The sunshine is still here but now, as it always will, it is mixing shamefully with rain – the union of such a mating is never good – the offspring being Muggy, Humidity and Thunderstorm. Very few would welcome them in their neighbourhood.
I have succumbed today to total lethargy – and lolled around in bed until lunch time – bedroom is north facing and catches all the breeze – I tell myself it is not sloth which keeps me there but commonsense – and I will defend that position with energy if I had any!
This week has been more about furniture than writing but thankfully, although with the heat it has been painstakingly slow, all the furniture moved is in its rightful place – thank goodness I have no carpets, sliding stuff was the order of the day, not lifting. All that remains this coming week is to get endless papers into drawers and endless books back into bookcases.
The trouble with sorting books is one comes across books – not seen in a while / not read (how?) / must re-read it was good / and ah that’s where you got to. Takes hours to put them all back! Now my TBR pile is higher and my re-read pile stupid.
While I have been sorting I discovered some old tokens from at least 10 years back for WHSmith, They said no time limit so I wandered in and ordered two text books I had wanted for a while and have been reading them this week. I am so pleased I overlooked those tokens all those years ago – theses two books are delicious in both sense of the word. Both are about cooking. About how Cooking Makes us Human in fact.
One of the books Cooked is definitely not to be read when one is feeling hungry. Have just finished 1st part, nearly a hundred pages on southern style barbeque (southern of course in the USA) It is fascinating and lyrical at the same time, a hymn to the glories of real food. I want myself some of that barbeque. It is of course hog roast by a different name but what hog roast, I am always complaining no-one does it correctly nowadays. Roast pork is all we get – at best – but I remember eating hog roast in my youth and I do believe that you lucky folks down south still have it. Slightly different in taste because of the different wood.
Have been reading, also, more than writing – mainly because of the heat and because of fatigue ,have definitely been over doing it – I never learn:(
ROW80 This week
Writing: What I have done this week is divide The Storyteller’s Tale into 13 parts – I have created a 2nd blog on my Sefuty chronicle blog site especially to post each part.
The first part went up today and from now on in I will post all the rest on Saturdays and Sundays. This is Keria’s story; she is the character I have the softest spot for, such a difficult complicated child, she needs a good shake:)
The site not quite finished yet as I want to get the Ellen’s Tale instalments up onto a page and haven’t quite figured that out.
I have been doing a bit more editing, and written two more chapters towards The Children’s Tale.
Blogs: I was engaged in the Bloggers Book Fair this last week and showcased two authors A.Jarrel Hayes and Cindy C Bennett on my Red Carpet. They in turn spotlighted me on their blogs here and here. I have downloaded a dozen books this last week and am going to settle down to read these new authors. Many are in genres I always say I don’t read but I am going to try because one thing I have learnt over the decades is that ‘never’ is a stupid word ‘sometimes’ is better.
Others: Continue to make progress on Fiddling Feline trailer and Jack’s Tale trailer.
Reading: Read Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir for book group – I am not a great fan of historical fiction when it deals with real people, I object to the tampering of someone’s life when they are not around to attest to the tampering. Just me! It was an easy read but nothing new, I have heard all these Queens stories so many times.
Am reading a really good book set in India (that’s what kept me in bed all morning:) as well as Cooked by Michael Pollan and Cooking made us Human by Richard Wrangham.
1) Still to write, a few more chapters for The Children’s Tale,
2) Write at least two blogs
3) Finish Fiddling Feline trailer
4) Finish new Storyteller blog site and transfer Ellen’s Tale instalments over to it
5) Get remaining clutter back into drawers etc so that I can walk boldly around my own abode (not tiptoeing through piles:(
I hope everyone had a good week and will have a good week to come – keep smiling everyone:)