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New Beginnings #4

I know I'm late with this entry this week and I'm so sorry! I totally spaced it off yesterday! Anyway, here it is:

1. Health and Fitness

o   Get down to size 12 (currently at 16).  Same as last week.

o   Try three new recipes per month (one of which will be vegetarian). I didn’t try anything new this weekend since both my mom and I were sick and didn't feel like having anything more complicated than chicken soup.

o   Hit the gym four days per week. I only made it to the gym twice last week before getting sick. I went back last night for the first time since last Wednesday, and it went really well. My trainer was nice enough to not have me lying on the floor, which could have messed up my still-stuffy head and sinuses, but he still found some wonderful new ways to torture me, er, I mean, help me get fit!

2. Writing  

o   Write 1st draft of book 1 of Falcon's Gate Trilogy. Nothing new here. In fact I'm not sure I'm even going to write this book now, as I've got some other ideas floating around in my head now. So maybe I'll be writing something different.

o   Write 1st draft of book 2 of Falcon's Gate Trilogy during NaNoWriMo. Begins November 1st and continues through November 30th.  

o   Write some poetry. No poetry this week.

3. Photography

o   Take more artistic photos. I finally got my digital camera, ELPHie back, but haven’t really found anything interesting to photograph, yet. However, the new list for 26 Things is out, and I've got some ideas for a few of the "things" already! Feel free to join me if you're so inclined!

o   Spend more time composing photos rather than just “point and shoot”. Nothing done with this one, but I probably will do some for 26 Things.

o   Go "old school": take some pictures using film with manual 35mm camera. I need to take my roll of film down to be processed and see if anything at all came of it. I'm kind of excited to see what I've got!

4. Homefront

o   Organize stuff. This is a work in progress, for sure!

o   Reduce clutter. Nothing in this category last week, but I have some more CDs and DVDs to try to sell to Second Spin. I got my check for the last batch I sent to them - over a hundred dollars! - so I'm excited to see what else I can get rid of!

o   Work on landscaping project(s). Because this has become a much larger project than anticipated, there’s a chance we might end up hiring it done. The ENTIRE backyard has been destroyed by the storms last week and our attempts to keep the water away from the house, so a professional landscaper may be our only option.

5. Fun Stuff Haven’t done a single thing on this list yet.

o   Go to the beach more often.

o   Learn to surf (or at least body board).

o   Get new ink.

WWW Wednesdays #1

Www_wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

This weekly meme is being hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading! Join here!   


I am currently reading Inkdeathby Cornelia Funke. I've been wanting to read this for some time, but it's only out in hardback in every bookstore I've visited, so I finally just put it on hold at the library. It took a while, but I was finally able to pick it up yesterday and started it this morning.



I just finished The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle last night on the bus ride home. I've read a Sherlock Holmes story by him (Hound of the Baskervilles, I believe), and didn't realize he'd written anything else. This was really quite good and I can't believe that, as a Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan, I hadn't read this before!



Up next I'm pretty sure I will be reading Love, Aubrey, by Suzanne LaFleur because I've got it on my hold list at the library and when last I checked, it was coming my way pretty fast. It should be a quick read, though, and hopefully after that I will once again have my hands on Hunger by Michael Grant, so I can finish it!

Moon Crash Bookplates!

One of my favourite new-to-me YA authors, Susan Beth Pfeffer, had some bookplates made up for her "Moon Crash Trilogy" books and kindly offered to send out signed copies to any one who wanted them. Naturally I jumped at the chance and requested two sets. Today my bookplates arrived in the mail! I immediately put "Always Have Hope" in my copy of Life As We Knew It!

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Then I went in search of my copy  of book two, the dead and the gone, so I could put "Never Lose Faith" in it. It was only after I tore my personal library apart that I remembered, duh! I borrowed that book from the SLO County Library. So... I guess I'll need to purchase one now so I can put my new bookplate in it! And, of course, I can't wait for the the third book, This World We Live In to arrive so I affix my final bookplatte, "Trust In Tomorrow"!

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Thank you, Susan! They're awesome!