Friday, October 28, 2005

I cannot believe I just finished typing this long entry and it has now disappeared somewhere, simply because I tried to Bold a word - and the whole thing vanished! Grrrrr. There are times I wonder if LiveJournal might be more cooperative.
So a quick reading summary: "Simon Says" Elaine Marie Alphin - very intense and dark.
"The First Five Pages" Noah Lukeman - reading again to present the main points to my novel writing students at the end of the semester (which is very soon - yaayyy!)
"From Where You Dream" Robert Olen Butler - also about writing, focus on literary fiction. Lots to take in. A slow read but very interesting.
"Forgotten Dreams" Doris Leadbetter - novel by my dear friend who died last December and never got to see her book in print. For all you procrastinators - write now! And submit when it's ready.
I have signed up for NaNoWriMo - write a novel in a month - November 1-30 to be exact. I am determined to get this historical novel finished (draft 6) and hope the November thing will get me moving. Never mind how much student writing I have to grade!
Now to post this before it vanishes again.

1 comment:

Anthony Hogg said...

novel by my dear friend who died last December and never got to see her book in print.

I was wondering what happened to Doris. That's how I came across your blog.

To be a tad blunt, it doesn't surprise me, but naturally saddens me greatly too.

She was indeed a beautiful person and a great inspiration. Wish I had been in contact more.

When I was doing Popular Fiction back in 2001, at the Sunbury campus, she used to shuttle me from there to St. Albans when class was over. We used to talk about all kinds of things.

She certainly had a knack, I'll tell ya.