Go Ask Alice…About the Queen

When pleased, I beat like a drum. When sad, I break like glass. Once stolen, I can never be taken back. What am I?

In a blog post a few days ago I wrote that I was listening to Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  Although I was not enjoying the storyline at that moment, things took a rapid and f6c56d2219b28eb6bdd7b6640ee6bf62surprising change when I turned the pages to chapter 45 and the book came to a heartless climax.

Without revealing too much, here’s the scoop.  Cath has won the affection of the bumbling King of Hearts, but she is in love with Jest the court joker.  Jest is a babe and a scoundrel — certainly not a suitable match for a potential Queen of Hearts, according to her parents.

As it always goes with fractured fairy tales, fate has other plans for the star-crossed lovers.  Cath’s heart is viciously and irrevocably broken, leaving her with one life-changing option.  Off with his head.

In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Marissa Meyer shares the story of the notorious bad girl of the Kingdom — the Queen of Hearts.


Heartless: A Heart Once Stolen Can Never be Given Back


This morning, I completed 13.1 miles and submitted my finish time in fulfillment of the requirements for the virtual Christmas in July Half Marathon.  My race shirt and my flashing Christmas tree finishers’ medal should arrive within a few weeks.

I started early this morning so I could return home in time to watch the Wimbledon Men’s Championship match (go, Roger!).  There was a chill in the pre-dawn air, the sky was blue, and a slight breeze was coming out of the north.  This morning’s listening selection was Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  Less creative and captivating than The Lunar Chronicles, Meyer’s take on four traditional fairy tales, I am barely enjoying Heartless.  I’ve read reviews that say the ending “left a bad taste,” Ten more chapters to go — I will let you know how it turns out.

Back to races and challenges and other tales of self-shellacking.  In a surprising turn of events I went to visit a chiropractor to ease an acute numbness in my left hand, but the 18584855treatment has done much more than help my hand.  Dr. Troy has turned out to be a godsend — physically and mentally.  He “gets” the reason behind the miles I put in and the weight training.  Best of all — he has a plan to help me improve my performance.

What’s next on the race schedule?  My first, and probably last, ultramarathon with two more marathons on the schedule in the fall.  2018 will start with my one and done Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World.

What’s next on the reading list to get me through the miles?  Apollo 8 by Jeffrey Kluger and Once and For All by Sarah Dessen.

32 of 51 books completed in my Goodreads Challenge for 2017
49.5 of 6,800 miles completed on the American Discovery Trail
83 of 100 lifetime half marathons completed