Happy Sunday! Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at ReaderBuzz. Check out her post and the links to see what other bloggers have been up to in the last week.
How’s the weather?
I have no idea. I’ve barely stepped out. I think we missed a lot of excellent walking days, but I don’t want to think about that too much.
What are you reading?
How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang in print. Our August book club selection.
The Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger as audio. I learned from my novel-writing class that one of my favorite steampunk authors (Parasol Protectorate series, Finishing School series) wrote a nonfiction book about writing, on one of my favorite topics. Audio is not my favorite way to consume this sort of information, but it was the only option available at the library. I’ll probably buy a print copy to add to my large collection of writing books.
What are you watching?
The Umbrella Academy on Netflix. I know that I’m late to this one. I think I tried it once but it didn’t work for me at that time. This time, I’m hooked! It’s a weird sci-fi story of superheroes inspired by a comic book series. I’m only in the second episode of the first of three 10-episode seasons. A fourth season has been announced, but no release date. The intenet’s best guess seems to be early in 2024, so I’ll probably still remember what happened in the first three seasons. That’s an advantage of arriving late to a show.
What are you doing?
Taking baby steps out into the world. Thursday was my Day 11, the day that the CDC declared me to be safe to go out in the world without a mask. I tested that morning, and I was negative for COVID — yay! Since my COVID symptoms completely overlapped my normal August high-mold-count symptoms, I wore a mask on my first errand (to the library) and my second errand (to get groceries).
I think I made some real progress this week on figuring out my plot. I’ve been working on this novel for three years. The first half comes easy to me, but I get bogged down in the second half. I may be starting to solve some of the problems that were causing that. That feels like a big step forward.
How are you this fine Sunday?