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Monday Miscellanea, 7/4/22

Reading

Book cover: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Book cover: The Devil and the Deep, ed. by Ellen Datlow
Book cover: The Circus of Dr. Lao by Chalres G. Finney

20 Books of Summer Update

As of today July 4th, I’ve read five books for 20 Books of Summer. I didn’t read much last week, so I’m a bit behind where I’d like to be. I didn’t finish Still Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton because it had to go back to the library. I finished Jane Austen’s Persuasion this very morning. The Devil and the Deep, edited by Ellen Datlow and The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney are next up.

Here’s what I’ve read:

  • On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers – Review
  • Magic in Theory by Peter Lamont & Richard Wiseman (reread) – Review
  • Psychic Blues by Mark Edward (library) – Review
  • Hiding the Elephant by Jim Steinmeyer (reread) – Review
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen (library) – READ! Review coming in the near future.

I’m 4/5 on reviews!

Other

Picture of a Minecraft character in a highly modded version of the game, which includes a cake with colorful sprinkles.
Faleigh in her kitchen, standing next to her fun-fetti cake.

The video gaming vacation has continued. After a brief foray into EverQuest2, Eric and I have settled into the Fantasy Realm Minecraft mod pack. We play together on a home-hosted server. Minecraft is probably the best game for us. Eric’s in it for advancement, combat, and equipment challenges and I enjoy building a cozy house and cooking up good food . . . before going out on adventures.

Summer is rough on me. I seem to have summer SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Unrestrained summer fun for me is being in a cold, dark room. It’s hard to get motivated to do much. I’ve had a good deal of insomnia and some extra inflammation. Fun stuff!

Goal Check-In

Writing

  • Rewrote “Logical Sight” last week (flash fiction, 800-ish words). It still needs a little tweaking.
  • Haven’t heard back about “Colors of the Sea.” It hasn’t moved in the current queue according to the Moksha sub system, which I take to mean the slush reader is on vacation.

Shelf Maintenance

  • No progress on Beat the Backlog. Been reading library books.
  • It’s been 18 days since I acquired a book.

Monday Miscellanea, 6/27/22

Reading

Pretty much as soon as I posted last week, Still Just a Geek came off hold from the library. I vaguely remember putting it on hold, but I don’t remember when. Before making up my 20 Books of Summer list? Probably. (If I do anything late at night when I’ve had too much to drink, it’s putting in hold requests at the elibrary.)

So, Wil Wheaton’s Still Just a Geek and Persuasion by Jane Austen are this week’s selections. I’m still more or less on track for 20 Books of Summer, even though I didn’t read much over the weekend.

Deal Me In, Week 25

Q♣️ – “And Yet” by A. T. Greenblatt (link)
I’ve been loving what recent authors have been doing with haunted house tropes. “And Yet” might be my favorite thus far, a Nebula nominee from a few years back.

Watching

I try to not binge shows, but I had a pretty bad night of insomnia last week and watched the whole of The Bear in one evening. Granted, it was only eight episodes and many of them only a half hour in length, but still . . . I’m also catching season 8 of Endeavour on PBS.

This week: Wimbeldon!

Goal Check-In

Writing & Entangled Tomes

Last week, I decided to go through my folders and figure out just how many projects I had in progress. Turns out, around two dozen. Among those projects, I found a flash fiction piece which is pretty much finished. I’m going to rewrite it and find potential homes for it this week.

Shelf Maintenance

  • No Beat the Backlog progress due to library books.
  • It’s been 11 days since I acquired a book.

Monday Miscellanea, 6/20/22

Monday Miscellanea, a look back at the stuff of last week.

Reading

Finished Hiding the Elephant yesterday. I plan on posting about it tomorrow. I was a little undecided about what I wanted to read next. There’s been some consternation in my corner of the internet over the upcoming adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, which I’ve never read, but I think I will now (with the requisite change to my 20 Books of Summer list). And in contrast, I might start reading a story or two from The Devil and the Deep, edited by Ellen Datlow. This will be the first time this summer I’m splitting reading time between books, so we’ll see if I stay on track.

Deal Me In

4❤️: “The House Wins In The End” by L Chan (link)
A story about a haunting that probably deserves a second read-through. From my Eugie Award list.

Goal Check-In

Writing & Entangled Tomes

  • Didn’t get as much done on “Vegas Noir” as I intended, but more than I had in a while. I suppose I’ll keep at it.
  • No new word on “Colors of the Sea,” but it did move up two positions in its current queue.

Shelf Maintenance

  • No Beat the Backlog progress since I’ve been rereading and checking out books from the library.
  • It’s officially been 4 days since I last acquired a book.

Monday Miscellanea, 6/13/22

Reading Notes

Cover: Magic in Theory by Peter Lamont and Richard Wiseman
Cover: Psychic Blues by Mark Edward
Cover: Hiding the Elephant by Jim Steimmeyer

I finished both Magic in Theory and Psychic Blues last week. I already posted about the former and will have a few things to say about the latter later in the week. Possibly tomorrow. I’m also a little way into Hiding the Elephant. I needed an antidote to the nonsense of Psychic Blues.

Round three of TrekAThon is coming up in July and a surprising number of my 20 Books of Summer list fit the prompts. I’ll have a have a signup post closer to the date.

Other

Not much else going on. Weather-wise, we’ve gone from pleasant spring to pretty hot, which isn’t totally unusual for Arizona in June. Evening ultimate frisbee has been pleasant and noontime ultimate is strangely undeterred.

Goal Check-In

Writing & Entangled Tomes

  • Did a small amount of writing on Vegas Noir. Hope to get more done this week. I’ve set a small goal of adding 30K to it by the end of the summer.
  • No word on “Colors of the Sea.”

