Sunday, September 28, 2008

Oddballs

I'm at it again. Reading, I mean. This time it's Hillary Carlip's Queen of the Oddballs.

Hilarious. Inspiring. Writing lessons in every chapter. The one called "Dear Olivia Newton John" races through stories at a breakneck pace and circles back to an ending so perfect I'm thinking of having it bronzed. Or maybe stuffed and mounted like a trophy.

(Speaking of mounted, don't get me started on Hillary's mother's poodle and the fuzzy house slipper.)

My true mission this weekend is proofreading a 557-page monster book, and I have to get back to it. Right now. But I'll be back with thoughts on Queen of the Oddballs. Meantime, if you've got a few moments, check out the book or Hillary's personal essay site, Fresh Yarn.

(And yes. Reading for fun after 18 hours a day of proofreading is a little nuts, but Oddballs whispered my name and I followed its slutty little pages right into bed. More soon.)

3 comments:

Michelle O'Neil said...

Your eyeballs Jerri. They are troopers.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Cannot wait for mine to arrive!

P.S. Totally get reading for pleasure, as a reward for reading for "work!"

Deb said...

There is nothing nuts about spending time with anything that makes you laugh!