I’ve been in the editing pit for the last week and I’m hoping to finish this process soon. Editing gets to be tedious for me, but it is necessary for me to go through my manuscripts and smooth corners and interpret late night passages that are filled with wrong words and rambling sentences (much like this one).
Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time editing this novel. (After all, what else is there to do when it’s this hot outside? My coworkers and I are considering a move to Alaska.) I’ve been fitting it in around full (or nearly full) work days, so until today, I’ve done a little bit here and there.
Ever since I was young, I have loved dance. I didn’t take a lot of dance classes when I was a child (although I did take some), but when I was older I continued to take dance classes, trying out ballroom and belly dance.
I’m editing a manuscript right now. This process is always nerve-wracking for me because it means going over everything that I’ve written and making changes. This is a part of the process that brings out all of my insecurities and I question EVERYTHING.
Hello, everyone! Happy Monday! (That seems like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?) After a hectic weekend and an early morning I am really tired, so this post will be short (but hopefully sweet)!
This weekend my niece had her first piano recital. Having been through my share of recitals and other musical performances, I knew she’d be nervous, so I was a little nervous for her! Of course, when she got up to that piano, she performed her piece very well, as I knew she would. I was (well, always am) one very proud aunt!
The rest of the recital was a lot of fun too. My niece was in the first grade group and from there the ages of the pianists went up, as did their level of skill. Every pianist did well and it was a lot of fun to see all these kids in various stages of cultivating their creative talent.
This was also a weekend of parties! As much fun as it all was, I’m hoping things will start to slow down a little. I’ve gotten out of my regular writing schedule and I’m ready to get back into it! I feel like something is missing in my life without it.
I was at the store today, looking at birthday presents for my little nephew (little, because he’s pre-k aged and I also have a big, college-aged nephew). I needed to call my mom and talk about the options since we decided to go in together for his present this year and I had no idea what to get. I was walking around the aisle, looking at all of our options as I looked for my mom in the list of contacts on my phone. I was barely paying attention to my phone, of course, and ended up dialing another person’s phone number. Another person to whom I haven’t spoken for years. I stopped in the middle of the aisle when a voice other than my mom’s answered the phone but after I figured out who I was talking we had a pleasant conversation. It was good to catch up!
Also, we ended up getting a really cool present for my nephew! Thank he’ll let me play with him?
In other news, The Contemps have decided that June is Contemporary YA Month. What Contemporary YA books have you read and enjoyed recently? What books are on your to-read list?
In preparation for the second season premiere of Pretty Little Liars (and the release of the first season on DVD on Tuesday!) I read the fourth book of the series, Unbelievable, by Sara Shepard. I was reading it during my break at work yesterday and when my boss walked into the back (she’s a fellow book lover) I had to tell her about it. Some of the events in the show mirror some of the events in the books, and I had just finished one of those moments when she walked in. Even though I had already experienced that moment in the show, I was still sitting at the edge of my seat, gasping as the scene played out. I’m hoping to finish the current books in the series by the June 14th premiere of the show. Let’s see if my work/social schedule will allow this to happen.
Now that summer is here and school is over I’d like to get into a habit of posting. I’d like to update a couple of times a week, beginning each week on Monday. After deciding this, it took me awhile to realize that today is Monday. I guess I lost track of time over the weekend! My sister was out of town for Memorial Day weekend so I took advantage of her free house to crash on her couch where I read, wrote and watched movies.
Last week, I had the chance to see a few people I haven’t seen for awhile. My best friend’s brother was married last weekend and she invited me along for the festivities, including a party at her house, spending the night at the bride’s house the night before the wedding, the tea ceremony, the church ceremony and the reception. They’re Vietnamese, so witnessing the tea ceremony was a very cool experience! Later in the week I went to my niece and nephew’s school play, which was the story of Daniel in the lion’s den. They are still young so they were in the chorus, but I can definitely see them taking on bigger roles as they get older! With my trip and a funeral that I attended (region manager’s father) on Monday, which is usually my day to see the kids each week, I haven’t seen them for awhile. My niece greeted me with big hugs the night of the play and the morning she came over for breakfast. Maybe I should stay away more often (Totally kidding about that! I like hanging out with them too much!)
I’m going to sign off now before I ramble on anymore. I couldn’t fall asleep last night and by time I did, I was only able to get in a few hours of sleep so I’m pretty tired today!
Long time, no see, blog world! When I pulled in my e-mail this morning, I had a comment from Julia over at The ‘Thank You’ Project reminding me that I haven’t posted for awhile! (I’ve been meaning to respond to your reply to my e-mail from ages ago. I’m sorry it’s been so long!) I was actually thinking about this blog before I pulled in my e-mail. Well, I’ve been thinking about it a lot over the last few weeks and have things to update about, it was just getting the time to update (or even read other blogs) that has been an issue. And it’s not like I’ve been doing anything exciting! I wish I could say that I was, but since I disappeared my life pretty much consisted of work and school only. But, the semester is done now (woo-hoo!) and after taking a little break from life in general, I am back and ready to update again! I’ll start with an update on the last few days.
My brother-in-law’s mom owns a shore house out east so my parents and I flew out to see my sister and brother-in-law. We spent a relaxing few days talking, walking, reading and eating WAY too much bad food! But we were all able to relax and had a great time. It was time well-spent!
My sister and I share a birthday (I was born seven years after her) and this is the first time we have been able to celebrate together in about six years. This was also the first time my brother-in-law celebrated with both of us. To celebrate the day he bought sticky buns for breakfast, these cupcakes (Elmo and Cookie Monster) for lunch and cannoli’s for dinner.
I turned 25 this year. I have now officially lived a quarter of a century. You know what that makes me? Old! I was only allowed to call myself old once that day, which I was told after I said it first thing in the morning. Thanks for the heads up, bro! I guess now I should change the info in the about me section of this blog.
We enjoyed beach walking on our vacation. This was an odd day. There was a lot of fog and it was an extremely low tide! I honestly didn’t know if these pictures would show up (I couldn’t see anything on my camera) but I was snapping shots each step along the way. It was beautiful though!
Everything we came up to on our walk (fishermen with their trucks, my family when I was so busy taking pictures that I fell behind…) appeared like a mirage as we approached. It was almost eerie at first, but after awhile it was just beautiful and an unusual beach experience.
So, how have all of you been?
I met with my French tutor today after my first class. After making my way from campus to L’Alliance Française I stopped at the coffeeshop next door where I usually stay while I’m waiting, but it was packed. Since it was lunchtime and the sushi restaurant down the street had just opened I decided to wait there instead. I sat at the sushi bar and looked at the sheet on top of their regular menu, which announced a special sushi roll they created after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last month. It’s only $10 a roll and half of that is going to relief efforts. What a cool thing for a sushi restaurant to do! So of course this was part of my order.
It was while I was there that I saw an update on Twitter about the earthquake that took place today. It’s so heartbreaking to hear about all that is happening in Japan right now and I just want them to have some relief! I haven’t had a chance to visit Japan yet, but it’s a country that captured my heart and my attention when I was a little girl. I was about five or six when my family hosted an exchange student from Japan. Satoko and I hit it off well and became “sisters” while she stayed with us. We kept in touch for years afterward, losing contact after we started e-mailing instead of sending letters and both of us went through a few e-mail address changes. While we haven’t been in touch for a few years now, she has never been far from my mind, even more so throughout the past month. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Japan.