What a crazy week. At first it looked like we were going to get hammered by Hurricane Matthew so I spent time checking supplies and making plans. Turns out we’re going to be spared the worst of it, but spare a thought for those who aren’t so lucky. (If you’re in the path of that monster, be safe and I wish the best for you.) Then the in-laws came to town and my computer acted up. (I don’t think there’s a relationship there, but you never know.) And a relative is in and out of the hospital, so that’s worrisome.
To sum up: I didn’t write much this week. Novels, work projects, reviews… very little got done. I did end up with a clean closet, though, because cleaning is one of my stress relievers. These are the weeks that make me grateful to have a flexible job and no boss counting my every productive minute. Hopefully next week will be better. Maybe I’ll actually get to read the titles that I have on my reading list.
The Reading List
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, by Mark Manson. I love books that offer a slightly twisted take on philosophy and self-help. This one advocates “don’t try” as a solution to some of life’s problems. It’s really about finding out what’s important and caring about that instead of all the unimportant crap we clutter our heads with. Should be amusing, at least.
- The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults, by Cheryl B. Klein. I’m always up for some new writing advice and this book seems like a perfect fit. I’m just hopeful that it covers more than the basics. Unfortunately, most writing advice books cover the same ground over and over again, as if once you’re published you no longer need advice. Hmmm… I smell a book idea.