Friday, 29 April 2011

Poetry and Sundry Items

View all the authors and illustrators taking part in the TD Canadian Children's Book Week here. PJ Bracegirdle's in BC and Mahtab Narsimhan is in Manitoba, among many others.

Wonderbar! As in Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow by Nathan Bransford, due out on 12 May. Here's the Jacob Wonderbar trailer.

X is for X marks the spot. Though there's no actual X on Thror's Map. Can't wait for the release of The Hobbit movie!

Yes, I've been procrastinating on editing, but I have been doing research. Rosa is separated from her husband only two days after their marriage and they're apart for a few agonizing nights. He manages to slip her a note directly before they part, lines of love that include a short poem. So I've been looking up various forms of medieval and humanist Spanish and Ottoman poetry. Discovered the verse form ghazal today (woefully ignorant of me not to have known it by name before). Even Thomas Hardy has a poem in ghazal:

The Mother Mourns
Thomas Hardy

When mid-autumn's moan shook the night-time,
And sedges were horny,
And summer's green wonderwork faltered
On leaze and in lane,

I fared Yell'ham-Firs way, where dimly
Came wheeling around me
Those phantoms obscure and insistent
That shadows unchain.

Till airs from the needle-thicks brought me
A low lamentation,
As 'twere of a tree-god disheartened,
Perplexed, or in pain.

And, heeding, it awed me to gather
That Nature herself there
Was breathing in aerie accents,
With dirgeful refrain,

Weary plaint that Mankind, in these late days,
Had grieved her by holding
Her ancient high fame of perfection
In doubt and disdain . . .

- "I had not proposed me a Creature
(She soughed) so excelling
All else of my kingdom in compass
And brightness of brain

"As to read my defects with a god-glance,
Uncover each vestige
Of old inadvertence, annunciate
Each flaw and each stain!

"My purpose went not to develop
Such insight in Earthland;
Such potent appraisements affront me,
And sadden my reign!

"Why loosened I olden control here
To mechanize skywards,
Undeeming great scope could outshape in
A globe of such grain?

"Man's mountings of mind-sight I checked not,
Till range of his vision
Has topped my intent, and found blemish
Throughout my domain.

"He holds as inept his own soul-shell -
My deftest achievement -
Contemns me for fitful inventions
Ill-timed and inane:

"No more sees my sun as a Sanct-shape,
My moon as the Night-queen,
My stars as august and sublime ones
That influences rain:

"Reckons gross and ignoble my teaching,
Immoral my story,
My love-lights a lure, that my species
May gather and gain.

"'Give me,' he has said, 'but the matter
And means the gods lot her,
My brain could evolve a creation
More seemly, more sane.'

- "If ever a naughtiness seized me
To woo adulation
From creatures more keen than those crude ones
That first formed my train -

"If inly a moment I murmured,
'The simple praise sweetly,
But sweetlier the sage'--and did rashly
Man's vision unrein,

"I rue it! . . . His guileless forerunners,
Whose brains I could blandish,
To measure the deeps of my mysteries
Applied them in vain.

"From them my waste aimings and futile
I subtly could cover;
'Every best thing,' said they, 'to best purpose
Her powers preordain.' -

"No more such! . . . My species are dwindling,
My forests grow barren,
My popinjays fail from their tappings,
My larks from their strain.

"My leopardine beauties are rarer,
My tusky ones vanish,
My children have aped mine own slaughters
To quicken my wane.

"Let me grow, then, but mildews and mandrakes,
And slimy distortions,
Let nevermore things good and lovely
To me appertain;

"For Reason is rank in my temples,
And Vision unruly,
And chivalrous laud of my cunning
Is heard not again!"

Ze end of the A-Z challenge is here! Congratulations to everyone who did the challenge properly; it was a blast reading all your posts each day about places on earth, emotions, old tv shows, what have you. Thanks everyone for a great ride. See you in May!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Festivals and Review of Lisa Hendrix's Immortal Champion

A Round of Words in 80 Days. Do I even remember my goals? Er, not quite. Something about editing every day. Well, I haven't done much since the weekend. I'm reading a couple of research books, including a long-ish Bernard Lewis essay, and thinking about printing presses under the Ottoman Empire. Does that count?

