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Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon 2014 (#WWReadathon)

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon
Hosted by My Shelf Confessions

The Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of July 14-24 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!

Wrap-Up

Had en enjoyable week and a half of reading. Sadly, I missed the Twitter parties and was a little out of it for a few days. Finished two books cover-to-cover, read a long but very enjoyable short story, and made some progress on Great Expectations. Thanks to April & Kat for a fun, laid-back summer reading adventure!

Goals, Reading List, You Know the Drill

Low pressure, I-need-to-get-work-done, but I still want to read with you all too! Here’s some of what I’ll be reading:

Great Expectations Vaclav & Lena

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner
  • “Every Mystery Unexplained” by Lisa Mason, a hefty “short” story for Deal Me In
  • For #COYER – Spirit Slate Writing and Kindred Phenomena by William E. Robinson
  • Also for #COYER, a few other short stories.

I’m really bad at sticking to lists. Even short ones.

Progress

Challenges & Notes

Thursday:

  • Sad that Wicked Wildfire is over already. 😦
  • Happy that I finished a second book! 🙂

Wednesday:

Monday & Tuesday:

  • House-sitting & keeping an eye on our nieces. I realized I know very few of my passwords by memory. (WordPress is actually one that I do know!) Not getting much reading done, but that’s mostly due to an arthritis flare-up happening too.

Sunday:

  • Read a bit of Great Expectations.

Saturday:

  • Took me all day, but read my Deal Me In “short” story.

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Wicked Valentine’s Readathon, Vol. 2

WVRAT

Hosted by April and Tabitha at My Shelf Confessions – The Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of February 7-17 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile!

Wrap-Up

Eleanor & Park pretty much save the readathon for me. I clocked in 634 pages, but to week was too busy to really get going during this -athon. Better fun next time. 😉

Goals

One of the reasons I love WWReadatons is that they start on Friday, encompass two weekends, and end on Monday. Weekends don’t matter as much when you don’t have a 9-to-5, but it’s  a psychological thing. Two Weekends in this Readathon! Goals? Gosh, I don’t know. My January daily average was 39 pages. 500 pages for this readathon seems like a weeny goal, but honestly, I don’t need the stress of anything higher. Stress =/= Fun; all I want is a little reading fun.

List

The Woman in White
started on pg. 200
Lifted: A Cultural History of the Elevator
started on pg. 15
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
started on pg. 30

TBR: couple short stories

Progress

Sunday, February 16th

Pages Read Total: 634
Pages Read Today: 166
From: The Woman in White, pg. 479-501, Eleanor & Park 1-143
Notes: Been wanting to read Eleanor & Park for a while and decided on a whim to read it.

Saturday, February 15th

Pages Read Total: 468
Pages Read Today: 70
From: The Woman in White, pg. 456-478 ; “The Singing Tree” by Eric Lustbader, pg. 133-154; Lifted, pg. 15-39

Friday, February 14th

Pages Read Total: 398
Pages Read Today: 78
From: A Feast for Crows, pg. 46-70, The Woman in White, pg. 435-455, “The Singing Tree” by Eric Lustbader, pg. 101-132
Challenges: Cover Lover! And…

Chandra @ Unabridged Bookshelf –  Mad Libs Challenge
Directions: This is not your normal Mad Lib, for this Mad Lib you cannot just use any verb, noun, adjective to fill in the blanks, you must use a word from a book title. I thought it would tie in better with the Read-a-thon, and make more hilarious results.

Word List
1. Book Boyfriend/Girlfriend (List Title) : Schmendrick the Magician (The Last Unicorn)
2. Verb (List Title) : See (Now You See It . . .)
3. Noun (List Title) : Gondola (The Swan Gondola)
4. Verb (List Title) : Beats (Carter Beats the Devil)
5. Past Tense Verb (List Title) : Invented (Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear)
6. Noun (List Title) : Fakir (The Coney Island Fakir: The Magical Life of Al Flosso)
7. Plural Noun (List Title) : Deaths (The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini)
8. Adjective (ex: big, hot, beautiful, gloomy) (List Title) : Ambitious (The Ambitious Card)
9. Noun (List Title) : Cabinet (The Spirit Cabinet)

Dear Schmendrick the Magician,
I have see but I have not had the gondola to tell you, When I first beats your story, I invented in fakir. I hope you and I will someday be  deaths. I would love to give you an ambitious cabinet for Valentine’s Day.
Yours Truly
Katherine

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Wonderfully Wicked Readathon

WWReadathon
Hosted by My Shelf Confessions

The Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of October 11-20 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!

Wrap-Up!

