WHAT I'M READING
I'm not making much headway with any of the books I'm reading, but I will say I am enjoying the bits and pieces I've been able to squeeze in when I'm not busy doing other things, namely unpacking. Umbridge is just as infuriating this time around as every other time I've read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I'm in love with the island of Thisbe and residents Sean and Puck in The Scorpio Races. (I still have yet to try my hand at November Cakes, though. Yum!) And I haven't even touched War and Peace apart from packing it in some box or another a few weeks back. My Reading Challenge goal is in serious peril right now.
WHAT I'M WRITING
Sigh. I'm not even going to pretend that this is going to start happening sometime soon. That would make me the worst kind of liar. I will say I want to get back to it sooner rather than later, but it just doesn't factor into my day-to-day activities these days. Soon...I hope.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
New and much, much better surroundings and the opportunities that come with it. Slowly but surely getting things put away and flattening boxes. The prospect of finally putting my office--the place I write and blog--in some kind of workable order. (It's an honest to goodness disaster zone of boxes with no room to navigate the mess. It's not exactly conducive to creativity.) And the whole combo of snow (see below) + holiday advertising/sales that have cropped up is actually making me feel very Christmas-y.
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
As you know, we moved a couple weeks back. The day after we moved in, we got over a foot of snow dumped on us in one day and spent about 3 hours shovelling it. But as much as I complain about the snow every year, the lead-up to Christmas wouldn't feel the same way without it. I am absolutely positively not envious of the 80F temperatures that some places south of here are still experiencing. I like having four distinct seasons, snow and cold and all.
A couple weeks back, I had the extreme privilege to attend a Maggie Stiefvater signing about 1.5 hours away from here. Seriously, authors never come to this corner of the earth, so imagine my elation when I found out Maggie S was coming. So exciting! She's every bit as spunky, awesome, and inspiring as I was expecting. And she was gracious enough to personalize all of the books we brought. (Though, in the interest of time, that did mean we couldn't take posed photos with her. C'est la vie, right?) I'm just thrilled I had the opportunity to meet one of my most favourite authors.
I'm sure there are other things going on around here, but that's it for now, folks. Hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday and a wonderful week all around! WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?