Thursday, July 30, 2020

August Reading upon Us and a Warning

I'm happy to be launching into August for a reason I would rather not say though I will. August is my least favorite month of the year (Don't we all have a month that we wish were another, more favored month?). And I'm about to get through it. Happily, merrily, make the bestest of it, damn it! ;)

This August I'll be continuing to write my way through my Creative Nature Writing class (via the University of Cambridge Continuing Education. Cambridge, England, that is.), which ends the next to last week in August.  And to challenge myself, and hopefully pass the time, I've enrolled in another writing class entitled, "Two Essays, Four Weeks." This online course runs from August 5th through September 2nd, and is offered through Grub Street, a Boston-based writers' collaborative. I took an online class with Grub Street late last fall, and it was excellent, and encouraged me to write like a demon. I find these classes challenging, fun, and a great way to meet and spend time with other people from around the world who enjoy writing. These classes expand my worldview and also help me to more closely examine my own worldview.  Consequently, my posting will be less frequent in August, as has been the case for me since June, I'm sorry to say.

I've dug in to Sharon Kay Penman's Devil's Brood, and I'm 85 pages in, which has taken a bit of time. It has been wonderful that Penman has cleverly interwoven the events and  personages from the first two books with the beginning of this third book.  This book could easily have been and should have been 1,000 pages, but the publisher used a very small font, though, to be helpful, they used a decent amount of leading between the lines, which means it is legible for me. Still, it's dense! This week I haven't been able to gather the time to read it everyday. So I see this one going onward and forward through Labor Day, September 7th, which is fine with me.

While Devil's Brood is ongoing, I'll be reading one easier read at a time, as well as an audiobook, whenever I grab some time to knit in the late afternoons.
Right now my easier read is The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs (July 2020), and I'm finding it exceedingly mediocre. I read on thinking it will improve, but it is overly repetitive about grief for a parent, and that is troublesome because the author repeats the same feelings and facts over and over and over. I'm all for books describing grief about parents, lots of us have been through it, but grief is not static, it moves and changes as time goes along.

The warning: I updated to the new version of Blogger quite some time ago, but tonight, there was no way for me to write a new post. I clicked on "New Post," and when the page appeared, there was no way to do it whatsoever. The page to write a new post did not appear. After trying repeatedly, I reverted to the Old Blogger (only viable til August 24th), just so I could post.  If you are a Blogger user, would you try to see what happens when you hit the "New Post" tab?


  1. Judith, I had similar frustrating post issues with "new blogger" today as well. I almost gave up. I tried to copy and paste something I wrote elsewhere and although it looked like it was in post, when I'd preview it was blank...UGH I had to retype the entire thing. Also formatting issues, so I went back to old blogger after that.

    Enjoy your nature writing workshop, sounds lovely.

    1. Hi Diane,
      Oh, how frustrated I am when I can't cut and paste, and then have to retype a post, or anything else, for that matter.
      I don't see a way to give feedback to Blogger, which they seem to ask for. And I've been overwhelmed by horrible porn spam. Have you, by any chance?

  2. I'm glad you're enjoying The Devil's Brood, even with the very small font! I can't manage that these days. I really should have my eyes tested soon -if I can pluck up enough courage to go to the opticians - they say they're open and it's safe, but ...

    It sounds as if you're going to be very busy in August! Enjoy your reading and writing!

    1. Margaret,
      I know what you mean about going to the opticians, or for any health matter whatsoever. I wonder if it's safe, who has been there. When all the tourists depart, maybe I'll feel better, if we're not having an "uptick" in cases here. I desperately need new glasses. I was overdue when Covid started. Oh, dear.
      I hope to keep visiting blogs, even if I don't post often.

  3. I am still using the legacy version but when I switched and tried to open a new post it did cooperate but with noticeable hesitation. I have that Susan Wiggs on reserve but may wait a while as I think I'd prefer to avoid any grief for parents not already experiencing. I have an errand today to donate books to my favorite used bookstore, More Than Words, which provides jobs to troubled teens. Alas, the bookstore itself is not open but they are taking donations.

  4. Enjoy your busy August, Judith!

    I've had two tries with the new Blogger interface, both abject failures. I ended up going back to the legacy one both times. It's depressing me, to be honest, to think that I can't seem to get a handle on it, posting pics being the problem for me. It plonks it in the middle, no question of placing it yourself (left, right, centre) and then the cursor stayed in the middle under the photo. I couldn't get it back to the left to start writing again. I was almost in tears. Like I said, I'm quite depressed about it and the legacy one will only be available until the end of the month. Mind you... they said that in June and they said it in July. So many people having problems I think.

  5. I swapped to the new blogger but then changed back again. I am not looking forward to when we have to swap for good.