Script Frenzy is in full swing. Can I knock out 667 words before midnight tonight? I think I can. That’s something like three and a half pages. I’m “pants”ing it, as writers say, meaning I have a concept but no outline. I’ve got a beginning and an end, and the middle will be the exciting part. I apologize if, for the next month, it seems as though I should change this journal’s name to scriptitans (which is a real Latin word meaning “writing eagerly and often”). I think we’ll be okay though. I can’t tell you what I’m writing except to say it’s a play. Other than that, it’s a secret. Sshhhh! (If you really care to know about it, you can e-mail me, and I’ll decide whether to let you into my elite cadre of people who know. Right now I think that cadre includes Little Willow and no one else.)

I shall not be neglecting my readerly duties. Work is (at last) winding down. Unemployment during the summer months is a sad thing, but if you budget for it, it can be awesome.

Things to Come:
A Thinking Blogger Award post (Thanks, Kelly!)
Reviews of the books on my Read in 2007 list
Commentary on other kidlit stuff, depending on what I find in my inbox and publications
My 48 Hour Book Challenge Posts

 Read in 2007:
1. Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies), Justina Chen Headley
2. The Royal Diaries – Elizabeth I: The Red Rose of the House of Tudor, Kathryn Lasky
3. Millicent Min, Girl Genius, Lisa Yee
4. The Last Dragon, Silvana de Mari
5. Pucker, Melanie Gideon
6. A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, Dana Reinhardt 
7. Love in Shadow, Sonja Foust

Currently Reading:
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gatekeeper Trilogy, Vol. 1: Out of the Madhouse, Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder
2. Virtual Mode, Piers Anthony
3. I, Claudius, Robert Graves

At this rate, I should be caught up to my 3-a-month goal by the end of Spring Break.  I can probably knock out Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Visitors tonight, and then I’ll have Tithe for any other time I’m free.  I’ll probably be too tired from being at Disney World over the next few days to do much reading, but I think most of Friday will involve lounging at my grandmother’s house – one of my two favorite reading spots, if you’ll recall.  The trip back will be a short plane ride as opposed to the longer drive down here, so I probably won’t finish a whole book then.  Still, I’m on pace to take a library trip next week.

So here’s my plans for upcoming reading:
Today – Read Visitors.
Next Several Days – Read Tithe.
When I Get Home – Read Peter Pan and On Pointe.
Then, visit the library.  I’m now building up a library list.  I’ll post it later tonight.

This may be the longest I’ve gone between posts since back when I started this blog. I’m going to address a few topics all at once.

Thing One: I’ve a lot of things I want to say, but not a lot of time. I’ve been doing a lot of catching up at work, and it’s used most of my energy. I’m still reading, so here’s my currentlies:

1. Virtual Mode by Piers Anthony; this is a re-read. Due to recent events in life I’ve set it aside for a bit, as it brings up some emotional issues I’m not quite ready to handle.
2. I, Claudius by Robert Graves; this is my read-at-work book but it has been displaced by others for now. About one week a month I have to perform lunch duty, which usually consists of sitting in a chair, watching students go by, and checking hall passes. That’s a good twenty minutes a day I can devote to reading when I’m not checking the passes. It looks good to be a Latin teacher reading I, Claudius, and I, Claudius is a book I’ve always wanted to read. Most recently, though, I have been reading my other books during this time.
3. The Last Dragon by Silva de Mari; reading this because it was a Cybils nominee, and enjoying it thoroughly. It doesn’t go as quickly as many YA or children’s books do, though.
4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gatekeeper Trilogy: Out of the Madhouse by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder. I also walk for twenty minutes a day and I like to read while I do this. I saw one of my favorite professors doing it on campus once. I thought it looked charmingly academic, so I took it up myself. Don’t worry; I’m very careful not to run into or in front of things. Reading this has been a fun flashback and, combined with a recent re-watching of Buffy Season 4, provoked new thoughts about the show’s themes, what I did and did not like about it, and why. As a rule, I love Buffy, in case you were wondering.

Thing Two: A colleague and I were talking about YA fiction a couple of weeks ago and agreed that especially for us as teachers, it’s exactly the right thing. You can read a book with substance to it, but usually YA books don’t bog you down so much as books for an adult audience would. You get through the books quickly but still feel like you’ve really read something. So we’ve decided to start recommending and swapping YA books. I only own two, so I’ll be loaning those to her: Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon. These are my two recent favorites, which is why I own them. Because of the aforementioned rapidity of reading, I generally get my YA books from the library. I’m looking forward to seeing what she has for me. I told her that even though I don’t have a lot of books, I can provide her with plenty of lists. Maybe I’ll even tell her that I get most of my YA recommendations from Little Willow at Bildungsroman.

Thing Three: I love the feel of books. At Costco they set the books out in stacks on tables. I touched all of them, and felt that even though I hadn’t read them, the books were part of me. It was a good feeling.

Thing Four: Content I hope to provide soon:
Elizabeth I review
Millicent Min review
The Last Dragon review
Love in Shadow review

Thing Five: Spring break starts Friday! I will be traveling to Florida for most of it, but hope to find time in the car and at my lodgings for reading.

That is all.

My current show opens this Friday and so I don’t have a lot of time at home to play online. I do have several tabs open in my browser for the rare times I get a minute to read webstuffs, though.

I’m also going to be providing my loyal readers (all ten of you!) with reviews of The Royal Diaries: Elizabeth I and Millicent Min, Girl Genius, which I finished reading today. Here’s a preview: I loved it! Those I intend to write during my downtime at rehearsal, of which there is a lot.

More soon!

I feel like a jerk. I am not posting the lengthy post I promised just yet.

But here’s a preview of things to come:
– the response to Bookseller Chick’s post
– a post on Elizabeth I, especially my ruminations on what it means to be a Queen, and my own Queen obsession
– a post on Capt. Hook, which I’ve not finished yet, and my pirate obsession