Saturday, December 29, 2012

Reading in the New Year

I'm always excited to start a new reading challenge every year.  I have so many books crowding my shelves and sitting on the floor that I decided to do a challenge that might weed out some older ones and make space for keepers.  My "book lottery" and "next five" haven't proven very successful in moving them around fast enough.  I'm hoping this A to Z author challenge will change that.  They're out of order in the picture because it was just easier to stack them according to size.  Here's the list in order:
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
A Kiss Remembered by Sandra Brown
Mum's the Word by Kate Collins
Good Little Wives by Abby Drake
Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
Magic in the Wind by Christine Feehan
Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson
Spying in High Heels by Gemma Halliday
The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis
Need by Carrie Jones
Fallen by Lauren Kate
A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield
Delicious by Susan Mallery
Night Star by Alyson Noel
The Agency by Ally O'Brien
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
Angels Fall by Nora Roberts
Undone by Karin Slaughter
Rewriting Monday by Jodi Thomas
Can't Stand the Heat by Louisa Edwards
I Love You to Death by Amy Garvey
Driftwood Cottage by Sherryl Woods
Evening Hours by Mary Lynn Baxter
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
The Forever Summer by Suzanne Macpherson
Out of all these, there was only seven that I had to get a little creative with - I, Q, U, V, X, Y, Z.  If I can come up with something better for these letters, I'll add to/change the list.  Otherwise, this is what I plan to read to start off the new year.
Along with my reading list, I'm also redoing my 'life list' after reading about a different version on this site.  I only have 7 of the 32 squares filled in on my paper so far - things I want to learn, a concert I want to attend, travel, writing goals, other stuff.  It'll take some time to fill in the rest of the spaces, but I'll have fun in the process.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

After Christmas

I've been a bad blogger.  Just having too much fun with the kid out of school to really find time for the blog.  Hopefully, I'll do better in the new year. 

We had a white Christmas - about 3 inches of snow.

One of my favorite outdoor decorations - Mr. Penguin - covered in snow. 



It was freezing outside, but my camera hasn't gotten much love lately.  I just had to get pictures of our white Christmas.  I love how the bird's nest is still up there in the empty branches of the tree.

We received lots of goodies from loved ones.  Some of my favorite gifts were jewelry, a hand painted penguin ornament, a hand painted trinket box with a dragonfly on the lid that has 'Dragonfly Dreams' written on it (both painted by the oldest son's beautiful, thoughtful girlfriend), make up, body lotions and a book (Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa).
The most unexpected gift was a Wii game system from oldest and his girlfriend.  It's been a big hit around here.  Wii tennis makes me cuss.  A lot.
We had a big, yummy Christmas dinner.  This was the first year I didn't make fudge and/or strawberry bread.  I'm a slacker.

I hope your holiday was filled with love, laughter, and warmth.
I'll be back with new year plans!


Monday, December 3, 2012

50K Words

Whew!  NaNoWriMo ended and I'm a:

End of the month was a much fiercely fought battle to catch up because of continued computer problems. Luckily, I was able to use the husband's laptop to be able to finish on time because of all the PC's hiccups.  I wrote about 9,000 words in the last two days!  That's something for me. 
I haven't looked back through what I'm calling a colossal piece of crap to see if there's anything worth salvaging, but I will.  The weekend was busy, so maybe today I can approach it with a fresh eye. 
My favorite part of Nano this year was how determined I was to finish.  I think I've only experienced that feeling one other time in all the years I've participated.  That sense of urgency that spurs me forward.  I also liked how each day it was a little easier to open the document.  It's usually a real struggle just to open up a work in progress.  Or worse, no struggle at all because I just don't do it and don't care.  Having a goal to shoot for helps.  And deadlines!  I couldn't not finish.
Thanks to Nanowrimo for the fun.