I achieved my goal: Fun and Reading! Actually, 750 pages (I’m rounding up) is pretty good for me and it was a busy week. I have an ambitious list of ARCs to get through in the next month. …So, I checked out The Seance from the digital library and went to the physical library Saturday afternoon and brought back four books. Below is what my reading list ended up being. It’s never what I intend. 🙂

The Seance
Finished!
Who Was Dracula Who's 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die-An Unofficial Companion Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story

Goals

My husband’s parents, aunt and uncle are in town this weekend so I probably won’t be able to really participate until Sunday or Monday. But from then on — fun and reading! (No Dewey’s for me except maybe around the edges, early on Saturday/early on Sunday.)

List

Who's 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die-An Unofficial Companion Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story Sons of Moriarty and More Stories of Sherlock Holmes The Seance
Finished!

Progress

Sunday, October 19th
Pages Read Today:  62
Total Pages Read: 745
Books:

  • Who Was Dracula? by Jim Steinmeyer, pg 63-116
  • Who’s 50, pg 134-141

Total Added to Manuscript or Work done for the BDP: Added roughly 500 to manuscript to bring my count to 30,000. Updated Entangled Continua with Eric’s cover art for Model Species.
Notes: Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!

Saturday, October 19th
Pages Read Today: 152
Total Pages Read: 683
Books:

  • Bellman & Black, pg 22-38
  • The Habsburg by Andrew Wheatcroft, pg 231-277
  • Who’s 50, pg 113-133
  • Who Was Dracula? by Jim Steinmeyer, pg ix-xiv, 1-62

Total Added to Manuscript or Work done for the BDP: Finished formatting finally!
Notes: Went to the library. Read at the library. Brought home a modest stack of book from the library.

Friday, October 18th
Pages Read Today: 35
Total Pages Read: 531
Books:

  • Who’s 50, pg 88-112
  • “Casting the Runes” by M. R. James, ~10 pages

Total Added to Manuscript or Work done for the BDP: More of the same.
Notes: Seriously, more of the same.

Thursday, October 17th
Pages Read Today: 4
Total Pages Read: 496
Books:

  • Bellman & Black, pg 18-21

Total Added to Manuscript or Work done for the BDP: *Still* reformatting.
Notes: Book hang over day.

Wednesday, October 16th
Pages Read Today: 103
Total Pages Read: 492
Books:

  • The Seance, 98 pages.
  • Bellman & Black, pg 13-17

Total Added to Manuscript or Work done for the BDP: Still working on that reformatting. I’m seeing paragraph breaks in my sleep.
Notes: *Had* to finish The Seance today. I had no choice.

Tuesday, October 15th
Pages Read Today: 57
Total Pages Read: 389
Books:

  • The Seance, 57 pages

Total Added to Manuscript or Work done for the BDP: Reformatting my first book for Smashwords.
Notes: Big, bad arthritis flare-up.

Monday, October 14th
Pages Read Today: 53
Total Pages Read: 332
Books:

  • Reminding & Deceiving by Jim Steinmeyer, pg. 3-16
  • “Secrets Revealed: How Magicians Protect Intellectual Property Without Law” by Jacob Loshin, pg. 1-38

Total Added to Manuscript or Work done for the BDP: Did some BDP work, looking at promotional tools. Nothing added to the manuscript.
Notes: The middle of October snuck up on me. I spent some time goofing off playing EQ2 and did some update work for VOTS. Read a couple short, interesting “research” articles today and not much more.

Sunday, October 13th
Pages Read Today: 78
Total Pages Read: 279
Books:

  • The Seance, 73 pages
  • Who’s 50, 5 pages

Total Added to Manuscript or Work done for the BDP: Added 500 or so words to manuscript, looked up some ISBN and rights info.
Notes: I was plumb worn out from visiting with family and spent a quiet day at home.

Saturday, October 12th
Pages Read Today: 187
Total Pages Read: 201
Books:

  • The Seance, 79 pages
  • The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, 80 pages
  • Who’s 50, 28 pages

Total Added to Manuscript or Work done for the BDP: 0
Notes: Slept poorly, so I was awake at 3:30am and read for 5+ hours before visiting with the multitude of in-laws.

Friday, October 11th
Pages Read Today: 14
Total Pages Read: 14
Books:

  • The Seance, 14 pages

Total Added to Manuscript or Work done for the BDP (Big Damn Plan): 0, but I did figure how I want to rewrite the next scene.
Notes: We drove up to Sedona with Eric’s parents, brother (and his family), sister, and aunt and uncle.

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon 2013

WW Read-a-Thon

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon hosted by My Shelf Confessions

The Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of June 7-14 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!

