Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Persuasion and Mansfield Park - Jane Austen -  I'm dragging my feet a little because these are the only finished Austen titles that I haven't read. And I can only read them for the first time once...and while it'll be great to have bragging rights that I've read all her work, on the other hand, it's sad there's not more of it in existence.

Dancing at Midnight, Everything and the Moon, Brighter Than the Sun, Minx by Julia Quinn - When I someday read these, I'll be all caught up on the author's work and I'll be left slowly waiting for the new releases.

In Calabria - Peter S. Beagle - I was stoked to find this in an indie bookstore on vacation in Asheville, NC. I bought it! But there's just so much to read. Right now, after seeing Beagle at Dragon*Con, I really want to go back and re-read the work he said is his favorite, The Innkeepers Song.

A Size 12 Is Not Fat - Meg Cabot - The title alone would have been right up my alley during my weight loss journey. Ditto for A Size 14 Is Not Fat Either - I can remember a time when I would have loved to be a size 14...back when I was a size 20.

Inferno Squad - Christie Golden - I have it autographed. The husband has read it. I just haven't got around to it. I'm not much of an SW "Empire" person. I'd be more likely to join the Rebels.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Decatur Book Festival 2018

Decatur Book Festival 2018

Thankfully, the post-residency life schedule has been flexible and my husband was able to take us to this year's Decatur Book Festival and Dragon*Con.

Decatur Book Festival

It's a little overwhelming to think this was the first year we actually had a choice in deciding what day to attend the Decatur Book Festival. In years past, my husband was usually on call at least one day during Labor Day, so we attended depending on his schedule. There was no such thing as holidays. Making Labor Day fun but stressful, as it was a little like attending an event in the middle of a work week.

But for a long time we felt it was worth it. We love books.

Dragon*Con in Atlanta is a little crazy on Saturdays, a lot of people only buy Saturday memberships, so I thought Saturday would be the best pick for the Decatur Book Festival instead.

Unfortunately, my husband was sick most of Friday night into early Saturday morning.

So, I was content to miss the festival this year.

Last DBF, 2017, was just ok for me. Inside some of the church sanctuary panels, I had issues with individuals seating themselves directly in front of me...when there was plenty of room on the pew and in pews several rows up front. It was just, like a magnet, there was something about sitting right directly in front of me that these people wanted to do. I swear they were part of the Matrix. (It's like who does that without looking if they are blocking someone? Bots, that's who.) I got really close to starting a mockumentary Twitter account using the photos I took of the back of their heads. But I guess that would make me as rude as they are.

And, there was also a big panel we wanted to see and for some reason it was put in a tiny venue and it just made the whole festival experience feel off. Sorta, like, you, young people (if, 31 is young to you), not welcome here. You either gotta be under 18 or 50+, is what it felt like. 

This year wasn't much different. In years past, I felt like there were more people our age at the festival. Maybe they were all at Dragon*Con Saturday because they like crowds. Or just not enough NA, fantasy, romance, or other authors to draw people our age and my husband and I are anomalies.

The one and only panel we attended was "Women Take Charge In Sci-Fi" with Malka Older and Liza Yaszek. I don't have a photo because the host stated it's no longer allowed during panels.

Anyways, I'm looking forward to checking into Liza Yaszek's collection of classic American science fiction by women from the 1920s to the 1960s titled The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin: A Library of America Special Publication which releases according to Amazon, October 9th.

I felt the panel was very informative to me. I've always been a big fan of scifi and fantasy movies. Recently, I've been wanting to branch out and read more classic scifi and fantasy novels. Tons of interesting recommendations were thrown out: Parable of the Sower(Earthseed, #1)EscapologyHow to Suppress Women's WritingAn Unkindness of Ghosts, and many more I didn't manage to type into my phone.

So, even though I was kinda meh about going because of past experiences, I'm glad I did.


We usually don't escape without buying a few books. It was our first year visiting the Georgia Book & Paper Fair.

And, we'll probably be back.



The old me would say sorry for the hiatus, but honestly I'm not. 

I needed a break from this. For a long time I've just been phoning it in. I think when the original Top Ten Tuesday ended, it was sorta a wakeup call for me. I started this as a hobby to "take notes" on books while in college. Because, although, I very much wanted to write, I didn't feel like I had a lot of time to be creative. So, writing about books seemed like a good use of my time. And, as someone who struggles with anxiety, unlike some social media, it seemed less likely that I would be trolled blogging about books.

But, even as a non-traditional student, college has been over for almost four years now. I have the time to be creative and try to do the things I dreamed. I never set out to be a great blogger. I mostly wanted to keep a diary of what I read. Ok, and bragging rights to a few ARCs, but ARCs out of my system now.

There came a point when I was much more active on Goodreads, because I felt like I could interact, find books, and meet more readers there. But recently I've struggled over leaving that account. I love it. So, on one hand, I don't want to give up something I love. It's a habit for me, as much as drinking coffee in the morning. However, it also became a source of pain...and, in reflection, its mostly because how "I am" as a person with anxiety. Maybe certain comments from the Goodreads Twitter account and others wouldn't have bothered a normal person. Someone on Instagram assured me "that's just the Internet." And, it is. I see that. But, also, from my perspective, as someone who struggles socially (and hates struggling)(I can hardly bear to write it) the Internet "feels" like my only opportunity to make friends. Up until recently, there were long stretches of time when the Internet was my only window to the world. Otherwise, I would have been literally alone and agoraphobic. When your window's nothing but storm clouds and bolts, you have to pull away. And that's like not having a window at all.

It's pathetic. I wish it wasn't. I thought moving, I would be able to turn over a new leaf. I was wrong. I put too much pressure on myself. I'm probably always going to be this way. I'm not some heroic character in a book who's suddenly going to get plot armor and be self-actualized. It's just the day to day victories, mostly avoiding pain and embarrassment. Throwing myself into my projects even if they amount to nothing.

Anyways, point is...things have sucked, I took time off, now I'm going to endeavor to update here once a month for a little while longer.


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