November 22-28, 2010:

In-between Thanksgiving and soup making, playing with friends and overeating, I have been 1. writing poems for the 30 Poems, 30 days project, retelling very short and young folk/fairy tales for the book WEE TALES, reading the galleys for the paperback of Except the Queen, and trying to read more of Wolf Hall which I love but find slow going. I am desperate to get back to The Thirteenth Fey but the last time I worked on that was on the train back from New York on the 20th. If I was hoping for some enlightenment in the week away from it, I have been sorely disabused of that notion. Sigh.

I had lunch with friend Shulamith, tea with friend Jody, several meals at daughter Heidi’s, including Thanksgiving, but otherwise had a quiet week. I also did a lot of pre-filing. That means I get things in piles for Heidi (my P.A.) to file, went through four files of book stuff to purge and send to the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota where all my book related papers go. Cleaned house. Went through things like sock drawers and other clothing to purge the those shelves as well.  We took a box of books to the WABC (Whately Antique Book Center) and came back with a different box full. That’s ordinary around here. The more we get rid of books, the more they come in. I sometimes think we are part of a book-breeding program.

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