Monday, August 3, 2015

What to Read, What to Read

I just finished a good book, The Buried by Shelley Coriell, and am trying to decide what to read next. I probably have a good 75 books / short stories or more on my Kindle, about 10 paperback books I've purchased over the last month or so, and a list of books I want to borrow from the library that takes up a 70 page notebook and half of another notebook. And yet, I still find myself asking others for book recommendations.

I belong to Goodreads (Goodreads Link) mainly so I can peruse the book lists of others. I also get the RT Book Reviews magazine (online link - RT Book Reviews) which reviews a wide variety of genres from romance to mystery to science fiction, to erotica, to mainstream and more.

Do you find yourself looking for more books to read or new authors to discover even though you already have more than enough items to read? Or is it just me?

Friday, July 31, 2015

This I know for sure...

There's nothing like reading a book that's so good you don't want to put it down. One where you stay up way too late reading it and then groan in the morning when the alarm goes off and you have to drag yourself to work cursing the fact that you didn't turn the light off earlier the night before.

I've read a lot of good books lately, but not one of those good books in a while. I'm on the hunt for a page turner that'll make me want to spend every minute reading it and hating when I have to set it down.  I'm looking for suggestions -- What's the last good book you read?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress): No progress this week. We have relatives from out of town visiting so revisions have taken a backseat while family is visiting.

Quote of the week: "Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction." ~ Unknown

What I'm reading: The Buried by Shelley Coriell. I've only just started this book - I'm on page 34 out 364. Even though I'm barely into the book, I'm already enjoying it and want to read it constantly. If you like romantic suspense novels, check out Ms. Coriell.

Random things:  The rose bush I bought for my mom on Mother's Day doesn't seem to be doing well. We transplanted it into the garden, but it hasn't had any blossoms other than those that were there when I bought it. Also the leaves around the bottom of the bush are turning yellow and brown. I'm going to have to do some internet searching to see if I can find out if there's anything I can do to keep it healthy.

Random Photo of the Week:

                            Dash has adopted a stuffed lamb as his new litter mate.

Friday, July 24, 2015

This I know for sure...

It dawned on me the other day that half of the year is already gone. It seems like it was just February and I was complaining that the snow and cold had lasted too long and that I was ready for spring. For me, the summer months always seem to fly by so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that it's almost August already.

One of the things I try to do when the half way mark of the year comes around is to check to see how I'm doing on meeting the goals I set for the year back in January. I know without even looking that I'm behind in where I should be for a couple goals but I'm not discouraged. I'm not so far behind that I can't get to where I should be with a little extra effort.

So this weekend I'll be reviewing my goals and deciding which of them needs some extra effort and how I'll work that in.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress): Still working on revisions. Submitted a chunk to my critique partner so I need to go through those pages to see what suggestions/changes she made.

Quote of the week: "Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong." ~ Og Mandino

What I'm reading:  The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn. Ms. Quinn is one of my favorite historical writers. This book is part of her The Smythe-Smith Quartet series.

Random things: My schedule ranging from work to writing to just every day stuff I do seems to be off kilter for some reason. I don't know if it's the addition to the kitten to the household and the adjustment that it can't be left home alone for the short term is the reason, but I hope to get back to a normal schedule next week.

Random Photo of the Week:

Flowers from a friend's garden. She has a number of different blossoms in spite of  the amount of rain we've received this summer. I wish I could say the same.

Monday, July 20, 2015

I Can't Exercise Today, It's...

I hate to exercise. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way. I know it's good for me in general and will help me shed the extra 25 pounds I'm currently carrying around. I can come up with excuses such as I can't walk today, it's raining...snowing...too hot...windy...  It doesn't seem to matter that I have a perfectly good treadmill that I can use on those "I can't walk outside" weather days. Although I haven't gotten as bad as a friend who called me up to cancel our scheduled mile walk around the neighborhood - She couldn't walk that day because she had a hangnail on her index finger and it was too painful to do anything but sit home and read. A year later and I still tease her about this "excuse." She laughs and blames the author of the book she was reading at the time. She says it was too good to put down.

My day job consists of working in office which means I'm sitting on my backside during those hours more than I'm not. I work in a small office so even if I am up and about, I don't have far to go (about 10 feet) to get to the photocopier/printer and the file cabinets.

When I get home I try to write for 2 hours which means I'm sitting once again. One of the main things experienced writers tell newbies is the best way to ensure you finish writing a book is to "put butt in chair and stay there" until you reach your work count or page count for that writing session. Since I'm working hard toward my goal of having two books completed and ready for submission by the end of the year, this is a perfect reason why I can't exercise. Right?

No, not really. I do want to lose the 25 pounds that I need to. My knee (that was rebuilt with pins, screws, cadaver bone and such because I'm "too young" for knee replacement) would definitely not bother me as much. So that being said, lately I've tried to incorporate some movement into my writing sessions. When I'm working on dialogue, I pace back and forth between my dining room and the living room, stopping every few minutes to type. When I'm editing, I clip the pages I'm working on to a clip board and prop it against the read out panel of the treadmill and walk while I'm revising. Though I do sometimes have to pause the machine if I need to write out something substantial instead just a few words.

Am I getting the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week? Probably not. But until school starts back up in the fall, I'm doing what I can. It'll also be easier to exercise when it's not 90 degrees and so humid you feel like you're breathing through a wad of cotton. Not to mention the best way to cool off on those days is to dive into a bowl of ice cream. ;o)

How do you fit exercise into your busy day?