2022 General Reading: July (+ Writing Update)

Completed reads for July:

  • The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Faust, Part I, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Faust, Part II, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Paradise Lost, by John Milton
  • Paradise Regained, by John Milton
  • The Nibelungenlied
  • Agricola, by Tacitus
  • Germania, by Tacitus
  • Dialogue on Orators, by Tacitus
  • The Gods of Pegana, by Lord Dunsany
  • Time and the Gods, by Lord Dunsany
  • The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories, by Lord Dunsany
  • The Romance of Tristan by Beroul
  • The Tale of Tristan’s Madness, by Anonymous
  • Parallel Chapters from the 1st and 2nd editions of An Essay on the Principle of Population, by Thomas Malthus

A few re-reads included this month, but nothing I have read this past decade. Everyone apart from Malthus, Milton and Dunsany was in translation, of course. Tristan is the Fedrick translation (Penguin Classics), which fills in the missing elements within the manuscript via editorial summary.

In the writing department, July was notable for one of my short stories – a horror piece called Capital Notions – having to find a new home, after the magazine that had accepted it ceased operations. Oh well. I took the opportunity to give it some thorough editing, knocking it down from 4600 to 3800 words, and sent it off again. We will see how it does. It’s the one that was inspired by a Morrissey song.

In the Old Phuul department, some more editing, plus work on Chapter Thirteen has the manuscript sitting at 60,650 words. Not as many as I would like, but I still hope to have the thing done this year, and I have worked my way through a couple of looming plot difficulties. So there is that.

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