I’m taking advantage of being in a good mood and having a good day to post a warm up and report in on my year end challenge for myself. Let’s start with the challenge, shall we?
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I read Sycamore Row last week (FANTASTIC BOOK), I lost two lbs and got a little further on Ch16. I’m struggling with it because I am bored by the stage of the story I am in. I kind of need this story to be over soon. I’m tired of writing it. Sorry to say, I’m ready to move on now. People are reading it and like it, though. I want to see it thru, but I don’t want to crap out some mess and call it good. Dilemma.
Three goals I have set for myself are…
1. Be a published author. Somehow, some way, some day.
2. Become debt free. I was close, but then what had happened was…
3. Be content with self. I’m working on it, getting there.
How about you???
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman Summary: In this arresting memoir about growing up in—and ultimately escaping from—a strict Hasidic community, Deborah Feldman reveals what life is like trapped within a religious sect that values silence and suffering over individual freedoms. The Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism is as mysterious as it is intriguing to outsiders. Unorthodox sheds new light on this subculture through one woman’s harrowing tale of repression and self-discovery. Raised in the cloistered world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Deborah Feldman struggled as a naturally curious child to make sense of and obey the rigid strictures that governed her daily life. From what she […]
I’m going to try not to sound like a drooling, screaming fangirl while I write this review but OH MY GAH. There is a reason I wait (not so) patiently between Grisham books. It’s because just about every release is so. good. Sycamore Row was in no way a disappointment and I think this is the first time I have given a Grisham book five stars.
Monday Morning Warm-Up: Think of a meaningful goal you can reach by your next birthday. Maybe one that is good for you, as well as good for someone else. Write it down. You don’t have to tell anyone else what it is. But know you’ve got cheerleaders if you need them. I have already set a goal for my birthday (March 25th, 2014) to have a draft of my novel finished. Even if it is a steaming pile of crap, it will be DONE and I can move on to editing and revision. I just want to get the story OUT. Today’s 15/15/15 update- [progpress title=”Books” goal=”15″ current=”3″ previous=”0″ label=”Books”] […]
Weeee! Let’s get this party started! I am fake upbeat today. It’s Monday, 9am on a bank holiday and I am at work. *sigh* Not that I don’t love my job, but I’d rather be curled up in bed with a latte and a good book with The Golden Girls on in the background. I digress. Today’s Warm Up question, courtesy Jo Knowles as always, is a good one. I’d love to see others tackle it, if you are so inclined: Monday Morning Warm-Up: What can you do this week that will make you feel good about yourself? This can really go so many ways. Personally? Writerly? Generally? The one […]
I must admit that after reading all of the reviews for this novel, I must be dense and unsophisticated. I was confused by chapter 4 and the plot, the romances, the stories unfolding in 1892 and present day just never really caught on for me. In fact, I still don’t really ‘get it’.
Welcome to another edition of Friday Reads! Hope everyone has some great books in the queue! This weekend I am picking two books to finish: The Room Beyond by Stephanie Elmas I’m reading this book ( and the next one) courtesy of NetGalley. I just LOVE that place! I’m getting to read some really great books. I heard about this book via twitter from the author and requested it and was approved in seconds. YAY! I’m about halfway through, and I admit to being very confused but it seems like things are starting to come together. I’ll do a reading binge tonight or tomorrow and finish it off. Stay tuned for a […]
Bear with me, people. I am going get a little bit personal. I typically only talk books and writing here, because my life is………books and writing. The occasional good tv show or awesome sandwich, but books and writing are pretty much it. But today I find that my mind is already turning toward the end of the year. Here we are in 4th quarter, the air is crisp and cool and feels like autumn. The leaves are bright and beautiful and the sun rises later and sets earlier. This all makes my head turn toward that Big Old Goal Line, December 31, 2013. I was having a conversation a few […]
The Trial of Dr. Kate by Michael E. Glasscock III Expected publication: October 8th 2013 by Greenleaf Book Group Press Summary: In the summer of 1952, Lillian Johnson was found dead in her home, slumped in the wheelchair that had become her cage due to multiple sclerosis. An overdose of barbiturate had triggered a heart attack, but the scene was not quite right. It looked as though someone other than Lillian herself had injected the fatal dose. Dr. Kate Marlow, Lillian’s physician and best friend, now sits in the Round Rock city jail. The only country doctor for miles, Kate cannot remember her whereabouts at the time of Lillian’s death?and […]
First of all, HOLY CRAP, this book was good. I feel like I say this a lot, but it really is rare for me to pick up a book and read it all the way through. I started reading this late Friday (10/4) and finished it Saturday 10/5. Talk about an engrossing page turner!