Weekly Ramble Eight: Bedding Hassles and Holiday Writing

It's the holiday season and I'm sleep deprived! Hurray! And not even for any fun reason like stress or anxiety or anything, but because either my pillow or my mattress is dying and I keep waking up with a stiff neck after 6 hours of sleep and then just uncomfortably dozing for the rest of the night. I've tried 4? 5? new pillows in 2 weeks, so I'm leaning towards 'it's the mattress,' but to be fair, I've had crap luck with pillows this time around. They've all been unreasonably big or had no support to them at all. I'm trying one more pillow that's coming in today, and if that doesn't work, I'll be in the market for a new memory foam mattress. Hurray...

Also, I know this is late, but hush, Monday and Tuesday were holidays, so this is my Monday, ok?

I did do some writing this week, even with the holiday (in fact, I wrote every day except Christmas Day!). I finally, finally, got over myself enough to move the old draft to a different folder, so my total wordcount dropped dramatically. I wrote 5,434 words this week, and ended with a total wordcount for the second draft of 8,917. Yay, progress!

I've only got two book reviews for you this week, alas.

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers has done it again. I come away from every book in her Wayfarers series feeling optimistic about the future of humanity, and this book is no exception. While in the first book she dealt with the crew of a small ship, and in the second she dealt with a a pair of people with intertwined lives, in Record of a Spaceborn Few she expands the narrative outward to encompass the space station that used to be the space ship that carried humanity out of the solar system and away from a dying planet. Chambers does a lovely job of portraying a community focused on working together, and the ways that it needs to reinvent itself now that it's overall mission has changed. This is a book that definitely made me cry--it's got more heartbreak in it than her other books--but it still has that core belief in the goodness of humanity and people's ability to work out their differences, and in times like these, I need the reminder that there's good in the world, and good in our future, if we can just reach each other.

Definitely would recommend this one, especially as a lovely little pick-me-up at this dark time of the year.

Fortress in the Eye of Time by C. J. Cherryh

I love C. J. Cherryh, generally, but while this book definitely had some interesting character work and makes some unique choices when it comes to agency, it wasn't my favourite of everything she's written. You'd probably like it if you want a fantasy that's got an older feel to it when it comes to word choice, but does is still doing new and interesting things.