Monthly Archives: November 2013


15/15/15 challenge update (late edition)

Posted 19 November, 2013 by DLWhite in Goals & Plans 0 Comments

I totally spaced doing this yesterday!

 

Photo courtesy  Lincolnian (Brian), Flickr.com

Photo courtesy Lincolnian (Brian), Flickr.com

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Everything’s fantastic here. Good writing progress last week, especially with a couple of sprints over the weekend. “Winning” for NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words. For me that’s slightly under 50% done with the book.  I’m making great progress, however I know I won’t hit the finish line on Nov 30th.

Weight loss……..continues. I lose slowly so I”m okay with that. I’m entering the time of the month during which I usually lose so yay? Right.

And I finished two books over the past week, so awesome. I’m at 72 of 75 books read for the year!

 

 

 

and 800 million books on my TBR list……………..

 

Have a great week. WRITE ON!




Marching to Zion: A Novel by Mary Glickman [Review]

Marching to Zion: A Novel by Mary Glickman [Review]

Marching to Zion: A Novel by Mary Glickman Summary: Mags Preacher, a young black woman with a dream, arrives in St. Louis from the piney woods of her family home in 1916, hoping to learn the beauty trade. She knows nothing about Jews except that they killed the Lord Jesus Christ. Then she begins working for Mr. Fishbein, an Eastern European émigré who fled the pogroms that shattered his life to become the proprietor of Fishbein’s Funeral Home. By the time he saves Mags from certain death during the 1917 race riots in East St. Louis, all her perceptions have changed. But Mr. Fishbein’s daughter, the troubled redheaded beauty Minerva, is a different matter. There is something wrong with the girl, something dangerous, something fateful. And it is Magnus Bailey, Mags’ first friend in the city, who learns to what heights and depths the girl’s willful spirit can drive a man. My Review: My rating: 3 of 5 stars I had a difficult time with this book. The story jumps from Mags to Magnus and then Minerva, back to Mags, to Aurora then back to Minerva. Such a huge cast of characters, all needing to tell their story. It begins interestingly enough, with a young country girl arriving in the big city with a dream. We meet Magnus, who runs a number of businesses with Fishbein, a Jew who owns, among other pursuits, a funeral home. Mags gets a job there, falls in love, has a child. Her husband is killed in a riot. Fishbein, his daughter Minnie, Mags, her child and Magnus all leave town. What follows is what seems like an odd wandering through time and Tennessee. Magnus discoveres that Minnerva(Minnie) has fallen for him. He runs from her with a lie. She discovers the lie, is terribly hurt by it and as a result runs off to become a prostitute and runs a highly favored house of il repute. At some point in the book Magnus realizes […]




Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson [Review]

Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson [Review]

I love flawed people and books about flawed people. The more f*cked up, the better. Matt seemed perfect when Lucy met him. A little too perfect. A little too exact opposite of Griffin, the man she shouldn’t love considering he’s a complete louse, but still does. I don’t think Lucy was ready for a relationship when she met Matt, but she convinced herself that she was. She let herself believe that she might be enough for him.



15/15/15 Challenge + NaNoWriMo! Update

15/15/15 Challenge + NaNoWriMo! Update

Hello old friends! It’s Monday again (how does that keep happening??) so it’s time for  some updates! Let’s take care of the challenge update first: [progpress title=”Books” goal=”15″ current=”4″ previous=”0″ label=”Books”] [progpress title=”Pounds” goal=”15″ current=”2″ previous=”0″ label=”Lbs”] [progpress title=”Chapters” goal=”15″ current=”2″ previous=”0″ label=”Chapters”] Not a bad week at all! In fact I am pretty pleased. I got in another book read and a chapter written. No weight loss, since I usually don’t see changes in my weight but once a month. I am, however, wearing a smaller size today so I still get to do a victory dance! On to NaNoWriMo! Current word count is 8093 words so far I’m also very pleased with that. Right on track. I am seeing some folks with amazing numbers and I think that’s cool. I’m afraid of burning out, so I am taking it slow. I had a great convo with a blogging/writing friend yesterday so I have some new ammo with which to go at this project. I’m optimistic.    



Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna [Review]

Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna [Review]

Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna Summary: A story of vengeance, forgiveness and love… After her husband’s untimely demise, Marietta Gatti is banished from the family’s villa by her spiteful mother-in-law. She returns to her hometown of Venice and her only kin—a father she hasn’t spoken to since her forced marriage. Her hope of making amends is crushed when she learns she is too late, for he recently has died under suspicious circumstances. Grief-stricken, Marietta retraces her father’s last night only to discover someone may have wanted him dead—and she may be next. When the prime suspect turns out to be the father of the man she is falling in love with, Marietta risks her future happiness and her life to avenge the death of a man she once hated. My Review: My rating: 4 of 5 stars Every week or so, I get an email from an author asking me to read and review their recently published novel. Most of the time I decline, either because my To Read stack is about to topple over and I don’t have time, or the book doesn’t seem to be in a genre that I would enjoy. I would hate to agree to read a book I don’t have time to read, then skim through it and give a less than full effort review. This week I happened to be taking a bit of a respite from the books I agreed to read for NetGalley. I received an email from Ms. McKenna, asking if I would be interested in reading her historical romance. She also sent an excerpt of the first chapter and a bit of information about her protagonist, Marietta Gatti. This sadly happens so rarely with self published works but I was hooked from the excerpt alone. I’d already ‘met’ Marietta but the snippet introduced Dario, who was already unlikable on page one, and his insufferable mother, the elder Signora Gatti. I requested a review copy and when it […]