Monthly Archives: August 2011

Currently Reading

We are exploring the art of reading out loud at our house, currently, and it’s quite fun. A few months back we started listening to The Mistress of the Art of Death on CD and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Today, without having anything to listen to and a pile of spinning to get through (and a convalescing canine with separation anxiety on enforced cage-rest to keep entertained who believes I am The Best Thing Ever) I started reading Reckless by Cornelia Funke. I am a horrible reader; I’m a horrible speaker. I am naturally a speed-talker and talking slowly causes me to stumble over words. I’m also originally from Massachusetts, which causes me to ignore R’s when I choose and to insert R’s into words they don’t belong in. (R’s are horrible. When reciting the alphabet, Massachusetts folk, especially in the eastern part of the state, are likely to say, “cue aah ess”. For real.) Reckless, however, entertains Beth while she dukes it out with the wheel, entertain our convalesing pooch, and passes away a hot muggy Sunday. If you haven’t read any of Funke’s work by now (Inkheart is likely the most recognized title at this point) you really ought to correct that. Very good stuff.

This morning I also read Holly Black’s The Good Neighbors novel. Holly Black’s writing tends to be stuff I forget how much I enjoy when I’m not reading it. I’ll admit that I have a hard time, in my mind, separating her Modern Faerie Tale trio from Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely books, mostly because I read the first of each roughly around the same time. That said, I generally come away from Black’s work excited abou what I’ve read and confused as to how I could have forgotten how much I enjoy her work. This was no different. I gobbled them up in under an hour, and then reread parts of them. Typically I shy away from graphic novels just because I tend to want meatier stories, but these were just about perfect.

Last night I treated myself to a comfort reread of The Hob’s Bargain which was the first book of Patricia Briggs’ I’d ever read, and that was nice. And, to toss in the oddball books, I’m also picking my way through Extinct Humans and House Thinking because these are the things I read for fun.

What books are you currently loving right now?

My First Post . . .

. . . in which I repeat by ‘About’ page a little, babble a little, and hopefully only bore you a little . . .

Between you and me, this feels awfully pretentious. That aside: welcome to my blog! Over on my blogroll sidebar you’ll see the names of some of my favorite writers. That’s just a start; I’m sure it’ll grow, for I have many. If you’ve already read any of my stuff, and you’re familiar with Charles De Lint’s work, you will have undoubtedly noticed his influence in my work. I discovered his writing back when most of his earlier works were out of print (and spent a fortune getting my hands on them . . and then, heh, they got reprinted, of course). His work is not, however, the only writing that I find nourishing. If you haven’t checked out any of those listed authors already, do so! You won’t be sorry.

Much to my dismay, I am not as of yet a fulltime writer. I have a fulltime job which, along with my partner’s fulltime job, helps to keep us sheltered, fed, and our critters safe and sound. Besides writing, I knit and dabble in spinning, practice yoga, and spend oodles of time with our cats and dog. Nevertheless, I do have one book I’m currently shopping around, another book in progress, and too many stories in my head to ever stop writing. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. (Which I remind myself at 3am when they won’t let me sleep. Yes, them. You know who ‘they’ are.)

Tentatively scheduled for an October release date is my newest collection of short stories, The Fairy Queen of Spencer’s Butte and Other Tales, thirteen tales inspired by and/or set around Eugene, Oregon, and its surrounding environs. I am deeply in love with this city, and this volume is my thanks to the city for the inspiration its given me. Eugene is a quirky place, something between a large town and a big city. We have a fairly large ‘alternative’ subculture, and a whole lot of ‘normal’ folks, too, and a whole heaping amount of local pride. This, I think, is not a bad thing. It is good to be engaged with one’s place.

I’m not sure how well The Fairy Queen will be received. It’s being self-published due to its relatively small appeal (most people don’t know who I am or what I write; most people don’t care about Eugene; who would want to publish this?) though I’ve got plans on pushing it locally . . .and there will be a give-away in the future, once it’s out, so do stay tuned! Despite being unsure about its success, I’m extremely excited to see it go live.