Judith’s new YA, My Soon To Be Sex-Life is now available. I was offered a chance to read an early version, but due to deadlines I couldn’t get the chance. Now that it is out in the world I plan to settle into a patio chair and enjoy.
Judith has some giveaways and book trailers so be sure to check it all out on her blog
It all started very simply. We wanted to paint the trim on our house. Spruce the place up a bit. When they power washed the house to prep for painting we discovered the trim around the front window was a bit soft. No problem. We’d just replace the trim.
Then the trim guy pointed out it would be easier to replace the front window. It was one of the original windows to our 1948 house. Fine. A new window it is.
Last Wednesday they came to replace the window. You know it isn’t going to be good when you hear the repair guy say: Sweet Jesus- look at that!
Termites! The biggest nest he’s ever seen (leave it to us to do it big). Turns out the little buggers have pretty much munched and dined their way through the entire front wall of my house. Next thing I know we’re having the front of our house ripped off, both windows now need to be replaced. We need new beams, new insulation, new siding. Oh, and did I mention they’re tearing down the drywall in my dining room? The one I just redecorated this year?
Our house now has a hole to the outside (let’s hear it for it being warm and sunny versus middle of winter!) a fine layer of dust on everything, and I keep swatting my arms and legs certain I felt something crawling on me.
DH had the best attitude. He pointed out it’s just stuff. Stuff that can be fixed. We’re both fine. The dog is fine. No, it isn’t how we’d like to spend that money, but that is what emergency funds are for- emergencies.
I am learning to write with power saws going and reminding myself that all of this may end up in a book someday. I wonder if that makes the repairs tax deductible?
I am attempting to plot out my next book. This involves a lot of cursing, followed by moments of euphoria and then despair when I realize what I thought would work, doesn’t.
It’s Canada Day tomorrow. As a shiny new Canadian I feel honour bound to say this is pretty awesome country. I feel lucky they’re letting me stay.
We’ll be mixing the traditional (BBQ) with the non-traditional (working on edits.) There will be good friends and good times. To get you in the mood here are some fun facts about Canada you might not have known:
Canada is the second largest country in the world.
Canadians can deduct a number of things from their tax software, but I bet you didn’t know that dog food is tax-deductible in Canada.
The average life expectancy at birth is 81.16 years – the sixth highest in the world.
Canada’s literacy rate is over 99%.
Canadian inventions include the game Trivial Pursuit (Scott Abbot and Chris Haney), the telephone (Alexander Graham Bell), basketball (James Naismeth) and the snowmobile (Joseph-Armand Bombardier).
The CN Tower in Toronto was the world’s tallest free standing structure until 2007.
The US buys more oil from Canada than any other country.
Thirty two percent of Canadians are very happy, 55% are quite happy
Count me in the very happy category.
DH and I ran away last week to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I think we’re both pretty impressed that the other person has put up with us for this long. We went off to the wine country where we tried lots of wine, sat in the sun, napped and ate entirely too much good food. It was a fabulous time all around.
Now this week it is back to work. Edits are calling my name….
Need some summer reading? Fire up your e-reader. Amazon has chosen THE ALMOST TRUTH as the Kindle Book of the Day. This means it is a mere $1.99.
Less than a cup of coffee. Less than parking (depending where you live.) Less than a fast food meal AND more satisfying.
A recent article in Slate, argued that adults have no business reading YA books. In fact, the author argues that adult readers should be embarrassed or ashamed of reading books designed for children. The article doesn’t say, but I think it is safe to say that the author would hold a dim view of other non-literary reading choices.
I can think of a lot things that should fill you with more shame and embarressment then your choice of reading material.
- Wearing Crocs with socks and shorts
- Pushing down old ladies just to watch them fall
- Embezzling from disabled war veterans
- Bringing a loaded semi-automatic into your local Chipolte because FREEDOM and you hope it will make people think you have a larger than average sized penis
- Waking up hungover next to a stranger wearing only a dried crusty layer of spray cheese over your naked body and the sour slick taste of regret in your mouth.
That’s just off the top of my head. Give me some time and I could think of worse. I don’t think there is anything wrong with literary books or challenging yourself with a genre that you typically don’t read. Bring on the good books. Books that challenge your thought process or that illuminate the human condition. However, not every book needs to do that or does it in the same way. Here’s a wild idea-
- Maybe reading could be done just for fun.
I was recently discussing books with a friend. She tracks what she reads and had the realization that on average she reads one book every two weeks, roughly 26 books a year. She then extrapolated that number. If she lives to the average of 85,she has only 1,040 books left in her lifetime.
My first thought was: thank God I read faster than her. Then after calculating my own book doomsday number I realized DEAR GOD THERE IS NOT ENOUGH TIME TO READ ALL THE THINGS! Now if a book is not tickling my fancy I put it down and pick up another. It’s about enjoying the time and books I have left. The clock is ticking.
I don’t care what you read. If you want some ideas of books I loved I’m happy to share. I’m just glad you’re reading. If you want to be embarrassed, maybe be embarrassed that you feel mocking what gives other people some joy in this life in an effort to feel superior is how you spend your time.