What I'm (not) Reading Now: 12 November 05

Well, I'm rather pleased with how the novelling is going. I'm two and a half days ahead in word count, and things are starting to happen with the plot and characters that I didn't expect - I always consider that a good sign. The three brothers are developing distinct characters, and Gwen (the mother) has a bit of a history that wil tie in nicely to the mythic undercurrent in the story. (If I tell you that her second husband's name was Lance, does that set off any associations for you?)

I know the writing doldrums are ahead, but for now, I'm enjoying the ride.

(And no, not reading anything at the moment.)

What I'm Reading Now: 12 October 29

A bit more this week...

Two ebooks: A treasury of Sayers stories and Busman's Honeymoon, both by Dorothy L Sayers. I've read both of them before, albeit not on my computer screen. The Treasury was mostly good fun, although the two "Other Stories" ended rather depressingly, and "The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question" requires fluency in French to understand. (For that matter, there are a couple of paragraphs in Busman's Honeymoon that are untranslated French - Sayers was fluently French/English bilingual, and never bothered providing translations in her books. Fortunately, said passages have nothing to do with the main points of Honeymoon.)

Busman's honeymoon was an interesting read for me in a different way that previous readings. It's subtitled "A love story with detective interruptions" and is easily as much about Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane working out what their relationship will become now that they are married, as it is about discovering who murdered the former owner of their honeymoon house. This is, I think, the first time I've read it since my own marriage, and my experience has added some immediacy to certain of Lord Peter & Harriet's experiences. When I first read it, I was in my teens, and mostly skipped over all the domestic bits for the detection; now I appreciate them both.

Fair warning: by next week it will be November, and I hope to be novelling. There will be even less reading, and these posts will mostly be word counts and the odd comment about plot points and the like.

What I'm Reading Now: 12 October 23

Just the one:A mind to murder, by PD James. The office manager of a psychology practice is murdered, and the other employees seem more interested in offering their professional assessments of the murderer than figuring out who it is. There are some tidy character portraits, and I was bamboozled until the end. James isn't my favourite writer, but she has real skills.

I have yet to procure a local library card or even browse, and I'm giving serious consideration to at least two projects that will cut into my reading time (not to mention NaNoWriMo, which is rapidly approaching)... my leisure plans are not turning out as expected. Ah, well. I hope you'll forgive me. 

What I'm Reading Now: 12 October 15

Haven't finished anything this week, either. I'm in process of reading The Golden Slipper: and other problems for Violet Strange by Anna Katharine Green, which I found on Project Gutenberg. Green was an American writer of detective fiction, and Violet is a debutante with a secret life as a snoop. She has a mysterious employer, and a secret sign by which she can recognize the people he sends her. The stories are interesting, but the writing style is distinctly old-fashioned. I think I'll read some R. Austin Freeman next - also available on Gutenberg, and with a slightly more... robust style, shall we say.

(Apropos of nothing - I was knitting today. It felt good.)