I have been doing a lot of writing for NaNoWriMo this month. Unfortunately, I fell so far behind when I went to the NCTE Conference that I have no hope of catching up. I think I have a good book idea, and I’m not giving up on it, but I also don’t feel so pressed now to work on it every day. I might take the day off today, unless I feel inspired to write. As a result of participating in NaNoWriMo, I haven’t had as much time to read, but I am going to try to make up for it during December.
I am currently reading Anne Fortier’s novel Juliet. So far, interesting. I know Romeo and Juliet very well, and Fortier has thrown in some cool Easter eggs (references to lines in the text) in dialogue. Fun stuff. One conclusion: I need to read more books set in Italy. No wonder Shakespeare was fascinated with the place.
Check out this gorgeous photo taken in Tuscany:
photo credit: francesco sgroi
By the way, I have been reading a great blog by Robin Bates called Better Living Through Beowulf. If you haven’t checked it out, you really should. It’s like listening to a mini-lecture on literature from your favorite English professor. Speaking of which, if you missed out on a great English professor, maybe you have some gaps in your reading? Why not try out my reading challenge?
photo credit: Andrew Stawarz
6 thoughts on “Reading Update: November 28, 2010”
Italy could very well be the place I end up at one day. I've been there twice, once on my honeymoon last year, and I am trying to do everything I can to convince my husband that it's okay to raise children overseas! 🙂 I mean, it is Italy after all! Beautiful pictures.
I have actually never been, but I really want to go, especially after reading this book.
It is amazing to me how many people have been busily writing novels this month. It think it is fantastic!
Me too! I just wish I'd been able to reach 50,000 words.
One of my students took the novel writing challenge. Here is a link to her site: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/682029/
I was very impressed with her outcome, but I knew of all of my students, she would be the one who would do this challenge. Thanks for sharing the challenge with us.
Very cool! Congrats to your student!
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