2021 Reading Log: December (+ Writing Update)

Completed reads for December:

  • Three Act Tragedy, by Agatha Christie
  • The Murder on the Links, by Agatha Christie
  • On Abstinence from Animal Food, by Porphyry
  • Letter to Marcella, by Porphyry
  • Saturnalia, by Lucian of Samosata
  • The Life of Plotinus, by Porphyry
  • The Wednesday Wizard, by Sherryl Jordan
  • Denzil’s Dilemma, by Sherryl Jordan
  • Denzil’s Great Bear Burglary, by Sherryl Jordan
  • The Silver Dragon, by Sherryl Jordan
  • A Murder is Announced, by Agatha Christie
  • The Nature of Middle-earth, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Cards on the Table, by Agatha Christie
  • Introduction to Precious Metals, by Mark Grimwade
  • Isagoge, by Porphyry
  • The Road to Wigan Pier, by George Orwell
  • Saturnalian Letters, by Lucian of Samosata
  • Cronosolon, by Lucian of Samosata
  • The Prose Edda, by Snorri Sturluson
  • A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
  • A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, by Anonymous
  • Pearl, by Anonymous
  • Sir Orfeo, by Anonymous
  • On Fairy-Stories, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth, Beorhthelm’s Son, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Chimes, by Charles Dickens
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, by Agatha Christie
  • Auxiliaries to the Perception of Intelligible Natures, by Porphyry
  • Sparkling Cyanide, by Agatha Christie

Porphyry’s tracts on ancient vegetarianism and Intelligible Natures are Thomas Taylor’s translations. Marcella’s Letter is Zimmern’s. Isagoge is Owen’s. The Prose Edda is Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur’s.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo are J.R.R. Tolkien’s translations, as combined in the single volume edited by Christopher Tolkien.

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas is set over the week of 22nd December to 28th December, so I read each chapter on the relevant day – rather like a strange Advent Calendar, but with a murder mystery.

As you can see, December was an excellent reading month, to cap off a solid reading year generally. And while December was quiet so far as work on Old Phuul went, it was also not without note in the short story department. I churned out an extremely meaty story about… tin. As in, the metal. At 5,850 or so words, Of Tin and Tintagel is my longest completed fictional work after Wise Phuul and my sword and sorcery pieces.

I hope to recapture the energy for completing Old Phuul in the New Year – but compared with previous years, 2021 has actually seen solid progress.

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