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Post-Readathon Thoughts: Notes to myself for my next readathon

The Spring 2015 Readathon has come and gone, and I had a blast. This was my first year participating as a reader as well as a cheerleader; in previous years, I’d cheered, but never read. I have always enjoyed the cheering part of the Readathon, but I’ve decided, now that I’ve actually experienced both reading and cheering, that participating in both is even better.

I had so much fun! And even though I spent a great deal of the day out of the house, I think I kind of made it work. But now that I’ve actually participated as a reader, I have a much better idea how to make my next Readathon experience even better.

Book selection. I did give some thought to picking out the books I might want to read on the big day, but now I know better what kinds of books will work for me during a Readathon, especially if I’m also cheering.

Greenglass House

I started the Readathon with Greenglass House, by Kate Milford. I read 102 pages before I decided to move on to another book, but most of my Readathon time was spent on Greenglass House. I am loving it so far—it’s exactly what I like to read.

It’s the kind of book you want to read slowly, savouring the story as it unfolds before you, absorbing the hint of mystery as you become involved with the different personalities you’re encountering. But for me it’s not the kind of book that stands up well to the distraction of popping onto Twitter every once in a while to cheer on other Readathon participants.

when the bough breaks

I realized this when I ending up whizzing through 52 pages of Jonathan Kellerman’s When the Bough Breaks, the first in the Alex Delaware series. When the Bough Breaks is one of those highly readable thriller-ish mysteries where you’re racing to turn the pages so you can see what happens next. There’s no slow savouring needed here. You read without even realizing you’re holding your breath, as your eyes scan the words as quickly as you can, getting the gist of the story into your mind so you can turn the page for more of the same.

In addition to being a quick read, a page-turning thriller is also much easier to pop in and out of. I found I could tweet some cheers and then go right back to reading.

So my next Readathon? More page-turners.

Adding short stories to the mix. While I had planned to, I didn’t actually end up reading any short stories this time around, but I wish I had. Just so I could have the satisfaction of finishing something! Next time I think I’ll actually select the short stories ahead of time—and pay attention to length while I’m doing so.

Balancing cheering with reading. This is a tough one. Because the bottom line is, cheering on Twitter is FUN! There’s the immediacy of reaching out to someone who’s doing some heavy-duty reading, there’s the pleasure of the occasional short conversations that ensue, there’s that really lovely feeling of meeting and getting to know other readers you never knew before.

So next time, I’m going to time myself when I’m cheering. And when I’m reading. Maybe use the Pomodoro technique. Actually, using the Pomodoro method might work really, really well in terms of balancing cheering with reading.

Resting my eyes. My eyes also seemed to tire more quickly than they normally do when I’m reading. It was a little odd, since I really didn’t read all that much. But I think taking some breaks to rest my eyes would also be a good thing. Maybe I could work that into a modified Pomodoro technique, too.

Not feeling sleepy. I am normally a night owl so I found this bit a little strange. I was feeling sleepy at around 9:00, even though most nights I don’t go to bed until after 1:00 a.m.! Someone on Twitter mentioned walking around while reading, and I think I might give that a try. After all, I do this when I’m talking on the phone for long periods of time, and afterwards I tend to feel charged up with energy rather than tired. It’s worth a shot, right?

Hopefully I’ll be able to take part in the Fall Readathon, both as a reader and a cheerleader (a lot will depend on my work schedule, as it will be my busy season then). And if I can participate, I’ll be sure to come back and read this post!

Happy Reading: Spring Readathon 2015

I’m SO excited about the Readathon! This is the first year I’ll be participating as a reader and as a cheerleader (in previous years I was only able to cheer), so this is my first official Dewey’s Readathon post.

A huge thank you to Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness for posting about using Storify to document Readathon progress. Since I won’t actually be at home for part of the day, I’ll be using Twitter and Instagram to post updates, and I’ll be able to put these updates into my Storify throughout the day. I’ve embedded my Readathon Storify below—if there are any technical glitches with the embedding, it can also be accessed here.

Unfortunately, it looks like I can’t edit my Storify from my phone or my tablet, so there will be about a six hour stretch of time during which I won’t be able to update and republish my Storify. But I’ll continue posting updates on Twitter and Instagram, so you can catch me there!

And for those of you participating in the Readathon, happy reading!

Putting together my readathon book list

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Dewey’s Readathon is happening this coming Saturday, April 25, and I’m so excited because for the first time ever, I’ll be participating not just as a cheerleader but also as a reader!

