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As I write this, I can barely keep my eyes open. It’s 9:11 a.m. I’m on the couch in my pajamas with a blanket wound around my legs. There’s not enough coffee in the world to erase the fog on my mental horizon.

Tough night, you ask?

Catastrophe?

Project procrastination run amok?

Nada. My family all hit the pillow before 11:00 p.m. I finished the dishes, pre-made this morning’s java, and fed the dog before they all succumbed. No bells, whistles, or sirens interrupted our slumber. My only deadlines are self-imposed. They can be moved in iCal with a drag and drop, removed with a tap to the delete key. So why do I do this to myself?

LeeChildLast night it was Jack Reacher. Will Jack’s elbow dislodge the gun before his assailant pulls the trigger? Somehow, it always does. Reacher has the fastest elbows in the West, and Lee Child, his creator, has more than a few sleepless nights to answer for. But, it’s not really Lee’s fault.

I like to stay up late. Alone, the Fantasia of my mind sparkles brighter after midnight. When I debate the value of schedules over freeform daydreams, the later always wins. Author Steven Pressfield calls it resistance.  When the alarm rings early, I agree with him. Amen brother. No truer words match my depravity.

But, my Night Owl Rebellion won’t be cured by motivational speakers, the self-help industry, or the fact that I have to drive my youngest to violin sectionals before 7:00 a.m. Being nocturnal is my drug of choice. After 1:00, I rearrange the file cabinet of folders in my head, straighten my gallery wall of imaginary picture frames, clean the fingerprints off my internal lens.

Without the late night, my juice is fruitless, watery beyond recognition. Without pulp.

Portable Magic: February 2015


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Books are a uniquely portable magic.

—Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Here’s the plan:

  • Read fifty books in 2015. I won’t count a book I don’t finish.
  • With a few exceptions, most are written by women and published in 2014 or 2015.
  • On the first day of the month, I’ll post the last month’s list. I’ll also post on Goodreads where you can find a short synopsis of every book. See the link to my Goodreads account in the side column.
  • I’m a reader, not a critic. So, no reviews. But, I’m happy to share in the comments and learn what you think, too.

Here’s what I read in February:

  1. The One and Only by Emily Giffin
  2. The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand
  3. Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich
  4. One Plus One by JoJo Moyes
  5. Personal by Lee Child

All of these books came from the San Antonio Public Library.  They are shelved in the New Book or Express Collections.

Total books read so far in 2015: 14

 

Portable Magic: January 2015

 

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Books are a uniquely portable magic.

—Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Here’s the plan:

  • Read fifty books in 2015. I won’t count a book I don’t finish.
  • With a few exceptions, most are written by women and published in 2014 or 2015.
  • On the first day of the month, I’ll post the last month’s list. I’ll also post on Goodreads where you can find a short synopsis of every book. See the link to my Goodreads account in the side column.
  • I’m a reader, not a critic. So, no reviews. But, I’m happy to share in the comments and learn what you think, too.

Here’s what I read in January:

  1. Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
  2. Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  3. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
  4. Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
  5. After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman
  6. Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
  7. Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
  8. Festive in Death by J.D. Robb
  9. The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank

All of these books came from the San Antonio Public Library. The J.D. Robb titles are digital reads. The others are shelved in the New Book or Express Collections.

Visiting BookPeople in Austin, TX

BookPeople4Last month, we trekked to Austin where we made a side trip to a favorite independent bookstore.  If you’ve never been to BookPeople, it’s worth your time.  The store makes you want to pull a book off the shelf, sit criss-cross applesauce on the floor, and spend the day.

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If you aren’t close to Austin, then check out BookPeople’s blog, here on WordPress.  The store employees make the best recommendations.

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It’s a great feeling to walk around a corner and find your own kid, engrossed in good book. BookPeople was recipient of a James Patterson Grant.

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I couldn’t resist a little daydreaming. Wouldn’t Crisp fit well between Crichton and Cronin?

 

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