Sorry, just a tad distracted. Hmm, Google's underlining tad as a spelling mistake. I shouldn't be surprised - Google underlines movie, also, for some reason. (Haven't the folks at Google ever watched All My Children? Remember Tad and Ted? I can't believe I'm admitting to ever having watched this. It was exam time in high school. I was procrastinating.)

Anyhow, why am I distracted? Well, it's Game 7 of Habs vs Bruins. I'm sure I've mentioned hockey before on this blog. It's on all the time, I just don't talk about it much.

Okay, seriously. I do have some real, writing related, things to say. First off, my review of Kerri Nelson's Double Take is up!

Also, I won a copy of Lisa Hendrix's Immortal Champion - thanks to Nas Dean - third in the series of Norsemen doomed to immortality by a curse that only true love can break.

"Part of a Viking crew of warriors cursed by an evil sorceress, Gunnar the Red must toil through eternity as half-man, half-beast, living out his days as a great bull, while his nights are spent in human form. And though he keeps mostly to the wilds, his heart yearns for the simple comforts of man—and the chance to redeem a tragic past...

Seeking refuge from a bitter winter in the welcoming hall of Richmond Castle, Gunnar rescues two maidens when a blaze erupts—and his destiny is forever altered. For one of the young women is Lady Eleanor de Neville, who is immediately entranced by her rescuer. Her kiss of gratitude—the brief touch of her lips against his cheek—awakens a longing in her soul. And even when she is betrothed to another, Eleanor never forgets her courageous knight.

When Gunnar rides back into Eleanor's life, she is consumed by undeniable passion. And though his body surrenders to her every touch, Gunnar's heart remains imprisoned by the curse—and only the magic of the truest love can save him..."
A fun idea for a series made all the better by Hendrix's well-paced, tender writing. Each book focuses on how one of the men succeeds in destroying the curse over his head, but tidbits are shared about the other men in the band - now I'm looking forward not only to the next book, but the last one in the series, which I'm guessing will be about the seer in the band of men.

Backstory is deftly woven throughout the book, and I was doubly interested, since I happened to fall on the one book in the series that takes place in the time of my own novel (15th Century). If I had to make one criticism, it's that the events at the ending felt a bit rushed; I'd have enjoyed even more chapters about the plot to get the best of Eleanor's father, and the epilogue.

Of course, who doesn't want the sweet parts of a romance to continue?

One last bit of news: if you're in New York City, lucky you, because you get to take part in the
PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, from now until 1 May 2011, including authors such as Harold Bloom, Elif Safak, Irvine Welsh and Edmund White.

Of course, if you're in Montreal, we've got the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival! I'm hoping to take part in a Kate Pullinger workshop this weekend.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Third Crusader Challenge and Whisky Trench Riders Video

Rach has posted the third crusader challenge on her blog. Here are the rules for show not tell:

My Show Not Tell Challenge: In 300 words or less, write a passage (it can be an excerpt from your WIP, flash fiction, a poem, or any other writing) that shows (rather than tells) the following:
you're scared and hungry
it's dusk
you think someone is following you
and just for fun, see if you can involve all five senses AND include these random words: shimmer, saccadic, substance, and salt.
Mine's adapted from my wip, Out of the Water, and features Rosa in an escape scene:

She hurtled down the corridor, trying not to hear the slapping footsteps behind. Her feet turned and her body followed, her thoughts a waterfall of words. Get away, get away. The salt tang of tears ran into her mouth.

She must have been guided by smells of cooking, for she'd reached an archway to the kitchens. A man in an apron tapped a wooden spoon against a bowl, beside a pot bubbling over an open fire.

He turned a gaping mouth on her as she skidded past, and called out, waving the spoon. The smell of some sizzling substance made her want to stop in her tracks, accepting whatever might happen, if she could only have one bowlful of that savoury broth.

Her thoughts crystallised long enough for her mind to guide her saccadic actions. As the man reached out, she grabbed a poker, hooked it to the pot's rim and yanked, jumping back before the hot liquid could splash on her. The spoon clattered to the floor and the man yelped as broth splattered across his arms.

The first open door led outside to an herb garden. She was halfway through when she heard crashing and banging behind her. A man stood up among the mint, his shadow reaching nearly to her feet.

