Sunday, August 14, 2011

Just another update: writing, ROW, and life.

Things are better in our household than they were a week ago.  Thank you all for the kind words.  We had family staying with us for about two and a half weeks, but now the house is quiet (relatively -I have a 3 year old, after all).  Nothing is normal or will be normal for a while, but at least now I'm not privately freaking out about sending myself into preterm labor from the stress.  So that's good.

Stress relief around my house?  I wish I could say it was writing.  Sorry, ROW, I'm failing miserably here.  I'm at 92,500 for Aeris and no closer to the end of this book.  The good news is, I've been writing again.  The bad news?  I just can't see where this book is going to end.  It's kind of become a joke among my friends and family.  "How many words is it now?  How much closer are you to the end?"  I think I will have some major, major editing to do to get this thing down to a size that people will actually want to read. hahaha

On a happier note, stress or not, the garden keeps growing, and I keep harvesting from it.  Basil, garlic, potatoes, squash, beans, even some sad little tomatoes!  I am also the youngest Suzy Homemaker alive, in that I just put up a dozen jars of apricot jam, another dozen of peach apricot, and some applesauce from an early apple tree.  This week I'm looking at doing a batch of plum jam, YUM.  I love plums, but I've never done plum jam before.

I have to get all of these done now, because pretty soon (2 weeks or so from now, I still can't believe it!) there will be another child around here demanding my attention!  So excited to have my stomach to myself.  I think I'm probably the only person I know that detests being pregnant.  I love being a mom, and all the mommy stuff that comes with it, but pregnancy is just the pits. hahaha

I have done a lot of reading.  There have been a lot of nights of no sleep, so I've put in some hours there.  I won't list everything I've read, because not all of it even got a review from me, but here are a few I enjoyed and wanted to share:
Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel (I kid you not, this is the first time I haven't had to look up her name!) 4 stars  (Also picked up a book from her other series to read)
Fire by Kristin Cashore got a rare 5 stars
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly also 5 stars (I didn't even mind that it was first person present tense!)
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card got 4 stars

All worth reading, depending on what genre you're into.

Recently purchased books, that I can't wait to read:
Cross my Heart by Katie Klein
Gifts of the Blood by Vicki Keire
Days of Sacrifice by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Divergent by Veronica Roth
A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

Hope to have better news of my word count on Wednesday.  In the meantime, Happy Reading!


Nadja Notariani said...

Aren't gardens great? We've had great success this year with cucumber, tomato, peppers, basil, parsley, thyme, raddish, lettuce, zucchini, and lemon balm.
However, our dog, Zutchka decided that he would like to bury his rawhide bones in that garden, and he dug up my remaining peppers, cabbages, cantaloupe, and cilantro. They are pathetic looking now......I don't know if they'll survive. Hope the jam turns out great! I haven't made jam in a long time.

Glad to hear you're writing again and that things are returning to normal.

Best wishes on the upcoming baby.....and I'm with you. Pregnancy is not for me. I love babies and being a mom, (I did have five children..ha!) but I didn't really enjoy being pregnant. I became a diabetic with each one....and all that finger pricking and testing and the nonsense that goes with it is for the birds! ~ Nadja

Gerhi Feuren said...

Here is a suggestion, and I know it will not be easy because my wife was doing corrections on her PhD when our second was born.

Commit to write an ending for your story before your baby is born. See it as that you need an ending before you can have a new beginning.

Also give yourself permission to write a very bad ending. It must fit the story, but it doesn't have to be earth shatteringly good.

You are going to rewrite it during your edit anyway so stop putting the ending of. Just a suggestion, use it, don't use it.

alberta ross said...

me to in thoes of jam and jelly making - chutneys next week - dont have to do so much these days there only being two of us - but still love the smells and tastes - good youve got some writing in although where you found the time I'm still scratching my head over!! all the best for this weeek