I said last week that I’d do a Book of the Month sometime around the weekend. Well, I decided to combine it with this week’s What’s Up Wednesday. I hope that’s okay with everyone. Thanks! For those who have stumbled onto my blog and are wondering what’s going on, What’s Up Wednesday is a blog meme created by writer-sisters Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help readers and writers keep up with one another. Each week, we respond to four questions and read one another’s answers. That way, we stay in touch, get good book recommendations, and maybe get to know each other a little better. What’s up with me? Let me tell you…
What I’m Reading/Book of the Month for August, 2013
I finished reading THE AGE OF MIRACLES by Karen Thompson Walker, and ended up voting it the best book I read in August. As I mentioned last week, the premise of the book is “what if the Earth’s rotation started slowing down”? The novel explores the effects of this, particularly upon the world of eleven-year-old Julia. Some of the effects are obvious (changes in gravity, longer days, longer nights, etc.), and some perhaps not-so-obvious (climate change due to longer periods of dark/sunlight, birds unable to fly, crop growth hampered by lack of sunlight for extended periods, scheduling nightmares as the number of hours in a day increases, etc.). Indeed, one of the most appealing aspects of the novel is the fact that it takes an abstract, speculative idea, and makes it concrete and tangible. And Karen’s prose is very good, and sucks you right into this world which is familiar, and yet growing more unfamiliar chapter by chapter. The main downside to the book for me was the way Karen handled religion, and her depiction of religious people. I think she could have been a little more even-handed, or not mentioned them at all. I’ve reviewed the book more fully on Goodreads if you’re interested.
I’ve started reading THE LOST WORLD OF GENESIS ONE: ANCIENT COSMOLOGY AND THE ORIGINS DEBATE by John H. Walton. I was intrigued by this having read Dr. Walton’s ANCIENT NEAR-EASTERN THOUGHT AND THE OLD TESTAMENT. Walton is a Christian, and I like his approach to the Old Testament, which both respects the culture in which the texts were written and the Christian conviction that these texts are inspired. I have an inkling of where he’s going to go with regard to Genesis 1, so I’m interested to see what position he takes on this age-old debate, and his reasoning behind it.
What I’m Writing
Revisions to the WIP/first draft. Still making slow progress. Imagine taking a Shakespeare play and going line-by-line, rewriting the text in modern language, or in an odd dialect. That’s a rough analogy to my revision of this WIP, and why it’s taking a long time to do. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before I’m sending to betas. I love this book, but I’m ready to work on something new.
What Inspires Me Right Now
Nothing specifically. Seeing a page of revisions complete (but not looking at how many pages are still left!), or hearing about 64-year-old Diana Nyad swimming from Cuba to Florida… or even reading a story and having ideas for other stories. So nothing specifically, and everything!
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Nothing strange or startling, as my Mum says. I know it seems boring for me to say “work, church, family” every week, but trust me–none of it is boring. I’m just sure you don’t want to hear all the details. Our homeschool started back this week, as my wife once again faces the challenge of teaching our kids who range from 4th to 12th grade. And my Mum has booked her tickets for a visit in November, which means I won’t be doing NaNoWriMo this year, and I’m perfectly fine with that. Having Mum over for a visit is far more important.
So, what have you been up to this week? See Jaime’s blog to find out how you can join the blog hop, and for a list of participating blogs to visit.