One month down


This is my view today, almost one month into 2013. The flowers were my reward for reaching my latest writing goal, and behind them you can see a few pages from a draft that I’ve been revising. Today, everything feels slow–the words come slowly, it takes extra-long for the teapot to whistle, I plod from office to kitchen and back–and I can’t help but daydream about spring.

In the meantime, I’ve been spending a lot of time with other people’s books, too. The American Library Association announced its 2013 youth media awards Monday, including the Newbery Medal and Printz Award. You can find the full list here. I’ve been adding a bunch of the honorees to my reading list. I finished Printz Award-winner In Darkness yesterday (it was so good, and something I never would have picked up otherwise), and Splendors and Glooms is up next. What’s on your reading list lately?

Categorised as: books, daily life, recent reads, writing


  1. I think your reward system is quite interesting! I may have to develop one for myself, since I have the same issue – working alone at home in the studio. The cats aren’t very forthcoming with their support….

    I noticed on the Goodreads list you had started “Splendors and Glooms”. It isn’t something I would normally pick up, but it looked like I might enjoy it. I’m interested to hear your take on it. I’m about 3/4 of the way through “Age of Innocence”, which I am enjoying immensely.

    • Kate Carpenter Kate Carpenter says:

      I find that little rewards along the way really help keep me going, and help me to celebrate small victories (since the big ones take a looong time).
      I finished “Splendors and Glooms” this morning. I enjoyed it, though I felt like there were parts that dragged a little, at least for me. I loved the imagery in it, though, and it was a fun read overall. I haven’t read “Age of Innocence,” but I loved “House of Mirth.” I’m glad you’re enjoying it — it’s on my to-read list, too!

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