Well, the SeaHawks took my advice and sailed to victory! Or maybe marched. Glided? I'm not sure of the normal locomotive mode of the species. Whatever, we are vary proud.
I spent the weekend of Foolscap, a small SF convention unlike any I've seen. They try to get interesting people together, and then decide what to talk about -- you literally create the program and panels at the convention. Then you hang out and talk about your favorite/interesting things for a weekend. If the current panels don't float your boat, there's a common area stocked with games, crafting supplies, fiddling things (paper airplane models, a marble-track building set), several bookcases of trade-a-books (take what you want, leave what you recommend), an art show, vendors selling books, nerdish art, beautiful things, a massage table, authors reading their work, people showing off their hobbies, and a whole lot more.
A personal thrill for me is that several people there remember my name because it is almost like Beth Meacham's, an editor at Tor whose work I have known about since I was a teenager.
I'll sign in at Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts since I want to see what everyone else is reading this month. Despite spending the weekend talking and listening instead of reading, I managed to finish a few things:
- The King's Name, Jo Walton. SF. I promised to send this off to the Foolscap GOH (well, the GOH's spouse, who was also a GOH), so I finished it 90 minutes too late to hand it to her.
- Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins. YA. Now I can go see the movie!
- The Lover's Dictionary, David Levithan. Story of a relationship told in dictionary entries. Passed this on to the high schooler who thought it sounded interesting.
- Magic Rises, Ilona Andrews. SF. Fun times in an innovative magic world.
- Untold, Sarah Rees Brennan. YA. Lots of fun to read, and not nearly as sad an ending as I expected. Of course, I was expecting to have my heart ripped out and stomped upon, so set your own expectations accordingly.
What am I currently reading? Five books in my bag, plus an audio and a professional book.
- The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemison. Book club was last Thursday, but I'll just watch it late.
- The Second Spy: Book of Elsewhere 3, Jacqueline West. It's a good book, but the flaws in the main character frustrate me. Like the boy in Navigating Early she has difficulty with loyalty.
- Black Duck, Janet Lisle. Next on my TBR list, although I seem to have very temporarily lost it...
- The Prize in the Game, Jo Walton. From my shelves, although I've read a library copy. I love the Sulien books.
- Fierce Reads Anthology. NOOK. Short stories still aren't giving me a sense of urgency.
- Rotters, Daniel Kraus. Audio. My son is liking this more, so I listen while driving him to and fro school. Boy do I dislike bullying.
- Developing Standards-Based Report Cards, Thomas R. Guskey & Jane M. Bailey. Committee meeting next week, so I'll try to finish this up.
Reading intermittently, and deliberately slowly:
- Radio Fifth Grade, Gordon Korman. Is it cheating to do your homework (a trivia quiz) by running a trivia quiz on the radio?
- Out to Canaan, Jan Karon. Retirement plans are announced, rocking the small village.
- Keep Me Forever, Rosemary Laurey. Time for most supernaturals to go home.
- A General Theory of Love, Thomas Lewis. How different animals react to abandonment.
- The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens. Not too bad as long as I avoid the lawyer stuff.
- How To Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, Orson Scott Card. More advice on the pieces of science fiction -- time travel? languages? space flight?
- TBR Triple Dog Dare: 7. Both recent buys and ancient dusty purchases now read!
- Cybils: 8.5/77. I'm assembling the nonfiction picture books, and started one with the emergent reader.
- Where Am I Reading? 8/51. Added New York, which is where most publishers live so a lot of writing happens here.
- What's In a Name?: 1/6. I got one! The King's Name.
- Book Bingo: Eight Squares. Knocking off those easy ones.
- Alphabetically Inclined: 4/26
- Reading My Library: Have the last stack of J fiction in my queue.
- Best of the Best 2012: 49/25. Onto next disc of Rotters. Finished Lover's Dictionary and ordered up next book.