Saturday, April 30, 2005

Capturing April musings and reading recommendations

Spring is a great time for new beginnings. We have a new house (probably - it still needs to inspect and all that silly stuff that goes with home buying), a new bicycle for Toni to put in the house, and it's finally daylight savings time. That matters to a Seattleite who's wonderful to come home and have time to actually do something. Even if that something will probably be pack for the next few weeks...

It seems that more people are interested in the future these days...a hopeful sign! I normally do more writing than speaking, but both activities are picking up. Here's hoping that's a positive sign about the future. Curiosity is usually a good thing...or at least it beats dread, which seemed to have been the watchword last winter. So here's to a great spring.

I'm beginning to get excited about BUILDING HARLEQUIN'S MOON, which I wrote with Larry Niven (a wonderful writer, teacher, and friend). It comes out in June from Tor Books, and that mean I'll be able to hold it in my hands sometime soon, and go into bookstores and buy it....which will be one of those lifelong dream realized kind of activities.

Reading Recommendation
Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
A surprisingly wonderful work. Most of my reading is either genre fiction or science or the web. I picked this up on the recommendation of a friend of mine who also loves words, and who told this was the best book she had read this year. It's very lyrical and very fun, with a soft tension that draws you right through. Eugenides takes on a very touchy and brave subject, but that actually ends up being simply background - the real joy in reading this book is its delightful and well-drawn characters and beautiful prose style.


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