Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Looking up

So Lilah has been sleeping rather better, though she's had some (yuck) 10:00 pm bedtimes. And a friend and I are working out some alternating child care. She took Lilah for a couple of hours today, and I ran up to my writing nook and worked on the mystery novel. I've been futzing with the backstory so much in little notes to myself (I keep a Word file for the purpose, and a little notepad by my bed) that it's a page 1 rewrite. Gulp. I will be able to lift some sections from the 40,000 words I'd already written later on, but starting over is both exasperating and exciting, because it's a huge improvement.

I want to thank everyone for their comments! You guys are really sweet and encouraging :)

Knitting: Casting on for the Wool Cotton blue/white placket pullover.

Reading: I've been on a Jane Austen-related kick. I've read one very good, one not great but with some good points, and one hilariously fun. I'll post about them on On My Bookshelf soon.

Writing: Draft 3 word count...2017 (Note: We are aiming for about 60-80,000 here, so miles to go, and all that. Still, any progress is a good thing at this point.)

Cooking: I forgot to mention our Indian dinner. I made Samosas from The New Moosewood Cookbook to go with basmati rice and Hot Chana (chickpeas with hot spices, a milder version for Matt and Lilah!) from Vegetarian Cooking At Your House. I usually go all out when cooking Indian, with three or four dishes, rice, and a bread, but didn't have the time.


GBK Gwyneth said...

Yeah Lilah! More play at the playground leads to better sleep?? :)

Wow, you've written 40k words already? Awesome!

YarnThrower said...

I'm so glad you have a mom to swap child care with -- can make all the difference in an otherwise not-getting-a-thing-done week!

Amy said...

Mmmmmm, Samosas. I had some veggie samosa soup last night (at a ridiculously fabulous yet cheapo Burmese place) and it was sooooo goooooood. Oh how I love the spices! Indian, Burmese, Thai - lay it on me. It seems I'm completely out of the loop with Mollie Katzen, but since a number of your yummy recipes are coming from her direction, I must remedy this.

I'm inspired by your book-writing. I can imagine it's so tough to start again with Draft 3, but like you say, it's the path to improvement! It takes a lot of strength to do all you do every day, let alone the focus on your story - but clearly you've got it. Mucho impressive.

CANNOT WAIT for the 3 Austen-related reviews. I love me some Jane, in any form, and I'm primed for a new book on my shelf!

KnitPastis said...

Yay for you and Lilah both. Play time for her and writting time for you! Hey kiddo, that's alot of words. Good going.

Very excited to see the striped blue and white Placket Pullover. I bet you are loving that yarn.

Stefaneener said...

I remember reading a study that said that afternoon sunshine made kids sleep better.

I wish I'd been really on top of getting child care earlier. Now it's easier, but those early years were horrid.