I wasn’t planning to blog about reading this week but when your “books read” is about to break 30, its time to post it. That’s my opinion anyway and I’m sticking to it.
So what have I been reading? National Book Award nominees, picture books, and various other pieces of fiction (see below).
- Chime by Franny Billingsly
- Murder Under Cover: A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle
- Our Red Hot Romance Is Leaving Me Blue by Dixie Cash
- The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine
- Love on the Line by Deaeanne Gist
- Oceans: The Vast, Mysterious Deep by David Harrison
- Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea: A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants by Tony Johnston
- Who Stole Mona Lisa? by Ruthie Knapp
- Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
- Mister X by John Lutz
- Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet
- The Little Plant Doctor: A Story about George Washington Carver by Jean Marzollo
- Shine by Lauren Myracle
- Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
- Ponyella by Laura Numeroff
- Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann
- Tony Baloney by Pam Munoz Ryan
- Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
- Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
- Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
- Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith
- Foxy and Egg by Alex T. Smith
- Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
- I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming
- Princess Pig by Eileen Spinelli
- The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens
- The Queen of France by Tim Wadham
- City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems
What have I learned from all of this reading? Either there is a new trend in picture books or it is simply something that I’ve missed until now but both #8 and #12 are told from the POV of an inanimate object. The first is a painting. The second a tree. I have also read two books with the character name Pettigrew (#21, obviously and one from my previous list). If this is a name you’re considering, come up with a new one!
Other than that, lots and lots of great books out there. The competition is stiff folks so I hope you’re ready for a meaningful rewrite.
No great surprise, I didn’t get nearly as much accomplished last week in terms of word count — only 4355 instead of 6000. But I also only had three work days. Add to this the fact that I was coming off the conference and you’ll probably understand why I decided to kick back and take a few easy days. I’ve almost finished a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle!
Now, I’d love to say that I’m raring to go but I have a wondrous head cold. Positively glorious. I woke up with it yesterday. This is when I’m glad that I work alone and that no one has to listen to me sniffle.
That said, I’m still going to try to get something accomplished this week. My goals are:
- 5 posts for One Writer’s Journey. Done!
- 2 reviews on the Bookshelf. Done!
- 1 post for PrayPower. Done!
- Write my posts for the Church blog. Done!
Goals with Deadlines:
- Write thank you notes for people from the conference. Deadline: 11/15. Done and awaiting the mail carrier!
- 30 picture book ideas for PiBoIdMo. Am up to 13 out of the 30. Deadline: 11/30. In progress.
- Finish the synopsis for a project.
- Get the project (a young middle grade) out.
- Work on my agent research.
- Finish and submit my piece for the Muffin. In progress — rewrote and want to reread tomorrow.
- Submit piece to the Bulletin. In progress — rewrote and want to reread tomorrow.
- Rough submissions for Blue Mountain cards.
- Keep working on my web site.
- Rewrite the picture book I had critiqued.
- Read 50 picture books. I’ve read 11 so far. In progress.
- Work up some ideas for leveled readers.
- Read 50 leveled readers.
- Work on the middle grade. Go over the Plot Whisperer notes that I originally made.
- Pull out the YA that I’m going to workshop at a retreat this spring.
- Do my part on a joint project.