I've been rather lax in maintaining this blog over the last couple weeks. I've been trying to pull out of a spell of winter/holiday gloom and convince myself that THIS January ought to be greeted with optimism. January seems to be the month of the year where some kind of trauma and upheaval happens. I could certainly use some upheaval, but I don't need it to be traumatic. I will update later today on where I am with the magazine and my novel, but first, while I wait for the second cup of coffee to take effect, I want to make quick mention of a couple more novels that I've read during the past year or two but which I forgot to include on my "recent reading" list.