Fridays and book blog hopping seem to go together don't you think? Especially with the fantastic book blog hop is hosted by the wonderful Jennifer at Crazy-for-Books.com. She has friendly, well informed, helpful bloggers who post their fascinating blogs, a warm, generous site and square dancing books with feet for her book blogging icon to welcome you in. i don't think you can beat smiley faced, square dancing books with feet.
This was the first week I boldly listed this blog as "old" as I now have more than fifty followers--yipee! I am no longer writing for just my mom and the five animals--although they are still a wonderful and responsive audience.
In other book=y news I am again reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morten. I shamelessly put it down and forgot about it when I switched handbags two weeks ago. I left it in the lovely green bag my mom gave me that has been setting off every security alarm in Los Angeles--I think the trouble is in the fancy, heavy duty, magnetic close? Now I am using a more utilitarian and much less fancy canvas bag from Whole Foods. But now I have put Kate Morten's lovely second novel in it and it is much classier.
I am also reading Roald Dahl's Matilda (for my ten year old student), Gone With The Wind (for my sixteen year old student), and six different research books for The Second Novel. Not sure why I am squirrely about discussing the subject of this novel. Maybe it is really the same process as when I was writing the first one. Last time around I did not admit to writing it for the first year I was writing. It was too out of focus, too un-fleshed out to talk about. Maybe this is the same?
The good news is I am nearing the fifty page mark. This seems to be the neighborhood where characters sort of shake themselves out and tell me exactly what they will and won't: eat, wear, walk, read and say. This one will only write letters in the morning. That one likes to smoke in the bath. Good.