NaNoWriMo Day 2

The Words: 2761 words total for the day.

Today I did 3 10-minute sprints with my 11-year-old daughter and then later one 15-minute sprint alone to get to my goal of 2500 for the day. I haven’t even made use of the @NaNoWordSprints feed on Twitter this year yet, which is unusual for me. Though to be fair, they were on break both of the times I checked today.

The Story: So far I’m mostly setting one character up as irrational, almost bi-polar, and I’m not sure I want her to be that way. I may have to tone it down in the future. But this is all from the perspective of one man, her boyfriend, who knows she’s upset about something, but isn’t sure how to help (or not help) in the way she’d most prefer. So maybe it’s actually pretty accurate.

Total word count: 5354

If you want to join me in my journey through the second year of NaNoToons (with a storyline), check out the NaNoToon from November 2, 2011!

Book Review: Skylark

Sarah, Plain and Tall

by Patricia MacLachlan

My rating: 5 / 5
Genre: Children’s historical classic

While Sarah settles into her new home, the looming drought makes her miss her home in Maine more and more. The children, especially little Caleb, worry that this means Sarah won’t be happy with them. The drought eventually poses enough danger, not just due to lack of water, but also due to fire outbreaks and thirsty coyotes, that Jacob sends his new wife and 2 children to Sarah’s family in Maine while he stays to try to take care of the land.

After how much we both enjoyed the first book and subsequent movie-watching, my daughter and I both listened to the audiobook for the 2nd installment in the series, since it was narrated by Glenn Close, who played Sarah in the movies. I liked the second book as much as the first—it’s sweet and emotional, and I’m surprised how attached I can get to characters in such a short story. The author’s style of short, simple sentences makes the reading even quicker, but I never felt like it was lacking.

Caleb remains an incredibly curious and insightful little kid, as shown through the POV of his big sister. And I loved the juxtaposition of the Midwest and New England area, seen a little through Sarah’s explanations in the first book, but shown more fully in this one. My daughter (age 11) and I really enjoyed listening to this book and look forward to watching the movie.

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