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* We finished Rectify the night before last. It didn't necessarily go "off the rails" in Season 4 so much as it just lost power and slowed itself to a mind-numbing crawl and then a stop. The Season 3 "finale" was far better than anything that gets resolved, or not, in S4. Ah, well. Endings are hard.

* Rain has stopped, but now it's cold and very dark. A very mountain winter for us this year.

* I've decided to track my reading for 2017. I am pretty haphazard in the way I tackle my tottering to-read pile. Thus far, this year, I've read Jeff Vandermeer's impressive trilogy - The Southern Reach. And I recommend it. NOT my usual fare and typically the type of thing I shy away from because I find it existentially depresseing. Bleak sci-fi. But these books are so incredibly well-written and profoundly thought-out that I could not put them down. One after the other after the other. I do think the story is an analogy to writing? Life? Human existence in regards to the planet? I'm still pondering.

One of the amazing lines I've bookmarked.

Next up on the list -

* I've decided, once again, to grow my hair out. I want to grow out my bangs/fringe because I think it's time. We shall see if I can accomplish this.

Obligatory dog pictures. Sleepy Zoltan and Desmond sad to see me leaving.

* Completely and utterly humbled by the response to my Idol piece this week. It has lit a small flame within me and I'm beyond grateful.

When your heart is soggy with unshed tears and you stumble across an amazing hand-painted pitcher at the outlet store and begin drying out. "Jal" -gypsy name meaning wanderer.

I leave you with this astonishing line from the poet -


Jan. 11th, 2017 09:08 pm (UTC)
Goodreads can help you track stuff. I'm KarenInSacramento over there, if you wind up opening an account and want to add me.

Sometimes, it's the only way I can remember what I thought the most amazing one or two books were in a given year. I read a LOT, and around the holidays the cutoff if "which calendar year" is one of the first things to go.

That poetry quote was stunning.
Jan. 11th, 2017 11:12 pm (UTC)
I should check it out again. I never really...enjoyed it. Or found it useful other than as a research tool....to narrow down thematically. I oftentimes read thematically: conjoined twins, incest, werewolves, modern dress Shakespeare.

I have found the past two years, since switching back to printed books, that I'm remembering more of what I read, when, and what I thought of it. Kindled books was becoming a strange grey cloud of literary amnesia.

This poet is something stunning.
Jan. 12th, 2017 02:40 pm (UTC)
That's exactly why I'm on Goodreads. It also helps me in my omnibus What I Read post at the end of the year. I don't remember why I started doing that, but it's a tradition now so it can't be broken. :)

(I'm Ryl over there, too, and I'm adding you.)


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