What Have I Been Up To?
I appear to have disappeared from some of my blog sites, especially Blogster. I have not given up on blogging. During the last six months I have been doing a lot of reading and a lot of listening to audio books. I have been reading several books on the art of writing fiction. Writing fiction is the latest hobby that I have taken up. I enjoy writing for the most part but have learned that it is not easy. It is hard work. Some of the fiction writing resources that I have been using include On Writing by Stephen King, Stein on Writing by Sol Stein, The Successful Novelist by David Morrell, Writing Fiction for Dummies and How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey. I have found all of these books to be great resources for the beginning writer.
I have started reading two classic novels from the sixties, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe and Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey. I have found it interesting to re-read these books forty years later.
Since January 2012 I have been working as a substitute teacher. I had a good year and had a lot of fun. My favorite grade to teach is grade eight.
I have been trying to get some physical exercise in this summer. I have been taking my dogs to the dog park just about every day as well as going for my daily ride on my mountain bike. I have also been trying to get to Shapes whenever I can to get in a work out. It has been a great summer so far.