What 2016 Holds

VintageScifiBadgeIt’s a bright shiny new year and I’m hunting around for my tea.

I’ll be taking part in The Little Red Reviewer’s SciFi Vintage Month. I always find it a worthy challenge and fun also. I have a handful of books picked out. In November I actually made it to a used book store and picked up a few little paperbacks from the 1960s. Then I have been checking out some audiobooks, such as Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke. Who knows what else I will dig up. Anyone is welcome to partake, so head over there if you want the details.

There’s another read along I will be taking part in. It’s being organized over on GoodReads in the SF/F Read Alongs group. The book is Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire. This is the first book in the October Daye series. Here’s the book blurb:

McGuireRosemaryAndRueThe world of Faerie never disappeared: it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October “Toby” Daye, rejecting it completely.

After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas. The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby is forced to resume her old position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery…before the curse catches up with her.

Again, anyone is welcome to join in the fun. I suggest you check out the Group link above for more info. The discussion starts January 9, 2016.

Of course, we have the Kushiel’s Scion read along going on (discussion starts Jan. 3). Feel free to jump into that as well.

Those are my immediate plans. As some of you know, 2015 was a real struggle for me on the health front. For right now, nothing has changed there. I still have my kidney disease (which has been stable and not an issue all this time, hooray!), my fibromyalgia, my asthma (which is totally kicking my ass), and the mystery illness (of which phosphorus deficiency is the biggest symptom). Earlier this year, my awesome kidney doctor thought she had it figured out. All the blood work and urinalysis indicated she was right. We were 90% sure I had a very rare, and mostly benign, tumor. This tiny tumor supposedly was creating far too much of the hormone FGF23 which in turn, in that amount, tells my kidneys to piss away my phosphorus. So, in November I did a full body scan to try to find the little bastard. Yep, here I was going in to the holidays hoping I had a tumor because if I had that tumor, it could be cut out and like 1/3 of my health issues would be resolved. Unfortunately, no tumor was found. My doctor is as frustrated and as stumped as I am. So, I am not sure where to go from here. I have a few more strings to pull and we’ll see where that goes.

So, because I don’t see my health improving drastically in the near future, I will still have a lot of down time. Which means my love affair with audiobooks and book blogging will continue. Hooray for book blogs!

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