This morning, I was up at 6:25 a.m. so that I could almost drop my mother off at the train station. I say “almost” because, as we were backing down the driveway, my mother noticed her neighbor across the street getting into her car. As it turned out, she was also headed to the train station so, in the end, I didn’t have to bother – although, in truth, dropping mom off at the station ranks nowhere near as bothersome as having to wake up at 6:25 a.m.
Still, I made the most of the early start, tackling that script, revising the tease and then hammering out the first and second acts, hitting the top of page 32, well over the halfway mark. In addition, I got in a 45 minute work-out, 4 dog walks, a Japanese lesson, and even managed to squeeze in one 30 minute nap. I’m on fire! And I owe it all to an absence of internet.
Well, technically, almost an absence of internet because, while mom doesn’t have internet, my sister does and I am over her house twice a day to feed the cat…and update this blog.
Although I’m missing the gang back in Toronto, I am hanging with a new pack while in Montreal…
Felix – the love of mom’s life. The spoiled one.
Caramel – the male dog with the female dog’s name. The cranky one.
Ralph – high-strung. The jumpy one.
Fernando – blind in both eyes. The gentle one.
Kona – my new best friend. The crazy one.
I fee like I’m putting a gang together for a heist. It’s like Ocean’s Eleven, but good and with dogs.
Oh yeah, finished another book yesterday which puts me at 129 for the year to date – but, in all fairness, about a third of those were graphic novels so, if you’re a purist, it’s a mere 85 or so titles. I quite liked A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window, a contemporary riff on Rear Window. Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible was an emotionally exhausting but incredibly rewarding read about a missionary family’s experience in late 1950’s Congo. Both Sue Burke’s Semiosis and Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time approach a similar premise from different angles – human colonists’ otherworldly encounters with alien life forms – but they both deliver a brilliant hard SF exploration of extraterrestrial biological and sociological evolution. All highly recommended.