New Daily Persistent Headache, Writing, and the Joy of Being an Aunt.
Books I have read recently
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte — I'm reading a giant biography of the Brontes "Wild Genius on the Moors" By Juliet Barker (amazing!! but I'll post on that when I finish) So I'm reading each novel as it's discussed in the book. I loved Shirley. I have to agree with the critics that it is a slow painful start and it does take about 150 pages till we meet the title character Shirley. But besides that, it is so well written. Caroline Helstone’s angst is beautiful and poignant. And knowing that the last third of the book was written after Emily & Anne died explains so much about the change in the book. Charlotte likes to fix her world by writing about it and in her version the sick heroine recovers where her sisters did not. I definitely recommend Shirley for the Bronte fan. Don’t skip it.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas --- It took me a couple chapters to really dive in but after that I was in love. I had read somewhere that it was based on Beauty & the Beast, which is great. What I did not know is that it is a retelling of one of my favorite fairytales: East of the Sun, West of the Moon!!! What a treat when I discovered that. I love that story. It's whimsical and the girl saves the day which I love love love. Sarah does a beautiful job of it and I can't wait for the next one!!
Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder— I adore her soul finder books. I’ve been reading them for years. She builds beautiful strong women and sweeping romance. Her magic system is unique and I want to live in her world.
Here is a poem someone else wrote about their cat named Crookshanks.
Hear the bells ringing, ringing,
Tidings of death bringing, bringing
Some are common some are grand
Some the richest in the land,
But none as great as Crookshanks, Crookshanks
He had nothing and gave thanks, gave thanks,
Evil found him and his friends,
He was trapped in fierce blends,
Crookshanks, Crookshanks gone. http://www.goodreads.com/story/show/40942-crookshanks
Crookshanks passed away April 14, 2012. He had been wasting away from an unknown illness. He woke up screaming & crying from under the car. Dad, Shawn, & Mom helped send him painlessly on his away. Thank you guys for helping him.
Let us remember the little prince as he was. Happy under a Christmas tree.
So what after you have pet him for a while your hand turned black with tar
So what that his incessant cry for "MILK" would wake you up at 2am
So what he caught a bird in mid flight and ate it
So what he would keep bringing back that dead squirrel to show off over and over
We all loved him anyways.
I hope there is a cat heaven and that's it's close to human heaven. But if not you'll live on in our hearts.
Thanks for naming him by the way Jared.