November 20, 2011
Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon. Don’t miss other bloggers’ posts – visit the Facebook Page for links.
This morning I woke up to several inches of snow on the ground. I am so not ready for winter. If only it could hold off until after Thanksgiving.
This has been an interesting week for me. As some of you may know, I have been participating in Nanowrimo. I started out way ahead in my word count because the story I am writing has been in my head for a long time. But a funny thing began to happen as I wrote this novel – the characters and their motivations, the purpose for the story, began to coalesce and come together for me and it surprised me. It was not the story I thought it would be – it was something far better, something deeper than I had realized. Because of that, I stopped writing for a few days. I needed to think about where I was going and what I was dong. I wanted to honor this story and these characters. So, I am far behind in word count, but way ahead in terms of story. I don’t know if I’ll hit 50,000 words by November 30th (I’m currently at 22,000)…and it does not matter at this point (I’ve completed Nanowrimo several times and those novels have sat un-edited for years). This is a novel that I want to spend time with and build slowly. This is the novel that I feel I have been waiting to write. So, at the end of the month, I may not have hit that arbitrary number, but I will be well on my way to completing something of which I will be proud.
Last week I finally finished Tides of War by Stella Tillyard. I liked the book, although it was a slow start for me. I think history buffs who like books chock full of characters will appreciate this one (read my review).
I am loving my current read: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. I read Middlesex years ago and loved it (read my review). The Marriage Plot is a very different story from that of Middlesex, but it is no less compelling. I love how Eugenides creates character, I love his humor and irony. I can see why bloggers are giving this one high ratings. I hope to finish it in the next couple of days, so watch for my review by mid-week.
Next up in my stacks is the short story collection Men in the Making by Bruce Machart. I can’t wait to sink into these stories because I have grown to really love Machart’s writing.
By the way, do you follow the book award announcements? Greg at The New Dork Review of Books posted about whether readers really care who gets nominated and wins these awards.
It is an interesting question and it caught my attention because I was wildly excited about Jesmyn Ward winning the NBA for her stunning novel Salvage the Bones (read my review). I love the award lists – if only to troll through them drooling over books I want to add to my towering TBR pile. What about you? Do you follow these lists? Are you likely to pick up a book simply because it was nominated or won an award? Greg is asking people to weigh in on his post, and I would love to hear from you as well.
In non book news, I have been quilting like a demon trying to finish up some projects before the end of the year. I want to start 2012 with a clean slate, so to speak!
What are you doing on this Sunday before Thanksgiving? I have some housecleaning and menu planning to do. I will probably carve out some writing time. And then I will be sinking into Jeffrey Eugenides wonderful prose.
Have a wonderful week!