1.27.2011

Various

Re-reading: Twilight. Because I can.

Reading: The Narnia Code, still. It has too many amazing ideas to easily absorb in one sitting.

Failing to read: Finding Happiness by Abbot Jamison. Which I'm supposed to have read for my book club tomorrow night. But I procrastinated too long on getting it, thinking I could just get it for Kindle for PC, and as it turns out, it's not available that way. I am clearly growing overly dependent on the digital age.

Out from the library:

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
The Book of Three (Book One of The Chronicles of Prydain) by Lloyd Alexander

Listening to: the furnace roaring and chirping in the kitchen, and Wreckless Eric's I'd Go The Whole Wide World running around in my head.

Writing: making final pre-submission revisions on my first novel, re-plotting the sequel, prepping for Silhouette (which I'm editing for the February-April season), and trying to figure out what to do with Thursdays on my blog. (Suggestions welcome.)

Here's some Chesterton for you.
[T]o a Christian existence is a story, which may end up in any way. In a thrilling novel (that purely Christian product) the hero is not eaten by cannibals; but it is essential to the existence of the thrill that he might be eaten by cannibals. The hero must (so to speak) be an eatable hero. So Christian morals have always said to the man, not that he would lose his soul, but that he must take care that he didn't.
—Orthodoxy, chapter eight
I'd paste in the whole chapter, if it wouldn't make for such a massive blog-post. Oh, I love that book. It takes a great writer to encourage my faith and justify my love of thrilling stories all in one paragraph.

7 comments:

  1. Jenna said, "I am clearly growing overly dependent on the digital age."

    Join us, Jenna. Resistance is futile; you will be assimilated. :)

    I'll just go ahead & say it, "Ugh, Twilight." ;)

    I still need to get to The Goose Girl. Have been distracted by Encyclopedia Brown.

    As for Thursdays, I'm up for anything on writing or reading. Although, granted, you might want to branch out from those topics. :)

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  2. Hahaha, George. Yeah, I'm definitely getting assimilated.

    I've thought about branching out from these topics, but that's when I get really stuck. :)

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  3. I just re-read Twilight a couple of weeks ago. I'm just starting my re-read of Eclipse now. I love those books. :-)

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  4. Enjoy Alexander. I'm a book ahead of you and it's breathtaking. I'm continually in awe of these writers. Have you made it to LeGuin's Earthsea books yet? The original Wizarding School!

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  5. S.J. Deal, I love them too. :)

    Mr. Pond, the first Prydain book is my next read. And yes, I read A Wizard of Earthsea. Notes on that coming soon.

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  6. I do urge you to make it through the entire Earthsea Quartet (or Sextet now, I guess, though I've not read the new titles). Partly because it's a wonderful imaginative encounter, partly because LeGuin is an exquisite writer. And partly because it's impossible to explain to anyone who's not read that far why I think 'Thesse Kalessin' is perhaps the third most emotional and provocative political statement in the literature...

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  7. Well, I have the quartet, Mr. Pond. I've only gotten through the first one so far, but maybe after I unbury myself from my most recent library trip, I can dive into book 2. I'll keep an eye out for that statement. :D

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