Outside my window… it’s a lovely sunny day, and fall is definitely in the air.

I am thinking… about character development. I’m trying to analyze how characters change over the course of a story and how writers portray that in an interesting way, in both movies and books. It’s probably time for me to pick up some books about fiction writing. Anyone have some good suggestions?

I am thankful for… writing. It’s means that I never have to give up the joy of imagining, “What if?”

From the learning rooms… multiplying by multi-digit numbers. Help. Actually, the best trick I know is to use graph paper to write out the problem. It always helped me keep my columns aligned and prevented a lot of mistakes. Seems to be working well for Munchkin too.

From the kitchen… I’ll be baking bread this afternoon. I see toast and jam with tea in my future!

I am wearing… jeans and a pumpkin orange sweater.

I am creating… a hooded blanket as part of my Christmas knitting. Lots of knitting and sewing projects in the next few months.

I am going… to be working on some holiday themed writing this week. It’s kind of funny to be writing about Christmas stuff when it’s still barely autumn!

I am reading… The Quarryman’s Bride by Tracie Peterson. I’ve enjoyed her books for a number of years now, and it’s nice to have the excuse I have to read one because it’s a review assignment!

I am hoping… to set aside a bit of creative writing time this week.

I am hearing… the soundtrack to Iron Man 3. Soundtracks are some of my favorite writing music.

Pondering these words… “You fail only if you stop writing.” – Ray Bradbury

Around the house… we’re getting things ready for the cold weather. Soon I’ll be putting plastic up on the windows again.

One of my favorite things… is how nice the house smells when bread is baking. It reminds me of Mom.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Lots of laundry due to a couple of kid-related incidents! (I’m so glad that I have a washing machine. What a blessing it is!) We’ll be doing lots of reading and learning, and hopefully lots of writing for me.

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