Thursday Thoughts…

…anybody heard anything from “Book ‘Em Jan O” lately? I’ve noticed that Jan O’s blog has gone quiet.

…did I mention that I have an eye phobia? Apparently, so does this author. 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:

…I love libraries so much. My library offers this recommendation service that I took advantage of, and my first set of recommendations were great!

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:

But I was intrigued by the premise of this post on Tor that states that “fall…is for pensive books full of powerful change”.

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?

20 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts…

  1. I’ve never thought about setting up an autumnal to-read list. That’s a great idea. But this year I am reading Horror Writers Association requests for read-and-recommend for a Bram Stoker Award. I’ve got, like, 20 horror stories, articles, and books waiting!

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  2. I have a fear of anything going near my mouth and throat. Not too long ago I was on a blood pressure medication that made my tongue swell so I’m sure you can imagine the amount of panic attacks that set off! I’m also highly allergic to poison ivy and I have a fear that it’s somehow going to get in my mouth. Ugh…the struggle is real!

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  3. I’m squeamish about eyes as well. I was horrified to look in the mirror one morning recently and see that my left eye was bleeding! I went into a total panic. When I calmed down, I diagnosed it with Dr Google – it was just a small blood vessel that had broken. It looked like something from a horror movie though, half my eye was completely red. I had to wear sunglasses for a week to avoid frightening people!

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  4. Lulu: “Our Dada says that after a few run-ins with a Beholder, anyone would have an eye phobia.”
    Charlee: “What’s a Beholder?”
    Chaplin: “Knowing Dada, it’s probably a D&D thing.”
    Lulu: “And hey, you’re right, we haven’t seen Jan O’Write around in a few months either. I hope she’s okay!”

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  5. I’m reading “The Conquest of the Moon” by Andre Laurie, which I discovered while preparing for one of panels at Gaslight Expo. It’s definitely a “big change” book. Laurie was a contemporary of Jules Verne and this book imagines an astronomer who brings the Moon down into Earth’s atmosphere! This seems like a remarkably bad thing to do, but the book has been a fun read.

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