Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and we have been thanking him ever since). Now this restaurant just happens to be a stone's throw from the largest Half Priced Bookstore in town, so naturally we had to stop. That was the perfect Valentine's Day for me, and Geoff indulged me as I wondered up and down the aisles looking for ways to use my 20% off coupon. I will outline the books I managed to acquire in a post later this week.
The remaining portion of the day was spent working on my story idea. Yea....that's right....I am finally going to take the plunge and attempt to write a book (the word novel scares me). I have read so many books on writing lately that my brain finally said enough --- either do something with this knowledge or move on. So...I am trying to do something with the knowledge. I spent most of the day fleshing out the three main characters and thinking about the chronology of events as they would relate to scenes in the book. If nothing else, this writing endeavor will help me gain a much greater appreciation for published authors. It seems like every decision requires me to go back and rethink other decisions. So far it has been a fun way to pass the time.
The rest of my literary weekend will probably involve writing a review for Alice I Have Been (I finished the book two weeks ago and it is due to the library tomorrow - so I have procrastinated long enough) and perhaps begin Alice in Wonderland, since my 9th grade class will be studying the book in about two weeks. I also have some grading to do, but since tomorrow is a holiday, I think I may choose to hold off on that chore.
I will end this post by sharing my Valentine's Day gift with you. About three years ago I took a group of students to London and my family was able to go as well. While there, Geoff picked up this etching of Stone Henge. Once home, he wasn't quite sure what to do with it, so he put it away. Fast forward to about a month ago when the nook was organized and decorations were needed. Geoff decided that this picture would be the perfect compliment for the room. He had it matted and framed and hung it up for me yesterday. It is on the wall that I stare at while leisurely reading on my couch. Not only will it bring back fond memories, but it will also inspire dreams of future travels. I love it!!