I have completely fallen off of the writing wagon. June has been another weird month for me, but at least I’ve had my health (other than one strange stomach bug that took us out for a week) so I’m happy about that. I used to write early in the mornings, but it seems like all three of my children are competing with the sun to see who can wake up the earliest. On top of that, the idea of waking up early and actually starting my day has been daunting, so I’ve had no incentive to try to wake up before the sun.
I’m in a bit of a reading rut. I keep going to the library and bringing home fat stacks of books and then have no desire to crack them open. Or I’ll start to read and then it feels like I’m reading in slow motion. Or even worse: I detest everything written in whatever I’m trying to enjoy.
So there you have it: writing rut, reading rut, and scared to start the day. That about sums me up right now!
So I did what I usually do when I can’t find anything to read: I found some books about books. About 10 years ago I started Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next Series and loved how clever and punny the whole series was, so I put a hold on The Well of Lost Plots on Overdrive. I’m the only person waiting for it, so it shouldn’t be any longer than two weeks. At the library on Saturday I picked up The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, which I’ve seen on book lists for years and have never read. Wish me luck.
I’ve also been reading lots of chapter books with my five year old. We’re flying through The Magic Treehouse series and are almost done with Charlotte’s Web. We’ve also discovered the Ricky Ricotta series, which he adores. And of course, the library is celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the moon landing like everyone else in the world, so we’re getting lots of books about the moon and outer space.
Life is good — I’m not complaining. I just miss looking forward to curling up with a good book every night, that’s all. I also miss my regular and dependable writing time, but it is summer vacation and everyone’s schedules are wacky. I’m sure I’ll figure it out.
I hope to be back soon with a brief report of my 2019 reading so far! My GoodReads goal is 50 books for the year and I’m almost there. I can’t wait to share some of my highlights with you.
How have you been doing? Has summer thrown you off of your game? Are you spending this time strategizing how you’ll meet your 2019 goals? Or are you recalibrating? Maybe you’re just swimming along perfectly – I hope so!