Wrapping March 2018

Reading

March got off to a rough start. It took me a while get into a groove.

  • Books Finished: 5 (though two were novella length)
    • Highlights: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (review to come), though Frankenstein Dreams is a strong runner-up.
  • Books DNFed: 2
  • Short Stories Read: 37
    • Highlights: Rereads of “The Dancing Partner” by Jerome K. Jerome and “Moxon’s Master” by Ambrose Bierce
  • Challenge Updates:
    • FrankenSlam! – Oh, Hi! Plutarch. I didn’t see you there.
    • 2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge – The Infamous Harry Hayward (ARC, review to come) wasn’t on my reading list, but it was this month’s nonfiction title. Still maintaining over 30% nonfiction for the year.
    • 2018 TBR Challenge – I ended up DNFing three books in a row from my from the TBR Challenge pile. In the end, I read one of the shorter titles Monster in the Mists by Andrew Mayne.
    • Wild West Reading Challenge – No progress. Still 1/6
    • Shelf Maintenance – I acquired a copy of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens for a read-a-long that is starting March 31st. It’s going to follow the pace of the novel’s original serialization. Interested? Join The Pickwick Club. I also nabbed Thirteen Chocolates, a cozy mystery by one Agatha Chocolats.

Continue reading “Wrapping March 2018”

Advertisements

Wrapping February 2018

WrappingFeb

Reading

Pretty good month, progress-wise, though I feel like I haven’t read anything!

  • Books Finished: 5
  • Books DNFed: 1
  • Short Stories Read: 15
    • Highlights: “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Challenge Updates:
    • FrankenSlam! – Read a bit of Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans by Plutarch, but haven’t gotten very far.
    • 2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge – Finished another book off my “research” list; currently at 36% nonfiction for the year.
    • 2018 TBR Challenge -Read one more book off the list and, sadly, DNFed one.
    • Wild West Reading Challenge – One book down!
    • Shelf Maintenance – I acquired two books, but…! One was a better version of Plutarch’s Lives and the other was my own copy of Tom Standage’s The Turk that I wanted for reference.

Continue reading “Wrapping February 2018”

Writing Update, 8/9

Current WIP

Progress
There are times when I make a narrative decision and I know it’s not quite the right decision. Yet, I barrel down the narrative path anyway. At these times, I really should get a second opinion from Eric. This week will be be going back up the path, cleaning up a few things, and going down a better path.

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 @leighmlorien and @summerhwrites.  Every Tuesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme. Tuesday’s theme was “weather.”

#FlashFicHive

I had fun doing #FlashFicHive last week. The pace though, man. Definitely a different set of muscles from what I’m used to. Kinda sorta following the prompts, I finished one story (below, or link) that I’m okay with and started a second which, if I finish it, will probably be longer than 1000 words. I included some process for “The Logical Sight” if you’re into seeing how the sausage is made.

Sadly, I realized on Monday of this week that I really have too much going on this month to really give #FlashFicHive enough attention.

  • I want to get a full draft of Wicked Witch, Retired done by the end of October.
  • We’re relaunching Eric’s PHYSIC series at the end of this month/beginnging of September and I need to make sure I have all my ducks in a row.
  • VOTS leagues. Set up and registration for two of them.

So, yeah, probably no more flash fiction for me this month…unless inspiration strikes. 😉

It’s Monday, What Are You… (7/10)

…Reading?

On Twitter, @bexthebookninja is hosting an informal #reReadathon this week. Above is my laughably large TRB stack for it, especially considering I want finish Club Deception by Sarah Skilton (an ARC) by its publication date next week.

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date!

…Listening To?

I haven’t seen Baby Driver, but I’d heard that the soundtrack is pretty great. So far, I agree. (Apparently in the movie, Baby suffers from tinnitus and uses his personal soundtrack to drown out the internal noise. I can relate.)

…Doing?

Writing, editing and formatting, reading. Should be a nice “quiet” week.

What WAS I Doing?

November Reading Wrap-Up

Challenges

ReadMyOwnDamnBooksbutton

Uh… Well, the two books I *did* finish were #myOwnDamnBooks!

Finished in November

  1. “One Drink” by Max Florschutz
  2. Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith

I didn’t review “One Drink,” but it was a solid bit of urban fantasy.

Additions to my Library

  1. In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle
  2. The Nikola Tesla Treasury
  3. “A Slight Miscalculation” by Deb Marlowe – Read
  4. Fantastic Creatures (Fellowship of Fantasy Book 1)
  5. The Psychology of Magic and the Magic of Psychology
  6. Exclusive Magical Secrets by Will Goldston
  7. Middlemarch by George Elliot
  8. War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

There were quite a few public domain things I downloaded last month.

Notes

I read only 990 pages this month, which actually isn’t the worst month this year. 990 beats January, February, *and* March. November was just an oddly muddled month. Here’s to hoping that December is better!

‘Tis the season to plan which 2017 challenges to join. So far, I’m looking at:

#NonFicNov ~ New to My TBR

fall-festival-300x300
Hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey, Lory at Emerald City Book Review,
Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves, Rachel at Hibernator’s Library,
and Julz at Julz Reads

Lory: It’s my honor to be the host for Nonfiction November this week, with our final topic: New to My TBR.

It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR list? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!

A list with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Books with a * are available at Tempe Digital Library.

What Am I Reading This Week? Hopefully, Lots!

This Saturday is Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! It is one of my favorite blogging/bookernet events because, well, reading!

11999190_10155934214935618_2131257031_o

What I’m Reading Pre-Readathon

The Accidental Alchemist (An Accidental Alchemist Mystery) The Pit and the Pendulum Wild Nights!: Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway

I should be able to finish The Accidental Alchemist by Saturday. I also have “The Pit and the Pendulum” to read for Season of the Witch and the last story in Joyce Carol Oates’ Wild Nights! for Deal Me In. Ideally, I’d like to blog about the last two before Saturday, but we’ll see. My blogging schedule and I are only passingly familiar lately.

My Readathon Stack

I took books back to the library last week, which means, despite my #readMyOwnDamnBooks efforts, I also checked out books from the library…

Revenge The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist: Volume 1 Barnum!: In Secret Service to the USA

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation Holmes on the Range

Julianne at Outlandish Lit reminded me that Revenge has been a book on my TBR list for ages. Between it and Holmes on the Range, I should be set for fiction. For graphic novel breaks, I checked out The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist: Volume 1 and Barnum!: In Secret Service to the USA. And lastly, I checked out an audio book, Bill Nye’s Undeniable, just in case my eyes need a break.

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date!