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Serving up a snoozer

In a previous post, I mentioned reading The Dinner by Herman Koch because it’s supposed to be the next big novel. Perhaps it will be but I can’t tell you whether or not it is because I didn’t even finish it.

The basic premise is two brothers and their wives go out for dinner on the town. Supposedly they are going to discuss the crime that their offspring committed but I didn’t get that far. I didn’t even make it out of the appetizers (the book is divided in sections by the courses). Typically, if I’m 50 or 100 pages into a book and I am not enjoying it, I put it down. This isn’t to say that the book doesn’t get better or is not good whatsoever, but I have so many books on my list (nearing 500 with more additions weekly) that I find it a waste of time to read something that is so painstakingly dull. (Well, except for that one time when I read Reached by Ally Condi because I knew that I would read the whole series just to see how it ended not matter what.) Supposedly there is some twist and/or big revelation near the end but I couldn’t fathom anything that would be good enough to get me to sludge through almost 300 pages to get to. So I dropped the book. Read it if you want, but I’m not going to keep it on my “to-read” list.

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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Literature

 

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Happy February, everyone! I thought I would just post an update on my projects and goals. Since it’s the middle of winter and flippin’ cold outside, what else are you going to do?

In January, I published 6 blog posts, which is almost as much as I published last year alone! Woohoo! One thing that did help me write more was having a working computer again. I purchased a new laptop with a keyboard that works flawlessly (unlike the previous one where I had to punch. the. keys. several times to get it to work even once). It’s also a lot faster than my previous computer and has a longer battery life. This has made writing a lot easier (as well as cutting down on actual time spent on the internet since I’m not waiting for forever for a page to load). My other big writing project (that is, my novel) is not coming along nearly as quickly as it should be. I really just need to buckle down and do it. Setting public (and attainable) goals are supposed to be motivating so here it goes by: February 28, 2013, at 11:59pm, I will have edited 60 pages of my novel. This may not seem like a lot to you, the reader, but trust me, it’s a lot. And by editing, I don’t just mean looking for grammatical errors, but also expanding and adding scenes as well as fleshing out descriptions. Three weeks hardly seems like enough time. But now it’s out there and I need to stick to it! (Any nagging is appreciated.)

Of course, I still am working on that never-ending reading list. At last count, I have 19 digital ARCs waiting to be read on my nook. Oy! The next one up is The Dinner by Herman Koch, which is actually set to be released a week from today. I heard it’s supposed to be the next big seller. I’ll let you know how it is. Currently, I am about to finish Beautiful Creatures, whose movie version is coming to theaters on Valentine’s Day. Since I am once again single, I will be going to a viewing with a friend/coworker who has also read the book and was just as instantly obsessed as I was. Seriously, talk about gripping the reader from the get-go.

Finally, I hope to have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards up on my Etsy shop by the end of the month. It may seem early for them, but I have to pay a small fee to post a listing and it lasts for only 4 months. By posting holiday cards 4 months out, I am getting the most for my money. Of course, I didn’t do this on time for Christmas last year or Valentine’s Day this year (I have some unlisted valentines – email sarcasmincluded@gmail.com if you’re interested!). So that’s another overall goal of mine: make and post cards 4 months before a holiday.

Alright…I won’t keep you any longer. Go. Enjoy time with your family. Have some hot cocoa around the fireplace and tell stories. Or, if you’re like me, grab your cat and share her body warmth. Cry into your cup of Ramen noodles and hope that life doesn’t stay like this forever.* Hope that one day, spring will come.

Cheers!

*To my family and friends reading this: Don’t worry; I don’t cry into my dinner. I wait until I’m in bed.

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in About me, Crafts & Hobbies

 

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