What I’m Reading
I finished READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (will do a post about it later, when I have the book next to me to pull quotes from), and I really enjoyed it. I’ve become super intrigued by the idea of censorship and both sides of the argument. I’m anti-censorship, at least the kind that was described in this book. Most Western literature was frowned upon (if not banned) in Iran almost purely because it was Western. For example, GATSBY was bad news because of the adultery and flamboyant wealth, but the government didn’t see that Gatsby’s life was ultimately ruined by those things (sort of proving the regime’s point that those issues can be harmful). I’ll go more into detail in a later post…I just find this SO fascinating!
Right now I’m reading THIS LULLABY by Sarah Dessen. It’s a book of hers I’ve started two or three times but haven’t finished, I think because I didn’t click with the narrator at the time (I was younger when I bought the book). I’m loving Remy much more this time around, though! I guess I just wasn’t meant to read this book when I was younger. Now it’s exactly what I need.
I’m also slowly working my way through ANNA KARENINA. I started it last summer before putting it down for the school year. After a quick SparkNotes refresher, I’m picking up where I left off. It’s slow going but I really like the book! (Get the Penguin translation if you’re interested in reading it. It won an award for best translation. If I can comprehend this stuff, you can too!)
What I’m Writing
Excuse me while I do my 25K dance!!!!! I hit 25,000 words on Sunday, which was SO exciting since it’s been my goal for the past two weeks. It feels good to have a solid number of words under my belt for this draft. My goal for this week is 28,000. I’m spending time at my friend’s house this weekend, so I’ll be missing a good chunk of writing time. Hopefully it’s still manageable!
What Inspires Me Right Now
Twelve year olds. I’m on the hunt for ways to make sure I’m accurately portraying my MC, so I’m thinking back to Lindsay Lohan’s PARENT TRAP remake, where her characters were 11-12 years old. I want to strike the right balance between maturity and still being a kid.
What Else Is New
-With my mom’s help, I inventoried all the boxes of my college stuff that have been sitting in the hallway since I moved home in May. We made lists of what I have and what I still need before moving to Pittsburgh. It was quite a productive day, and I don’t feel as overwhelmed as I did before.
-I’m excited because Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum had her baby girl on Monday (same day as Kate Middleton)! I met Lady A back in 2007, before they even had a single on country radio, so I feel way invested in their lives. Congrats to Hillary, her husband Chris, and baby Eisele Kaye!
-I spent way too much time at Rita’s Water Ice this weekend, and I loved every second.