Arizona Weekly Weather Report
If you know me, friends, you know it’s possibly the middle of the night. Okay, it is the middle of the night. No coffee for Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share. How about some decaf hot tea? It’s kind of chilly here tonight. I was out on the patio answering comments for an hour or so and had to come in. It was 76 but feels like 71 with the wind. The air quality is great though in spite of fires one hundred miles north of us. The Pipeline fire: Size: 26,473 Acres Contained: 40% as of 7:00 pm Saturday. The Haywire Fire: Size: 5,563 Acres
Contained: 20% as of 7:00 pm Saturday.
It’s been a quiet week of staying home in Prescott and being with friends. I curated my kitchen with a few new purchases for casual eating on the patio. Most of the week I spent either Kindle or blogging or organizing photos on my computer. I’m not a super fan of either hot or wind and we had both most of the week.
Challenges that Influenced this Post
Hammad’s Weekend Skies
I went to a concert with neighbors at Courthouse Square. A soft breeze accompanied a marching band as the clouds kept the rhythm across the sunset.
Some of these photos almost look like paintings to me. Here you see the top of the Courthouse from where we sat almost underneath the roofline. Had it rained, though we would have run for cover.
Tonight the clouds promised rain that never came, but the temperature was mild in spite of the very strong wind.
Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge CMMC – Pick a topic from my photo
Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge – FOTD
Tonight I finished The Bleak House because of an ongoing challenge that Priorhouse Blog and Trent’s World (only click if you’ve read the book or aren’t going to – spoilers!) These two bloggers are like Story Chat on steroids. Their conversation in the comment section is one you will want to get in on if you have read the book. For me, the 900+ pages were about a 25-hour read-time according to Kindle’s estimations. By the time I got halfway into it, I had met all the characters, I could gloss over some of the descriptions and get involved with the plot. I realized the main secret less than a third of the way through the book, but by the halfway point, it was common knowledge to the main characters that needed to know.
Trent does some characterizations on his blog that are thought-provoking. There were many characters from very flat to the three-dimensional as well as characters that were likable versus despicable. In the beginning, I couldn’t imagine how all the diverse characters would come together to make the story coalesce but they did.
After reading How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster, I could pick out several works that influenced Dicken’s writing and characters. I am not familiar enough with ancient writings to catch all the connections, but it was clear that some of the main characters were Biblical. It was also clear that Dickens did not mind killing off some of his characters, just as Foster wrote that good authors often do to move the story along. Expect that characters close to the main character will die.
I gave the book 5 stars even though it took a while to get into.
Other Challenges that Influenced this Post
- Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge FOTD
- Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – Pick a topic from my photo
- Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share #74
- Hammad’s Weekend Skies
- 6 Word Saturday
Ongoing on Always Write
- June Story Chat “The Backpack” by Aimer Boyz Last few days to comment
- Summary of this controversial post coming on June 21st. Next month a new story, “Not a Proper Job” by another new (to us) author, Philip Cumberland AKA Fenlandphil’s Blog
- WQW #22 (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) – “Hot June Holidays: Father’s Day and Juneteenth” The only rule is to have at least one quote in your post about the topic. Remember a song can be a quote, too. Then just post a story, poem, or pictures that tie into and respond to your quote or quotes. The last day to post links is Tuesday at 12:00 noon Phoenix time. Try the new InLinkz link.
- PPAC #51 (Photographing Public Art Challenge) every Friday at 9:00 (ish). The last day to post links is Thursday at 12:00 noon Phoenix time. Try the new InLinkz link next week.
That’s a wrap for today.