What I’m Reading
I just finished the last page of And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. I liked it. Hosseini is a great storyteller and I tried to pay attention to both the story and the writing technique – it’s quite masterful. But I do have to say I liked his first two books much more. This one felt more distant to me; there was less of an emotional connection.
I’m about to open Mom and Me and Mom by Maya Angelou because Haunani sent it to me after she read it – wasn’t that nice? And my name is on the library waiting list for Dianne’s The Caged Graves (it’s checked out which is a good sign, right?) and I’m anxiously waiting for Melissa’s Rabbit Island book to hit the hot press. I love having writing friends!
What I’m Writing
QUERY LETTERS. Ugh. I’m on a second round of sending off letters to literary agents. Some of them have read my manuscript before but ultimately rejected
me it (waahhh!). Either way, I’m done with this particular manuscript. Done, I say! I’m also writing an apple article for a New Hampshire magazine (I like apples) and am polishing off a middle grade witch story dreamed up by my mother who used to think she really was a witch and even had a witch club. The club initiation? You had to get stung by a bee. Ah, I love this stuff.
What Inspires Me Right Now
-You do. I love you. Really.
-Writing friends. To know you’re all writing, struggling, and finding success is inspiring.
-Instagram. Um. Mommy needs some boundaries.
-Kindness. My new motto: “Let us be kinder than is necessary” (inspired by the amazing book wonder….)
-God inspires me.
-My alarm. It kicked my butt at 4:45 this morning. And while I frown in the beginning, I am jubilant by the end…it was a wet morning run, but the sun came up and I was inspired all over again.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
You can call me Dori…what?where?isthatmybrain? justkeepswimming,justkeepswimming…
-Field trips (and Mama accompanying)
-Kindergarten and 8th grade graduations (I’m a little weepy today)
-End of school parties and already planning for summer and fall sports….
-I’m trying to learn Lightroom
-I keep staring at my photography DVDs I promised I would watch if I ordered them
-Dinner planning. For heavens sake, how do ya’all do it?
p.s. This inspired me too: