November 16, 2008

The Sunday Salon

It's been another slow week for reading but I knew it would be. NaNoWriMo tends to suck up all my free time, permeating my every thought and influencing everything I do. I continually have my word count on my mind. And I wonder about which scene I should work on each night. I cannot write during the day when the family is around because they interrupt too much, wanting my attention and other things like conversation and food. The author's life is a hard one. But I bravely soldier on because I am 3500 words behind(you can see my current word count in my sidebar) and Thanksgiving will be here soon. Then I'll have even more family members to demand my presence and prevent me from finishing my Masterpiece.

Now that I've finished The 19th Wife I am finally reading Sarah's Key. I'm only 20 pages in but I've no complaints to make thus far. I also hope to get into The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennex. I've heard glowing reviews so I'm anxious to get to it.

I may as well make it official. I am dropping my reading challenges. I cannot possibly read all the books left on the lists by the end of the year. Especially since I've now started a new personal challenge. Or I will start it in December. Once my novel's first draft is complete I will be reading several books on writing with an eye for revising my book to make it match the idea in my head. Right now I have a picture of the Mona Lisa in my mind but what I have in my hands is more like a child's stick figure drawing. I need to give it meat, then color, then depth. So all other challenges will be pushed to the wayside as I study and learn and hone my skills. Sorry challenges. It was fun while it lasted.

7 comments:

Michelle said...

I had to drop my reading challenges as well. Good luck with NaNo and your novel!

bermudaonion said...

I'm not doing very well with my reading challenges either.

Petunia said...

Michelle-thanks. I wrote a lot last night.

Bermudaonion-I was restrained when signing up but not enough I guess. I needed to not sign up for more than one at a time. Oh well. Live and learn.

Carrie K said...

I gave up my challenges eons ago and I didn't have family and NaNoWriMo to tempt me away.

Darn those demanding family members! But congrats on your sticktoitiveness and good luck on fleshing out your masterpiece!

Carrie K said...

I gave up my challenges eons ago and I didn't have family and NaNoWriMo to tempt me away.

Darn those demanding family members! But congrats on your sticktoitiveness and good luck on fleshing out your masterpiece!

cj said...

Petunia -

Keep plugging away! You're doing great. I was behind for about three days but had a mad spurt the other day and am caught up once again... until tomorrow that is!

cjh

Bookfool said...

I have only one challenge and I'm flunking. You're doing great on your Nano book. Keep it up!