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1) After months and months of struggle and irritation and total failure to catch a single one of the mice in our house, this weekend we've caught six. The weirdest thing is that we're using exactly the same traps as we did before - and a good thing too, since they're multi-mouse humane traps that hold more than one at a time, so Friday morning we discovered four mice in one trap, all grooming each other and chowing down on the food we'd left inside. They were all, needless to say, adorable. We drove out to leave them a couple miles away in a forest, and they hopped out and hid, all together, underneath the leaves of a wild garlic plant. Every morning since then, we've released one of their brothers or sisters into the same location. I really hope they find each other again. (And please, please don't remind me of how dangerous the wild is for housemice. I can't even bear to think about it. We couldn't let them stay in our house...but if it weren't for their breeding capabilities, we'd have been very tempted just to buy an enormous cage with runs and games for them and keep them as pets. They are so incredibly cute.)

2) This morning I wrote about 2,000 words of Kat by Starlight, the most I've written in one go since the end of Kat by Moonlight. Woot! Of course, the funny thing is, I know that for many writers this would be a bare minimum of a daily wordcount (or not even that)...but for me it's nearing burn-out levels, too much to do regularly. The other week, someone posted that anyone who wants to be a pro writer has to be ready to write at least 2,000 new words a day, and I had a near nervous breakdown. It took a lot of chocolate and reminders of all the pro writers I know who don't do those wordcounts before I calmed down about the whole thing. In the meantime, though, the novel is going really well, and I'm having fun with it.

3) Karen Mahoney tagged me with a book meme. Here are the rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people and post a comment to whoever tagged you once you've posted your three sentences.

So here we go! The closest book to me is a research book, Georgette Heyer's Regency World, by Jennifer Kloester. (It's great because it's filled with wonderful and useful Regency detail, but it all just feels to me like gossip because she constantly references the characters in Heyer's novels.) And the three sentences are:
Established in 1762, Boodle's (28 St. James Street) had originally been started as a club at 50 Pall Mall by William Almack, the founder of Almack's. Originally known as the 'Savoir Vivre' it was eventually named after the manager Edward Boodle. In later years Boodle's moved into a fine Adam-style building in St James's Street on the original site of White's club.

Not an exciting clip, maybe, but it is a really good book.

Because everyone I know is frantically busy right now, I'm going to break the last rule of the meme and let people tag themselves. Do let me know if you choose to be tagged - I love seeing all the different books people are reading!

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