Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Red pens, TV faves, neglected books

Writing is important, editing is critical. Join up with NaNoEdMo (national novel editing month).

Log 50 hours of editing this month, and you WIN!
Read Alicia's post on it here.

Join in Erinn's Gone but not Forgotten blogfest this Friday. Blog about five TV shows you wish were still on air.

Carrie urges you to read a book you've always meant to read but neglected. It's what March is all about, y'all!

I have been promising myself to read Tess of the D'urbevilles for years. I "read" it in high school, but not in the real sense. I guess I physically trained my eyes across the pages, but I don't remember the experience at all.

Carrie is picking Jules Verne (great choice!), and with steam punk in mind, my fall back is HG Wells' Time Machine.

Can I crack these in March?  I'll let you know...

What have you always meant to read?


  1. Tess of the d'Urbervilles is one of my favorites. I also loved Return of the Native.

  2. "Tess" is a great book ... made me do a lot of thinking, and it's one of those books that you look at differently depending on what's going on in your own life.

    I'm contemplating giving James Joyce another try ... he's literally the only writer I've ever experienced that I hated.

  3. Nanoedomo, what a fantastic idea. Of course, I already block in that many hours or more a month, now that I'm polishing my novel for submission. I don't know if I'll have time to officially be part of it (as that would take away time from actually editing, lol), but perhaps...

    <3 Gina Blechman

  4. I love the neglected book idea. I have a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird sitting on my nightstand I've been meaning to get to forever because I've never read it. Really, it seems a damn shame my high school didn't require me to read it. So my March goal is now to move it off the nightstand by month's end. :)

  5. I did nanoedmo last year and it was SUPER helpful. I totally recommend it. Maybe I'll do it again? hmm.

  6. I'd heard about NaNoEdMo on someone else's blog and I'm tempted to do it officially since the MG novel that I finished in Dec needs a lot of work. Even if I don't sign up, that's what I'll be working on!

    Note to Meredith: Hope you do read To Kill a Mockingbird. It's wonderful, so deep and honest. One of my favorite books of all time.

    I should try to read Madame Bovary. But I probably won't!

  7. Okay, that makes two I haven't read Alicia.

    KLo- I've never read James Joyce either. Oh, I am feeling like that books I should read list is growing fast.

    Right Gina- maybe every month is NaNoEdMo?

    Meredith, you really should. It is definitely one of the best books I've ever read. I also ADORE the movie-- Gregory Peck-SWOON-,those kids are amazing, and there's a cool cameo with Robert Duval.

    Erinn-- do it!

    Joanne- I haven't read madame bovary either... ahh, the list is long. Some classics are more intimidating than others. I got back into Dickens a few years ago, and found him MUCH easier to read than I remembered... but still I pause at some of those loftier titles. I should just get over it.

  8. Stopping in to say hi to a fellow Crusader :)

  9. I started reading 'Tess' and then stopped about a third of the way through. It wasn't bad but I wasn't hooked either. I own all of Hardy's books and enjoyed his short stories so I'll eventually give it another go. Since uni I haven't worried so much about the books I always meant to read (meaning the books it looks good to say you've read i.e. classics), I'd rather read something I'm so excited about I didn't wait years to get to it.

    Reading back, this doesn't sound like a very supportive comment. So I'll add yay for trying new things and Hardy is a good writer it was just that particular tale didn't bludgeon me with awe. I hope you like it (and if you do, convince me to read it too!).
    - Sophia.

  10. @ Tara- Hi!

    @Sophia- I know, and you're right. I didn't take it as non supportive. :0)
    I think that's true of a lot of "classics". But I know I've read some later in life and loved them, so maybe I'm hoping that will be the case. I'll keep you posted!

  11. Thanks, I've just signed up for NaNoEdMo!

    I've always meant to read Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Confession time: I wrote a 5,000 word essay on the book when I was doing my first degree, and got first class honours... and haven't read it. Perhaps it's time to level out my karmic balance.


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