*looks around blearily*
I think I've forgotten how to blog.
Between the nearly full week of illness, coming as it did following the holidays, during which I had a lot of wonderfully scheduled-in-advance posts, and the trying to keep to my editing schedule despite the illness, I've lost the knack of blabbing on the blog.
Though I am pleased to report that the editing is progressing on Druid's Moon. Haltingly in some cases - I might have hit the dreaded middle - but soon the Beast shall be revealed to Beauty, and then there will be lots of dialogue and interaction and "what do we do now" conversations to play with. Then the finale, and then the denouement (which I don't think I've written yet!). Hoping to be ready to write the synopsis by end-February.
About the only thing I could hold up while ill (didn't even read until the third day, I was that weak) was my iPod, so I was on Twitter quite a bit. Yes, there were cat photos. Thank you for all your comments on my last post! So nice to have your good wishes. I'm looking forward to visiting everyone and catching up!
One lovely thing that happened while I was ill is that I was accepted for something I'd applied for a few weeks ago: the CANSCAIP Creator-in-Residence Manuscript Blue Pencil. It's a little different that the usual mentorship programme, since there were only twelve spots offered, and at no charge!
The only thing is, CANSCAIP is the children's authors' association, and I submitted my MG/YA. Now I have to take off my romance (and paranormal) editing hat and put on my children's author hat - and return to a story I haven't quite looked at in a few years. I just know it's not as good as it could be!
But then, what do I know, really? I haven't had coffee in six days... I miss it so much I'm bringing back this image from an old blog post on mugs:
Yup, that's Charlie on the old Two and a Half Men. Judging by the blog post I got the image from, I'm not the only one interested in those bottomless mugs. At least, they seem bottomless when you're watching the show: He always uses the same one, there's always fresh coffee in the pot, and when he's not drinking alcohol, he's sipping coffee. Yum yum!
Books I'm Reading and Finished Books
- Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
- Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
- The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona
- ***Reading At Intervals***
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
- The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
- Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- The Jerusalem Bible
- ***Finished Books***
- The Christmas Crossing by Bev Petterson (short story)
- secret beta read!
- An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
- Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
- Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
- Emil In the Soup Tureen by Astrid Lindgren
- Whales by Jacques Cousteau (excerpt essay from his book)
- Tutankhamen's Tomb by Howard Carter (excerpt essay from his book)
- Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
- Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
- Go the F*^$ To Sleep (board book)
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (reread) (brought to you by Neil Gaiman: http://www.worldbuilders.org/our-next-stretch-goal-unlocks-at/neil-gaiman-reads-green-eggs-and-ham)
- The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi
- mini Twitter stories by Talli Roland (available here: http://advice.uk.match.com/dating-advice/enjoy-valentine%E2%80%99s-day-and-get-mentallydating?utm_expid=55691082-15.2L0G0ictTcSJ4BI9Srh77A.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fadvice.uk.match.com%2Fdating-advice)
- The Book of Jane by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter
- Beloved Demons by Anthony Martignetti
- Hands-on Therapy by T L Watson
- Let Me Make Myself Plain by Catherine Cookson
- The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham
- Mystery of the Fat Cat by Frank Bonham
- Spin by Catherine Mckenzie
- Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
- The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen (reread)
- The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
- The Ghost in the Window by Betty Ren Wright
- The Progress of Love by Alice Munro
- The Treason of Isengard - Book 7 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (reread)
- Behind the Lines (poems) by A. A. Milne
- the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (reread)
- Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul
- see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
- see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
- see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
- see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
- see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
- see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
- also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
- see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
- also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
- also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html