It's always when you're already busy that unexpected extra work lands on you. Squidoo has been sold. This is the on-line community where I've written a number of articles (including my Greatest-Hit "Theater Set Questions Answered," my Dear-Abby-ish answer to worried high school play designers everywhere). This means that I will have to reformat, rewrite, or abandon a lot of work. Whatever I choose, the new owners, HubPages, can choose to drop any or all of it. Sigh. A polite sigh was not, mind you, my first reaction to this news. If this is having a rug pulled out from under me, it's a rug upon which I set a desk, a chair, bookcases (of course!) stuffed with books, assorted filing cabinets, a drafting board, a sofa, giant ornamental vases full of dried pampas grass, and maybe a stuffed grizzly bear. Grumpy as I feel... maybe the bear's not taxidermied just yet.
A collage from public domain sources, including Amedeo Simonetti's
In more cheerful news, among those books I'll have to virtually move (sigh? snarl?) is a recent read - Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction, by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd, the author of House and his long-time editor and friend. This is a book I'll need to return to the library... then buy my own copy of. Other books I've enjoyed lately? I'm working my way through Greek Revival America by Roger G. Kennedy, a writer on architecture and related topics whom I've followed for years... since he first introduced me to my role-model, architect/pirate Barthelemy Lafon, in fact. I enjoyed Lindsey Davis' Enemies at Home, the second novel in her new ancient-Roman-detective series. Try her Silver Pigs as a starter. I liked Terry Pratchett's latest Discworld novel Raising Steam. I think I'll go read a nice calming book.