Dirt flew up in clods against her legs as she ran toward the forest, a shimmer of darkness at the end of the field, clutching a stitch in her side, not stopping or looking behind her. She burst into the shelter of the branches and tramped through the undergrowth, slipping and sliding on pine needles, ears pricked to their utmost, straining for the sound of pursuit above her own thrashing.

She sprang out into a clearing and crashed into another man. Her thoughts turned to ice.

I actually managed to meet all the requirements! But do let me know if I succeeded in showing not telling.

Today's another check in for A Round of Words in 80 Days, and I've been doing okay. Thursday I got a teeny bit of editing done, Friday was a wash, and Saturday I ploughed through eight more pages. Getting closer to the point where I can reprint the entire MS and start all over again. Still need to draft a few scenes for the middle bits...

Unless I'm much mistaken, I've caught up on all the A-Z letters as of today. I lost track after I realised I'd been adding letters on Sundays as well. Good luck to all you A-Zers in the last week!

Look out for my review of Lisa Hendrix's Immortal Champion, which I won through Nas' blog. Thanks Nas and Lisa!

Annnnd... Here's the new video for Driftin' from the Whisky Trench Riders!

Friday, 22 April 2011

Belated Literary Resolutions 2011 and Charles II

Happy Easter!

I just found out, through Theresa Milstein, that I've missed out on some Literary Resolutions for 2011! I might have seen this in January and thought I couldn't do it at the time - now it looks like I'm actually on track! Len Lambert has also signed up.

The original rules, as featured on The Loft's Writer's Block, are (shortened a little by me):

January: Read a classic that has always been on your list.

February: Write for at least 15 minutes every day.

March: Go to at least two author readings at your local book store, library, or literary center. If your community does not have authors passing through, you can watch a reading online. After hearing from the author, read the book.

April: Celebrate the foolish. Find some of the best humour writing and see what makes you laugh out loud. "Right ho!" You can never go wrong with P.G. Wodehouse. Then, give yourself a humour writing assignment. After you make someone laugh from a quip or joke, try to write it down. Can you capture spoken humour in the written form?

May: Spend the month rereading your old work.

June: Get an anthology of poetry and read the same poem twice every day—once in the morning, and once at night. Does coming back to it in the evening change it? Take June to think about language—what draws you in, what bores you?

July: Spend two hours a week working on one long piece. This could be a rescued piece discovered in May or something new.

August: Reread your favourite book from childhood. Why did that book make such an impression on you?

September: Submit. Submit to your dream of being a writer. Submit your work to a contest, a local newspaper, a literary journal.

October: Read a best-selling mystery. What can you learn from a well-paced page turner?

November: Jump on the NaNoWriMo bandwagon and try to write a novel in a month. NaNoWriMo offers plenty of online resources and many communities have meet-ups. The Loft offers a weekend novel writing conference to offer inspiration in early November.

December: Buy books, give books, talk about books, and spread your love of literature throughout the holidays.

It's not January, but I actually started reading Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre a few days ago. For the first time ever.

As for February, I definitely did that!

March... Hmm, I missed out on that. I went to a great author event last October with local Montreal authors, and I'm attending the Yes Oui CANSCAIP Imagine a Story Conference next month. And the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival is on, and TD Book Week is coming up...

April - hey wait, I just finished reading a collection of P. G. Wodehouse short stories! Now to see if I can inject humour into my own writing.

Speaking of April, tomorrow is a very big day. Not only is it Children's Day in Turkey, it's St George's Day in England and it also happens to be...

The 350th anniversary of the coronation of Charles II. Princes William and Harry, through Princess Diana, can trace their lineage back to Charles II. I, of course, have a more personal connection with him - or my characters do - as they've spent time with him at various Writers' Houseparties (thank you, Adderbury!). (They've gotten even more intimate with others - Rosa and Lord Rochester, anyone?)

Why not? You can play too! There'll be another Houseparty soon enough, I'm sure. *wink*

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Strikeout, Underline, Rewrite, and Arrows Pointing Every Which Way

Welcome to the world of editing. Also, it's Wednesday, which means another check in at A Round of Words in 80 Days.

I've torn up and red penned (well, Pilot brown penned, actually) so much of my novel that I can hardly see the original type anymore. Only I don't get to print out a fresh copy until I've actually entered all these changes into the MS.

Meanwhile I've torn so many holes out of the middle bits that I feel like I'm peering through a l a c e curtain when what I want before me is tightlywoven tapestry.

