So, I’ve basically given up altogether on meeting my writing goals for the month, though I haven’t been entirely unproductive. This week, with the holiday and all, I’ve been mostly taking it easy, catching up on some reading and working on a few book reviews. The final two episodes of season two of The Shannara Chronicles aired Wednesday night, but I of course didn’t get to write about them on Thursday. At that point, I figured I might as well just wait til Monday to do it, so that’s what i’ll be working on tomorrow. Later in the week, watch for the aforementioned book reviews as well as coverage of the new Netflix series, Godless, which I plan to start watching an episode of each week between now and about the first week of January. I may even make some time to check out The Orville or Alias Grace or Hulu’s new Runaways series.
Today was all about holiday stuff, pretty much. I reorganized ALL my book shelves, which took a few hours but had a well-worth-it payoff: I no longer have stacks of books on the floor! In fact, I no longer have any books on the floor, for the first time in several months. I mean, I still have to figure out what I’m going to do next time I run out of shelf space, but it’s certainly an improvement in the short term. Mostly, it had to be done in order to make room for the Christmas tree, which was my other project of the day. I’m happy to be done with all of this so I can get back to writing (in much more comfort, what with not being walled in by books anymore) and, over the next couple of weeks, planning for this year’s holiday candy-making and baking.
I love that celebrating indigenous writers and artists has become something of a Thanksgiving tradition in recent years, at least in the online circles I tend to run in, so here are my (belated) recs:
Molly Tanzer wrote about the Big Idea in her new novel, Creatures of Will and Temper, which is a riff off of The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Tanzer was also interviewed about the book in Lightspeed Magazine.
Fonda Lee shared her favorite bit of Jade City.
At Tor.com, there’s a handy list of all the known portal worlds in Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series.
Yoon Ha Lee’s Revenant Gun has a cover, and he answered some questions about it over at the Barnes & Noble Sci-fi and Fantasy Blog.
At Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings, Benjanun Sriduangkaew wrote about retelling The Snow Queen in her upcoming book, Winterglass.
There’s a new Charlie Jane Anders story at Lightspeed, “Cake Baby (A Kango and Sharon Adventure).” It’s a companion to her story in the John Joseph Adams-edited Cosmic Powers anthology that came out earlier this year. There’s even an author spotlight to go with it.
Book Riot has a list of 50 bookish articles from Atlas Obscura if you’re in need of procrastination material that you can convince yourself is educational.
Black Gate pieces on Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress anthologies and on Michael Moorcock’s Elric books were good for a nice bit of nostalgia this week. The Sword and Sorceress anthologies, in particular, were a lifeline for me as a little girl hungry for more stories about girls and women.
This week, I discovered #FolkloreThursday (“Public Folklore in Action”!), which I didn’t know existed til now, though I’m sure I will be spending a lot of time reading there in the future.
Ursula Vernon at Tor.com: “The Sausage Princess, or, Reshaping the Bizarre Structure of Fairy Tales”
Finally, there are just 4 days left to back Sword and Sonnet on Kickstarter. With a table of contents including Alex Acks, C. S. E. Cooney, Malon Edwards, Spencer Ellsworth, Samantha Henderson, S. L. Huang, Cassandra Khaw, Margo Lanagan, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Tony Pi, A. Merc Rustad and A. C. Wise and at just AU$14 (about $11 USD) for the digital book, it’s an easy choice to support it.