Lexicon: A Wordy Thriller (SOL Day 10)

Lexicon: A Wordy Thriller (SOL Day 10)

Lexicon by Max Barry (image from maxbarry.com) is one of the best adult books I’ve read in a long time. It’s smart, clever, and exciting. When I first started reading this for my book club, I was a little turned off because Barry really throws you right into the story, and it’s a little jarring, especially since the reader has no idea what is going on.

The first 70 pages or so were interesting enough, but after that, I couldn’t put the book down. On Monday (the day I should have written this post), I stayed up until almost midnight so I could finish reading. I couldn’t stop. It felt wonderful to feel this way about a book again – it seems like it’s been awhile since I’ve experienced this – and I just had to know what happened.

The general premise of the story, without giving too much away, is that there is an exclusive school which trains its students in a nontraditional way and focuses on the art (or more likely a science in this context) of persuasion. They learn to have a way with words, which sometimes has almost a magical effect.

There is more at stake here than just their simple study of words – a mysterious event has taken place in Broken Hill, Australia, which left no survivors, except one. Wil Parke is the key to connecting the tragic accident in Australia to the prestigious society of “Poets” (what the persuaders call themselves), only he can’t remember anything.

Thrilling, intriguing, and fast paced. Definitely recommended.

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Pizza Sunday (SOL Day 9)

Normally, my boyfriend and I get pizza every Friday night. It’s tradition. But this past Friday, Scott was out of town, so we didn’t have our weekly pizza night. So when he came home today, we decided to have our pizza night on Sunday instead. Not something incredibly exciting to write about, but it’s one of the small things I remember enjoying from Sunday!

Saturday Relaxation (SOL Day 8)

I’m playing catchup again…this writing thing is not yet a habit. For my next few posts, I’ll probably just write a few short posts about different things I did on the missed days!

On Saturday, my cousin’s family was in town for her daughter’s gymnastics meet. It was so fun to get to see my 8-year-old cousin perform something she had worked so hard on! She is dedicated and focused, but still has so much fun doing it.

Saturday was a nice, relaxing day. I finally got to spend a HomeGoods gift card that’s been burning a hole in my wallet since Christmas (I just kept forgetting I had it!). The weather was beautiful and it was great to just get out and not worry about much. I need to remember to spend more Saturdays like this!

Running into Spring

I love and hate running. I love when I start and finish running – it’s the actual running part that is hard.

With today being the first day reaching over 50 degrees in a while, I had to get outside and do something. When I left school today, I had mild intentions of going to the gym, and then I felt how nice it was outside and knew that I needed to head outdoors for my workout today.

I don’t usually run long distances – usually only about a mile or so – but today I pushed myself because I just didn’t want to go back inside. I ended up running 3 miles and walking another, and I was out there for nearly an hour. It felt fantastic. Sure, I’m sore now and I might not end up running tomorrow, but I am happy with what I did today.

This little taste of Spring has lifted my cold and dreary spirits, and I can’t wait until the weather stays this way.

Let It Go (SOL Day 6)

After seeing Frozen yesterday (I know, I’m super late to the party), and loving it, I can’t get the music out of my head. It was a great story – I like the direction Disney is taking some its female characters – and it had the perfect combination of heartwarming situations, drama, and comedy.

When I first saw promos for the movie, I thought Olaf was such an odd addition to the rest of the characters (Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and even Sven), but that weird little snowman made me fall in love with him. He was so quirky and adorable that he ended up being one of my favorite parts of the movie.

Frozen is just a strong story about finding yourself through love (and not the romantic kind) against great turmoil, and realizing that something that seemed like a burden can actually become one of your most powerful attributes. (There’s a reason this song is so popular. And I can’t get it out of my head.)

For the first time in forever, I think I’m going to buy a Disney movie right when it comes out on DVD.

Catching Up (SOL Day 5)

I still haven’t quite gotten in the habit of writing, but I am determined to make up any days that I miss. Sometimes I feel like I am always working to catch up on things.

The first year of teaching (and I’m sure other years as well, but I haven’t experienced that yet) often feels like I am cycling between drowning and treading water. There is no floating going on here. I felt like I was finally getting a steady tread going this week (I had some time to catch up on grading and planning), and then today a couple of my classes seemed out of control, which made me feel like I had gone underwater again.

As Robert Burns said, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men/Gang aft agley,” or, things don’t always go as you would hope, even though they appear to be so well planned. When I feel like I’ve gotten a handle on my lessons plans and my students should be good to go, the universe usually decides that I need a little more of a challenge. I know I can handle it, but I’m hoping that after this year things will feel just a wee bit easier. Experience should do that, right?

Teaching is so much more than helping students learn content area material. It’s learning to work with adults and children (or young teenagers, in my case) who continue to surprise you on a daily basis. This can feel incredibly overwhelming, but more often, it really is wonderful. But those two feelings aren’t even mutually exclusive.

Forgetfulness (SOL Day 4)

Sometimes things slip my mind. For example, when I have meetings after school and meetings to worry about the next morning, I can forget about little things. Little things like writing. So today I will write two posts, in order to make up for the one I missed yesterday.

It is often hard to keep track of everything, and even though I try to keep up with school and personal commitments, there are occasions when this or that falls by the wayside. Whenever I fall behind during National Novel Writing Month, I try to make it up by upping my word count on the next day. This doesn’t always work because I tend to get too far behind. With this project though, I would like to keep it up, even if I fall behind a day or two. I can double up on posts, like today (and hopefully I’ll remember to write again later).

Most of my posts so far have been reflections on writing, and with this post, I’m hoping that it will remind me to continue writing each and every day this month, and maybe even beyond. If I practice being reflective, hopefully it will become a daily habit!