It'll come... I can't wait till I'm done this round and I can take a few weeks off and return to research before I start rereading and editing from the beginning again.

How's your drafting/writing/editing going?

Don't forget to vote for your favourite awesome line at Disgruntled Bear's contest. Perhaps you might like mine...

And thank you to the wonderful Linda Gerber, author of the Death By... series - I just won a copy of her upcoming book Sass: The Finnish Line. Can't wait!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Contests, Contest Winner, Writing Tips and More

Kate Kaynak - aka Disgruntled Bear - has a spring writing contest on, featuring awesome tag lines from a number of different authors. I based my entry on help from Nadja (thank you! and let me know whether you'd prefer a critique of your first page or 10$ through PayPal!):

A dangerous and passionate journey, for a love that must transcend faith and family, East and West.

Voting starts Monday. Please head over to the contest page and vote for your favourite awesome line.

Lori has been posting awesome writing tips from Lauri, a dear member of the Compuserve Books and Writers Community who passed away last year. Here's Lauri on Character Motivation, Trimming the Fat, and Back Story.

Medeia's been blogging about books she's reading - and I won the giveaway! Thanks Medeia!

Not much to report for A Round of Words in 80 Days. I edited 20 pages yesterday! But it was all scribbles on paper; I've only transferred a few pages worth into the actual MS. I've chopped a lot out of the middle of the novel and now there's a gaping hole in it that needs quite a lot of stitching. What to do, what to do...

Ooh! Tahereh has ARCs of Shatter Me to give away!

Plug for Hélène Boudreau (host of #weekendwordwar on Facebook) whose got lots of MGs and YAs coming out!

Quiet, please. Our author's trying to solve a plotting problem...

Friday, 15 April 2011

WeekendWordWar and More Fun With Picasa

Yes it's another #weekendwordwar, hosted by author Hélène Boudreau on Facebook. Keep editing and writing and researching, and post your updates there or on Twitter (sorry, no link - I'm not on Twitter yet!).

Before I start tonight's round of typing up new scenes and cutting out old ones, here're two more Picasa-fied photos of Rosa from Out of the Water. Both were recently posted on The Orientalist Gallery and the paintings are by Frederick Arthur Bridgman, who it turns out has many many Orientalist paintings that fit Rosa's life in Constantinople.

In The Courtyard:

Dolce Far Niente:

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

My Day Requires A Latte, A Well-written Scene and Some Cat Love

What's on your list of must haves for a great day? Editor in Chief of Real Simple (the only life magazine worth subscribing to), and author of Just Let Me Lie Down (a hilarious and touching book about working moms), Kristin van Ogtrop shared her list in her latest editorial. Her day requires at least one cup of coffee as well...

My other items include:

At least one free coffee refill (either a colleague who offers to get me some, or my friend down the hall, who usually has a full pot brewing before I even come in)

Progress on my novel, of any kind, whether a scene written, a few pages edited, some square brackets conquered or a research book not only read but reskimmed and notes taken. I'll also accept a new story idea (got another one this morning! still trying to decide if it's YA or adult romance).

Work-related tasks that involve mostly editing, where I can sit in the sun by the window with some tea or coffee and slash away at others' words.

Twenty minutes or so of walking outdoors. Any birds chirping, geese returning, or other animal sightings are a bonus.

Sleep is nice but time to read for pleasure is even more important. I've been spreading myself rather thin with volunteer editing tasks, book reviews and translation jobs. Sitting down for an hour or two and reading for pure joy makes a refreshing break. I've got a couple of YAs and classics lined up for the next session. Speaking of which, Beverly Cleary turned 95 on Sunday. Happy Birthday! And thank you for Ramona, who shared my pain in many ways when I was her age.

An egg sandwich with cheese, tomato and HP sauce.


Carol's done a page critique for Out of the Water! Thank you, Carol.


ROW80 - I've been doing well! Eight pages edited since Sunday. I've got lots of new scenes to type up tonight. And one scene to make more manly.


Jenny's author mentor for March and April is P. G. Wodehouse and she's got some amazing posts on music, poetry, short stories, World War II and more.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

A Double Contest and ROW80 Check In

Disgruntled Bear, aka Kate Kaynak, author of the Ganzfield series, is hosting a contest - win an in-depth critique of your query letter and the first ten pages of your fiction manuscript.

