Friday, April 16, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Now that my patio is spruced up for spring, I have been making an effort to get outside and enjoy it more while the weather is pleasant. All too soon I know it will get unbearably hot -- likely to the point where being indoors in the air conditioning will outweigh my desire for peaceful patio surroundings. While the view is quite nice, there is one problem with my new writing retreat even without the heat: I cannot stand bugs.
Specifically I cannot stand wasps. It's not that I'm allergic or anything, but after getting stung too many times as a kid by vindictive yellow jackets, I'd rather not repeat the experience with their distant cousins. I know it is unlikely that they will come after me and will likely leave me alone if I leave them alone; however, that is difficult to do when they insist on dropping out of the air to check out my current reading. It's reached the point where I tense up and jerk away when I hear the tell-tale buzzing. I just want to be left alone!
However, as I have recently learned from experience, they are not the only creatures to buzz as they move about.
The other day while curled up with a book and my dog, I heard the loudest buzzing to date. I jerked up in attention, completely on edge, only to spy not a giant wasp, but a curious hummingbird. Maybe it's been too long since I've been close to a hummingbird. Usually I only spy them briefly at a distance from my window: there and gone. However, thanks to my new hummingbird feeder I have noticed a pair of them popping by the past few days.
Sadly, they were just as quick to leave as they were to arrive, but I'm confident they'll find their way back to the feeder. They're certainly more welcome around here than the wasps.
Update: I have decided to name one of them Aldrin...as in Buzz Aldrin, due to the sound he makes.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Monday, April 5, 2021
I did not write about what I was reading last Monday. I chalk that up to focusing on my writing only last week as it was the final week of the Slice of Life Story Challenge. However, this Monday seems like a good day to discuss and update you all on the reading I've been doing.
As a reminder, here is my key for books:
Pick 👍 So-So ✔️ Pan ⏭️ Bail 💀
Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri, (👍) I finished this book a few weeks ago and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It's the story of a refugee family and how they came to live in Oklahoma. The story blends the real events of Daniel's life, both before and after fleeing his home country, with the fantastical elements of the mythology and stories he grew up hearing. He makes several references to the 1001 Nights and that analogy certainly holds true to the story telling method being used. I love how this book captures the feeling of someone sitting by your bed and telling you a story. It's a rich in detail and beautifully written.
After Moses by Michael F. Kane, This sci-fi novel reminds me so much of anime like Cowboy Bebop and tv shows like Firefly. I love sci-fi that stays close to home and explore how colonies on Mars, Jupiter's moons, and other celestial bodies might look. The crew of the Sparrow have already endeared themselves to me and I actually enjoy how this novel manages to be episodic in a way that is similar to the two shows I mentioned above.
Bonus? The author is one from my neck of the woods. It's always great to get a chance to explore local authors.
2021 Reading Goal: 27/75
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog link co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for kids and young adults. The original IMWAYR focusing on adult lit was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is currently hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Friday, April 2, 2021
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