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Snapshot: June 2, 2015

Time: 3:19 pm

Feeling: A little disappointed. I worked late last night, which meant I was late getting to bed, which means I woke up later than I have been recently … which means I didn’t have my morning walk.

The plan is to go for a walk when Dylan’s at his dance class. Only problem is, I’ll be carrying my handbag so I don’t know how pleasurable it will be walking and lugging that thing around with me at the same time …

Eating: Ward recently made this Thai Celery Salad with Peanuts, and when I tasted it, I said, “We absolutely have to add cooked shrimp to this!” (Notice the we? *cough*) So he made it again, only this time he added a bag of cooked shrimp, which he chopped into half-inch pieces.

And I was right. It IS delicious! A perfect summer salad. So if you do want to give the recipe a try, I’d suggest you add shrimp for an entreé-ready dish.

Thai Celery and Shrimp Salad

Drinking: I really could use another coffee. Might make another decaf.

Reading:

misery

Why, Misery, of course, for Care’s #miseryRAL readalong this month! Anyone else joining in on the readalong fun?

Listening:

thefold

This would be a classic example for an article entitled “Why Newsletter Marketing Works”. (Or maybe it’s just an example of how much of a consumer pushover I am …). I just received an email from Audible telling me that Peter Clines’s new book, The Fold, is now available in audio. I didn’t even realize he had a new book out! So of course I had to scoot over and spend last month’s credit on it, because I’d enjoyed his previous book, 14, so much.

Working: I’m a little afraid if I type out everything I’m working on, I’ll immediately crash into overwhelm. On the bright side, aside from three legal articles I need to get done for Thursday, much of what I’m doing has to do with the book marketing for Booktrope and it’s very, very enjoyable. It’s just that there’s SO MUCH TO DO. Argh.

Writing: And then it dawned on me last night, my writing workshop course with Kelley Armstrong starts mid-July which is only six weeks away. I hadn’t realized it was coming up so fast. I need to have the first 20 pages of my dark fantasy ready for workshopping by the end of this month!

Procrastinating: So of course, with all the work I have to do, I spent a pleasurable two hours organizing my Goodreads shelves. It kind of makes me feel productive. Sort of.

The rest of today: I have nearly two more hours to get stuff done, and then it’s off to hip hop class with Dylan. During which I may, or may not, take my walk. I should, because my Instagram is missing its #dailywalk photo. Or so I think.

Review: The Fifth Gospel, by Ian Caldwell

The Fifth Gospel

I decided to pick up The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell because I’d read The Rule of Four, which Caldwell co-wrote with Dustin Thomason, a while back and really enjoyed it. And Caldwell definitely didn’t fail me with The Fifth Gospel. The quick review? I enjoyed it. A lot.

Here’s what it’s about:

In 2004, as Pope John Paul II’s reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. That same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator’s research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex, desperate to keep his family safe, undertakes his own investigation. To find the killer he must reconstruct the dead curator’s secret: what the four Christian gospels—and a little-known, true-to-life fifth gospel known as the Diatessaron—reveal about the Church’s most controversial holy relic. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his friend’s death and its consequences for the future of the world’s two largest Christian Churches, Father Alex finds himself hunted down by someone with a vested stake in the exhibit—someone he must outwit to survive.

Readers who see the title The Fifth Gospel might, understandably, think the novel is a Da Vinci Code kind of read. It isn’t. Sure, there’s a lost gospel and an ancient holy relic, but the similarities end there. If you’ve read any of Dan Brown’s novels, you’ll know they clip along at near-breakneck speeds. They are definitely fast rides, and the thrill is entirely in the plot.

The Fifth Gospel, while highly readable and entertaining, has so much more. In addition to the lost gospel and the ancient, controversial holy relic, there’s also a murder mystery and a lot of Vatican politics and intrigue. And at its core, the novel is the story of two brothers, one a Roman Catholic priest, the other a Greek Catholic priest with a five-year-old son.

While definitely a page turner—it is, after all, a thriller—the writing has a literary feel to it. There are some beautifully written passages throughout. This, for example, on the gravity of a priest being laicized: “This is what gives the sentence such power: it turns us into ghosts. It obligates the world to deny our existence.”

