Happy Leap Year Day. Today is the day 2020 gives us an extra twenty-four hours to contemplate . . .
You know what? Don’t contemplate. Just leap (and the net may or may not appear).
Oh and also, women can propose to men today. This was big news in 1908.
I’ve been reading your comments on the Lily opening, and I’ve realized that you’ve put a lot more thought into this story than I have, probably because I’m not going to write it. But it made me think about how I got to that scene, because the last thing I needed to do was start a new book. Of course, part of it was just a way to avoid cleaning the house and working on Nita, there’s always that. But after that, it pretty much went like this:
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Ben Aaronovitch’s new book in the Rivers of London series is out now: False Value. I am 37% of the way through it and enjoying it a lot, but the writer part of me wonders how people who haven’t read the first seven (?) books will like it. It’s lovely seeing all these people from Peter’s past, but ye gods there are a lot of them, and if you didn’t know who they were to start, I’d think it would be confusing as hell. I’ve read them all at least twice, and I still stick every now and then. (Who’s Foxglove? Oh, right the artist kind of vampire. Got it.)
You know how when you really love an author, you hold him or her to a higher standard? Yeah, that sucks, but there it is. I’m expecting brilliance but enjoying extreme competence in a literary world I love. Also Bev’s going to give birth to twins, and I’m looking forward to that. (A magician and a river goddess have twins . . . .)
What are you reading this week?
I now have 56 crochet works in progress. I love starting things; finishing. not so much. So today, I’m going to finish something.
What are you up to?
Remember I told you I had this idea to write a book called Surprise Lily? I don’t have time for this, I have many books to finish already, but she started talking in my head so I wrote it down to get it out of there so it wouldn’t get tangled up with Nita. This will never be a book, but I need a blog post, so . . .
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Yeah, I’ve been busy but this is the first time I missed a Cherry Saturday ever. Rats. It’s particularly bad because it’s Cherry Month. Yesterday was Be Humble Day, a possible reason I missed it because that’s not within my skill set. Today is Banana Bread Day, and that is within my skill set. Let’s go with the banana bread.
Happy Cherry Month. What else made you happy this week?
This week I ordered a book on organizing and a book on cleaning and they’re both beautiful: The Complete Book of Home Organization and The Complete Book of Clean. And as soon as I get this place organized and cleaned up, I’m gonna read them.
What did you read this week?
I worked until 6AM, took the recycling out once it was light, and then fell asleep. Forgot all about Working Wednesday, but hey, I worked.
What did you do this week?
I know material things are not important but I have new soft pajamas in my favorite periwinkle blue with pink hearts and tan dachshunds on them with white lettering that says “I loooong for you.” They make me laugh every time I look at them. Who says money can’t buy happiness?
Also I have a real dachshund. Bliss.
What made you happy this week?
It’s World Whale Day and Hippo Day–they’re big, they’re beautiful, let’s celebrate–but it’s also Gumdrop Day, so lift a sugary one for the full-figured. (You can get almost ten pounds of gumdrops on Amazon for $26.68, so you’ll have plenty to share with the whale and the hippo, too.)