August 11, 2009

Idle Hours

I love the fact that I'm not taking classes this fall semester. Knowing that I'm going to have a few more months to enjoy my favorite pastimes is so very, very sweet.

While on vacation I managed to sneak in quite a few books in between our touristy moments. I read romance novels (2), historical fiction (1), and science fiction (1), and fantasy (1). Yes, five books in two weeks. And it was glorious!

Right now I'm reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I've tried reading this book before but only managed to make it about halfway through. I blamed my lack of progress on school last time. We'll see if that was true now that I don't have that particular excuse to pull out of my magic hat of excuses. This book is challenging not because of it's content, but because the author used character names that are easily confused.

Of course, this isn't the only thing I'm reading right now. Remember that Writers' Conference I went to back in May? Do you also remember that I signed up for the Writer's Workshop, which required that I read and comment on the works of other aspiring authors? After the workshop I was contacted by a classmate and taken up on my offer to read his entire manuscript. So, I'm working my way through his novel right now, too.

What I've not been doing in my spare time is writing. I've been watching DVR'd television programming, playing video games (Sword of Heaven), and playing on Facebook. I've also been running/walking with some irregularity (need to be more disciplined, but every little bit counts, right?).

So, my goal for this week is to do some research. Make some worldbuilding notes. Get inspired! Hopefully by the time the kids are back in school I'll be itching to get writing.

Oh! I should be able to do NaNoWriMo without any trouble this year! That'll be a first. Maybe I should make Novemember 1st my ultimate goal. Between now and then I can worldbuild and create characters to my heart's content.

Good idea. Glad I thought of it.