Saturday, May 31, 2008

Home Again

Phew. Two weeks away without Jim (and with Elizabeth) can be exhausting, no matter how fun it may be. Denver was relaxing, but Orlando was anything but. We went to Disney's Magic Kingdom just hours after arriving, and then spent the next day at Cocoa Beach, lounging. Um, I mean, running up and down the surf. (Elizabeth doesn't "lounge.") Then we went to SeaWorld on Thursday and Disney's Animal Kingdom on Friday. My dad was there the last few days and treated us royally--we actually ate at the real restaurants in the parks, avoiding the greasy fast food lines. (The Shark's restaurant at SeaWorld was not only exciting--imagine dining next to a HUGE tank of sharks--but delicious.)

We all took a long nap as soon as we got home.

And...I just (as in, a minute or two ago) finished reading Emily of New Moon. What I want to know is: how in the world was I unaware of it's existence when I was a child? Never before have I felt so slighted in the book world! It would have done wonders for me, I just know. All I can do is be thankful that I read it now, before I got too old and when I'm just starting my writing "career." Frankly, I gobbled that book up. It was tastier and more nourishing than a bowl of chicken noodle soup at high fever. Thank you, Laini, for suggesting it!


Anonymous said...

Hi Amber, this is Susan Meyer. (I'm not sure I know how to not be anonymous, so putting my name here.) I LOVE Emily of New Moon too! Do you know there are two more books in the series? Her comments in the later books on the way publishers decline manuscripts (and on the dumb comments reviewers can make--one of them writes that no apple trees grow on Prince Edward Island, because it is a bare, sandy strip!) sound very much like what we encounter in the present day! I'm actually going to give a paper at a literary conference on L. M. Montgomery in PEI in June. I went to one 2 years ago and gave a paper on art, fresh air, and tuberculosis in the Emily books (which was just published in a book called something like Storm and Conflict in L. M. Montgomery, ed. Jean Mitchell)--you might enjoy reading it. Well, maybe. But I'm *sure* you will enjoy reading the next two Emily books!

Val said...

Hmm. I wish I could read that book. But it’s hard to find any like that here in Russia. I’m going to Europe next week , maybe I can find the book there. :)
I feel sorry for those who don’t read books: with no imaginativeness, with lacklustre eyes.

Amber Lough said...

I feel sorry for people who don't read books as well! Movies, TV, video games...these just don't cut it for me. I like them well enough, but it's next to impossible to cuddle up in bed with them.

Susan: I cracked open Emily Climbs as soon as I got in bed, telling my husband I'd only read one chapter. Three chapters later... Also, I went to P.E.I as a child, while living in Maine, and thought it was splendid and beautiful. I bet I would enjoy reading that paper...