Sunday Salon, 12/1/19

Sunday Salon
Whew, November. The past two week have felt like some alternate universe of rain and no ultimate frisbee playing. I generally love the rain, especially here in overly sunny Arizona, but not when it floods the fields I rely on for exercise. So, things have been a bit disjointed around here. And then a four day weekend which has pretty much contained three Saturdays! I’m looking forward to Monday…

Reading

I had Nonfiction November plans which seemed to evaporate as soon as I made them. I ended up splitting the month between fiction and nonfiction. In November, I finished:

  • Ghostbuster’s Daughter by Violet Ramis Stiel
  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle – a reread
  • Columbine by Dave Cullen – I plan on posting about it later in the week.

One of the more interesting short stories I read in November was Poe’s “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains.” As I’m going through my books of his complete works, I’m finding a lot of Poe stories that I’m not familiar with. “Ragged Mountain” combines one of his travelogue-style stories with a themes of mesmerism. I hadn’t realized Poe had written more on mesmerism than “Mesmeric Revelation” and “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar.” “Ragged Mountain” preceded both into publication.

Of course, I have a TBR for December!

Well Met (Well Met, #1) War for the Oaks Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Movies/Television

We don’t go to the movies much, but I’m looking forward to seeing Knives Out in the near future. I’ve pretty much been a fan of director Rian Johnson since Brick (2005). I’m glad to see him back from Star Wars land.

Did I watch the three (four?) movies I ear-marked for November? I did not. But that won’t stop me from having a list for December:

  • Creed (2015)
  • Birdman (2014)
  • American Heist (2014)
  • The Beguiled (2017)

I also have The Alienist and season two of American Gods in the queue.

Music

R. E. M.’s Monster was a pretty big deal for me in college. The band just released a 25th anniversary edition remix. That kind of makes me feel old, but it’s definitely feeding into my college days nostalgia.

Other Stuff

I’d say I had fun with my project “fling” during NaNoWriMo, but honestly reading and writing about a 100 year old murder was rough going. I’ll come back to the project, I’m sure, but for now I’m going back to  pure fiction. I’ll be working on Wicked Witch Retired for the foreseeable future.

Fall ultimate league finished a couple of weeks back. My team lost our first game. The second meant very little so we played mostly fun, beer-soaked points. Below it a picture from that game of me catching a hammer throw (an up-side down throw). It was a good throw and an easy catch.

Katherine catching hammer throw.
Photo by Quan Nguyen

And then I didn’t even go running for two weeks (see above about rain) which meant playing today at a friend’s birthday game pretty hard.


The Sunday Salon is a linkup hosted by Deb @ Readerbuzz

7 thoughts on “Sunday Salon, 12/1/19

  1. Our book group is talking about Pumpkinheads tomorrow night at book club. I wonder if I have time to read it before then?

    They are planning an Ultimate Frisbee course (if that is the right term) for here in my town. Maybe I will get to try it then.

    I’m a huge fan of Writing Down the Bones. There is an FB group forming by a student of Natalie Goldberg to encourage daily writing. I plan to join it after Christmas.

    Have a great week!

    1. I read Pumpkinheads in an evening. Totally do-able!

      Writing Down the Bones was one of the first books I read in college. It was the first step in my changing majors from Biology to English. 😉

  2. I saw Knives Out here in London last night and I absolutely loved it, so I hope you enjoy it. I also saw Birdman when it came out and thought it was pretty good, and The Alienist is fantastic. I keep on meaning to write more about TV – perhaps 2020 will be the year.

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