I ended up pulling past my original goal of 18,500! I'm really impressed with how well and how easy it's been for me to write my quota. King was right. When you set yourself a consistent time, it really helps you prepare yourself. I love writing in these late, silent hours and I feel as if I'm finally getting to know Guy and Travis. I've got lots of ideas for changes, but for now I'm noting them and plotting forward. Logan's a total bastard now, but he feels more real than my first try at him. I think he'll develop over the course of it too. I'm really letting him have his way. I think before I was caging him up too much, now I'm letting him loose on Guy and Travis and it feels really natural to do so.
Books of the Week!
Protector of the Small, Book One: First Test - by Tamora Pierce
So I kept hearing her name bounced around in the Juvenile Fiction section of things, and I finally picked up one of her books. This one's rather new, but it was the first one I found on the shelf and I liked the idea of a girl training to be a knight. This first book is Keladry of Mindelan trying desperately to outlast the torments and hardships of being a "probationary" page. She has to prove she can run with the boys, some who support her and others who do everything they can to make her want to go running home. Kel is such a great female lead because she's strong of will and mind instead of just with her fists as you would think a girl training to be a knight might be. It doesn't gloss over knighthood and make it look pretty, it shows the gritty, dangerous, day to day life and the endless training and sacrafice one must make. I highly recommend it.
Murder on the Orient Express - by Agatha Christie
Yes, it's good old Aggie at it again! The Grand Mistress of murder, mystery and mayhem as my professor once put it. This is a popular case staring one of her detectives, the amiable Belgian, M. Hercule Poirot. I love his subtle humor and that little twinkle he gets in his eye when you know he's already got things all figured out. Even if I can't solve it as easily as he can, I love hanging on for the ride and again she proves why she's still at the top. Her puzzles are deeply layered in human relationships and you believe when the solution is placed in front of you, wondering how you could miss it. I can't tell much about this one, but I will say you'll be turning pages and making tons of notes trying to keep track of pipe cleaners, handkerchiefs and a certain, elusive, scarlet kimono covered in dragons. If you haven't read any of her mysteries, this is a good one to start with.
Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys - by Candace Savage
So I promised Lambent I would educate myself on the habits of natural crows, and I was quite surprised at the sheer volume of books I found on Crows and the rest of their relatives in the Corvus genus at the library. This one is a short book covering all the basics from mythology to mating habits, intelligence (did you know they use tools?) to inter-species relationships (one type of crow has been known to work with a wolf pack to hunt for food). It also included amusing anecdotes from fellow crow lovers and offered more indepth titles of books covering specific scientific studies on crows. A great read for anyone who wants to learn about these curious and often misunderstood neighbors who so frequently share our skies.