…anybody heard anything from “Book ‘Em Jan O” lately? I’ve noticed that Jan O’s blog has gone quiet. https://bookemjanoblog.wordpress.com/
…did I mention that I have an eye phobia? Apparently, so does this author. https://horrortree.com/jennifer-anne-gordon-on-her-biggest-fears/ I haven’t met anybody else who has similar fears about eyeballs as I do, and for once, I’m not ashamed of it. I’m terrified of anything getting anywhere near my eye. And, ironically, I had a very similar experience as a kid when I got my eye scratched. I had to wear a patch and everything. And, in 2015, I lost part of my field of vision (more than I probably would have if the doctor hadn’t initially dismissed it as a “floater”) due to optic nerve swelling. As if I wasn’t anxious enough about going to the eye doctor before, you bet your routine eye exam that I am now! I even wear safety glasses when I’m doing anything where harmful substances can get in my eyes: changing lightbulbs, dusting, cleaning! (Okay, I’m exaggerating on that last bit. But only slightly. *laugh*)
…I wish the 21st Century lived up to the promise many authors, artists, inventors, and designers saw for it way back when. Improvements to health care, society, conflict resolution, and so many more issues that are still going on today, and which make daily life feel like the same old, same old.
…I’m hoping autumn comes soon. And I’m still not very familiar with the flavour of a Kansas autumn, so it will be nice to see it in a smaller town. It still feels like summer here…just look at all that green in this post from a cool blog about prairies: https://prairieecologist.com/2021/09/27/a-leisurely-trip-to-kansas/
…I love libraries so much. My library offers this recommendation service that I took advantage of, and my first set of recommendations were great! https://www.wichitalibrary.org/recommendations
Speaking of reading, it’s still hot here, but all I want to do is curl up under my new pumpkin-orange sheets (orange is my favourite colour!) and read books. It’s like autumn is my summer vacation.
Especially cozy mysteries: https://theglorioustrainwreckmom.com/2021/09/30/witchy-cozy-mysteries-for-spoopy-season/
But I was intrigued by the premise of this post on Tor that states that “fall…is for pensive books full of powerful change”. https://www.tor.com/2021/09/23/mark-as-read-fall-books/
I’ve been pensive about all the usual things–the environment, animals, COVID–but also about the owl I tried to save. Eventually, I’ll blog about it, but it’s too soon for me, emotionally. And also because I’m still in the process of “going to the mattresses” by way of a letter-writing campaign and such, so I hope that makes a difference in how such things are handled, in the future, here.
So, that’s it for me.
How are you celebrating autumn? Any fall-themed books on your reading list?