Showing posts from July, 2023

Books in June and Beyond

Here are some (not all!) of the books I've read in recent months. This crop is so interesting and rewarding to read. Your mileage, as the saying goes, may vary. How High We Go in the Dark,  Sequoia Nagamatsu     “But my parents are telling me stories about a simpler life that I never knew, the kind where you could go to the beach and not worry about the sand or the city beyond it being swallowed by the sea, one where an earthquake never took away my father’s job and we still woke up on a tiny street in a quiet neighbourhood in a bustling metropolis where everyone grew old together.” This book is set in the near future, when scientists researching in Siberia find the body of a young girl in melting permafrost and thaw it out, thereby unleash a virus on the world. Imagine trying to sell that novel during the pandemic, which is what Nagamatsu did. And I’m glad!   The book ranges widely, beginning with the scientists and their backgrounds and continuing through a century or so

Still Constructing

Hi there--things behind the scenes of my wee website overhaul are edging ever-more closely to completion. But things behind the scenes are more complicated, and go more slowly, than one might imagine. Gray Fox on the deck. She hasn't been around much in the past couple of weeks. You'd think I'd have learned all this from watching those home renovation shows through the years. I guess it's different when it's your edifice (virtual or architectural) that they're renovating. It actually doesn't come together in a half-hour. We've had a tepid and muggy summer, when it's not cool and rainy. I've been solving problems right and left (refrigerators, most recently), and not getting outdoors near often enough. However.  On the up side, all the not-writing activities have allowed a seed to germinate. Perhaps. I'm fertilizing it and watching it, and meanwhile, working with it gives me ten or fifteen solid lovely minutes of creativity every day. It's