It's time for What's Up Wednesday!
WHAT I'M READING
I've been listening to the Read-Aloud Revival podcast for some time now and have been inspired to start a 100 day read-aloud streak with my children. We read regularly already but I usually slack off on the weekends or on busy days so this challenge should help us be more consent, I hope! For the reading streak I need to read at least 15 minutes every day for 100 days. I'm doing a mixture of picture books and chapter books. Right now the we are reading one of my childhood favorites, 101 Dalmatians. If you've never read the original, non-disney version, I highly recommend it. It still makes me laugh!
For myself, I've been reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and Paragon, a novella by Autumn Kalquist. I also did something I've never done before. I pre-ordered a three episode serial and am reading the episodes as they come out. I had to. You see, I recently finished watching the last episode of Fringe and this serial promised to be Fringe meets Castle. So yup. I had to buy and read them. The serial is Gingerbread Man by Lee Strauss and the first episode (Run Run Run) was free yesterday... it might still be. Episode two came out today. Yay!!!
WHAT I'M WRITING (+ WRITING GOAL)
I took a break from revisions and started writing something just for the fun of it. I'm really not sure what it is. Its MG sci/fi for sure and I'm writing it for my son but I don't know if its going to be long or short, novel or serial. Whatever it it, its fun to write and has helped me get back into a rhythm after the holidays.
My goal is to write five hours this week.
WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Making time goals is working for me right now. I love how I feel free to sit and write what I want or to split my time between revisions and drafting. Eventually I might need a set goal or deadline but for now this is helping me get back into a steady writing pattern.
WHAT ELSE IS NEW
I got a bike trailer for my birthday last month so I've been loading up my three year old and going for bike rides with my older children. It's a double trailer so I even have room for one of his buddies to ride along. There is nothing better than getting exercise to a chorus of giggles and a commentary that can only come from the mind of a three year old.