Good stuff for Dec 31st:
The blessing of many distractions to fill up the 2nd anniversary of Holly's death. Work (and I'm grateful it will be years before the 31st falls on a weekend again like it did in 2005) and two coworkers running a video-taped footrace with outrageous wagers at stake, editing, reading, and movie-watching to keep me from the snare of painful memory.
That I posted 262 times here in 2007. I'm pleased with that accomplishment!
My 126th and final fiction reread of 2007 were the two novellas by Tolkien 'Smith of Wootton Major,' and 'Farmer Giles of Ham.' The first is so sad, the second just keeps getting more hilarious the older I get and the more I learn. It's three times funnier than when I first read it in high school, that's for sure!
I got through chapter 20 with my book 1 editing! Only 12 chapters left, and I'm hoping I can do that in two weeks.
Last, but not least, 2007 is OVER!
I've been meaning to read more of Tolkien's stuff. So far I've only gotten to The Hobbit and, of course, LotR. I'm iffy about Simarillion--I hear so many varying accounts of it. But of course the only way is to read it for myself, right? Right! ;D I've not heard of those two you mentioned -- are they contained within a collection of his works or have the been published on their own?
'Smith of Wootton Major,' 'Farmer Giles of Ham,' and 'Leaf by Niggle' (his third novella) have all been published in many different ways and arrangements, and sometimes with his poetry or essays as well. Should be pretty easy to scoop up at a library, and they're all quick reads.