So far the idea of keeping a mystery on the nightstand and going to bed before I’m too sleepy is a good recipe for maintaining an active reading schedule.
I finished the second Booktown mystery, Bookmarked for Death, and enjoyed it as much as the first. I still like the tense relationship between the protagonist, a mystery bookstore owner, and her sister; I like the fictional town that appeals to all bibliophiles (real and imagined); and I enjoy the suspense of the murder mystery.
I also started a new Middle Grade mystery, Absolutely Truly, by Heather Vogel Frederick. I didn’t plan to have two fictional books going at the same time, but this library book is due in less than a week, and I wanted to give it a shot.
I’m SO glad I did. I really love the author’s writing style. This is the first time in a long while that I’ve been able to escape into the story and ignore the writing: that is the sign of a gifted author! Truly is a relatable character and her family is a lovable, dysfunctional mess.
They have recently moved to Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire and once again, I am in love with an old-fashioned, quaint, fictional town. I love the general store, the local bookshop, and the covered bridge. And while the small k-8th grade school is not perfect, most students get along and respect their teachers.
I’m about halfway through the book and plan to finish by the end of the weekend. I was thrilled to learn that the second book in the series will be available in January, 2017. I will be the first in line to pick up a copy.
I also added several new titles to my Kindle Unlimited wishlist this week. I plan to breeze through several of these over the next month (see reason why below…)
I wrote another chapter of Ellie’s Paris Adventure. This time I pushed myself and managed to write 2,300 words in about three hours. Up to this point, my average was 500 words/ hour.
I have now completed ten chapters out of fourteen. The plan is to write a chapter a week and complete the draft by the end of September. I feel confident I will achieve that goal.
I registered for the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Middle of the Map conference here in Kansas. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th – with an optional 10-minute meeting with an agent the Friday before. I took a step of faith and registered for an agent meeting. EEEK!!
I need to have the first ten pages of the manuscript polished prior to September 30th. I will send those to her at that time, and then on November 4th she will give me her critique. This is SO FAR OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE… I can’t even tell you. But I am determined to see this project through to completion – whatever that may look like.
This week’s blogging topics included:
- Travel Tuesday: Tourist vs Traveler
- Photo Wednesday: Backyard Bottles
- Totoro Family Recipes: Fresh Apple Cake
- Monday, August 22: Ray Bradbury’s Birthday
- Tuesday, August 23: Buttered Corn
- Wednesday, August 24: Strange Music
- Thursday, August 25: Second-Hand Wardrobe
- Friday, August 26: Forgive a Foe (and Mother Teresa’s Birthday)
- Saturday, August 27: Just Because
- Sunday, August 28: Red Wine