Thursday, April 17, 2014

And I forgot . . .

Did I mention I took a whole series of photos with a glove on my head?
Because I did.
I'm still not sure why.

Wednesday came and went and I completely forgot to post. I'd like to pretend I had a good reason, but let's be honest: I didn't.

So instead of some beautifully well thought out and impassioned dissertation on, uh, something, you're going to get a haphazard list of things I've been up to:

Reading Until Tuesday

This book follows the unspoken rule: If it has a dog on the cover, you will cry at some point while reading it. However (so far as I know, although I haven't finished the book yet) the dog does not die. He had better not!

I had this book recommended to me by a Afghanistan vetran. The book follows Tuesday, the service dog of Iraqi vet Luis Montalván and, of course, Luis. There is a portion of the book that takes place in the depths of Iraq, but Tuesday really is the focus. And after that, the focus is on how much Tuesday has helped his owner. It is a well-written and beautiful book, and I really think it's expanding my horizons in a way that I never would have thought about expanding them without that book recommendation.

In general, I've been trying to read more autobiographies lately just because there have been some really interesting people in this world, and sometimes learning about them is far more interesting than learning about made up people (of course, sometimes its boring as hell, but you gotta take the bad with the good).

This is not to say autobiographies are anywhere close to the majority of books that I read. I've been sucking down fun YA romancy type books, and they are a wonderful break from real life. For example: Going Vintage, Girlfriend Material (here is the link to my review), and The Art of Falling.

Writing a New Intro Chapter

Have I mentioned that writing the first chapter of your novel is hard? Because it is. I think I've written about four different Chapter 1's for my work in progress (WIP). So much relies upon that first chapter. It's the chapter that either sucks the reader in or lets the reader put the book down. (And sometimes that reader is actually a literary agent deciding whether or not he/she wants to represent your book.)

In short, Chapter 1 is a pain in the rear end. And that is all I'll say about that. (Although I do like my current Chapter 1, which makes me happy).

Scoping out Car Possibilities

I'm in the market for a new car. I'm not yet convinced I will actually buy a new car, but I do intend to. We'll see.

Isn't the new Mazda3 a pretty, pretty car? Soooooo shiny.

Raking Leaves

Yep. We're Those People. The ones who did not rake their leaves during the autumn. What can I say, I'm a terrible neighbor.

I took a short walk around the neighborhood and felt so guilty that I spent 2 hours raking and earned myself a blister on my left thumb. But I did feel like less of a terrible neighbor, so there's that.

And there ends my list. A very happy Thursday to you!

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