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Bout of Books 13!

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 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.ย For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit theย Bout of Booksย blog.ย – From the Bout of Books team

On the one hand, I’m behind on a lot of work, and I’ve been low on energy lately.
On the other hand…

Bout of Books Lucky-Number-13!!!

Can I resist?
You know that I can’t.


I’ve been enjoying short works lately, so I’m not going to buck the trend. My plan:

  • The novella On the River, Down Where They Found Willy Brown by Theodore Wheeler. Finished!
  • The “Other Stories” in Don’t Look Now by Daphne du Maurier. Finished!
  • A couple of essays from Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon. Ended at 37%, which is about where I intended.
  • Rick Moody’s “The Albertine Notes” for Deal Me In from Thrilling Tales, edited by Mr. Chabon. This didn’t go so well… I DNF after 17 pages.

And hopefully I’ll hit a Twitter party too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Missed the Twitter parties, but read more than I expected. 646 pages total!


Sunday: 161 pages. Finished the de Maurier collection and the rest of October Faction.

Saturday: 149 pages. Finished the Vivi Andrews, a couple more essays from Maps and Legends, “Underneath” by Kealan Patrick Burke, and “Swift, Brutal Retaliation” by Meghan McCarron (which, it turns out, I’d read before). In need of a graphic novel break, I started October Faction Vol. 1 and remembered how annoying comics are to read in ePub form.

Friday: 151 pages. Finished Chabon’s essay on Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials series and a less supernatural du Maurier story. Decided in the evening to jump in on #crushYourTBR and read some old Kindle acquisitions. Read “Overtime” by Charles Stross and half of The Ghost Shrink, the Accidental Gigolo, & the Poltergeist Accountant by Vivi Andrews.

Thursday: 41 pages. I could have sworn it was more than that. Finished another du Maurier story and Chabon’s essays on Sherlock Holmes and Norse mythology.

Wednesday: 16 pages. Couldn’t get going on anything on Wednesday! Pft.

Tuesday: 27 pages on the next story in Don’t Look Now. Du Maurier has a lot of water and a lot of dead people in her stories.

Monday: 101 pages read! Finished On the River… . I’ll probably review that next Tuesday. Read “The Breakthrough,” which was more sci-fi than I was expecting from du Maurier. Read “Maps and Legends” from the Chabon book and started his lengthy essay on Sherlock Holmes. Also read a few poems from Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg.

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ROW 80 ~ Sunday Update, 5/10


This past week was just … pft. I didn’t bother with a Wednesday update because there was nothing to report.

Eric toyed with doing a complete rewrite on In Need of Luck; in the end, gave it a read-through with notes. We haven’t discussed changes/further plot because I have not been alone in my lack of motivation. We’ll just call this a sick-day/vacation week.

I did get some reading done. I still have not finished posting the schedule for summer frisbee leagues, because I don’t have the necessary info yet.



  • In Need of Luck
    • By Wednesday: Outline the chapters we have.
    • By Wednesday: Review Eric’s notes.
  • For May/June โ€“ Scene rewrites for PHYSICa.
  • For May/June โ€“ Transcribe free write bits that might be useful to Abbott project.
  • Daily free write. – Wrote Monday & Tuesday. I could have sworn I did another day, but I guess not.

Reading, related to writing

  • Finish reading River City Empire (related to next possible writing project) by the end of April. Finished Friday. Should have a review up Tuesday.
  • On the River, Down Where They Found Willy Brown by Theodore Wheeler (also related to the possible Abbott project) – Started last night.
  • Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon. – Started yesterday.
  • For May/June โ€“ The Call of Stories by Robert Coles.


  • By Wednesday – Take a look at Luck for Hire‘s meta data (ahead of May 16th promo).
  • Look for new promo options. – No movement.
  • List of reviewer contacts. Done! Probably not as useful as I would have liked.
  • – Better mobile design. – No movement.
  • – Add excerpts. How do I not have excerpts? – No movement.
  • And other duties.
  • New descriptions/categories/tags for Weordan books. (April 15th)

Personal Growth

  • Next Python class starts May 22. Review by doing a project related to book promo info. – No movement.

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