Trying to instill summer discipline mode; it’s a little difficult, to be honest. Yesterday I mostly spent the day reading — I’ve been on a reading binge this last week, whipping through four great new novels:
– The Unraveling, Benjamin Rosenbaum(coming out v. soon, you can pre-order now, super interesting re: gender in particular, but also parenting and community and far future weirdness — chock full of new ideas, if you like that kind of thing)
– Fugitive Telemetry, the new Murderbot novel, Martha Wells (so nice to spend time with Murderbot again, though I might warn you that this is on the short side for a novel, so it’s not as much time as I might have liked)
– Chaos on Catnet, Naomi Kritzer — the most un-put-down-able book I’ve read in a long time; was completely on the edge of my seat. I am fond of so many of the characters, even the somewhat inept poly adult grouping. Sequel to Catfishing on Catnet.
– The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, the new Becky Chambers Wayfarers novel (fourth and final in the series) — this one made me cry, in a good way; I think I’d be happy to have my SF read like a cross between Bujold and Chambers
I liked them ALL. So in that sense, this has been a VERY good week, and I recommend them to you heartily.
Yesterday, though, I reached for comfort reading, and spent the whole day re-reading Bujold; I think I just needed some downtime. She never disappoints.
Pictured below, a few nice things from the last few days:
• a local contacted me and asked if they could buy some sweets for their wife for Mother’s Day (yes, of course, and I am throwing in a few extra because it’s so nice to see a dad thinking ahead on this)
• I bought myself a charm bracelet from one of the other vendors on Sunday: look at the adorable elephant and rocketship! “Elephants and Rocketships” would be a great name for something
• I’ve just gotten some nice packaging for my resin jewelry, so if people are giving it for gifts, I can put it in a pretty box for them. (Ribbon color may vary, depending on what I have on hand.)
Now I have to try to start working again, I think. Goals for the mornings:
– try to write for an hour, at least
If I can instill that much discipline for my summer, it’ll be a win. There are lots of other goals, but let’s start there, shall we?