Another Wasted Week

I know it’s the holiday season and all, but where does the time go? It seems like I never have time to do much of anything, starting with cleaning and chores, much less things that I want to do, like reading and writing. It’s frustrating me a little bit. My procrastination tendency is coming to the forefront, and I don’t like it. I must stomp it to death!

In the last week, I really haven’t done much writing. I wrote a new chapter in the zombie story. I think that one’s coming along nicely, although I’m still trying to develop a feel for the characters. The next scene should be fun, though. A thwarted attack, retaliation, and accusations of attempted murder. What’s not to like? I also did a tiny bit on the 2YN story, about 1k or so. Trying to get back in the swing of things with Samantha. Hopefully I’ll get another chapter or so this week in all three stories.

I’ve had a little bit of time for reading. I read the second book in the Wizard of Earthsea trilogy, The Tombs of Atuan. Pretty good. Again, short and the language is formal, but it wasn’t bad at all. Interesting culture, and I like the sense of history behind everything.

Next up is Your Coffin or Mine? by Kimberly Ray. As always, a fun and entertaining read. Made me laugh several times. Especially the cat named Killer. I have five cats myself, so I could really relate to those parts. And the image of a prissy vampire turning into a giant pink bat never fails to make me laugh. I have a couple of friends who love the Shopaholic books, and I’m thinking I need to turn them on to this series. There’s a fun mix of paranormal creatures, along with the whodunit aspect to this story that I really liked.

Last but not least, is The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant. This is not my normal reading material, but a friend of mine said it’s her favorite book and wanted me to read it. I’m glad I did. This book was disturbing to me on several levels, but it was an excellent read. It’s about Dinah, daughter of Jacob and Leah (from the Bible). I know it’s fiction, but the description of the way of life in this time frame was very detailed and interesting to me. Sometimes the everyday details fascinate me more than anything. I can’t imagine the interaction between the four wives of one man, especially with two of them being sisters. The portrayal of some of the men in the book bothered me. I guess I never really pictured biblical characters quite like that, but they were vividly drawn. And the story itself was sad. But it was a very good book, and one I intend to buy.

In other news, well, not news. I’m wondering if anyone has read The Golden Compass, and the rest of its trilogy. I’ve heard some disturbing things about what the books are about, and I would really like to know.

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