It’s Monday, What Are You… 4/23

…Reading?

I’m on the fence about Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on Saturday. It’s the same day as league finals, so I won’t be able to even attempt 24 hours. But on the other hand:

So, I feel like I could contribute to the event a little in a fun way. I don’t have a game until 2pm which means I could get maybe six hours of reading in before finals. Probably nothing after—games go until 9:30. Even though my team will probably only play two games, I’m likely to stick around and revel.

What am I reading this week? I’m mostly finishing a few things:

The Valley of Fear Hombre The Three Impostors
  • The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle – Over halfway. I love that fairly ridiculous cover.
  • Hombre by Elmore Leonard – Started on Friday; it’s going down easy.
  • The Three Impostors by Arthur Machen – Maybe a third of the way through. Machen is a bit dense at times.
  • A Corner in Sleep by E. E. Kellett – A potential favorite discovered while working on the automaton anthology.
  • “The Neanderthal in the Garden” by Guido Eekhaut – For Deal Me In.
  • “Scandle in Bohemia” by  Arthur Conan Doyle

I’m still holding out hope that Meddling Kids will become available before the end of the month. If it does before Saturday, I’ll definitely readathon.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… 4/9

…Reading?

I’m reading this book and that book and that other book over there…

Due to a research tangent I ended up reading The Castle of the Carpathians by Jules Verne last week. It was…probably not Jules’ best work. And I finished The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore. On tap this week, after my trip to the library:

The Deep The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini The Fifty Year Sword
  • The Deep by Nick Cutter – I’ve been inspired by Spring into Horror… …Inspired to leave my TBR behind!
  • The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski – See above. It is, of course, printed upside-down and backwards.
  • The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini by Ruth Brandon – Actually planned on reading this in April and I’m way behind on reading it now due to the above.
  • And short stories!

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…Doing?

April is off to a hot start. Highs have been in the 90s. Been reading, organizing and formatting Our Past in the Uncanny Valley, playing some ultimate frisbee. All the usual stuff. And along those lines, I’m trying to decide on a plan for the upcoming 24-hour readathon. League finals are that day, but maybe I’ll do an unofficial 24-in-48 readathon that weekend (since I missed *that* for New Year Fest). I have two hobbies which shouldn’t overlap…

What Was I Doing?

It’s Monday, What Are You… 3/19

…Reading?

The Chronological Man: The Monster In The Mist The Infamous Harry Hayward: A True Account of Murder and Mesmerism in Gilded Age Minneapolis All the Crooked Saints

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…Watching?

At this very moment, Deception:

So far (about half an episode in), it’s what I expected: not terrible, not great, but enjoyable. Although, if you didn’t like the Now You See Me movies (and there were plenty of magic aficionados who didn’t), this probably isn’t for you. Also, I had forgotten that Vinnie Jones is in it.

…Doing?

Pretty ordinary week planned…except that I might have jury duty tomorrow. I have to call in tonight to see if they need my pool. I’ve never done jury duty before.

What Was I Doing?

Apparently, I don’t do much on the 19th of March…

  • 2013: Review ~ Behind the Scenes with the Mediums
  • 2010: Nattering about disc – As an addendum, it was only last summer that I actually figured out a better technique for my backhand. If I move the heel of my left foot forward when I pivot for the backhand (or step for my forehand), it keeps my right shoulder down which leads to a more controlled, more powerful throw.
  • 2009: (More about ultimate) – Apparently, I realized the value of punting on a high stall count years ago, yet did not learn the lesson…

It’s Monday, What Are You… 3/5

…Reading?

I’m not off to a great start for the month. I’ve DNFed two books in a row. Maybe I’m just grumpy or in a picky mood…

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1) The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
  • The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin – I know this is currently a favorite for a lot of readers, but I’m already on the fence about it.
  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann – Christmas in March? Sure. Hoffmann is weird enough that I probably won’t notice.
  • Short stories including “Pythias” by Frederik Pohl (for DMI), “The Adventure of the Reigate Puzzle” by Arthur Conan Doyle and “The Mullenville Mystery” which might be by Julian Hawthorne.

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…Doing?

I’m a bit behind today. The end of last week was slow. Then Eric and I spent Saturday/Sunday house/niece sitting, so the weekend was somewhat truncated. And I decided we should go out to dinner today. The Thirsty Lion has its St. Patrick’s Day menu going on; I had the cornbeef mac & cheese. Tasty, but a slight time investment.

It’s Monday, What Are You… 2/19

…Reading?

I finished Hunger by Roxane Gay and On the Wrong Track by Steve Hockensmith last week. I’ve also delved into some Doctor Who comics since I’ve been in a Doctor Who mood.

This week:

Eyeing the Flash: The Making of a Carnival Con Artist Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Science Fiction Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor, Vol. 1: A Matter of Life and Death
  • Starting: Eyeing the Flash: The Making of a Carnival Con Artist by Peter Fenton
  • Still working on: Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Science Fiction by Michael Sims
  • Finishing: Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor, Vol. 1: A Matter of Life and Death by George Mann, Emma Vieceli (Illustrations), Hi-Fi (Illustrations)
  • Plus: Plutarch, “The Beryl Coronet” by Arthur Conan Doyle, “Three Questions” by Amy Aderman

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…Doing?


picture by Stephen So

Saturday was Winter B League finals. My team came into the day with only one loss, to a pretty solid red team. Granted, Thursday’s games had been rained out and we hadn’t played the blue team. We met them in semi finals and beat them by one point. Finals was a rematch against red. It was pretty back and forth score-wise until we went on a run at about 9-10 and won 15-10. So above is the black team with a pretty nice evening Arizona sky.


photos by Kristie Braselton

Since my teammates took a ton of pictures, here is an action shot of me throwing the disc (and apparently doing the robot) with proof that the plastic was caught!

And this week we set up Spring League…

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It’s Monday, What Are You… (2/12)

…Reading?

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Science Fiction
On the Wrong Track Plutarch: Lives of the noble Grecians and Romans

I’m about 50% through all of these except for the Plutarch. I’ve scheduled Plutarch to take eight months.

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…Listening To?

Right this minute: Avalon by The Huntress and the Holder of Hands. Just a taste: “Shake Off Your Flesh.”

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It’s Monday, What Are You… (1/29)

…Reading?

In order to avoid ending up in a reading slump again, I’m going to be a little freer with my DNFing. Toward the middle of last week, I realized that I was avoiding reading because two of my in-progress books, World, Chase Me Down and The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down just weren’t doing it for me. So, on to the next books!

The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous 19th Century Chess-Playing Machine Dear Mr. Holmes: Seven Holmes on the Range Mysteries  Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Science Fiction

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…Doing?

Recovering from New Year Fest. Actually, health-wise, it wasn’t too bad. Yes, after playing four games on Saturday, I was pretty beat. We were short-handed and had a couple pickup players, but I don’t think we ever had more than 13 players. We lost all our games, but still had fun. I was fatigued on Sunday and didn’t even go out to watch the rest of the games, but other than my hips aching a little and good bruise on my ankle where I was stepped on during the last game, I was feeling pretty good. So, hopefully back to my regularly scheduled life.

Inadvisably, I decided to delve back into online classes. I’ve joined CS50: Introduction to Computer Science  and MUS24.1x: First Nights: Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Birth of Opera through HarvardX via edX. Plus, I’m still playing around with watercolors.

What Was I Doing?