Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Salon at last!

I've been wanting to get back to Sunday Salon posts for months, but my Sundays have been busy, the format has changed a bit since I was last involved and it's taken me a while to get into the swing of things. I hope to become a regular again.

And the kitties wonder: Why is this thing?
What I'm doing today: Last week my younger son and I built the bookcase that our family bought at Ikea in . .  2010? It's been gathering dust in its box in the garage all this time, It was actually very quick to put together, if you don't count the 3 years languishing in a sea of procrastination. I have a couple of pictures of the process on my Instagram page. Today I hope to post a photo of the shelves full of books and the little nook that's beginning to take shape in our living room. Another goal today, but not as photo-worthy, is to get the tax info ready to send off.

Also having tea with a friend this afternoon and it's gorgeous outside today so maybe I'll get out and take some pictures! Me and photography is not a friendship I ever would have predicted. We bought Evan a good digital camera for his 11th birthday and it's transformed me. (Luckily he is happy to share). I was always the girl who either forgot the camera or walked around (Through Europe! And my honeymoon!) with it tucked safely away in the backpack. Now I'm the one who drags people along on photo walks. Many of my photos aren't very good.
OK, most of them.
(...are terrible).
But, if I take enough of them, I generally come up with a few that make me happy. These days I seem to be blogging more photos than book reviews. Crazy!

What I'm reading: In the early stages of research for a novel I'm contemplating, I brought several books home from the library yesterday and couldn't help diving into Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle, and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children," edited by Rachel Pepper. Oh, my gosh. The no-matter-what love that shines through each of these mother's stories is palpable, like a weighted bookmark, holding down every page. A powerful message for every parent. No--for every human being.

What I'm writing: Finishing up edits on novel #2 before submitting it. My writing group is amazing. After reading a chapter every two weeks, they're four chapters from the end and I'm really excited about the changes they're requesting in this version of the ending. (They never read the first ending--I had already scrapped it and started over before they got that far. Thank goodness! It was terrible.)

I also wrote one chapter of the novel that's going to be my next project. Evan read it and said it was good--a little weird, but a good start for a book. It's not intended for 12 year olds, so I guess I'll take "good but a little weird" as a compliment?

The Sunday Salon is on Facebook at Sunday Salon.


  1. Personally, I find 12-year-olds to be very astute (at least the one I know :P ), so I'd definitely take that as a compliment! Heck, I'd take that as a compliment from anyone, for that matter. (Is this the one with Grayson?) I'm always a bit envious of anyone who has a talent for writing (and from reading your blog alone, I can tell you're one of those people), but I'm even more envious of the dedication of those who pursue the avenues that talent can lead them down, be they professional or simply personal.

    Transitions of the Heart sounds wonderful--definitely heading right over to the library website to see if they have it.

    And Ali, I'm glad you discovered you enjoy photography, because I sure love seeing your photos! :)

  2. I've got a bookcase sitting in my bedroom that's been around for - I have no idea how long. It's missing all the screws and stuff. I just went out and bought some new screws and am going to see if I can assemble the thing. Yay! to shelves!

    My Sunday Salon

  3. What happened to the first novel?

    1. I cut a major character and subplot from the first novel in order to condense it, because it was too long. I was in the middle of the major edits to make that happen, when I came up with the idea for the second novel. Now and then I go back to my bookmark in the document and work on it some more. It's going pretty well, if slowly. Haven't give up on it!

    2. I thought maybe you got a publishing deal and didn't tell me... :-)

  4. Seems the cats like the bookcase too:)