In real life: I spent Monday totally wiped out after a night of insomnia. The rest of the week has been better. On Friday evening, my husband and I went for a 45-minute walk in our neighborhood. The weather was perfect: around 60 degrees and sunny, but shaded because of the woods and the low angle of the sun. We saw a bald eagle at the lake (which is slowly but surely refilling), and a bluebird in the woods on an unbuilt lot, and a few sparrows here and there. Mr. Bookwyrm saw a cardinal, too; I couldn’t see it, but I heard its distinctive chirp. It’s heartening to see some birds. A few years ago, a bird infection (bacterial? I’m not sure) in our region devastated the population of small birds, and now the avian flu is wreaking havoc on what’s left, so my spirits lift everytime I see or hear a bird.
Writing: I haven’t been writing much, but yesterday I did some more brainstorming for the novel, and wrote down my ideas. I’m struggling with the villain—not so much with their motivation, but how to make them villainous. Frankly, I find their motivation understandable, and the character in mythology is well-intentioned and even principled, so I need some explanation of why (in my story) they have chosen the path they have . But I have some vague ideas floating around on that score. In other writing, I’m still working on my longish fanfic story, too.
Yesterday, I tackled a project I’ve been planning for months. I finally cleared out enough space on the nonfiction shelves in my study/office to add the new indexing books I bought this winter, and I moved a bunch of nonfiction that I rarely refer to, in order to make more room for the books I’m using for research for the novel: books on British myths and legends, encyclopedias of faeries and magical creatures, medieval British and French literature (in translation), and books on 19th-century life and history. (Yes, I know that’s a weird mix.) The internet is invaluable as a research tool, but sometimes you stumble across things while reading that you wouldn’t have known to look up. Anyway, those are now sharing a bookcase with my indexing books, my books on writing, and my collection of foreign-language dictionaries (occasionally useful in both pursuits.)
- Sunday Post – 3/12/2023
- Sunday Post – 3/19/2022 – this post
- Sunday Post – 3/26/2022
What I’ve Been Reading/Watching
Reading: I read Identity by Nora Roberts (ARC.) I reread Vision in White, the first in her Brides Quartet, and just like I did last time I tried reading that series, I bogged down in the second book and DNF’d it. Instead, I devoured Murder at Kensington Palace, which I buddy-read with Sophia Rose. After that, I read Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles. Then I went back to Without a Summer (Mary Robinette Kowal), which I had started over the holidays, but had barely gotten into before I set it aside for ARCs in January; I’m now about 2/3 finished. And I am still reading and enjoying Unraveling by Peggy Orenstein.
Listening to: Hexed, the second Iron Druid book by Kevin Hearne; it’s read by Luke Daniels. I’m also listening to Season 4 of the Writing Excuses podcast, and I listenened to an episode of the Smart Podcast Trashy Books podcast.
Playing: Wordle, the NYT Spelling Bee, Sudoku, Carcassone (app), and Pokemon Go. I play them each occasionally, not every day.
Watching: A Discovery of Witches (Season 2), The Brokenwood Mysteries (Season 2), and Star Trek: Picard (Season 3.)
Added to the Hoard
Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)
Audiobooks: Sleeping Murder
(Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)