Post a comment before Friday with the following information:
Awesome Line

Exactly. Therein lies the rub. I need an awesome line and I'm not very good at coming up with tags and blurbs and so on.

Followers one and all, can you help me come up with an awesome line for Out of the Water (historical romance, set in 1492)?

Given this back cover description:

Exiled from her Spanish homeland by the Inquisition and separated from her family as they flee their home, 18 year old Rosa must place her life in the hands of a stranger from the Ottoman Empire. Baha, estranged from his own father and returning to his homeland after ten years, is her one hope of reaching Constantinople and reuniting with her family. The fact that he's attractive and tender is an unexpected pleasure.

As they travel together, her burning drive to be reunited with her loved ones is matched by a deepening desire for the man at her side -- but all too soon they may run out of time to be together. Rosa's family will likely not accept her marriage to a man of different faith, let alone one who has been renounced by his family. Yet before she can even introduce them, their reunion is cut short by the arrest of her father and brother at the hands of the Sultan's Grand Vizier. Rosa and Baha are the only ones that can rescue them, and together prove that their love can withstand their differences.


If I end up using your suggestions, there's a prize from me, too - choice of a free critique of your first page or 10$ through PayPal (in case you want to support a local bookseller instead of Amazon).

Just in case you hadn't noticed, the letters are all in support of everyone doing the A-Z Challenge, you brave people you! Despite some minor distractions, I've - nearly - been meeting my goal of editing a page a day. I'm on page 105 of 195 in editing in paper, and have entered all the changes up to page 65 in the manuscript.

Still a worrying number of square brackets. I really know next to nothing about Medieval/Humanist/Renaissance clothing...

Friday, 8 April 2011

Fooling Around With Old Masters

Lately I've been having fun with Picasa, toying with images I find on The Orientalist Gallery that remind me of scenes from Out of the Water.

There's the original image of Rosa (to reiterate, not that she actually goes around carrying baskets of oranges on her head or anything...):

Then there was my first attempt at a touch-up, inserting Rosa and Baha into
The Opium Den, which didn't work so well, mainly because they would never really be in that pose in the first place.

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) proved more inspiring. Here's Rosa as The Unwelcome Companion:

That touchup/airbrush tool in Picasa is not very user friendly, I must say.

Next up, I might try adding Baha's face to Ludwig Deutsch's Scribe.

By the way, if you haven't seen it yet, the authors at All The World's Our Page have interviewed Australian author Chris Womersley. Leave a comment on the post to win a copy of his novel Bereft.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

A Round of Words in 80 Days Part Deux

Round Two of A Round of Words in 80 Days!

Round Two has officially started, with an inspiring post by Kait Nolan. Here's a bit of it:

"Make a vow this time to have your own little shoulder companion sitting there urging you to make good choices. Maybe for you it will be your favorite writer. Maybe you’ll have a little Stephen King or a Madeleine L’Engle or a Nora Roberts on your shoulder. Maybe you’ve got somebody else who will inspire you to put the writing first. No matter who you choose as your personal mascot, let there be someone who can push you that extra mile. And don’t worry…the rest of us will be there to back you up as well."
That said, my goals for this time around are the same as last - edit the novel!

I start Round Two on page 105 of 195. I've discovered that editing isn't the hard part - it's surprisingly fun and easy to take a few hours in a coffee shop and slash through the manuscript with a red/brown/pink/whatever pen. It's typing up those changes...

I really ought to have a measurable goal for the end of this round, though, so let's say, I'd like to have the novel presentable, but with lots of tweaking needed in terms of research. Then if there's a Round Three (!), I can use it to focus entirely on research (oh, the reading I'll do!).

And on that note - head on over to Medeia's, she's giving away books!

Meanwhile, on that bad review debacle going on (which I first heard about through All the World's Our Page), Nathan Bransford posted a link to a clear and cogent essay on the subject of authors and bad reviews.

Monday, 4 April 2011

India Drummond's Ordinary Angels

Today's the day - India Drummond's Ordinary Angels is out!

"An urban fantasy / paranormal romance novel in which Zoë Pendergraft falls in love with an angel, frees a soul from necromancers, releases a ghost trapped in the Void, and saves his living grandson from demons.

