It’s Monday, What Are You… (10/16)

…Reading?

Saturday is Readathon! I’ll have more about that on Friday (probably).

Unfortunately, I haven’t been very excited about any of the novels I’ve been reading and a short story marathon will burn me out. It’s still slump city around here. I might be adding some nonfiction to Saturday’s pile.

alt text In the Matter of Nikola Tesla by Anthony Flacco

DNF – Every character not Tesla sounds exactly the same. And Tesla is super quirky. Tiresomely quirky.

alt text The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike

Still reading – I think this one might be losing something in translation. The dialog feels…dubbed? But I’m about 45% through and the creepiness is accumulating.

alt text The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

Listening to – It’s a little more romance-y than my usual fare. There are certain tropes in romances that get on my nerves, but I’ll probably finish it.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… (10/2)

…Reading?

Slade House Dark Screams: Volume Eight The Overneath

I started Slade House last week, but then skipped over to The Ballad of Black Tom, which I finished. Not sure what I think, thus far. It’s…quirky. I’ve also been working my way through two short story ARCs. And I’ll probably read other assorted short stories. The October Reading Club is back, but started out with Lovecraft. *shrug*

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…Doing?

Trying to get work done. Playing some frisbee. Basking in October-ness. The usual.

The data drive on my desktop took a dive Saturday night. I’ve recovered most of my important files, and I’ll have probably an attempt or two more to grab a few things, but it’s been an interruption of my usual routine. Eric ordered a ginormous replacement.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… (9/18)

…Reading?

Bird Box Chicago Magic: A History of Stagecraft and Spectacle Slade House

As expected, it didn’t take me long to get behind on my big, annotated Dracula, so that’s going on the back burning for the moment. I’m about a third of the way through Bird Box and I don’t know what I think. I didn’t expect so much of a post-apocalypse/survivalist vibe. Not a genre I’m keen on. I’ll also be reading Chicago Magic, which I picked up through my newly acquired hoopla access. I derailed an entire day looking though hoopla’s catalog. I’ll probably also start Slade House this week after I finish Bird Box.

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…Doing?

We’re finally in the midst of break from the heat. (I hesitate to say we’re done with the heat.) Daytime temps are still around 100F, but the nights have been down in the 70s. So much nicer. And therefore, it’s time for more Halloween in my work space.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… (9/4)

…Reading?

The New Annotated Dracula
So, a month or two back I picked up this weighty annotated edition of Dracula at Bookmans. It’s gloriously full of crunchy historical bits. I’ve worked out a schedule to get it read during Sept/Oct. We’ll see if I can keep pace.

Universal Harvester The Overneath

Universal Harvester was an impulse check-out from the digital library. Because, you know, I didn’t have enough books in-progress or on my TBR list. So far, it’s been a creepy good read for R.I.P. Also started working my way through Peter S. Beagle’s upcoming anthology.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… (8/14)

…Reading?

Kings of Broken Things Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Last week was…pft. At least, I finally got my copy of Kings of Broken Things. If I need non-physical reading material, I’m going to be reading “Moxon’s Master” by Ambrose Bierce and maybe starting Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

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…Watching?

Rewatched Silence of the Lambs (1991). It’s surprising how singular this movie looks. You kind of get used to a certain type of closeup in films, and here Jonathan Demme and Tak Fujimoto give you these of awkwardly close closeups. Or, something like that. Film studies is something I like, but will never have enough time for. Anyway, nice to watch a film that actually *looks* different.

…Doing?

Working. No really, this time. At least, I don’t have set up for two leagues this week. This week’s deal: If I have a good week, maybe I’ll take a day off the following week for Bout of Books.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… (8/7)

…Reading?

Shatterday Kings of Broken Things The Dancing Partner (Travelman Comedy)

Finished The Janus Tree on Sunday and will have some thoughts on that later in the week.

This week, I plan to read a few stories from Shatterday and Jerome K. Jerome’s “The Dancing Partner” until my copy of Theodore Wheeler’s Kings of Broken Things shows up. I’m not entirely sure why a book that I pre-ordered in December and was released last week hasn’t even shipped yet.

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…Doing?

Gearing up for Fall League. Pages are set up, registration should be opening soon. Play starts 9/5. Otherwise, keeping my head down and trying to get work done.

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(I’ve been only going back to 2007, but 8/7 is apparently a non-journaling/blogging day for me.)

It’s Monday, What Are You… (7/31)

…Reading?

Los autómatasThe Janus Tree and Other Stories

After two busy months, I’m hoping to settle back into some sort of routine which will include writing, reading, and blogging, probably in that order. My meager reading goals for this week:

  • The last half of Glen Hirshberg’s The Janus Tree
  • “Automata” by E. T. A. Hoffmann

I finished my reread of The Last Unicorn on Sunday and I’ll post some thoughts on that later in the week.

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…Watching?

Probably will go to a movie this week. Quite possibly to see Kathryn Bigalow’s Detroit. I’ve been a fan of Bigalow’s since Strange Days (1995), and *then* found out she directed Point Break (1991) and Near Dark (1987) too.

…Listening To?

Grunge. Preferably only the grunge that was in existence during my college years (in contrast to post-grunge). I’ve been feeling that back-to-school vibe.

…Doing?

Last week seemed like a grind, mainly due to feeling socially wiped out after Nationals. Really looking forward to doing nothing but working. (And my usual amount of goofing off and mild socialization.)

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