Wrap-Up

It was a slow week for reading. I wasn’t feeling too spiffy for a couple days, but wanted to keep up with my writing. Therefore, the amount I read suffered. I also became preoccupied with doing some other research for the novel I’m working on. I managed to add 6151 words to my manuscript, spent too much time playing around with GIMP to make a suitable desktop wallpaper for the project, and taught myself how to back palm a card. The finest in procrastination on many levels.

I did manage to read 612 pages, finishing one book (The Last Greatest Magician in the World by Jim Steinmeyer) and one long article (The Marvelous Creations of Joseffy by David P. Abbott). Also read a good chunk of Smoke and Steel, a book of poetry by Carl Sandburg, and the beginning of Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian. I took a shot at a few of the challenges and popped into the Twitter chats, though briefly. All in all, a good readathon, especially at the beginning and at the end.

Goals / Reading List

600 pages seems to be my lucky goal (at least according to my selective memory). Other than writing *cough* I have nothing going on this week. I should be able to hit one of the Twitter chats and do a few challenges.

joseffy From the Land of Fear Cobweb Bride (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, #1) Carniepunk The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards

  • The Marvelous Creations of Joseffy by David P. Abbott, a very short research re-read. Done! (It is a *very* short work.)
  • From the Land of Fear by  Harlan Ellison, a short anthology.
  • Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian, the next ARC in my queue.
  • Maybe read a story of two from CarniePunk, another ARC.
  • The Last Greatest Magician in the World by Jim Steinmeyer, if nothing else is working out. Finished!
  • Weekly reading: A couple of chapters of A Storm of Swords, some Smoke and Steel
    by Carl Sandburg Checked off these goals too!

(Already Subjected to Change)

Progress

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WRAP-UP

Kind of a disjointed week. Didn’t feel all that well for most of it. Therefore, pretty much in hermit mode too. I missed the Twitter chats and wasn’t feeling my book-cover zen for challenges. Read ~477 pages mostly things not on my list. (Shocker!) Not bad, not as good as I would have liked.

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon

The Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of February 7-14 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!

GOALS

I wasn’t going to do another readathon so soon after the last one, but look at that little green demon. How can I resist a demon as cute as that? I simply can’t. I’ll try to participate in a couple of challenges and lurk at a Twitter chat and, of course, read as much as I can. With not too much other than work on my plate (but plenty of that), I’ll shoot for 600 pages.

READING MATERIALS

All of these are currently in progress. I wouldn’t mind finishing them up.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – for #NaNoReMo (starting at pg. 18)
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold (starting at 67%) – Finished
Behind the Scenes with Mediums by David Phelps Abbott (starting at pg. 209)

Also some of the short works being considered for Hugo nomination, on the BSFA shortlist, or on the Stoker preliminary ballot. I also haven’t done my weekly reading of other stuff. So, some of that too.

Other:
A Study in Scarlett by Arthur Conan Doyle – Finished
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

UPDATES

THURSDAY
Number of pages I’ve read today:~67
Total number of pages I’ve read: ~67
Books: Finished  “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane” by Arthur Conan Doyle (~5 pages), Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold (67%-80%, ~62 pages)
Writing work done: Took the day off.
Notes: I had an ultimate frisbee game in the evening, and spent some time playing EQ2. Became weirdly restless in the afternoon.

FRIDAY
Number of pages I’ve read today: ~123
Total number of pages I’ve read: ~190
Books: Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold (80%-100%, ~96 pages), A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (pg. 327-342, 15 pages), Elder Eddas (pg. 214-219, 5 pages), A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (7 pages?)
Writing work done: None. *cough*
Notes: Just felt like reading today. And playing some EQ2.

SATURDAY
Number of pages I’ve read today: 5
Total number of pages I’ve read: ~195
Books: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (5 pages?)
Writing work done: Book research. Perused genealogy websites. Read more on organized crime in early 20th century Omaha, NE, especially gambling and prostitution.
Notes: Also played a bit of EQ2 and listened to one of the most boring basketball games ever (51 fouls and 73 freethrows).

SUNDAY
Number of pages I’ve read today: 17
Total number of pages I’ve read: ~212
Books: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (pg. 18-30), A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (5 pages?)
Writing work done: Did a little rewriting.
Notes: Still was in a EQ2 mood, also fought off a headache.

MONDAY
Number of pages I’ve read today: ~131
Total number of pages I’ve read: ~343
Books: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (100 pages?), Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (pg. 8-39, 31 pages)
Writing work done: Finished the first chapter of my rewrite and in to the second. 200+ more words thus far.
Notes: What I thought were page markings in my Kindle edition of A Study in Scarlet were not. All editions on Goodreads have 110+ pages. Estimating 117 is not unreasonable. I probably read more than 17 over the weekend and less than 100 today. Still haven’t participated in a challenge this readathon. I’ve been a bit publicly social, so not much has been left for online social.

TUESDAY
Number of pages I’ve read today: 54
Total number of pages I’ve read: ~397
Books: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (pg. 40-94, 54 pages)
Writing work done: Sent out queries for Luck for Hire and submitted one of my short pieces to a magazine. Worked on some rewriting.
Notes: Didn’t feel very good today. Slept a lot.

WEDNESDAY
Number of pages I’ve read today: 80
Total number of pages I’ve read: ~477
Books: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (pg. 94-174), Selected Works by Mikhail Lermontov (pg. 38-43, 5 pages)
Writing work done: None.
Notes: Ultimate frisbee at noon. Otherwise, had kind of a weird day.

#WWReadathon Challenge #6

Kriss @ Cabin Goddess Reviews is hosting a Beach Soiree

(Welcome to my Mary Sue. )

THE CHALLENGE

  • Your perfect beach (from a book, or a place or a cover)
  • Your perfect date (provide a link to cover or book)
  • in your preferred swimwear (description, or link to image or cover)
  • With your first choice of books to read (title with link to book or to cover)

What do I think of when I think of Beach Soirees? I think of…murder.

I grew up in Nebraska and had never seen a beach until my 30s, but I had dreamt of Silver Strand.

Welcome to Silver Strand Beach, San Diego, CA. Close to Coronado, but lacking the glitz. The sea-weedy berms that line the beach give the area a feeling of secrecy and privacy. Who knows what’s happening just out of view on the other side?

The others in attendance at the soiree are shocked when the body washes ashore, but not him. Nothing shocks him.

This was the best I could do without going all Cumberbatch.

Regrettably, Watson did not make the trip. The beach is no place for a deer stalker and a great coat. Holmes and I are pretty much a pale, pasty pair. Neither of us are in the mood for a swim when the game is afoot!

He opts for a button up shirt and shorts and I accompany him to the morgue in an activeware dress a sensible shoes.

I actually own this book. It is seriously cool.

When Holmes points out, within minutes of seeing the body, that the cause of death was obviously a gunshot wound and not a shark attack, I realize I’m going to need some reading material to help me catch up.

While Holmes is generally brilliant, he doesn’t spend nearly enough time mindlessly surfing the internet. If I hadn’t been procrastinating and watched the skateboarding championships one afternoon (the only thing left on ESPN3 that wasn’t baseball), I would have never suggested that the substance on the man’s pants was curb wax and not candle wax.  That of course was the key to solving the Case of the Sunken Skater Boy.

Back at the soiree, Holmes handed me frothy pint of Guinness (fetched of course by the ubiquidous cabana boys). “Good show, Nabity,” he said to me. “Good show.”

 

#WWReadathon Day 1 Challenges

Challenge #1 – Something Wicked This Way Comes…

Hosted by Rebecca @ Kindle Fever

“A wildfire is quickly coming your way! What thing(s) do you grab when you only have a few minutes to make it out?”
(I’ve saved any people or pets in there already!)

Angel Island Wildfire  photo by John H. Kim on Flickr

I’d pop out the data drive from my husband’s computer. It currently houses all my writing backups. (Okay, realistically, I’d have him do that because I would just end up grabbing random computer parts. It wouldn’t take long, his computer sits on the table, open-cased.) I’d also grab any backups and documents I have stored in the refrigerator. And my wallet. ID and a credit card might come in handy. Sadly, books really wouldn’t be on the top of this list. I have some old ones, I have some signed ones, but the important part of books are the stories in them. I don’t have any that don’t exist somewhere else. Come to think of it, I’d grab the couple things I’ve had published from off the shelf. Those might actually be had to find. And maybe I’m a little bit vain.

Challenge #2 – Slake Your Thirst

Hosted by Kimberly @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Share your favorite drink recipe and the cover of your favorite/most anticipated summer read!

I will dub my drink of choice the Lemon Cherry Zoom. And since there is some controversy about mixing alcohol and energy drinks I will echo Kimberly — Always enjoy responsibly! The Lemon Cherry Zoom is simple: In an 18-20 oz glass, add lots of ice, 1 oz-ish of cherry vodka (UV is my brand of choice), and a 16 oz can of Rockstar “Recovery” (the yellow lemonade kind).  Stir. Drink. Personally, I wouldn’t drink a second one. No matter how easy it goes down, the energy drink ingredients alone would wig me out.

My anticipated summer read is Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury. I haven’t ordered this book yet, it hasn’t been released yet, but it’s been in my Amazon shopping cart for months now. (I did just sign up to win it on Goodreads. Fingers crossed.) It’s a great collection of writers celebrating a great writer.