This Saturday Reading Blog is coming to you from an overcast morning in Central NJ. It wasn’t supposed to be so cloudy! Hopefully your weekend has better weather, wherever you’re living!
I spent this week editing and submitting a piece for BOOKRIOT. I’m a contributor, and this is the first of two pieces I’m working on that’s poetry based. I love writing for this diverse publication!
I’m still reading The Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. I’m at the halfway point, and things seem like they’re reaching a turning point between Yadriel and Julian. I’m really liking this book! I’ll share my full thoughts next week, on my Hear Our Voices BT tour stop.
I’m also going to begin The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine. I still have a few days to read it before my book club meeting!
I unexpectedly have lots of time at home this week. It’s these unexpected ‘time-off’ periods that make me value my ability to move about. Unfortunately, I can’t go anywhere at the moment. Yet I’m going a bit loopy staying in one room.
So, I’m keeping busy with NaNoWriMo. I usually wait until the evening to write, but having time during the day changes things a bit. I enjoy taking part in the sprint exercises on their Twitter account.
I’m also reading my Nurakami short story compilation. During my schedule in November, I only have time to write at the end of the day. Now with some extra time, I can get some reading in.
I’ve completed 4 days of NaNoWriMo. I’m pleasantly surprised that I’ve gotten this far! Of course I have a lonh way to go with my writing, and I’m not sure where my story is going. I’m having fun writing it though. I need to be wary of blood sugar lows impeding with my writing. Last night I was on a roll, then froze for a good half hour. I felt so overwhelmined that I wanted to just shut my laptop and call it a night. However, something told me to check my blood sugar…and it was low! So I took some glucose tablets, and after 10 minutes I was back to my laptop, writing away. That low sugar set me back a bit in time, but I completed my writing goal for the night.
In between the main writing periods, I’m making little notes on my characters. It’s quite enjoyable discovering my characters’ voices. Filling in their features and passions are quite entertaining.
So relieved for the weekend! This month I took on a new writing activity, so it calls for managing my time more productively. I still can’t believe that I took on a third writing activity, yet I feel like I’m doing great with maintaining this journal for 2018, and my poetry blog. Having another writing project makes things interesting.
I kinda love the challenge. It certainly breaks things up from the usual prepping and planning for work, all day every day. I can prep and prepare for different characters for a change.
Ever since I returned from the poetry therapy intensive, I’ve been focused in really writing that 2nd book. In order to get that going, I need to have more material. I have the small pieces on my poetry blog, Poetic Threading, that I can expand on. I also write in a paper journal that I take along with me. I think of it as additional material for my eyes only, until I’m ready to display it.
We turn the page now to August. Last month brought some truths to light. It began with me feeling very frustrated about my situation. As the month progressed, I continued to feel worried, yet I gained a clearer sense of what needs to be accomplished to achieve my goals. I still have a lot of work to do, but I feel confident in reaching these goals.
I’m now keeping a journal that I write down poems and ideas. I missed keeping a written journal, and I’m excited to keep the creations going. I’m hopeful that these writings will finally lead me to writing that second book.