Listing my life again

What have I been doing? Writing, mostly. Now that the butterfly season & convention season are over, I’m back on a regular schedule. I’m chewing through my latest project faster than I expected ( I’m still gonna miss my self-imposed deadline, tho. Oh, well.)

And I do take time off to do Other Things. Here be the most recent Doings:

BOOKS.

Long list this time around. For some reason I read faster when I’m writing more. Restricted access to social media also helps.

  • Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley Space Opera. Organic ships & kickass protagonist.
  • Rights Of Use, Shannon Eichorn Space Opera. Aliens. Awesomeness.
  • Freelance Familiars, Daniel Potter Fantasy. Sorta portal, urban-feeling, all fun. CATS.
  • Eden’s Outcast, Kuta Marler. Urban Fantasy. Fun world & fabulous characters.
  • Fated Sky, Mary Robinette Kowal. Science-fiction. Full of humanity. MADE ME CRY.
  • Poppy War,  R. F Kuang Fantasy. Epic world-building, phenomenal mythology.
  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik  Fantasy with fairy tale roots. Deep & delicious.
  • Fluency,  Jennifer Foehner Wells Space Opera. Linguistics. <swoon!>
  • Sere From the Green, Lauren Jankowski: Urban fantasy. Werewolves. Wonderful richness.

I enjoyed every last one of these books immensely,  in totally different ways, and I am working through reviewing them on Amazon & Goodreads. (Amazon gets squirrely and starts refusing to post reviews when I do more than 3 at a time. I should have the last few done later this week.)

VIEWING ETC

I’ve re-watched a buncha movies: Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War I, Lilo&Stitch, Spiderman: Homecoming, Moana… I think I’m in the mood for brain fluff.

That’s about it. I haven’t been watching much TV. Most of the series I’ve been following are between seasons, jumped a whole school of sharks, or have been cancelled. (Law & Order reruns do not count. They’re background noise to fall asleep watching.)

I’ll be asking for viewing recommendations in a month or so. Hibernation season is coming.

There’s new music in my life for the first time in forever. I have a new writing-time soundtrack: Hamilton. I didn’t expect to like it. I am not a big Broadway fan because the voices & songs all sound alike to me. This one? THIS ONE IS DIFFERENT. And excellent. And fabulous.

Kitchen & Garden

September is my favorite month in the garden. I have tomatoes in the freezer to turn into sauce soon, and lots of super-hot little peppers. As soon as we get a cool, damp day, I’ll start transplanting the super-tall mystery plants (some kind of prairie sunflower)  into the back of the garden and hack off the seed pods of my ever-enthusiastic senna plants.

Baking season is nearly upon us.  I am stocking up on essentials as they go on sale. The big excitement is that I get to indulge in guilt-free baking all through October. My department will be sharing space with two others next month while renovations happen, so I will have three times the usual audience. (The guilt comes from being I’m told over and over, “I shouldn’t be eating these,” / “Oh, no, I’m going to gain so much weight,” / “Oh. You baked again?” Yeah.)

So, anyway, new people to feed, yay!

And autumn is also apple season. Spouseman & I are car-pooling with some friends to take our first orchard trek of the year tomorrow. Cheese, fruit & goodies, here we come.

Yes, the pictures I tack onto my posts are sometimes reruns and mostly random. I love grouchy cats, I will not lie.

 

7 thoughts on “Listing my life again

  1. I watched Infinity war and could not understand it. It was my first Marvel film, but it seemed as the good guys were just loosing the war all the time. I probably missed some stuff that came before it and it didn’t help that I watched it on an airplane around 3 am after not sleeping the whole night. Any ideas?

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    1. Infinity War is essentially the beginning of the final chapter in a novel made of…17? 18? movies or more. Or it’s part 1 of the season-ender in a full season of television where each show was 2+ hours long. Either way, I cannot even imagine how confusing it must have been to watch stand-alone.

      One need not watch ALL the Marvel Universe movies to get the most out of it, but a knowing the history leading up to the big battle would help explain how they got to that point.
      (BTW, you’re so right that the movie is basically one long fight/chase.)

      If you feel like investing the time but don’t want to watch 18 movies, here are the ones I consider “main” movies in viewing order:
      Iron Man
      Captain America: the first Avenger
      Avengers
      Iron Man 3
      Thor: Dark World (skippable, tbh, included only for fun Loki & Thor scenes)
      Captain America: Winter Soldier
      Avengers: Age of Ultron
      Guardians of the Galaxy
      Captain America: Civil War
      Spiderman Homecoming
      Dr. Strange
      Black Panther
      Thor Ragnarok

      You could get a super-condensed idea of the story by starting at Avengers Age of Ultron–but that’s still 7 movies, all designed to set up for Infinity War. Which is only part ONE of the concluding chapter to the whole story.

      Talk about a seriously epic story.

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      1. would say they’re fine down to 11-12 years old with an adult. There’s no sexual content, and the violence is always of the kind you saw in Infinity War.

        There were kids down to maybe 6 in the theaters every time we went, but a number of the youngest ones got bored or confused judging by their comments to parents.

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      2. I’ll probably wait then, kids are into star wars now and that is still doable for me and them LOL. I just watched the last three new films including Solo and liked. The only missing is Rogue. I didn’t really grew up with super heroes, in Brazil we have other comics, but Star Wars films were always a thing.

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