Most of Zoë's friends are dead, but she doesn't mind because they died long before she met them. Then one Tuesday night an angel takes her salsa dancing and turns her world upside down. Grim reality closes in when she discovers a body in her company's boiler room and Higher Angels accuse her best ghost friend of murder. Knowing she's the only one who can stand against them, Zoë resorts to lying, stealing and summoning. In the end, getting blood on her hands forces Zoë to question herself.

Heat Rating: Some inter-species sizzle. Definitely not for kids."
Read the first chapter of Ordinary Angels here.

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India Drummond

Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Fiction Author

India knew from age nine that writing would be her passion. Since then she's discovered many more, but none quite so fulfilling as creating a world, a character, or a moment and watching them evolve into something complex and compelling. She has lived in three countries and four American states, is a dual British and American citizen, and currently lives at the base of the Scottish Highlands in a village so small its main attraction is a red phone box. In other words: paradise.

The supernatural and paranormal have always fascinated India. In addition to being an avid sci-fi and fantasy reader, she also enjoys mysteries, thrillers, and romance. This probably explains why her novels have elements of adventure, ghosts (or elves, fairies, angels, aliens, and whatever else she can dream up), and spicy love stories.

Author website and blog
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Sunday, 3 April 2011

Support for A to Z Bloggers

A, B, C. It's day three of the April A to Z blogging challenge, which has hundreds and hundreds of participants blogging a letter of the alphabet every day this month. Don't know how you're all keeping up with daily blog posts - it's incredible!

I've got an A to C wrapup of my weekend in support:

A is for the absence of editing. I had a full day yesterday and instead had fun catching up on reading and on visiting fellow Harry Potter blogfesters. Then I squeezed in a couple hours of editing at night. At this rate, the start of Round Two of A Round of Words in 80 Days couldn't come soon enough, so that I'm accountable for my actions.

Who else is joining?

B is for Baha, Rosa's husband. Specifically, I find it interesting that the most romantic scenes in Out of the Water always come to me from his pov. It's easy to imagine and discover his actions -- him taking her by the hand and leading her places, him planning for their future, his mind running on thoughts of her -- and slightly more difficult to figure out her reactions. Though, conversely, most of the action scenes are instigated by her motives and movements.

Are your male or female characters easier to read?

C is for collectible. I made a list the other day of all the papers and other items that Rosa collects on her journey across the Mediterranean: an Ottoman miniature, her birth certificate, a silk shawl, a copy of The Book of Good Love, her marriage certificate and wedding ring, black silk to be sewn into a dress later on, and dried flowers from a wreath she wore in her hair. She might collect some rocks or shells if she can figure out where to save them.

What sorts of things do your characters collect?


Thank you to fellow author, blogger and avid coffee drinker Susan Fields for the lovely blog award!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • The Making of Outlander by Tara Bennett
  • Testament of Experience by Vera Brittain
  • Zoom sur Plainpalais by Corinne Jaquet
  • beta read! (JB)
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
  • Burning Sky by Lori Benton
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Istanbul Noir (Akashic Books anthology)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • A Daughter's A Daughter by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
  • Sunlight by Margaret Rucker (poem; floating in a cocktail glass)
  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  • Preface to The Hobbit, by Christopher Tolkien
  • Ilk Defa... by Beste Barki (essays)
  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (essay)
  • The Moon and I by Betsy Byars
  • The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  • Rogue Warrior by Regan Walker
  • Beauty and the Beast by Villeneuve
  • Black (what was this? I don't remember!)
  • Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani
  • Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. Awry (26 book collection)
  • beta read (Born to Run by RB)
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson (poem)
  • Android's Dream by John Scalzi
  • The Mysterious Tadpole by Stephen Kellogg (reread)
  • Yashim Cooks Istanbul by Jason Goodwin
  • Miniatures by John Scalzi
  • Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  • Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
  • All or Nothing by Rose Lerner (short story)
  • Merry Christmas, Emily (board book)
  • Extra Yarn by __ and Jan Klassen
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Outlandish Companion II by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Outlandish Companion I, Revised by Diana Gabaldon
  • MacHinery and the Cauliflowers by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Dileas by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Gold Watch by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • betty, butter, sun by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  • The Very Cranky Bear (Scholastic)
  • various haiku by R. Wodaski
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