In previous years, I could only participate by cheering because Dylan’s Saturday activities meant we spent the day going from here to there all around the city. This year, however, his activities are all concentrated in the one place, which means I’ll be able to get a lot of reading done while I’m waiting for him.

I won’t be able to read for the full 24 hours. But this is the first year I’ll have a good chunk of time to devote to reading, so I figured I might as well go for it. I do expect things to come up—my mom, for instance, will either still be in the hospital on Saturday or she’ll be in rehab, and I’ll probably be visiting her at some point during the day.

I hadn’t even thought about putting together a list of books for the readathon, but I’m seeing people blogging and tweeting about this, and I realized what a great idea it was.

I have far too many choices right now, so I have to narrow them down a bit. I was thinking it might be a good idea to develop my list like this:

  • reading a set number of pages from each of my readalong books. Which would be Cloud Atlas, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Dune.
  • short stories (Becca of I’m Lost in Books is going to be reading only short stories for the readathon, which sounds like such fun)
  • comics. Mainly from Marvel Unlimited, following a list of recommendations Memory sent me.
  • one middle grade novel
  • one fantasy novel
  • one mystery novel
  • one non-fiction book

That’s quite a lot, isn’t it? I figure I’ll put together a nice biggish list but the plan won’t be to read all of them, but just to have a nice selection so I won’t have trouble going from one book to another.

As for my readathon upates, Kim posted about the basics of using Storify to document your readathon which I want to try. Here’s her Fall 2014 Readathon post, in which she’s used Storify to post her updates.

Are you participating in the Readathon this year? Have you participated in previous years? Have any tips for me?

[TSS] Bookish bliss: a #flashreadathon weekend

Back on Thursday, Andi put out the word about the Flash Readathon, a no pressure, read and have fun kind of readathon. I loved the idea, and ended up spending quite a bit of time with an assortment of books this weekend as a result.

I’ve never participated as a reader in any of the formal readathons, although I’ve been a cheerleader several times – in the past, each of the big readathons fell on weekends during which I was unable to commit huge chunks of time for reading. So participating in this Flash Readathon gave me a little taste of what it feels like – and now that I’ve had that little taste, I think the next readathon that comes around, I’d like to play!

Here are the books I got to over the weekend. These aren’t start-to-finish books, which is what I guess I’d be aiming for with one of the formal readathons. These are just the books I dipped into (and in one case, finished) over the weekend:

pet sematary

First up was Pet Sematary, for the #gangstercats readalong. I read about five more chapters, bringing me to chapter 30 – I want to take this slowly so I can play along with everyone throughout the rest of March.

The Creeds are going to learn that sometimes dead is better.

The Woods

Up next, I read more issues of The Woods by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas. I’m really liking this series, which I’m reading on Scribd*, and I’m hoping more issues will be coming to Scribd soon.

On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.

Norwegian by night

I then hopped back into Norwegian by Night, and when I went to bed last night, I had another forty pages to go on it. I finished up those forty pages late this afternoon when I’d had a chance to get back into the Flash Readathon. This is a good book, with an octogenarian protagonist who is real, not stereotyped as depictions of the old tend to be in fiction.

Sheldon Horowitz—widowed, impatient, impertinent—has grudgingly agreed to leave New York and move in with his granddaughter, Rhea, and her new husband, Lars, in Norway—a country of blue and ice with one thousand Jews, not one of them a former Marine sniper in the Korean War turned watch repairman. Not until now, anyway.

Home alone one morning, Sheldon witnesses a dispute between the woman who lives upstairs and an aggressive stranger. When events turn dire, Sheldon seizes and shields the neighbor’s young son from the violence, and they flee the scene. As Sheldon and the boy look for a safe haven in an alien world, past and present weave together, forcing them ever forward to a wrenching moment of truth.

Now You See Me

I’m finishing the readathon off with the first in S.J. Bolton’s Lacey Flint series, Now You See Me, which I’d listened to a while back. I’d like to read the rest of the books in the series, so I’ve decided to give this a reread. Now that I’ve read a few chapters, I think I do remember some of the ending, but I’m not sure, and the book is definitely engaging enough that I won’t be bored during this reread.

Late one night after interviewing a witness, Lacey Flint, a young detective constable, stumbles onto a woman brutally stabbed just moments before. Within twenty-four hours, a reporter receives an anonymous letter pointing out alarming similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper’s first murder—a letter that calls out Lacey by name. If it’s real, and they have a killer bent on re-creating London’s bloody past, history shows they have just five days until the next attempt.

