Edgar Allan Poe on a Single Mood

“A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.”–Edgar Allan Poe

What I’m Reading: 18th October 2019

My book consumption slowed to a trickle in the weeks surrounding our move. Too much to do, too little sleep, no time to think or, after a certain point, properly process words. It was that draining. No joke.

Now that most of the volumes are back on their shelves, my reading is nearly back to its normal, healthy pace. Yay! 

Here’s what I’m actively digging at the moment:

  • Murder in St. Augustine: The Mysterious Death of Athalia Ponsell Lindsley by Elizabeth Randall (I’m including this book, even though I finished it last night.)
  • Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer Edited and with an Introduction by Antonio D’Ambrosio
  • Hollywood Character Actors by James Robert Parish with Earl Anderson, Richard E. Braff, John Robert Cocchi, and Harry Purvis
  • A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives by Lisa Congdon
  • Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge by Eleanor Herman
  • A Little Tour in France by Henry James

Portrait of Henry James by John Singer Sargent (1894)

What are you reading this week? Please share in the comments!

Daily Diversion #411: Arty Self-Portrait

Recently I bought the loveliest, sweetest Victorian mini-mirror.

 It lives on my dresser, alongside a bunch of other pretty but almost wholly unnecessary bits and bobs.

A few days ago, I decided it would be fun to photograph images reflected in the mirror. 

Quite the challenge, that. 

First up? An image of myself, because it is the easiest thing to do with such a tiny mirror.

Arty Self-Portrait