Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Yahoo! Last Day of Camp!

I don't usually post on Wednesday, but this morning I finished my first draft and I am stoked!

I have to say that participating in CampNaNoWriMo, as well as the ACFW Novel Track Writing loop, this month worked as a great motivator to get this done. There's nothing like regular accountability to keep me heading back to the keyboard.

I will spend today basking in the glory of having a new story completed.

Okay, so it's hardly completed. It's one of the shittiest first drafts (see Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird) I've ever written. But it's done. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Next week (sigh) I'll begin revision. I'd like to give the book longer to rest, but I don't have time for that if I'm going to get this book done by the end of the year. Or the end of next year. Yes, it's that bad.

But today I'm doing the Snoopy dance!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I Love Libraries

Libraries have always been a part of my life. My mother was a reader and she taught me a love of reading, too. Part of this included a trip to the Hicksville Public Library on alternate Saturdays.

Hicksville, NY is a suburb not too far from New York City. It was one of those towns that grew tremendously following World War II when returning veterans married, settled in their own homes, and got to raising all those Baby Boomers. The library I remember was the former home of Mrs. Frances Duerk. It was a cozy place full of wondrous books. I particularly remember an area they had set up under a window. It had a slanted shelf where you could rest the book you were reading. The windows were mullioned, cross-hatched into diamonds, and it looked out over a pretty garden. The shelf and the bench you sat on were dark wood.

I carefully considered which books I would borrow since you were only allowed to check out six at a time. I could easily finish six books in two weeks then. There was a time I started browsing the fiction starting with the letter A and worked my way toward the end of the alphabet over a period of months.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

No More Free Books

Caught your attention, didn't I?

I'm not announcing BREAKING NEWS that there will not be any more books available for free because of some court decision or a change in Kindle Select by Amazon. That's not going to happen. Ever.

No, what I am saying is that the allure of free books has paled for me. Oh, I was like most newbies when I got my nook. I scoured the Barnes and Noble site for free books to download. I figured out how to sideload free books from Project Gutenberg. I eagerly awaited Free Fridays each week to see what treat I could pick up at no cost. And then there were the free promotions. I couldn't turn down a free book, could I?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Under the Dome

No, this is not about Stephen King's book or the television series derived from it. It's about a project north of Tucson currently run by the University of Arizona where scientists study environmental factors. It's one of the places I've wanted to see ever since I moved here (yes, I'm a science geek) and recently I finally got there.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Closet Christians

At this week's Bible study, our pastor asked us if we knew what was the average number of times a Lutheran church member invited someone to worship with them. There was dead silence as we all pondered that question. If the rest of the group was like me, they were trying to remember the last time they asked someone--not a relative--to go to church with them. If ever.

The answer? Once every 28 years!