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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 28): 10/28/19

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

I'm continuing to do the daily Inktober drawings, the first time I've made it through an entire October. Below are last week's drawings.

Inktober 20 and 21
Left image: cat in a palm tree. Right image: Pink rose

Inktober 22 and 23
Left image: Half an avocado. Right image: Halloween Hersey's kisses

Inktober 24 and 25
Left image: A yellow onion. Right image: A curious hen

Inktober 26 and 27
Left image: A ninja chicken in a tree. Right image: A rooster in profile

It took one more hour of work to finish "City Lights." Now that it's finished, I"m not sure where I plan to hang it. But it was fun to do!

Abstract painting of streaks of light in different colors
"City Lights" after four hours of work.

I also finished "October 2", the grilled cheese and tomato soup painting that started as an Inktober drawing.

Painting of grilled cheese and tomato soup

Now I"m working on a painting of a cup of ice, again inspired by an Inktober drawing.

Painting of a cup of ice on a blue and white table cloth

On Saturday night we chanced the news of planned power outages and took my husband's parents, who were on a layover between flights, out for a Peruvian meal right on the coast. The restaurant was mostly empty as most people canceled the reservations. They warned us that anything that wasn't cooking by the time the lights went off wouldn't be served. We made it through the entire meal including dessert. We were one of the last people out when they decided to close early at 8PM. Our meal was lovely. On the way home the lights went out.

La Constanera at sunset

Today the winds picked up. There are fires burning to the north and east of us and the air quality is terrible. It smells like smoke. It hurts to breath. It stings the eyes. Much of the areas uphill from us are still without power.

Smoky sunset

What I read:

  • Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell; personal collection / research
  • Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson; personal collection (audio)
  • Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink; personal collection / research
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood; personal collection / research
  • Stargazing by Jen Wang; personal collection
  • Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips; personal collection

What I'm reading:

  • A Kingdom for a Stage by Heidi Heilig; personal collection
  • The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee; personal collection
  • Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger; personal collection
  • (Don't) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen; personal collection

Up Soon:

  • Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai; personal collection
  • Akissi: Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet, Mathieu Sapin (illustrator); personal collection
  • What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr; personal collection
  • BLAME! Master Edition 1 by Tsutomu Nihei, 弐瓶 勉, Melissa Tanaka (Translator); personal collection

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Comment #1: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 14:15:43

cheriee weichel

I love your paintings!
Since I retired I usually only read books from the library. It looks like you have been enjoying some great reads.

Comment #2: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 20:39:00


I will get back to reading from the library eventually.

Comment #3: Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 23:36:25

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

We are also blanketed by smoke here from bushfires.

Wishing you a great reading week, and stay safe!

Comment #4: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 20:41:00


We are thankfully nowhere near the fires. When the wind turns, though, we end up under the smoke. Today the weather was better. Hopefully it will continue to improve.

Comment #5: Monday, October 28, 2019 at 00:16:09

Cheryl Malandrinos

Wow! I haven't visited in a while. Look at all the lovely artwork. You're amazing.

Sorry to hear about the fires out there. I've been watching the news. So scary. Hope you all stay safe.

So many interesting books this week. Hope you enjoy them all.

Comment #6: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 20:43:00


We are safe except for the smoky days. Today was better — actual blue skies!

Comment #7: Monday, October 28, 2019 at 08:14:40

bermudaonion (Kathy)

Your drawings are wonderful! Keep up the good work! Those fires and power outages are scary. Stay safe! I really want to get my hands on Wayward Son.

Comment #8: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 20:44:00


Thank you. I've been having fun with them. We've fortunately not been in any of the outages, but many of our friends have. The fires are well north and east of us. I just posted my review of Wayward Son.

Comment #9: Monday, October 28, 2019 at 09:21:39

Laurel-Rain Snow

I'm glad you got through your lovely dinner before the power outage. It's so sad living in California right now. Enjoy your week

Comment #10: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 20:47:00


We did have a lovely dinner and plan to go back when the weather is better.

Comment #11: Monday, October 28, 2019 at 09:22:45

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

Your paintings are fun, and I love how you are using them to make other work. It is as if you are doing painting practice each day.

(Don't) Call Me Crazy sounds very interesting. Nonfiction, I think. Perfect for Nonfiction November. Have a great week!

Comment #12: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 20:48:00


Most of the artwork is just sketches. Each sketch takes about half an hour to draw and color. The paintings take hours to complete — even the ones that started as sketches.

Yes, (Don't) Call Me Crazy is nonfiction. I'm not actually participating in Nonfiction November. The timing of my reading is coincindental.

Comment #13: Monday, October 28, 2019 at 12:39:48

Beth F

Stay safe!

Comment #14: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 20:51:00


We are. We're in no immediate danger.

Comment #15: Monday, October 28, 2019 at 14:53:10

Kathy Martin

Those planned power outages can't be good for businesses. I do hope they are accomplishing whatever purpose they have. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Comment #16: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 20:52:00


The purpose was to avoid wildfires. That hasn't worked out as planned.

Comment #17: Monday, October, 28, 2019 at 15:00:22


I hope you are doing well with the smoke and the fires. Awful. I love your paintings, especially the cat in a palm tree. Beautiful work! Have a great week!

Comment #18: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 20:54:00


Today's weather was better. What we need now is rain. Most of the artwork is pen and ink sketches. They take half an hour to complete. The paintings take hours to do.

Comment #19: Tuesday, October, 29, 2019 at 09:41:31


Take care during all these smoky days. Stargazing looks fun! I'll have to look for that

Comment #20: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 20:55:00


Stargazing is good. I'll be posting my review on Thursday.

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