Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday Maunder: September 16, 2013


I am still reading . . . The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, The Shining by Stephen King, The Ultimate Top Secret Guide To Taking Over The World by Kenn Nesbitt, and Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows.  I did finish The Help by Kathryn Stockett earlier today on audio and am in the process of downloading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater for my next listen.  I anticipate a lot of changes to occur this week on the reading front because I am so close to finishing at least three of the above titles!

How was your reading this week?


The Shining Readalong is in full force, with the second to last check-in posted this morning!  And, the official read-along announcement for Doctor Sleep will be posted at some point in time tomorrow!  Be watching for it!

What are your thoughts on read-alongs?  Do you enjoy participating in them?  Would you like to see more here?


Writing was few and far between this last week.  I started out so well, but it simply did not stick.  I think it is because I am having a hard time keeping a schedule.  Writing at home these days does not yield a whole lot.  I have gone to the library one day and that was probably my most productive day yet.  I really need to work on getting this writing schedule down.  That will be my big goal for this week.  In particular, getting out of the house at least three times to write elsewhere, whether it may be at a library or a coffee shop.  Anything at this point is better than being at home!

What scheduling tips do you have for your writing?


The family schedule is chaotic.  Most evenings are filled with extracurriculars, meetings with teachers, etc.  I have been trying to reserve my evenings for reading, but then the fall season of TV is about to kick off!  I was hoping to watch Sleepy Hollow tonight, but that didn't work out.  I will have to see if I can catch the encore episode.  Other shows I am looking forward to are Grimm, Parenthood, and the new SHIELD.  And, if all works out, I may even get to watch Season 4 of The Walking Dead in real time.  I was able to pick up the first volume of Season 3 from the library today and can't wait to dive in.  In fact, I think it is time to sign off, so I can do just that!

What TV shows are you most looking forward to this fall?


  1. I'm most excited for the final season of How I Met Your Mother! Others I'll be watching are The Big Bang Theory, Castle, and (at least the first few episodes of) Agents of SHIELD. We don't actually get TV so I only watch the few shows I care enough about to look up the episodes online the next day... other than that I watch through old series on Netflix. I was a few seasons into The West Wing when my life went crazy last month, I really need to get into that again.

    1. Charleen @ Cheap Thrills ... I started watching How I Met Your Mother when it first came on, but have dropped off because of the time and it coinciding with kid stuff. I try to catch re-runs of it because it is so funny though!!! Same with The Big Bang Theory! Maybe I should consider just getting the seasons from the library and watch them straight through?!?

    2. I would definitely watch through the series if you enjoy the show. HIMYM is so great. BBT is funny, though I'm not quite as invested in the characters as I am with the other.

    3. Charleen @ Cheap Thrills ... I will look for the series at the library then!!

  2. I'll catch up on Sleepy Hollow soon. I'm trying to balance reading and TV watching...both, I have very little time for. Writing is going seriously awesome! I schedule my writing time to blend in with my kids' schedules. For instance, M, W, F, I write during my daughter's workout. On Tues, that's supposed to be my reading day where I focus on books about writing. (I've skipped the last two because of writing though.) And Thurs, we head to the library for an hour and a half while #2 son is in class.

    As far as read-a-longs, I love them, but really don't have the time to participate. I've had to let some things go in order to get a writing rhythm going. Now that I FINALLY have it, I'm sort of Don't want to do anything to mess it up.

    1. J. Kaye Oldner ... Yeah for your writing!! I am so excited to hear this!

      I finally made it to the library yesterday and had a really productive day on the writing front. I also had some setbacks on a freelance piece, but overall, it was better than I have done in a while! I was going to head to the library today too, but I think my pup is getting sick. I'm going to monitor her and see how she is feeling before I decide to leave or not.

    2. Yeah! Not sure what it is about that library, but I get business taken care of there. :)

    3. J. Kaye Oldner ... I actually made it to the library twice this week. Both days were the most productive!

    4. That is AWESOME!! Sometime during Michelle's Sit Down & Write event, I became comfortable working four days a week. I've read the "write every day" thing from so many authors, but I can't give seven days a week to my novel all the time. Yes, I've worked about that with organizing, but when I'm writing a thousand words during my work session, four days is all I can give. I'm tired of this all or nothing mentality I adopted in my youth. And I'm tired of the guilt.

      Okay, stepping off my soapbox

    5. J. Kaye Oldner ... I need to realize that I can't do my original intent of 5 days a week as well! From here on out, I'm shooting for 3 good days devoted to writing (Monday, Wednesday, Friday ideally). The other two days I'm going to try to devote to other household tasks and responsibilities and some photo stuff. I think I'm going to chat about this more in my Maunder tomorrow. It's been interesting to figure it all out!


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