Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday....musings? August 28

The things that feel summery-y for me are coming to an end: our summer hours at work, which end after this week; vacation for school kids; college kids moving into the dorms; a kind of shift in the weather from muggy heat to tolerable heat; the farm in full harvest mode.

We went camping this weekend, and it was really perfect; I finished Ship Fever which was unbelievable. I love historical short fiction in a way I don't always love short fiction generally -- and while a few of Barrett's stories were too neat, the titular story was un-believable. I'm currently in the throes of Damon Galgut's Arctic Summer, which was a free range reading find, and now confirms I'm just going to browse the library or catalog subject index until a title or book cover catches my attention. (I'm still struggling to finish Middlemarch for my 9/21 bookclub!)

Inspired by Andi of Estella's Revenge, I'm starting to think a little more -- creatively -- about what I want to do with this blog, and what I want from it. I still want to track and reflect on my reading, but i might try less formal reviews (and as I'm doing less book tours, that won't impact things there). I'm really intrigued by the idea of vlogging but am self-conscious, so we'll see what happens. Ultimately, I'm craving connection and feeling like I'm not there right now -- neither giving nor getting -- and I can't tell if book blogging is just not the place for it/me or if I'm just not doing it right. (I don't mean "right" but, you know, right-in-a-manner-that-invites-connection-and-community.)

For a variety of reasons, while I'm still passionate for historical fiction, I feel pretty disconnected from the community -- my major work conference overlaps the Historical Novel Society's conference, so I can't really attend -- and the low-grade drama that exists around book reviewing has really exhausted me that I'm skittish about working with new-to-me authors.

I've really gotten back to my "woo woo" roots, so to speak, and have done some deep diving into one of my longest passions, tarot. I plan to blog a bit more about that -- as well as other kitchen witchery endeavors. I've been reading tarot since I was 16 or so -- so 20 years now! -- and I've amassed a massive collection of decks. But I'd stalled out on serious study for more than a few years, and I'm grateful I'm being called back to this place of meditation, reflection, and musing. I've been back-and-forth-ing about starting a new blog for this stuff, but honestly, I can't manage that -- and my Instagram seems to hold many various themes so why not here?

TL;DR: biographical novel about E.M. Forster's thwarted attempts at gay love is so good; blog not so good; tarot a forgotten favorite. How do you keep book blogging fun and nurture the community you've found?

1 comment :

  1. So excited that you're in this headspace, too! It's nice and rejuvenating to bounce ideas around, so feel free to hit me up any time for more blog-talk. I'm excited to learn more about tarot. I have a few friends who are into it, but I feel like I'm still more or less in the dark! And you might surprise yourself if you try vlogging. I was really self-conscious when I started, but I think seeing myself on camera has helped me be less self conscious. It's a process. :)