Daily Archives: May 20, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Read-a-thon

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


I snuck in another 20 pages last night at 11:30pm to round off my total number of pages read at 700. That’s 100 pages beyond my meager goal! Bookwise, I finished reading Hiding the Elephant and The Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson (120 and 40 pages respectively), made progress on A Storm of Swords and The Woman in White, read Jaws cover to cover, and started a couple of books that weren’t on my list.

Socially, I made it to two Twitter chats, which are the chaotic fun they usually are, and participated in three challenges. I’m going to try to catch a few blogs this morning before settling in to work. The party on Wednesday night in particular left introvert me reeling for a couple days.

Work-wise, eh, not so good. Added less to my 2nd draft than I would have liked, but I did hammer out a few things plot-wise with Eric and semi- organized myself. Got a decent amount done last night which should set me up well for this week.

And: Since several people asked about it: The table I use for tracking my progress is an embedded Google spreadsheet. I create a spreadsheet in Google Drive and use the HTML option under File ~ Publish to the Web to get the code. The document has to be public, but you can choose which sheet you want to embed. Formatting it takes a little bit tinkering.


My preliminary goal is 600-ish pages. I have some stuff going on Wednesday and Thursday and I still need to get a good amount of writing done during the week.  I’m going to try to finish some in-progress works and finish what I’m going to finish of the Nebula nominated short stories, novellas, and novelettes.

 In Cold Blood   Selected works The Woman in White Magic: Stage Illusions, Special Effects and Trick Photography

I’ll probably make progress on all of these, but I don’t intend to finish A Storm of Swords or the Lermontov. I’m reading those a little at a time. I haven’t even started Magic: Stage Illusions, Special Effects and Trick Photography. EDIT: I wasn’t going to add another books, really I wasn’t! But Jaws came off hold from the library and I’ve been wanting to re-read it.

Daily Updates

Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to DisappearMonday: Pretty good reading day. Finished Hiding the Elephant ~ only had a 126 pages left and started Jaws. Twitter chat used up much of my social energy, but was fun. Didn’t participate in Monday’s challenge. Added 1180 words to my second draft of One Ahead.

A Storm of SwordsTuesday: Had fun with the Book to Music challenge hosted by Medusa’s Library. Here’s my soundtrack for Carter Beats the Devil. I realized that I need to buy my own copy of Carter Beats the Devil. Caught up with the A Storm of Swords read-through. Finished Part I of Jaws. Kind of decided I needed to change the plot of my book while working out. Generally, kind of a busy Tuesday.

Wednesday: Played ultimate frisbee at noon, conferenced with a friend and my husband about my husband’s novel-in-progress in the afternoon, spent the evening at a surprise going-away party, and otherwise never got into a good reading groove. Eh, it happens.

The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre SturlesonThursday: Finished The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson (I had about 40 pages left) , worked on The Woman in White, but that is not a quick read for me. Had an ultimate frisbee game in the evening.

Happened upon a pretty easy choice for the Acrostic Poem hosted by Harley Bear Book Blog, but I think it worked out very well:

JawsJust a fish
Always hungry
Water is where danger

Friday: Was feeling pretty creaky and got more napping and reading done than writing and reading. Read Jaws (not finished yet) and caught up on my RSS feeds.

Magic: The Complete Course in Becoming a MagicianSaturday: Finished Jaws. Yay! Since I was looking for Saturday Cinema fodder, I treated myself to a rewatch as well. Went off list and started Joshua Jay’s Magic: The Complete Course and Paul Cleave’s Cemetery Lake. Also, did my weekly poetry reading.

Cemetery Lake: A ThrillerSunday:  Hit my page count goal last night, so today is gravy day! Plus, I really need to get some writing done.

Today’s challenge is “If You Like…Then You’ll Enjoy…” hosted by Snarky Bird, Uber Nerd. I came up with a couple, some esoteric: