Posted by: katjorgensen | February 7, 2014

New Day, New Month

So it’s February already.  A twelfth of the year has gone by.  I’ve got a lot of things that I want to accomplish this year.

Last year I managed to read 111 books.  It was a hard year and when I was feeling low or not up to being around others, I’d read.  I was hoping for 100 books read, but I got on a roll and exceeded my goal.  This year I’m hoping for a solid 52 books.  A book a week.

Currently I’m reading The Goldfinch.  It’s long, but I’ve truly enjoyed the time I’ve spent with it.  As a writer, I’m always impressed by a good read and Ms. Tartt delivers in this compelling book.

Another goal is to write regularly.  I realized that I needed to do some replotting on the work in progress and got a spiffy new notebook and a fast pen and I’ve spent the weekend playing with my characters and asking them all sorts of questions.  I’m always amazed at what they reveal to me.  So I’m well on my way to knowing what happens in this book (it had been so long since I plotted it and I’d lost the notes, that I wasn’t sure what was going on).  I have to take a firm hand with some of the characters or they will run away with the story and make it their own.

Since knitting is my stress-reliever, I want to get a handle on the gazillion projects I have either in progress or in the planning stage.  I’ve found I do really well if I knit monogamously.  Things end up getting finished.  Like the Zinfandel shawl I posted in my last entry.

Sam continues to grow and do new things every day.  He’s such a good kitty.  His latest thing is to hunker down in the  sink and pop up at me when I walk into the bathroom.  He thinks it’s hilarious.  4 a.m. in the morning with eyes barely open – not so much on my part.  But I’m trying to be a good sport.

So Sam and I are both learning and growing with each new day and new month.

What are you up to this month?  What are your plans for this year?

I hope we’re all successful with our plans.

Kat

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Responses

  1. Hi, Kat! Happy to see your great update! I read the Goldfinch too, did it in 24 hours so Bill can have plenty of time to work through it, in time for our book club discussion. Hugs and kisses to you and your kitty!

    • Cynthia, it took me 2 weeks to read The Goldfinch! You must be a really fast reader. I think this is a great book club pick. So much to discuss. And I absolutely loved her word choices. I’d definitely read other books by her. I’m reading a Lee Smith book right now about Zelda Fitzgerald.

  2. One of my goals is to “read” more as well. I just renewed my audible membership so I can get back into that. I miss reading but it’s so nice to listen and knit at the same time since I’d never have time for both separately. I also think I want to get back in to blogging, I’ve missed writing and that was the only regular type of writing I ever did! I’ll be waiting on your next book!

  3. I hope you do get back to blogging, Hattie. I think you’d enjoy it and I know I’d enjoying reading what you write. Hope you do get time to listen to some books. They feed our creative soul. And how great that you can double up your knitting and reading time. Busy moms have to find ways to compress time.

  4. So glad to see you back again my friend. It is incredible that it’s February already. Time is moving too fast or I’m moving too slow…probably a combination of both. I read way to few books last year with moving, remodeling, and adding an addition there never seemed to be time. I like your idea of a book a month. I’m stealing it.

  5. Happy to see u back again. Miss talking with you

    • Miss you too, Cheryl. I’ll be in touch soon. : )

  6. Judythe, I’m doing a book a week : ) But if a book a month works for you, go for it. Any reading is better than none. I know you’re super busy, but I hope you can sit and relax with 12 good books this year.

  7. I’d love to get back into reading more, I go to bed too late and fall asleep before I’ve read more than a couple of pages. School holidays are when I usually catch up big time. I have heard very good things about The Goldfinch.

  8. I can understand not having much reading time with your schedule, Helen. I used to have ‘beach reading” when I worked full-time. Reading is both a luxury and a necessity to me these days. I think you’d enjoy the Goldfinch. It’s different and the author did a good job.

  9. Oh! I recently put Goldfinch on my reader. I’ve heard many good things about it. I just happened to catch a post to you in one of the knitspot groups mentioning your blog so thought I’d mosey on over 🙂 I have a blog, too…two, actually…one is a general one and one I started just for writing to prompts at Magpie Tales…I really should update them. I used to post all the time but somehow haven’t in a very very long time. I love to write…think I’ll maybe do something about getting back into my blogs 🙂

    • I hope you will get back to your blogs, Debby. I hear you on how time gets away from you and then you realize you haven’t been writing. Go for it!

  10. Ha – Sam, what a trickster LOL. Honestly, I think I would scream bloody murder LOL

    I won’t bore you with this month’s tasks. This year – I’ll make a needed change to my living situation – not sure what it is but it will be a change – let’s hope I can keep my job with the change!


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