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#StayHome24in48 Readathon

I was a bit bummed in January when I found out there wasn’t going to be a 24 in 48 Readathon. I had been looking forward to a cozy activity to sink into after a December which was tiring and stressful rather than a holiday season. Fast-forward to mid-March and 2020 has just been more of the same. With the presidential election looming, I knew it was going to be a long year, but, really…

So, it was lovely to hear that Kerry, Kristen, & Rachel were organizing an impromptu readathon. Even though I stay at home most of the time anyway, things have been cancelled, things are uncertain, and again a cozy activity is wanted.


Update #1: Read from about 9pm Friday to 1am Saturday with occasional breaks for social media and a cup of tea. Didn’t finish The Long Winter, but came close.

Update #2: Up at 8:30-ish. Finished The Long Winter before 9am. Now on to my next short finish-up: Helene Hanff’s Q’s Legancy.

Update #3: Read some Q’s Legacy from ~9:15-11am and 12-12:30am, with a call from my Mom in there. She sent me a package of nibblies and wanted to make sure I got it. Switched over to PHYSICAl CoNTacT at 1pm-2:15ish.

Update #4: Got about an hour and a half of reading during the rest of the afternoon between a nap, a phone call from my sister, and dinner. Then, I got side-tracked by a Minecraft project. But! I did listen to Harlan Ellison’s The City on the Edge of Forever for 4hrs 45mins while working on my new base. This morning, so far a half hour of Helene Hanff because the server is down and my sys admin is still asleep.

The Plan

I’m not going to worry too much about keeping track of every second that I spend reading, but I’m going to start 9pm Friday (the equivalent starting time in my timezone) and try to read most of Saturday. I have a few books I  want to finish up:

The Long Winter (Little House, #6) The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini Q's Legacy

I will also probably still be reading my husband’s manuscript. It totally counts! And my Deal Me In story of the week.

I also have an ARC I should probably get going on:

The Glass Magician

All I have to say is, “Yay! Reading!”

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#24in48 July 2019

I have to do some traveling this weekend so I don’t think I’ll be able to finish 24 hours, but we’ll see, I guess. Need more information about the 24 in 48 Readthon? Check here!


The Violent Century Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds,… The Count of Monte Cristo PHYSIC


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#24in48 Readathon, January 2019


The Wedding Date
The Cure for Dreaming
Don Quixote

Pretty much right after I wrote my “It’s Monday…” post, I decided I should read a few more stories with some romance in them. So, I took a look around the online libraries and picked out The Wedding Date and The Cure for Dreaming. I also want to catch up with the other reading I had planned this week: Don Quixote and a bunch of short stories.


I decided this morning that, since I wasn’t going to make it the full 24hrs, I wanted to get 18 hours done. And, hey! I got 19!

I finished reading The Wedding Date, started and finished The Cure for Dreaming, caught up on Don Quixote and my short story reading, *and* started The Beautiful Cigar Girl and Black Klansman. That’s a pretty good reading weekend!

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#24in48 Readathon Summer 2018

#24in48 Readathon!

The goal of #24in48 is to read for 24 hours over the course of 48 hours.

I wavered back and forth on whether to join this time around. I really wanted to, but I have a previous engagement on Sunday night and, well, I like to sleep. (Sleep has become more important as I’ve gotten older.) But then I remembered that *technically* the readathon starts at midnight Saturday Eastern Time. Which is 9pm Friday night for me! So, if I get a few hours on Friday, a solid Saturday, and a good Sunday morning… I should be close.




Hour 30 Challenge:


Total at the end of Saturday: 13:52:00

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#24in48 ~ January 2017


More Info on #24in48

If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, participants read for 24 hours out of that 48 hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, four hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six four-hour sessions with four hour breaks in between, whatever you’d like.

I wasn’t going to do #24in48 since I just did Bout of Books and I figured I won’t need another readathon in January, but here I am behind on what I want to have read. So, I made a deal with myself: if I got 4000 words added to my current manuscript by the start of the readathon (10pm Friday for me!), I’d join…and use #24in48 as reading catch-up.

