I don't have any one particular thing on my mind tonight, but I do have a few small items to note (With links! How exciting!). There's literally neither rhyme nor reason, but I hope you find something to enjoy.
- I've seen numerous bloggers posting lately about what they're reading. I'll admit, I'd love to do that and list all kinds of cool books. However, I have been reading the same book since....um....July? Mid-July? Yep, that sounds about right. It's George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, and it's a TOME, I tell you! And since I have been so focused on writing lately, it's hard to find time to actually read for more than 30 minutes a day, so I'm slowly plodding through, much to the dismay of my oldest brother, Jonathan. He's BURSTING at the seams, having finished it about two weeks ago, and I know he's struggling to not spoil the story for me. We've both read all the books, and secretly it's sort of killing me that he finished first, but still...I'm focused more on writing. And I will trust you, Jon, to not ruin any surprises for me, your beloved (ahem) little sister.
- That said, I am taking the time to read a little more to my Zoe these days. We've just started reading one of my old favorites, The Cricket in Times Square, and it's FABULOUS! We read a chapter a night, and so far, I think she's enjoying it too! And then today, Charles surprised us with copies of Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends, as well as his newest collection (published posthumously) Every Thing On It. I love the little poems and illustrations, and I have a feeling Zoe will, too. I foresee many days curled up on the couch together reading random poems and laughing.
- Charles and I LOVE the show CBS Sunday Morning. We record it weekly and scour it for cool, interesting or bizarre content. Charles told me about this Bill Geist piece today, and we watched it together tonight. It...made me cry. Like a baby. All about Bill Geist's daughter's wedding, it was sweet and beautiful. But it also made me realize (again) how much MORE human interest stories get to me now that I have a Zoe in my life. Man, show me anything about kids growing up or dad's giving their daughter's away at their wedding, and I'm going to cry. End of story. It's embarrassing, but I guess it's who I am now? Still, watch it, and let me know if you cry, too.
- Finally, I have to say...I'm a little excited tonight! I'm getting close to the final chapter of my book, and then I get to edit again! And over the past two days, I've gotten some fun and positive feedback on various chapters or versions that I've shared with people. And holy cow, that feels good! I've been delving into darker aspects of the story, and one friend told me my new stuff is...compelling! w00t! I wanted to throw a party. Another friend is reading my last draft (prior to all my major additions), and he told me he's enjoying it! So I know I still have a ton to do, but I finally feel like I'm on the right track, and maybe I'm writing something of which I can be really proud someday.