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22 August 2021

 Song mood: You Get What You Give by the New Radicals.

It was good to see my writer’s group again. It was good to see my best friend from college again. It’s weird, I realized how much different I am from the last time I was at the writer’s group. Mainly because I have discovered pulp fiction. People were talking about high science fiction vs lower science fiction. I think someone said this one story was too pulp for me. I laughed. There’s nothing wrong with pulp fiction. If it brings joy to the reader, there’s nothing wrong with it. It was good to see some of my friends again.

So two things, I need to get my hearing checked. Some conversations were tough to follow because it was a larger group than I’m used to. And the tinitus. Second, I need to work on lip reading. 

It was something my grandma did. Probably, when she was my age, knew her hearing was going. She learned to read lips. On one of her check ups, she took one of my aunts with. She had to be in her seventies when this happened. The doctor had the aunt say something, but covered the aunts mouth with a piece of paper. My grandmother didn’t have a clue what the aunt said. The doctor was clever.

I’m halfway through Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I’m really enjoying this one. I think what makes this one more enjoyable is the protagonist’s view on life. She is a nerdy kind of woman who loves secret romance comic books. Which have a pulp-ish quality to them. And she’s comparing other characters to the characters of her comic books.

Next up: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. The Unsettled Dust by Robert Aickman. Like MR James, Aickman was an English author who wrote mostly short stories of the supernatural. While I was in Oxford, I found The Inner Room, a short story written by him. It was a small book done by Faber & Faber, one short story. I bought it, read it and gave it to a friend.

By the time I finish that, Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia will be released. That one will be a fantasy book. I can tell by the cover.

After that I think I will listen to The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories, edited by Michael Newton, for October.

Currently in paperback format, I’m reading The Hand by Georges Simenon. Which is way different from the Maigret series. I’m not sure what I will read after that, but I’m thinking that I’ll read The Near Witch by VE Schwab for October.

I still haven’t decided what I will do for October poems.

For videos, I will do one: what if my younger self trained in karate got into a fight with my older self who is trained in Tai Chi? Who would win?

Then, I want to do at least one video that involves Dune where I recite the I must not fear speech.

Tomorrow, I will just do some brainstorming on what I’m going to do with my writing projects. I think I will work on an unnamed mystery project.


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