The teen was going snowmobiling and I would have a whole week to myself before the new year. To do self-things. I was going to see movies. I had tickets to a Mannheim Steamroller concert. I was going to walk the beach and maybe even take the train up the coast and back. But it turned out that I had pneumonia, instead. Mostly in bed. Taking medicine. When I felt somewhat better, I did manage to visit the after Christmas sale at Macy's (bought nothing) right before seeing Dr. Strange. (it was wonderful) Took more medicine. I saw half of the Mannheim Steamroller concert. Went back to bed. The car needed work, so I spent some time sitting at the car dealer. Never did get up the road to the BBQ place to get the trip-trip dinner I had wanted. (but did find some nice pea soup at the local grocery store.) Now the teen is back. (she had a wonderful time) And school begins tomorrow. But I learned today that one of the car's headlights is out. So I've got to get to the car dealer, again, to get that fixed. Soon. After I get out of bed.
Trent Reedy - soldier/ scholar/ author/ and all-around nice guy declared that 2016 would be the year of the BOOK. He aimed to read over 100 books in 2016 and challenged the rest of us to also do so.
(His latest book - The Last Full Measure - came out in time to prepare us for the election results in November. Here's hoping the things he predicted in this Divided We Fall trilogy don't actually come true.)
In his honor, I hereby list the books I've read this past year.
(no, I never reached 100, and I've probably forgotten to list some.)
What lists do you ask?
There are lists of Folktales, Photography picturebooks, Alphabet books, Picturebooks with MESSAGES that hit you over the head, Great Funny picture books, and more - lots and lots more.
Now, the link I have above is to the main page of her blog, so if you are reading this in 2017, you will have to scroll back to the December 2016 posts in order to find these lists.
Good advice from the multi-published (and multi-award winner) Kate Messner:
Just got an email from an elementary school student asking how to write a book. I started her off with these two suggestions, which apply to writers of all ages.
1. Read a lot of stories that are similar to the kind of book you want to write. A LOT. Like, sign out a great big pile of books from the library and read them all. Think about which ones you like best, and why. When we read like writers in that way, we learn what makes a good book.
2. Carry around a notebook. That way, when you have an idea, you can jot it down right away and it won't get lost in your busy brain.