First the updates, though – I’ll get to the books in the links.
The Crossfit competition this weekend was great! (I was cheering, Kerigan and lots of other friends were competing.) We had a gorgeous sunny day, and a really nice crowed showed up, both to compete and to support the competitors.
I’m really proud of Kerigan for participating – it was his first competition, so he was a ball of nerves for a few days before, but he did great. Not only did he work hard and push himself even harder than usual, he came in 5th overall in the men’s scaled division! Congratulations!!!
Today, it was back to the WOD – I’m kind of surprised and impressed that Kerigan was ready to get back to working out so soon after a day of four hard workouts. For my workout, I was pleased to get through all of the runs without walking – lots of shuffling, but no walking. And I got through all the squat-clean thrusters without any serious knee-tweaks, yay!
Writing is going fairly well, and I’m enjoying working on my Ice story. It’s going into some interesting places now that I have more than one human on the planet.
Speaking of which, here’s a tidbit…
“All right,” the man growled. “Sally, call in that New Arctica medic. She can get her butt down here and make herself useful for once, instead of being a pain in mine.” One of the women turned away and started speaking rapidly into her com. “You,” he said, pointing at Jade. “Can I trust you not to attack any of us with that thing?”
“It’s a tent pole,” Jade said, leaning her head wearily against the object in question, “And I’m not a threat to any of you, or your colony. I promise.”
Poor Jade… finally she has some people to talk to, but they don’t seem to like her very much.
But enough about my story, here’s some of what I’ve been reading lately, and planning to read soon. (I was going to talk about several authors, but I only just finished writing the bit about Hugh Howey, and it’s already almost bedtime. Robin McKinley and Alexandra Sokoloff will have to wait for another day.)
Hugh Howey is a pretty inspirational person, (check out his blog!) but his books blow me away in their own right. He wrote the short story “Wool” (free on Amazon) while working in a bookstore and put it up on Amazon. (Along with several other stories – he’d been working at this writing thing for quite a while before becoming an “overnight” success.)
People liked it. Lots of people liked it, and wanted to read more in this world of an underground silo of humans surviving under a post-apocalyptic wasteland. So he wrote another story, and another, and so on, and eventually collected all five of them in the Wool Omnibus.
I highly recommend it, for pretty much anyone. There’s a compelling blend of despair and hope in his stories, and very profoundly human characters, but mainly they’re just really good stories!
Of course, the world of the Silo begs the question: How did it get this way?
Which brings me to what I’m reading right now, the Shift Omnibus, which includes Shift 1-3 and tells the story(ies) of how this all came to be. I’m about half way through, and it’s excellent. Really excellent… and the only way I could make sure I made this post was *NOT* to pick up the book when we got home from Crossfit, because otherwise I’d be reading right now.
Next up, possibly after taking some time to digest and read other books from my queue, will be Dust, which was just released on August 17th.
The blurb says:
“WOOL introduced the silo and its inhabitants.
SHIFT told the story of their making.
DUST will chronicle their undoing.
Welcome to the underground.”
Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.
Anyway, my “Go to bed!” alarm just went off, so I’d better wrap this up. G’night, all!