Friday, March 28, 2014

A Danish with Danger

The second edition of Scott G. F. Bailey's novel, The Astrologer, is available now!

About the book:

"As long as Denmark looks backward, there will be bloodshed."

It is December of 1601. Soren Andersmann, the Danish royal astrologer, has smuggled a trunk full of poisons, daggers, and a venomous snake into the royal castle at Elsinore. Though Soren knows nothing of the assassin's trade, he has sworn to be the instrument of vengeance. King Christian IV has murdered Soren's mentor and spiritual father, Tycho Brahe, the most famous astronomer the world has seen. Soren will see justice done.

The Astrologer takes us into the world of Europe on the edge of the Renaissance. It is a world ruled by the sword, where civilization is held in place by violence and blind loyalty. The birth of science is still overshadowed by medieval religion, but men are learning to think for themselves. In 1601, a man who thinks for himself is a dangerous man. Soren Andersmann, the astrologer, is becoming a dangerous man.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Outdoor Dinner

One of the perks of having a yard is getting to eat outside. So, last weekend we went shopping for outdoor furniture. We came across a place that advertised Moroccan hand-cut mosaic tile tables. The saleswoman was named Corinne and she had a strong French accent. It's probably this season of House of Cards that's making me feel empowered, but I want to propose a bill that would require the word "turquoise" to always be pronounced with a French accent.

The table arrived yesterday, and we celebrated with some sauteed salmon, rice, green beans, and tiramisu. (Okay, I had the tiramisu and Red had a Nestle drumstick.)  ((Okay, I had tiramisu and a Nestle drumstick, and so did Red.))

At any rate, if any of my blogger pals come to visit on a warm day, we can now enjoy rosemary and thyme pancakes outside...or tea and scones...or Thai barbecue with papaya salad, larb, sticky rice, and chicken marinated in lemongrass and curry powder!  

Our next goal will be to repair the ground beneath the table.

In writing news, I finished the second complete draft of Sister Soul. Draft trois is underway including a substantial revision of the feudal Japan section. I've named my shugo daimyo Akifumi Katamori, and every morning at 4 a.m. he greets his villagers by saying, "I am Akifumi Katamori. I rise before the sun."

What's Peanut eating? Strawberries and green beans.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Grocery List: Books I've Read Multiple Times

There are a few books that I return to over and over and over. Some are breathtaking, and I just want to admire them again. Some confound me, and I return to them to try to better understand what the author was doing. Some comfort me like a bowl of biscuits and gravy.

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (possibly the book I've reread the most times)

Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Light in August by William Faulkner (probably the book I've reread the most times)

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez which should also be on my last list

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (a short story collection)

Open Secrets by Alice Munro (a short story collection)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Lake by Yasunari Kawabata

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

What's Peanut eating? Socks.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Tiny Piece of Fish

Kathy Fish is one of the writer friends I admire most. She is an incredible talent. She writes a lot of flash fiction, and I often find that I can read the same piece by her multiple times and feel the emotion of that piece grow with each reading. Her prose is lovely and subtle, and she mines the complex emotions of our daily lives.

Kathy's latest collection is called Together We Can Bury It, and I missed getting my copy when the first printing came out. Luckily for me, and for the world, The Lit Pub has the collection back in stock! I just ordered my copy.