In the meantime, have started working on a MG novel, the idea for which I've been playing with for a year or so. Less-tentatively titled The Tower Down. Chapter 1 done, chapter 2 begun. Hoping to get quite a bit added to it this week as one of my work families is on holiday, so I have half my usual hours. (Yes, this is the grand extent of my summer 'vacation'.) Fun but needs a lot of fleshing out as I go a long.
Reading update: Haruki Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase--very enjoyable read, translation a bit flat at times but mostly good, thoughtful slipstream-sort of novel but less abstract than Hard-Boiled Wonderland.
Currently reading an account of the travels of an ethnobotanist learning about plants in the Amazon rain forest. Lots of interesting details about the culture and personalities of the different tribes.
I'd like to read more like this--accounts of different cultures and societies, anthropological or historical or both. Anyone know any such texts, with an engaging rather than text-book narrative, to recommend?