What’s everyone starting off the New Year reading, writing, and thinking about?
I have six books on my desk that I am apparently reading. The most interesting one is Italian Folktales Selected and Retold by Italo Calvino (1956). It’s a whopper coming in at 700+ pages. The Introduction is excellent, IMHO. Recounts a lot of the history of folktales that I’ve seen elsewhere, but it’s a good recount and it obviously focuses on the Italians’ part in this story.
In addition to those on my desk, I’ve got another half dozen on the floor (Yo! MarciaWAC) that need to be cataloged. Two of these are Bibles because I’ve got a new project–collecting a few non-KJV versions just in case I ever need to compare. John found some new cookbooks, the most interesting of which is Eat Like a Man published by Esquire (2011). And for reasons that have to do with the fact that I need to put some books away, another dozen or so on the cart, including an old favorite, Historians’ Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought by David Hackett Fischer (1970). This is out because I was/am going to do a Random Book post about it so I’ll say no more.
Writing a short story in my head. I think I’ve gotten it figured out. It’s for a literary journal that gives my stuff good reviews. Also continuing on with the second book, Miss Missy’s School Days. The title is a nod to the old children’s classic, Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes (1857). This is a great book. Hum. Add it To Blog About stack.
Thinking I need $460 to redesign the cover of my book so I can sell more books so I can publish the next one. You can see the cover choices and read about my little dilemma if you have a minute. Also thinking it’s January 7, Epiphany has passed. Time to put away all of the Christmas dishes.
Weather is gorgeous here though it’s probably going to rain later in the day.
How’s everyone? What are you up to?