No one believes the connections are anything more than a sadistic killer’s game, not even Lacey, whom the killer seems to be taunting specifically. But as the case unfolds, the details start reminding Lacey of a part of her own past she’d rather keep hidden. And the only way to do that is to catch the killer herself.

So that was my Flash Readathon weekend. How about you? Did you get any #flashreadathon reading done this weekend?

*the Scribd link is my referral link. If you sign up for a trial membership through that link, you get two months free trial rather than just one, and I get a free month too!

It’s Read-a-Thon Time Again!

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It’s time for Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon again – on April 9, 2011, readers will be diligently reading around the clock.

I’ve never participated as a reader in the Read-a-thon, but I participated as a cheerleader a year and a half ago (and got booted off Twitter as a result, for cheering/tweeting too much!). Even though I wasn’t able to commit 24 hours to the event, I had a blast cheering others on, and it was a lot of fun getting caught up in the swirling energy of all those readers reading.

I also found a lot of new-to-me blogs as a result.

During every Read-a-thon since then, I’ve always had this one thought: reading is alive and well and yes, there are a ton of avid readers out there. As a reader, until I discovered book blogs, I’d always felt rather alone in my world; many of my friends simply did not read very much. Meanwhile, I was avidly consuming book after book after book. Discovering book bloggers changed this perspective. These days, it feels very nice indeed to know there are so many devoted readers in the world beyond my own real life backyard, so to speak.

This year, I will probably sign up as a cheerleader again. The organizers of the Read-a-thon are incredibly well-organized. Unless they’ve changed things, as a cheerleader, you get put onto teams, and you get a group of bloggers to cheer on, and, well, the organizers just make it all so easy, and when things are easy, you can bet I’m having fun!

I’m also thinking about hosting a mini-challenge here, too. It’s a wonderful way to give back to the reading community.

What about you? Will you be participating in the Read-a-thon, either as a reader, a cheerleader or a mini-challenge host?

[TSS] International Book Giveaways, Readathon and NaNoWriMo

I just realized, now that my regular Sunday Salon book giveaways list is much shorter because I’m only featuring book giveaways open to everyone, I can get all chatty in my Sunday Salon post! When the giveaways list was a huge, massive list, there really wasn’t space for any chatting.

Yay! Because I also want to talk about the readathon and NaNoWriMo today!

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List of Book Giveaways Open to Everyone

First, here’s the international book giveaways list. As always, the links in this list will open up in either a new tab or window (depending on how you have your browser set up) to make it more convenient for you. I’m also indicating the genre of the book being given away.

This international book giveaways round-up post is a regular feature here at MsBookish so if you’re holding a book giveaway that’s open worldwide, let me know and I’ll include your giveaway in my next international book giveaways round-up post.

