This month, I’m rereading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. I loved it so much the first read through that this time I want to take my time going through it. Not that I hurried the first time, or skipped sections so I could “get it done”. It was just that there was so much to love about this book.
For me personally, it was less about dealing with the fear of writing (I’m not afraid of writing or putting my books out there to get loved or trashed, although hopefully there’s more love going around than the other thing!). The book was filled with inspiration, and I especially loved how she talked about ideas, and how they travel around searching for the right person who’s willing to put in the time and effort to bring that idea to fruition.
Coincidentally, after reading the ideas section, I had a dream, one of those intriguing dreams where the story plays out like a movie—color and all!—and the characters and plot and story are fully fleshed out. But somewhere near the end, I realized that the story included aliens invading Earth. I remember this moment vividly because in my dream I said, “I can’t write this story. I don’t write science fiction.”
Well, remember the “blue screen of death” that we used to get when our PC froze or died? (I use a Mac now, so I don’t know if the “blue screen of death” still occurs.) The dream—and the idea—were gone just like that. My dream landscape was just a blank blue screen…and I realized that my idea had heard me and moved on to find someone else to take on the challenge of writing its story.
So there you have it, my number one read for the month, although I do have my eye on a couple of other books. I’m on deadline with book three in the Caught Between series, but if I can fit more reading time in this month, I will. Both authors are new to me, both write romance. One of the books is the first in a series and FREE, which is a great way to try out new authors, don’t you think?
What’s on your to-be-read shelf this month?
This summer, I’ve been writing a lot, working on book three of the Caught Between series. When I’m not typing away on my MacBook Air or scribbling on my sticky notes, I’ve been outside playing in the flowerbeds, riding my bike around town, and basically enjoying the summer heat. But it’s cooling off here now, which means more indoor time and more reading time, and I have some great reading material lined up for September.
What’s on your reading shelf this month?
Want to take a behind-the-scenes peek at my writerly life? I’m over at Cheryl Cooke Harrington’s Stillpoint blog today with pictures of my office and a look at what I’m working on now. Come say hello so I’m not lonely!
So many books to read and never enough time!
My Goodreads Challenge this year was to read 52 books. I’m a little behind due to the release of my latest book, Caught Between a Lie and True Love. Plus, we had an early spring here, so I’ve been outside without the heavy shackles of winter boots, jacket, mitts, and toque. Totally lovely!
I’ve planted all of my annual flowers, and the early perennials are already blooming. And these days, as I type away, I’m able to open the office window and let the fresh air and sounds of the outdoors in. Right now, bees are buzzing around the screen window and the birds are chirping from their lofty position in the nearby spruce trees.
A good deal of my time has been spent at the youngest’s farm which he purchased last spring and took possession in mid-August. Due to some issues with the old farmhouse, we’ve spent the last nine months tearing out the inside guts of the house: insulation, electrical, flooring, and the last thing to go is the plumbing. But that’s all a story for another day. 🙂
We’re here to talk reading, so here are my June reads.
What are you reading now, and do you already know what you intend to read in the weeks ahead?
I’m a little bit behind in my April reads but I have a really good reason. Honestly. Truly. In fact, I have—almost—the best reason in the world.
(And no, I didn’t have another baby. Or solve world hunger…sorry.)
Book one of the Caught Between series is almost here. In fact, it’s due to hit the online bookshelves next week!
Caught Between a Lie and True Love: This book includes a family phobic heroine, a hunky hero whose luck—and love life—are about to change, lies, romance, chocolate chip cookies, nighttime shenanigans, a con-artist who swears he’s gone straight, teens with their own agenda, and a battle of the sexes secondary romance.
Stay tuned for more…