Catch-up List

  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville – Caught-up through Saturday.
  • PHYSIC mACHINEs (Eric’s manuscript) – to pg. 120
  • Economics – Chapters 13-15
  • The rest of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November-December 2016 – Finished.
  • More Writing on the Wall by Tom Standage
  • Start In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle


Beginning Survey

  1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend? Tempe, AZ. We’re actually having a winter weekend: chilly and rainy.
  2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before? Yes, though I’ve never managed the whole time.
  3. Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first? N/A
  4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? Gosh, I’m just looking forward to getting caught up on my reading and clearing the way for In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle.
  5. Tell us something about yourself. I’m a writer, currently working on a fantasy novel entitled Wicked Witch Retired. I also like to play ultimate frisbee and I’ll be taking some time out on Saturday to listen to the Nebraska men’s basketball game.
  6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend. You’re already here, but you can also find me on Twitter at @katen
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#24in48 ~ Update 4 & Wrap Up


For some reason, the 24 in 48 never goes well for me. Time-wise, I only read for 12 hours, but I did finish all 24 stories that I had chosen!

My top five from the weekend:

  1. “Monkey King, Faerie Queen” by Zen Cho
  2. “Multo” by Samuel Marzioli
  3. “All Souls Proceed” by KJ Kabza
  4. “The Tomato Thief” by Ursula Vernon
  5. “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky

The top two are by authors I was completely unfamiliar with!

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#24in48 ~ Update #2


My List
Update #1

12 stories
6:18 hours

At about noon yesterday, a was slammed by a combination of cramps and an RA flare-up. I struggled through story #11 and called it day reading-wise. So, once again, I’m not going to make it to 24 hours of reading. But I still have a few good hours left in me as long as I stay clear-headed. I’ll probably forego further updates until Tuesday.

7 – “Cassandra” by Ken Liu
Genre: speculative fiction, superhero
Quote: “Wouldn’t it be better,” I plead, “to kill the man long before he got on the plane rather than having to rescue the plane as it plunges toward the ground?”
Comment: What if the difference between a superhero and a supervillain is *when* they decide to take action.

8 – “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky
Quote: I would astonish everyone assembled, the biologists and the paleontologists and the geneticists, the reporters and the rubberneckers and the music aficionados, all those people who—–deceived by the helix-and-fossil trappings of cloned dinosaurs––believed that they lived in a science fictional world when really they lived in a world of magic where anything was possible.
Comment: This story has been a firebrand in the Sad Puppies/SJW debate. And…I sort of agree with the Puppies. WAIT! That doesn’t mean that this isn’t an excellent story. It’s one that’s going to stick with me. I won’t say a lot about it because it’s short and the link is right up there. It literally took me 6 minutes to read it, so check it out. But it’s also not really science fiction or fantasy. It’s sort of an extended literary prose poem. If you’re going to give awards for genre, give awards to genre… (And I won’t get into the ghetto-ization that genre causes and why giving a genre award probably doesn’t lead to wider readership…)

9 – “The Shell of Sense” by Olivia Howard Dunbar
Genre: horror, sort of
Quote: Then, for this was my first experience of the shadow-folded transition, the odd alteration of my emotions bewildered me.
Comment: Once I thought about writing a story about a ghost left watching as everyone else’s live continues. I would have been 100 year too late to the concept. Lovely prose.

10 – “The Priory Church” by James Collins
Genre: horror
Quote: (brain fog set in…)
Comment: Really enjoyed how different the voice of pompous Peverell was in comparison to the frame story.

11 – “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight” by Aliette de Bodard
Genre: science fiction
Quote: Mem-implants always went from parent to child. They were a family’s riches and fortune; the continued advice of the ancestors, dispensed from beyond the grave.
Comment: But what is your parent is an important scientist? And you’re…not. Would those memories be wasted?

12 – “Listen” by Karin Tidbeck
Genre: science fiction
Quote: In the moment they spoke, they were completely understandable. But as soon as they fell silent, any memory of what they had said disappeared.
Comment: Both of the stories on my list from have music as a part of them. Also an interesting synergy between this story and “Candy Girl.” Both have characters who wish desperately (and foolishly?) to integrate into another culture.