  1. Children’s Picture Book: Danny the Dragon “Meets Jimmy”, by Tina Turbin, at Simply Stacie (ends Nov 1)
  2. General Fiction: Only Milo, by Barry Smith, at Beth Fish Reads (ends Nov 2)
  3. Historical Fiction: Virgin and the Crab, by Robert Parry, at Historical Fiction (ends Nov 4)
  4. General Fiction: The Last Will of Moira Leahy, by Therese Walsh, at Peeking Between the Pages (ends Nov 14)
  5. Fantasy/Paranormal: Bound to Shadows, by Keri Arthur, at Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings (ends Nov 1)
  6. Fantasy/Paranormal: Bite Marks, by Jennifer Rardin, at Fantasy & SciFi Lovin’ News and Reviews (ends Oct 26)
  7. Fantasy/Paranormal: choice of Bite Marks or Once Bitten, Twice Shy, by Jennifer Rardin, at Vampire Wire (ends Oct 28)
  8. Fantasy: Shadowfae, by Erica Hayes, at Dark Faerie Tales (ends Oct 27)
  9. Fantasy/Paranormal: Some Girls Bite, by Chloe Neill, at The Book Resort (ends Nov 30)
  10. Fantasy/Paranormal: Charmed to Death, by Shirley Damsgaard, at The Book Resort (ends Nov 20)
  11. Selection of books, at Teens Read and Write (ends Nov 15)
  12. Mystery: Happy Hour, by Michele Scott , at The Book Resort (ends Nov 9)
  13. Fantasy/Paranormal: Release (e-book), by Nicole Hadaway, at Layers of Thought (ends Oct 30) **Note: you need to email your entry, rather than comment for an entry
  14. YA/Paranormal: Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick, at Liyana Lands (ends Oct 31)
  15. Fantasy/Paranormal: Covet, by J.R. Ward, at Fiction Vixen (ends Nov 3)
  16. Fantasy/Paranormal: Once Upon A Nightmare, by Lee Moylan, at Friends and Family (ends Oct 31)
  17. Nonfiction: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Junior Edition, at Traveling Mom (ends Oct 30)
  18. Fantasy/Paranormal: Dark Times, by Dakota Banks, at Wordsmithonia (ends Nov 6)
  19. Cookbook: Chocolate, A Love Story, by Max Brenner, at Book Junkie (ends Oct 30)
  20. Selection of short story collections, at Fantasy/Sci-Fi Lovin’ Giveaways (ends Oct 30)
  21. Fantasy: Traitor’s Gate, by Kate Elliott, at Fantasy/SciFi Lovin’ Giveaways (ends Oct 31)
  22. Science Fiction: Red Claw, by Philip Palmer, at Fantasy/SciFi Lovin’ Giveaways (ends Nov 2)
  23. Nonfiction (for Twilight fans): Robert Pattinson Inside Out or Taylor Lautner Inside Out, by Mel Willliams, at Chicklish (ends Oct 26)
  24. Nonfiction: Parlour Games for Modern Families, by Myfanwy Jones and Spiri Tsintziras, at Mommy PR (ends Nov 5)
  25. Paranormal: Choice of one book from Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty series, at Book Chick City (ends Oct 31)
  26. Historical Fiction: Sarah, by Marek Halter, at Historical Fiction (ends Oct 31)
  27. Historical Fiction: In the Company of the Courtesan, by Sarah Dunant, at Historical Fiction (ends Nov 7)

And for writers, there’s the *Another* Another Faust “retelling” contest. The contest is open to all unpublished authors. This one ends Jan 31, 2010, so you’ve got lots of time.

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The Readathon!

I had a blast cheering for Dewey’s Read-a-thon yesterday. The Read-a-thon occurs every six months, so the next one will be in April. Will I be participating? Definitely, but probably as a cheerleader again.

Probably the most fun for me was the time I spent on Twitter between 11:00 pm and 2:30 am; it was getting down to the wire, and all the lovely, committed and dedicated readathon readers out there were getting tired. I did my best to tweet encouragement and support because truly, because of the immediacy of Twitter, I felt like I was right there with them! My tweets were my version of cups of hot, strong coffee.

At one point, I made so many tweets, Twitter locked me out for a while. Thankfully, Twitter relented after about 20 minutes and let me tweet again.

By 2:30 am, though, I couldn’t stay up any longer. I really, really wanted to, because there were quite a few readers still up and trying to get a few more pages in, but I couldn’t. So I had to sign off, but I dreamed about waving my readathon pompoms in my sleep!

Altogether, I visited 170 blogs from the sign-up list, plus clicked over to blogs via links in Twitter. I left comments on all blogs I visited that had a readathon post up.

I am so impressed with the amount of pages everyone was reading. The update posts were all wonderful. Some bloggers even managed to put up reviews!

I’m hoping to have some time later tonight to check out as many readathon wrap-up posts as I can.

What did I get out of my participation? A real sense of community. Community has been the best thing about blogging for me, and my experience during the readathon has enhanced this feeling of community.

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NaNoWriMo Is Only Seven Days Away!

I know! It blew me away when I realized that November 1 is next Sunday! Even though I theoretically had the entire month of October to do all my prep work for NaNoWriMo, I still haven’t gotten as much done as I’d have liked.

So this week, I’m going to get through all the things on my “prep” list. No outlines, because I’m not an outliner, but here’s what I’d like to have done before next Sunday:

  • Finish up my “words” research (my novel involves “words as words”, and I’d like to have several lists on hand so that wherever my muse takes me as I write, I won’t have to stop to think.
  • Create a whole bunch of character collages for potential secondary characters. I’m hoping having a lot of characters on hand who might or might not play a part in the story will help prevent me from having to stop to think. (You might be noticing a trend, here. Yes, I do not want to stop and think while I’m writing. I want to get 50K words written in November! Stopping and thinking would make things more difficult.)
  • Create a “Shiny” list. This is just such a fabulous idea!
  • Along the same lines, create a list of things I like in fiction.

