It’s Monday, What Are You… (6/26)


 Club Deception Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens

My reading has gone a bit off the rails lately. Well, it’s summer; everything is off the rails. I hate summer… For this week, the mid-point of the year, I’m going to try to finish the May/June issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction in order to review it on Thursday. Additionally, I’ll pick at two ARCs: Club Deception by Sarah Skilton and Bleieve Me by Eddie Izzard.

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I’ll be writing a duck-napping. 🦆


Ultimate frisbee: Master’s regionals were in Roseville, CA this past weekend. Eric’s team, Crawl, secured their bid to nationals by straight-up winning the southwest region in the men’s masters division. My team, Riding High West, has an automatic bid since this is the inaugural year for grandmaster’s women (aka, we’re old *and* willing travel to CO in July), but I would have stayed home if Crawl hadn’t made it. Nationals is the same weekend as the #24in48 readathon. So, on one hand, boo… On the other, I’m going to nationals!!!

WesterCon 70: This coming weekend is WesterCon science fiction/fantasy convention. It is a mere light rail ride away from our apartment. Should be a lot of writer/reader goodness. I’ll probably blog about it.

It’s Monday, What Are You… (6/19)


The Last Days of Night The Princess Bride

Should finish The Last Days of Night in the next day or two. As I was reading I thought, “This would make a great TV series.” Turns out, it’s already been optioned as a movie. I decided to switch out a couple of books on my 10-ish Books of Summer list under the pretense of professional growth rereads. Since I’m writing (what I’m calling) light fantasy, I figure I should probably reread a couple of the classics. One of those is The Princess Bride. I also need to catch-up on short stories.

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Started watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. It’s a fun show and the 20s aren’t an era I’ve seen a lot of in TV. Alas, the plots do suffer a bit from “well, that’s convenient” syndrome. Often, characters seem to be in just the right place at just the right time…


Trying to stay cool and not succumb to the summer blahs. Not an easy task with this temperature trend:

It’s Monday, What Are You… (6/12)


Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens The Last Days of Night

Aside from working on Book 10 of Eric’s series, I wanted to make considerable progress on Believe Me while on vacation, but man, ARCs often handle footnotes* poorly. Things were a bit jumbled on my Kindle and scrolling on my laptop with the touchpad was annoying. So, I did very little reading on that. Instead, I skipped over to Graham Moore’s The Last Days of Night, which I’m enjoying.

* Yes, of course, there are footnotes. Have you ever watched Eddie Izzard’s comedy?

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…Adding to Your Shelves?

The Science of Illusions
(Click on the Lizzie’s pic for the story of Civil War quilts.)

Visited a couple bookstores while on vacation. In downtown Prescott, I had Mom and Dad stop at The Old Sage Bookshop. Solid, local shop with a good selection of regional titles. I bought Lizzie: The Letters of Elizabeth Chester Fisk, 1864-1893, edited by Rex C. Meyers. Lizzie Fisk, from Connecticut, married a former Union soldier who went to seek his fortune in booming Helena, Montana.

Randomly, we ended up having dinner on Tuesday night at a Buffalo Wild Wings situated by a strip mall with a bookstore. Again, my family humored me. The Open Book is a nice second hand store with a clientele that included a couple guys sitting around a table debating comics and gaming. Bought The Science of Illusion by Jacques Ninio.

It’s Monday, What Are You… (6/5)


Believe Me The Lost World

Light load of recreational reading this week. I move from one celebrity memoir to the next: I might have a review for Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist on Thursday and am starting Eddie Izzard’s Believe Me: a memoir of love, dead and jazz chickens. He got me with the jazz chickens. Should finish The Lost World this week.

I realized that I have a lot of weighty fiction and nonfiction on my 10-ish Books of Summer list. Hope that won’t be a problem…

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I’m away from home this week. I’m visiting my parents in Chino Valley, and then on Tuesday, we’re going to Santa Clarita, California to visit my sister Tess. Should be back in AZ by Thursday, but then Eric and I will be house-sitting/teenager-monitoring our nieces. Busy week! I’m planning to still get reading and blogging done, but we’ll see.

Writing Update, 5/30

I’ll cop to not a lot of progress in the two weeks since I last updated. I was facing down writing new content for Ch. 10, the main change from my first half-draft. But with an attitude of “Just write 250 words…,” I’m through Ch. 10 and moving on to Ch. 11. All that after only a four day streak of writing. My inertia is possibly my worst enemy.

What is This?
Wicked Witch, Retired is my current writing project. It is the sort-of sequel to a flash story I wrote, “Wicked Witch for Hire,” which is currently available in the anthology Bounded in a Nutshell.

#TerraTues is a Twitter event hosted by @LeighMLorentz and @summerhwrites. Every Tuesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.

It’s Monday, What Are You… 5/29


The Last Train The Lost World The Princess Diarist

Should finish Michael Pronko’s The Last Train today or tomorrow with a review on Wednesday. Picked up The Princess Diarist on a whim at some point last week. Slowly working through The Lost World. At the 33% mark, no dinosaurs yet. Glad I didn’t read this as dino-obsessed kid.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) – The best of the recent movies I’ve watched, and I’m saying this as someone who has never read or watched any of the rest of the Harry Potter franchise. I know, I know. Recover from your shock. Harry Potter has never interested me. But, a story set in a magic-and-gangster-infused 1926 New York? That sounded good. Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell don’t hurt matters either.

…Listening To?

Been on an OK Go kick.

One of their lesser videos, but it made me laugh this morning.


I’ll be trying to get a ton of stuff done this week before my trip to California next week.

It’s Monday, What Are You… 5/22


Finished Ellen Klages’s Wicked Wonders last week. I should have a review of that on Thursday. (Spoiler alert: I thought it was pretty darn good.)

The Last Train The Lost World (Professor Challenger, #1) 

This week I’ll be continuing with Michael Pronko’s forthcoming thriller The Last Train. So far, so good. I’ll also be starting the May/June issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. If I stick with the schedule I’ve set (two stories a week), I’ll finish the issue before the next one is delivered.

I also remembered this morning that I had signed up for the Pigeonhole’s read of The Lost World. I haven’t read much Doyle outside of his Holmes mysteries. Poor ACD should be warned though; Wells has given me an appetite for the scientific romances and H. G.’s  shoes are big ones to fill.

May 22nd is Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday!
Happy Birthday, ACD!

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By Walter Benington – RR Auction, Public Domain, Link

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