Coalesce, according to Webster, means ‘to grow or come together, fuse’. This definition describes Coalescent by Stephen Baxter on several levels. It is a science fiction novel, based on fourth century history (the decline and fall of the Roman empire in Britain). Baxter weaves a contemporary timeline with a fourth century one, which *coalesce* towards the end. It is an intriguing idea, writing a (partially) historical novel as a science fiction, but I found myself enjoying it. You may enjoy the read, yourself.
You may rightly ask if I’ve been reading the past few days instead of writing (to say nothing of blogging…) In fact, I have. I tend not to read a lot while I’m first drafting. It seems that at that stage, all my spare thoughts, of which I have but few, revolve around my own emerging story. Therefore I am now eyeing my To-Be-Read list with interest once again.
I *have* been working as well, though. I’ve read through about forty percent of False Perceptions so far, making notes in the margins of things I’ll need to consider as I tackle the revisions head on. One thing I’ve noticed is a need for a calendar. I see some inconsistencies emerging there. Nothing critical to the plot, but I do need to decide just where in the over all scheme of things Cae’s graduation lands, as it seems to change on whim.
And I’ve been critting Mar’s novel. So far I’ve worked through the first three chapters of 29, so I’m on track to have the crit complete by the end of August.
On the home front, Jim’s home for a few days. Yesterday he finished getting the bales picked up off of the neighbor’s field. Today he plans to cut our own (smaller) field, and fix the truck, now that he’s figured out why it’s been tempermental starting. I get to mow the lawn! I’ve pawned the job off on a nephew the last couple of times, but I can’t really afford to do that all the time. It takes a good two hours to mow, even on the rider.
The transition to Jim being gone four days out of eight is proving to be difficult for me. I’m not sure what the answer is, to be honest. There are still a lot of *pros* to the new job. If you, my dear reader, have a relationship with God, I would be thankful if you would pray for us sometimes, as you think of us. Thanks.