In the Acknowledgments, Caldwell notes it took him ten years to write the novel, and the extensive research he performed is something that takes the book to a whole other level. There’s no info dump going on here; details are revealed to us within the lives of the characters and the setting in which they live. We become immersed in the world of the Vatican, that small, walled country so few of us know anything about.

I learned a lot about so many things: ways of reading the gospels, the rift between Catholicism and Orthodoxy, the Eastern Catholics, how the Vatican is run. Yet I didn’t realize I was learning these things until after I finished the book, because none of it is fed to us as information. It all forms a solid part of the story itself.

If you like a thriller or mystery that does more than drive you quickly through the pages, you should definitely add The Fifth Gospel to your to-read list.

Snapshot: May 26, 2015

Time: 8:08 p.m.

Feeling: Pretty good – yay! This early morning walking has really been making a difference. I love it, and I feel so energized for much of the day. Mind you, I end up going to bed earlier than normal, but that’s a good thing, since it’s something I’ve been trying to accomplish for a while now.

Eating: I’ve got spinach and ricotta sausages in the oven. Will pair them with stir fried cabbage and stir fried spinach.

Drinking: Water! Loving my water. But also looking forward to my nightly glass of Malbec.

Reading: Lots of things! I’ve been peckishly bookish all day—ever have that, when you find yourself jumping from book to book? So I’ve basically read a little bit of everything I’ve got going.

the damned

Sped through the first part of Andrew Pyper’s The Damned this afternoon. Very readable, although things kind of slowed down a bit towards the end of part I. I’ll probably finish this one fairly quickly, as long as it picks up speed again.

disclaimer

I’m also reading Disclaimer, by Renée Knight, for a book tour scheduled for next week. The story is compelling. The writing? Not so much. Still quite readable though.

Listening: I finished Jurassic Park in audio last week, so I moved on to Lost World this week. Unfortunately, I fell asleep while listening to it the other night, so a whole lot of rewinding is in order. My falling asleep while listening to it shouldn’t be held against it—I was just really, really tired that night (all that walking, right?) So far, though, it’s as interesting as I remembered.

Writing: Well, I’ve been thinking about it, so that counts, right?

Working: Finished off an indexing deadline last night, and have four articles to write this week and next, but otherwise the deadlines are light. Which is great because it gives me time to work on the book marketing stuff for Booktrope. And I still have to create a website and Twitter account for that particular hat.

Exercise: I’ve now gone for my early morning walk five days in a row! I’m really really excited and pleased and happy about this new routine. The best part is, I’m even sneaking in some running!

I don’t love running enough to wake up in the morning eager to go for a run, but walking’s a totally different thing. So what I’ve been doing is running just a little bit when I start my walk—and when I say a little, I mean a little! Like, maybe two minutes! Okay, I might be up to three minutes by now. What I’m doing is going just a tiny bit further every day. Building up my stamina bit by bit. Eventually I’d love to be running for half of my walking hour, but I’m quite willing to take it slow.

Snapshot: May 21, 2015

The Victoria Day long weekend really threw me off—I normally write my Snapshot posts on Tuesdays, but when Tuesday came around I thought it was Monday, and on Wednesday I wanted to write about something else so I’m doing my Snapshot post today. Whew. That was a long, and probably unnecessary explanation!

Time: 2:09 pm

Feeling: I wish I could say refreshed, because I’ve been feeling quite refreshed the past few days, but wouldn’t you just know it, since I’m writing a Snapshot post of course today I’m feeling tired.

Eating: I’m about to make my anything-goes veggie soup. So delicious, and with heaps of veggies in it. And parmesan cheese.

Drinking: Water. Lots and lots of water. It’s my latest thing, drinking water, and I’m really liking how it makes me feel. Plus I’m starting to recognize again when I’m thirsty (which is fairly often).

Reading: Still working my way through Good Omens; it’s been mostly in my bag, so I’m not getting through it as fast as I would if it was an “at home” read. It’s good and funny and just a great read for when I’m out and about.

I also started A Game of ThronesI just couldn’t resist the temptation. But I only read the first couple of pages, because I’m just not ready yet to be caught up in a whirl of down-the-rabbit-hole book addiction the series promises to be. I’m witnessing that firsthand anyway: my older son is still working through the series; he started book 4 yesterday.

