Instead, I’m feeling the need to play and be in the moment, which is why you won’t see any Best of Tartitude lists for a few days and why I’ve been offline most of this week. I needed that. Want to know what I’ve been doing?
1. Visiting the hospital, where MIL continues to improve.
This may not seem playful, but it’s turned into time to connect with extended family I haven’t seen in a while; time to revel in the lore of the O’Haras, which is generally lively, raunchy, and filled with humor and sly digs.
In other words, I’ve been with my peeps.
Instead of eyeing it warily and feeling like I’m compromising every time I open it, I’ve made friends with my Kindle for sure, this Christmas.
One thing that has helped is a website I learned of through another writer which compares e-readers, called Kindle Review. If you subscribe, OMG, make sure you put it on daily digest. They post three or four times a day, and a lot of it’s repetetion and conjecture. BUT, they often alert their readers to free Kindle books with high ratings. I’ve discovered a few new authors that way.
3. Speaking of new authors…
Magdalen B of Promantica recommended one Carolyn Crane a while back, so I’d put the latter on my TBR list. A few days ago, I started Ms. Crane’s first book, MIND GAMES. Within less than twenty-four hours, I had finished it and book two in her Disillusionist series, DOUBLE CROSS.
I don’t read a ton of urban fantasy, but these books have everything I enjoy in that genre:
- creativity from premise to execution
- psychological depth
- an intriguing and edgy urban landscape
- amazing worldbuilding
- characters I want desperately to win because they are flawed, real, and face daunting obstacles while struggling with their heroism.
My only problem with the books is that they are a trilogy, and book two ends on a cliffhanger I’m not happy to live with for an extended time, especially since the release date for book three hasn’t been announced. *wrings hands* *stomps foot* Know what, though? I’ll handle it. The books are that good.
Please check them out. Carolyn’s website is here.
I heart her writing so much I’d be planting myself on her metaphoric doorstep, wanting to interview her, except I’m already overcommitted in that sense.
4. Mosaic Art
Lest you ever wondered whether I, Janice O’Hara, am truly made of dorkiness, look at what Molly and I made:
Yes, my peeps, those are bread ties arranged on the kitchen table. After, we covered them with the cut glass we’ve used to protect the table’s surface for these last many years.
I think it’s safe to say I luf it. 😉 In fact, I have luffed mosaic art since I first discovered its magnificence when we studied the Byzantine Empire in middle school, and that it’s made from something so prosaic makes it even sweeter.
So, what have you folks been up to? Are you in a reflective, goal-setting mood or are you living in the moment? And if you made any odd art projects of late yourself, care to describe them?