Les Semaines

August 15, 2010

what I'm thinking and doing § what I'm listening to § what I'm reading
what I'm writing § retrospective: old journal

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August

It's a Hot Day. It's the centre of my month to myself. This has been quite a year, quite. Dear Les Semaines, it has been nearly six months since my last confession (except for some brief things on Livejournal, for example one about my experience as a Girl Detective and one about three things just as I was ending my work year). Oh, and I got tuckerized!

The workshop has been over for two+ weeks and I have not yet been able to settle down to work. Of course, we've had a houseguest and then I was ladder ballast while Jim sanded, primed and painted the facia on the east and west sides of the house, but I have no excuse today. Except it's Hot.

Luckily, we have a breeze.

It's not that I have accomplished nothing. I have done a lot of reading. I have had a spa treatment! Massage and moisturizing and so now I am a modern spa-ed woman! And this very day I shortened the sleeves of a jacket that has needed shortening for so long that the part I cut off had gone all ragged. But I did it.

And now I'm about to go and celebrate Devin's birthday, which was yesterday.

last week's thinking and doing § next week's thinking and doing

Listening

Got a batch of new CDs recently which I need to listen to and absorb more fully, especially a batch of new English folk (traditional and neo-traditional): The Imagined Village Empire & Love, Emily Portman, the glamoury, Eliza Carthy & Norma Waterson, Gift, Jim Moray, In Modern History. Of these, the one that beguiles me most is the Emily Portman, followed by the Jim Moray.

last week's listening § next week's listening

Reading

Most recent reads:

Ian McDonald's SF novel, The Dervish House, pretty much knocked my socks off. The story of what happens to six main characters during the seven days after a bomb-blast on a bus in Istanbul in 2027. So evocative of the characters, the place, and a possible future, I ate this up. Really, it put me right back in Istanbul with these people. Wow.

Stephanie Burgis' young adult historical fantasy, A Most Improper Magic is the first in The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson was an utterly delightful read. Kat is the youngest of a family of four children in Regency England. Her deceased mother was a witch, something her stepmother has desperately tried to put behind the family, but now that Kat's brother has brought the family to the brink of financial ruin, Kat must do *something* and she discovers that one of her older sisters has her mother's magic books and she herself may have her own powers. I started this book, trusting I would like it at least as much as I do Stephanie Burgis's short fiction, but I was even more charmed by this book than I had hoped. From the very first delicious sentence--"I was twelve years of ago when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy and set off to save my family from impending ruin"--I knew I was beguiled by this book. Now I can hardly wait for the second volume.

Maggie Stiefvater's young adult fantasy, Linger was disturbing but also delightful. I had a hold on this book from the library but I'm glad I finally ordered it because like the first volume in this series, Shiver, it is beautifully design. I loved the green ink (Shiver's was blue) the design emphasized the magic of the series. There isn't much I can say about the plot without spoilers for Shiver, but suffice it to say that the stakes have been raised and this book's storyline pulled me right along (with none of the slack that sometimes accompanies the middle novel of a trilogy, especially a romantic one. Maggie Stiefvater is quickly proving herself one of the best (and one of my favourites) of the new YA fantasy writers.

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Writing

Well, I did the Write-a-thon, and here are my posts about Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, and the end, Week 6.

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Retrospective: old journal

Still not ready to resume this.

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