Listening: I’m almost finished Ready Player One and am wondering WHY it took me so long to get to this book. It’s so good, and Wil Wheaton is perfect narrating as Wade Watts.

ready player one

And some slightly related fun: Dylan downloaded the Akinator app on the weekend, and yesterday we had a such a fun time with it. Akinator is a genie who’s able to guess the character you’re thinking of, simply by asking you a bunch of questions. I was slightly awed by how he managed to guess Wade Watts. I did manage to stump him several times, though, with characters from and authors of some of my favourite, but older, reads. If you want to give it a whirl, here’s the web version. Warning, though: it can be slightly addictive!

Writing: Yes, I’ve been writing! Yay! So okay, it’s only been a few paragraphs to start off a couple of short stories, but I also pulled out my half-completed manuscript for the dark fantasy I’ll be workshopping this summer in Kelley Armstrong’s writing class. I have the next scene in mind, and in the meantime I’m rereading it to get reacquainted with all my characters. It’s progress!

Working: The indexing load has been nice and even, which helps a lot when it comes to my stress levels. I just finished an indexing deadline, and have another one next week, plus an article. In other news, I’ve signed on as the marketing manager for my first author at Booktrope, and it’s been such fun working with her.

Creating: Nothing yet. *sob* So much for being creative every day, right?

Exercising: I’ve been trying my best to keep moving throughout my day, and I’ve also been using my standing desk, too. Tomorrow is my first walking date with my friend; we’re meeting at 8:00 a.m., a time at which I’m usually still sleeping, so wish me luck!

So that’s the Snapshot of this past week. All my focusing on stress reduction seems to be working so far – yay! How has your week been?

Snapshot: May 12, 2015

Time: 10:42 p.m.

Feeling: Tired. And you know, it occurs to me I’ve been saying this in every one of my Snapshot posts lately. Really need to do something about that!

Eating: I’ve decided that this month of small healthy changes should include eating more veggies. Starting today. For lunch I had zucchini and mushroom soup and for dinner I had celery, green pepper and mushrooms (with a chicken burger, no bun). So I think I can say I did pretty well today.

Drinking: A glass of malbec.

Reading: I finished The Fifth Gospel and now Ward is reading it (I’m no longer calling him the book-reading demon because after that first month of being a super reader, he’s not been anywhere near as diligent and in fact can be found most nights watching something on his laptop rather than curled up with a good book. Ah well, it was good while it lasted).

The Fifth Gospel was really good, so now I’m looking for a good novel to follow in its footsteps.

And I am woefully behind on each of the three readalongs I was doing. So far behind, my reading of each of the books has been virtually non-existent.

Listening: I just finished listening to Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, which was a very fun audiobook. As with most celebrity memoirs in audio where the celebrity is also the narrator, I’m very glad I did this one in audio format.

And today I started listening to this:

jurassic park

A couple of months ago I was looking around for an audio version of Jurassic Park, both on my library’s digital reads site and also at Audible. And it turned out it wasn’t available as an audiobook (other than as a CD set). Then I noticed Audible had a pre-order notice on it—and today I received an email saying it was now available. Of course I just had to get it, since it’s been on my mind for a few months now.

I’m not too thrilled with the narrator, who reads in a manner that’s a little too dramatic for my taste. But the story itself is pulling me in; it’s been a long time since I read this book, so I’m really looking forward to this reread.

Writing: Need I say it? Nothing. But I’m hoping my new mechanical keyboard will make a difference over the coming days.

Working: I’ve got an index due tomorrow, and I’ve finally stepped fully into my new book marketing position—I’ll post more about it later this week. So right now I’m knee deep in developing marketing and social media plans, and it’s so much fun coming up with ideas.

Creating: Nothing, but I’m hoping that will change. When I get a bit more time.

And about that zombie apocalypse: So on our way home from his hip hop classes, I had the following conversation with Dylan:

Dylan: I’ve been learning how to eat slowly.

Me: Oh, that’s good. Why?

Dylan: In case there might potentially be a zombie apocalypse.

