WHAT I'M READING
I got about halfway through my reread of City of Bones before seeing the movie. As I was finishing it, I was surprised at just how many pieces of dialogue in the book made it into the movie, which was cool. I've just started Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, this month's YA Book Club selection. I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts on it September 3rd with the rest of the crew. Still plugging away at A Fine Balance, which I really can't wait to be done because ugh, and War and Peace, which I'm actually quite enjoying. What a pleasant surprise to find it not only easier than I anticipated, but that it also holds my attention pretty well. I love when that kind of thing happens!
WHAT I'M WRITING
I'm going to just come clean: I feel like a massive hypocrite, co-hosting Ready. Set. WRITE! and I haven't written a single word in about two weeks. I could make all kinds of excuses for failing to follow through, but I'm just going to offer up one: I've been busy and unmotivated. (Okay, two reasons.) What can I say? After this weekend things slow down A LOT for me, so I imagine I'll get back at it then. September is going to be different for me in a whole variety of ways--writing, exercise, diet, among other things.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Travel Alberta has created these awesome videos/commercials to encourage people to visit our province, and I have to say, they're making me want to do more exploring myself. Seriously, if you've never visited Alberta, you really should. It's so beautiful!
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Exploring my province! Well, some of the areas not too far from where I live, anyway. This past Sunday, we climbed aboard a steam train for the Highland Special with my pipe and drum band as the entertainment. It took us from Stettler to Big Valley and back again through gorgeous prairies and farmland. It was such a fun and relaxing way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.
While you're reading this, I am sitting at my sister's place a province over from my own! My husband knew he had some days off, so we decided to pick up and take a drive to Erin's. It's been almost a year since we last saw each other, so this is AWESOME!
Oh, and I got myself a pair of red plaid rain boots! (There's a very good chance I'm a plaidaholic.) Check these babies out, folks:
And now, because you've been awesome, hard-working, and encouraging, we're offering up a little "thank you" of sorts. We will be giving away "fresh perspectives" (aka critiques) to FIVE lucky participants' first ten pages. Each of the hosts will take one set of ten pages and offer up a fresh set of eyes, thoughts and suggestions on your work. The same rules apply as our last giveaway: Open internationally to RSW participants only. It runs until Tuesday, September 3rd and the winners will be announced during What's Up Wednesday the following day. Thank you again for taking part in Ready. Set. WRITE! this summer. ☺
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