An author and blogger friend of mine, T. L. Knighton, has posted an article on his blog from author Kenton Kilgore who has promised 100% of the proceeds from the December 2015 sales of Kenton’s book Dragontamer’s Daughters, newly revised and re-released earlier this year, to the non-profit DIGDEEP. Here is the link to Tom’s blog. It has all the links to Kenton’s blog and more about DIGDEEP’s Navajo Water Project. The Kindle book is only $2.99, folks.
Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
At the beginning of the story, the narrator is a five-year-old child and I was impressed at how the author captured the tone and syntax perfectly. I felt as if I were listening to a child relate the tale of being bullied by her uncle and cousins, being called bad blood and cursed. The innocent honesty shone through. As the story progresses and the narrator, our heroine ‘Eff’ (which we eventually find out stands for Francine) matures and so does the tone and style of her narration. The plain honesty and inner dialogue are still there, but the language matures and so does the character’s insight. The people around Eff are well-fleshed and well-written. Some are more simple than others, just as in real life. The assumption of everyone using and having magic (except the Rationalists), incorporating it into daily life and everything around them, is not a fresh idea, but well-done in this story and well blended into the history of the story world. The foreshadowing of further developments in the series looks promising. I am a fan of Wrede’s work anyway. I can’t wait to see what Eff, William, and Lan get up to next.
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Migraines are such a pain in more than the head. I have ended up in the ER twice in a week with them. The first was the “my-brain-is-trying-to-explode-through-my-left-eye-and-take-all-the-muscles-in-my-neck-with-it” type. The ER doc gave me a new protocol of Benadryl, Reglan, and Dexamethadrone. It worked great. It unkinked a few things to the point where I was able to sleep more than 4-5 hours in a 24-hour period. Of course, it was still in 2-3 hour blocks, but there were more than 2 of them in a given day. Progress. The second was the more-usual-for-me-lately “my-eyes-are-going-to-pop-out-like-a-zit-because-there-is-a-vise-wrapped-around-my-skull-and-the-pressure-needs-somewhere-to-go” variety. This time I got shots of Ativan and Toradol, because the first cocktail was designed to provide relief for a month or so.
As I told my psych at my med check yesterday, I think I have an impacted sinus infection. Even with using my Flonase every day, I can’t breathe through my nose. I have fluid crackling in my ears half the time, often draining out of my right ear. I don’t care if the docs never see any redness or inflammation when they look. I can hear the sloshing. SJ thinks that may be the increase of some of my hallucination problems, too. I’m more concerned about the visual ones increasing than about the auditory ones, and I know the olfactory ones are migraine related. They always have been. And now my upper chest is starting to fill up and I am developing a cough. I am not a hypochondriac and I don’t google symptoms, but something is wrong.
Basically, I am waiting for the recall notice from the Manufacturer. “Even so.”
Of all the things I am thankful for, my salvation must take the top spot, but where things fall from there is a turkey shoot. My cats, my relative health, my living conditions, my relative mental status, my comfort, my stability, my family, my friends, my rediscovered joy in cooking, my writing, my freedoms as an American. All these gifts from God that surround me and that I know could be taken at the blink of an eye, I am so thankful for.
William Bradford giving thanks at the first thanksgiving by Jennie Brownscombe.
There are some nice people bring me a Thanksgiving meal today since I don’t really have family to celebrate with. Brother #1 is probably working at the car dealership and Sister-in-law #1 wouldn’t go out if her way to come get me. Everyone else is out of state. I’ll probably do some phone calling later.
Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!