Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday Maunder: January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!  

Welcome to the new Monday Maunder feature, where I chat about the latest on my reading, writing, and life!  It will have a very similar feel to the Sunday Synopsis, but the name fits my ramblings just a bit better.  I hope you enjoy the change and I look forward to chatting with you in the comments!


My first read of the year I have already completed and absolutely adored it!  It was Quatrain by Sharon Shinn and the review will be coming up via the Walrus Report hopefully later this week.  It was filled with lots of fantasy goodness, but I will not tell you the rest of my thoughts right now.  I don't want to spoil the fun!

I can't decide what to pick up next.  I still have not finished The Count of Monte Cristo that I actually picked up this time last year.  I am feeling it is time to dive back into this one and finally complete this chunkster.  Then again, I also have a number of other books that I have sitting on my shelves that I want to read, with a re-read of Wicked at the top of the list in order to read the entire series from Gregory Maguire's land of Oz.  Decisions, decisions, decisions!


It is only Day 2 of 2012, so I really do not have a lot to chat about in regards to writing this week.  In future posts, I will share with you possible word counts, links to possible freelance articles that I write and do not devote a whole post to, and my ultimate challenge in exploring the world of fiction and poetry that I create.

One thing I do want to mention that I have not yet is my piece over at Walrus Publishing called The Perfect Tree.  On Christmas Eve, I shared one of my favorite memories of the holidays.  Even though the holiday has passed, I invite you to wander on over and venture into the mountains of Montana as I reflect on finding that perfect tree in my younger years.


I have yet to share our exciting news about the latest addition to our family!  Lily Harper joined our family on Friday, December 23rd at the ripe young age of 10 weeks.  She is a Boston Terrier/Beagle mix, or what is fondly referred to as a Boggle.  Can you imagine a better little puppy for a lover of words?!?  Her name has literary significance as well.  Can you guess where my inspiration came from?

In other life news, I received wonderful book-ish gifts for Christmas!  Here are the two that I am most excited for, though I did a bit of shopping to add to my stash as well!

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

I cannot wait to dive into these two books!

My maundering must now come to a close!  How is 2012 treating you thus far?  What is on your reading agenda this week?


  1. Oh my gosh! What a serious cutie!

  2. 365andMe ... I know, isn't she?!? :)

    Tracy ... Thank you! She is definitely keeping us mesmerized with it! :)

  3. I'm doing an Oz series read this year too so if you decide to pick up Wicked, let me know and maybe I can read it along with you! (And I'm still on the library waiting list -- now 99th hold on 73 copies -- for Clockwork Prince but I'll let you know when I get it. Maybe you won't have started yet!)

    And your pup is just the cutest. I hope she is a well-behaved little girl with just a hint of magic about her!

  4. Lily Harper is adorable! Congratulations!

  5. Kristen M. ... A Wicked read-a-long would be great as well as Clockwork Prince! I'm thinking either or both will come up in a couple of weeks. I'm working on finishing The Count of Monte Cristo, so it may take a bit to finish. Maybe we can work out details via Twitter or email? And, so far, Lily is great! She has a bit of magical mischief about her, but most of the girls do in this family so she fits right in! :)

    Alexia561 ... Thank you! We think so too!


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