October 3rd, 2011

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Monday so far

I woke at seven for no apparent reason.  I'd conked out by one-something, I think.  I was tired and didn't feel like fighting it.  I'd woken at ten-thirty yesterday morning.  I am trying to get to bed earlier, even though it means dealing with more noise and family chaos if I'm awake at the same time my folks are.  Falling asleep after dawn and sleeping until three or four in the afternoon kills the whole day.  It was indeed complete chaos today, as there's someone coming to measure the windows in preparation for putting new ones in.  Mine's in horrible shape.  It won't stay up.  I have to prop it with a piece of wood if I want it open, and there are big holes in the screen anyway, patched as best I could with duct tape.

Dad helped me move the boxes of videotapes and boxes and bags of comic books that were in front of the window.  Now they're blocking access to the bed, but at least you can get through to the window.  When K.G. helped me with organization, she put things back by the window before I even got a chance to vacuum there.  This time, Dad carried the vacuum cleaner up the stairs -- a feat I cannot manage -- and I vacuumed the whole area, and any other part of my room where floor space showed.

There are a few books on the bed now, and my lamp and clock radio, which are normally on the windowsill.  The power strip is pushed off by the bed.  Mom's desk is right in front of the only south window in the house, a big window, and she was frantically trying to clear off her desk.  It's generally been complete chaos since I woke.

It's getting cold this time of year, too.  I'm wearing one of my hoodies and a pair of jeans.  I fixed myself a cup of chocolate puerh tea.  I have no idea how to pronounce the "puerh" part.  It's nice and chocolaty, though, with a hint of vanilla as well.

I read Ex Equals, by L.A. Witt, last night.  Chris and Justin were in the Navy.  They became lovers, then, after a while, things all went very wrong.  Don't Ask, Don't Tell didn't help the situation.  Chris became a math teacher.  Justin stayed in the Navy, but signed up for one of the math classes Chris was teaching.  I could sympathize with Justin with the math, because I flunked algebra in high school.  Otherwise I pretty much sympathized with Chris.  I've enjoyed the books of L.A. Witt's that I've read.

Later: I got and read Kindred Hearts by G.S. Wiley.  It's one of the Spice It Up series, in this case mace.  The spice has a very loose connection to the story, in this case.  It was a cute story, though.  I wasn't sure if I'd be able to take reading a protagonist with a stammer, because for me it makes for awful reading, but this wasn't too bad.  You got a lot of what Alfie was thinking, but other characters made as much or more conversation.  Alfie was quite a sympathetic character.
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later Monday

Well, we got our windows measured.  It felt quite cold today.  My ankle was aching.

I read various things.  I got Josephine Myles' First Impressions and Last Chance from Torquere.  The free story Fuzzy fits in between those two.  Jez and Steve are quite the characters.

I read "The Case of the Overprotective Ass" in Home Fires Burning.  It's by Charlie Cochrane, and has Toby and Alasdair from "The Roaming Heart" in the I Do anthology.  They're British movie stars of the late 1940s/early 1950s.  I adored Toby and Alasdair.  I wonder if they're going to get more stories.

I got I Do Two.  I read several of the stories.  Lee Rowan's "Turnabout" has Robert and Jack from "Gentleman's Gentleman" in the Speak Its Name anthology.  I got Speak Its Name when it was published by Linden Bay Romance.  It's since been republished.  I liked Robert and Jack.  I also read "Inner Truth" by Alex Beecroft, James' "Touche," "The Uneven Chance" by Charlie Cochrane, "Aim Higher" by J.L. Merrow, and Neil Plakcy's "Honolulu Hula."  "Honolulu Hula" has the characters from the Mahu mysteries in it, except that this one is from Mike's viewpoint instead of Kimo's.  It's interesting to get a look at Kimo from the outside.  I don't think the stories other than "Turnabout" and "Honolulu Hula" out of the ones I read had characters from other books.

Tea and Crumpet has a Cambridge Fellows short story in it.  It's worth it to me to get an anthology if there are related stories of characters I like, or just stories from authors I like.  I haven't read all of Tea and Crumpet yet, but I know I read that one.

I'll post something about some of these stories on AE.  It's a little complex about what stories follow which others.  I may just tell Uly about some of them, and let him do the review when he reads them.

Later: I read the other story in Home Fires Burning, "This Ground Which Was Secured At Great Expense."  It was a World War I story, and parts of it were very sad.  I seem to have read a fair number of World War I stories lately.  Some were written at the time.  I think Charlie captures the feeling well, writing nearly a century later.

I've read quite the range of stories today.  I'll probably get Home Fires Burning in print at some point.  I'm acquiring the Cambridge Fellows Mysteries in print.  I think All Lessons Learned comes out in February or so.