Juli posted a new chapter of "Second Chance," and I texted WhiteSheepCBD to let her know. She already knew. Mellyflori posted a new chapter of her latest Musketeers fic, and I read that. I got the free book from ARe, and gifted yesterday's Sean Michael book to a couple of people.
I corresponded with WhiteSheepCBD. K. said she was "sloooowly" getting better. I guess they put her on the good antibiotics after she had all that breathing difficulty. That night she was at the hospital, they gave her a nebulizer treatment. She had acute bronchitis and possibly walking pneumonia. I guess she already has chronic COPD because she smokes. She's tried to quit several times.
A few hours later: I went to Lowe's and got another hosta to match the one I had. I got a couple of small lantana, too, but hopefully they'll get to be nice big plants. They were rootbound, so I loosened up the roots at the bottom when I planted them. They are in full bloom. I planted them in pots, because it's still rather early for such tender plants, and I want to be able to drag them into the garage or something if the temperature gets too close to freezing. I planted the hosta in the pots Dad had broken when he made too tight a turn in the aisles of the Home Depot garden center. He managed to glue them back together. I put the nice-looking sides of the pots facing forward, and put the pots by the shed to the south side of the house, where it's shaded by several trees.
Ms. A. said that the lemon daylily doesn't have as strong a scent as 'Hyperion', which is what I'd assumed it would smell like. That was interesting to know. 'Hyperion' has a distinctly lemony scent. I didn't know it was comparatively that strong. The sambac jasmine 'Maid of Orleans' has been blooming for a few days. That's the one in my room. Yes, I did make the association between strong scent and sambac jasmine.
I chatted with Riah for a while, partly about the Romantic Times convention. I'm sure some of the people I follow will have much to say. Riah liked the LGBT panel, and especially Damon Suede. She also saw a lot of people wearing "Clean Reads" pins, some just because they wanted the e-readers the "Clean Reads" folks were handing out. Riah's written two books so far, both with gay protagonists, and one of them BDSM erotica, but she said some of the people wearing "Clean Reads" pins showed interest in her books. Guess some of the people wearing pins would also read books that weren't "clean."
I read some books advertised as "clean," mostly the Amish romances. Some of them make for a nice change. Many of the Amish books reportedly have more of their authors' evangelical-type faith rather than showing the particular dogma of that Amish order. But I like seeing the day-to-day work and reading about life without modern technology. I would really miss electricity, but that's me, and I cope more or less with the digital age. Computers and electronic technology don't come naturally to me, but I'm okay with word-processing programs.
I even retweeted part of that rant about "Clean Reads" that I read the other day. The person said that sweet romances without straight characters exist. I said I knew several people who were looking for more sweet m/m romances and asked for recommendations. I wrote Uly, and saw that the whole "Do Not Want" section in the Clean Reads submissions guidelines had disappeared since yesterday or the day before. I found that very curious. I'm sure it will be back up soon, and probably with "homosexuality" still in their "Do Not Want" list. It still said, "No pink parts." Guess they assume their readers are white.
Later: Mom and Dad and I went out to Longhorn Steakhouse for a very belated birthday dinner for me.
I heard from someone else about the convention and had someone ask what kind of recommendations I wanted. I should have said I'd already read a lot of Charlie Cochrane and Hollis Shiloh's works.
Later still: I did a Tumblr rant. There's just no way I could compress my opinions into a very short number of characters. I said that much of what I read had what "Clean Reads" would call "gratuitous" sex. I said that I was sure my definition of "gratuitous" was many times their level, and that I'd read all the Jarheads novels. Roughly 99% of each novel does not have plot. And the 1% that does, all the bad stuff happens to Rig. Why Rig? He's a nice person. There was even a point where he was so sick he didn't want to have sex, so you knew he was deathly ill. (*spoiler* he survives)
I think writing rants is about as ambitious as I'm going to get tonight.