Tuesday, May 31, 2011

52 Books Challenge Update & Msc.

Currently Reading: Midnight's Daughter
In the DVD Player: Grease

Today marks the end of the 5th month of the 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge. This week I entered #25 and #26 into my log--The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan and Spirit Dances by C.E. Murphy, both perennial favorites on my reading lists. I don't want to review these particular volumes, however, because they fall in the middle of a series (#2 and #6, respectively). Suffice to say that both the Kane Chronicles and The Walker Papers are highly recommended.

On top of all that reading, I also added about 40 pages to Fortune's Fight while on vacation, and broke the magic 60,000 word mark. FYI, I'm on the hunt for a new title for that story, so if you head on over to Fiction Press and give it a read, see what you think. Suggestions are welcome.

Lastly, I wanted to mention that I finally found the serial number on the Remington. It is indeed a #3, from 1930. I gave it a really light first cleaning and found it under the carriage and about three inches of grime. I still need to take the air compressor to the interior, and I'm thinking of trying Evapo-rust on it, but I'm looking for some more info first. I know a lot of type-fans use it with good results, but some parts of this machine are so heavily rusted I'm not sure if it's an option. I'd hate to drop a spool into the bath and pull out half a spool a few days later. Is it better for light surface rust, or is it appropriate for tougher cases of corrosion? I wish it came in pints or quarts, so that I could try it first, rather than shelling out the cash for a whole gallon, especially if it lasts as long as they claim.

So that's what's up in my literary world.


  1. Ah, my dear, but Evapo-Rust does indeed come in smaller quantities. I would suggest checking the local automotive parts stores. Until recently, it had never occurred to me that a whole typewriter could be dunked in the stuff... Hence, the fact that my Oliver is being slowly disassembled, de-rusticated, and put back together.

    As for books, I've caught Riordan fever from my nephew...

  2. Really? I must go check out Auto Zone now...I only saw it in gallons on their website and they didn't list any distributors, so I assumed it was only available online.

    Riordan is fabulous. I love his chapter titles. :)