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Sep. 17th, 2012

Books books all the books

(Ganked from [info]fileg.) It's international book week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your update.

"Our quest to chop off his head might not be well received."

*is dying*

Feb. 2nd, 2010

Update of randomy stuff

It's been ages since I had a proper update, so here's an attempt to catch up:

  • [personal profile] bridgetmkennitt is pimping chromaticvision, a multifandom character of colour challenge. I won't be able to participate -- the story I'm focused on is all about immigrants from western Europe, so no colour there -- but I hope many of you lot will sign up. I'm looking forward to reading these and seeing how characters of colour can be written well.

  • Speaking of reading, I have actually been picking up actual books lately. *gasp* I reread The English Patient, which always feels like a long luxurious soak in a milkbath of imagery, and I just started Middlesex last night. And okay, this is strange, but I love smelling the pages. The bookstore where I bought Middlesex has cedar shelves and the paper still retains it, while The English Patient smells like our house in Seattle. I think this is why I could never get one of those readers; I doubt that huffing on a Kindle could have the same sensory effect.

  • I'm learning German! I've had four classes so far, and the first three were horribly frustrating. The teacher wouldn't call on me -- she'd skip right over to the next person! -- and wasn't correcting my lousy pronunciation. But last night, it all kind of clicked. We were creating dialogues to sell things, and I got two classmates in a bidding war for the house I was selling in Monaco. :) It was a lot of fun, the teacher was engaged and helping me, and I finally knew I was getting something out of it. What a great feeling!

  • I'm also learning by writing a pen pal -- she writes in English and I write her back auf Deutsch. I feel like a real simpleton writing such basic things as "ich habe ein Hund und eine Katze," and all in present tense, of course, but my vocab's slowly building. I just hope there is room in my aged brain for this!

  • Aside from German, I've been spending inordinate amounts of time working on the The Gays of Our Lives event. We have less than 20 tickets to sell, which is great, but it's still making me nervous. But at least it's distracting me from the fact that my real paying work has dropped to almost nothing. I appreciate the free time; I'm less happy about the dent my savings is taking. That's supposed to go to travelling, not my hydro bill!

  • Despite my impoverished status of woe, I bought the most adorable boots!

And that is about all of my exciting life. And look, I didn't mention my AWZ obsession even once -- add in the weather (too damn cold!) and my health (pretty good for a couch potato), and this is just like a conversation with my father!

Oct. 23rd, 2008

The Graveyard Book

I'm headed for bed, but I want to share this first: Neil Gaiman reads The Graveyard Book. I just listened to the first chapter and it's fantastic. In this interview* he talks about conceiving of the story 23 years ago: "I knew I had a book," says Gaiman. But when he sat down that afternoon to write he came to a difficult realization after a page and a half: "I am not yet a good enough writer for this idea," Gaiman recalls thinking. Twenty-three years he's been musing over this! I think it shows. This is going to be my night-time reading for the next week, I think.

* And is that not the coolest beehive ever?!!!

Sep. 6th, 2008

Neverwhere

Running around crazily today. I've got clothes to pack, hair to dye, a blog entry to write for work (about what I don't know), and more. But I wanted to make sure you see this: free download of Neverwhere. This is one of my favourite books in the world. It's available for a limited time, so do check it out.

May. 3rd, 2008

Waking up slow

Last night I had the sexiest, most graphic, most elaborate sex dream I've ever had. The only problem is that for the life of me I can't remember who my partner was. I'm not even completely sure whether it was a man or a woman. Whoever it was, they followed my instructions perfectly after I explained, a la Ianto, that "it's the button on the top."

Ahem.

Since I'm still enjoying the afterglow trying to wake up, I went and did that book meme thing. Read all about it. )

Finally, I meant to post this earlier but got distracted. Thanks so much to [info]muppet who sent it to me and brightened my day!! Sam and Gene, looking dapper. )

Feb. 20th, 2008

I have to think of a subject line too?

Work's slowed to a crawl and my time's been almost completely free. You'd think I'd be doing something productive with my time. Nope! Instead I've:

* Changed a lightbulb and blew the fuse for half of my apartment. Since the fusebox is behind the fridge and the landlord couldn't come until this morning, I pulled out candles and sat in the dark and played Y2K all last night.
* Tried to rearrange my bookshelves to make more room, then decided that plan was silly and that I just need to buy bigger bookshelves. Ended up putting everything back exactly like it was.
* Watched 5 episodes of JPod. I'm so in love with this show. They've got the execs down pat.
* Clipped eight paws, then ended up chasing Rudy around as he bled all over my floor. My towels look like Dexter was here.
* Filed 6 months of records and pulled out receipts for taxes. That can go into the productive side of the list. But really, that's about all that's there.

Over the past few weeks, I've also spent way too much time trying to remember a book I read when I was a kid. Tonight I found it! Turns out it was Island at the Top of the World, the story of a Victorian expedition to the Arctic that discovers a forgotten Viking civilization and the graveyard of the whales. ([info]cocoajava, you would enjoy it -- there's an airship!) Yes, yes, I know it's probably a terrible movie. But for a time I was obsessed with their adventures and spent many hours pretending I was a Viking.

My need to find this book started after I read [info]roma_fics's Survival of the Species, an incredible decade-long adventure in Harry and Draco's lives. It has archeologist!Draco, talking dragons, and, to my great joy, non-squicky mpreg. Best of all, it's set on a remote Arctic island off the coast of Greenland. So much love for this story -- I read it a few weeks ago, but just went back for another read and discovered I love it even more.

(This rambly nonsensical post was brought to you by Bailey's.)

Aug. 24th, 2007

Friday, Friday, Friday

Man oh man, I love Fridays! I finished work early today and rewarded myself with a trip to the LCBO, where I stocked up on five nice bottles of wine -- gonna be a big weekend! Well, not really, but I do feel better when I have a fully stocked liquor cabinet. Nick and Nora are my idols, truly.

And so I'm about to kick back and enjoy my drink with one of my favourite guilty pleasures, the delightfully twisted Wings of the Dove. And maybe later, The Mummy. Yes, because it's been that kind of random week.

I had to snag [info]omarandjohnny's meme. What am I reading, you ask? )

Oh, and TIFF plans are proceeding in spite of the festival organizers continued incompetence. I might possibly maybe have a place to stay! With someone who I don't know, in a part of town I don't know, but hey! Free! (And after a day of looking at "budget" hotels in Toronto plastered with reviews like "Whatever you do, don't stay here!" the thought of taking advantage of a stranger's kindness sounds mighty tempting.)