I’ve been writing and doing write-y things lately (like prepping for NaNoWriMo). So, it will be no surprise that I have run across a 30-day writer’s prompt challenge. I’m totally excited about Day #4!
I found some Dansko Mary Jane’s on clearance yesterday and they were too cute to let go. It felt like shoe shopping when I was a kid: there was an actual shoe store clerk to help with fitting (a dying breed). And there I was with one pair of excellent shoes to go back to school in! However, I’m already back to school…but, hey, it’s Labor Day weekend so I am calling it the same thing. [School starts too early anymore...!]
I’m debating on whether or not to purchase some yarn for a sweater. I’ve never knitted a sweater before and it’s a LOT of yarn to get at one shot (you need the same dye lot). And what if I don’t like it when it’s done? Then I’ve spent wads of cash on all this wool yarn that I will have to frog out and it will just sit there in the basket making me feel awful…
As I write this, someone in the living room is watching The Addams Family (movie, 1991); Wednesday and Pugsley are performing their Shakespearean death scene for the school talent show. All I can hear are the gagging death-coughs of Christina Ricci…(which is, of course, the reason I KNOW it is The Addams Family).
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I am reluctant to barrel through this book with unholy speed because I am enjoying how often I laugh. I’m not talking about the material evoking an amused smile or a polite titter. I mean sincere, deep belly laughs…the kind that make you the object of stares from strangers.
I inched a few steps farther into The Hobbit.
But, I am most proud of my passable progress through The Fires of Heaven; to be fair, it is an audiobook which leaves me free to do other things (like knit or draw) while listening.
On a better note, my reading–as snail-like as it is–is allowing me to write again. I forget how often they feed each other…
It’s true. Book ADD has descended upon me and I am flap-all with my lists. I’m so contrary I can’t even follow my own plans!
Those books in the Stacks list–they’re invisible.
First thought: I’ve just begun and it is funny as hell.
Beyond the tall tale ridiculousness there is such a curiosity for and a love of the world…
As I read this book it reminds me more and more of my sister. It is that strange combination of uncensored-stream-of-thought, irreverent humor, and intelligence spouted out at a million miles a minute–if you’re not quick, you’ll miss the twists and leaps. It is a familiar voice.
I will be reading furiously and ignoring my students this weekend!
The first time I read Jim Butcher’s Cold Days was not long after my library got it in (last December). I read it in a mad rush trying to gobble up the latest Dresden adventure…and it left me a little unsure of what to say.
So, a few days ago, I sat down with some knitting and listened to the audiobook again. I feel better prepared to talk about it.
I enjoyed the book because it is Dresden and I am sucked in no matter what. Butcher is an endlessly entertaining writer and, let’s face it, James Marsters is no slouch as a voice for the audiobook.
What I think:
1. This is the “turning” book. This novel marks the first steps of a new path for Dresden and there isn’t much overt movement for the character internally because: A) he’s really off balance after becoming the Winter Knight and being “dead;” B) there are too many new things popping up to worry about old things; and C) the time clock is very short and doesn’t allow much deep interpersonal interaction–it’s more of a “info now, emotion later” kind of discourse. Essentially, this is a new beginning and all the threads are being sussed out.
2. Changes gutted Dresden’s world in every way–no home, no hope, no life. His world flipped upside down: he has a daughter (previously unknown) and in danger; he finds out that he isn’t invincible (and is made helpless); he finds out to what depths he will sink to do what he thinks is right. Much like the moment in Harry Potter #4 when Potter discovers that Voldemort CAN get to him (will kill anyone to do so) and there is no one who can save him but himself, Dresden is given a nasty shock of reality. There is nothing but raw reaction to everything that happens.
