Monday, November 13, 2006



I'm home with Child again today. Unfortunately she's contracted the wracking cough I had at Surrey, dry and nonstop. {sigh} Anybody have any good suggestions for treating a cough in preschoolers?

I didn't get an awful lot of writing done this weekend, but that's okay. I'll get some in today. I thought today we'd share what we've been reading instead, since I _have_ been reading lately!

I just finished a very old romantic suspense called "A Falcon for a Queen" by Catherine Gaskin. Anybody else read that one? I found it at a yard sale, I think. A rather moody Scottish novel based in the 50s. Parts of it were very, very good, and parts just awkward, but overall it was an interesting read.

I'm now into Terry Jones' Medieval Lives. Oh. My. God. If you're writing in the medieval period and haven't read this, DO. He does all sorts of myth-busting; fortunately most of it (like individual rooms and more literacy than was supposed) I already had right. He has some lovely tidbits I plan to plop into Book 2, though. Like the practice of putting out bowls of honey to attract the insects in a room, and keep them away from YOU. Important if you have the windows open a lot! It's also a very compelling read, and not dry at all.

At Surrey I bought Bernard Cornwell's A Pale Horseman, which is my next up. I'm looking forward to that too.

What are you reading?


Mrs. Mitty said...

Aww, poor babe! For easing a dry cough (non-medicinally), I used to have my kids lean over the sink while I ran hot water. I put a towel over their heads/the sink to hold in the steam and had them breathe in the steam for a few minutes. It helps for a while - I still do it for myself when I get that kind of cough. Hope it doesn't hang on long.

Medieval Lives sounds great. I think I'll put that one on my Amazon wish list. ;)

Susan Adrian said...

Thanks, Maureen!

We did have a long, steamy bath, which helped. She seems a little better today, thank goodness!

Cindy said...

Dear Suze:
I've thinking about posting about the Importance of Having a Good Book to Read, because right now, I'm outta luck. I'm looking at the second book in the Tristan and Isolde series, to which I've gotta say 'meh'. I'm sure if I stick it out I'll be fine, but there's a melodramatic dialogue passage (woe is me! If only!) used to tell the backstory, and I just didn't care for it. I just finished Tess Gerritsen's THE SURGEON, very good, and a few Mary Baloughs. I'm also a few pages into THE TIME TRAVELLERS WIFE, and NO GREAT MISCHIEF - so probably it's me and not the books that are failing to get my Undivided. On Vicki's say-so, I ordered and received STORY, by Robert McKee. Looks good so far.

As for the cough, Little Boy can't have the meds for that because of the asthma, so I'm no help. Sorry, and I hope she gets better soon.

I'm glad you're getting a good go at the first draft, it sounds like you're having fun with it!

Susan Adrian said...


Read WELCOME TO TEMPTATION by Jenny Crusie, if you haven't. When I wasn't enjoying reading that one perked me right up.