Sunday Salon, 7/5

If you’re in the US, I hope you all had a safe and maybe introspective July 4th. Eric and I stayed in, which is what we would have done anyway.


Meant to get a review of The Changeling up, but didn’t. Aw, well. I got a draft and I should post on Tuesday.

A Dead Djinn in Cairo
The Haunting of Tram Car 015
Levels of the Game

Re-read P. Djèlí Clark’s “A Dead Djinn in Cairo,” which is set in the same world as The Haunting of Tram Car 015, my current read. Next, I might read Levels of the Game by John McPhee. I really want to see how McPhee handles writing a nonfiction narrative with a tennis match, Arthur Ashe against Clark Graebner in 1968, as a backbone.


Watching the docu-series The Story of Film: An Odyssey on Hulu. It takes a broader, world-view on the history of cinema.


A Round of Words in 80 Days (or ROW80) is a quarterly goal-setting method based around flexible goals and community support. Set a measurable goal that fits in with your lifestyle, check in twice a week. My Sunday check-ins will be part of Sunday Salon.

Monday is the beginning of the round; today, I set my goals!

I want to spend the next three months focused on one writing project: working on a nonfiction(?) book(?) about the murder of Ada Swanson in 1915 Omaha. Since much of what I’m doing right now is research, I’m setting a time goal of 4 hours per day, five days a week. (20 hours a week.)

I do have an auxiliary goal of three hours a week on the VOTS webpage. I’m working on the archive and history pages, unless I have an actual update to do.

9 thoughts on “Sunday Salon, 7/5

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    I hope you have great success with your research goals. It sounds like a fascinating project, and that would keep me going.

    We stayed in for the Fourth, though we were able to see the fireworks from our front porch. Our governor finally required Texans to wear masks. I am very glad.

    I like John McPhee. I’ll be interested in hearing what you think about this book.

    1. Katherine Nabity Post author

      I wanted to check out McPhee’s Draft No. 4, since I say it on your blog, but it’s on wishlist status at the library. (The license has expired, I guess, and they might reorder if there’s enough interest.) I might just end up buying it. I did realize that I read McPhee’s A Sense of Where You Are many years ago and enjoyed it.

  2. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    The only time I ever enjoyed tennis was when my youngest was born just a week or two before the Australian Open started. It was 14 years ago (so pre-streaming) and I also had a one and two year old so I was awake more often than not. I watched every single match, but I haven’t found it as interesting since.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. Katherine Nabity Post author

      I never watched many sports before moving to Arizona. Here, different sports became my seasonal signifiers. Tennis: spring/summer. Football: fall. Basketball: winter/spring. This year is so messed up…

  3. joystory

    Hmm. I may have to consider making research the focus of ROW80 one of these rounds. I know there are a number of my NaNo and ROW WIP that have snagged on issues more complex than simple fact checking especially stuff relating to culture.

    Hey hope you are enjoying The Story of Film as much as I did when I was watching it on Netflix a couple years ago. Seeing your mention of it reminded me that I never got to see the whole thing as Netflix took it down before I finished. And then I remembered that I’d actually found the DVD collection on Amazon and watched for a good deal and sent for it. I just checked and sure enough it is the same series and it’s still in the shrink wrap. What I remember about what I saw though is how much it was teaching me about how story is put together with bits and pieces.

    Because of Asperger’s I actually experience my stories as visual tableau and ‘video’ clips with emotional tracks instead of music and tho I also have a facility with words those two tracks in my brain don’t mesh on command. I remember now that watching The Story of Film was was giving me the sensation that one side of my brain had just been given the dual-language dictionary that made halting communication possible. I think it is time I broke that shrink wrap.

    1. Katherine Nabity Post author

      I’ve wanted to expand my knowledge of “film” for a while, but (free) online courses for film theory are few and far between. So, I’m rolling my own film school, as it were. It is like unlocking extra information, learning how angles, lighting, cuts, etc. tell more of the story.


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