I’m on track to write 50,000 words for the second month in a row (and I’m not counting blog posts!). And I’m off track and behind on just about every other aspect of life. It’s going to take some adjustment to manage my writing tasks among other chores and excursions of life.
Here are some announcements that are as much about reminding me to do something as they are about reminding anyone who is reading this.
BAND. The second topic of discussion for the Bloggers’ Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees is up at Amy Reads: BAND August 2011 Discussion – How Did You Get Into NonFiction? An excellent topic. I’ll be posting something when I’ve thought about it a bit and I hope you will, too.
The next two are annual events in the book blogging world, but since I’ve only been book blogging since January, they are all new to me. So, I need to figure out what’s going on with these two things.
BBAW. Book Blogger Appreciation Week is September 12 through 16. But there’s an important deadline coming up much sooner. Nominations for awards are due by August 13. The details of how to nominate your favorite blogs are on this page: The 2011 Awards Process. According to that page, the awards process is substantially different from previous years, so I’m not the only one having to work out how to participate. I’ll set aside some time this week to make my nominations.
The second annual event that is all new to me is the Indie Lit Awards, awards for books published in 2011 and nominated by readers, including book bloggers, and selected from the nominees on by panels of book bloggers “who are proficient in the genre they represent.” The nominations are open from September 1 through the end of the year. So, we have a bit of time to think about this one.
I’m also behind on the Continuing Professional Development program that I’ve been participating in, 23 Things for Professional Development (affectionately known as cpd23). Fortunately, this is a reflection week, so I’ll have a bit of time to catch up. I managed to complete two Things last week:
- cpd23 Thing 6 — Online Networks
- cpd23 Thing 7 – Face-to-face networks and professional organisations
It’s Monday! What Are Your Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Be sure to check out her post today to see her selections and the list of links to all the other participating bloggers.
Our Diversity Book Club had a great discussion after reading The Grace of Silence: Book Review: The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris.
Ash by Malinda Lo was not a huge success for our YA for Grownups book club at Pudd’nhead Books. Apparently, it’s been embraced by the LGBTQ community and it should be — we all thought the best part of the book was the love story.
Our book club leader at Pudd’nhead Books encouraged us to come by this week for this event, Randy Russell: DEAD RULES. I liked her description of the book and remembered reading about the book on Presenting Lenore, Book Review: Dead Rules by Randy Russell. The concept of Dead School makes me giggle. So, I bought and quickly read that book. I’ll write about it and the event later this week.
I finished Watching the English by Kate Fox! Loved it. I’ll write more about it this week or next. It prompted me to think a lot about my American-ness, so I’ll probably be writing about that. This book has been in my Monday reading posts since June 27. I loved spending a month with the English.
I started and finished Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb. I got a kick out of the Clue game element in this one. Treachery in Death came out in paperback just in time for me to get it cheap in Borders this week, it’s sitting on a tower TBR pile.
I’m currently enjoying The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees (Thanks Margot of Joyfully Retired for the giveaway–We Have Winners).
I’m not sure what’s next. It would be fun to read the next J.D. Robb while it’s still fresh in my mind. Or maybe I should work on a book club selection for later in the month. Or maybe there’s a review book lurking in my TBR that should be read before its publication date. Or something from these stacks of library books before they are due. So many books, so little time.