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December TBR Stack & #COYER Sign-Up

December TBR Stack

The War of the Worlds Judas: The Most Hated Name in History Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans: The Life and Times of Henry Louis Rey
  • Finish War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  • Finish Judas by Peter Stanford (library, due Dec. 11th)
  • Finish Exclusive Magical Secrets by Will Goldston
  • Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans by Melissa Daggett (Jan. 3rd pub date, #COYER)
  • Finish Sept/Oct issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine
  • Nov/Dec issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine (#COYER)

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Magic Monday ~ Star-Lord Level Misdirection

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I like Mondays. I also like magic. I figured I’d combine the two and make a Monday feature that is truly me: a little bit of magic and a look at the week ahead.

Misdirection is so much more than “Hey, look over here!” This trick by Chris Pratt is an excellent example of patter itself being misdirection. And despite the title of this video, this isn’t a card trick fail.

Plus, I really love his enthusiasm. It’s great seeing someone take joy in what they’re doing.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Hey. Hey! I finished a book yesterday! I’ll have a review of review of War of the Worlds on Thursday.

Judas: The Most Hated Name in History Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans: The Life and Times of Henry Louis Rey Asimov's Mysteries

This week I need to finish Judas. It’s due back at the library next Tuesday. I do have a renewal left, but I really should return it and the rest of the stack. Also, going to get started on Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans.

I have another of Asimov’s Mysteries for Deal Me In and I’m trying to get caught up on the issues of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine. I bought a subscription back in September and, thankfully, they only publish bi-monthly.

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What Else, Week 48

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Good Stuff

Decided I wanted to add to this feature a few things from the week that I enjoyed.

I  managed my way through a cold this week by engaging in some extended periods of playing Minecraft and listening to podcasts. In the land of serious, but informative, Just a Story’s ep. 54 is about the intersection of urban legends and history in relation to the AIDS crisis of the 80s and 90s. This is the type of thing that Just a Story does really, really well. Less seriously, I started listening to Twenty Thousand Hertz, a podcast about sound design. They’re only three episodes in but have covered 8-bit sound, the voice of Siri, and the NBC chimes. Cool stuff.

I rather like Christmas music, but I need to find new (or new to me) songs (or versions of songs) to keep from going nuts. I’m still looking for a good alt-country/bluegrass album (if only Crooked Still would make a Christmas album…), but The Last Bison’s Sleigh Ride EP comes close.

Also getting some play, CeeLo Green and The Muppets’ “All I Need Is Love.” Described on Twitter by Leah Mosher on Twitter as a mashup of “Mambo No. 5” and “Mahna Mahna,” I dig it.

Writing Stuff

Wrote about 2K words.

I’m going to make a poor analogy: writing for me is like archaeology. If I outline too much of the story, I get bored of it. Instead, I start writing with some end in mind and uncover the details of the plot as I go alone. This isn’t efficient, but then, I had always thought I was a planner, not a pants-er, and haven’t thought about how to *make* this efficient.

One thing I’m going to try is doing rewrites/edits over smaller chunks. So, rewriting tomorrow.

Blogging Stuff

It was a week of lists on the blog:

Fitness Stuff

As I mentioned above, I’ve had a cold all week. Nothing serious, but I seemed to sleep a lot. Played ultimate Friday at noon and probably over did it a little.

Other Life Stuff

It’s finally been “wintry” here in Tempe. It rained last Sunday! I’ve worn long sleeves! I put up the Christmas tree and started in on present and card prep. But I’m still not quite used to the idea of December.

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Deal Me In, Week 48 ~ “What’s in a Name?”

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Hosted by Jay @ Bibliophilopolis
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“What’s in a Name?” by Isaac Asimov

Card picked: Three of Clubs
From: Asimov’s Mysteries

Thoughts: Many of Asimov’s mysteries are based on a single piece of information being the key to solving the mystery. This key clue is kept from the narrator (and the reader) until it’s revealed punch-line style at the end. This doesn’t work for me. Or, maybe it would if the action surrounding the key clue was better handled.

In the case of “What’s in a Name?”, our narrator isn’t the detective that canvasses the witnesses. That guy, Hathaway, probably should/would have mentioned the coincidence of names that ends up being the master clue. But in fact, the way the story is written, the suspect would have learned of it too if the second questioning of witnesses happened in any manner resembling reality. I would assume that the police aren’t unprofessional enough to refer to one of the witnesses as “the little German furrier” in conversation. That doesn’t mean that this story couldn’t work. We (the narrator and the reader) could know the pertinent information, with the ending being its reveal to the suspect.  In my opinion, that’s a better story.

And, thankfully, the zigger-ending would be lost.

November Reading Wrap-Up

Challenges

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Uh… Well, the two books I *did* finish were #myOwnDamnBooks!

Finished in November

  1. “One Drink” by Max Florschutz
  2. Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith

I didn’t review “One Drink,” but it was a solid bit of urban fantasy.

Additions to my Library

  1. In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle
  2. The Nikola Tesla Treasury
  3. “A Slight Miscalculation” by Deb Marlowe – Read
  4. Fantastic Creatures (Fellowship of Fantasy Book 1)
  5. The Psychology of Magic and the Magic of Psychology
  6. Exclusive Magical Secrets by Will Goldston
  7. Middlemarch by George Elliot
  8. War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

There were quite a few public domain things I downloaded last month.

Notes

I read only 990 pages this month, which actually isn’t the worst month this year. 990 beats January, February, *and* March. November was just an oddly muddled month. Here’s to hoping that December is better!

‘Tis the season to plan which 2017 challenges to join. So far, I’m looking at:

#NonFicNov ~ New to My TBR

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Hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey, Lory at Emerald City Book Review,
Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves, Rachel at Hibernator’s Library,
and Julz at Julz Reads

Lory: It’s my honor to be the host for Nonfiction November this week, with our final topic: New to My TBR.

It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR list? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!

A list with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Books with a * are available at Tempe Digital Library.

What Else, Week 47

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Writing

Wrote 2000 words this week, which makes it the best week of November.

Shared this week: the #1LineWed prompt was “ate, eat.”

Reading

For the second week in a row, I haven’t finished anything. I might not finish a nonfiction book during Nonfiction November. But…

I joined a service called the Pigeonhole. It breaks up books and sends you bite-sized chunks everyday. Then you can read along with other and comment on the book in a social manner. I signed up to read War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Except, the chunks were too small for me and I downloaded the whole book to read. Apparently me and delayed gratification don’t work where books are concerned.

Blogging

Posts this week:

Fitness

Worked out at the park on Monday. I did fairly quick laps around the park, broken up by the exercise stations. My quads were still complaining on Thursday. On Thursday, I ran 5K around my parent’s neighborhood in Chino Valley. It’s at 4000 feet, which meant the air was a little thinner.

Other Life Stuff

As mentioned above, I spent Thanksgiving with my parents in Chino Valley. The weather was nice, for November in the high country. The food was very tasty, despite my mom’s worries about her new kitchen. And I watched a bunch of Dirk Gently and some basketball.