In real life: I missed last week’s Sunday Post because I flew out west that weekend to help out with my stepdad. He got home from the hospital last Sunday. What a wonderful blessing for Easter! My sister and brother-in-law drove my parents home — a 6-hour drive because he had to be sent to a major hospital in another state. Robin and I cooked Easter dinner and had it waiting when they got home.
Stepdad is healing, but he and Mom need a lot of help while he recovers, at least for the first month or so. I flew in on April 7 and spent a few days getting things ready. Now I’m helping out in whatever ways I’m needed, from cooking, taking care of household tasks, and running errands to helping my stepdad with mobility and so on. I’m so thankful to be able to be here, and for flexible self-employment that lets me adust my schedule in a family emergency! My sister, brother-in-law, and Robin can and do help when they can, but they have jobs and other commitments that are less flexible than mine.
I will be pretty busy over the next several weeks (and pretty tired when I’m not busy!), but I will try to blog and post reviews if I can.
Writing accountability: My writing goal for April was 7,500 words, or about 250 words of fiction per day. Obviously, I’m letting go of that; family comes first. I may fit in some writing here and there, but if I don’t, that’s okay.
- March 2023 Wrap-Up – monthly wrap-up/recap
- Top Ten Indie/Self-Published Books and Series – Top Ten Tuesday
- Sunday Post – 4/16/2023 – this post
- Sunday Post – 4/23/2023
- other posts tbd, as time permits
What I’ve Been Reading/Watching (2 weeks)
Reading: I finished rereading The Next Always and went on to reread The Last Boyfriend and The Perfect Hope. Then I reread The Liar (reviewed in 2019) and The Collector (reviewed in 2014), followed by the three books in the Key Trilogy: Key of Light, Key of Knowledge, and Key of Valor. All of them are by Nora Roberts. As I have mentioned before, I tend to reread when I’m feeling stressed. And I really haven’t had the energy or mental attention for new-to-me books since my stepdad’s fall.
But then I remembered that the COYER Mystery readathon started last Sunday, so I am buddy-reading Murder at Queen’s Landing, the fourth Wrexford & Sloane mystery, with Sophia Rose. And I also started this month’s #ReadChristie2023 book, Sparkling Cyanide.
Technically, I am also still reading Unraveling by Peggy Orenstein, but in actuality, it was a library book and I couldn’t bring it with me, so I asked my husband to return it for me. If the local library has it, I may try to borrow it using my parents’ library card.
Listening to: Not much, since I need to be alert for anything my stepdad needs. I’ve listened a few episodes of Season 4 of the Writing Excuses podcast.
Playing (occasionally): Wordle, the NYT Spelling Bee, and Pokemon Go.
Watching: Murder at the Vicarage and A Murder is Announced (both are adaptions of Agatha Christie novels, starring Joan Hickson as Miss Marple.) We also watched You’ve Got Mail, which I have somehow never seen before.
Added to the Hoard (in the past two weeks)
For Review or Consideration
Purchased or Free (Kindle, print, or audio)
Kindle: Swan Light; Rose in Bloom; Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops; Key of Knowledge; Key of Valor; The Kiss Curse; Olive Bright, Pigeoneer; Return to Satterthwaite Court; Knit to Flatter; Worn: A People’s History of Clothing
(Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)