Yeah, I know that I've been gone awhile again. Remember that virus that laid me out? Well, ya see, for some reason that crazy assed virus got to comfy living in me, and wouldnt move on. For the most part, I've been sofa surfing and bed lounging. Long dark days where I slept more than was awake. Long nights of no sleep, my longest stretch was 28 hours and then only napped for 3 hours, and was up again for over 24.
Part of the issue is I have a compromised immune system which is worsened by the cold. Yeah, lucky me huh? It's been a bit warmer of late, and so I'm feeling a bit better, don't know how long it will last, but one must enjoy every morsel, yeah?
So, what occupied my waking hours? Hmm, lets see......ok I watched way way to much tv. I watched so much of Mythbusters, my all time favorite show, next to Star Trek, that I can tell in what order certain scenes were filmed. How? Well, some by the size of Kari's tummy the year she was preggers. By the healing of scrapes and burns, and ultimately wardrobe. No, really! But one must watch episode after episode to see what order the clips were filmed.
I've read loads. No, let me repeat that, I read LOADS AND LOADS.......there that's better! I'm what most people would classify as an eclectic reader, and most of the books I read are e-books. Why? Well, many of the inks and glues burn my hands, however a more precise view honestly is, what bookstore is open at 2 am? Exactly, none are, but Kindle and iBooks never close! Whoo-hoo!! Books available 24 hours a day! Now that is my idea of heaven on earth.
Here are just a few from my "hit" parade.
"the kids from nowhere" The Story Behind the Arctic Educational Miracle by George Guthridge
George drags his family to an extremely remote corner of Alaska, and yeah I hear what you're thinking, and yes they can see Russia from their house on a clear day. Schools as a whole in Alaska are rather dismal, but schools in villages are the absolute dregs. We get the teachers that no one else will take, the fresh faced kids right out of a large school from the 'states' who think teaching in Alaska will be.....sigh "romantic". But every so often we capture a rare gem, and George is the rarest of the rare, he battled the other teachers to prove these kids were teachable. Found ways to reach these kids who scholarship was just a waiting time until their real lives could start, where school honestly to them was a monumental waste of time. These kids are all ESL (English as a second language) who had grave issues writing in English, as Yupik is arranged differently than English. George was tossed into teaching a class on Future Problem Solving, without any resources or experience, and in two years took two groups to the nationals, and won fighting against enormous odds. Before you have a chance to think, "ahh, one of those pat myself on the back books", no no George is quite clear that while he pushed them forward, it was the kids who were motivated to win. The first year they wanted to win because they knew they would be the only Eskimo team competing in Anchorage, and wanted the chance to prove they were more than whale hunters, the second year they wanted to score better to show that their last placement wasn't a fluke.
Dragon's path by Daniel Abraham
I adore Josh's writing, and haven't found anything he's written that I haven't loved. What is it about his writing that draws me? Hmm.....his word usage, his playfully smart dialog, and his everyman characters. He is to use a rarely used term, witty.
My first introduction to his work was the Adrien English Series. Adrien is a owner of a mystery bookstore who keeps getting drawn into murder investigations, the first of which because he was a "person of interest" to the police, and was afraid if he didnt investigate he would be railroaded straight to jail. As the case unfolds a very unlikely romance develops between Adrien and Jake. Jake is everything that Adrien hates, a closeted man, but something about Jake gets under Adrien's skin. Adrien has a mom that worries about him non-stop as Adrien has a bum ticker, and is honestly not healthy. As Adrien works his way through the murder of his high school best friend and more currently employee, he fights with his mom about moving back home, works to keep the store staffed, and tries to figure out what to do about Jake. There be sex here, but unlike many m/m books tis a book that includes sex as a normal part of Adrien's life, not a word porn book with just enough plot to hang a story on.
Take The Lead by Johnny Diaz
dancing improves some of the issues Parkinson's patients have, and while exploring the dance class he begins to crush on the dance teacher, Adam.
Ooku: The Inner Chambers by Fumi Yoshinaga
And if you were curious as to just how dark it is in the winter here during the day? Well, we havent yet approached the darkest day yet, but it sure feels like it.
This was taken at 2:30 pm. Yeah just a typical day here in the frozen north. If I think about it, I'll do a picture tomorrow at noon, yeah?
See y'all soon!