WHAT I'M READING
• Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Here comes super angsty Harry!!
• I've Got Your Number (Sophie Kinsella) - Totally fun chick lit. (Just finished it.)
• War and Peace - Yeah, I won't be done by Christmas like I had originally hoped.
• Emerald Green (Kirsten Gier) - I'm just about to start this and I cannot wait!
WHAT I'M WRITING
Nothing yet, but come November once this move is over and done with, I will write ALL THE WORDS.* I'm not doing NaNoWriMo this year, but I plan to ride the wave of excitement/energy and use it as motivation to write and to set daily goals.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Somewhere in my Twitter feed sometime last week someone (Could this be any more vague?**) posted a link to an article which I cannot find because I'm a fool and forgot to favourite it. It was about adults reading YA and how this doesn't make us any less intelligent than those who strictly read adult books. I know this isn't anything new, but the article struck a chord with me as I've encountered this ignorant notion recently that more adults are reading YA because, and I quote, "people are getting dumber". (If ever there was a reason to Hulk smash another person...) The article included this very appropriate quote from C.S. Lewis:
Basically, it was a great reminder that we shouldn't let anyone make us feel lesser for loving YA. I needed to hear that again."Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
• Packing up everything we own, which of course includes lots and lots of books. Yeah, I'm still not done packing all of them.
• This past Monday was Thanksgiving here in Canada, and somehow turkey dinner kind of slipped through the cracks. We didn't plan ahead and then when the day arrived, it just seemed kind of pointless to do it all up for just the two of us. (Family was otherwise occupied or living far enough away to make getting together not feasible.) Needless to say, I was a bit bummed about that because I love turkey dinner. BUT, I did make us pumpkin pie, so that almost made up for it. Okay, no it didn't. Not at all.***
• We bought some candles from Bath & Body Works, and they smell so good! We've been lighting them every time we think of it.
|If only this blog was scratch-n-sniff.|
SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?
* That was for you, Erin. (Should you happen to read this.)
** If you read that in Chandler Bing's voice, you are awesome.
*** But we did remember to be thankful for all of the good things in our lives. Just not turkey...