|Jane Austen's Persuasion infinity scarf|
from Storiarts: by Tori Iannarino on Etsy.
This totally great and wonderfully nerdy scarf from the Storiarts shop on Etsy. The crafty lady responsible for these prints a page from a book onto an infinity scarf to create this literary fashion statement. I ordered this pre-made Persuasion scarf she was selling1, BUT starting October 1st she will be taking custom orders. Many thanks to Liz Parker for posting the link to this awesome scarf on her Tumblr page!
My sister sent me a copy of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and I'm really enjoying it. I don't normally migrate toward adult novels, but this one doesn't really fit into such a neat and tidy box. Here's a little sample of this fantastic story:
“You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus. You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.”
It's all very magical and the atmosphere is indescribable. Definitely an experience.
|Someone needs to make this happen. Stat.|
Watching...Hubby and I have been working our way through Friday Night Lights for the first time (we're late to the rodeo), and it's completely addictive. I can honestly say that I give a rip about every single character on the show (we're only on Season 3 at this point), which is no mean feat when you consider the size of the cast. When we finally get around to starting a family, I'd love to borrow from the Coach and Tami Taylor script. There have been some parenting moments on this show that blow my mind. Parenting wins, in my opinion. And then of course there's the prettiest aspect of the show: Tim Riggins. Enough said.
1) Potential blogging topics. I has none.
2) How much longer until I'm ready to query this beast of a WiP.
3) How I can make my contemporary YA retelling of Persuasion more heart-wrenching and swoonworthy. I so badly want to do the original story justice.
1) Taking drum lessons through the (Royal Canadian) Legion Pipe and Drum Band 2 in my city, with the intention of hopefully joining the band when I am all trained up.
2) The local college (which happens to be in my neighbourhood) is putting on the following productions this season: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter Pan, and Dracula. I’ve been to productions at the college before and they were fantastic! But without even thinking, I bought tickets for Dracula on Valentine’s Day. I suppose that could be romantic. Maybe. O.o
I wish I could finally figure out my flipping query for my sci-fi/romance YA Watch of Night. I just don't even know how to make it better, and because this is stressing me out big time, I'm just avoiding it altogether right now. I've gotten some great feedback on it, but I still don't know how to approach it. There's just way too much riding on that thing. Bleh.
Making Me Happy...
The great suggestions and compliments I’ve received on my WiP Watch of Night. Between my CP and my beta-readers, I’m feeling less like my story is a hot mess not worth wasting the time on. It still needs work, but it's slowly getting there.
In closing, I'll leave you with another inspirational quote from The Night Circus, especially poignant for writers:
“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”
1 The page printed on this Persuasion scarf is Captain Wentworth's love letter to Anne Elliot, which includes the words: "You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late..." Swoon factor = through the roof.
2 The Royal Canadian Legion is a veterans organization with membership open to the public. This is our local branch that has its own bagpipe and drum band.