Me: Why would you need to eat slowly if there’s a zombie apocalypse?

Dylan: Because there won’t be any stores or anything. So if you get an apple or something, you can’t eat it all at once. You have to make it last.

Me: Ah. I see.

So that’s been my day/week. How has yours been?

Snapshot: April 21, 2015

Feeling: Really tired. I don’t feel stressed about my mom being in the hospital after hip surgery, but my body is telling me I must be. The past two days I’ve been so tired when I get home from the hospital, I’ve fallen asleep a couple of times now in the late afternoon.

Health update: That said, my mom’s doing great! Today was the second day after her surgery, and she managed to walk, supported, about six or seven feet, from her bed to the door to her room. They’re looking for a bed in a rehab facility for her; she’ll be able to get daily physio there after her discharge, which will hopefully be in two or three days.

As for the cats, Hobbes is definitely a lot better—he’s his usual naughty self, and it’s been really delightful to see. Poor Creeper, on the other hand, is miserable and spends his time hiding under the bed and in the closet. All the while sneezing.

Reading:

better than before

I started reading Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. It’s the kind of read where I’ll probably be jotting down notes quite frequently. She starts off by listing the Four Tendencies, certain categories people fall into (Upholder, Questioner, Rebel and Obliger), although I’m not so sure it’s so cut and dried. I find myself falling into at least three of these categories. Still, I like her premise that different people require different approaches to forming habits—that makes a lot of sense to me.

Listening: Still listening to Jonathan Kellerman’s Motive. I’m not sure if this is new, or if it’s just something I’d never really noticed before, but Alex sure likes to tell Milo how to do his job—he does this all the time—and Milo always accepts his advice.

A shortish Snapshot this week. I’m just so tired I’m not too sure what I’m writing!

Snapshot: April 14, 2015

Time: 3:44 pm

Feeling: Hot! It’s double digits out there today, which means it’s really hot inside (we’re in a condo apartment where all outside walls are windows).

Planning: I’m really pleased to report I’ve finally found a planner system that seems to be working for me. I ended up designing my own planner page using a spreadsheet. It’s great—has a time log/scheduling area that tracks from 6:00 am (not that I’ll ever get up that early but I can dream, right?) until 1:30 am. I could have made it go even later, but I’m trying to get to bed a little earlier so I’ve decided 1:30 am will be the latest (but I can change this if it doesn’t work—that’s the beauty of using your own planner template).

Planner.jpgMy planner, with printouts inside

Right now I’m using a combo time tracking/time scheduling technique that’s working really well for me. I only schedule in actual appointments but using the Passion Planner’s weekly pages I map out everything I want to accomplish each day which has made a huge difference. I can’t believe I never did this before. I would just keep everything in my head and while it worked in that I was never late meeting deadlines, it was also really stressful.

And now I am so aware of how much time I have each day to accomplish what needs to be done. Since the deadlines are now easy at the moment, it turns out I have a lot more time each day to work on my own personal things, like my writing, than I realized.

Reading: I’m currently reading David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. The first few pages took some getting used to, but it’s not as tough going as I’d expected. I’m also reading Good Omens which I’m really enjoying. Not that these are two books you can compare, as it would be like comparing apples and oranges. But if I had to pick one, I know which I’d pick!

Listening: I have two audiobooks on the go right now. I’m about a third of the way through David Rosenfelt’s Leader of the Pack, the tenth book in the Andy Carpenter series. It’s a fun, light read. I started this series in audio last year and have been slowly but surely working my way through them.

I’m also listening to Motive, the latest in the Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman. It’s been a long time since I last read an Alex Delaware book in print form. I think I’ve listened to the audio versions since around book 14 or 15. I really enjoy John Rubinstein’s narration, particularly the way he does Milo’s voice. I always know it’s Milo!

Writing: I’m struggling with the revisions for Waverley. It’s just overwhelming how much work needs to be done. At times I feel like I haven’t really told the story I want to tell. I started a writing journal yesterday and I’m hoping I’ll be able to use it to tackle the revisions.

Working: My deadlines are nice and steady both this week and next. I’m now consulting my planner for everything and seeing where a potential deadline might cause stress. When I see this happening, before I say yes I’ll talk with the editors about setting a different deadline and they usually have no problems, so that’s been good.

