Hello LJ (or Dreamwidth)! Long time no see! Or write, at least. I do read here, honest. But then so long goes past without posting that I feel overwhelmed by having too many things to say.
Since it's Wednesday, I will say that I have recently read the first three "Rivers of London" books by Ben Aaronovich -- the short version is that I really enjoyed them, but will wait to read the fourth until the kindle edition goes on sale. I think I like the Rivers themselves the best. I would happily read a book that was all about the Rivers.
I'm currently reading Bernard de Soto, 1846: The Year of Decision
, which is as you might imagine about that year, and particularly the Mexican-American War and thus the annexation of California and the rest of the Pacific coast and most of the Southwest. I'm enjoying it although it's also quite a strange read, because this is history I'm sure I ought
to know, except that the only California history I can actually remember learning began with the Gold Rush. It's also a strange read because de Soto's prejudices are everywhere in the text, and the book is a passionate defense of Manifest Destiny. Passionate for historiography, anyway, and in a very old-fashioned way.
I took a month-long vacation from tumblr, and found that I didn't much miss it; I've looked at my dash a couple of times since coming home but am not sure I'll go back to it full-time. If only I could find ASOIAF meta on LJ/DW as well! Until then I guess I can't give it up altogether.
While at home I also found a whole stash of stuff relating to my first phase of fandom, back in 1987-92: zines, letterzines, photographs from MediaWest, roleplay in letters and newsletters. Scary stuff, I tell you, but some of it made me quite happy to read through -- long letters from zine editors and fannish friends, most of whom were much older than I. Wow, remember when people wrote letters to fan authors they liked? And got responses? What on earth would happen if we started doing that again?
And finally: the weed-tree in the garden is producing apples in quantity this year, but they are unbelievably sour, almost like eating lemons. I have no idea what I'm going to do with them. All the apples seem sour so far, but I think they just need more time; the blackberries are already getting sweet.This entry has also been posted at http://vaznetti.dreamwidth.org/38116.html, where it has comments. Please comment here or there, as you like.