´s last blog ..Happy Diwali =-.

  4. Dorte H

    Good to hear you are feeling much better!

    It never stops to amaze me how tired ´only a cold´ makes you feel! You cannot concentrate on anything, and it feels like it will never, ever end.

    I am looking forward to your Tana French review, by the way. I enjoyed In the Woods very much (especially realizing how well-chosen the title was).
    .-= Dorte H´s last blog ..P.D. James Revisited II =-.

    1. Belle

      I just finished The Likeness, Dorte, and I’m still sorting out how I feel about the book. I definitely didn’t enjoy it as much as In The Woods, though …

    1. Belle

      I just finished THE LIKENESS, and I’m still trying to sort out exactly what I think about it. Her writing really is so lovely, though.

      I try not to think about November coming up soon, because I’m not ready yet!

    1. Belle

      Oh, me too! And the beauty of having a head cold as an excuse is that there’s no way I’m going to feel guilty about not exercising!


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