Sunday Salon

I've been a part of Cherry Adair's Street Team for a few months and received a nice surprise in the mail yesterday. She sent everyone a beautiful coffee cup which I christened this morning with Earl Grey Tea.  I have enjoyed reading all her books and a couple years back won a stay at her guest house through Brenda Novak's Diabetes Auction.  Which is coming up again in May so be sure to mark it on your calendar.  It's been one of those weeks that it feels like nothing much is getting accomplished so receiving the cup made my day.

Reading wise, it's been great - I read three dusty books:  Sick by Brett Battles which was about an evil scientist unleashing a nasty virus in order to wipe out the majority of the world's population. Very scary thought and entirely possible.  Young Adult murder mystery Across the Universe by Beth Revis about a young girl frozen cryogenically with her parents and a group of people to populate a new planet and wakes 300 years later still on the ship. Plus a short but very dense fictional/  philosophical book  called Genesis by Bernard Beckett about a young woman  who wants to get into The Academy being questioned by 3 examiners.  Plus two ebooks - Widow's Web by Jennifer Estep (#7 in her Elemental Assassin paranormal romance) and the first book in the Black Knight series by Julie Walker Hell on Wheels.  No, I didn't watch any TV the past week.

What's on the nightstand for this week:  A Trial of Fallen Angels by James Kimmel and a chunkster by James Rollins - Black Order

I didn't get any writing or editing done and really have no excuse.  I let regular life interfere so my aim is to get up a few minutes earlier, take advantage of James study time and use it more wisely.  My goals remain the same for this week

1)  WIP: Review draft of Eyes in the Ashes, re-evaluate and detail what needs to be done. Have partial 3rd edit completed.
2)  Craft Study:  Read Chapter 2 while completing chapter 1 exercises of The Writer's Journey and apply them to main characters of Eyes.  
3)  ROW80 participants - visit all the two's.
4)  Morning pages:  continue with Jesus calling and Write Brain workbook.
5) Adding in exercise goals since my knee has recovered and aim to do the treadmill for at least 30 minutes 4 times this week.  I'll have to build back up to an hour again since taken so long a break from it. 

Over on 52 books, it's week 4 and highlighting book #5 in Susan Wise Bauer's Well Educated Mind -  Charles Dicken's Oliver Twist.  Since his birthday is February 7th, I'm declaring February Read a Dicken's month and will shoot for reading Oliver Twist again.  I failed last year and hope to be more successful this year. 

Off to plan lessons for this week.  Happy Reading! 



  1. Thank you for the Sick review, I have just added it to my pile of books to get from the library (if they have it). It is good for the Dystopian challenge I am in!

    I have found a writing book that if you have not heard of, is a good way to start a writing day: A Year of Writing Dangerously. It is helping me trust my instincts in my writing. I am still waiting to get the Merton book, how are you finding it?

    1. A Year of Writing Dangerously sounds interesting - will have to check it out. The Merton book is very dense. It's made up of several of his other books and he gets very philosophical, insightful. It isn't a fast read by any means. Have to digest a little bit at a time.

  2. "Sick" and "Across the Universe" both sound like stories I'd enjoy. You are definitely not helping my TBR pile, ha! :)

    1. I aim to please. I think for every book I read, add 5 more to my wishlist. If didn't have buying ban, those books would be toppling over my tbr pile. :)

  3. Hi Robin! I had the same kind of week. Well, not the same, but the same not getting anything done on my writing and editing kind of week! Cherry Adair is a firecracker! Good luck this next week--I think you know exactly what you're going to do and how you'll do it!

  4. Hi Robin, it looks like Kait has hit some trouble and we have no mid-week check-in. So no one is left out, please come over to our Facebook group and leave a link to your check-in post and we will be over to visit. The page address is Alternatively, email me at and I'll pass your post on. I know Facebook isn't everyone's cup of tea!

    Should we have no Linky on Sunday, we'll just keep working this way until things sort themselves out.

    Cate (Round 1 Sponsor)

  5. I want to read one of her books!!!! Hope this week has went smoother with the ROW!


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