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?

Magic Monday, 1/21/19


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 a sucker for magic history, but I usually don’t delve much farther back than the 1850s. Back in October, Mariano Tomatis gave a lecture about where the Gothic and stage magic sometimes intersect.

If you don’t have time to watch/listen to the lecture, it’s also available at Tomatis’ Blog of Wonder in post and slide show form.

It’s Monday! What am I…

…reading?

Part of the reason I wanted do fewer formal reading challenges was to make room for things like Kaleena’s #PoeAThon.

I’d been thinking about reading some Poe, so this was perfect! And it’s still going on this lovely Monday! Today, I’ll be reading “For Annie,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Premature Burial.”

I’m ahead of where I thought I’d be with my TBR this month since I read Laurant: The Man of Many Mysteries last week. Next, I’ll probably read a couple Shelf Maintenance titles.

The Hellbound Heart
The Circus of Dr. Lao

I’m thinking Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker or The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney. Or, maybe I’ll head to the library before the 24 in 48 Readathon this weekend.

…doing?

I’m engaged in the usual late-January things: listening to basketball, watching tennis, playing some ultimate frisbee, reeling over the fact that the first month of the year is 2/3 over.

One thing is different from most years. This year I won’t be participating in New Year Fest, our yearly local ultimate tournament. I’ve decided that playing more than three games in a day is not fun and should be avoided. Even helping out on-site has been murder on my back the last few years. So, instead, this weekend I’ll be doing the 24 in 48 Readathon. Switching out one favorite thing for another…

What *was* I doing?

Magic Monday, 1/7/19


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 figure the New Year is a good time to revive my twist on celebrating the first day of the week: Magic Monday.

To kick off the year, let’s start with Eric Chien’s award-winning Ribbon routine. It’s on the longer side, but well worth it.

It’s Monday! What am I…

…reading?

Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married
Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016
Don Quixote
  • Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married by Abby Ellin
  • Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie by Chris O’Leary
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Short stories: “A Dog’s Story” by Gardner Dozois for Deal Me In, “The Disappearance of Lady Francis Carfax” by Arthur Conan Doyle, some tales from The Black Cat.

…doing?

It’s finally starting to feel like the holidays are over. With New Year’s Eve and Day on Monday and Tuesday of last week, it was kind of easy to ignore the rest of the three day “week.” Even (especially?) working from home, it can be easy to fall into a vacation trap.

This week, I’m looking to get back to writing in a more regular manner and generally get back into some sort of schedule. And AB League starts! Between the holidays and colder weather (it’s been in the 50s!!!), I didn’t play much ultimate in December. The holiday goodies are taking their toll on my waistline.

What *was* I doing?

It’s Monday, What Are You… 10/15

…Reading?

I haven’t officially DNFed Dead & Buried by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (an author I usually really enjoy), but I’m moving on for the moment.

Nothing to Devour: Motherless Children #3 Something Wicked This Way Comes Paradise Lost

  • Nothing to Devour by Glen Hirshberg – I’ve been looking forward to starting this ARC for a while now. Glen Hirshberg is one of my favorite horror writers.
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – Reading this slowly with the readalong.
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton – I’m rereading Paradise Lost as part of #FrankenSlam!—reading the books that Frankenstein’s creation read in Frankenstein. I have no idea what someone who has never read the Bible or Greek myths would make of this poem. I’m rereading it after 20 years of additional reading and I’m picking out so many new things.
  • Short stories! I have some Thomas Ligotti coming up this week.
  • Dewey’s 24-hour Readaton – This Saturday! I don’t know what I’m going to read for it yet.

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…Watching?

I pretty much binged Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House over the weekend. I’ve read the Shirley Jackson book several times (as well as many of her other books), I adore the 1963 movie adaptation called The Haunting, and I even made Eric go with me to watch the 1999 movie when it was in theaters. How does this series hold up? Well… It’s a pretty solid haunted house/haunted people story. Its cast, direction, and production values are great. It offers quiet chills along side the occasional shock. In particular, episode 6 is a really nice piece film-making and storytelling. As a Shirley Jackson adaptation? Some of the direct nods to the text work, some don’t. (And maybe nods to The Haunting as well—that spiral staircase looks so familiar!) In my opinion though, the main deviation from the novel really makes this not The Haunting of Hill House at all. Doesn’t mean I won’t rewatch it…

What Was I Reading?