A couple of things happened in my absence that I forgot to mention here. I realize that enough time has passed that their importance may be lost to everyone else, but to me they still matter, so here they are:
The first is a book review of A Life Transparent by Finnish author Maija Haavisto. It was a very pleasant surprise to have this in my inbox. Reviews for self-published authors are hard to come by unless you’re waving cash around. And, like most these days, cash is also hard to come by. Maija did this because she loved the book, and I can’t thank her enough for it.
Secondly is the novel’s inclusion on the website ebooksjustpublished.com. The site’s founder, Mark Gladding, contacted me seeking permission to post the book, to which I agreed. He’s put together a great repository of electronic books. The only stipulation for inclusion is that the e-book can’t contain any form of DRM, which I whole-heartedly support. The best part is, most of them are absolutely free. Be sure and check it out.
On an unrelated note, I discovered the identity of the mystery person who sent that copy of Heart-Shaped Box. It was my aunt, of all folks. She was browsing my Amazon wish list and decided to send me a little gift. Two other books arrived a few days later. Thanks, Brenda.
Speaking of books, I opted to buy The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster and The Stranger by Albert Camus. The former has my rapt attention; the latter is one of my all-time favorites, and I don’t understand how I went so long without actually owning a copy.
Right. That’s all for now.