A bookshelf for travelling. 📚

A stack of novels, books, and graphic novels piled on the floor.
A moving-across-the-world bookshelf.

A newsletter I subscribed to recently invited readers to send in pictures of their “desert-island” bookshelves (ie. the books you want to have when stranded on a desert island).  I relate more to a bookshelf that I can take with me when moving across the world — books that can tide me over while I wait for the rest of the collection to slowly arrive.

Here are the books of the moment which compel me to either expand my horizons, or dig deeper within myself. In no particular order:

  • Every Moment Holy, Douglas McKelvey
  • Dune, Frank Herbert
  • The Book of the New Sun (series), Gene Wolfe
  • Earthsea quartet (series), Ursula K. Le Guin
  • New and selected poems, Samuel Menashe
  • Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon
  • Show Your Work!, Austin Kleon
  • Keep Going, Austin Kleon
  • Virgil Wander, Leif Enger
  • My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers
  • Quenta Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Winging Home, Harold Rhenisch
  • Collected fictions, Jorge Luis Borges
  • Reimagining the Ignatian Examen, Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ
  • Imaginary Cities, Italo Calvino
  • The Normal Christian Life, Watchman Nee
  • The Red Star: Battle of Kar Dathra’s Gate, Christian Gossett
  • The Arrival, Shaun Tan
  • The Prisons (Le Carceri), Giovanni Battista Piranesi

On this day.

Books borrowed: The Brilliance of the Moon, Lian Hearn (halfway read). Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo.

TBR pile: So Brave, Young and Handsome, Leif Enger. Virgil Wander, Leif Enger.

Finished playing: Hyper Light Drifter.

Now playing: Dishonored. realMYST (Masterpiece Edition), on replay through MYST series.

Now writing: Crush the Serpent ‘neath Her Heel, NaNoWriMo 2018 novel. At ~160 pages / ~56k words / ~70% of plot. Deadline for finishing: end 2018.

Music: Soundtracks from Hyper Light Drifter and Uru: Ages Beyond Myst. PBS 106.7fm.

Now testing: Bullet Journal for diary-keeping in 2019. Bible Reading Challenge.

Next thing to test: Zettelkasten – world-building first, digital life archival if successful. Wonderdraft. Anthem during February 2019 beta.

Recently looked up: minesweeping, bomb disposal, Koppen climate classification, Chinese provinces.

To research: African agriculture, tropical savanna climate, steam power during Roman times, intersection of language, culture and geography (re-listen to History of English Ep. 15-18).

Podcast feed is filled with: The History of English, By Faith, What Have You.

To cook: Sorbet. Soba noodles, other things from Just Hungry.

Wishlist: Fountain pen. Robert Oster inks. The two Leif Enger novels I haven’t read.

Thinking about: Finishing Crush the Serpent. How to pray for M. Monsoon-level rains and the city in flood. Carols in the hospital. The absence of the bird, a sort of minuscule grief. Writing/self-publishing short course next year?
The perennial question about what to do with this blog, this apparently aimless, useless thing that has no place anymore in my mental landscape and workflow, but seems to persist and follow me around like a starved, stray dog begging for scraps of self.

🎨🎮📝No-screen all-creative weekend. Scripted the IF game that’s been kicking in my head for a while. Wrote about half the story text. All done in about two hours, and the weekend is still young.

To do:

  • Finish writing the other half of story text. (completed)
  • Learn Twine – surely it can do what I want it to do.
  • Tweak stat/game balance.
  • Publish by September (next weekend) and get playtesting feedback.
  • Prove to myself that yes, I am capable of finishing creative projects.

Word List: Traveller Returning. (incomplete)

Alexandria. Atlantis. Alhaerie.
El Dorado. Ecbatana.
Gehenna. Golconda. Garternay.
Heliopolis. Hy Bresail. Hyperborea. Hiigara.
Illyria. Ithaca. Irian Jaya.
Khartoum. Karakorum. Khatovar.
Manzikert. Marrakech. Massassauga.
Narayan. Neverwinter.
Samarkand. Sarnath. Saqqara.
Urumqi. Undrentide.
Zerzura. Zion. Ziguinchor.

Word List: Greeklings.

archon. exarch. sphinx. amphiptere. polis. hyaline. makhaira. spatha. chiliarch. basileus. basilissa. basilica. basilisk. agora. amphitheatre. cataphract. tyrant. cyber-. eidolon. amphora. pterosaur. hoi polloi. adytum. daemon (agatho- and caco-). asphodel. autocrat(or). baetyl. -lith. athenaeum. bibliotheca. boustrophedon. ophidian. omphalos. ekklesia. nymph. odeon. odyssey. phage. naphtha. narthex. chthonic. pelagic. benthic. abyss. nous/noo-. nautilus. nepenthes. morph. medusa. gorgon. hierophant. ichor. cosmos. apotropaic. gnosis. gnomon. arctos (bear). ekistics. metanoia. rhyton.

Reading list for 2013.

GENERALLY: Patrick O’Brian, Patricia A. McKillip, Guy Gavriel Kay.

A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham.
Gridlinked by Neal Asher.
Dust by Elizabeth Bear.
Sly Mongoose by Tobias Buckell.
Cyteen by C.J. Cherryh.
Count Zero by William Gibson.
The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman.
Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean.
Silverlock by John Myers Myers.
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.
100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson.
The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe.

All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear.
The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold.
Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh.
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson.
The City and the City by China Miéville.
The Thirteen-and-a-Half Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers.
Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix.
Lord Valentine’s Castle by Robert Silverberg.
Veniss Underground by Jeff VanderMeer.