I awoke this morning to a world blanketed in fog. From my front step, the trees came alive, and we were an island unto ourselves. If I but made it past the veil of mist, surely I’d set foot on a land of enchantment and everyday magic. Instead there I stood, quiet and alone, soaking a in a bit of the intrigue. A strange man, wily looking and more than a bit rumpled, ambled by–thus serving my cue to head back in of doors, where I promptly poured a cup of tea, and finished off the rhubarb-apple bread. Now here I sit, plotting my day–which reminds me: the fog serves the perfect backdrop for all manner of nerdly pursuits. As you might imagine, in that, I’m rarely bereft . . .
Reading. For the most part, I continue my reading rut–basically anything from David Baldacci to Clive Cussler. I tried reading One Thousand and One Nights–it hurt my head. So I started re-reading Horatio Hornblower. Then, I picked up Dorothy L. Sayers The Complete Stories. For those unfamiliar with Dorothy Sayers, she was a contemporary of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Perhaps she is best known for her Lord Peter Wimsey mystery novels–of which The Complete Stories includes her smaller works. It also includes Montague Egg Stories and more. Now, I’m not really a fan of short stories. At least, I can’t take a whole book of shorts in one fell swoop. This was the exception to the rule. I truly enjoyed these stories. Very much a light read, the stories aren’t typically dark or deep, but they are a whole lot of fun. I especially enjoyed the stories at the end. Now, onto The Hunger Games (Where have I been? I know . . . ) And since I have yet to get my act together in regard to my book blog, here are a couple of blogs that offer some great book suggestions . . .
Teaching. My uncle asked that I help with the writing portion of his intro to higher learning class. I have but one word: Yikes. Basically, it’s only reinforced the belief that teaching is not my calling. If it were not for this class, however, I may have never discovered Easy Bibliography. A website that builds your Bibliography for you–are you kidding me? From the look of the students’ faces, I may have been a tad too excited. Obviously, they’ve never had to manually create a 5 page Works Cited. Now, if only they would create an app that compiles your book index . . .
Writing. One week from today is Nanowrimo–who’s in? I tend to value what little remains of my sanity to sign on to that crazy train. But who knows? It does seem to be the season where I say ‘yes’ to everything. Participate in a medieval drama production? Sure. Help teach a class? Got it. Be a judge for the Top Idaho Book and Author Awards? Why not. Write a novel in a month? Bring it.