There’s a Toronto meetup for NaNoWriMo participants this coming weekend, and if I can get my sister to go with me, I just might attend, even though doing things like that scares the bejeebers out of me. I am not good at meeting people, although I’m good at becoming friends with people, if that makes sense (I call it my introverted extroverted tendencies).

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? What (if anything) will you be doing this week to prepare?

Go Readers Go!

This post is going live at 8:00 am today, which is when the October 24-hour-readathon starts. I’m actually writing this right now at 12:52 am (Toronto time) because no way am I going to be up at 8:00 am. Try 10:00 am and we’re looking at a possibility.

So it’s a good thing I’m a cheerleader for this wonderful reading event, and not an actual reader, since the aim is to read for the 24 hours.

I’m a member of the Romantics cheerleading squad, and I’ve committed to four hours of cheering.

Has this ever happened to you? You’re looking forward to an event, and you’ve been talking it up with your family the whole day before. “Yes, I’m cheering for the 24-hour readathon tomorrow. I’ll be making lots of comments. Writing lots of tweets on Twitter.”

In the meantime, your husband is preparing for another event that you also “know” is happening – except that it’s the kind of “knowing” that hasn’t quite sunk in.

Two hours ago, I realized, “OMG, that’s right. We’re having a DINNER PARTY tomorrow night!”

Now, you may not think this is a problem. But around here, a dinner party means “having people over” which automatically turns things into a full-day event.

Because, you see, the house has to be cleaned. At least, the parts of it guests will have access to.

Not only does my husband usually teach on Saturday mornings, this particular Saturday morning he has a student grading (he runs a martial arts dojo), which means he’ll be home even later in the afternoon than usual.

He normally does more of the housework around here than I do, but because of the grading, me and my current audiobook (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) will be shouldering most of the cleaning-the-house burden.

I’m also responsible for the usual host duties once our guests arrive, since my husband will be in the kitchen, chopping away and performing his usual food magic. And I think everyone does expect me to sit down to dinner with them.

I don’t know HOW the fact that these two events are actually occurring within the same time frame could have possibly slipped my notice. After all, I knew that today is the readathon. I also knew we are having a dinner party today.

I just didn’t put two and two together adequately enough to notice that they would be happening at the same time.

(Did you notice? No-one around here – ie my husband – clued in to the fact that both events were taking place at the same time, either.)

Thankfully, I’ve committed to four hours of cheering. I can do four hours. I’ll be commenting during my breaks from cleaning the house. I might have to discreetly keep my iPhone on my lap under my napkin at dinner and tweet encouragement to various readers, but I will meet my commitment.

In fact, I’m hoping to exceed those four hours. Plus, everyone who’s coming has either young kids, or teenagers who play hockey at the ridiculous hour of 4:00 in the morning on Sundays. They’ll all be out of here by 11:00 (okay, 12:00 at the latest), and since I’m a night owl, that still leaves me a couple of hours to cheer before bed.

I will update this post with my cheerleading thoughts as the day progresses.

Good luck, everyone! And have fun! I know I will.

Cheerleading Update Number 1 (1:24 pm Toronto time)

Cleaning? What cleaning? :) I’m going to start now. I have now visited 85 blogs and commented at every one of them that had a readathon post up.

I also spent about half an hour on Twitter, having fun tweeting away.

I didn’t know cheerleading could be so fun. But … my husband is vacuuming and I’m feeling mighty guilty. A-cleaning I go!

Good luck, everyone!\

Cheerleading Update No. 2: 1:11 am Toronto Time

I think I must be doing a good cheering job – I just got booted off Twitter for making too many updates!

Saturday Thoughts

I haven’t done a Saturday “this is what’s going on with me” post for ages, so I figured it was about time. And after this week, I actually might be posting something like this regularly on Saturday – because starting next Saturday, I’ll have more time.

The Big List of Book Giveaways

Why will I have more time?

Tomorrow will be my last “Big List of Book Giveaways” post for The Sunday Salon. I will still be posting a giveaways list on Sundays, but after a lot of thought, I’ve decided to change the theme of the list and focus only on giveaways that are open worldwide. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, ever since I read this post at J. Kaye’s book blog, where she mentions that Bookworming in the 21st Century posts Link a Contest Thursday every Thursday, and it’s so easy – if you have a giveaway, you just enter it into her Mr. Linky.

