What's Up Wednesday is a nifty little blog hop, over at Jaime's blog.
What I'm Reading
I am currently reading a book which was lent to me by a work colleague (who also happens to be the wife of my primary school headmaster). It's called Wolflore by Annaliese Matheron. I don't like criticising authors as I know how difficult it is to write and publish a book, but I am really struggling with this book. The story isn't my kind of thing (vampires, werewolves, etc.) so I'm not going to comment on that, but I am having to fight through so many apostrophe catastrophes, comma dramas, full-stop mishaps, and capitalisation violations, plus other grammar errors and plot flaws. Call me old fashioned, but the rules of language are extremely important generally, but more so when it comes to the written word.
A couple of things have really niggled me ...
Page 26 -
As Mr Blackburn said this, a large trolley of onions pushed out from the wall with a second empty trolley next to it. ... All the members of pod four went over to the trolleys. In the empty one they found a bucket each, containing a knife and a small chopping board.
Page 107 -
'Well, so was the ham in this Carbonara, but your alright with eating it,' Finn said.
Page 134 -
Adam looked at his clock. It was almost eleven - a bit too late to ring, so he sent a text message.
Harry, I'm sorry. I should have told you. Ring me.
Too serious. He deleted that and started again.
Also, the book indicates that the story is set in England, yet the characters and narrator use Americanisms, such as parking lot (instead of car park) and teachers lounge (instead of staff room). It is possible that the author wants to reach out to an American market, but if something is set in England, and the characters are English, surely they should use English phrases.
I will finish reading the book as I would like to find out what happens in the end, but I can't say that I'm enjoying it. Thankfully I've only got a few more chapters to go.
What I'm Writing
My novel is always hanging around in the background, and I will get it finished eventually. But more specifically, this week I am writing my homework for my Teen Writing Group, which is to write a review of a book/film/song. I know what I'm going to write about; I just need to write it.
I'm also planning activities and homework for the Lowestoft Library Writers' Group and Lowestoft Library Teen Writers. Our intrepid leader for the Writers' Group is on holiday so I'm stepping into her chair for one session. I quite like running the group, as I get to inflict my odd sense of creativity on the members!
What Inspires Me Right Now
Work is still high up on my list of inspiration. I love walking around the library, putting books back on the shelves, and seeing the wonderful variety of literature out there. One day I will be a part of that.
The lead up to Lowestoft Library Literary Festival is also inspiring. I'm so excited to be a part of an event which celebrates authors and the array of words that float around inside their brains (and eventually make their mark on paper).
What Else I've Been Up To
I have spent the last week or so trawling through boxes upon boxes that had been living in my parent's loft for the past 30 years! My parents kept hold of EVERYTHING, from scraps of paper that I scribbled on as soon as I knew how to hold a pen, up to all of my university paperwork. We've always been hoarders, but now it's time to get rid of all the unnecessary things cluttering up our lives. It's been quite cathartic, throwing away all the things I don't need. I've still got a way to go, but I'm getting there. And I've had a lovely trip down memory lane, reading a lot of books from my childhood.
How has your week been?