Sunday Salon: Where I’ve Been

France, Sunflowers Missing the Sun at BeynacI haven’t been posting much lately. I haven’t been able to read as much as I’d like. I know only a few people who read this blog also read my education blog, so you might not be aware I’m currently engaged in a job search. It’s taking up quite a bit of my time, not just physically, but mentally (meaning, that’s where my mind is focused). The search is going well so far, but it’s not without its stress. A colleague likened searching for a job in the education field (and perhaps this is true of any field) to Victorian courtship. Neither party wants to appear too eager, lest the other party not feel the same way, so there is this delicate dance we do in which we try to convey interest but not desperation (on both sides, I think!). It’s maddening, truth be told, and I can’t wait until it’s over.

Meanwhile, I already have Downton Abbey withdrawal, and I can’t believe I have to wait until next January to find out if Matthew and Lady Mary are really going to get married this time, or if Bates is going to go free. I’m going to have to pick up something similar to Downton to read. Diana Gabaldon has a methadone list for fans to read while they’re waiting for the next book in the Outlander series. I love her sense of humor, but I wish Julian Fellowes had a methadone list, too! Actually, I’ve encountered a few of these lists, but you know. Speaking of which, does anyone know of any good Titanic books? I have already read A Night to Remember. I’m thinking more of fiction set on the Titanic. It seems appropriate now that we’re facing the 100th anniversary of the ship’s virgin voyage and sinking. I’ve been fascinated by that ship ever since they found her on the ocean floor in 1985. It’s been a dream of mine to cross the Atlantic in a cruise ship for about ten years.

Two last things, gentle readers: 1)what is the etiquette, fellow book reviewers, of bowing out of a review gracefully if you aren’t sure you can finish the book? and 2) Forever Young Adult regularly casts book characters in their reviews. I admit it’s a feature I like. I kept picturing Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley from Downton Abbey) as Gemma in The Flight of Gemma Hardy.

Would you enjoy seeing casting for my book reviews?

  • Yes (86%, 6 Votes)
  • No (14%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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6 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: Where I’ve Been

  1. Oh my God, yes! Cast everything! I love casting books.

    Also, I hope your job search has a sudden immediate turn into the realm of the awesome. I hope you succeed at everything as soon as possible.

    • Great, Jenny! So far, 100% of voters are in favor of casting.

      Thanks for the well wishes on the job search! It means a great deal to me, especially right now when I'm freaking out about it.

  2. Finding jobs in education are very difficult! I have given up, unfortunately!

    As for bowing out of a book review… mention it isn't your cup of tea and the review would reflect that. Most publishers don't want people to give less than a 3 star rating, from what I understand, and would be happy to pass the book on to someone else. Just a guess, but that I what I would do! Good luck on both fronts!

    • Well, I'm lucky because I have two teaching fields, and one of them is growing: technology. I have had a pretty good start, lots of interviews, so I am remaining hopeful. I am going to take your advice about the review. At this point, I haven't even had time to read books period.

  3. Job searches are exhausting and frustrating but hopefully fruitful and rewarding soon. I love the idea of doing casting in your book reviews.

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