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Books read in 2018

8.  The Faded Sun: Shon’jir, CJ Cherryh (re-read) (e)
7.  The Faded Sun: Kesrith, CJ Cherryh (e)
6.  My Brother Michael, Mary Stewart (re-read) (e)
5.  The River Bank, Kij Johnson (read aloud with Steve)
4.  Still Life, Louise Penny
3.  Thick as Thieves, Megan Whalen Turner
2.  The Furthest Station, Ben Aaronovitch (e)
1.  Romancing the Werewolf, Gail Carriger (e)

Health Report

Thanks to everyone for your concern and advice.  I am on the mend (as is Steve, who’s two days ahead of me in this Health Adventure).  Yesterday, I had enough brain to work on the taxes for an hour, and this morning I can actually talk without setting off paroxysms of coughing.

I’m also well enough to start fretting about the week’s worth of Undone Stuff of all descriptions littering the landscape.  I do know better than to try to get them all caught up Now, and will continue upon the Conservative Course.  I feel brainly enough to do some Handwritten Note work on the novel, if not nearly sharp enough to get on with the actual manuscript.  This is definitely an improvement over not having enough functioning brain to read, so — yay!

The coon cats have been constantly on the case, though this has called for some reworking of the standard shifts.  We’re more frequently seeing two on/one off, with Scrabble doing fill-in as she’s able.  At the moment, I have Sprite with me here at the desk, Scrabble behind the tax box, Trooper on roaming, and Belle downstairs, taking her Quiet Shift.    Belle will come on again around noon, Sprite will go off-shift, and Trooper will get his quiet shift around 3.

And, that’s all the news.  Being sick is even more boring than working on a book.

Everybody stay safe.

Books read in 2018

Just a note here:  If you are one of the legion of readers with fond memories of Kenneth Graeme’s Wind in the Willows, you owe it to yourself to read it’s sequel, The River Bank, by Kij Johnson.  Like Wind. . . I think it’s best when read aloud, but do read it.  It’s terrific.

6.  My Brother Michael, Mary Stewart (re-read) (e)
5.  The River Bank, Kij Johnson (read aloud with Steve)
4.  Still Life, Louise Penny
3.  Thick as Thieves, Megan Whalen Turner
2.  The Furthest Station, Ben Aaronovitch (e)
1.  Romancing the Werewolf, Gail Carriger (e)

Adulting

Welp, I wouldn’t’ve told you I’d gotten well enough to actually have a relapse, but there you are.  Stupid disease.

ANYhow, I’m shutting the place down.  No Confusion will be manufactured until I am well.  I am forthwith instituting a Schedule of re-reading old favorites when I’m awake, listening to classical music, and napping whenever I fall asleep.  Also, yes, very likely a doctor’s appointment, though ’twas a doctor’s office which wrought this in the first place.

Yes, the sound you hear is the deadline screaming.  We’ll cope with that later.

Everybody stay well.

Well. . .nuts

So I caught Steve’s cold, and it’s a doozy.  The Original Plan had been for me to go into town this morning to do grocery and banking things, then come home and write.

Clearly, I’m not going to town in this condition, but I’m still going to have to figure out how to write with a splitting headache, hacking cough, and muscle aches, because that can’t not happen.  I’m thinking the schedule for the day will be:  nap for an hour, work for twenty minutes, lather-rinse-repeat.  All the while staying hydrated.  Easy-peasy.

This is what comes of hanging out in cancer centers and doctor’s offices, I suppose.  And, as a Special Bonus, it probably also means that!

Sprite’s vet visit, twice re-scheduled, will be re-scheduled again.  I think this time I’ll just throw in the towel and Call Back When Things Are More Settled.

Real Life is so inconsiderate…

Everybody stay healthy.

 

So my fantasy becomes reality

Well, this is how it is.  I have a blog post I want to write about the error of confusing the artist with the work.  I’ve been putting it off for a few days now, and thought I’d do it today, but — press of work.  Which is to say, pay copy.  The blog post will have to wait a few more days.  Or weeks.

I also have about a dozen emails in the inbox that I ought to answer, but that’s not going to happen, either.  Or only in fits and starts.  (I’ve got something like 450 emails in my box; never did really recover on that front from being away at the end of September.  Possibly, I’ll just kill them all and start over.  It’s an attractive option, anyway.)

I do have a couple favors to ask of you before I slip back behind the curtain for a while.

  1.  If you’ve read Neogenesis, the twenty-first novel of the Liaden Universe® created by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, please consider leaving a reader review at Amazon, BN, Goodreads, or other places where readers hang out.
  2. If you want to talk about Neogenesis, there’s a spoiler thread — here.
  3. Degrees of Separation: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 27 is now available as an ebook from Amazon, BN, Kobo, iBooks, &c.  It is also available as a paper book from Amazon only.  Some folks are just settling back into Real Life and have missed hearing this.
  4. If you’ve read Degrees, please consider leaving a reader review at Amazon, BN, Goodreads, or other places where readers hang out.
  5. If you’re a Patreon subscriber, there’s a new podcast posted:  Steve reading “Cutting Corners.”  Have a listen.
  6. Also, if you are not a Patreon subscriber, but would like to hear Steve read “A Day at the Races,” here’s your link.

And that is all I have for the moment.

Everybody be good.  Call your mom, walk your dog, tell your bestie you love them.

Today’s blog post is brought to you by Simon and Garfunkel, “Flowers Never Bend With the Rain Fall.”  Here’s your link.  Enjoy.

I’ll be over here in the corner with my assistants, working.