In which linkity celebrates the installation of new windows


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Reading Update
A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L Bird. Very good tale, written in a series of letters to her sister in England, of Isabella Lucy Bird’s extensive (and mostly solitary) travels in the Colorado Rocky Mountains during the late summer and fall of 1873. I am in complete awe of her – I’m pretty sure I would’ve curled up into a little ball and refused to continue once the temperature plummeted! And I enjoyed her compulsively readable style enough that I will definitely read more of her travels, some of which you can find at Project Gutenberg.
A Year in the Life: Journaling for Self-Discovery by Sheila Bender. Meh. Disappointing book about the benefits of journaling, complete with a year of rather contrived journaling prompts. As I first read, then skimmed, I kept muttering to the author, “Do your own work. Do your own work.” I’m not sure there was a single page on which the author didn’t quote from or refer to another writer and it quickly became very, very annoying.
Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives by Louise DeSalvo. DNF. I made it about 35% (into Part Two) before I put it down and decided I didn’t want to bother reading more. I found Part One weirdly off-putting as the author repeated over and over, in slightly different and not-so-different ways, what the Exact Specific Only Type Of Writing That Is Therapeutic was.
Creative Journal Writing: The Art and Heart of Reflection by Stephanie Dowrick. The title sums it up well. 🙂 This is a book that I’ll have close by when I’m feeling stuck and need some inspiration – there are thoughtful, thought-provoking exercises throughout and a list of 125 helpful prompts at the end.
Note to Self: On Keeping a Journal and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Samara O’Shea. Only made it to page 32 before I gave up. It just felt obnoxiously self-absorbed to me, in a way I couldn’t relate to at all. It has been donated to the nearest Little Free Library.
Learn Watercolour Quickly by Hazel Soan. Perhaps a bit too quickly…

“I’m blaming you for how scary and disruptive getting the new windows installed was!!” -Mayhem

6 thoughts on “In which linkity celebrates the installation of new windows”

  1. I’ve read the Rocky Mountains book, but forgot all about it. I’ll have to look at the others. And I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry about the comparison of science writers.

  2. “unintelligible message is sent out into the void because someone’s pet cat walked across their keyboard. message is interpreted as a marriage proposal.” – LOL yes!! Someone please write this one!

    I had a go at map Pac-Man, not very successfully! 🙂

  3. I smiled a bit when I saw the Learn Watercolour Quickly book on your reading list. I’ve had a little go at watercolour and have a little set of paints to try again. I think I’ll be doing it slowly! I’ve tried collage recently and enjoy that.

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