I just chose this title to reflect on the previous blog post. A comment from a reader this week inspired me to, finally, go to the library and clear up some old fines and get my library account usable again. Now I can check out or download as many books as I want. This solves my bind of not wanting to buy large numbers of hardback books to keep myself up-to-date with children’s literature.
I arrived home with around 6 middle grade novels and a graphic novel. All are due on February 1 which coincidentally is when I will be leaving for 5 weeks in Portugal. I call it my self-made writing retreat and hope to sightsee, write and edit my book, and escape from cold Chicago. I am cramming a bit of Portuguese before I go and trying to catch up on all the necessary chores before I leave. The new library card was motivated in part by wanting to download books onto my Kindle instead of carrying them with me.
I missed two days’ of prompts for StoryStorm. My short form of those two days and today amounts to this: 1) Stop, look and listen (be mindful of the world around you) and recombine prompt words in novel groupings. 2) Keep a journal of interesting words and phrases. 3) Make a pillow fort and connect with your childlike self. I need to get my idea book and work on these tonight.