It's summertime, in case you hadn't noticed, and my brain is feeling lazy. So, inspired by Tim Ferriss, who sent out a 5-Bullet Friday to subscribers (I'm one, though I have a little bit of a love-hate relationship with him), I thought I'd write a lazy blog post. Besides, today is a holiday, or sort of one (for those of you not in the states, tomorrow is our Independence Day, more often known as the Fourth). So here goes:
Book I'm Reading: Little Night by Luanne Rice. Jury is still out on this one, a women's fiction novel to be sure. I've read a ton of her books so I'm sure I'll end up liking this, too. (By the way, she's got a nice piece on writing novels on her blog.) And, since I'm feeling lazy, I'll add a couple more books I've read lately rather than write a whole post on this topic. I finally got The Girl on the Train from the library, and read it in a couple of days. The first couple hundred pages were fantastic, and then I got a bit weary of it all. But read it as a primer on adding conflict–lots of it–to your novels. Also read A is For Alibi by Sue Grafton (duh) for purposes of a structure discussion. This is the first book in the series that is currently at X, coming this summer, and it held up well. I loved these books when I first discovered them and got to about F or G, before I got bored with the same set-up over and over. But this series was groundbreaking in presenting a female private detective, and its fun to read a book set before the internet and cellphones changed the world.
What I'm Writing: My next novel. It involves crystals and female correspondents of the journalist type and that is all I will say. (The macaron novel is currently being shopped.) Oh, and I'm managing to pen the occasional blog post.
What I'm Listening To: I don't listen to music when I write and I always feel a bit inferior when I read the elaborate play lists that other novelists compile for each book. But I do love music, and in our kitchen the radio is always on (weird old-school habit I got from my mother) and it is always tuned to our local station, KINK-FM, which plays a fantastic variety of tunes. Go to the website and stream it and you'll see what I mean.
What I'm Complaining About: The heat. It was 97 degrees here yesterday, and that's after a couple of weeks of temps in the 90s, with more to come. Bear in mind that I live in Portland, where the joke is that summer starts on July 5th, the day after Independence Day, which is always rainy. Not this year. We've had a crazy warm and dry winter and spring and now a hot, hot summer. Ugh.
What I'm Loving: Getting up every morning by 5:30 and sitting outside on the deck writing. It's my favorite time of day.
So, what's up with you this summer Friday? Please share. You can use one of my "whats" above or create your own. I'd truly love to hear what's going on with you!
Photo by remind.