Instead of Top Ten Tuesday…

The Top Ten Tuesday list at The Broke and Bookish blog didn’t appeal to me as much this week as other weeks… so instead, I am going to ramble about my writing projects and other related things.


So I’ve come up with what I consider are two excellent titles for books… one of them has a story to go along with it, the other doesn’t quite yet.  The only problem is that I haven’t made much time for writing recently.  Summer school started yesterday and I’m expecting to be drained of creative juices since I’ll have papers and projects and possibly exams, so perhaps I will just need to file away the titles and story ideas until I am done with grad school.  Now, that’s a sad thought!!~ there have to be people who can still write papers for grad school and then write on the side… but I guess I am not among that crowd.  I’ve tried, and the best I’ve managed was doing NaNoWriMo last November.  I did so successfully, and I was – and am – proud of myself, since November is crunch-time in terms of school, but I haven’t written much since then.


Grad school really is pretty intense.  But I’m glad that I got the chance to enroll in the program that I did.  I think it’s the right timing and it seems to be working out fairly well.  It’s a lot of writing – but I’m fine with that.  I write papers better than I take exams, and I much prefer papers to exams, too. 😉 They’re more intense for me, because I usually write a paper in one sitting – I’ve tried the system of writing a little bit each day for a week, but that just doesn’t work for me.  I don’t know why.  When I write, I get intense about it, even if it means spending 9 hours with only two breaks writing and researching.  I guess perhaps that is one reason why I can’t write much now for fun – with grad papers to do as well, I don’t have the energy to be intense about writing for fun.


Maybe, once I get the amount of work sorted out for my first online class (ever!! – I have not taken an online class before this, nor have I taken a summer class), I will try to portion out a little bit of time each day to get some words down on paper.  I don’t want to give up my writing dreams until I finish grad school, because that’s still 2 years away, and while the time will pass quickly – it already is!! – I want to keep my creative brain at work.  I’m not entirely sure that I’ll be able to do NaNoWriMo these next two years since I’ll be doing field placement plus two classes for the next 4 semesters (fall/spring – not the summer classes).  That’s 12-15 hours a week of basically interning as a social worker – since I’m not working, it’ll be manageable, but I’m not sure how manageable NaNoWriMo will be with the commute to my internship (wherever it may be), two classes, and the assorted homework and paperwork.  Not being able to do NaNo is a sad thought, but grad school takes first priority.


Anyway, there’s me rambling. 😉 I’ll try to post a book review or recommendation in the next few days.


Are any of you writing anything wonderful, magnificent, amazing?  Tell me about it!! 🙂


Throwback Thursday!!


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Half Magic is a book about four children and their adventures during one very memorable summer.  I reread this just recently, after having remembered that I do in fact own all 7 of Edward Eager’s books… when I was younger, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did this time through, which is kind of surprising, but I think that sometimes as children, we tend to miss some nuances in books, even if they are written specifically for children, as this one was.


The four siblings in this book – Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha – find a coin that grants half a wish each time you wish on it, so unless you wish for double of whatever it is you’re wishing for, you end up with some very interesting results.  I think that that was a very clever idea of Mr. Eager, since I haven’t run across any other fantasy books that have that as a premise.  A coin that grants wishes, sure, but not one that does it by halves.  I grinned at several parts of this book, which is probably the equivalent of most people laughing (I rarely, if ever, laugh out loud at passages of a book unless it’s by P.G. Wodehouse or similar).


I’m definitely glad that I went back to reread Half Magic.  It’s a fun little story, one that carries you away from all of your current problems, into an entirely different world.  I highly recommend reading this when you’re ill or if you need something light and fun to read that doesn’t take a lot of thought to get through.  It brought back fun memories, too, of me as a kid reading it and getting frustrated by Martha (the youngest), who always seemed to get the short end of the stick, so to speak.  As the younger child in my family, I could empathize with her, I suppose.


