I finally gave up this weekend on The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. I made it about a hundred pages in, and it’s just not as fun or as engaging as Adams’s better novels. I get the feeling that with this one and with Mostly Harmless, he had just run out of gas. Publishers no doubt wanted more, and no doubt he wanted to give more, but he just had nothing left in him. As an alternative bedtime read (Micah’s bedtime, not mine–I stay close to his room with a light novel in hand until I’m sure he’s asleep–less chance of potty-training disaster that way), I started Tolkien’s The Hobbit, which I’d never read farther than the appearance of the thirteen dwarves. I’m already well into that gathering now, so I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to finish this time.
I’m at the library today, so I anticipate I’ll post a few more things on the old blog today. Jeff and Jonathan have posted some good material on CRM this weekend, and although I’ve offered initial comments, I’ll probably do some genuine writing towards that project as well. I’m drifting into a pattern of work that I like, and it’s analogous to my former message board activity: on the days I don’t work the library, I work hard on comps and teaching matters. On the days I do, I put my efforts into blogs and Crazy Important Things, in other words things that I can work on with the frequent interruptions that come with running a small town public library. (Ryan, if you’re reading, expect a couple chapter drafts later this week, probably Saturday.)