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WHAT I'M READING
I finally finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and I have to say that I think it has become my favourite of the bunch. I mean, I love Goblet of Fire, but there's just something about OotP that really appealed to me this time around. So (obviously) I've moved on to Half-Blood Prince, which is one that I recall not liking very much. (That whole chunk with Harry and Dumbledore away from Hogwarts: Bleh. Hated it.)
I also just finished The Scorpio Races. I'm still processing, but I can say that this book was beautiful, atmospheric in the very best way, and best read when you can give it your undivided (and well deserved) attention.
I've read 75 books toward this year's Reading Challenge and yet somehow I'm still one book behind schedule. I'm hoping to gain some ground with Neil Gaiman's The Ocean At the End of the Lane, my first ever Gaiman read. It's our book club read this month and I have to have it read by Friday, so I better get on it! I have to say, I'm kind of excited to find out what all the fuss is about.
|After finishing The Scorpio Races, I feel the urge|
to park myself on a damp, windy cliff along the
coast of Wales or Ireland or somesuch.
WHAT I'M WRITING
Well, it's not much, but I actually sat down with some of my writing to get reacquainted after far too long being away from it. Surprisingly, I don't hate (most of) it, but I know there is still an awful lot that needs to be fixed. I think I'm finally up to the task. Maybe. Well, I hope so anyway.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
At the risk of sounding like a grump, I don't feel terribly inspired by much this week. I suppose the fact that my computer is finally set up sort of inspires me to get writing/revising again. This was my primary workspace before we moved (I much prefer my desktop computer to my laptop), so it's great to have it up and running again. I suppose I always feel inspired by the Christmas season, and for a whole variety of reasons, it's my absolute favourite time of year. I can't wait to get decorating this weekend!
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
I've been feeling Christmas-y for some time now (thank you, Snovember), so I've been watching Christmas movies like crazy this past week (thank you, Netflix). I've managed to squeeze in a bit more writing time, get my books on the shelves (a long process thanks to my insistence on arranging books according to genre and, of course, just the sheer number of books), and I applied to start substitute teaching (Eek!). Not sure how I feel about that last bit. Other than that, this has been a mostly uneventful week.
Before I forget, I'd like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends south of the border! Have a wonderful day!
SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU THIS WEEK?