-I got the last of my Christmas shopping done, more or less. I mean I may still have one or two things from the Steam sale, but that'd just be for online people. I had gotten the majority of it done around February, but I was having a hell of a time getting things for my grandma, dad and mom.
BTW, this is a good time to opt in for wintery gifts! I used to try and get everyone done. If we talk a lot, I probably already had you on there. Obviously Carrie, Dove (books) and Sarajaye are already on my list, though if anyone else wants to exchange things, go for it. (I tried to get Samu something on Steam once, and there wasn't anything I could find that he didn't already have! Would you just prefer some f/f?)
-Good thing I cleared out so much room on my bookcase, considering I bought quite a few books. And most of these, save the Hayes and Grimsley, which are LGBT, will be kept.
The total haul:
Grimsley, Jim - Comfort and Joy (second Christmas reading. First is Eight White Nights by Andre Aciman)
Order in the Court : A Writer's Guide to the Legal System by David Mullally (1999, Paperback)
Montana Feathers by Penny Hayes
Fashionably Late by Beth Kendrick
Exes and Ohs by Beth Kendrick
The Bake-Off by beth kendrick
Citizen Somerville: Growing up with the Winter Hill Gang
Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob
Mackenzie, Edward J.;Karas, Phyllis;Muscato, Ross A
Inside Hollywood : A Writer's Guide to the World of Movies and TV by John M. Wilson
Malicious Intent : A Writer's Guide to How Murderers, Robbers, Rapists and Other Criminals Think (The Howdunit)
Deadly Doses: A Writer's Guide to Poisons (Howdunit Writing)
Just the Facts, Ma'am: A Writer's Guide to Investigators and Investigation Techniques (Howdunit)
Rip-Off: A Writer's Guide to Crimes of Deception (Howdunit Writing)
Modus Operandi: A Writer's Guide to How Criminals Work (Howdunit)
Amateur Detectives: A Writer's Guide to How Private Citizens Solve Criminal Cases (Howdunit Writing)
Scene of the Crime: A Writer's Guide to Crime Scene Investigation (Howdunit Series)
Body Trauma: A Writer's Guide to Wounds and Injuries (Howdunit Writing)
Police Procedural: A Writer's Guide to the Police and How They Work (Howdunit)
Murder One: A Writer's Guide to Homicide (Howdunit Series)
Cause of Death : A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder and Forensic Medicine (Howdunit Series)
Armed and Dangerous: A Writer's Guide to Weapons (Howdunit Writing)
Missing Persons: A Writer's Guide to Finding the Lost, the Abducted and the Escaped (Howdunit Writing)
Private Eyes: A Writer's Guide to Private Investigating (Howdunit Writing)
The Constant Outsider: Memoirs of a South Boston Mechanic Hardcover
by Thomas M. Cirignano (abebooks)
and the aforementioned "how to write a romance novel." I think I generally have a good handle on writing romance, but I've been running into structural issues when trying to do novel sized work, so I was hoping to find something to help me figure out what I keep tripping up on. In fact, the only Howdunit series I don't order is one which seems to
just be a retread of the earlier works, so I skipped it.
I got outbid on all the video games I tried to get (Zero Time Dilemma, Azran Legacy) so I just decided to be a responsible adult(tm) and buy more research books instead.
I wanted to go hard for two weeks, but it looks like I'm just going to get one. Annoying. Oh well, I guess I'll have to split my 14 in 14 into two weeks, or up it to 14 in 7.
I will probably be very scarce for a while. I have two big deadlines coming up fic wise.
Anyways, a few nice points: