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February 2007: InBrief

Hightlights:

February 9: Got the stomach flu while subbing.  Managed to make it home before throwing up.

February 11: Posted my goal to finish 3rd draft by end of March.

February 12:  All healthy and able to sub again.

February 13-19: Lots of snow, sleet, and ice Tuesday, so kids were let out of school early and didn’t go back until the next Tuesday. Read several good books while the kids had their Internet Gaming Café.

February 20 - March 5: Pretended I could actually finish my 3rd draft by the end of March.

March 14:  Finally realized if I’m going to parent, read, sub, and have a life, the end of June is a more realistic finish date for my 3rd draft.

 

Books Finished:

****    A Drowned Maiden’s Hair: A Melodrama, by Laura Amy Schlitz

****    Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, by Kirsten Miller

**** ½ Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

****    Story of a Girl, by Sara Zarr

 

Movies Seen:

***       Idiocracy

****    Tsotsi

Music I Listened To:

**** Suites For Solo Cello, by Johann Sebastian Bach

***   Same old pop/rock stuff

 

Sub Jobs:

½ day job- 2nd grade class:Ms. M

1 day job- 2nd grade class: Ms. M

2 day job- 2nd grade class: Ms. D

 

TV Watched:

**        Battlestar Galactica: How did this show go from blowing my mind to boring me silly?  So far the March episodes are a bit better.

****    Friday Night Lights: Currently one of my favorite shows.

***      Gilmore Girls: Best possible way they could have made up for their plot mistake with Lorelai and Chris.

****    Heroes: My other favorite show now.

***      The O.C.: Satisfying series finale, especially the Team Julie stuff.

****    Supernatural:  Still fun and tense.

***      Veronica Mars: This show doesn’t have the emotional punch it once did but I still enjoy it.

Comments

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ex_zombiequ
Mar. 14th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
I just finished A Drowned Maiden's Hair last night. I thought it was one of the best books I've read in a long time. Here's hoping I can write a book that good.

Thank you for pointing me at this one!
rowena_eureka
Mar. 14th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it. I thought about you the whole time I read this. It just screams ZQ! The daughterling liked it too--although I think she liked Kiki Strike even more.

I'm glad you're nearing the end of Spirit Squad. I can't wait to see how it's turned out.
ex_zombiequ
Mar. 14th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
I like Kiki Strike, too, but I find Ananka off-putting for some reason. I also read Fairest and enjoyed it, though not as much as Ella Enchanted.

Reading A Drowned Maiden's Hair, I kept thinking, "I love this so much. Oh, Author. Please, please don't screw up." And she didn't! Awesome book, beginning to end.

I'm glad you're nearing the end of Spirit Squad.

Me too! :)
rowena_eureka
Mar. 14th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
I really liked Ananka, but I can see how someone else might find her off-putting. She is, maybe that's what I liked about her.

Glad to hear you liked Fairest. It's been a long time since I read Ella Enchanted so it's hard for me to rank the two of them. Ever read The Two Princesses of Barmarre? Same author, good read.

Another good read: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Drowned Maiden won the Cybils Award for Middle Grade Fiction and Nick and Norah won for YA Fiction. I pretty much felt like I was watching a good teen movie while I read it.

Question: How do I write a word in italics in the comment section?
ex_zombiequ
Mar. 14th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
D'oh! Repost! Of course, I have to go and write the coding wrong when I post the answer to your question. *head-slap*

Like this: [i]word[/i], but replace the brackets with carats. ("<" and ">") Also, [b]bold[/b], [u]underline[/u] and [s]strikeout[/s] are formatted the same way. Here's the FAQ entry, with a bunch of useful codes. (Hard-coding also works in your LJ entries.)

rowena_eureka
Mar. 14th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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