Gin Jones’s A Dozen Days of Death (Helen Binney Mysteries) is out now!
With less than two weeks left until Christmas, Helen Binney’s social calendar is peaking, even as her energy is waning due to her lupus. She’s managing to balance enjoying as many holiday events as possible without triggering a flare, until she stumbles across a crime that requires her unique insights to investigate. Continue reading
This week, I mostly read the first 10,000 words of Rocky Start, and cut a lot of them (those screams you’ll be hearing in the next couple of days will be Bob’s). I also went back and read some Rivers of London, just because I needed something I knew would be good.
So what did you read the you knew would be good? Or not.
Well, our plan to start Rocky Start in January is moving along nicely: Bob says we’re at 11,000 words, which is impressive because we were only at 7000+ when I gave it back to him. We’re at the interesting part of the beginning where he says, “How about this?” and I say, “Oh, I like that, how about this?” and he says, “That’ll work,” and then we look at what we’ve got and it’s too many characters and doesn’t make sense. That’s okay, we’ll fix it.
So what did you work on this week?
It’s been nuts here. I’m working on two books at once, dealing with a new medication that’s realigning my brain, getting the house locked down for winter, and talking sternly to my cat who has taken to disturbing my typing with a very polite paw on my arm that is impossible to resist. Strangely enough, this all makes me happy, but not as much as knowing that I could put light bulb jokes up here and you’d all still comment.
So go ahead. Make my day.
My favorite light bulb joke:
Question: How many mothers does it take to change a light bulb?
Bob’s working on Rocky Start, and I’m cutting Lavender, so we’ve been pretty peaceful. Until I read what he’d done with my first scene.
Geography. I’d rather have parrots.
Well, I totally ballsed up Working Wednesday, distracted by the election on Tuesday, and moving my usual phone call with Mollie to Wednesday, and trying to figure out cuts to Lavender and how we were going to organize the new book this time through with Bob, and I just forgot it was Wednesday at all, until the sun started to go down (so early) and I thought, “Better check the comments to make sure nobody did anything horrible” and it turned out somebody did: Me. I forgot Working Wednesday.
So here’s Good Book Thursday, right on time! I haven’t read anything recently because it’s been nuts here except for a YA fantasy that was good but not re-readable so I won’t mention it. And now I have to go cut Lavender and revise the start we made on Rocky Start (prophetic) because Bob wants to finish the book by Thanksgiving. And you wonder why I’m scatter brained.
So what did you read this week? (Aside from the election results if you’re American. I’d say it’s tense being an American right now, but then there’s Ukraine. At least our parties aren’t bombing each other. Yet.)
Sorry, sorry, sorry. I’ve been distracted here. Have a post to comment anything you want on. I’ll get get Good Book Thursday set up.
I am of two minds about Daylight Savings Time: Springing Forward is not my fave, but I love Falling Back. Picking up that extra hour of daylight in the autumn is a lifesaver for me because I have a major problem with SAD (working on that now). So today I am cheerful and on wheels because I just got a bigger morning.
How did you fall into happiness this week?
I started The Thursday Murder Club and I love it so far. I’d been avoiding it because I was afraid it would be full of quirky-cute geriatrics, but instead it’s full of quirky savage geriatrics, which is definitely my demographic, so it’s just hitting the spot.
What did you read this week that hit the spot?
How the hell did November get here so fast? I wasn’t through with September. Oh, well, today I am Kondoing my kitchen: I’m looking at the broken pink ice cream dish I never really liked and telling it that it can go. I am organizing all the utensils I keep flinging different places. I am establishing a place for all my small appliances and working through them one by one to see if they really are going to make a difference or if I should put them in a box for Krissie to play with. (My gut feeling is “put them in a box” but I’m going to try every one of them.) And then there’s the burned out stove I’ve been ignoring; I hated that before I caught it on fire. So today, I get savage in my kitchen.
What are you working on savagely (or gently) this week?