A Book Summer

I know…I’ve been ignoring the blog. Poor blog. It gets lonely every now and then. I’ll pay more attention to it.

I stayed up into the wee hours to finish reading this fantastic book, Mistress of Romeby Kate Quinn. It’s about a gladiator, and Emperor, and assassination, and, well, the mistress of Rome. Really well done and it totally puts my little gladitor book to shame. It’s depressing almost. Don’t get me wrong – I loved the book and read it with great hungry to fill my fictional void. But it made me realized what a total piece of tripe mine is. I’m looking forward to her next book.

Since I’m back to work on this jousting novel, we packed up and went to the library last night. Man got his own library card, Kid checked out a Harry Potter, and I got two books on the Middle Ages and one on gladiators. I’m not giving up on my gladiators yet. 🙂 I did a lot of research yesterday on jousting and knights in the Middle Ages and I know I’ve got some historical details wrong which need to be fixed. And since I’m blocked about that, I need to fix them before I can continue to write the story. Sometimes I long for the days where I could just sit down, write, and not worry about rules or historical details. 😉 But, alas, it doesn’t work like that. This is the beginning of what I hope is a series and I know exactly where I want to pitch it. I just have to get the first one done, an outline done of the second one, and somewhat of a plot for the third. I always have in my head that Next Project but execution is sometimes difficult for me. It’s that historical detail snag again, I think.

Anyway. At the book store a few weeks ago, I ended up buying three young reader books. I got the first Percy Jackson book, a fantasy book about rangers, and a book for the kiddo called Kid vs. Squid. I read him the first three chapters the other night. Last night, post-library, the kiddo was insistent on playing on the computer or watching cartoons. I was Mean Mommy and said no. I made him go play in his room or…here’s an idea…read. He finally settled down and picked up the book and started to read. I could hear him laughing at it. There was one line about a potatoe peeler that was so hilarious he had a hard time getting through it without laughing again. He even relayed it to his dad on the phone. And I have to admit, this book is really funny. It really appeals to him. He took it with him this morning to his grandparents. My hope is that he reads most of the day instead of playing on the computer or sitting in front of cartoon.

I have a full weekend ahead – RWA tomorrow; a little reunion party in the afternoon, and a hair appointment on Sunday. I really need to have my roots done and I’m sick of my hairstyle. I want something different. Isn’t that always the way with us girls?

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.