The places I go

The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. -Dr. Seuss

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Breakup Babe

The beginning of this book was filled with shocking parallels to my life. Protagonist (and let's face starts a blog after a nasty break up. Sends the link to a few friends. Begins to receive comments from admiring strangers. Forced to attend wedding of younger sister (for me, it was younger cousin) shortly after nasty break-up. Bored by her mind-numbing job, blogs at work, constantly afraid of getting caught. Starts dating and blogs about disastrous dates for amusement. Meets guy through blog and meets him in person, dubbing him "long distance boy".

When I first picked it up, I thought it was going to be more of what my idea was...a blog-form novel. Not so much. It was more a novel about writing a blog, which didn't excite me quite so much. (I'm still convinced my thing is possible. Meg Cabot has written entire novels in the form of e-mails, instant messages and inter-office memos. And quite successfully.)

And while the similarities were there, there were plenty of differences. She had a lot more sex than me, for instance. And there was the whole creating alter-egos thing (Captain Celexa, Sensible Girl and Needy Girl) who actually got dialogue in the blog. Clever, or kind of annoying? Hmm...

And she ended the thing by climbing a mountain. That's definitely not me. ;)

Overall, I enjoyed the writing style but was underwhelmed by the story.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Writing prompt 1

End with, "It was raining, but he didn't open his umbrella."

Well, my brain already begain *starting* with the quote, so I followed it:

The first time I saw him, it was raining, but he didn't open his umbrella.

He was crossing the street, wearing a suit and tie. His coat was open, and I wondered where he was going in such a hurry. The umbrella hung off his arm, unopened, and he held a newspaper over his head.

I started to see him more after that. Maybe he'd always been there and I'd just never noticed...he'd blended into the crowds. But now I see him everywher. Buying a paper at the corner store. Walking out of the coffee shop, carrying his coffee in a paper cup. Walking his chocolate lab in the park.

I haven't figured out where he lives. It's not like I can follow him home, see where he goes. That would be crepy. Stalkerish. Talk to him? Well, that I could do. In theory. I just never seem to find the words. We make eye contact. Smile. And then I break away, embarrassed and tongue tied.

I'm terrible at this. I met my husband in college, where you don't so much "date" as wake up one day to find yourself in a relationship. He proposed before we graduated, we got married a year later, and then we lived blissfully for the next ten years.

Or so I thought.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Ghosts of Boyfriends Past

Hm...I didn't care for this one all that much. I found Madison, the main character, to be shallow and immature. I'd have enjoyed the ending more if I thought she had actually grown enough deserved happiness.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Two more books

I continue to adore Melissa Senate. She's got such light, breezy style, and her characters are completely believable. My only complaint about this book was that I wanted more of it. :)


Another selection from Lady Turpentinee's seemingly-bottomless chicklit collection. :) This was great. A chicklit mystery novel. The "a Rachel Benjamin mystery" after the title would seem to indicate that it's a series, to which I say, "bring 'em on!"

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Awakening Genius in the Classroom

Yep, a professional development type book. Excellent information, and a quick little read. I agree wholeheartedly with the philosophy behind the book. What I'd like to see is a practical implementation guide to go along with it. A "here's how to make these ideas work" book.

Slightly Engaged

I really, really like Wendy (Markham) Corsi Staub.

I really, really liked both Slightly Single and Slightly Settled.

I really, really wanted to like Slightly Engaged.

I think it's cute that Tracey Spadolini is clearly a version of Wendy, and I've really enjoyed following her story.

So why was I so disappointed in the story of Tracey's impending engagement?

It's possible that I've simply outgrown her...when I read the first two installments, I was a little bit younger. It's been a while since we've heard from Tracey, and in the years between books, I've gotten older. She hasn't.

I found it hard to identify with 26-year-old Tracey's desperation to be engaged, although I am fully aware that I'd have been right there with her five years ago. Except for the fact that Tracey was living with her guy, I *was* her. Only mine didn't get down on one knee and propose endearingly in the pouring rain. Boo hoo.

Anyway, I don't know. I just know that this didn't grab me the way the others did.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Wow, it's been a while...

In my defense, I was grading papers, and then reading a rather long book, which I just finished:

Sophie's World: A novel about the history of philosophy

I found it very interesting, very readable, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't know if someone who already knew a great deal about philosophy would enjoy it so much, but I'm not one of those people. :)

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Contest announcement

2006 A Midsummer Tale Contest at Toasted Cheese

The rules for the 2006 A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest are now up. This year's theme is "Summer School." Details Here.

Questions about the contest rules can be posted at in the contest announcement thread at Just the Place for a Snark (please do not post entries there!).

Deadline for entries is June 21, 2006. Happy writing and good luck!