Tuesday, November 12, 2013
It's been over a week since my last blog post, but I can't say it's because I've been excessively busy. I'm not sure what's going on - I guess I'm in a bit of a slump, missing the warm weather and the garden, and giving in to the need to be lazy. Maybe I'm just feeling my age (say it isn't so!) or I'm frozen like a deer in headlights with the approaching holidays speeding towards me. Whatever it is, I'm hoping it will soon pass and I'll be back to my creative, energetic self.
When I get like this, I'm not drawn to TV or other electronic entertainment - I read. And just like an alcoholic cannot stop until he's drunk, I can't stop until the book is finished or I can't keep my eyes open - whichever comes first! During the months of August, September, and October, I read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (there are 7 books so far, the first of which is being made into a series on Starz which will air this winter! The 8th book comes out next March). When I finished those, I picked up a few odds & ends, including Dan Brown's latest, Inferno, which takes place in Florence. It's another fast-paced scavenger-hunt type of book, with the main character, Robert Langdon, going from one famous locale to another. Reliving our visit to Florence made the book that much more enjoyable for me, as I was familiar with many of the places he goes for clues. We even have a photo of Dante's death mask, which contains one of the big clues in the book. Of course, I finished that very quickly and now I'm waiting for Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, which was recommended to me by several people.
I do sometimes manage to get down to my studio and putter around, but I'm hesitant to dive into anything big just yet, although I've collected materials for some projects and they are just waiting for me... I did manage to make myself a cute new pair of earrings yesterday, which didn't take long, but maybe will be the inspiration I need to get moving of some larger projects.