I feel like a basket case already. I’ve had lyrics from Camp Grenada stuck in my head lately. The part that says, “And I’ve only been here one whole day.” I could paraphrase it for my situation to say and it’s only been three weeks.
It has helped a little bit being kind of busy. I continued writing some more in one of the sequels to The Shepherdess Princess to pass some of the time. I have been apartment sitting for one of my neighbors while she is away, so taking her mail in everyday has helped me keep my mind off things.
The local library has added an adult summer reading program that my brother and I joined. For each book I read, I get to fill out a raffle ticket. Every Friday, a name is drawn and that person is called to come in and pick their prize. I won the drawing this week, and got to pick from an assortment of baskets. I figured I would be drawn because I ended up reading sixteen books in one day which means I got to fill out sixteen more raffle tickets. Good ole Dr. Seuss to the rescue! One of the librarians laughed when they found out what I read, and I responded with a paraphrase of Horton the Elephant by saying, “Hey! A book is a book, no matter how small.”
I’m back to reading chapter books now. I have just finished reading The Fortune of War by Patrick O’ Brian, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou, and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings also by Maya Angelou.
One of my raffle tickets was picked on June 20th, so I got to go to the library and pick out my prize from the assorted baskets. Being a poet myself and a lover of poetry, I chose the Oregon Poetry basket. It had four books in it-one was the Oregon Book Award Winner for 2013, and the other three were Oregon Book Award finalists for 2013.
In the basket, I also got a reusable bag that says “Literary Elements” (which is the name of the summer reading program) on one side of it, and a Literary Elements emblazoned stack of post-it notes.
When I’m not reading, I’ll be happily working on my novel to speed up the two months and one week torturous wait I have in front of me. On June 24th, I got caught up in my manuscript after volunteering at the library before I used my laptop to get on the internet. My brother wasn’t there to distract me while I was working on it because he was busy using a library computer to play games on Facebook.
I do have a 4th of July fireworks display, the County Fair, and a library volunteer luncheon in July to look forward to. Along with another Northwest Authors Fair to attend in August. September could end up being here before I even realize it.