Today is the day I haven't been waiting for. (Why wait when I knew it would get here regardless what I did?) Today is when I go in for the first of two superficial keratectomies, which I've compared to having my corneas sanded down.
|That better be the right grade sandpaper!|
I did want to take this time to let you know that I haven't worked my fingers to the bone on blog posts. If I have any problems with this procedure and can't see properly, you may not see any new posts from me for a while. However, I'm not expecting any problems. We shall see, won't we?
I also want to take this time to thank people who've emailed me with their own experiences having had the same surgeries performed. I like knowing what to expect-- have done since I was six and had a tonsillectomy. There's also a very special person out there who's turned into my year-round Secret Santa. I wish I could give you a hug, although you deserve much more than that!
I'm looking forward to a trail that's happy, smooth, and (most of all) short... and one that's not missing any blog posts because I do enjoy the time I spend with all of you. Now on to the links!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The book that terrified Neil Gaiman. And Carmen Maria Machado. And Dan Simmons.
- The future of biography.
- Home library design ideas.
- 200 years of Australian crime fiction.
- Babies' cries may predict what they will sound like as adults.
- Beijing subsidizes brick-and-mortar bookstores in the digital era.
- A day in the life of an indie publisher: Akashic Books.
- An op-ed piece in Forbes magazine said that Amazon should replace libraries. It was not well received, and eventually, Forbes deleted it.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A teen archaeologist found a tooth that's more than 500,000 years old.
- An exquisite ancient mosaic has been uncovered in Israel.
- They stole a "priceless" gold bar from a museum in Key West, and they're paying the price.
- Archaeologists in Cologne have unearthed the foundations of Germany's oldest known library.
- Archaeological finds on a barrier island off the coast of Georgia shows that 4,000-year-old trade routes stretched from the Carolinas to the Great Lakes.
- These Chilean mummies were buried in mercury-laced red clothing.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Can scientists save an endangered marsupial by breeding out its taste for poisonous toads?
- The world's largest king penguin colony has suffered an 85% crash in the last thirty years.
- How American scientists are planning to thwart a salamander apocalypse.
- Lemurs smear bugs on their privates to ward off infection. Hmmm...
- A man's challenge to a bison went pretty much how you'd expect it to. (Wasn't it Jack Nicholson playing The Joker who said, "The gene pool needs a little chlorine!"?)
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Thirteen mystery and thriller books that inspired films.
- The scariest children in crime fiction.
- Ten Gothic thrillers set at the edge of the majestic, foreboding sea.
- Ten debut crime novels that were released in July.
- Nine funny mystery shows you can stream right now.
- Eight historical mysteries starring venerable sleuths.
- The literary roles of Benedict Cumberbatch.
- The best notes Atlas Obscura readers found in used books.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I should be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!