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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Reading

My granddaughters are spending their summer vacation with us. That means pool, beach, lunch, pool, beach, dinner, games, TV, and finally sleep. By then I am more tired than they are and probably collapse before them.

Yesterday it rained all day. We drove to the mall and got two Lego games. My girls are incredibly talented at building things and I just sat there and admired. Or cooked while issuing encouragement and applauding the little marvels. By 5pm the sun decided to appear. It didn't take them five minutes to be dressed in bathing suit and ready their bag of towels. We stayed till seven at the pool.

Today is a B-day, means beach day. Of course I can't write and don't even try to edit. But I read a lot while they are busy on their own.

I read Sold on You by Sophia Knightly; Journey of the Heart by Stephanie Burkhart;A Matter of Taste by Carol Devaney; Letting Go by Roxy Boroughs; Golden Lies by Barbara Freethy; Kissing Adrien By Siri Mitchell.Soul and Shadow by Susan McLeod;

And now I am reading Kat and the US Marshal by Celia Yeary. Next on my list The Bachelor's Baby Promise, My Cheeky Angel by Mimi Barbour and A Cowboy's Kiss in Wyoming by E. Ayers.

"A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing." - Eugene Ionesco I would add: "Or reading".



And here is my tentative book cover for NEIGHBORS or MORE... the first novel of High Rises series. I am still using watermarked pictures as I'm still playing with the cover.

18 comments:

Barbara Monajem said...

I agree with the quote and your addition to it, Mona. :)

Reading is a break from writing and writing is a break from real life, except when I can't figure out what comes next in a story -- then writing becomes real life and very frustrating! (Can you tell I'm going through this right now?)

Roxy Boroughs said...

Thanks for the mention, Mona!

Celia Yeary said...

I envy you in a way, Mona. Those lovely grandchildren. When mine were young I played with them all day..talk about Legos masters! They have plastic laundry baskets filled with all kinds, shapes, and sizes of Lego. The last thing I saw one build was a catapult, which would shoot a marble or a pea across the room (we switched marbles to frozen peas.)
You're on a reading high--good for you! I hope you enjoy all of them.

Mona Risk said...

Back from the beach. It's raining of course, so off we go shoping. Did I say I get tired at the end of the day. My husband insists it's because I am out of shape."Leave the computer and go to the gym." "Tomorrow."

Beth Trissel said...

Wow, you are a reading gal. I used to be that way.

Maggie Toussaint said...

It's all to the good. Reading leads to writing, doesn't it? I enjoy looking through books and figuring out what kind of mood I'm in.

And how nice to have your grandchildren underfoot. Mine are so far away and I miss them!

Enjoyed the post.

Mary Ricksen said...

Sounds like the beginning of a good summer Mona!!!

Mona Risk said...

Beth, I have your Bearwalker's Daughter on my Kindle and next on my list.

Mona Risk said...

Roxy, I just dowloaded A Stranger's Touch. When I'm reading I don't feel I'm idle, although the girls keep me very busy.

Mona Risk said...

Yes Maggie reading leads to BETTER writing. I learn something from every book I read.

Mona Risk said...

Barbara, I love your Regency novels. They remind me of Stephanie Laurens'.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Celia, the girls helped me bake. It took three times longer!.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Mary, it's only for three weeks and then the apartment will look so empty. My DH made two big cups of coffee but the girls are so cute singing, I don't have the heart to tell them my head is about to burst.

StephB said...

Mona, you're a busy little reader! Thanks so much for reading my novel. Enjoy those girl. My Joe, who is 5, is hooked on Legos, too.

Looking forward to your next novel.
Smiles
Steph

Mary Marvella said...

Mona, I love the way you are enjoying your grandkids! You teach them by example and you prime your own writing pump! And they teach you in so many little ways!

Mona Risk said...

Hi Steph, I admire how you manage all your endeavors. Enough to keep three persons busy.

Mona Risk said...

Mary, these little girls are adorable. Hearing their laugh is a continuous joy.

Mary Marvella said...

Love the cover! You do wonderful ones.