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Haven’t updated in a long while. So, got out and skimmed the pool. Trying to do this every day but not always succeeding. So that was exercise plus time in the sun (need that vit D). It’s 9000 degrees here and the air quality sucks so I’m actually avoiding spending a lot of time outside at the moment. When monsoon season kicks in, I’ll probably go spend time on the patio post deluge when the air is clear and stuff. Hope it happens soon but the forecast for the short term is just very sunny and very hot.

I’ve also taken to dancing around the living room for exercise. The birds really don’t like my taste in music though.

Been having pretty bad pain levels in my right hand, right hip and lower back. Not sure why but hopefully, more movement will ease things. Or I resort to drugs.

I think I posted somewhere about taking classes to try to keep my brane engaged. I started with a full slate but quickly realized that I was being unrealistic and setting myself up for failure. So, I now only have Art History which I am enjoying quite a lot.

I managed to read yesterday!  I devoured an entire book in a few hours.  It was great.  My review is here: Flowers of Luna by Jennifer Linsky

Plus I’ve watched the Black Panther Teaser Trailer many, many, many times.  I’ve also watched a slew of blerd reactions videos.  I. Can. NOT. Wait!  So excited for this.  I really want to make a Dora Milaje costume.

Actually, I’ve gotten the urge to Make.  I created a crafty things wishlist on Amazon here.

Well, that’s it.  Still not sleeping well.  Still anxiously stressed about money.  Still overwhelmed by the news of the day.  Still overwhelmed by all that needs doing around the house.

But I have an adorable kitten and a wonderful, cuddly cat who purr and frolic.

Finn and Pete

 

 

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Book Review!

In other news, I am still reading! I finished The Between by Lisa Cohen. Highly recommended if you enjoy Faerie stories/YA urban fantasy. Wonderfully drawn characters, an exciting plot full of action, emotion, magic! It’s really all about family which is my particular passion.

Anyway, go get a copy and enjoy!

I’m also reading Star Wars: Tales from the Empire which has good and not quite as good stories. My friend, Angela P. Wade wrote my favorite story in this anthology called “Slaying Dragons ” It is a sweet tale starring a brilliant young woman. I recommend it plus her original stories.

Find out more about Lisa here: http://www.ljcohen.net

And Angela here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/551124

Tools from my Coping Box

Those of us with major depression (and I imagine, other mental health issues) build a Coping Box for those times when our brain weasels run rampant.  One of the tools in mine is reading.  I love to read.  It brings me joy and escape and sometimes deep ponderings.  I mostly read speculative fiction aka SF&F.

Sadly, one of the side effects of my depression is the lack of focus so sometimes, I am unable to actually sit and read an entire novel.  I do enjoy short stories and those are wonderful and useful for when I need a few moments of enjoyment and/or a brief flight of fantasy.  I find it easier these days to handle a tablet and read an ebook than to pick up a hardcopy book.  This also saddens me because I love the physical feel of a book in my hand and turning each page.  Also, the smell!  Especially old, much loved and worn books.

Besides the wonders of short story anthologies and magazines, I have also turned to podcasts to get my fix.  My first was Escape Pod which is focused on science fiction short stories.  The founder of that podcast then added one for fantasy called PodCastle and one for horror called Pseudopod.  Recently added to this wonderful family for fiction is the podcast Cast of Wonders  which is for YA sf/f.    Others I have in regular rotation are: The Drabblecast which is Strange Stories, By Strange Authors, for Strange Listeners, Clarkesworld Podcast a podcast of selections from Clarkesworld Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine Podcast a podcast of selections from Lightspeed Magazine, Kaleidocast a podcast of wonderfully diverse sff stories!  There are many, many more.

So for folks like me who enjoy reading, you may want to try short stories, audiobooks and/or podcasts to work around those stupid focus tricks depression plays on you.