I like Mondays. On Monday, I am refreshed from the weekend and exhilarated by the possibilities of the week ahead. I also like magic. I like its history, its intersection with technology, and its crafty use of human nature. 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.
With Halloween fast approaching, maybe you have a spare piece of plexiglass and want to create your own spooky illusions. Make: presents a great DIY explanation of the classic illusion, Pepper’s Ghost.
What Am I Reading?
This week I’ll be finishing Under Stars by KJ Kabza. I didn’t want to read too much of it during the readathon because, when I binge-read an anthology, it all munges together in my head. I’ll also be starting Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson for The Book Smuggler’s readalong.
What Am I Writing?
My goals to round out the year are to have 33K on the draft of Luck for Hire by the end of October, 48K by the end of November, and 60K by the end of the year. I’m sitting at 27K right now.
I thought about doing a rebel-style NaNoWriMo, but on second thought I don’t think I will. I’m going to stick with my new philosophy of not doing All The Things. The weird bit about being an introvert in an extrovert dominated world is that I often think that I should be able to do all the things extroverts do. There’s a lot of energy associated with NaNo, but for me there is also a lot of energy suck. It goes beyond spending too much time on the forums or Twitter; it’s an actual drain.
On the Blog
I’m going to be deviating from my usual blog schedule for the next couple weeks to fit in the reviews and special things that are going on. Heh, I bet you didn’t even know I *had* a blog schedule!