What I’m Reading
Still on READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN and loving it! The section on the Great Gatsby is my favorite, obviously (you can read about my Gatsby obsession here), and I underlined and starred quotes like crazy (I’m normally not a write-in-books person unless they’re textbooks, but I felt like I had to here). I have fifty or so pages left, and once I’m done I’ll post my favorite quotes and a commentary on each. This book is seriously cool!
What I’m WritingSO. 25k didn’t quite happen this week. My word count landed at just under 23K. I just wasn’t as motivated to write this week. I think it was because my story is going in a bunch of different directions right now, and I’m struggling to find its focus. Also I find that I don’t reach my goals as quickly when I don’t have my Saturdays to write (I went to DC all day Saturday, which would’ve been my major writing day) and instead have to squeeze in writing time during my lunch breaks at work. I’m going to try again for 25k this week after going back and cleaning up my outline a little bit.
What Inspires Me Right NowHonestly, I haven’t been too inspired this week. Another reason my focus lagged the past couple days is because of how shaken I was over the death of Cory Monteith. I’ve been a fan of Glee since the beginning, and although I stopped watching partway through the most recent season (after the original kids graduated, the quality hasn’t been the same), I still adore the show’s concept and messages. I can’t stop thinking about Cory because for so long I watched him every week, listened to him on my iPod, and read his tweets (I read a tweet of his a day or two before he died, and it’s the first thing I thought about when I heard the news...he was JUST posting on Twitter the other day). One minute he was here, and now he’s gone. (That sounds cliché, but I never really GOT the scariness of that until now.) Also, he was so young. :( All the entertainment news stations are airing old interviews with him, and it’s eerie to watch them, almost like he’s still here. It’s really shaken me up. Rest peacefully, Cory. <3
What Else I’ve Been Up To
-Celebrated my mom’s birthday on Thursday with a cookie-cake and a trip to see The Heat at the movies!
-My mom, brother and I went to DC on Saturday. My only goal was to see a dinosaur, and I definitely accomplished that in the Museum of Natural History. If you can only go to one museum in DC, I recommend that one! There’s just so much to look at! My family and I have never been the type of people who can stand and read the information on every exhibit’s nameplate…we kind of stare at the exhibit for a minute and declare, “Okay, next one!” And Natural History was perfect for that. We also saw the Hope Diamond (PRETTY!), mummies, and they had an entire exhibit on Africa (I found lots of stuff about South Africa, which made me really homesick for it! I spent a few weeks there last summer, for those of you who don’t know).
-Yesterday I had a phone interview (I babbled like a crazy person) and a dentist appointment (my dental hygienist is like my therapist, we talk the ENTIRE time, even when my mouth is full of dental tools). Also, one of the vendors that supplies my work’s office with chairs brought us donuts and muffins from Dunkin (to apologize for their slow service on repairing our desk chairs), which made a stressful day a little better! Nothing like a chocolate donut with chocolate frosting at 9am!
Happy Wednesday to everyone! :)