Sunday Salon: July 6, 2014
Fourth of July celebrations were cool and relaxing; we grilled outside, and enjoyed a nice evening at home – large crowds gathered to watch loud fireworks is not my idea of fun.
This week’s weather returns to our typical hazy, hot, and humid. I envision most of the days will be spent in the nook reading and writing.
Reading: Ok, my husband is going to read this and either die laughing or consider having me committed (or both) but… I started another blog: Stepping Stones Book Reviews.
I realize that maintaining five separate blogs sounds like overkill – but for now, I need that kind of compartmentalization in my life. I may merge the posts into one all-encompassing space in the future, but I’m going to try this system for a while.
I have missed the book blogging community and I want to be a part of it again. What I post in this blog is not necessarily of interest to them, and conversely, the books I read are not always of interest to this audience. So there will more than likely be some cross-reference and confusion, but I look forward to reintegrating reading into my every day (blogging) life.
Writing: Most of the week was spent writing blog posts: 7 for the daily walk, 3 for my other blogs, and 5 book reviews. I did however decide to join Camp NaNoWriMo with the intent of working on my Sketchbook memoir project – which is due August 1st. The timing seemed perfect.
Camp NaNo is a bit more low-key than the “official” event in November – but isn’t that what camp should be? In this session you can work on any project – fiction, non-fiction, or even a revision – and the word count is entirely discretionary (rather than the required 50,000 words in November).
Camp NaNo also offers the option of joining a cabin with ten other like-minded writers. You can choose to be in a cabin with those of the same age …. those writing the same genre… or those who share the same faith. It makes the writing experience a bit more social, which is a good change of pace.
Anyway, I have not written one word toward my Sketchbook project … but I have great plans for the upcoming week.
Blogging: As mentioned above, blogging is obviously my writing preference these days.
- Travel Tuesday: where I reminisced about 4th of July celebrations in Bella Vista, AR
- Writing Wednesday: where I discussed another lesson learned from a coloring session: Vivid vs Pastel
- Photo Friday: where I participated in Paris in July by posting pictures of Parisian Windows
- Saturday Review: I reviewed 5 books this week –
- Paris in Color by Nichole Robertson
- Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
- Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
- The Walk by Richard Paul Evans
- 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber
- 10,000 Steps: where I discussed the value of rhythm over discipline, I took a trip down memory lane via a new playlist, I discovered I have become an early bird, I learned to view every day as the Best Day of My Life, I decided I am too dependent on my fitbit, I was blessed by the patriotism of others, and I paused long enough to enjoy the poetry of nature.
This is the 5th year for this challenge and I have yet to participate. It is open to anyone who desires to discuss Paris – whether as a book review, a memorable vacation moment, a favorite French wine, a delightful French cookbook, or anything else Parisian.
If you would like to join in the fun, feel free to sign up here.
Au revoir – a bientôt!