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What I’m Reading:
I finished The Peculiars, but about halfway through it lost steam for me. Yes, that was a steampunk joke. Lame, I know.
Then, I read Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, which was well worth the wait. While I think Lola is still my favourite out of the three, Isla hit me in a way the other two didn’t, probably because I found myself relating more to Isla. In an interview I recently read, Stephanie Perkins said she’d crush on St. Claire, date Cricket, and marry Josh. I wasn’t so sure about that, but after reading, I think I might have to agree. I also remember Sperkins saying part of the reason Isla was delayed was because she wanted the book to have heart. Well, it has tons of heart—sometimes a broken heart, but it oozes heart nonetheless. Finally, I have to admit that I got all sniffly when I read Stephanie’s thank you to her husband in the acknowledgements. It was the epitome of sweet. So sad to be done this series.
What I’m Writing:
This week I passed the 45k mark on Enlighten, and right now I’m working on a string of small scenes meant to set up a whole lot of big things. Changes are just around the corner for my mc, and I’m both excited and nervous because those changes are going to be challenging to write. I hope I can pull it off the way I see it playing out in my imagination.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
After envying everyone that mentioned having fall weather last week, temperatures finally dipped and we’ve had a little taste of autumn here too. Crisp air, rain, and pumpkin chai tea are gearing me up for when my favourite season officially arrives, and that’s making me want to get all sorts of things accomplished. Bring on the pumpkins, wooly scarves, and colourful leaves! I’m ready!
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
We went to see The Giver the other day and left the theatre feeling very inspired. I thought they did a stellar job adapting it to the big screen, even though certain things were different than the book. There was something very powerful about watching Jonas, the main character, go through an awakening of sorts and seeing the memories the Giver passed on to him. It was one of those movies that reminds you what it means to be human, a theme that’s especially on my mind lately while I write. My son and I have both read the book, and now my husband plans to as well. (He cheated and watched the movie first, which is kind of against the rules in our house, but we forgive him.)
I also watched Dead Poets Society with my son yesterday. It was emotional watching it, especially considering Robin William’s passing, but exciting to share something so profound with my son. I’d been waiting a very long time for that, and I hope it has the same lasting impact on him that it did on me. In any case, he thoroughly enjoyed it.
Other than that, I haven’t been up to anything spectacularly out of the ordinary, although I’ve been busy. We jump back into homeschooling on Tuesday, so I’m getting everything in order for that, which is always a hefty task. I’m looking forward to it though. My son and I often sit across the table from one another and work together. I love that.
So what’s up with you this fine Wednesday?