January 23rd, 2013



Our winters used to be like this every year. A lot of people seem to have forgotten, after last year's mild one, and the mild ones before that. I guess it's a shock that the cold arrived so suddenly after a warmish period. I always find it difficult to adjust to abrupt shifts.

I have my long puffy coat out, and my fuzzy hat, and this morning I wore the heavy alpaca scarf I bought years ago at Reading Terminal Market. I have not pulled out the Mittens of Frozen Doom yet, as it hasn't been below zero, and I haven't been out walking around too much yet.

I am still enjoying the hell out of About Time volume one. It is the nerdgasm of Dr. Who books.

What shall I auction off for Con or Bust?

Reading Wednesday

I'm not sure who started this meme, but I like it!

That said, I mostly can't tell you all that I am reading, because some of it is Norton Jury reading, and some of it is for future preview posts. These things are strictly secret, but it's easier if I don't go into it.

In non-required reading, I'm continuing to work on About Time 1: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who - Seasons 1 to 3 by Tat Wood and Lawrence Miles. As I've mentioned before, this is an utter nerdgasm of a book if you're into Dr. Who or the BBC or early 1960s television history. The format is to look at each story, in order, and discuss things such as "Things That Don't Make Sense" and production/continuity notes and anecdotes related to the production and things like that. There are also essays interspersed throughout; there was one about how the BBC got into genre television, and how the idea of Dr. Who was imagined, grew and changed; one about the influence of Z Cars; and one about possible interpretations of Dalek history (in the context of the show, not in the meta sense).

I have other nonfiction in progress, but it's been pretty much abandoned while I devour the Who book. Volume 2, on the Troughton years, is supposed to arrive in February, hurrah!

I've also been trying to catch up on the Avengers fanfic by scifigrl47. The "subscribe" function at Archive of Our Own has been very helpful for that.

As of late February, I'll be done with Jury duties, so I hope to get back to my personal TBR then.