Thursday, August 14, 2008


So o god we've inherited about 8 cartons of (mostly) sci-fi books from friends who are moving. I'm supposed to sell most of them if possible. Right. Of course while examining them, looking up their ebay prices etc I end up, um, reading many of them. I don't have time for this.

    Currently reading (not from the inheritance collection):
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible > Austin Grossman
  • The Last Witchfinder > James Morrow
  • About Writing > Samuel Delany
  • Clapton the Autobiography > Eric Clapton*
  • Blues: the British Connection > Bob Brunning*
  • The Cult of the Mother Goddess > EO James*
  • Black Powder War > Naomi Novik
    Just finished (not from the inheritance collection):
  • Sorcery & Cecelia > Patricia Wede
  • His Majesty's Dragon & Empire of Jade > Naomi Novik
  • Gentlemen of the Road > Michael Chabon
  • Musicophilia > Oliver Sacks
  • The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies > Robert Kirk, Andrew Lang*
  • The Execution Channel > Ken MacLeod
  • The Nag Hammaradi Scriptures (only skimmed)
  • The Search for the Last Undiscovered Animals > Karl Shuker
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds & Horse Care*
Queued up (not from the inheritance collection):
  • Lud-in-the-Mist > Hope Mirrlees
  • The Iron Dragon's Daughter > Michael Swanwick
  • The Confusion > Neal Stephenson
  • The Singing Sands > Josephine Tey
  • The Alchymist's Journal > Evan Connell
  • Halting State > Charles Stross
  • Girl in Landscape: A Novel > Jonathan Lethem

  • Books marked * are technically research for the novel, but I'd be reading them anyhow most likely.

    Yep. Too many bloody books.

    Tuesday, August 5, 2008

    Coming Unraveled

    O god I've gone and joined, and now I've been obssessed by yarn and knitting for three straight days. Not actually knitting, mind you, just photographing projects and stash skeins and updating my project notebook (a Good Thing) and re-arranging the bags of projects for more convenience.

    Ravelry rocks. The databases make it a seriously useful tool for tracking projects and stash yarns. The pictures make it easy to see what other people have done with similar yarn. The pattern lists are fantastic. The groups are wide-ranging and filled with great fun people.

    I only have five cartons of SF books to process, research, photograph, write up and post to ebay. I only have a dozen knit projects. I only have a few unfinished chapters left in the novel. I only have to leave the house in an hour for a birthday party. I only have to go to the grocery store, clean, feed teh kitteh, sort mail, shred mail, water plants, mend clothes and make sense of things. Only a few more yarns to add to my Stash list.