Books to Read, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Fringe, Biscuits and P90X3


  1. Novel in Progress still coming along. Scrivener project targets are the primary reason why I’m hitting my daily goals. I wrote about Scrivener over at Dead Darlings.
  2. Finished California by Edan Lepucki. There’s no question that she’s an excellent writer. I enjoyed how she set up the post-apocalyptic world. The novel started off strong, and I kept turning the pages. But I felt that the book’s pacing and tension dropped off a little past the midway point and there were some loose ends that never resolved. In general, pregnancy is not a strong story driver for me. I tend to lose interest unless the story approaches the subject in a different way. Very subjective. I’ll do a review eventually. Perhaps I should put reviews in Scrivener as well. Maybe then I would complete them.
  3. I have a couple of books I need to read as comps, but I want to dive into The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. And after seeing Doris Kearns Goodwin at the Boston Book Festival, I’m craving her new book about Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, especially after getting a taste of their close friendship and eventual, heartbreaking rift in the recent PBS miniseries “The Roosevelts.” So many books to read!
  4. My friend made me biscuits!
  5. Binge watching “Fringe.” Other than one episode, the musical one (I just can’t with musical episodes unless it’s Buffy), this show is solid. Love a strong female character! And how wonderful is Walter?


  1. Still recovering from a trip home to Arkansas. There are only so many deep fried things that one’s body can consume before it implodes.
  2. Regarding the above, my GF and I have begun P90X3. We took our before photos with our guts hanging over our pants. We’ve got the “you’ll look like an idiot at first” part of the program down. So that means rock hard abs are coming, right? My ass hurts.


National Biscuit Company Building, 1700 Block Commerce, Houston, Texas, January 1986
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