Friday, April 9, 2010

Do you notice a pattern?

I have self-imposed a library ban until after this summer. Well, let me rephrase that: I have self-imposed a library ban for pleasure reading until August. I will still use the library to acquire books that I use in lesson plans and...most recently....that I plan to use for research on a possible novel idea.

I know I have shared about the new creative writing class I will be teaching next fall, so I won't bore you with those details again. Suffice it to say that I have been giving considerable thought to a story idea. I developed one idea - and I still think I will write it someday - but that novel is more character centered and the required writing we are suppose to do for this class is an adventure story (plot driven). Without giving the story away (for fear that others would find it silly, boring, unoriginal), I will tell you that it is somewhat inspired from such books as From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

Here are the recent library acquisitions that I brought home to help me with the research. Do you notice a theme?

My thought is to do some preliminary research before summer and then (hopefully) I will have the opportunity to catch the EuroStar to Paris for a weekend and spend some quality time at the Musee d'Orsay doing more research in person.  That is the dream anyway!

Thank you Eva and Marg for hosting one of my favorite weekly memes! What would I do without my local library?


  1. I'm so impressed! That trip into Paris will mean so much more if you have some of that background information. I am so excited for you!

  2. Good luck with your ban - I would have trouble with that!

  3. Good luck with your ban and with your research! I am reading about Monet now via nifty piece of fiction, Claude and Camille, by Stephanie Cowell. I love reading about artists and artwork more than I think I get art. You have the best of both since you are researching and then taking a field trip. Have fun!

  4. I don't think I have read about any artists, but that does seem like an interesting subject to read about.

  5. I would have such trouble sticking with a pleasure-reading-library-ban! Your story idea sounds so interesting - one of my favorite books growing up was From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil Frankweiler.

    Have you ever read any of the Blue Balliett art mysteries for kids? None of them cover Monet or an impressionist yet, but they are such wonderful reads. I think your students might like them very much, too.

  6. It sounds like you are getting ready! Best of luck with all of the research. I look forward to hearing more on your blog.


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