October 24th, 2007
And The Band Played On

Sorry I’ve been away. I really have been running around chasing my own tail for the last few days. So much to do. A bit overwhelmed by it all. I never realized how hard (emotionally challenging) it was going to be to go through old photo albums and try to sort the pictures out or to get rid of stuff that I’ve had since I was a kid. Man, it’s been downright painful at times and we haven’t even started to pack yet. I’m supposed to be writing a book right now. Key word ‘writing’. Just thought I’d throw that out there. Sigh. Today maintenance came in to fix my walls in a couple of places. Don’t ask. It’s truly not exciting.

I’m trying to come up with new titles for my next two Tor books so that they sound like a series. Have I mentioned that I generally suck at titles? Probably should have. *g*

I found myself getting in one of those ‘don’t have anything to read’ moods last night. The weirdest thing about this is that I’ve truly enjoyed the last few books that I’ve read. Normally this mood only happens when I pick up books and put them down after a few pages. So before the strange malaise could take over completely, I grabbed one of the new young adult novels that I’d recently purchased. I started reading Marked (thanks Amie) last night and must say that I’m really enjoying the book. It’s entertaining and well written. Not sure where the authors are taking the story at this point, but I’m definitely along for the ride.

What is everyone reading? Is there something that has recently blown your socks off? If so, share. 🙂

14 comments to “And The Band Played On”

  1. It really is hard to sort that stuff out. Sometimes you can only do so much and then it’s just time to pack it away to deal with later.

    I just finished Magic Bites, Ilona Andrews. LOVED it. Can’t wait for Magic Burns. Other good reads recently finished: Karma Girl, Jennifer Estep. Hard and Fast, Lisa Renee Jones. Wired, Liz Maverick. See, I really am working my way through Mt. TBR!

  2. Charli, I have Magic Bites. Have to finish reading it. I am enjoying the story thus far. It’ll be after I finish Marked. 😉 I also have Driven by Eve Kenin. You’re doing good. 🙂

  3. Packing away stuff can be a weird experience, true! I still haven’t finished packing up all the junk from my son’s room after he moved out at the beginning of last month. I don’t think I’m 100% ready to face the empty nest thing after all.

    My favorite reads from the past month or so: Casanegra (Blair Underwood et al); A Sundial in a Grave: 1610 (Mary Gentle); A Great and Terrible Beauty (Libba Bray); Persepolis 2 (Marjane Satrapi); Jack Absolute (C.C. Humphreys), Fullmetal Alchemist #14 (Hiromu Arakawa); Death Note #2 (Tsugumi Ohba); The Lies of Locke Lamora (Scott Lynch); The Ultimatum (Dan Graziano); The Monk Downstairs (Tim Farrington); The Devil You Know (Mike Carey), and ALL the Detective Inspector Chen novels by Liz Williams! As you know, I’m a total Zhu Irzh fangirl now. 😀

  4. Michele, Yep, memories can be ‘heavy’ at times. I just read about Death Note. It sounds fascinating. I’m going to pick up book one. I also have The Devil You Know in my TBR pile. I started to read it and then suddenly wasn’t in the mood. I need to try it again. Yes, Liz Williams rocks. No doubt. I recently got my dh hooked on her work. 🙂

  5. I can haul stuff like a pack mule, but I suck at packing. 🙂 I finally finished Stephen King’s Black House, one he did with Peter Straub. It was excellent in parts, but sometimes I’d like to drop Rambo into his plot line to wipe out King’s monsters about half way through. I know, sacrilege. 🙂

  6. Oh, Jordan… My inner packrat (who, thank goodness, does NOT run my household) is cringing at the idea of you getting rid of old photos and things you’ve had since you were little. Be judicious!! Hang on to them! At least the photos.

    Anyway. I’m between books at the moment, too. I’m trying to get into Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult, since I’ve heard such good things about her, but so far it’s slow going. (I’m sure it’s me and not Ms. Picoult.) Good thing there are so many interesting blogs to read and keep my attention! 🙂

  7. Driven by Eve Kenin was one of my favorite books of the year. So different and awesome.

    And Catherine, stay with Vanishing Acts and you won’t regret it. I found that the slowest of her books to pull me in, but it has one of the most emotionally powerful endings I’ve ever read.

  8. Bernard, Yeah, I’m not the greatest packer in the world. I get frustrated after a time and just start tossing things into boxes. *ggg* I hear you on the book. Sometimes you have to mentally rewrite a few scenes. 😉

  9. Catherine, I’m not getting rid of any photos. I’ve just been going through them all. I have been getting rid of items. I have this very bad habit of displacing my feelings for people (alive and deceased) onto items, which isn’t healthy and makes me hang onto things I would’ve otherwise gotten rid of years ago. I hear you on getting into certain books. I’m the Queen of the Shiny/Flashy things when it comes to choosing novels.

  10. Shannon, I’m looking forward to finishing Driven. It’ll probably be after I finish Marked. 🙂

  11. I thought I answered this *shruggrin*
    Um I just finished the first two books in Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vamps series (ya–now I need the third) and I’m working on Marked too! I picked it up this weekend (Couldn’t resist)

  12. Amie, I have the first two books of Rachel Caine’s Morganville series in my TBR pile. I’m about halfway through Marked. It has a LOT of typos in it (the most I’ve seen in a published book in a long time), but the story is fantastic so far. I’m really enjoying it.

  13. The Morganville books rocked!

  14. Amie, I’ll read those after I finish the others. I must say that I am really enjoying the YA books. They’re crisp, sharp and a whole lot of fun. 🙂