One thing I always remind myself in writing is to look for the lemonade. There is always lemonade. Sometimes it's hard to find when all seems for naught, but let's just talk about Disney and not the hairy world which is writing.
So my lemonade from a week filled with rain and rain and even more rain:
1) Virtually no lines the entire time. Seriously. I think the longest we waited was 20 minutes for Big Thunder Mountain one time. And we went on this ride at least eight times.
2) Mastery of putting on rain ponchos and taking them off. This is a skill which gets much easier when practiced at least ten times per day.
3) Appreciation of Keens. Wet sneakers and socks are no fun.
4) Sunscreen not required for which I couldn't be happier. Putting this on me and the kids gets old really quick.
I have a new favorite Disney ride. Okay, before this, my favorite was the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, but it was closed (along with Space Mountain) for renovations. My new favorite ride:
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
OMG. Loved. This. Ride.
It was awesome and perfect, and even my 42" tall daughter could go on it.
But what made the ride so cool? I'm not normally one for free falls and dark places. What it was was the whole story behind the ride. The episode of Twilight Zone virtually designed for the ride. The showing of the video. The amazing ambiance. It was all the little details which worked together to make the perfect experience. So perfect I went on it three times straight. (Did I mention there were virtually no lines?)
Aside from taking in Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion as many times as I possibly could, I managed to read three books on vacation:
1) Border Crossing by Jessica Lee Anderson (which comes out in October and who I will be having a joint release party with, BTW). This book rocked and you totally have to read it when it comes out! Hey, remind me and I'll do a signed giveaway when the time comes.
2) Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr (On my list for a while; Not my normal genre; Really engaging and so well written).
3) Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. I've got to say I totally enjoyed this book. Sure, it reminded me a ton of Magic Kingdom for Sale—SOLD by Terry Brooks, but it was so great I'm off to BookPeople to buy the next in the series tomorrow.
So in short, I recommend them all! And wow that I'm up to 32 books read so far this year!
Today happened to be my daughter's last day of preschool for the summer. Which means it was my last day of daylight hours writing for a while. (insert lots of coffee and late nights here).
I spent the day working on my outline for a new project and made excellent progress—at least in my mind. I need ten pages by June 15th for submission to a writing workshop. This I can do and am excited to do. It's always so much fun to start something fresh, especially once a plot starts to form. Sure I had ideas for the basic world, but it's the plot which really needs to click for me before I can get started. Next? Character worksheets.
Hope I didn't miss too much! I wiped the blog reader clean and am ready to start back into the world of commenting again. So post away!