Books I’ve finished this month: (alas, nothing new to add, yet)
The Saga of Hugh Glass—Pirate, Pawnee, Mountain Man by John Myers Myers
Revenge of the Paste Eaters: Memoirs of a Misfit by Cheryl Peck. For an excerpt of this most delightful book go to: http://www.enotalone.com/article/4974.html .
Books I’m taking with me to Orycon:
Practical Taoism Translated by Thomas Cleary
The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace by Jack Kornfield
What’s going on in my life:
I managed to get 52,500 words written on my NaNoWriMo novel (Jiang Li and the Fall of the Jinn), filed the scrambled ms, and am now a 'winner.' The novel has been filed in my computer until I return from Orycon, and then I shall finish the draft and then hunker down for the reworks.
Thanksgiving is here and Jackie is in the kitchen slaving away roasting a turkey, and whatever else she’s doing. Oh, no, she’s in the other room on her computer. Well, the smells coming from the kitchen are wonderful, and I’m staying out of the way!
My idea of a perfect Thanksgiving Day meal is one in which I do not have to shop for, prepare, clean up afterwards, or deal with leftovers. Jackie, blessings upon her, is taking care of everything. (I do hope Aaron will help in the KP department ;-)
As I dropped off to sleep last night, I started thinking of all the things in my life for which I am truly Thankful. The obvious ones – my daughter is staying with a good friend in NM, and has found a job; my son and Jackie are here with me instead of living out of a cardboard box someplace cold and wet. I have more friends than I can name here for which I am extremely thankful, not to mention cousins and biological siblings scattered across the country, some of whom I met for the first time on my road trip last spring. And on a three dog night, I am so thankful for a very warm kitty who stretches out next to me!
Truthfully, I found counting my Thankfuls a most delightful way to drop off to sleep.
Getting Ready for Orycon:
Packing is almost complete. Just a few last minute things to toss into the suitcase before my ride comes at 4.45am tomorrow. Now that is something to be Thankful for – my Ol’ Same who volunteered to get up at 0:Dark:00 to drive me to the Amtrak station! I have some stories to take for my reading, plus, of course, I will read a bit from Brother Rat (that is, obviously, the main reason I’m going – to schlep my book;-)
Projects I’m currently (still) working on:
Several Winter Gifts (sewing—finished 2, 4 to go, hand work only)
Jiang Li and the Fall of the Jinn (working title of the novel)
The Weather Outside:
Cold (32 degrees) and gray, slight breeze.
The Weather Inside:
Warm; filled with love and the aroma of a roasting turkey.