THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Last week I wrote my Sunday Lowdown early because I was getting my booster shot on Saturday and wasn’t sure how I’d feel that night when I sat down at my traditional writing time. Turns out I was fine, though my arm hurt where I got the shot (some people compare it to being kicked by a mule, and I’m wondering if folks have ever been kicked by anything). Later, I had a very slight sour feeling in my stomach and a metallic taste in my mouth, which Biscuit pointed out is a rare side effect, and sure enough, they’re not even gathering stats on it because so few people get the ol’ metal mouth. In general? Totally fine.
Now that I am officially on winter break (I got an “A” in Deaf Culture — hooray!), I have four more weeks to occupy myself. I asked myself, “What if, in those four weeks, my brain dies?” So I’ve been watching videos in ASL and I signed up for every single virtual author event I can find. Powell’s books has one almost every night, including a rather woo-woo presentation during which a white man explained that in the 1980s a Native American cannibalistic spirit tried to kill him, and I had to leave because OMG. Charis Books remains my favorite spot for all things virtual and book buying.
The spouse and I also started watching the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, and we made it through number four, which was not good. I wish these franchises knew when to be done for the sake of the story. Michael Myers? Two. Freddy? Three. Pinhead? Just the one. Same for Jason. Chucky can have all the movies he wants. #FanGirl
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Although I loved the hippos in River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey, the characters fell flat for me. My point about a character being a list of identity labels instead of a person made me feel bad, but then I read another book with LGBTQ characters and saw how an author can weave in identity with personality and do it so well. Sounds like most of you agree with me.
#ReadingValdemar only has one more post to go, and that will be a reflection on what my experience of reading Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series over three years with my friend Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku was like. Seriously, so much changed in our lives in those three years. The last book we read together was Beyond, and it was a wonderful way to end the formal aspects of our read-along (another book comes out in June 2022, so there will be a Valdemar novel here and there in the future).
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Korean culture is everywhere in the U.S. right now, but I have no idea why! I’m astounded by their superior horror movies, like Parasite, #Alive, and Train to Busan. The Canadian series Kim’s Convenience taught me much about Korean culture. One of the virtual author events I attended that I mentioned above was by two Korean-American authors. I asked why Korean culture is all the rage in the U.S. right now, and they mentioned Koreans have a tendency to be sincere and vulnerable in their storytelling. After listening to the memoir Crying in H-Mart by Michelle Zauner, I would agree. Review Tuesday.
Comedy, volunteering, picture books, novels — Gail Aldwin does a bit of everything! Learn more about her work on Thursday when I post her Meet the Writer feature.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 204
I am definitely reading my own books and ticking them off the TBR. But I’ve also bought a few lately in support of small presses and independent book stores.
Thanks to Michael J. Miller for his book recommendation!