Sunday Salon (Reading Journal 04-09-22)

I’m linking this post up with The Sunday Salon, hosted by Readerbuzz. which invites book bloggers like myself to share our week in reading and life-ing. Such as…

What was your week like?

I took my Vitamin D direct from the source with a little mid-week beachcation.

To quote Ice Cube, it was a good day.

The other days were a mixed bag. I won’t get in to the worst of it but one irritant was internet-and-phone issues, affecting research, communication, zooms related to work, progress generally, time, money, all that good stuff – and no fix yet. I do appreciate my local bookstore allowing me to hang out and jack some of their internet. On the upside, my niece, who lives in the US, did a fly-through (here and then gone) and it was good to see her (and hear her complain about “so much hugging” – in our defense we haven’t seen her in years, since before the pandemic and it’s been a tumultuous few years for all of us).

Read any good books?

I actually finished late writer Maeve Binchy’s Heart and Soul. Yay! It’s been a slow reading year, so it feels good to finish something and Maeve Binchy is comfort food for me – which is not to say it’s at all boring or predictable, just something about the Irishness and the salt-of-the-earth people populating her books. Read my quick review here.

What other bookish things did you do?

I read some more of New Daughters of Africa – I’m now at page 626, about 23 pages covered since my last reading journal. I just agreed to present on an aspect of this read for an October conference, so clock is ticking, you know.

Also, I’ve uploaded new content to the Wadadli Pen blog; check the latest in the Carib Lit Plus arts blog series.

What else is going on in your life?

I also made some progress on my short story collection in progress, and did a couple of submissions; fingers crossed. I’m not going to lie, it’s not a great time, but there’s something about submitting when you’re a writer that feels like a door opening to possibility – and anything still being possible is a good feeling.

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