Monday, October 06, 2014

Monday Malarkey - Not a very bookish week

I got exactly one book, this week (from HarperCollins), Hieroglyph, ed. by Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer:

I did finish two books but most of last week was an ADD reading week - one of those weeks when you pick up a book, read a little, put it back down, pick up another, read a little, put in a bookmark and come back but then get bored halfway through the book, pick up a book . . . ugh. I hate those weeks. I read 120 pages of I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (interconnected short stories) and I'm unsure whether or not I'll finish it. The quantity of grammatical errors and oddities in the book has surprised me. His characters say "somewheres" instead of "somewhere", for example, and one used the word "misfunction" rather than "malfunction".

Still reading Momosas and was hoping to mix up some of those drinks, this weekend, but my plans were thwarted. Perhaps next weekend.

Last week's posts:

Last week's reads:

  • Me On the Floor, Bleeding by Jenny Jรคgerfeld
  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming 

Currently reading:

  • Hieroglyph, ed. by Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer
  • Momosas by Paul Knorr
  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov


Kiddo was home again, this weekend, and he's a fan of Redbox rentals so we watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I liked it. And, then, because Robert Redford was in CA:TWS, I went digging for Robert Redford movies and we watched Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, although I confess that we turned it off before the end because I didn't feel like I needed to see that last scene in which Butch and Sundance run out into a hail of bullets. You don't actually see their deaths but it still makes me cry.


Since I've freed myself to write what I feel like writing and read what calls to me almost everything I've read lately has been from our home library, I'm considering a quickie post covering the last of the books in my sidebar so I can stop looking at them and feeling like someone poured concrete around my feet. I feel stuck, in other words, like I need to do something to move on but maybe it's just going to take a quick bulldozing to get 'er done. I've written about the Monument 14 books, though. I'll probably go ahead and post that. We shall see. I like not knowing what I'm going to feel like writing, from one day to the next.

Speaking of writing:

I realized that NaNoWriMo is coming up, last week, and followed a group dedicated to National Novel Writing Month on Facebook. While it's a heavy-posting site and therefore may end up getting trashed, a post encouraging followers to free write for 5 minutes got me started writing a story that I've been pondering for ages. Wahoo for that! I've been stuck in that way, as well. Half of me thinks that I need to give up blogging completely if I want to return to writing fiction because I'm kind of a one-trick pony. The other half is the side that keeps tugging me back whenever I consider stepping away for good. When my two sides start having a fist fight, it's going to get ugly.

Gotta go. Hope Monday has been kind to you.

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  1. We watched Captain America, too. It was good, but not amazing. We did, however, watch The Words (starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, and Zoe Saldana) and thought it was outstanding. Give it a try!

    1. I liked it but I was a little twitchy and occasionally walked out of the room to fill my tea cup, rinse a dish, etc. I haven't heard of The Words. Will look into it, thanks!

  2. I think our brains work on the same wavelength! I just freed myself to write about whatever I want to write about too! AND I've had the kind of reading week it sounds like you've been having..only I've been having that kind of week for the last 3 months :/ Really hope that changes soon! Ah, I, Robot. I read that one in a sci-fi class in college and it never did anything for me. My two favorite books I read in that class though were Ender's Game which went on to become one of my favorite books ever and Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur Clarke...have you ever read that one? So good! I should reread it sometime!

    Guess what? I got botox for my migraines today! Not at all as bad as I thought it was going to be. Really hoping it works. Neurologist says it takes most people 2-3 weeks to start getting the effects though some people don't get effects until second round of injections. And it helps about 70% of patients which is a pretty good number. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

    Sorry for the rambly comment! I should probably just email you instead of writing random stuff about my life in your comments ;) Love you Nance!

    1. Well, Chris, I had a super month after declaring myself free to read what I want. I think I just overdosed and need a break or something. I don't even have any real interest in reading. Weird. I did write a little tonight, though! Woot!

      I have not read Rendezvous With Rama. I'll have to see if we have that. Kiddo has a gigantic collection of Arthur Clarke's works. Loved Ender's Game. I haven't picked up I, Robot, today. I like the movie better.

      Oh, wow, great! I hope it works! My neurologist really tried to push the Botox but I wasn't willing to take a chance that my insurance company wouldn't pay. They told me the ins. co. could *approve* it but then refuse to pay. And, if they didn't pay, it was going to cost a freaking fortune. So, no botox for me. No doctor now, either. Need to find a new one.

      I'm just happy you're commenting at all!!! Never apologize. But, do feel free to email or call or write, any time. :) Love you back, Chris!

  3. YAY!! to all of this. Happy NaNoWriMo! Just waving, Care

    1. *waves back* Probably won't participate in Nano (the reason is a thumbs-up, though). Writing anyway. Happy. :)


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