Friday, November 16, 2012

Ramblings About the Week

Honestly, this week went by really quick. At least it seemed that way to me. Don't get me wrong, I was glad to see the weekend get here because I've got a few things going on. For one, I've got to brave the grocery store. The closer it gets to Thanksgiving, the crazier the stores get. Well, correction, the crazier the people get. Tonight I've got to make my list.

My week started off nice. The book fair at my school finished up Monday. That afternoon, just before school was out for the day, the librarian came by and gave me several books that they bought for me off my wish list. Only about four of the teachers filled out wish lists, so the librarians got each of us some books. I thought that was really nice. I got Son by Lois Lowry, Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry, and Entwined by Heather Dixon. After I finish reading them, I'll put them into my classroom library.

I finished reading Son by Lois Lowry yesterday. When I was the 8th grade reading teacher, I always started the school year with The Giver by Lois Lowry because it would grab even my most reluctant reader's attention. I enjoyed Son. I got to go back and revisit Jonas's community, and I got to find out what happened to Gabe and Jonas. The book tied in characters from Gathering Blue and Messenger. For some reason, I've never read those two books, but I'm going to check them out next week for the holidays.

Okay, tomorrow is the day I have to get my rough draft finished. I'm actually excited about doing the edits and rewrites. It's probably because this time I have a solid bone structure to work with, so really I'm just fleshing out the spots that need it and doing the editing stuff that has to get done. It really pays, at least for me, to have a detailed outline and to have already worked out the plot problems before I even began writing. I like the story and I hope you'll like it too.

I've got to get to work now. If you have any questions, or blog ideas, leave a comment. Have a great weekend!