It’s Monday, What Are You… (4/8/19)

…Reading?

Readathon was very relaxed for me, so I didn’t get too far into my TBR. You know what? That’s okay. What am I reading this week?

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer The Hellbound Heart

I don’t know if I’ll Be Gone in the Dark counts for Spring Into Horror, but, man, it should. Crime in the 70s and 80s was nuts. Also, a bunch of short stories. Will my TBR list change after my trip to the library tomorrow? Possibly.

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It’s Monday! What Are You… (3/25/19)

…Reading?

I might finally be back on the reading wagon. I finished The Man From the Train over the weekend and should have a review of that tomorrow.
Tesla: Man Out of Time
This week, I’m starting on Tesla Man Out of Time by Magaret Cheney. Because I always need to read another Tesla biography. This one caught my eye by presenting, at least in its first chapter, a narrative tone while not being fictional. If that makes any sense.

I also have a bunch of short stories to catch up on.

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…Watching?

Doing a Bourne movie watch-through. I haven’t seen the last one yet. Good gracious, this trailer is cheesy.

…Doing?

Been playing too much EverQuest 2. The game launched a new time-locked expansion server last weekend and Eric and I decided to play on it. This is my main character, Reesa, in her home. She’s a bard, hence the musical notes floating around her.

Magic Monday, 3/11/19

I like Mondays. I also like magic. I figured I’d combine the two and make a Monday feature that is truly me: a little bit of magic and a look at the week ahead.

The magic world lost one of its great performers and mentors this past weekend. Johnny Thompson was known as a fabulous comedy magician and a generous collaborator. If you’re not familiar with his act, you’ve undoubtedly seen his influence on performers such as Penn & Teller, Piff the Magic Dragon, Mac King, and many others through his “in the booth” involvement with the show Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Here’s his signature act The Great Tomsoni & Co. (& Co. being his wife Pamela Hayes).

It’s Monday, What am I…

…Reading?

Reading? What’s that?

To be fair, I spent the first part of last week in Las Vegas and am otherwise speeding through a rewrite/third draft of the book I’m working on. But here’s what I might read this week:

The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 7: I've Been Waiting for a Squirrel Like You

Plus, short stories!

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…Doing?

As I mentioned above, I’m working through a rewrite/third daft of what was known as Jane Anderson Mystery (#1?), but now has a title: Deal with the Devil. I plan to have that finished by Friday. Granted, I haven’t entirely finished writing the book in the first place. (That won’t be finished by Friday.) I decided at the end of February, I wanted to solidify some shifts in plot before heading into the climax.

I’ll probably write up something about my trip to Las Vegas this week as well. Most things are taking a backseat to my getting writing work done, which is as it should be, but often isn’t.

Otherwise, ultimate frisbee (if we don’t get rained out) and some EverQuest 2.

What *Was* I Doing?

It’s Monday, What Are You… 02/18/19

…Reading?

The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery Lady Molly of Scotland Yard The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

I went to the library last Tuesday, which is only partially the reason for the upheaval in my immediate TBR pile.

  • The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James & Rachel McCarthy James – I’ve been wanting to read this since I came across the Wikipedia entry about the 1912 axe murders in Villisca, Iowa. Library book.
  • Lady Molly of Scotland Yard by Emmuska Orczy – Did you know that Baroness Orcy wrote detective fiction? With a female detective? I’ll be dipping into this collection over the next few weeks.
  • The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara – This ARC is next in the queue.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… 02/11/19

…Reading?

Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Affinity

Finished Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016, a book I started back in November! It’s a 700 page tome that I knew I couldn’t rush through. Should have a review on Thursday-ish. I should also finish The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society today or tomorrow. Then I think I’ll start on Affinity. It will be my first Sarah Waters book.

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…Doing?

Yellow Tail, photo courtesy Amanda Herrmann

My team finished the season undefeated, making us B League 2019 champions. That’s the second B league championship in a row for me. It was gray day, windy and cold for Tempe. Eric’s team won A league, so we’re a championship household, at least for a few days until spring league begins. Literally, a few days; games start Tuesday.

I have to say, I haven’t been in too much of a blogging mood, so things might be quieter around here for a while. Or not, who knows?

Magic Monday, 2/4/19

I like Mondays. I also like magic. I figured I’d combine the two and make a Monday feature that is truly me: a little bit of magic and a look at the week ahead.

I’m not much of a fan of street magic or apparatus magic, but if you combine the two…

It’s Monday, What am I…

…Reading?

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016

If all goes well I should finish both of these this week.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  • Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016 by Chris O’Leary
  • I also have a new issue of “new” issue of The Black Cat to dive into.

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…Listening To?

R.E.M. seems to be my go-to writing music at the moment. They’ve had a lot of hits over the years, but it’s “Wolves, Lower” from their first EP that I’ve had stuck in my head for about a week now.

…Doing?

So many ultimate frisbee things. AB League finishes up this week, which means games Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Plus, we finally got word last week on field availability and opened Spring League registration—with games starting next week! Plus, I should bring my meager graphic design talents to bear and design an eye-catching graphic for our forum sign-up.

I’m also basking in a pretty good promo weekend (with very little effort on my part) for The Sorrowful Seamstress and Lucinda at the Window. I’ve had ~140 downloads of Seamstress and a couple of Lucinda sales. Seamstress even cracked the top 20 list in *deep breath* Kindle Store/Kindle eBooks /Mystery, Thriller & Suspense /Mystery/Historical. Both are still on sale thru Tuesday!

What *Was* I Doing?

Magic Monday, 1/28/19


I like Mondays. I also like magic. I figured I’d combine the two and make a Monday feature that is truly me: a little bit of magic and a look at the week ahead.

Last week I put in motion a plan to head to Las Vegas in a few weeks. And one of the acts I plan on seeing is Mac King. The rope trick is one of those old standards that can be new and fun with the right presentation. And if you have a few more minutes, King has a great story about this trick.

It’s Monday! What Am I…

…reading?

Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of Lifetime
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Two library books that I had on hold became available within 24 hours of each other.

It’s bad form to complain about an overage of things to read, isn’t it? And, apparently, I’m on a book-to-movie kick.

…doing?

More of the usual. Now that New Year Fest is in the rear view mirror, it’s time to get Spring League going. Probably a lot of blog posts this week. And I really need to get some writing done!

What *was* I doing?