This series (we'll see how long it lasts) is my summertime whimsy. I started it last week, with the inaugural Five Things on Friday post. Here's this week's obsessions passions:
What I'm Reading. Just yesterday, I started Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, who is a New York Times best-selling writer. I'll be honest, I've tried to read her books before and not been impressed. But I was intrigued by the subject matter of this one, elephants, and put it on hold at the library. After a long wait, it finally came. It's been sitting in a stack for a week or so, and finally I started it. Have to say, I'm hooked.
I'm also reading Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Alexandra Fuller's second terrific Africa memoir. I liked the first one (Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight) better, I must say. This one is quite episodic and is mostly based on conversations with her mother, who is quoted heavily throughout, which makes for an odd flow. But I'm still enjoying it.
Brief aside: can I just vent for a minute? Because I consulted the Google for her website to link to, and all she has is a listing of her agent for speaking requests. I'm sure she's a lovely woman, but honestly, could she not deign to have a website? (The link I provided above is Wikipedia.)
What I'm Thinking About. Structure. As in, novel structure. It looms large at the moment for a couple of reasons. One, because I'm embarking on writing my next novel and so far totally at sea about how the plot is going to come together. And two, because structure is the topic of my upcoming France retreat. I swear I've at least glanced at every book and website ever written on the topic. But if you have a favorite one, please share it.
What I'm Listening To. This goofy track from Tom Bird. It is free to download and it supposedly has subliminal messages embedded in it, urging one to write. In some weird way I don't understand, I swear it works. Of course, those messages could be convincing me to do something unrelated to writing…excuse me, I must now go dance naked in the park.
What I'm Complaining About. Besides authors who don't have websites, cats. Two fat tabbies, to be exact. My tub wads have taken to doing their business in inappropriate places, like the bathroom and kitchen. We have no idea why. Their kitty litter is pristine. Maybe they are mad about the heat? If anybody has any suggestions as to what their little feline brains might be thinking, please share.
What I'm Loving. Qi Gong. I've started practicing this ancient Chinese form off and on through the years. Lately I've been doing the Spring Forest Qi Gong from Chunyi Lin and it is amazing. Soothing, energizing, focusing and I swear it is also helping all my stupid aches and pains heal.
What's on your mind this Friday?