Three Things I Want More Of Right Now: Slice of Life #sol19

More rain. A couple of cloudy days have reminded me how much I love a rainy day. There are many beautiful things about the place I live, and I know for many people, so many sunny days would be very appealing. But I like rain, and there isn’t much of it here. Only 18 inches a year! (By contrast, the place I lived before South Dakota got about 40 inches of rain each year.) We’re in our rainy season, such as it is, right now, and I plan to enjoy every moment.

More kittens. I can’t have more kittens. We have seven indoor cats, and my rational brain tells me that we are full up on cat. I have just the right amount of time and lap to make sure that these seven are well loved. And everyone more or less gets along (thanks to my poor mother, whose home has become the refuge for the problem cats who can’t get along at my house.) But KITTENS! In a perfect world, I’d get a litter of kittens every single year. AND KEEP THEM ALL. Luckily, the Internet allows me to live vicariously. One of my favorite children’s book authors and illustrators, Ashley Spires, posts great cat photos (and cat comics) (and she, too, has a ginger foster fail!) AND she fosters. She just got a new litter of feral kittens, and they are the BEST THING EVER. Here’s her first photo of them, all captured mid-hiss! AWESOME. (Follow her at Binky the Space Cat on Facebook for more updates. She is already able to pet Louise, the gorgeous gray and white one.) (Also LOUISE. I NEED A KITTEN NAMED LOUISE.) (Also, nothing makes me move to all caps and far too many parentheticals quite like kittens.)

Photo by Ashley Spires

More middle grade fiction. Now here’s a need I can meet. For a few months, I was all about the books for grown-ups, and I read several really good novels in a row (Meet Me at the Museum, Another Brooklyn, Chemistry, The Friend, News of the World). But lately, I’ve been longing for middle grade. One of the lovely things about middle-grade is that I can finish two or three or four or five novels a week. Which might also be how I sometimes burn out on middle grade and need to sink into adult novels. Even the shortest adult novel can take me a week to finish. But until then, I’ll be vacuuming up all the middle grade I missed reading last year.

What do you need more of right now?






16 responses to “Three Things I Want More Of Right Now: Slice of Life #sol19”

  1. Sharon Cuaresma Avatar
    Sharon Cuaresma

    Hi Elisabeth,

    I cannot help but have a smile on my face as I read your piece and thought about how opposite my wishes are from yours. I want more sun. I live in Seattle–enough said! 🙂 I don’t like cats (please don’t judge me). I’ve had horrible experiences with cats as a child, so I try to stay away from them. I suppose I can see myself falling in love with kittens, perhaps, but I never gave myself the chance.

    My professional experience is now growing to include 6th grade. What are some of your all-time favorite middle-grade titles?

    Thanks for sharing. I truly enjoyed reading your #sol19.

  2. edifiedlistener Avatar

    Hi Elisabeth! I like this format and the way it provides a generative point of departure. I can definitely use more rest! A little more springtime warmth and sunshine would also be nice.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I discarded several drafts before I hit on something that felt like it worked today. Rest sounds very good! Since I know what’s coming with endless hot and dry summer, I am trying to appreciate the last few days of cool weather.

  3. arjeha Avatar

    The kittens are adorable! The three we have is my limit. Rain I definitely do not need more of. It seems we have rain at least once a week…most often in the weekend. Being retired it seems odd to say but some days I could use more time to do what needs to be done.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I can absolutely imagine the challenge of needing more time to do all that needs to be done. I find that’s the case over summer breaks too. Theoretically I have all that wonderful time to get things done, but somehow the time gets filled so easily–and then some! I have totally been stalking Ashely Spires’s Facebook page hoping for some more kitten updates. My son is almost as obsessed as I am!

  4. Trina Haase Avatar
    Trina Haase

    Thanks for posting this. I have felt really stuck as a writer lately. this gave me a good format to get myself out there again.

    I wish that I could have one kitten. Darn allergies at my house!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      So glad this helped you unstick! I know what you mean about being stuck. I somehow find it so much easier to write every day than once a week.

  5. Molly Hogan Avatar

    I love your kitten paragraph with all its parenthetical asides and all caps, and I’ve already gone over to Facebook to check out Binky the Space Cat. On another note, I’m more than slightly horrified that you’re wishing for rain. We’ve been simply inundated with dreary gray days. Sigh.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I can understand being tired of gray days when you have so many. We have so few that I really treasure them–maybe because I feel fully justified in staying inside and being kind of lazy!

  6. readingteachsu Avatar

    I need more ideas, more time, and more motivation.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Those are all things I could use too!

  7. JudyK /J Koval Avatar
    JudyK /J Koval

    I love this piece! I love the format, and the sincerity, and the humor, and the kittens, and the parentheses…all of it. Except the rain. We’ve had too much of that lately, so you can keep the rain. 🙂 ~JudyK

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’d gladly keep the rain for a little bit longer!

  8. Amanda Potts Avatar

    I need more sunshine. This weekend was our first weekend with two days of sunshine since OCTOBER 15! I did NOT sign up for this when I moved here. I do not need more kittens, but I want them. Also, I’m pretty sure I need more soups. There has been a distinct lack of spring soups on our menu these past few weeks. This, I can fix. (OH! And, I got Temeraire & gave it to my husband and he is LOVING it. Now I just need him to finish so I can read it. I’m pretty sure we’re going to end up reading this whole series & I’m about 90% sure that the recommendation came from you – so thanks!)

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Oh my, that might be a bit much even for me. Soup is a wonderful thing to need more of! I could eat soup for lunch and dinner every day I think. And so glad your husband is enjoying Temeraire so much! Yes, that’s my recommendation. It’s really well done. (I’m also a big fan of her two stand-alone novels, Uprooted and Spinning Silver.)

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