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text 2017-09-24 11:57
Reading progress update: I've read 170 out of 288 pages.
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards

I'm hitting the sections now that interest me less:  police, politics, although the scientific mysteries chapter had a few more titles to add to the list.  

 

 

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text 2017-09-23 09:17
Reading progress update: I've read 131 out of 288 pages.
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards

I'm through the first 10 chapters and there are a few titles I'm definitely going to hunt down, including (but not limited to), Case for Three Detectives by Leo Bruce, and Murder in Black and White by Evelyn Elder.  The former because I love humour and the latter because the format intrigues me, with the chance to solve the mystery myself.

 

Edwards writing stopped tripping me up; either it has smoothed out, or, and this is more likely, I just got used to it.  But his chapter openings cram so many titles and authors together, I often lose track of who's who and what's what.  Thank god for indices.

 

 

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text 2017-09-22 11:39
Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 288 pages.
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards

I know this is a British vs. American English thing, and I'm not suggesting at all that one is more or less correct than the other, but Edwards habit of referring to authors as founder members is driving me a little bonkers.  It's so clunky when I try to read it in my head; I want it to say founding member.  My brain tries to make it so, but my eyes trip over the discrepancy and I keep getting distracted.

 

Of course not so distracted that I'm not finding books and more books to add to my TBR lists...

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text 2017-09-20 18:26
Summer's over; back to work

Even though it's 86 degrees before 10:00 a.m., temperatures are really cooling off here in central Arizona, and that means my fall and winter art show season is heating up.  With less than three weeks to my first show, it's time to get myself to work.

 

I have most of my Halloween Bingo books read, with just six (plus the Free Space) to go, and for the most part I've chosen longer but more likely enjoyable books to fill out the squares.  These are books that can be read at leisure, with less fear of DNFing just because I get interrupted!

 

So today I'm going to dedicate my efforts  toward making more stock.

 

As some of you know, I like to play with rocks.  Little rocks, not big ones.  Some I buy at rock and gem shows, but most I actually go out in the desert and find myself.

 

 

If you know the right places, sometimes the really neat rocks are just lying there waiting for you to pick them up!  It may look big, but that piece was only about 3 inches long.  It's pink chalcedony, a form of quartz, and actually quite common.  Though not particularly rare or valuable, it does make nice jewelry when cut and polished.  That's what I do after collecting them -- I cut them on a saw made specifically for cutting rocks, then I polish them, then I wrap them in sterling silver or gold-filled wire.

 

 

That's a piece of white chalcedony that I call Angel Feather Agate.  It has a void, or vug, in the middle that's filled with little tiny crystals.

 

Today I'm playing with a piece of what is probably Brazilian agate, part of an estate collection I acquired a few years ago. 

 

 

 

The red color is natural; the white is actually the crystal center of the agate nodule, which doesn't show up too clearly on an indoor photo.  Outside in the sunshine, it sparkles!

 

If I manage to collect enough discipline today, I'll finish the wire wrapping and have this piece ready for my first show on 8 October.  Guess I'd better start looking for some scattered pieces of that discipline; I'm sure I have a bunch of scraps lying around the house somewhere . . . .

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review 2017-09-20 15:56
Podcast #70 is up!
The General's Niece: The Little-Known de Gaulle Who Fought to Free Occupied France - Paige Bowers

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it I interview Paige Bowers about her new biography of Geneviève de Gaulle, who worked to help her uncle from inside occupied France. Enjoy!

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