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Getting Old Is the Best Revenge

I figured it out once they got on the cruise ship.

Friday night I dreamed about being on a cruise ship and there was a group of cosplayers on the ship dressed as Nac Mac Feegles. They were fun! I don't have any real memory of what we were doing in the dream, but I'm pretty sure that I hung out with them for a while. I was really excited to tell John about it the next morning.

I have one more "Getting Old Is..." books before I finish the three I bought while waiting for Spam-A-Lot. Ready to give the second one to Mom. :) It's fun giving HER books for a change. Enjoying the series. I can figure the murderer out pretty easily but that doesn't affect me enjoying the books. And it's nice to have happy older people, though it's sad facing the fact there are more old women then men. Looking at our futures? I should write to my family more. I should have written my grandmother more often.


Just finished Getting Old Is Criminal and I didn't guess it. Although it was more of a Columbo thing where we knew the killer from the start and just had to figure out the motive. So I kinda get a pass on that one. :D

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

"He hadn't meant to get so angry at Morgan. He didn't often get angry at other people. There was no sense in it. The person you were angry at are rarely ever repentant. Now, getting angry with yourself had some merit. It showed you had sense enough to chastise the one person who had any hope of benefiting from it. And he was plenty angry with himself."

Killer Liberian

"His appearance on the steps of the National Gallery couldn't be a coincidence. Such enormous stretches of serendipity only happened in books, and usually in the not ver good ones." Chapter Thirteen

"Isn't that the chair that Howard died in?" I pointed out.
Caldwell dipped his head. "Yes, but it's not the chair's fault...." Chapter Thirteen

2017 Running Tab

So I did not get anywhere near 50 books in 2016.

1/2/17 Cleopatra in Space/Book One Target Practice - Mike Maihack - Graphic Novel, Christmas gift from Michael B

January wasn't keeping track, see March

2/26/17 Killer Librarian - Mary Lou Kirwin (cozy) 308, given by Pam Walters

February wasn't keeping track, see March

3/4/17 The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen (novel) 285, John's coworker sent it home with him one day saying I might like it
3/12/17 Getting Old is Murder - Rita Lakin (cozy) - we bought it waiting for Spamalot :)
3/14/17 A Slice of Pi, All the Math You Forgot to Remember From School - Liz Strachan (nonfiction) - in honor of today being Pi Day :D
3/19/17 Getting Old Is the Best Revenge - Rita Lakin (cozy) 305 - we bought it waiting for Spamalot :)
3/19/17 Getting Old Is Criminal - Rita Lakin (cozy) 346 - we bought it waiting for Spamalot :)

March Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews


One of my best friends from high school asked for book recommendations for her tween who loved Narnia and hates any books with romantic interests. (She commented that she loved Rogue One partly because everyone died before any romances really started.)

Before recommending some of my favorite childhood books I thought I'd reread a few, just to make sure nothing embarrassing would show up in there.

In three days I've read Andre Norton's Steel Magic, Octagon Magic, and Dragon Magic. Considering how much I loved these stories in middle school I thought I would remember them well, but discovered I didn't! I remembered a line/a chant from Steel Magic, I misremembered Octagon Magic completely and am going to read Lavender Hart Magic next as I think it was THAT book I was remembering. (Widdershins?) And despite writing a book report on Dragon Magic in sixth grade I didn't even remember the puzzle and the four dragons until the puzzle was found in the locked room. EDIT: It'e Red Hart Magic and that isn't at all what I was remembering. But I'm sure there was a book with Lavender in the title and a maze where they moved in a widdershins direction.

You can tell they are older books. I looked at the copyright on Dragon Magic and it is 1972. I read them around 1980; I would have been maybe 10 years old. I wouldn't really have thought much of how PoC were represented. Now it's really on my mind. I was prepared to cringe, but it wasn't so bad - especially for the time it was written. I was a little ished out by the use of "whitey" in Steel Magic but watched enough television in the 1970's that contextually it made enough sense as I had heard that term on tv. And I did like how she showed the struggle of parent's making sense and his brother making sense and never said one was bad or wrong but instead that it was justified to be angry and difficult to know what to do. That seemed pretty progressive. I was glad in her books she was at least addressing social issues in the background of the adventures. Daniel and the religious references surprised me as much as the other. I didn't think of her as a Christian writer; I didn't remember any of that. Still I wonder how a millennial would register the vocabulary and phrasing. I think Octagon Magic may be my favorite of the rereading process, but again having watched a lot of 60's and 70's television I can picture the grown-up/child relationship and language used even though it was not what I personally experienced as a child of the 80's. At least I didn't have a Lizard Music moment with Walter Cronkite (sp), without such blatant pop culture references to tie it down to an era.

I should reread Narnia for comparison!

EDIT Just finished Red Hart Magic and have no memory of having ever read it, though I must have. Shortest description - about blended families and facing fears.