Shelf Maintenance

  • Between library reads and rereads, no progress on my Beat the Backlog goal, but I’m ahead of schedule.
  • It’s been 125 days since I acquired a book, but as I’ve said, this is only technically still a streak. With Kickstarters, anything can happen, but the project is funded. There are still a few days left to back this fun project:

Monday Miscellanea, 6/6/22

Reading Notes

I’m a week into 20 Books of Summer and it’s going pretty well. I finished On Stranger Tides and will have a post about that in a few days. I traded out some of my initial summer book list because I want to (re)read a few magic books.

My next two books will be Magic in Theory by Peter Lamont and Richard Wiseman and Hiding the Elephant by Jim Steinmeyer.

Deal Me In, Week 22
8♠️ “Bunny” by Ali Seay, @ Cemetery Gates
This was a wonderful little hit of Halloween as the temperatures in Phoenix begin to soar.

Goal Check-In

Writing & Entangled Tomes

  • “Colors of the Sea” is still in a queue. Queue, queue, queue. Waiting in a queue. Because markets don’t want you to simultaneously submit even though they never respond as quickly as they estimate.
  • Going to work again on what’s currently called Vegas Noir. I did some plot free-writing on it last week. I’m going to outline and see how it goes.

Shelf Maintenance

  • 14/25 books read for Beat the Backlog.
  • 118 days without acquiring a book.*
    * I’ve backed a Kickstarter. Technically, they haven’t charged my card yet, but my streak will end on the 16th.

Blog Notes

If you’ve never noticed, and I can’t blame you if you haven’t, Simple Tricks & Nonsense has a schedule: the Monday Miscellanea post, the Thursday reading post, and the Saturday movie post. Unfortunately, this schedule doesn’t really work for me, especially when I’m reading or watching movies at a good pace.

The problem is that I’ll finish reading a book, for example, on Friday, but instead of writing about it right away, I’ll procrastinate until the next scheduled “reading post.” By that Thursday, I won’t fell like writing about it. (Yes, I could draft posts in advance and publish them later, but that is. . . not how a procrastinator’s brain works.)

So, for the summer, I’m going to try a looser structure for book and movie “reviews” and not worry about a balanced schedule.

Monday Miscellanea, 5/30/22

20 Books of Summer

A stack of books and a ceramic owl.

I’m kicking off 20 Books of Summer today, instead of Wednesday (June 1st). I’m a Monday-to-Sunday kind of person *and* I just finished In Cold Blood last night, so it makes sense to me to start today and set my end date as Sunday, August 28th. Besides, we’ve already had nine days of 100+F. It’s summer. I’m starting with On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers.

Ultimate Frisbee

Our first summer league games are in the books. My Wednesday team is 2-0 and the Thursday team is 0-1.

I read last week about the explosion of ultimate frisbee in China as a “fashion sport.” Basically, if you’re young in Beijing and wish to be seen, in fashionable sporty clothing, you go play ultimate. Teams even have photographers to give participants Instagramable moments. On one hand, it’s good that people are getting exposed to ultimate and are getting out and being active. On the other, I’m so glad that wasn’t the scene here when I started playing. Because I wouldn’t have started playing and that would have been a great detriment to me. Ultimate is such a part of keeping myself healthy that I don’t know what I’d be doing without it.

EverQuest2

An EverQuest2 character. A wood elf in armor.

Eric and I took a bit of a Norrathian vacation last week. EverQuest2 launched a new time-locked expansion server and we decided to spend some time leveling characters. Okay, Eric levels characters; I putter along and do a bad job of keeping up.

This is Folly Skipperdoo, 26th level Mystic/26th level Carpenter.

Goal Check-In

Writing & Entangled Tomes

  • No word on “Colors of the Sea.”
  • Still working on “Untitled Ghost Story.”

Shelf Maintenance

  • 13/25 on my Beat the Backlog.
  • It’s been 111 days since I last acquired a book.

Monday Miscellanea, 5/16/22

Monday Miscellanea, a look back at the stuff of last week.

Bout of Books 34 Wrap-Up

I had good intentions but my brain went a little sideways last week. It happens. Despite that, I read a smidge over 400 pages, finished Bloodlines (which was in-progress) and read the entirety of Sundial by Catriona Ward. I’ll have some thoughts on it later in the week.

Ultimate Frisbee

Yeah, this is a 2-hour video, but just watch this first point. It’s cued up for you and everything.

The Western Ultimate league finished its inaugural season this weekend. My home team, the Arizona Sidewinders, ended up placing third after sneaking into Championship Weekend via a tie-breaker. When I started playing ultimate twenty years ago, it was cool to find just clips of other people playing. Fast-forward to today: an entire season of a semi-pro women’s league was broadcasted. Better yet, I’ve had the pleasure of playing with and against many of these women. It’s all pretty darn cool.

In more local news, summer leagues are starting this week. Sounds like Eric and I will be playing in both the Wednesday league and the Thursday league, but teams/the schedule aren’t out yet. I’ll have all that to post this week along with playing at least one of those nights.

Goal Check-In

Writing & Entangled Tomes

  • “Colors of the Sea” is still in a slush pile.
  • Working on a new story known as “Untitled Ghost Story.”
  • Tomes are on the back burner for the moment. I need to do some Kindle formatting research.

Shelf Maintenance

  • At 12/25 for my Beat the Backlog Goal.
  • It’s been 97 days since I acquired a book. That beats my previous record of 93 days. By “record,” I mean since I started keeping track in 2016. Maybe, previous to 2016 I had gone more than 97 days without acquiring a book, but that’s unlikely.