We have enjoyed a gorgeous weekend: sunny skies, light breeze, high in the 70s. Some much needed rain is heading our way, though, and it should be a pretty dreary start to the week. Oh well, April showers are going to bring beautiful May flowers, right?
This was the week of slow and steady in all areas.
Gone Girl and I now have only 2.5 discs to go. I am still riveted by the story line and at this point have my theory how the book might end. I need to make up places to go this week so I can spend more time in the car and finally finish this novel.
I'm hoping to catch up on writing this week so I can spend next Saturday participating in the Dewey 24 hour Read-athon. I haven't officially registered because I'm not convinced I will have the time, but I'm keeping fingers crossed.
At this point I have a couple of non-fiction books selected, mostly about the craft of writing, as well as a few Middle Grade adventure stories.
How many of you are planning to participate in this reading event?
|Painting for Chapter 1:|
Monet's Japanese Bridge
One suggestion is to rewrite the chapter in first person, just to see how I like it - a valid point and one I often encourage my own students to try. Interestingly, when I tried it in first person, I automatically changed the verb tense from past to present.
The next step is to take it to critique group this week and read a bit of both versions to solicit their opinion. And then... on to chapter two. I'm exited to see where the story takes me.
While I enjoy this challenge of blogging every day - and I do feel more like a serious writer than a hobbyist - it is starting to take its toll. I feel compelled to write a week's worth of posts today so I don't fall behind, and I just don't seem to visit other blogs as often as I had hoped. It is most definitely a "challenge"
At this point I am just past the half-way point, so I refuse to give up.
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|photo credit: portorleans.org|
April's focus on writing leaves little free time to investigate other avenues of fun. However, I am planning for the future.
I chatted with my eldest this week, one thing led to another, and... I'm going to Walt Disney World May 10-14!! I have always wanted to experience the "happiest place on earth" as an adult, but plans never worked out.
Megan is going to be there on business and had a private room booked at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort. She didn't mind company, and surprisingly, I had nothing on the calendar. So for the first time in my life I made a spontaneous decision and booked a flight. I am SO excited!
Top on the activity list is to walk the resort and savor the beauty of Florida in springtime. I plan to take my camera everywhere, especially Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival and Animal Kingdom's Kilimanjaro Safari.
For those of you who may be more familiar with visiting WDW as an adult, do you have any suggestions for places to see or things to do? I am open to any and all ideas.