Creating: I got my first colouring book for adults! Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book arrived the other day. I couldn’t resist going out to Staples and stocking up on some supplies:

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Looking forward to: I’ve got a lunch date with my older son tomorrow, shopping with my daughter on Friday and lunch with two of my friends on Sunday. My social calendar isn’t usually that full!

Snapshot: April 7, 2015

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Feeling: Itchy. Itchy. And more itchy.

Itchy It actually started last week, right around the time I got the stomach flu. Just my upper back. Since then, it’s spread to my lower back, my front, my arms, my legs. I went to see the doctor about it this morning (actually, it was a resident plus her supervising doctor, as I couldn’t get in to see my own doctor on such short notice). Since I haven’t made any changes to my environment lately—no new detergent or skin products, no new foods—they think it might be a virus. Either related to the stomach flu virus I had last week, or a new, different virus.

I didn’t know there were viruses out there whose sole purpose is to make you itchy! You learn something new everyday. In the meantime, I’m armed with steroid cream, non-drowsy allergy pills, Benadryl for tonight, and Vicks VapoRub, which the doctor recommended for when the itchiness gets really bad. Something about the menthol can reduce the itchiness, she said. I just had to resort to it a few minutes ago, and it actually seems to be working!

Eating: The book-reading demon made some chickpea burgers from the Eat St.: Recipes from the Tastiest, Messiest, and Most Irresistible Food Trucks and they were seriously good. I swear, we’ve been more or less living from this cookbook for the past month and everything we’ve tried so far has been delicious.

Reading: I’m in a bit of a reading lull right now when it comes to print and ebooks. I did start Good Omens (Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett) and was a little surprised at how funny it was right from the start. Often funny novels take a while to kind of get into that humorous rhythm, but Gaiman and Pratchett hit the sweet spot right off the bat.

And I’ve also just started S.J. Bolton’s most recent Lacey Flint novel, A Dark and Twisted Tide. But despite both these novels being interesting reads, I’ve not been feeling in the mood for a whole lot of reading the past few days.

Listening: Listening, on the other hand—well, I’ve been listening up a storm!

Working Stiff

I am nearly at the end of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell. So interesting, and I’m really enjoying the narration, too.

I’m also about midway into a re-listen of Cat Among the Pigeons. My audio version is narrated by Hugh Fraser, who’s my favourite Agatha Christie narrator. Even though Poirot doesn’t come into the story until fairly late in the novel, this is one of my favourite Poirot mysteries. It’s got everything in it: spies, Middle Eastern royalty, a boarding school, an undercover police officer, and, of course, a nice mystery that Poirot solves as adroitly as usual. And I love the ending.

And finally, I’ve just started The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth von Amim, which has been on my TBR for ages now. Kind of timely, seeing as it’s April right now …

Writing: Nothing yet, but there’s the short story I’m supposed to be working on for this week. I posted the prompts I’m working with yesterday. I’m also thinking of starting up a Writing Journal on Scrivener to help me get back into a daily writing habit.

Working: I finished a bunch of articles over the weekend and I finally got my freelance writing and social media site up: Index & Ink Media. I had to get something up and running because I’ve got a couple of articles which will hopefully be publishing soon on a biggish site, and I wanted to be able to link to my work site in my bio rather than this blog, since the articles are business-oriented and have nothing to do with books or reading.

There’s nothing like that kind of a self-imposed deadline to motivate me (I’ve been meaning to get the site live for over a year now). It’s still very much a work in progress—I wrote the copy at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday night (Monday morning, I guess), so it’s not the greatest, but at least it’s live! I’m still working on the Twitter account for the site. So far I have one set up, but it’s still got an egghead as its avatar, no bio and three followers (I have no clue who they are). Be warned—I’m going to be hitting you all up to follow me on there once I have everything set up and am tweeting with it regularly. It will be mostly social media links so hopefully you’ll find it useful.

I’ve also got a human geography index due later this week, and I might also be getting a rush index, on communications.  Did you know there’s such a thing as a rush index? There is. Usually it means someone somewhere along the way has dropped the ball in some way and the schedule’s all out of whack as a result. But you didn’t hear that from me.

