What I'm Doing 40:
I am having a bit of a short story feste at the moment. First I read a selection of short stories from Seren, my publisher: Seren Shorts edited by Penny Thomas. This is free on Kindle at the moment and I highly recommend it.
I already had a couple of the single author anthologies sampled, so when I came to those it was like coming across old friends, but I also discovered several other writers, a couple of which I liked so much that I bought their collections on Kindle too: viz Emyr Humphrey's Woman at the Window
and Graham Mort's Touch.
What I'm Listening to
I have started on another which is quite different The Rosie Project by Graham Simsion.
What I'm Reading (in fiction)
Two, I'm afraid: Talk Talk by T.C. Boyle
Everyone Lies by A. D. Garrett. (Only 99p in Kindle at the moment!)
What I'm Reading (in non-fiction).
Having worked my way through a series of Genetics books, it is time for a test. The test being 'Silkworms transformed with chimeric silkworm/spider silk genes spin composite silk fibers with improved mechanical properties' by Florence Teule et al. in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Transposons! Piggybac vectors! Transgenes! All I'm saying is I now understand a lot more than I did (but also realise how little I really do know too), and what I've learnt is exciting and wonderful - part of the extraordinary world going on inside each one of us.
And What I've been Watching:
David Starkey's Music and Monarchy TV and DVD. A series of four programmes about how English music was influenced by the monarchy - beautiful music and an excellent commentary. I learnt a lot.