February’s book of the month was Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. Seeing as this post is before the month is over, that means one of two things: 1. I finished early in this short month. 2. There’s no way I can finish this book for the month. Want to take a guess at what happened? If you guessed option number 2, you would be correct. Looking back on the past month, I can see exactly where my mistakes were in not being able to finish the book.
First off, I’ve already read the book. And I wasn’t crazy about it. Granted, it was in tenth grade, but I thought maybe now that my novel palette has adapted that I might be able to appreciate it more. I realized I enjoyed the narrative style more. It still didn’t save my lack of interest in the plot. I’m not someone who rereads books often, but I thought I’d challenge myself to see if I could. The only book I’ve ever reread was the Alice in Wonderland series compiled into one book. So, the odds of liking it by looking at it with some rested eyes were not in my favor.
On top of that, I didn’t have much time to read. The time in which I usually read, before and between classes, I have spent talking with my classmates that I have gotten to know better. I have also learned that having the physical book in front of me doesn’t entirely matter; the determined will get my attention because I don’t want to be rude and shoot them down. That means usually sitting through many pictures of dogs that have about a 50/50 shot of being cute, and being asked about my legendary cat Tai who passed away two years ago that I still feel the sting of loss from, on a nearly every-other-day basis. So by the end of the conversation —if I am graced with any time to myself— I’ve lost the desire to read.
In addition to my typical reading times being skewered, I also participated in a pilot pitch competition for a collaborative learning class (CLC). I had to write, edit, and then pitch what became a 24 page, single-cam comedy. In order to be able to focus exclusively on the pitch, I had to first finish the first draft to a book I started last year. That was awesome! Also very time consuming. Once I was done that I was able to focus more on the script which left me about a week to beat out, write, edit, plan the pitch, edit the pitch, and then finally pitch. So it’s been an unexpectedly busy month. I decided to participate on a whim for the experience of pitching and for the chance I might get into the CLC class to edit the script and film a pilot. They haven’t announced the winners yet, but I know at the very least I’m proud of what I accomplished in that time alone.
Next month I have Spring break. I plan on doing the third draft for my work in progress novel What Darkness Does, and so besides working on that, my schedule is clear. Finishing a book in that time should be fairly easy to do. Therefore, I’m going to choose something a little longer than what I might usually pick up. Looking at the stack of books in front of me, that’s looking like Danielle Vega’s Survive the Night or Joey Graceffa’s Children of Eden.