Nothing like that going on in this writers life. But I continue to accumulate books to go on already filled bookshelves in our house. I quite buying used books for a while, or bought them at a very slow pace. For a while I didn't even go to places where used books were being sold, as my powers of resistance are fairly low were book buying is concerned.
Over the last month I picked up the following books.
- The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Vol. 1
- A Manual For Writers
- Jews, God, and History
- Handbook of the Pentateuch
- The Adams Chronicles
- the search for JFK
- War Letters (from American wars)
- Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain
- Mart Twain: Letters From The Earth
- Foxe's Book of Martyrs
- Great Voices of the Reformation
- Assumed Identity, by David Morrell
- The Haldeman Diaries
A Manual For Writers is more of a reference book, sort of a poor man's Chicago Manual of Style. I've already used it for reference a couple of times. The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha book is probably nothing more than an academic affectation for me. I read about 25 pages in it over the weekend and found it enjoyable, but I'm not sure I got much out of it. I'm not going to read any more at this time. Well, maybe I'll just finish the introductory material of 1 Enoch. But then I'd have to read at least five or ten chapters of 1 Enoch. But I can't do that and write articles for Suite101.com and track freelance queries and research and send out more and start reading Steinbeck.
What's a writer to do?