Friday, November 16, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things 16-11-18

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

What am I celebrating this week?

It's the weekend!

And I have basically nothing I have to do this weekend.

My partner is working in his studio at home, so the kids and I will need to be quiet so we don't disturb him. Which I feel is a good excuse to go to the movies and get out of the house.  So that's going to be on the cards for tomorrow.

I finally finished my huge project at work which is a massive relief.   I have another week of craziness next week, then I think things might start winding down a little as we get closer to Christmas and our summer holiday.  I will have three whole weeks off which seems like unheard of luxury.

What are you celebrating this week?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Books I've Read: Belzhar

This was a tricky one for me. I enjoyed it while I was reading it, even though I had an inkling right from the start that there would be a twist at the end, and what that twist might be. And I was right.

And unfortunately, that twist ruined the whole book for me. I won’t tell you what it is because that’s not fair.

The book takes place in a school for disturbed teens. There doesn’t seem to be any therapy or anything to help the kids with their various problems, but it’s small, out in the woods and perhaps has less pressure than a regular school.

On her first day of classes, Jam discovers she has been assigned a class called Special Topic in English. Her roommate who has been at the school for a while is jealous – apparently the kids who took the class the previous year found it life-changing. Jam doesn’t care that the class is exclusive and coveted. She just wants to go home.

But the class turns out to be more than just in-depth study of a single writer – Sylvia Plath. A journaling exercise opens up a whole new world to Jam and her classmates, a world in which they can rediscover their pasts and hopefully find a way to reconcile with the demons that lead them to the school in the first place.

Which is all a very cool idea. But somehow it isn’t executed as well as it should be. The other students’ issues seem so much larger than Jam’s, and there is an poorly executed, uninspired attempt at romance between Jam and a fellow student that just falls flat.

And then the ending… So while I thought this was a very interesting idea, as a whole the book didn’t work for me.

But don’t just believe me. Here’s the blurb:

If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks.

She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Weekly Goals 12-11-18

I had great intentions last week about writing 1000 word stories each day, but after doing one, I didn't get around to doing another.  Life has been keeping me too busy and too exhausted to write regularly. And this has to change.

But this week is probably not the week that's going to happen.  And next week is even worse.  I don't think I'm going to have a week where I can actually manage to write every day (or even three days a week) until after Christmas.

But I'll keep trying.

This week I'm beta reading for another writer which is always a good exercise.  So I'm not going to put any pressure on myself to write as well.  If I find a spare hour here or there, I'll try and knock out a 100 word story, but finishing this beta read is more important.

What are your goals this week?

Friday, November 9, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things 9-11-18

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

What am I celebrating this week?

I finished my huge project at work!  Yes, the 104 page document is now at the printer and out of my hands.  Maybe now I will have time to catch up on al the other work that has been waiting for my attention.

I'm usually a totally last minute Christmas shopper, but I found the perfect thing for my partner during the week and snapped it up.  I think he's going to love it.  Now I need to try and find the perfect gifts for everyone else.

It's the weekend and I have absolutely nothing I have to do.  Which is complete luxury after the last two weekends.

What are you celebrating this week?