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).

  1. Chime by Franny Billingsly
  2. Murder Under  Cover: A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle
  3. Our Red Hot Romance Is Leaving Me Blue by Dixie Cash
  4. The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine
  5. Love on the Line by Deaeanne Gist
  6. Oceans: The Vast, Mysterious Deep by David Harrison
  7. Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea: A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants by Tony Johnston
  8. Who Stole Mona Lisa? by Ruthie Knapp
  9. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  10. Mister X by John Lutz
  11. Wicked Autumn  by G.M. Malliet
  12. The Little Plant Doctor: A Story about George Washington Carver by Jean Marzollo
  13. Shine by Lauren Myracle
  14. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  15. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  16. Ponyella by Laura Numeroff
  17. Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann
  18. Tony Baloney by Pam Munoz Ryan
  19. Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
  20. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  21. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  22. Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith
  23. Foxy and Egg by Alex T. Smith
  24. Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
  25. I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  26. Princess Pig by Eileen Spinelli
  27. The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens
  28. The Queen of France by Tim Wadham
  29. 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.


Goals During the Windy Weeks of November

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:

Weekly Goals:

  • 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.

Non-Deadline Goals:

  • 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.