Hey there, fellow bibliophiles! It's so good to be back on the blogging circuit again. Jordan's guest post made for a fantastic start back up, and if you haven't had a chance yet, be sure to take a look at Why Modern Readers Should Care About History.
People asked me how I felt after accomplishing a milestone of finishing a book series. I didn't tell anyone until recently that I didn't like the way the first draft turned out. I didn't tell anyone else that I was scared. I've been writing scared for a while, wondering if I've lost that deepest, core touch to stories that make them most fulfilling to write. Originally I was going to start redrafting the story this month, but I decided at the end of June that July was just too soon to start up again. I needed some time to rest.
Over the last week, I've been resting. I didn't write at all. I didn't think about writing. I turned off the alarm clock and walked country fields barefoot, snuggled with puppies and listened to random music with the family. Ate wonderful food and watched favorite movies, colored and verse mapped and got my hair curled. Made cheesecake. Stayed up insanely late, did spontaneous things, and read A Cast of Stones after midnight because I could. Laughed. Cried. Let go.
It's hard for this perfectionist girl to let go.
As a result of cramming in some wonderful "just living", I feel old things awakening. An older, sweeter kind of inspiration to write that I haven't had for quite some time, due to stresses of life. New characters and ambitions--a fresh sense of rest and wonder. I want to write again. I know my characters again. The next draft of my book doesn't look so scary, and it actually sounds kind of fun.
I have new heroes. New characters that need healing. New settings to try. New adventures peeping around the corner and teasing me with their possibilities. I'm starting to scribble in margins again, holding myself back from anything serious, but capturing ideas as they come along.
I'm going to make myself do some more just living (and finishing up IEW certification) before I pick up a story. Though I wouldn't be surprised if I did a few casual words here and there. But it's a relief to know that ideas are joyfully simmering for whenever I'm ready to tackle them.
In bookish news, I did not make it to the 4th of July book sale this year. It's the first time in several years I haven't put in an appearance and added a bunch of new books to my collection. It was for excellent and happy reasons however, and instead---
instead some friends took me to a new Mennonite thrift store the week prior to the 4th and I ended up with just as many books as I normally do. Isn't God good?
Here's what I picked up:
Pat of Silver Bush
I had Mistress Pat, but not Pat of Silver Bush. I've been flipping through it this morning. It's crammed with beauty and poetry and laughter and sorrow...I'm wanting to read it as soon as I can. I love Judy and Jingle, and overarching the story is what I called in one of my own stories "the silence of the temporal that is waiting for the resolution of the eternal".
Emily of New Moon and Emily Climbs
I've read the Emily series and want to own it so I can have a good Montgomery collection. I'm trying to collect as many Montgomery books as I can, to match my mom's collection. I'll have to keep a lookout for the third Emily book.
A Rose Remembered and Escape to Freedom
Books 2 and 3 in Michael Phillips' The Secret of the Rose series. A WW2 series my mom really enjoyed. I'm looking forward to enjoying it too!
Post-Victorian Britian 1902-1951
Because I'm still looking for any WW1 resources I can lay my hands on.
I'm really excited to dig into Redwall. Even if mice in an abbey seems a little weird at first glance. Cluny the rat is a satisfactorily terrifying villain, and I hear from friends that it's great fun.
Haven't read Shakespeare, and I know Richard is a terrific villain in this story, but I'm thinking it will be fun.
The Great Gatsby
Strictly for 20s research. I need it for a story which I'll be talking about on the blog soon. But I don't know enough about the book to recommend it for casual reading.
The Cost of Discipleship
This was a squeal-i-can't-believe-it moment. I am beyond thrilled to have Bonhoeffer's excellent book about the cost of following Jesus in my collection.