lily_reads (lily_reads) wrote in bookish,

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Stuff your angst and choke on it...

     Rain. Buckets of it. Rivers of it. Slogging through sidewalk puddles and wringing out my pants at the door kind of rain. If I had wanted to live in Seattle I would BE there, and not in Texas, where there is supposed to be a little more sun and a lot more dry. Not so, while my fingers twitch at the thought of a steaming mug of hot drink to help me swallow these grey day blues. A scribble or two and I enter a haiku in a contest at, the prize being Dave Eggers' book, Zeitoun. My fingers would be crossed but I am typing, and if I wanted that sort of digit-hell I would be using an ergonomic keyboard.
     My attention span is even shorter than usual on days like this, and I wander the house picking up books and setting them down, sighing or snarling, reading a page or a paragraph at most until I settle. Today, I was sucked back into the mad spiral of brilliance that is Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. The latest installment lies just outside my reach at the moment (gathering dust on a bookstore shelf while I debate buying it unread and risking disappointment, since Pratchett post-diagnosis has been discouraging).
     I started off with Witches Abroad, a tale of stories gone awry and witches far from home. (Somehow this led to a naptime dream of  eggplants and lettuce and hovering flies while slow and sleepy elder gods arose when their vegetable offering was consumed by starving peasants...)
     On to Carpe Jugulum...


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