School is coming up (my sophomore year in high school)–it means a lot less of free time on my hands, which I do have plenty of right now. I’m full of excitement, partly for the reason that I just love the challenge of rushing into it (well, for the first two weeks or so, as it has been proven in the past), but this year, I’ve made the determination to delve into all my subjects and do my best at them. I’m moving through high-school slowly but surely. And now that we’re getting back into the routine of short, hurried days filled with books and rushing around from activity to activity, waking up early and getting down in the later afternoon, I won’t be on top of writing as much as I am write now, or as much as I was last year. The challenge is just going to keep going up and up. But I’m equally determined my pen in hand, and maintain the equanimity and resolve to press on even when I may be wading through a sea of constant activity. There’s something about writing so that I can’t go through a day, neglecting my stories, and feeling rather washed out if I don’t write even a little bit. Of course, that area needs some improvement–life needs to be lived, but writers also need to write. For this year, I’m especially excited to start learning about WWI and the Great Depression, plus the rest of 20th century history. What thrills me most is that perhaps I’ll be taken with some new inspiration for a story that will take place in one of the world wars.
Right now, I’m reading Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery, the very last book in the stories concerning Anne Shirley and her life adventures. This book centers around her daughter, Rilla.
I revel in the poignancy of it, the deep emotion and tragedy of the time period which Montgomery set this tale–the separation and agonies of the people who were involved in the Great War, and those waiting back at home. The romance of it is deeply felt, a touch to the book that renders it unforgettable in my memory. This is probably one of my favorite books, I recommend it to avid readers and Montgomery fans. The emotion, characters, depth and beauty of Rilla of Ingleside will be the inspiration and an example when I eventually commence in writing a story set in that time period.