I believe this is sloth. I like it.

Sep. 17th, 2017 04:11 pm
[personal profile] miladygrey
Yeats and I finished allllll our chores before 1:00pm this afternoon (him: lawn-mowing, 1 load of laundry, unloading the dishwasher, going to the gym; me: 1 load of laundry, vacuuming, swiffering the kitchen floor, working out), and so as a reward we are drinking cab sav and he is playing video games while I read and we are each cuddled by cats.

Oktoberfest was lovely, we had drinks and brats and I had a delicious slab of German chocolate cake, and we met friends and hung out and I bumped into a process server I have only ever met in a work context who looks very different in a muscle shirt and chugging steins of hefeweizen.

It's been a good weekend.

Reading Log: The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter; In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan; A Gentleman Undone by Cecilia Grant; Wild Things by Bruce Handy; The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin; The Valiant by Lesley Livingston; Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik; Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
[personal profile] miladygrey
An old friend from college pinged me last night.

Her: So, I'm working on something involving redemption arcs in literature, and since I know you're a big romance reader, I wondered if you had any thoughts on the genre shift from rapey old-school romances to the kinder, gentler ones, and authors that began that shift?

Me: opening a window to the Smart Bitches website with one hand and Goodreads with the other Oh, I have some thoughts...

Authors discussed included Mary Balogh (the kinder, gentler Georgette Heyer), Bertrice Small (the prose may be purple, but Skye O'Malley and Blaze Wyndham were not here to fall in love with their rapists), Catherine Anderson (diabetic levels of sap, but full of compassion and healing relationships), and Laura Kinsale (how to have a redemptive arc when your hero is a closet masochist sub and your heroine is dommeing by the seat of her pants because it's the Middle Ages). It was a fun conversation, and I think I added at least a dozen books to her reading list. I also hope I get to read whatever it is she's working on when it's done, because she's an excellent writer.

Reading Log: Midnight is a Place by Joan Aiken; The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis; Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran; The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn; The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey; Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King; Monstress: The Blood by Marjorie Liu; Battle Hill Bolero by Daniel Jose Older; Do Not Disturb by A.R. Torre

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