I've read half of Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood in the past 24 hours (Erica and Kath wore me down), which sort of does it a disservice. It needs to be read slowly. Savored.
I wanted to quote you a brilliant passage or two, but there's a brilliant observation in nearly every paragraph. I find myself saying, "Yes! That's true!" on every page. I can't possibly choose one quote, or even a couple, but I guess I must try:
"I do of course have a real life. I sometimes have trouble believing in it... (See?! Don't you just love that??) ...another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise." (Yes! Yes! Totally!)
"We spent a lot of time driving, in our low-slung, boat-sized Studebaker, over back roads or along two-lane highways up north, curving past lake after lake, hill after hill, with the white lines going down the middle of the road and the telephone along the sides, tall ones and shorter ones, the wires looking as if they were moving up and down." (Don't you just love that image? I don't think the wires hang that way anymore, but I remember watching them do that up and down thing when we used to travel when I was little.)
"There are days when I can hardly make it out of bed. I find it an effort to speak. I measure progress in steps, the next one and the next one, as far as the bathroom. These steps are major accomplishments... I feel I am without worth, that nothing I can do is of any value, least of all to myself." (Totally feel that sometimes. When I was sick, that was how I felt every single moment.)
"I am a busy person, in theory." (Another yes! LOL! This cracks me up, because I feel the same way! Even when working hard and trying to get a lot done, I tend to feel so slow and tired and lazy most of the time, but... I am a busy person, in theory.)
Okay, I'll stop, because I have an almost irresistible urge to retype the whole book on my blog so you can read it, too. Sometimes I retype books for myself just so I read them slower, enjoy them more, and gain a greater understanding.
I'm a big fan of retyping. I learn a lot.
Those of you doing NaNo will love this video, and even those who aren't will, too. I have to admit, the "rhythm of the keys" thing is something I do to get myself going. I use Q10 and turn on the typewriter sound. Silly, but you have to use what works, right? LOL!
Finding Forrester and How to Write: (It should automatically skip to the 6:45 mark, but if it doesn't, jump to it.)
So what tricks get you writing when things are slow? Sometimes I close my eyes. That helps.
Do you ever retype books or passages? Ever feel like you trouble believing in your real life, LOL? Do you have an author or book that makes you do that yes, yes, yes! thing a lot?
("Have an author:" What an image! Chained up in the basement, perhaps?)
Are you doing NaNo? Melanie has created a forum thread for us to hang out and chat in, called Rockin' Blogging Buddies. It won't let me subscribe at the moment, but things are always quirky the first couple days of November. The site is so slow at the moment it's unbearable, but it always eases up in a couple days. (I suspect 50% of the participants drop out in the first few days, but I don't know, LOL.)
And finally, I leave you with a hilarious video (thanks to Melanie) of how a couple Russians feel about Sarah Palin: