wrapping up October

on writing

It’s been a little over a year since I last participated in a proper NaNoWriMo challenge and the thought of trying to write 50k words is definitely intimidating at the moment. My calendar for the next month is already filled with things to do: the boy’s birthday, a library conference, holiday parties at work and at home, and other little time commitments scattered throughout November. Plus, I’ve been in rewriting/revising mode for so long (between Cassiel and Anuna, it feels like all I’ve done in the last three years is rewrite and revise), I’m anxious about delving into a whole new story, setting, cast of characters, etc. I’m excited, but scared… and not sure I’ll get to 50, even if I squeeze in every free minute I can. My schedule has changed so much since the last time I participated in NaNo, I’ll be happy if I get close.

on life

It’s been nearly three months since I took in Caramelito, my half-blind rescue kitty, and we’re finally making progress. He’s no longer running scared when a new person comes for a visit, and (after much trial and error) I think he’s finally adjusting to my sleeping schedule and knows that I’ll be back to play in the morning. There have been LOTS of sleepless nights in the last two months, but the last two nights have been blissful. In my desperation, I purchased a cheap, disposable cat cube that is providing hours of entertainment, and a short scratching post thing with bouncy balls hanging off the ends, so he can bat at them to his heart’s content. It feels like he’s been here longer than three months; I’ve been so wrapped up in figuring out how to make the house friendly to a young cat. He requires lots of energy, but getting to know all his little quirks and habits has made for a nice change, and a good distraction after losing Didymus.

on books

After finishing the latest draft of Anuna, I decided to focus on reading, especially genre reads. Some of the latest include:

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – an original, post-apocalyptic/sci-fi style take on vampire YA.

Evernight by Kristen Callihan – the 5th book in the Darkest London series, Victorian paranormal romance (these are naughty fun).

Selfish, Shallow, and Self-absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision not to have Kids, edited by Meghan Daum – a series of essays on choosing to remain childless. Definitely resonated.

and A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – still reading it, not sure how I feel about it, but interesting.

2015 in books – a quarterly review of bookish adventures

I’ve read 15 books since January, so I’m well on my way to beating last year’s goal of 30. I’ve also been reviewing for a library-related publication, so my non-fiction reading has increased (and lead to some unlikely gems in the process). There’s a difference between the kind of reading I do for pleasure vs. reading to write a review, but here are some of the best I’ve read so far.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

My first book of the new year and it was perfect. Thought-provoking, genre-bending, and a pleasure to read.

A Solemn Pleasure by Melissa Pritchard

Currently in prepub (out May 2015), this collection of essays on subjects as diverse as aging, writing, spirituality, death, dachshunds, and more was just what I needed to get over myself.

Sex Criminals, vol. 1 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

If you choose to check this graphic novel out from the library (as I did), you will get funny looks. They’re worth it.


Meanwhile, I’m reading Twee by Marc Spitz and the final installment in Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series, Waistcoats & Weaponry, both from the library (which means my effort to get through the TBR pile is just as poor as it was in 2014). Twee is my downtime at work book (for those moments when I need to refresh), while W&W is keeping me sane between writing sessions.

For a complete list, visit my LibraryThing.

Monthly Round-up: April 2010

Monthly Round-up for April 2010


Sanditon: Jane Austen’s Last Novel Completed by Jane Austen and ‘Another Lady’
Love’s Shadow by Ada Leverson (for LibraryThing Early Reviewers)
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
The Watsons by Jane Austen
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

To be reviewed

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Searching For Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Currently Reading

Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence

The Monthly Round-up is a regular feature where I list all the books I’ve read during the month.

What I’m reading

cross-posted from things she read

monday reading listHere’s a look at my reading for the last week…

I finished reading

Jane Austen’s Letters (Review)

A Scholar of Magics by Caroline Stevermer (Review)

I started reading

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (for the 2010 Brontë challenge)

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast by Robin McKinley (re-reading it for my Book Drum profile)

I picked up Cecilia again

I am waiting on

The Ghosts of Walden: Three Concord Stories by Jack Hussey for review

What I’m Reading Mondays

Cross-posted from my book blog

monday reading listI forgot to participate last week, but here is this week’s roundup.

I’m currently reading:

Enchanting Pleasures by Eloisa James

Last week, I finished reading:

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (Review)

Truly, Madly by Heather Webber (Review)

I plan to start reading:

Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa

Someday, I will finish:

Cecilia by Frances Burney (but it sure is long)