This week has been an interesting, busy and eye-rolling experience. I had my first appointment with my oncologist, and I was immediately shipped out for another battery of tests. Denis's GPS was worth its weight in gold because the oncologist-- and the hospital where my surgery is being done-- is clear over on the other side of the Valley of the Sun in Scottsdale.
The hospital? I'd swear someone swapped the sign with the one on the Ritz-Carlton because it's like no hospital I've ever walked into... or been wheeled into. 64 beds, all private rooms, sleeper sofas, no visiting hours, wi-fi, online meal ordering.... I'm not entirely kidding when I say I'm nervous about staying there: I'm afraid someone will take one look at me, yell, "IMPOSTER!" and throw me out! (The plebian in me isn't really comfortable with the vast disparity in the levels of healthcare in this country either.)
I've had to schedule more tests, shake my head over the lack of knowledge of some of the folks answering hospital telephones, and more. All this is leading to the date of my surgery, January 27. I don't know how long I'll be in the hospital because a lot depends on how much whacking the doctor has to do, and just in case I don't feel like getting online, I'll probably have Denis post something to my wall on Facebook for anyone who's also there and wants to know how the surgery turned out.
Whew! Let's get to those links!
Bookish News & Other Fun Stuff
- People in the UK are facing having many of their libraries closed due to budget cuts, and opposition is springing up in many places, like The Bookseller.
- Stieg Larsson's partner plans to complete the final Millennium novel. I wish her luck.
- Steve Hockensmith, author of the excellent Holmes on the Range historical mystery series, has a free copy of one of his short stories available for our e-readers. If you've been meaning to read one of his books and haven't yet, this would be a good opportunity to give his series a trial run.
- Speaking of Sherlock Holmes, the Conan Doyle estate is having Anthony Horowitz write a new Holmes novel.
- Famous literary mentorships.
- Something very rare for me: an ad that I love-- Reading Means Resisting.
- What happens when a mom unplugs her teenagers for six months?
- Top Ten dead bodies in literature.
- A new law in India may put readers in a bind worldwide.
- Want to walk and read at the same time without falling over anything? There's an app for that!
Blogging & Social Media Tips
- Twitter users' support for libraries snowballs worldwide.
- The Top 20 passwords of all time that need to be avoided.
- 10 things bloggers should not do.
Around the Water Cooler in the Book Blogosphere
- Type M for Murder's Why We Read What We Read.
- Alyce of At Home With Books on Reading Irony.
- Natalie of Book Line and Sinker on So You Want to Start a Book Blog.
- Kerrie of Mysteries in Paradise on Taking Advantage of Your Kindle. (You might also want to check out BookBee's Getting started with e-books.)
New to My Google Reader
Hopefully you found a link or two that tickled your fancy.
I may be taking a few days off post surgery, so don't be surprised if there's no round-up for next weekend. Normally I'm a fast healer, so I'm hoping that's not the case!