Sunday Musings: To grok is divine
Sundays are my reading and writing days (but no ‘rithmatic, because I just don’t math, okay?). If I’m really lucky, hubby will bring me breakfast in bed, or at least a cup of tea, while I snuggle up in my PJs, reading, writing, or musing about both. How do you spend your (lazy) Sundays?
Naomi Foyle’s Astra has such a wonderfully vivid style, and I love the time she spends painting her world—especially since she’s doing so through the eyes of a very young child. Still, I’m looking forward to the story moving on from this point, as I don’t yet know what the purpose of all this is; what is the conflict/drama?
Meaning “to understand,” I learned of the word from a friend, but hadn’t put much thought into reading the source material. After sharing it on Google+, I was pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of people were familiar with the term, as well as the book, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein, while others simply liked the word, like I did, and incorporated it into their vocabulary. Now that I’m listening to the audiobook, I am amused to find that “grok” is used constantly—initially by the main character, the man from Mars—but its use is not annoying. As Valentine Michael Smith attempts to grok all the different and difficult aspects of earth life, it’s fun and fascinating to grok humanity, in the process.
I’m also reading Stranger in a Strange Land as part of my newest Worlds Without End reading challenge, My Bucket List. As if I didn’t have enough reading challenges at WWE, but I’m still working through all those books beside my bed, including the ones I’ve added to this list, which focuses on older, influential writers in the speculative fiction genre.
Oh I’ve seen the announcement for Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited. Lots of authors and readers are sounding off for better or worse, but I’ve mostly been ignoring the chatter. Why? Well because (A) $9.99 per month for a not so unlimited selection doesn’t sound like much of a deal to me. (B) I have more than enough books on my library wish list, and, between that and the books I already own, I am happily supplied for a long time. And (C) I’m Canadian. The deal doesn’t work for me anyway.
I’m working on a few stories, editing a few others, distracted by a few more. Maybe one day I will actually focus on one of these things and get them published. In the mean time, I will amuse myself with my newest writer distraction, The Worst Muse:
Corgis are hot these days, right? What about, like, werecorgis? Edgy, urban werecorgis looking for love in all the wrong places.
— The Worst Muse (@WorstMuse) July 7, 201