Free Time Fridays – August 15, 2014

A new MEME this week! Read about it at Shannon’s eatupmyfreetime blog.

ShannonFTFFree Time Fridays is a weekly meme created and hosted by eatupmyfreetime.

On Fridays we will recap how we spent our free time during the week + our plans for the weekend! ie. Did you read? If so, what books? Did you shop? Listen to any cool tunes? Binge watch any cool TV shows? Take any trips lately? I want to hear all about it!! You can either mention ALL of the ways you spent your free time that week or focus on one activity. Whatever your heart desires!


First I think I need a definition of Free Time! When I was working, I always thought that after retirement, I’d have oodles of free time to read, read, read. Well, this was before the days of the Internet, book groups, trivia hangouts and certainly before the days of blogs. Do I read more now than before I retired? No. Do I occasionally (often), at the end of a day, log off and think that I could have read an entire book in the time I just spent on the Internet? Yes. C’est la vie.



This week I spent nearly an entire day preparing for the group read at the Nutshell Cubbyhole of The Haunter of the Dark by H. P. Lovecraft.

HaunterAndFirst I discovered it was a sequel to The Shambler from the Stars by Robert Bloch which appeared in the September 1935 issue of Weird Tales. (Bloch is the author of Psycho among other things.) Naturally I had to find this story and read it first.

Lovecraft’s story was written in November of 1935 and published in the December 1936 issue of Weird Tales.

This stone, once exposed, exerted upon Blake an almost alarming fascination. He could scarcely tear his eyes from it, and as he looked at its glistening surfaces he almost fancied it was transparent, with half-formed worlds of wonder within.  –  The Haunter of the Dark

Another discovery was that Bloch had written a third tale many years later. The Shadow from the Steeple appeared in the September 1950 issue of Weird Tales and I can hardly wait to get to it! Fortunately all three have been reprinted together by Arkham House in Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos.


That pretty much sums up my free time (so-called) for this past week. It’s your turn now. How did you spend your free time this week or what are you looking forward to this weekend?


6 comments on “Free Time Fridays – August 15, 2014

  1. Nish says:

    This sounds like such a fun meme, I might join in!

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  2. Shannon says:

    Thank you for participating in this meme!!

    You are so right, it is seriously hard finding free time with social media and the internet. I spend more time reading blogs about books and browsing books online than I do actually reading them.

    Your group read choice sounds really interesting! I love when you discover that there are more stories associated with a book. Reading them in proper order would’ve been my priority too! hehe Also, I did not know that Psycho was originally a book!!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • And thank you for starting it, Shannon! I hope Nish participates too and lots of others. We’ve got to spread the word.

      Bloch wrote a lot of horror that would be familiar. He wrote for a lot of tv shows too, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Thriller, Star Trek and others.


  3. Interesting! Aman just posted about Pulp Fiction on his blog Confessions of a Readaholic.


  4. An interesting post about Robert Bloch at These Fantastic Worlds.


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