This week in reading wasn’t a complete fail but it sure did feel like it. I’m close to finishing one book, halfway through another, and also managed to binge read 100-some episodes of a web comic (it took two days but it was so worth it….web comics are strangely addictive, oh no.) Anyway, I didn’t technically finish any books this past week so wee!
Part of the problem is my anxiety/depression is rearing its ugly head again and although I’ve been doing my best to keep it at bay, sometimes it can’t be helped. Too much anxiety freezes me up, and then there’s all sorts of feelings (mostly crushing disappointment in myself) at being frozen and unable to do things and then it becomes a self-fueling cycle. So THAT’S fun. At this stage in my life I’ve just gotten used to living with this and I know eventually this will pass, just gotta ride it out.
Anywho, there are a ton of things I’m behind on that I feel guilty for.
- Blog hopping (I’m so sorry, I feel really guilty about this)
- r/fantasy modcast editing
- my sewing project
But of course this weekend I just laid around the house all day in a funk because of the malaise. The malaise! (Gosh, Lisa, why are you so dramatic, just get over yourself already.) My husband did push me to go out for a short walk with him around the neighborhood on Saturday thinking that would help (bless him, it did not) and then on Sunday we did social distancing Mother’s Day and stopped by my in-law’s yard to see them and give my mother-in-law her gift. It was a beautiful day on Sunday so I sat on my porch and tried to read (but kept getting distracted watching birds, but at least the weather was nice!).
We have yet another amazing week of events over on r/fantasy so please stop by and chat with some of our guests! Or if you miss it then just check out the discussions later, there have been a lot of great ones so far with the panels so I definitely recommend checking those out if you haven’t already.
- Tuesday May 12th – Heroes & Villains Panel – Brigid Kemmerer, John P. Murphy, Michael R Underwood, Rebecca Roanhorse, Sarah Beth Durst, Sarah Gailey
- Thursday May 14th – Path to Publication Panel – Anne Perry, L. Penelope, Martha Wells, Nibedita Sen, Devin Madson, Evan Winter
- Saturday May 16th – SFF in Translation Panel – Julia Hersey, Rachel Cordasco, Ra Page, Basma Ghalayini, Yuri Machkasov
- Monday May 11th – R.B. Lemberg
- Tuesday May 12th – Arkady Martine
- Wednesday May 13th – Sheree Renee Thomas
- Thursday May 14th – C.M. Carney
- Friday May 15th – Jodie Bond
- Saturday May 16th – Jennifer Brody & Jules Rivera
I’ll admit I kept picking up The Absinthe Earl by Sharon Lynn Fisher and then putting it down again the entire week. Not even a page in! I just…didn’t feel like reading this, apparently. But Finally on Saturday I buckled down and started to read it and by Sunday was more than halfway through. Should definitely be finishing this one up early this week–now that I’m into it things are going much more smoothly.
I’m also SUPER close to finishing Blood Debt by Tanya Huff, I only have about an hour left to the audio. Not sure why I didn’t try to finish this up last week except, well, I just wasn’t in the mood I guess. (That’s a running theme.)
I’m also planning on reading Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker with art by Wendy Xu. This should be a cute and light read, just what I need. Also since I seem to be in a comics mood this should hit the spot.
I don’t know if I’ll read anything else this week (probably will at least start a new audio, maybe the last DFZ book by Rachel Aaron since that just came out). We’ll see how things go. Hopefully will get some reading mojo back this week and maybe my podcast editing mojo back as well because stuff is overdue, whoops. What are you reading this week? Leave a note in the comments, would love to chat!
8 thoughts on “This Week in Reading: Zero Books Finished + r/Fantasy Virtual Con Schedule”
I’m sorry your struggling right now, I’m also feeling blah about everything. I’m starting get depressed because we still don’t know if my kids will be able to even go back to school in the fall. I HATE all the uncertainty. Hang in there, Lisa🥰
Thanks Tammy. Since I always am cycling through depression/anxiety I’m not sure if it’s just my usual or if the current situation is exacerbating things (I suspect a bit of both). It’s tough right now! Part of my just wants to give up all my extracurriculars and hide in bed for a few days but then the rational part of me is like ‘well that won’t solve anything’ and so I’m just trying to push through. Wishing the best for all of us! *hugs*
I hope you have a great reading week!
Thanks, Evelyn, you too!
I totally feel that. I kept trying to be productive this weekend, but I really just wanted make croissants and watch Netflix, and honestly, I did that, and it was great.
Sometimes you just have to take some time to relax, nothing wrong with that. My only problem is not feeling guilty about all the stuff I should be doing instead of relaxing lol. 🙂
Yeah, probably not much consolation but I think we’re all on this slippery slope together and it feels, well, slippery. I’ve been promising myself I’d do all sorts of things but then don’t get round to doing them. And I do feel guilty also but we should try not to – it is what it is.
Yes, same here. I did take a day off work and actually managed to read half a SFF book and finish my sewing project one Wednesday so I’m calling that a win. Good luck to us all!