Instead of writing blog posts, I've been busy with Bookmooch which I rejoined some time in the middle of the night yesterday. I've entered a short list of books that I'm giving away and I've entered a large list of books that I'm looking for. I've already had one person mooch a book from me and I'm in the process of mooching two books. I think it will become the same addictive activity it was before, with the difference that my list of books to give away will stay short so that I'm not going to spend a small fortune on sending books all over the world all at once. I will add new ones to it as I send books off, that way I keep things under control a bit. I hope that's how it will work out anyway. I know which mistakes I made before and I'll try not to make them again.
I'm now about to drink my second cup of coffee. It's not so very early in the morning for a change. I did sleep till a halfway decent time. I finished "The Drowning Season" by Alice Hoffman last night and I must say that it turned out to be a better book than I thought it was when I was about halfway through it. I started to lose interest in it, because I stopped being caught by it. I thought she was rambling and losing hold of the story, but I kept hanging in there and the ending was superb. I read it in one fell swoop. I've now started reading "Local Girls" which is also a novel by her and am enjoying it so far. It's written with a far different voice and in a totally different tempo, as if this is her true style. I do know one thing, though. I have to reserve judgment on a book until I've completely finished it. It can be full of surprises and you don't know the total effect of it on you until the end.
I've ordered two thrillers by Kathy Reichs. "Bones to Ashes" and "Deja Dead." Because the main character in them is a forensic anthropologist, I'm very fond of these books. I love the science in them and I figured out what happened to one of the murder victim's bodies before it was disclosed. I thought that was pretty savvy of me. No doubt I've watched a lot of thrillers on TV with that kind of science in them. The public gets smart.
I'm mooching two thrillers by Elizabeth George. One mooch has been accepted. I'm waiting to hear about the other one.
My reluctance to go to the creative classes has to do with the fact that they are at the psychiatric clinic and that all the people in the classes will have a psychiatric disorder. I think it is time that I get away from all of that. It is time for me to surround myself with 'ordinary' people. I don't always want to have to deal with people who have an extensive instruction booklet. They are easy people to get to know in that setting, but they are hard people to make friendships with because of their peculiarities and do I really want to? I would like to surround myself with people who have ordinary problems that aren't overwhelming and weird. I'm no longer identifying with psychiatric patients and don't want all my conversations to be about those sorts of problems.
I haven't figured out what the alternative is going to be. I wish there was a halfway solution that didn't immediately throw me in the deep end, but that is where I may have to go. I have to look into the regular circuit and see what's available. I know I don't want to go through life as a sick individual and identify with sick people. I don't want them to be my role models.
It's only going to be 17C today and we're expecting a lot of rain. I have to walk Tyke while it's still dry, although the sky looks threatening now. There's a cold wind blowing as well and I will definitely have to wear a jacket and a warm scarf. Tyke is snoring on the coffee table and oblivious of everything. Gandhi is asleep on the sofa and equally oblivious, but she doesn't have to go out.
First I have to make cigarettes. I do have my priorities straight.
Have a terrific Sunday.