I won an award! See! It’s over there, in the right hand sidebar, under the calendar. Thank you to whomever nominated me. I am tremendously honored.
This is going to be VERY spastic, but I have a lot of things roaming around my mind this morning.
My new issue of Book Forum came in the mail yesterday. This is only my second issue, but I ate up the first one I received, so I’m sure this will be no different. There looks to be a fascinating article of Shakespeare by James Shapiro called “Much Ado About Shakespeare” amongst other interesting articles. And of course lots of books, books, books. I can’t wait to dig in. The reviews alone look good. This may be my new favorite magazine. I just wish I came out more often.
This has to be one of the most touching, yet also horrible, stories I have read in awhile. After 65 years, two siblings who were separated by the Holocaust have been reunited. 65 years. Not knowing that the other was still alive. I cried like a baby reading this article. It’s just so wonderful. And sad.
I am enjoying The Woman in White immensely. I am finding Collins to be much more accessible than Dickens, his contemporary. But, you could sense the but couldn’t you? But, I am not totally sure I appreciate the way he writes women. So far only woman woman in the book (I’m about 150 pages in) seems to have any wits and backbone about her. I’m holding out hope she stays that way.
Is anyone going to do NaNoWriMo this year? If you don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month which is November. You have one month to write a 50,000 word novel. It can be about anything you want, any genre, any style, as bad as can be. You just have to write a novel. I participated last year, but didn’t do very well. It was right after my grandmother (really, mother) died and I was so wrapped up in my grief I couldn’t really concentrate. I still have that novel in progress (sort of) because it’s (I think) a fantastic idea. I’m tempted to use it again, even though you are not supposed to use pre-existing work, but I really would like to get this book written. And I don’t know if I can come up with another idea. Well, actually I’m sure I could, but I don’t know if I want 2 novels going at once. Decisions decisions.
See what happens when I have caffeine? I don’t drink much, but when I do, my mind goes all over the place. Maybe I should drink it a lot in November. Would make for interesting writing.