Thursday, October 14, 2010

This 'n That

What I'm writing: Gods Willing
What I'm reading: Forest for the Trees (Awesome!!)
What I'm knitting: I'm done complaining about it....

I'm feeling like a real girl  author now! In gearing up for this year's Nanowrimo, I'm actually doing some research! I know! Me! Doing research!!! My novel is going to be for middle grade readers. It starts in post-civil war Boston and then veers into fantasy from there. I want the Boston parts to be as true-to-life and accurate as possible - thus the research. I just bought three books off ebay and ordered two more from the library. Nanowrimo is only like 17 days away, so I'll have to read fast when the books come in!

In other exciting news, after more than 2 years of being part-time, I've been put back on full-time at my job. I will miss my days off (and my adventures with Kim), but the money will be nice. Plus I can start saving for retirement again.

I'm reading a fabulous book: The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner. It's nonfiction and is an 'editor's advice to writers.' I HIGHLY recommend it to any and all of my writer friends. I'm reading it voraciously. I love Betsy's style of writing, and I'm having lots of Ah! moments.

Last night I helped Brian start rolling his spare change. He has a rather large jug full of change and I told him I'd help him roll it up and take it to the bank. He's travelling to two Table Tennis tournaments over the next two weekends, and I'm sure he could use the money for travelling expenses. Oh, and he told me the other day that Ping Pong is a leisurely game, Table Tennis is a sport. If you're wondering, I play Ping Pong. (rarely) ;)

At his last guitar lesson, Mark's teacher, Ben, told us that starting in November he wants to cut Mark down to lessons every other week. He said Mark is getting good enough now that Ben needs to give him bigger projects to work on and longer to work on them. Mark's assessment: "Who am I going to jam with every week now?" So this week he started teaching one of his friends to play - I believe it's a wholly selfish move.

Let's see.... hmmmm... nope, nothin' else to say right now...


  1. I really enjoy your blog, Amy. You write so well. Thanks for the book tip. I'll have to check it out. Your story idea sounds interesting and educational and good luck with NaNoWriMo starting two months from today. Yikes, I'm getting a little nervous since I have no REAL idea what I'm going to write about. Oh, well, the joy is the journey. In the meantime, happy transforming. Jackie

  2. Jackie,
    I really do suggest that book for anyone who writes. Great stuff.

    Good luck with your nano as well - we'll keep track of each other, I'm sure.