Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.
These photos (more below) are from the recent quick trip my husband and I made to our favorite getaway: Fort Walton Beach, Florida. It’s a really lovely beach, not too touristy; and for some reason, it has about twenty Thai restaurants—my favorite! I tend to get the blues during February, so this year I planned in advance for a little shot of sunshine to get me through.
I haven’t done a “Mind Cleanup” post since I gave up the daily blogging schedule that, while fun and evidently popular, was wearing me out. So, at long last, here’s another “mind cleanup” for you—a collection of great things from my metaphorical inbox recently.
I’m not caught up on your latest, greatest posts at the moment, but here are a few posts I discovered a while back that I really enjoyed:
Windmills of the Mind: “What It Means to Be an Introvert, and What It Doesn’t“
The search for awesomeness: “Lessons I learned in a year of sewing“
So Many Books: “Canons and Classics and Henry James“
Curled up under blankets, I’ve read quite a lot of books since the beginning of the year (a lot for me, anyway…not a lot for some of you, I know, such as my friend at Whatmeread!), including:
– The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
– The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
– The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
– The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
– Miss Marple books by Agatha Christie: Sleeping Murder, A Murder Is Announced, The Murder at the Vicarage, and Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories; and a Hercule Poirot book, Evil Under the Sun
– Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
– (rereading) The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein
– (rereading) Matilda by Roald Dahl
– Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
– A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
I wholeheartedly recommend the first one, The Signature of All Things—I absolutely loved it. The Goldfinch was good for the characterization but it was a bit too depressing and gritty for me. Same with The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, only even more gritty and depressing. And of course, The Sound and the Fury is just plain depressing, not to mention hard to read. However, all the rest on the list more than compensated by being thorougly enjoyable and uplifting!
I’m also taking an online course this semester from West Virginia University, American Indian History. It’s very interesting (and, yes, also a bit depressing! But don’t worry, I’m hanging in there…plus it’s almost spring!).
Some blog news:
• I went back and added photos to all my old posts. I even resorted to drawing pictures for a few of them, despite my fifth-grade skill level.
• As you can see, if you’re looking at my blog itself rather than a reader, I changed my background to purple. Fun!
• Every day now I get a bunch of views from people using search engines to find two specific posts: “Pondering: Large Families vs. Small Families” and “Reflections on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley—and On Being Impulsive” (most likely from students writing papers…oh well—maybe my enthusiasm will reach some of them!).
As time allows, I’m working leisurely on a young adult fantasy novel (dystopian, not dragons) and a nonfiction book in the research stage (or perhaps two, now, including the outworkings of my self-care manifesto). I’ve put down the memoir again for a while. I also piddle around with essays and short stories (and beginnings of short stories) when I’m procrastinating from the main writing job I’m doing now, ghostwriting a book about dental sales for a client (almost done…).
Wherever you are, I wish you good books, fun pursuits, and sunshine!