Where have you been able to escape to this summer? A good book or five? I haven’t kept up with updating my reading here, but have been reading constantly. Particularly memorable for me was Truth and Beauty, a memoir by Anne Patchett. It’s a difficult, moving story of her friendship with Lucy Grealy, a poet and memoirist, who lived a life challenged by the results of jaw cancer as a child. The writing is fantastic. Patchett has yet to disappoint.
I’ve also been reading numerous memoirs from people who lived through WWII, and some fiction set in that time. And, I’ve been writing many, many pages set in that time period.
If you follow me on facebook too, you know I’ve also enjoyed some escapes from the homefront. I opened the summer on Memorial Day with a trip to Boulder, CO to those oh so important mountains. I will conclude the summer on Labor Day with a trip to Cape Cod, for some time at the oh so important ocean. In between I’ve ventured to Wisconsin Dells and Washington, DC for some oh so important family time. I’ve had escape time in the form of a class in soft pastels, a new art form for me. Also, I’ve been creating a painted chair and table for a fund raising event for the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition.
Deadlines for the chair project and my book are rapidly approaching. I continue to plug away at both and steal more escapes (diving into reading) very often.
Saw this quote from Neal Gaiman on reading as escape, and will leave you with his thought, which I love: