Saturday, May 19, 2012

Back in the Boat

Back in the boat on the river of life and not just drifting either sees me having another go at a short story. I have a four week slot. For a title I'm tossing up between 'The Weight Distribution Process' and 'EVA Module 5'.

Reading-wise, 'winter is (still) coming' and George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is being re read. I missed out so much the first time around, reading in my usual fast chase after the plot. 

Added to which I have finally acquired a Kindle, and am for the present reading the ebooks which I had been storing on my Mac. Best Horror Collection by ASIM is my present in-between read. 

The Kindle is, so far, a great way to spend the odd ten, fifteen, twenty minutes that are an invariable part of modern life. My mother tells me that in the olden olden days when her mother was a child, those ten fifteen minutes would be spent knitting socks and socklets onto stocking legs (that took longer to wear through). Each girl in the family - seven girls and six boys - had to knit a sock a day. 

I say 'so far' because that's all I'm using the Kindle for at the moment. Its capabilities are huge. Another learning curve to be negotiated. But the Amazon site makes me feel subversive. I might first investigate all the other places selling ebooks. 

Then there is the book for Book Club that is still to be read. It's John Bailey's latest title, Into the Unknown, about Ludwig Leichardt, one of our explorers.

And the books stacked on the coffee table by my son on his last visit, one of which is Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel that I've been keen to get started on.

As you can see, reading could easily take precedence. 

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