Words written in my novel so far: 52,842
Miles run today: 4.5
Miles run in pouring rain in last three days: 12.5 (ick)
My sister and I used to visit my grandparents every summer for a week. They tried to convince us that one day we would love tomatoes (I do!) and cantaloupe (I don’t!), and we would play badminton and mini-golf and go shopping for school clothes. There were long afternoons of reading my favorite books (my kids still ask me, “You read for how many hours???”) and my grandmother playing the piano so we could sing songs from musicals.
I would come home singing, “Oklahoma!” and “If Ever I Would Leave You” from Camelot. And especially, “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. We sang them lots and lots of times.
My mom would say things like, “If I have to hear another Rodgers & Hammerstein song, I’m going to pull my hair out!” But she secretly loved it, I’m sure.
Because I’m behind on linking to some of my favorite bloggy people out there, I thought I would use this space today to share some love, some of my favorite things, if you will. If you are in a sharing, expansive kind of mood today, too, amble on over to these folks’ blogs (or websites). You’ll be glad you did.
1. You can check out Carrie Rubin’s blog but also her NEW NOVEL, The Seneca Scourge! I am trying to get this medical thriller on my daughter’s Kindle, because I, the biggest reader in the family, am the only one who doesn’t have an e-reader. Buy her book! Carrie is a smart, sassy writer, and I can’t wait to read her published work!
2. My friend and fellow North Carolina writer, Barbara Claypole-White, has a new novel out, too… The Unfinished Garden. She is a British ex-pat who writes “love stories about damaged people.” Barbara is an excellent writer, and I loved the story about a woman who was grieving her husband’s death and a man who was struggling with OCD. They meet, and well, you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens. It’s a transatlantic love affair with some gardening, cute British phrases and passion thrown in there. Barbara also blogs at Book Pregnant, a great resource for newly published writers. Buy her book!
3. I just ordered Sarah Gives Thanks from Amazon. Two cool blogger pals, Mike Allegra and David C. Gardner, created this book about the woman who not only helped Thanksgiving become a national holiday but apparently made all of us feminists who came later look like slackers. Buy their book!
4. I am having trouble putting down Shadow of Night, the second book in the A Discovery of Witches trilogy. I have no personal connection to Deborah Harkness, but I kind of wish I did. I mean, vampires and witches, the Bodleian library and time travel? Reading doesn’t get any better than that. And I’m a little annoyed that my family requires dinner. I mean, I have reading to do here, people!
5. Thank you to The Wanderlust Gene (travel, excellent photographs), J-Bo (hilarious anecdotes about life at age 26) and Ravena Guron (teenagers who write in England apparently are wiser than I was) for mentioning me on their blogs recently. I don’t remember if I’ve thanked them properly, so help me thank them by visiting their wonderful blogs.
If I’ve forgotten someone, I apologize! There are some great blogs out there.
6. Fall. I’m a big summer person, but I’m feeling giddy about pulling out my boots soon. And wearing jackets. And watching the leaves change. Are you?