Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hours 15-16 Update (10:00 p.m. to 12 m.)

I am so sleepy right now. I'm not sure what's come over me, but I'm starting to drift a couple of times per page. It wasn't supposed to happen so early. Regardless, I'm going to keep at it, and if I need a little catnap, so be it.

Titles of book read in this span:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus, v. 4 -- p. 266-368 (finished)
  • Persuasion / Jane Austen -- p. 82-104

Pages read in this span: 126, mostly graphic novel again

Running total of pages read since started: 1,146

Books finished since the start:

  • The Trouble with Chickens / Doreen Cronin
  • Fray / Joss Whedon
  • Stone of Farewell / Tad Williams
  • AM/PM / Amelia Gray
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus, v. 4

Thoughts on current read: Persuasion is my first Jane Austen. It's good, but I think I'm a little to sleepy for it. I lost track of some of the characters since I last opened it a week ago, and it'll take a sharper mind to really get back in.

Memes and Mini-Challenges completed:

  • Introduction meme
  • Where in the World Are YOU?
  • Oldies but Goodies
  • Book Club Recommendations

Other activities this span:

  • The starting to drift off to sleep much earlier than expected.


  1. Close to the finish line! *\o/*

  2. John Michael CummingsDecember 18, 2011 at 6:54 AM

    re: book review request by award-winning author

    Dear Dust and Spores:

    I'm an award-winning author with a new book of fiction out this fall. Ugly To Start With is a series of thirteen interrelated stories about childhood published by West Virginia University Press.

    Can I interest you in reviewing it?

    If you write me back at, I can email you a PDF of my book. If you require a bound copy, please ask, and I will forward your reply to my publisher. Or you can write directly to Abby Freeland at:

    My publisher, I should add, can also offer your readers a free excerpt of my book through a link from your blog to my publisher's website:

    Here’s what Jacob Appel, celebrated author of
    Dyads and The Vermin Episode, says about my new collection: "In Ugly to Start With, set in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Cummings tackles the challenges of boyhood adventure and family conflict in a taut, crystalline style that captures the triumphs and tribulations of small-town life. He has a gift for transcending the particular experiences to his characters to capture the universal truths of human affection and suffering--emotional truths that the members of his audience will recognize from their own experiences of childhood and adolescence.”

    My short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five literary journals, including North American Review, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Twice I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. My short story "The Scratchboard Project" received an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2007.

    I am also the author of the nationally acclaimed coming-of-age novel The Night I Freed John Brown (Philomel Books, Penguin Group, 2009), winner of The Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (Grades 7-12) and one of ten books recommended by USA TODAY.

    For more information about me, please visit:

    Thank you very much, and I look forward to hearing back from you.


    John Michael Cummings

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