To be honest, I don’t have any great inspiration to share today and my inspiration has been limited for a few weeks, which is why you haven’t heard from me much lately. I think I know the reason: burn out. I’m tired. My early morning writing sessions are wonderful, and I hate not having them, but I don’t really want to go bed at 9 and when I go for a few weeks with constant 5am to 6am wake up times, it starts to take a toll after awhile.
I think the other reason I’m feeling burned out is because I’ve been trying to keep up with two projects. With everything to do with my day-job taking up most of my brain, the rest is getting squeezed a bit too much with the reworking of my first novel and the first draft of my second. I’ve been pleased with my progress, but I’m going to take a break this week. I’m going to cut back to just one project again.
This weekend I folded chapter 22 of my first novel into chapter 23, which proved challenging I think mostly because my brain was too tired to think much so I moved paragraphs around probably fifteen times to get the right flow. Then this morning I reworked chapters 24 and 25, which didn’t need much work, although I did find a much better chapter break.
I’ve got seven chapters left in my first novel to revise, so I’m going to stick with them until they’re done then go back to the new novel. My brain needs a rest from all this multi-tasking.
Oh, there’s also this picture book I’ve been revising in my critique group and the next meeting is a week from today. I guess I’m down to two projects.
What are you working on?
I usually read between two and three at one time. I used to be a one at a time reader, but lately, I have morphed.
I don't think this says anything in particular about what I've been reading, just about the free time I've not had to sit and read.
What is on the floor next to my bed right now:
Enter Three Witches, Caroline Cooney (almost done...it's great)
Eggs, Jerry Spinelli (just starting)
Talking about God, by Daniel Polish (ARC I need to read for work...interesting)
My daughter says she can do four sudokus at one time. My son can game and watch Family Guy at one time (should I brag about this???). M reads one book at a time. He puts it away when he's done. Then he goes to work and writes a grant.
What are you reading????
This episode of Just One More Book is part of our showcase coverage of the International Reading Association’s 52nd annual conference.
How can you interest your child in reading if it’s not something he or she is naturally drawn to?
On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with David Booth, Professor Emeritus in education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto and one of the leading experts on literacy in Canada, about engaging the reluctant reader.
Books by David Booth for teachers and parents:
Books by David Booth (for children and adults):
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Yesterday, I was asked to speak at the Conference of the New Jerey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) in November at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch, NJ. Prior to learning about this spa and resort, the only thing I knew about Long Branch was that they used to have a really cool haunted mansion--at least the mansion was really cool to a 6 year-old who saw commercials for it every ten minutes on WPIX in between games of PIX, PIX, PIX! on WPIX.
Anyhow, my talk, entitled "The Birth of a YA Author...and Avid Reader" will take place on November 15th and will be an hour long. The topic is one I've blogged about a bunch of times and one that author Diana Peterfreund got me thinking about in depth. I will be talking about what it was that got me moving from being a reluctant reader to being an avid reader...and a writer!
I feel honored to be presenting to this group (as well as at the NYSRA conference the preceding week) because I think librarians, teachers and reading professionals play such an important role in the development of our children.