3. Ghost Story felt like it was tying off loose ends in Dresden’s world.
4. Murphy. While Dresden has crushed on her for years, he never did much about it before Changes. However, now with him being “alive” again and the Winter Knight, Karrin does not trust him (no matter how amusing she finds him). I also can’t see either doing much to change the situation. I might be reading it wrong, but this feels like a death knell for the crush–a kind of you-can’t-go-back-again, missed moment thing.
5. I am very excited to see what is coming down the line…
I’m slated to read Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift by October 1 for the Classics Club.
Off I go to download a copy to my Kindle…
As I have been unforgivably lazy about reading through my list, I thought I would push myself to do something about it. Here’s my list for the challenge:
- A Harlot High and Low. Honore de Balzac
- Don Quixote. Miguel de Cervantes
- Frankenstein. Mary Shelley
- Gulliver’s Travels. Jonathan Swift
- Madame Bovary. Gustave Flaubert
- Mansfield Park. Jane Austen
- Moll Flanders. Daniel Defoe
- North and South. Elizabeth Gaskell
- Paradise Lost. John Milton
- Rebecca. Daphne du Maurier
- One Hundred Years of Solitude. Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Mayor of Casterbridge. Thomas Hardy
- The Mill on the Floss. George Eliot
- The Red and the Black. Stendhal
- The Scarlet Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The Three Musketeers. Alexandre Dumas
- The Woman in White. Wilkie Collins
- Treasure Island. Robert Louis Stevenson
- Uncle Vanya. Anton Chekov
- Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte
Now I am waiting for the Spin on Monday!
No. I am not swearing politely. [If I swear, you will hardly be left in doubt.]
Seshet is the Egyptian goddess of writing, books, and building. She is a scribe and the Mistress of the House of Books.
Today I am just going to read and write and do all kinds of creative things. Everything else can be ignored. Housework is always worth ignoring.
1) The Hobbit. OK. This is NOT a long book and I should have been able to read it in one afternoon, but my book ADD kicked in. I’m going to sit down and see if I can’t get it done this weekend.
2) Bertrand Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy has been staring at me from the bookshelf lately begging to be re-read. I may do just that. [Exactly why I am craving to read this book is a mystery. Maybe all will be revealed...]
3) Jim Butcher’s newest Dresden Files novel, Cold Days, is currently playing on my computer while I complete #4. [Can I tell you how much I LOVE listening to James Marsters as a narrator? He is excellent!]
4) I’m working on knitting up a test for my sock pattern, War of the Roses, to see if it comes out as planned. Since this is my first color work pattern, I am praying it translates well from chart (which is lovely on the page) to fabric!
5) I will be doing some heavy revisions of a chapter. If that pisses me off, then I will most likely write new things instead. Or throw a temper tantrum. Wine will be flowing and I will be swearing; I might need to hold a puppy and sob.
I hope your weekend is filled with smiley things and cookies!
Yesterday, a former writing prof posted a link to this article on Facebook. And, although I have been through an MFA program, this was the smartest (and most concise) thing I’ve seen about being published.
If you have delicate sensibilities and shy away from profanity, read with one eye covered…
Delilah S. Dawson’s guest post on TerribleMinds: ”25 Steps to Being a Traditionally Published Author: Lazy Bastard Edition“
**Today, I stopped whining. I did “art harder.” In fact, I arted so hard that I am now covered with India ink!**
It has been a while, hasn’t it?
To be honest, there isn’t really any excuse at all. I haven’t been doing a lot of reading. I haven’t been writing. I taught a few classes. But mostly I just took a very long mental vacation!
Oh, and I got these:
Elvira. Love sponge and all around good egg. Mule-headed. Built like the Great Wall of China.
Agatha. Outgoing and independent. Will carry off anything not nailed down. Secret ambition: to be a beaver.
Tallulah. Sweet and smart. Looks like a swarthy Greek dude with all the tan top and dark hairy chest. The instigator of trouble.
So that has been my summer. How was yours?
Enjoy this fun winter song from A Prairie Home Companion‘s Feb 9th show. [I tried to embed it but it wouldn't behave.]