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Sunday Miscellanea, 4/17

Monday Miscellanea, but on Sunday . . .


cover: Those Who Walk Away by Patricia Highsmith
cover: The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner

For Spring into Horror and Classics Club Spin, I was reading Curious, if True by Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1860. The opening novella “The Old Nurse’s Tale” was a reread for me. I also read the second novella in the collection “The Poor Clare,” but then I put the collection aside. It’s not *bad*, but it is very slow and dependent on relationships between a lot of characters past and present. I’m just not in the mood for that. Moved on to Those Who Walk Away by Patricia Highsmith.

Finished reading The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner. Not much to this book that I haven’t heard before. Very much geared toward literary writers instead of genre writers, who have a slightly different environment. Also, this edition was published in 2000. It has only cynicism for the coming ebook era and no inkling about how authors will have to deal with social media.


Screenshot from Stardew Valley video game. The interior of a house with a big double bed, a dog asleep on the rug, fireplace, and some decorations.

Too much Stardew Valley.

Also, quite a bit of ultimate frisbee. Flyin’ Hawaiian, my spring league team, is currently undefeated. We had two regular season games left, but we’ve secured a first round bye at finals. Finals are the 30th. (Yes, the same day as Readathon once again.) The Friday pickup game has been pretty good the last couple weeks too. I seem to enjoy playing against a girl half my age.

Goal Check-In

Writing & Entangled Tomes

  • “Colors of the Sea” is still out in the world.
  • I’ve lost momentum with “Untitled California Gothic.” I’m going to try rewriting what I have.
  • Going to start reading stories for the next Entangled Tome.

Shelf Maintenance

  • After a finish and a DNF, I’m 10/25 on my Beat the Backlog goal.
  • It’s been 68 days since I last acquired a book.