My finger is healing, and I got the stitch out on Wednesday. It’s still painful to put any pressure on it, but it should heal completely in a few more weeks. In other news this week, I voted in the primary for our statewide elections in November. Yesterday, Mr. Bookwyrm and I ran a few errands in town (about 25-30 minutes from where we live), and picked up Asian food from a diner that offers a mix of Thai, Chinese, and Japanese dishes. They got good reviews on Trip Advisor, but we thought the food was only so-so. Still, it was nice to have something different than what we usually cook. It’s only the second time or third time we’ve done takeout since the pandemic began. We don’t eat out that often, even when things are normal… but definitely more often than twice in 15 months!
Last night, I finally put pencil to paper and wrote part of a fanfic I started a few years ago. It felt great to be writing again. I have a really hard time making myself start, which is weird because once I get started, the words usually flow pretty easily. Writing is something I would like to do more of, so I hope I can find both the time and the self-discipline.
This morning, my blog was loading really slowly, and I’m not sure why. It also wasn’t loading a lot of my images. My husband noticed that some other sites were loading slowly, too, but not all of them. We don’t know if the problem was something to do with our ISP, or with the hosting service for my blog, or even the whole internet. However, it seems to be fine now (around 1:40 pm EDT on Sunday), and I hope it stays that way. If you visited my blog earlier today and it loaded slowly for you, I’m sorry—and I’m glad you came back later (as I assume you did, or you wouldn’t be reading this!)
- Castle Shade, by Laurie R. King – review, tentative
- Top Ten Tuesday post, tentative
- WIP Wednesday – tentative
- News & Notes – 6/12/2021 – tentative
- Sunday Post – 6/13/2021 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I finished Death in Kew Gardens and Murder in the East End, both by Jennifer Ashley. I started Death in the Crystal Palace, but my reading mojo abruptly deserted me midweek, and I don’t know why. Maybe I’m just not used to bingeing series anymore? I am 10 books behind on my Goodreads Challenge, which is starting to worry me.
Listening to: I listened more of The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse. I also listened to an episode of The Literary Life Podcast because it featured my friend Kelly Cumbee talking about Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, which Kelly loves and I have always intended to read. It inspired me to order a used copy of The Faerie Queene, as well as a Kindle edition of Spenser’s earlier collection of 12 poems, The Shepheard’s Calendar (which is referenced in The Faerie Queene.) Kelly reccomends starting out with a retelling aimed at children, so I downloaded a free version of Jenny Lang’s retelling as well. Spenser was an influence on Shakespeare, Milton, Byron, Shelley, and C. S. Lewis, among other writers.
Watching: We went on a James Bond binge and (re)watched almost all the Roger Moore movies this week. They are sexist as heck (even worse than I remembered, and that’s saying something!), and the ’70s and ’80s clothing looks so dated now, but they are also fun adventure films with a fair bit of humor… which is what I liked about the Roger Moore era. However, I think that was enough for now, and I’m about ready to return to Warehouse 13.
Added to the Hoard
For Review or Consideration
Many thanks to St. Martins/Minotaur for Danger at the Cove!
Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)
Kindle: Murder in the East End; The Boyfriend Project; The Body in the Belfry; The Demon King; The Jewel Box: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution; The Galaxy and the Ground Within. NOT PICTURED: The Shepheard’s Calendar; Stories from the Faerie Queene (Lang). (Click title for Goodreads page.)