It’s been a while, hasn’t it? What have I been up to lately that has kept me from blogging?
Decorating and Cleaning
Our house is a flurry of activity these days. Last week, a handyman came fix a few things, and today there were electricians and painters galore. We’re having all of the wood on the outside of our house sanded, primed, and painted, so that it will be fresh and cheery for potential buyers! We also had some work done on the outdoor electricity, making sure all of our floodlights and landscape features were working properly.
This weekend is Landscaping Part II. We already cleared out the flowerbeds in the front of the house, and now it’s time to tackle the back. I’m pleased that some of our perennials are popping up already, and I’m planning to buy some sweet potato vines, pansies, and other pretty things to beautify the yard.
We’ve also started the Giant Culling of 2010. I weeded through my closet and found a mountain of clothes and shoes to donate. We’ve got a few things of mine and a ton of Victor’s to take to consignment shops. I pulled some books out of my library to either sell or donate, whichever works. We went through our junk drawer, which was – surprise! – full of junk. We’ve earmarked a TV + entertainment console for craigslist, and we bought a bunch of bins to store unnecessary clutter until we move.
I rearranged the library and found that we have an American Foreign Policy section. Who knew? And that brings us to…
So, I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, and it was freaking amazing. Since then, two other friends have read it and another has started it. I’m on a quest to get everyone to read this book (right after they read The Book Thief, of course).
Flying Changes by Sara Gruen was just as good as the first book in that series, Riding Lessons. Her books always feel so homey, and I never want them to end. Civil and Strange by Cláir Ní Aonghusa took a long time to read, but eventually it felt homey too, and it strengthened my resolve to retire to the Irish countryside.
I also read This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, and I loved it so much that Victor read it (he doesn’t read many novels). He loved it too. Incidentally, Victor would like to retire to the coast of Mexico, so I wonder how we’re going to juggle two homes on two continents…
For the Back to the Classics Challenge (which has been extended until December!), I’m chugging along. My results so far:
- A Banned Book
- A Book with a Wartime Setting (can be any war) Currently reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- A Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) Winner or Runner Up
- A Children’s/Young Adult Classic I read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- 19th Century Classic
- 20th Century Classic
- A Book you think should be considered a 21st Century Classic I read Little Bee by Chris Cleave
- Re-Read a book from your High School/College Classes
(By the way, I mentioned reading Little Bee for this challenge on Twitter, and Chris Cleave tweeted at me! I’m famous! Kristen helped out a little with that, so she’s famous now too!)
So, reading’s been going pretty well, especially considering how little free time I’ve had lately. Which brings us to…
I have not been doing well on the writing front. I keep having great ideas, but somehow they refuse to leave my brain and enter the computer. I have done some research on agents and query letters and while that’s great, you can’t send out an unfinished manuscript and waaah! Flail!
I am just not in the right place to be creative right now, I think. It will come eventually. In the meantime, I’ll just keep jotting down my ideas and notes in Scrivener, and I’ll get there somehow. Anyone who wants to send some writing mojo my way, please feel free.