The Big List of Book Giveaways post had gotten to the point where it took up a big chunk of my Saturdays, but I’d been reluctant to give it up because it seems to be so helpful to everyone. Reading through the comments I’ve gotten, I saw that a lot of people liked the fact that I state whether a giveaway is open worldwide or not. So it makes sense to me to narrow down the focus to just international book giveaways – hopefully the list will continue to be helpful for everyone (since everyone can enter), and I get to take back some of my Saturdays!

I’m A Cheerleader for the October Read-a-thon!

I never know what I’m going to be doing on any given day until that day comes (in addition to being a moody reader, I also like to adjust my life around whatever I happen to feel like doing at the moment). So, while the idea of participating in the October Read-a-thon is so tempting, I know myself well enough to know it’s probably not a good idea.

Cheerleading, on the other hand? I can do that! So I’ve signed up to be a cheerleader for the October Read-a-thon, and am in the process of dusting off my Twitter and commenting pom poms. I will try to follow the lead of that great Read-a-thon cheerleader, Beth Fish Reads, whose impressive cheering performance during the April Read-a-thon was really what inspired me to sign up to cheer this time around.

If you’d like to participate in the Read-a-thon, or want to give cheerleading a try, just head on over to Dewey’s Read-a-thon.

100-Mile (160.1 km) Fitness Challenge

Fitness Challenge I’ve been noticing that I seem to have gotten, um, a bit more rounded, shall we say, over the past six months. With both the Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts approaching, now seems like a good time to start running again.

Synchronicity struck – I was over at Amanda’s The Zen Leaf and she mentioned she was signing up for the 100-Mile Fitness Challenge. Perfect! So I’ve signed up, too, and hope this is the motivation I need to get running again. I’ve been noticing that my thighs feel sore after I go upstairs – I truly feel like I’m climbing the stairs, like they were some big huge mountain. Not to mention that out-of-breath feeling. So it really is time to do something about it.

My treadmill gives me Canadian distances, so for me, the challenge will be, roughly, 160.1 km over the next three months It turns out my treadmill gives me miles, not kilometres!. And I’m probably going to start out by walking first. I’ve got a ton of audiobooks waiting to accompany me, so my challenge posts will actually be bookish!

So, What’s Up With NANTUCKET?

I haven’t written anything about my progress with NANTUCKET because I haven’t made any progress with it since the last time I posted about it. I know – it’s a very sorry state of affairs. I still have three scenes to write, after which I can say, “I did it! It’s finished!”

You’d think it would be easy to get motivated to write those final scenes, but I have a small confession to make. NANTUCKET has always been my “practice” novel. After not having written anything for so long, I needed to show myself that I could do it. Since I wanted to use that first book to get myself back into writing, I decided to use one of my good ideas, and not one of the ideas about which I am really passionate.

And it’s worked, too. I have been able to write regularly, consistently, even when inspiration seemed far off. I have sat at the keyboard and invited my muse, rather than waiting on the sidelines for my muse to show up first (she never does, I’ve noticed).

But I haven’t felt inspired to write the ending, and worse, I haven’t been sitting down, so the muse hasn’t appeared.

I’m going to finish this manuscript though. I have to, because I’m itching to start the prep work for my NaNoWriMo novel (code name WAVERLEY), and I’m using this itch as an incentive to finish NANTUCKET. And I’m looking forward to pulling that first draft out of a drawer six weeks later and seeing how it reads, too.

So this is my long-winded way of saying, yes, I’ll be writing that “I’m Finished!” post soon.

Currently Reading

I am about a quarter of the way into Tana French’s The Likeness, and while I’ve been enjoying it, I got tempted out of the book when I picked up a copy of The Lost Art of Gratitude, the latest Isabel Dalhousie novel by Alexander McCall Smith. I haven’t been able to resist dipping into it, and I’ve quite enjoyed the handful of pages I’ve read so far.

I’ve been trying to put my finger on why I like the Isabel Dalhousie series so much. It’s certainly not for the mystery, because it’s definitely not the mystery that drives each of these books. I think it’s because I like how Isabel Dalhousie’s mind works, how, as a philosopher, she is always going off on these strange thought tangents all the time. She’s just so interesting, intelligent and self-aware.

I also like the fact that she’s an older woman in a stable relationship with a younger man. Many of my friends are in similar relationships, but I’ve noticed that this kind of relationship never shows up much in fiction. McCall Smith does a good job with it, I think.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. What about you? What have you been up to this week?