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Week in Review: August 14, 2016

For many here in the Midwest, the first day of school is quickly approaching. Normally I would be caught up in excited anticipation, but this year, I fully embrace retirement.

On a somewhat related note… Did I hear McDonald’s will start offering Pumpkin Spice lattes at the end of the month?! As much as I long for cooler temperatures, I’m not quite ready for fall. How about you?
This was not a big reading week. I anticipate next week will be better.

I did begin a new book, however: The Quilter’s Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini. It remains on my nightstand, and I am faithful to read a couple of chapters each night. It is not a mystery, but cozy none-the-less.

This is another re-read for me. I am methodically reading the first book in each promising series so I can learn how the author develops characters in subsequent books. So far, I am enjoying this book as much as I remembered. I am a bit surprised how much backstory the author divulges in the beginning, but I don’t think it hinders the flow.

I didn’t actually write much this week, but I’m ready to dive in tomorrow.

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I sent out the first half of my work-in-progress to seven beta readers. I have now heard from five  of them, and I think I know where to revise and how to proceed.

Interestingly… two of the seven volunteered that the story reminds them of The Magic Tree House series. This is significant. If I were to describe my vision for this novel series, it would be to offer fans  of  Mary Pope Osborne a viable alternative for the older reader.

In addition, one of the 5th grade readers shared how she would like to become the protagonist and time travel to Paris. It is thrilling to think students can actually relate to my fictional character in a positive way.

What I lacked in reading and writing consistency, I made up for in blogging.

Today is National __________ Day:

This week on Stepping Stones Publications I highlighted:
  • Monday, August, 8: Frozen Custard
  • Tuesday, August 9: Book Lovers
  • Wednesday, August 10: Spoil Your Dog
  • Thursday, August 11: Play in the Sand
  • Friday, August 12: Vinyl Record Day
  • Saturday, August 13: (I missed…. but I would have showcased Left-Handers)
  • Sunday, August 14: Creamsicle

Other Activities:
So what have I been doing if not reading or writing?

After procrastinating for two years, I have finally organized my LightRoom photo catalog by adding keywords to all my pictures.

This proved to be a rather monumental task, as I had uploaded pictures from 2005 through 2016. While they were already sorted by month and year… I want to easily find photos on a particular topic.

For example, I take a lot of nature photos and someday hope to compile my favorites into a book that also includes scripture and personal essays. I want to type in the appropriate keyword, let’s say “daisy” and with the click of a button, only pictures that match that description pop up.

I am SO relieved to have the project done – and I now hope to make this step a part of my regular workflow routine.

I may not participate in the back-to-school hoopla this week, but I do plan to participate in academic activities – a bit of reading, writing, but probably not arithmetic. How about you?


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