So, based on observations of my own behavior, energy levels, etc, since announcing my most recent plan of posting MWF after Crossfit, I’ve decided to scale the commitment back to Monday nights, with the option of additional posts during the week. It seems to be the only day that I hit fairly regularly, so I’ll give it a try for a while, and see how it works out.
Speaking of Crossfit, I made it to all three days last week, yay! Also, Kerigan managed to squish his arm between his leg and the bar while trying a 225-lb clean, so we made a trip to the ER after Crossfit on Friday for x-rays. Thankfully, there’s no break! Just lots of pain. I think he might avoid cleans ’til it’s feeling better, or at least go with somewhat lower weights, to avoid the chance of hitting the same spot again. We’re supposed to push our limits, so a failed lift isn’t that uncommon – it was just a bad conjunction of limbs and bar that kept it from being the usual glancing (and relatively painless) blow.
Anyway, he seems to be feeling a little better each day, so that’s all good. Today being a holiday, we won’t be going to our usual 6:30 class, but we’ll be back to it Wednesday. (Maybe tomorrow too – we’ll see.)
On the writing front, I’m plugging away and still enjoying myself. I get a little worried, as I add complexities, that I’m going to lose the thread and wind up with something as long as I’d like but unreadable, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. For now, it’s important to just keep going!
Jade stepped carefully, following the shadow up the rest of the way to the portal site. It paused outside the titanium plugs in the rock, going no further, and Jade risked stepping closer. A soft beep made her freeze again, pausing in the shadow of a stack of crates. The figure ahead of her tossed something that glinted in the light, then turned and walked back the way they had come – right at her.
First off, I highly recommend taking a couple of minutes to go read this excellent short-short story, just posted today: “The Answer,” by Sailor Jim, of “boingy, boingy, boingy” fame. (If you haven’t before, go read “On the Subject of Penises” too.)
Last time I posted, I mentioned that I wanted to talk about a couple more authors, but had so much to write about Hugh Howey’s books that they would have to wait for another time. (btw, I finished the Shift Omnibus and Dust last week, and they absolutely lived up to the standards set by the Wool Omnibus, maybe even surpassed it.)
So, today, I’d like to talk about Robin McKinley!
I first discovered Robin McKinley via “The Blue Sword” when I was probably around ten or eleven, and found it on the YA shelf at our local book store, and swiftly followed up with the prequel “The Hero and the Crown.” (Unfortunately, there’s no e-book version of either yet, though I still have the paperback, and read it at least once a year.)
Honestly, I’m not terribly impressed with the current covers, so here are the ones from my copies:
I love these books.
When I was a kid, I had this strange pre-conceived notion that the authors of all of the books I loved were dead… I’m not entirely sure where that idea came from, but I am still sometimes shocked to see something new come out by an author I thought dead some thirty years ago! Which is a far more pleasant sort of shock than hearing that someone I thought long-since dead just died…
But I digress.
This preconceived notion made it both a surprise and a delight when “The Outlaws of Sherwood” came out in 1988! (Also no e-book version, *pout!*)
Anyway, I am delighted to say that Robin McKinley is *still* alive and writing, and I can’t wait for her new book “Shadows” to come out on September 26th! (Her newest works have both e- and paper editions, yay!)
She also keeps a blog at, appropriately enough, RobinMcKinleysBlog.com, where she talks about the daily vagaries of hellhounds, bells, and roses, as well as weekly installments of an ongoing story currently titled “Kes.” It’s one of the few blogs I still check regularly now that Goodle shut down their Reader service…
To be honest, I don’t think I’ve read everything she’s published yet, but I’m close. My favorites, that I re-read over and over are the ones I’ve already mentioned (except for Shadows, of course, since I haven’t read it yet!) and also “Deerskin,” which is a heart-rending novel that draws on several fairy tales, and “Sunshine,” which is quite honestly the most unusual vampire story I’ve read to date. Not your usual urban fantasy, for sure.
Anyway, that’s all for now. Being a professional writer who’s been at it almost as long as I’ve been alive, there are lots more books than I’ve mentioned here, and if you have a chance to read any of them, I say go for it! Happy reading.