Queue You

AlchemyFor some reason or other I’ve gotten into the habit of reading things in queues. In my mind I say, “okay after this book, I’ll read this one, and then this…” And for some reason if I break that order I feel guilty or frustrated or otherwise confused. My current order is something like this: I’m reading The Dubliners by Joyce now. After that it’s going to be Issue #33 of Not One of Us, followed by Alchemy (Seen at left. these were given away free at Readercon, which I find spectacular), then it’s Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Telling, which I also bought at Readercon. Then there’s the much anticipated Magic For Beginners by Kelly Link. I forgot to have Kelly sign her story “Stone Animals” which will appear in The Best American Short Stories. After that it’s the latest Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristelet (#16) and then I can finally get back to finishing my collection of Poe stories. But I suspect that won’t be for a while.

Jello!What would be a better housewarming gift than a nice bowl of Jello? Seen at right is a scan from my latest Jello suggestion book, The New Joys of Jell-O which was the much anticpated sequel to The Joys of Jell-O, also in my collection. I’ll probably read this one after Poe.

In other news, the space shuttle will be launching again after a two year hiatus. We wish them the best of luck, safety, and speed. And, while we’re talking about space, check out this picture of the Trapezium. I know it’s false color, but it just reeks of beauty.

Finally, I would be remiss to not mention and thank heartily, Drew Morse and John Benson, publisher of Not One of Us for selling Sybil’s Garage at their dealer table. Many thanks!