Books read in June 2010:
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.
- The Romance and Prophecies of Thomas of Erceldoune by Thomas of Erceldoune. *
- A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner.
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Urusla K. Le Guin.
- Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.
- Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri.
- Melusine by Jean D’Arras. *
* indicates in Middle English.
I am most proud of Melusine: 371 pages of Middle English prose, read in, if I count the days of actual reading only, 11 days, only half of which were full days in the office.
And now, for a proper update—
Today I have also had perfect timing: This morning I got up at the normal time, tossed in a load of laundry after my shower, hung up the washing on the line after breakfast, and made it into the office only 15 minutes after I normally would have. I spent 15 minutes perusing my Celtic folklore books for a Certain Project before meeting with Casey for our regularly scheduled coffee date. I ran errands and came back to begin work at 11. Excepting an hour for lunch, from 11 to 5.45 I read Melusine. And finished it. I went by the grocery, I walked home, began dinner. In and out of simmering processes, I took down the washing, folded and put it away, and sat down in front of my computer right on time for my regularly scheduled Skype date with Sarah. Now I am attempting to bring some order to chaos before going to bed, because tomorrow is July.
If only every day could account for itself so well, but in some ways I am glad they do not: while days full of industry feel nice on occasion, I read 130 pages of Middle English prose today. Even if I was speed-reading through the Saracen bits, I still read them, and I recognised the feeling in my brain on my walk home as being an echo of my MLitt and senior year of college. It is not an altogether pleasant feeling, even if I am used to it.
And thus comes July: continuing work in the library, finishing reading my primary texts, beginning work on a chapter, writing a conference paper, traveling, having a life, cooking and eating food, and yes, that Certain Project which some of you will know as JuNoWriMo. It has been noted on numerous occasions that I am perhaps attempting to live two lives at once. But, as Sarah said tonight: I have “the benefit of two minds, just in one head.”
JuNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo in July — 50,000 words in one month, and thank God am I glad July has a catch-up day at the end. What am I writing? Well, the sequel to last year’s NaNoWriMo, of course: “The Knight of the Rose, a Tale of Prince Linus.”
I am insane. Wish me luck!