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Book #60 and the last book of 2011…

Posted 31 December, 2011 by DLWhite in Goals & Plans, Writers Read 0 Comments

Yeah I am kind of morbid, but I’d wanted to read this one for awhile. I guess when you work in the funeral/cremation business, you have to keep a sense of humor. This book was surprisingly funny and an intriguiging look into an icredibly depressing business. What is always so impressive and compelling, when I read books and watch shows on the funeral business, is how much respect there is for the deceased. Always very reverent– whatever the family wants, the family gets.

A bit dry, but also very educating about past, present and history of death care– from clock urns to green cremation. Very interesting.

This brings my reading year to a close, though I do have a couple of books I’ve started. Tomorrow brings a brand new challenge…. I don’t know what to set my goal for, for 2012. Maybe I’ll push myself past 60 and go for 80?

2011- All of the Books!

You might have heard (snigglesnicker) that I completed the GoodReads challenge that I set for myself this year. I usually consider myself a voracious reader, when in actuality I probably read about 5-10 books a year. Well, I bought an eReader and changed all that! I set my goal at 50 and am right now reading books 52 and 53. It’s been a great year, and since everyone is talking about the books they enjoyed this year, I thought I’d go through my list and mention the ones I truly enjoyed. The Girl Who Chased the Moon  by Allen, Sarah Addison – This is the first book I ever read by Sarah Addison Allen. After reading this one, I had to go find ALL of her books and read them. The lightest touch of magic, romance and whimsy wrapped around a delightful piece of southern fiction. Still Alice by Genova, Lisa – A heartbreaking story about a woman who is battling early onset Alzheimer’s. Columbine by Dave Cullen- One of the few books that actually made me shed tears. A very upfront, detailed account of the events at Columbine High School– from both sides. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Durrow, Heidi- This is probably the most beautifully written, almost poetic story I’ve ever read. I think I imitated Heidi’s style, much to my reader’s irritation, for about a month after I read this book. I also listened to the audiobook and it was beautifully done as well. The Kitchen House by Grissom, Kathleen -This was an audio book that I just could NOT stop listening to! Riveting story, satisfying ending. One of the few books I have ever given five stars to. Don’t Breathe a Word by McMahon, Jennifer- it’s hard to creep me out with words…..but Oh My. I find this book creepier than any Koontz or King! Really well written tale about a magical place and a Faerie King. The Peach Keeper by Allen, Sarah Addison-  I declined to put ALL of her books […]

2011- What I Did With My Year

2011- What I Did With My Year

Year end is fast approaching and I’m sure all of my blog friends are busily preparing their final posts and goals for 2012, gearing up to pounce on the New Year. I’m still figuring out what I want to do with my year, next year. I don’t know that I want to “set goals” per se… because having a list of things to do isn’t very motivating to me. Rather, I do things that inspire and energize and propel me towards better writing and better writing habits. When I look back on what I’ve accomplished this year, I certainly wouldn’t have written myself a list of to-do’s this long: – Finished up a long serial fiction story that I started in January 2009 as a hundred word prompt from Writer’s Digest. It continues to be my “baby”. – Read 50+ books. I mentioned this before but I’m very proud of achieving that goal! Next year I’m increasing my goal to 60- join me! – Wrote 120K + words. Yep. That’s a lotta typing. – Wrote 8 short stories. –  Four of those 8 were original fiction! – Started two books- one creative non fiction, one fiction novel. Both are stalled at the moment. – Joined Atlanta Writer’s Club and Georgia Writer’s Association – Got knocked down. Got back up again. – Joined/participated in DIYMFA – Met four authors: Susan Rebecca White, Kathryn Stockett, Tayari Jones, and Bernice McFadden – Put my writing on display by joining Six Sentence Sunday – Featured at Wellness & Writing Connections Newsletter, and Indie – Led three fiction writing challenges at the Fiction Archive While I’m in the middle of something, I’m slowly simmering and worrying that I’m not doing enough or writing enough or reading enough or learning enough. I’m not available enough for beginning writers and I’m not paying enough attention to those I can learn from…. but when I step back and take a look at the big picture… it’s a […]


123,474. That’s my total word count for 2011. Quite a bit shy of my goal of 350K, so it’s a good thing I dropped that challenge, eh? I’ve finished my Secret Santa story for the fiction archive and I don’t plan to do anymore writing this year, so I’m publishing this number as my 2011 count. Still not too shabby for a year when I had unplanned, haphazard writing and didn’t have a serial story to update for most of the year. I’m planning to take January off from writing. My creative muscle is so tired. I have no ideas, really and I feel like I need to feed my imagination. I’ll be spending January reading as much as possible and trying to prime the pump for ideas and goals for the new year.

Bling Blang Blung… DONE! The 2011 GoodReads challenge is in the bag!

Bling Blang Blung… DONE! The 2011 GoodReads challenge is in the bag!

I set a goal this year to read 50 books and since I JUST finished book #50, it’s time to celebrate! I’ve always called myself a voracious reader but in reality I probably read about ten books a year. Then I started writing in earnest and reading a lot helped my writing. So in an effort to feed this symbiotic relationship, I joined the challenge this year. Looking over the list of the books I’ve read this year, I’m filled with pride and memories. Some were quick reads, some I had to push through. All of them gave me a sense of accomplishment that I’ve been sorely lacking lately. Next year, I think I’ll add a few more and go for it again! Join me!