October is going to be a super busy month for me. I’m thisthisclose to finally finishing The Glory Girls of Stockyard County … which needs to be retitled since I’m taking out the livestock auction setting … and I’m rewriting a picture book plus gearing for NaNoWriMo, (National Novel Writing Month,) and running a marathon. But as part of my career reinvention quest, I also need to start reading more. Because, you know,
So here are the five books I plan on reading in October:
1. Hope Was Here, by Joan Bauer, the book that made me fall head over heels in love with the young adult genre. I try to re-read it once a year, but it’s been a while. Time to break out my dog-eared paperback.
2. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King, the best kick-in-the-pants you can get before taking on NaNoWriMo. I’ll only read the second half, though, which is more craft related.
3. She Sat He Stood, by Ginger Hanson, a book Jeri Smith-Ready recommended to me that focuses on “how to incorporate body language, props, and setting into scenes to give your dialogue more depth.” Sounds interesting and at .99 a great deal! I wanted to read Get Happy, by Mary Amato, but I’m craving another craft book.
As for my fourth and fifth book … that kind of depends on what I end up writing for NaNoWriMo. (Guess that’s an important decision to make soon, huh?) For now, I’m going with:
4. Hoodoo, by Ronald L. Smith, since I just met him at the Baltimore Book Festival and he seems super cool. Plus, you now, the book sounds super cool as well.
5. The One Thing, by Marci Lyn Curtis, because I chatted with her at the Just Write conference, she, too, seems really cool, there’s pink and green on the cover, (I’m a sucker for pink and green,) and the book sounds lovely.
But again, if I end up writing a new adult novel … which is based on somewhere I used to work and will be borderline scandalous … then I might switch the last two to December.
QOTD: So, what are you reading in October? And are you doing NaNoWriMo?