2021 Reading Log: August (+ Writing Update)

Completed reads for August:

  • The Bible (Authorized King James Version with Apocrypha)
  • The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
  • The Man Who Could Work Miracles, by H.G. Wells
  • The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells
  • Salome (play), by Oscar Wilde

The Wells books were a re-read, my first since childhood. My completion of the Bible represents the end of a thirteen year effort to read the most important book in the English Language – as literature.

(I’ve got enough (lapsed) remnants of a Catholic upbringing to feel a tad dirty that it’s the King James, but the inclusion of the Deuterocanonical Books Apocrypha assuages some of the guilt there, and I was reading the thing for its literary influence anyway. I was using the Oxford World Classics edition).

Wilde’s Salome was the English translation. I was rather surprised to learn that the Dance of the Seven Veils was actually Wilde’s invention.

As noted elsewhere, I am also re-reading The Lord of the Rings (in full), being about half-way through at the end of the month.


Writing-wise, August was a mixed bag. Some editing of Old Phuul knocked the full manuscript down a thousand words, but adding another 1500 or so finished Chapter Nine. I am currently on Chapter Ten, with the entire manuscript sitting at around 45,600 (not as much as I’d like, but it was more of a reading month). I also wrote a 100 word horror drabble as an experiment, and am 2200 words into a short story originally inspired by a Morrissey song.

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