WHAT I'M READING
I haven't touched War and Peace this week and I'm still very slowly working my way through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Dream Thieves. Erin and I had a VERY interesting chat about the latter, particularly relating to a theory we have about a certain character. I won't say anything more, but the fact that we both picked up on this is further evidence that we essentially have the same brain.
WHAT I'M WRITING
I've gotten to read and critique some writer friends' pages this week (including my CP Elodie's first fifty) and it has really given me the itch to get my butt in a chair and start writing again. Considering the fact that I'm surrounded by stacks of unpacked boxes and mountains of books and whatnot that need to go into those boxes, I'm not sure when I'll get to sit down and write. But the point is I WANT TO. I'll have to squeeze it in between packing boxes.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Purging. Well that sounded grosser than intended. Before every move I like to comb through all of the junk we've accumulated and do my best to dispose of what really needs to go. So far I've managed to get rid of tons of junk between tossing it in the trash, recycling it, or adding it to the rapidly growing donation pile. Why exactly does this inspire me, you ask? I find it sort of freeing to shed some of the excess, weed out what isn't that important. I guess it makes me feel kind of lighter in a way, ready for a fresh start, unencumbered by all the crap we totally don't need.
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Besides trying to get everything in order for our move? Not a whole lot. I did get to spend time Skyping with Erin (my sister) on Monday afternoon/evening for a good chunk of time (as per usual), which was both helpful writing-wise and also highly enjoyable (as per usual). There was plenty of tea + cookies, book talk and other fun stuff. It's been awhile, so this was long overdue.
While at the grocery store, I decided I wanted a pumpkin this year despite the fact that we're moving on Halloween. (Boo. And not in a ghoulie and ghostie kinda way.) I have this idea that I'm going to actually carve it, but I'm not exactly sure when that's going to happen. Still, there's something delightfully autumnish about having a pumpkin kicking around, wouldn't you agree?
Plotting how I can turn my Sticky Date Pudding recipe from a cake into cupcakes and somehow reduce the fat in the toffee sauce that gets poured over top. I have a few ideas, so I can't wait to get experimenting. (You know, because cake is exactly what I need to be shoving in my gob.)
Oh, and this lovely new literary tee that I ordered showed up this week. I bought it from Neena Creates on Etsy, which is quickly becoming one of my favourite shops. The words are from Captain Wentworth's totally swoonworthy letter to Anne Elliot in Persuasion. I've also gotten a Jane Eyre shirt from her and it's awesome too. I've been eyeing a Robert Frost scarf in her shop, but I'm trying to exercise restraint. (Which is the only exercise I've been getting.*)
SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?
* Hardy har.