Anyway, yes.  Pick up a copy if you feel like breezing through a funny, lighthearted story.  Eager’s writing is warm and welcoming, and the children are thoroughly likable.  Even the adults in the story are likable, which is unusual for a children’s book – or so it seems, anyway.  😉 I’m definitely glad that I chose to reread this, though.  I will be rereading the rest of Edward Eager’s books in the near future, so keep an eye out for reviews/memories of them. 😀

Top Ten Tuesday. :D

From The Broke & Bookish blog, here comes this week’s Top Ten.  Are you ready?


Top Ten Books to read when you need something light and fun.


Ooh, this one might be a toughie… we’ll see. 😉 I’ll do as many as I can, at least, even if I can’t hit ten.  I don’t have a lot of books or series that I reach for particularly when I need something light and fun – usually it’s me just delving randomly into my Kindle collection for something that sounded lighter than my average reads are.


1) The Aunt Dimity mystery series. – These are guaranteed to be fun, light reads.  I have only read a couple but I do truly enjoy them.  Lori, the main character, is a fun one, and while she’s a bit over the top, that’s just part of the fun of the series.  And I mean really, could you turn down a book whose clever detective’s mind is a journal that belonged to Lori’s “Aunt” Dimity many years ago?  Aunt Dimity is long dead, but she still writes to Lori in the journal and points her in the right direction when Lori’s trying to figure things out.


2) The Borrowers – This classic children’s book, as well as its sequels, are very comforting for me to read.  I’m not sure exactly why; I think just because of the writing style, and the fact that it’s from an era whose children’s books (Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, etc.) have been very enjoyable and comforting.  Perhaps some of my childhood memories attached to the book?  I don’t know.  But – it’s a story about tiny little people who live under the kitchen and make all sorts of interesting uses for commonplace items.  I think that as well as the illustrations always drew me to this book.


3) The Sisterchicks series. – This is a Christian chick lit series, and would probably only be enjoyable for those of y’all who are Christian out there since there is a fair bit about God etc., in them, but I enjoy them quite a lot.  They’re not “quality literature” but they are fun.  Each book is about a different set of women who go somewhere out of the US for some reason – usually a celebration of some sort – and have a lot of different adventures and escapades.  Fun books, definitely!!


4) The Yada-Yada Prayer Group series. – Once again, a Christian series, and one that I haven’t read in quite some time, but I remember the books as being quite comforting.  The group of women who get together for a prayer group each week is quite diverse, and this series goes through different seasons of their lives and their struggles and victories.  I actually really need to reread this series, because just thinking about it makes me happy inside. 😉


5) The Mitford Years series. – Jan Karon’s masterpiece. 🙂 I loved these books ever since I first discovered them when I was… oh, twelve or thirteen? I think?  Father Tim is such a lovable character and Cynthia is remarkable as well, and Ms. Karon’s depiction of country life is definitely cozy.  There are escapades and mishaps, of course – what series would be complete without them? – but the books resolve each tense moment quite well and each of them ends on a positive note and can almost be read as a standalone novel.


6) The Mrs. Pigglewiggle series. – Also a children’s series from the 1950s or so, I remember this series as being quite side-splittingly hilarious, and I really need to reread these as well. 🙂 Ah, so many good books that I want to read as well as books that I want to reread!!


7) The 44 Scotland Street series. – By Alexander McCall Smith, these books are excellent for times when you need to relax but you only have a few moments.  The chapters are short, the characters lovable, and the plots of each book exciting enough to keep the reader intrigued, but not exciting enough to not allow the reader to put the book down.


8) The Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency series. – Also by McCall Smith, these are excellent books to read before bed.  Mma. Ramotswe is such a lovable character, and the mysteries her Detective Agency try to solve aren’t tense ones, so the books are relaxing to read.  They also flow in such a wonderful manner as well as read quickly, like most of McCall Smith’s work.  I highly recommend both this series and the 44 Scotland Street series for unwinding sorts of books – for anyone, really. 🙂


Okay, I think that’s about as many as I can come up with, right now at least.  If I can think of the last two, I’ll edit them in later.  Also, know that these books are in no particular order.  I love McCall Smith’s books just as much as I love the Aunt Dimity series (if not a little more, but shh, don’t tell Aunt Dimity that!! ;)).


Thanks for reading!! ~ What are your top ten?