Autumn’s here

My name is Y. S. Lee and I’ve been a sloppy blogger all summer long. Now that it’s late September, it is time to change my inconsistent ways. Starting this week, I’ll return to my weekly blogging schedule and post something each Wednesday. Promise.

What’s up with me?

As a reader:

My husband just gave me a copy of this book.

If you know how I feel about Claire Tomalin and Jane Austen, you will know that I am over the moon and can’t wait to rip into it (figuratively, figuratively). But he outdid himself this time, because he gave me this edition:

Did you hear my scream of delight? I’m torn between sleeping with it under my pillow, locking it away under archival conditions, and reading it in one sitting while children scream and my life crumbles around me. Ahem.

As a writer:

Tomorrow, I’m appearing at Kingston WritersFest with YA author Adwoa Badoe. We’ll be reading and talking to memoirist Susan Olding on the subject of “Life Lessons”. This is my first literary festival as an author, rather than as reader and fan, and I’ve been looking forward to this for ages!

I’ll also be skyping in to Lethbridge, AB’s Word on the Street festival this Sunday. I’m very excited for this, too, and glad that I’ll never know how big my head looks on a projection screen. If you happen to see it, don’t tell me, okay?

As a human being:

My three-year-old’s been singing his favourite fall song, Hawksley Workman‘s “Autumn’s Here”, without consideration for parental feelings of musical satiety. The child is merciless, so I’ve decided to inflict it on you, too. This link takes you to a superlong live rendition.

How are you all? What are you up to? What did I miss, while I was not really here over the summer?

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7 Responses to “Autumn’s here”

  1. Ann-Maureen Owens says:

    Knock ’em dead Ying at KWF and in Lethbridge! Sorry to miss KWF but I’ll think of you as I take long walks in the Devon countryside and along the coast.

  2. Mara A. says:

    What a lovely present!! As for whether to sleep with it under your pillow, lock it away, or read it in one sitting: I would read it in two sittings, store it under your pillow while you read it, and then lock it away until you give in and re-read it (because quite obviously you will re-read it).

  3. Ying says:

    Sage advice, Mara. I’ve begun reading (2 sittings is a fantasy, but I’m making good progress) and it’s WONDERFUL. And thank you, Ann-Maureen! Please eat some clotted cream for me.

  4. rayraY says:

    is jane austin:a life about her life?

  5. rayraY says:

    also, if you like Jane Austin, there is a book about Jane Austin’s friend with Jane Austin in it.
    its written in a diary kind of form, and i think some of it might be true.

  6. Ying says:

    Yes, rayraY, the Tomalin book is a biography. What’s the title of the book you mentioned?

  7. rayraY says:

    its called I was Jane Austins Best Friend
    by Cora Henderson
    sry i answered so late and idk if ur gonna even look cause its so late but yaaaa…thats the title.

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