Big Magic

Turns out I did like the book, though she did get a bit out there at times for me. She owned that, though. She said to choose your delusions. "If you're going to live your life based on delusions (and you are, because we all do), then why not at least select a delusion that is helpful."

She had a great bit about Harper Lee - she never wrote again after Too Kill A Mockingbird, perhaps the pressure of such great success inhibited her. The author wished that Harper Lee wrote anything after that, good or not - a cookbook, a kids book, a trashy novel, a failed travel guide - anything just to break that fear of "I can't top this" and free her to then possibly write something amazing.

"Interesting outcomes, after all, are just awful outcomes with the volume of dram turned way down."

Don't stop when things get interesting. She shared a story about a director who, when he catches one of his flops on late night television, watches it all the way through and finds the flaws interesting - not embarrassing. Whereas his successes he doesn't usually re-watch.

"Done is Better than Good."

"Nobody's Thinking About You
Create whatever you want to create -- and let it be stupendously imperfect, because it's exceedingly likely that nobody will even notice. And that's awesome"

"Perfectionism stops people from completing their work, yes -- but even worse, it often stops people from beginning their work."

"I began to recognize the emotional patterns of creativity -- or, rather, I began to recognize my patterns. I could see that there were psychological cycles to my own creative process, and that those cycles were always pretty much the same...I learned to say...this is the part of the process where I wish I'd never engaged with this idea at all. I remember this, I always go through this stage or this is just the part where I tell myself that I'll never write a good sentence again...I found that if I just stayed with the process and didn't panic, I could pass safely through each stage of anxiety and on to the next level."

The final story was about a guy dressed as a lobster at a fancy dress ball at a castle. The theme was renaissance though! But he screwed up his courage and went in anyway - when asked who he was he said "the court lobster" Everyone loved him, he even danced with the queen of bulgaria.


a Light Bulb Symphony

Since it's the final day of poetry month I read a poetry book.

4/18/16 The Blackwater Review unveiling special guest was Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay, slam poets and spoken word artists from Project Voice http://www.projectvoice.co

They were amazing. AMAZING. Their duets were incredible! Sarah has given several TED talks and inspired me enough to write a poem the next day.

I bought a book by each. Phil's was shorter, so his was the one I read today. It had one of the poems he read in it, so that was good because I couldn't hear him as well at the performance and the one in the book was one that I really wanted to understand. It was a powerful one about his Japanese/Jewish heritage and the relationships with each grandfather considering the opposites they were on during WWII, both having fought and both having lost people they cared about. I was a little thrown by all the swearing in many of the poems and don't follow hiphop some some of the references I didn't get. I love the autograph he did, though! And he dated it. If I'm ever famous enough to autograph things, I hope I think to date them.



In 2013 I read Uglies and Pretties and loved the series. It took four years for me to luck into finding a copy of the final book in the trilogy in one of the local used book stores, but it was worth it! I almost missed it because it was a bizarre hardback without the jacket (and red like the one in the icon I'm using).

It took about three chapters to remember what the heck was going on.

I was a little worried it was going to glorify cutting, but she chose to stop doing that. And I kept thinking about the currently presidential election shenanigans, media, and "the world today" when reading it. More Bread and Circuses and Bubbleheaded fun. Her friend Shay was so awful and cruel, I think from being jealous, although she did help her get away/get her way even if it was done more in an effort to get what she wanted from her later. (Or maybe that's just what she told herself she was doing?) And she turned around quickly into a goodguy as soon as she was "cured" - so that was almost too easy. Someone pointed out how flawed/mean the girls were when the boy characters were right/perfect. And it bothered me once in a while how she was often motivated by the boys she liked. But there were certainly a lot of times when she was motivated by helping someone. I loved the language of the book - icy, bubbly, littlies. I love invented future slang. :)

I want to see the tattoos! I would like to see this as a movie just to see how an artist interpreted it. I can't believe I didn't think of them as cyborgs.


Frankly My Dear, I'm Dead

For some reason I wanted to take a break in reading my Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Michael Flynn Fallen Angels to read a cozy. I think because I thought I could knock it out in a day and get my numbers up. But it took me a few days because (1) DAREDEVIL on Netflix and (2) I'm not a Gone With the Wind fan. But about halfway through I got more invested and made it through. Part of the issue I think was the Southern Drawl. It's weird reading it written out like that. I'd have been okay if it were just normal writing (not in dialect) and in my head I converted it to a Southern accent, but reading the apostrophes and the dropped letters and the "ya'll's" and the "git"s feels forced to me.

Mom gave it to me because she liked it and because it takes place in Atlanta. :)

About two chapters from the end I wondered if the character's last name Dickinson was picked for the poet. The main character runs Literary Tours, which is a cool idea. Her next has Huckleberry in the title, and despite my rant about dialect I do love Twain - so while I won't be out looking for her books I would pick it up if I bumped into it.


Yes Please

I hope to write more later but for now I just wanted to note how appropriate it is that I finished her book on Galentines Day!