Posted on December 4 2013 in writing
What I'm reading
In honor of the holiday season, I've been re-reading the Harry Potter series. It's such a fun series, and I haven't read the books in years.
A breeze ruffled the neat hedges of Privet Drive, which lay silent and tidy under the inky sky, the very last place you would expect astonishing things to happen. Harry Potter rolled over inside his blankets without waking up. One small hand closed on the letter beside him and he slept on, not knowing he was special, not knowing he was famous, not knowing he would be woken in a few hours' time by Mrs. Dursley's scream as she opened the front door to put out the milk bottles, nor that he would spend the next few weeks being prodded and pinched by his cousin Dudley ... He couldn't know that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: "To Harry Potter - the boy who lived!"
The books are so good. They still make me laugh out loud, and J.K. Rowling's writing is just fantastic.
Do you have a series you love to read again and again?
What I'm writing
In case you haven't heard (I only mentioned it on Twitter, Facebook, and my blog , I "won" NaNoWriMo! I finished my NaNo project at a little over 50K. The best part? I'm still excited about the story.
I'll be taking a break from writing during December, and then I'll be starting the first round of revisions in January.
What else I've been up to
We just got back from a quick trip to the Boulder area. After all that writing last month, I desperately needed some time with our chiropractor. We stayed with the owners of Red Wagon Farm (through Airbnb.com), which was so much fun. The owners, Amy and Wyatt, are friendly and down to earth, and they made our stay feel like a visit with friends. Plus, we got to meet (and feed! and pet!) some of the animals on the farm, including cats, goats, alpacas, chickens (we didn't pet the chickens), and a donkey.
The trip back was a bit rough. A big storm hit and the mountain passes were gnarly. But! We made it home and this morning woke up to a snowy Moab.
What inspires me right now
This month I'm aiming to get back into doing yoga regularly, which is something I've let slide. Does anyone else do yoga? I love it, but I tend to be more excited about going for a run or a hike ... Anyhow - I'll be working on that this month!
How's your week going? Did you participate in NaNoWriMo or NaNoReviseMo? I'd love to hear how it went!
P.S. I'm turning the spotlight on small businesses in December, starting with Mignon Kitchen Co..
P.P.S. My favorite virtual trainer/nutritionist has a couple of spots left for this year's Resolution Challenge - 6 weeks of fitness and nutrition awesomeness starting in January. Jenn has extended the 50% discount so right now you can join for $20.14. Let me know if you join - I'd love the company! :)