Creating: Nothing. And I missed Trish’s Inspiration Monday! Hopefully I’ll be able to make the next one, which I think will be up in two weeks.

Looking forward to: The itchiness going away …

The rest of today: Work and then Dylan’s hip hop class. I’m hoping to get a lot done before we have to leave for the dance class.

Snapshot: March 31, 2015

Time: 12:54 a.m.

Feeling: Tired. The book-reading demon had a stomach flu bug on Friday night. Dylan got it on Sunday. With the deadlines I’ve got this week, this is definitely NOT the time for me to come down with stomach flu. (Not that there’s ever any good time for it, but you know what I mean, right?)

Eating: The book-reading demon made the pork meatballs banh mi recipe from the Eat St. cookbook and they were really tasty. So today he tried it with ground chicken rather than ground pork. Unfortunately, the texture’s not quite there. Our next experiment? (Don’t you just love how I say “our next experiment” when really, he’s going to do the cooking, I just come up with the ideas?) A half ground pork-half-ground chicken combo.

Drinking: I had my wine, so now I’m having some milk kefir. Hoping the probiotics will keep the stomach flu bugs at bay.

Reading: I’d like to finish S.J. Bolton’s Like This, For Ever, just so I can add it to my “books read in March list” (I know, I know. But sometimes I need that carrot.)

likethisforever.jpg

I probably won’t be able to do very much reading the rest of this week. I’m thinking I might try to dip into a comic or two when I have a free moment.

Listening: I just finished listening to Veronica Mars: The Ten Thousand Dollar Tan Line today. It was good! So good, I want to listen to the next one, Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell, right now. Only I don’t have it, so I guess that won’t happen, not this week anyway. I’ve put a hold on it at the library, so hopefully it will come through soon.

Writing: Nothing. Sigh.

Working: Just finished up an indexing deadline. Possibly have another one index due later this week, only I don’t have all the chapters so it may be delayed. Finished one article for Monday, and have another one due this Friday.

Discoveries: It’s been a while since I used my standing desk set-up. I stood the entire day today while I was finishing up the index that’s due tomorrow and OMG, my legs are just killing me. I feel like I’ve been exercising non-stop. Which is probably a good sign, right? Surely it means all this standing is giving my leg muscles a workout?

Looking forward to: Not getting the stomach flu. Haha! (Hope I didn’t just jinx myself …)

Saturday Random: pens, overdue books and IRL book friends

#ProductivityTip: if you take out of your penholder all the pens you don’t like and will never use, you’ll save some time. I did this earlier this week when I cleaned up my office, and I’m amazed at how much time I save now, not having to scrabble through all those other pens to find one I like.

A really bad picture of my penholder

A really bad picture of my penholder

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I need to create a Saturday Random graphic, so I don’t inflict really bad pictures of particularly meaningless things on everyone just so the post has an image in it.

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Has this ever happened to you? I check my library books each week to see which ones have to be returned. This week, The Gift of Darkness was due back, and when I went to renew, I couldn’t. Because there are another 100+ people on hold for it.

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I saw that and I was like, OH! Obviously this must be a book everyone’s reading. So of course I buckled down, finished the current book I was reading, so I could get to this one before it was due. (I am incredibly vulnerable to bookish peer pressure.)

I managed to finish it last night. It was an okay book. There were some scenes in which head hopping occurred—POV changed back and forth between characters—which I always hate to see in a book (I always feel editing should catch that kind of thing). And the story was difficult to follow in places. Oh well. The book was due back yesterday but my library doesn’t open on the weekends so at least the fine will be small.

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Remember earlier this week I was so embarrassed because I’d forgotten an appointment to meet with someone I’d been introduced to through Linkedin? We rescheduled, and I finally got a chance to meet with her yesterday – and now I have an IRL bookish friend with similar reading tastes (fantasy and mystery)! Who lives just down the block from me!

It’s so exciting. I love when things like this happen. And she’s been running a sort of book club with some of her other friends, and I’ve been invited to join in on the next meeting! I believe we’ll be reading The Baker’s Boy—I’ll have to check with her on that, as I didn’t take notes and there was a great deal of wine flowing …