This week, we went from hot, humid and uncomfortable to cold and windy. We got the very edges of Hurricane Michael, which meant lots of rain. I was in my car, waiting for the light to change. Rain started to come down so hard that I thought it was hailing!
We didn’t get any damage, though we always have a problem with flooding. There are a lot of streams in the area, including one that marks the boundary of George Washington’s property. I might take a short hop over to that one and see how bad it is. But it really is cold enough to be uncomfortable, and my heat is not yet turned on.
But I did manage a trip to the county library sale this week.
I like looking for research books rather than fiction. I also try for writing craft books, but I appear to have exhausted the supply (I suspect the ones I got two years ago have been waiting for a home for a long time). I look for:
- Hollywood (TV and 1940s)
The last two are generally hard to find. There are books, but not necessarily ones that will be useful for me.
In no particular order, this is what I got:
- The Andy Griffith Show by Richard Kelly (I can’t seem to help it after going to Nostalgia Con. I just want to find out more).
- Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach (an interesting find in the science section)
- Glued to the Set: The 60 Television Series and Events that Made Us Who We Were, by Steven D. Stark (and somewhat dated by current events; Cosby Show is listed, but it’s likely the show will never been seen again).
- Ethel Merman by Brian Kellow
- The Star Trek Compendium by Allan Asherman
- Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony’s Long Romance with the Left by Ronald Radosh and Allis Radosh
- Warner Presents: The Most Exciting Years–From The Jazz Singer to White Heat, by Ted Sennett
And some other news. I mentioned that I was appearing as a panelist at Chessiecon. I now have the panel names!
- How Not to Get Published
- Real Life Military vs SF/F
- The Effect of Catastrophic Events on Literature
- Time Management for the Overachieving Creator
- Put a Pretty Face on It – Cover Design in the Age of Digital Art
- From Wesley to Wheaton: Celebrities Who Broke Type
- How and Why People Create Self-Publishing Communities
- When did Sci Fi Become so Political?