With Rainer gone for the week, I’m craving the company of words. I’m reading more, writing more, listening more. I have a few good words to share, as eclectic in subject as always.
- Two new podcasts I’m enjoying: Stuff you Missed in History Class and Stuff you Should Know. Both are from the How Stuff Works website and feature two hosts. I like podcasts with two hosts, it sounds so much more companionable.
- Want to wear flattering garments? Amy’s got an incredible 10-part series of blog posts on the go: Fit To Flatter. Great photos and sketches and multiple body types. (The blog posts are free, but you can also buy the pdf for a minimal fee.)
- 100% Non-Lame, Awesome Workbooks from NaNoWriMo Young Writers. Got a budding writer in your house? Incredible resources for elementary, middle and high school kids. Heck, I’m finding the one I’ve printed out for Sandra is helping me. These are meant to get authors thinking through all the ideas of plot, character, etc., so that participating in a November writing marathon would be simpler, but writing is writing no matter when you do it.
- On a whim, I grabbed Out of Line: Growing Up Soviet off a display as I headed out of the library last week. I was hooked by the back cover that describes the crush the author had on a statue of Young Lenin. It’s a memoir of a childhood in the USSR written for children and teens, and I highly recommend it even to adults. I read it in a day, even standing and stirring the tomato sauce while reading. Sweet and funny and clear.
- Sandra and I were both gripped by the audio version of “Beka Cooper: Terrier”. A rich, detailed setting, a determined young woman, a bit of magic, and crimes that need solving.
Those are enough words for a while. The wind is wild, the clouds are moving in, and the forecast is for rain and melancholy weather. I’m off to do something tactile with a little bit of captured summer.