|You have no idea how inaccurately this button|
reflects the autumn we've been having here.
No, seriously, it's downright snortworthy.
WHAT I'M READING
Still plugging away at Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Oddly (for me), it's been a hardcover + audiobook combo. (I listened to a chapter while making supper last night.) Did you know that this book is ten years old? Feel old yet?
I'm also still working on The Scorpio Races, and it's totally bonkers that I haven't finished it yet. I mean, really. It's a Maggie Stiefvater book, for crying out loud!
WHAT I'M WRITING
The plan is to get working this week or next (probably next) on one of the three stories I have on the go, preferably the one that needs serious revisions (Watch of Night, my YA sci-fi). We'll see if it actually happens. I kinda suck at following through right now.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
|I agree with Ben Affleck:|
"Batkid. Best Batman ever."
Turns out another little boy is inspiring me this week: Max, a four-year-old from Edmonton, AB. When this young boy heard about a local mother and her three-year-old daughter who are both fighting cancer*, he decided he wanted to do something about it. He started drawing monsters (how he understands cancer) and selling them--Buy A Monster to Fight A Monster. 50% of the proceeds go directly to the MacNeil family to help them through this difficult time, and the remainder goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. I bought myself a framed "Hand Monster" and can't wait to put it up on my wall as a reminder that you don't have to look far to find goodness in this world.
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Nothing anywhere near as inspiring as Batkid's or Max's stories, I assure you. Mostly, I've just been getting our house in order after the move (no surprises there) and trying to get back into some kind of routine. The hope is that by doing so, I'll be able to work writing into my day on a regular basis. I've been reading every so often, cuddling my kitties, and shovelling FAR more snow than I would prefer. (We've had three fairly major snow dumps this month. I'm now calling it SNOVEMBER.) But really, I have nothing at all worth complaining about, especially when you consider the stories above coupled with news out of the Philippines.
|Why yes, I did go out in public in this dorky pom |
pom toque. (But only to shovel snow, I promise.)
SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?
HAVE YOU BEEN SNOWED ON YET?
* Amber MacNeil, just finished treatment in October for a brain tumour and not even a month later, she and her husband found out that their three-year-old daughter, Kyla, had leukemia.