First, last week’s winners are: Bev Evanger and Linda Wilson–congratulations to both of you. Everybody else: there’s a new contest starting today, so never fear. All you need to do is comment, and new winners will be chosen, notified via email in advance, and announced next Monday, right here on this blog. There are some pretty similar names in our bunch, so keep in mind: if you don’t get an email from Super Jen, you didn’t win.
As for the recent sketchiness in my blogging schedule, well, I think it’s just summer craziness that prevents me from sitting down to commune with you on an everyday basis. That is still my goal, to blog 5 days per week, I mean, and I am definitely making the effort. It’s not even an effort, actually, because I love shooting the breeze with all you Parablites out there. I just seem to be stuck in low gear lately–odd, because I don’t feel depressed or anything like that. In fact, I love my life–I’m so grateful that I get to live it! My doctor and I are phasing out my ADD meds and eventually the anti-depressant, too–they just seem to drain away all my creative juice and, frankly, I’d lots rather deal with the symptoms than this strange inertia…
On the listening/reading front, I listened to Linwood Barclay’s new book, NO SAFE HOUSE, in it’s entirety over the weekend. I really enjoy his novels, so I was delighted to find a fresh one on the Audible.com website. I’m still studying THE COURSE IN MIRACLES, and loving every discovery-filled minute of it–I’ve found some podcasts related to the Course, and will share them here in another blog. (At the moment, my iPod, where the information is stored, is in some other part of the house. I will say that most of them are actually programs from Unity Online Radio.) I continue to enjoy Jim Harold’s Campfire podcast, and the Paranormal Report, also his–I’m such a fan of his material, in fact, that I’m a member of Harold’s Plus Club, which means I have access to some 800 different shows. Another find in the world of podcasts is Real Ghost Stories Online–it’s a good one. There are a great many programs of this type on offer, but I’m pretty picky. I need a very good narrator, for one one thing–a bad one can cause me to hit the ‘delete’ button in a nanosecond. I’ve found a few books downright impossible to listen to for just that reason, and soldiered through a few others because the author is a friend or the story is extra engaging. Having finished Barclay’s latest, I’m now well into DOLLBABY, a novel set in 1960s New Orleans, and it is GREAT. Again, I don’t have the author’s name handy, but its a current release and should be easy to find. My question: why aren’t there MORE books like this one?
PS-My weigh-in at Weight Watchers might have been discouraging, since I supposedly gained 2.6 big ones without changing the way I eat, etc. Given that I LOST 3.6 the week before, I figure it was some kind of leveling-out—this happens often. Nothing to do but forge ahead.