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Notes, 11/8/20


I’ve had a hard time getting into any reading this week. I guess I’m mostly reading Edison’s Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life by Gaby Wood. Alas, there’s a lot philosophy going on in this book, which I find a bit tedious.


“Mr. Dark’s Carnival” by Glen Hirshberg – This was “clean up” from October. I find that I might have a problem: I used to be able to read several books in tandem. I’d have maybe a bedside book and a computer-based book, maybe a novel and a nonfiction book all going at the same time. Not to mention the short stories mixed in. Lately, I’m finding this more difficult. I want to finish one thing before starting the next. Is it age? Probably. “Mr. Dark’s Carnival” was my bedside reading material after finishing Doyle’s The Parasite, but I couldn’t get into anything else until I finished it, instead of just reading a page or two before falling asleep. (Who keeps a horror anthology for her bedside book? Me, apparently.)

Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren

Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren (issues 1–4) by Charles Soule & Will Sliney – I’ve been reading quite a few comics collections this year, which is probably padding my reading numbers, but I don’t really care about numbers aside from keeping track of them. I’m just reading for enjoyment.

I had been keeping an eye on this comic run because, dang it, I want to like the something of Star Wars VII, VIII, IX! I was very much a fan of Star Wars as a kid, but only half-ish of The Last Jedi has done anything for me since episode VI. So, this take on the origin of Kylo Ren works well in that context.

Deal Me In

Week 44: 7♣️
“Prince Myshkin, and Hold the Relish” by Harlan Ellison – One of those stories that you can only read to yourself in Harlan Ellison’s voice. Our narrator and the cook at a hot dog stand begin a discussion of whether Dostoevsky treated women poorly. The conversation is interrupted by other patrons and a passerby who tells his long history of women he loved, all of whom have met terrible ends. Sometimes, reality proves a point.

I’m a week behind so I’ll maybe cover week 45 and 46 next Sunday.


I had a plan to maybe revive my Cinema Saturday posts, but after two months of movie marathons, I’m doing some TV watching.

My two shows of choice are on opposite ends of a spectrum: Hannibal and Community. I watched a goodly portion of each when they first premiered, but I’m as bad at finishing television series as I am book series.

About The Weather

It was 98F on Thursday. Thankfully, a cold front has come through and that should be it for the 90s for this year.

This past week was so long that yesterday when I went to add something to my monthly bullet journal spread, I couldn’t understand why I hadn’t done the things I had planned for Monday and Tuesday, the 9th and 10th. Surely, we were already halfway through November…

Of course, the election was the big, big deal this week. I had voted by mail back in early October, but it was good to go online and check that my signature had been verified and my ballot counted. I’d like to be relieved at the outcome, but I’m a pessimist and have watched too many horror movies. I’m not confident yet that the Big Bad will stay down.

I am already pretty behind on NaNoWriMo, but mostly I was doing it to jump start me back into writing. I actually *want* to do more work on my Ada Swanson project and to finish it. That’s a change for me, so I might have already gotten what I needed from NaNo.