Well, some of the things on the bedside table this past November got read (particularly the ones that had the name Maisie in the title, a la Maisie Goes Camping) but most of them did not, but rather than beat ourselves up about that, we've just collected a whole new stack:
Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey
The Turn of the Screw
Restless Spirits, Ghost Stories by American Women
The King in the Tree
The Light of the Home: an Intimate View of the Lives of Women in Victorian America
Haunting the House of Fiction: Feminist Perspectives on Ghost Stories by American Women
Women's Voices from the Western Frontier
The Evolution of a State
Nothing like a list to make you feel like you're getting things done, even if you aren't. This almost looks like the reading list for a course, and maybe it is: let's call it the-novel-I-SHALL-draft-by-the-end-of-2008 course and hope that sets a fire under me.
Right now, though, we're in the weeds.* A "freelance job" for the next few weeks, a WHOLE Kindergarten class Birthday Party for a six-year-old, tomorrow; family in town.
I'll keep you posted.
*I only worked one restaurant because of my huge fear of dropping loaded trays of food (instead I worked in libraries and as a house cleaner) but I love restaurant slang.