It’s October! It felt like it this morning, which is nice after the beginning of the week, which was hot – in the 80s. I love fall, and I’m ready for some cool, crisp autumn mornings.
I’m looking forward to our weekend because we have absolutely nothing planned. The last two weekends have been busy with a birthday party, an archery tournament, helping friends move, cleaning the basement, etc. I’m ready for a Saturday morning to sleep in and enjoy some long, uninterrupted reading time. I do have a couple articles due next week, so I’ll spend some time working, but I’ll do it in my sweats on the couch. I’ll probably also be a really bad mom and let the kids have lots of game time on the PS2 so that I can have those uninterrupted hours.
Before I get to the links, I have to share how excited I am about Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel. Jonathan is not exactly what I would call a reluctant reader – he does his 45 minutes of free reading time during school without complaint, and often tells me he likes the books he’s reading. However, he has never picked up a book outside of school time to read for pleasure. He would rather build with Magnetix, or run around the backyard playing “Lord of the Rings” or “Transformers.” I ordered the graphic novel version of Artemis Fowl for the boys, and Jonathan picked it up. Yesterday afternoon, he spent over an hour reading while the rest of the kids played. He took the book to bed with him last night. He read a bunch more today. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.
~ If you’re a writer and you find yourself blocked, try 911 Writer’s Block. A fun way to get ideas and even procrastinate a little.
~ A member of the jury who decides the Nobel Prize in literature says American lit isn’t good enough to be considered.
~ Anyone else loving Fox’s new sci-fi series Fringe? Fox just picked it up for a whole season.
~ Neil Gaiman has a site for young readers called Mouse Circus. He’s touring right now for his new novel, The Graveyard Book, reading a chapter at each stop. You can watch the videos of the reading at the site – just click on “reading tour.”