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Jul. 7th, 2010 12:21 pm
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (Grow)
ONE WORD answers, only. Also called killing time! :D
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windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (Default)
My entire book-loving Friends List has done this one. :D

1) What author do you own the most books by?

This is a toss-up between Anne McCaffrey and L.J. Smith.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?

I try not to own multiple copies. I do have extra L.J. Smith books because I loved them so much as a teenager and now they're being reprinted.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?

No. The people who are bothered by it bother me. :D

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?

Secretly? I don't think it is a secret that I've been in love with Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries for something like twenty years.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?

Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?

Danse Macabre by Laurell K. Hamilton (I quickly discovered the series really, truly, had gone-to-pot and was never coming back.)

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

I can't cut it down to one. The "bests" include: Jamie Korngold's God in the Wilderness: Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Great Outdoors with the Adventure Rabbi; Henry Cole's On Meadowview Street; Markus Zusak's The Book Thief; Nancy Cobb's In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation for the Living; and James William Gibson's A Reenchanted World: The Quest for a New Kinship with Nature.

9) If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?

John de Graaf's Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?

I couldn't name one human in history that has won it. So really, who am I to say?

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?

Pat Frank's Alas, Babylon. Did that ever happen?

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?

The Bible. It'd be the longest movie ever and all the begats would sorta kill the pacing.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.

It involved stabbing people with scissors in order to escape another dimension and really, who needs to hear more about that? :)

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. It gets worse and worse and worse.

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Wuthering Heights. I just couldn't get through it.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
Ever seen? Oh, that's unfortunate...I've only ever seen the most famous ones.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
The French...though really, aren't they both depressing? :)

18) Roth or Updike?
I have never read a single book of either.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Again, I've never read either one of these guys' work.


20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare, for rereadable joy.

21) Austen or Eliot?
Austen, without question.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Short stories, poetry, award-winning literature. I find myself shying away from anything that looks like what I was forced to read in literature courses. I like my fiction entertaining and my non-fiction uplifting.

23) What is your favorite novel?
Pat Frank's Alas, Babylon

24) Play?
Perversely, I really enjoy The Crucible.

25) Poem?
Here's where the giant gap in my reading comes into play. I have enjoyed poetry but found no heart-winning favorites.

26) Essay?
Seriously? Lord. I wouldn't know where to begin.

27) Short story?
I'm forever chilled by E.A. Poe's Premature Burial.

28) Work of nonfiction?
Some of the most influential of my life include:

The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional Life of Farm Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives by Dr. Brian Weiss
Affluenza: The All Consuming Epidemic by John de Graaf
Advice on Dying and Living a Better Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

29) Who is your favorite writer?
Shaun David Hutchinson :D

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
I don't know. I think books find their audiences and while something might not meet my needs, it may meet others'.

31) What is your desert island book?
A Grateful Heart: Daily Blessings for the Evening Meal from Buddha to the Beatles, edited by M.J. Ryan. Hundreds of poems and snippets and prayers on gratitude, something I'd need if I was stranded alone in a survival situation. Of course, the unpublished "Eat This....Not This: Wilderness Edition" would be helpful, too.

32) And… what are you reading right now?
I'm currently reading Kelley Armstrong's The Reckoning having just finished up Carrie Ryan's The Dead-Tossed Waves.
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (chillin)
The first sentence (or two) from the first post of each month in 2009. You know how this works. :D Memes and tweets and whatnot don't count.

January
I cut my ties with Full Moon Swaps for New Year's, handing the leadership of it to seven (very capable) volunteers.

February
Tuesday afternoon, I clipped Graeme into his stroller, poured raisins and graham crackers and cereal into the handy food tray, and walked a few miles around my Mom's landscaped neighborhood.

March
I'm still in Florida and mostly internet-less.

April
Holiday venting.

Lying or setting up a prank with the express purpose of making someone look foolish or face public humiliation is cruel--no matter what day of the year it is.

May
Now that Dreamwidth is in Open Beta, I've gotten myself an account there.

June
Waking up this morning, I was actually surprised to realize that I was sleeping in my own bed.

July
Rhiannon, they're apricots. (I'm an idiot. English. Not my best language. ;) )

August
For the fourth(?) year in a row, Daniel and I have adopted a family for Christmas through a local Catholic homeless shelter.

September
Our mother/son Alaskan cruise experiences refuse to be corralled into a linear account.

October
It is October, the most magic and wonderful month of the whole year. (If you ask me.) I am celebrating her return by flipping through back issues of The Blessed Bee, a pagan family newsletter, and enjoying a leisurely breakfast of Ezekial toast, natural peanut butter, and chai spiced apple cider.

November
Daniel, Graeme, and I dressed up and hit the streets for a Halloween party and parade at our neighborhood park. It was freezing, so I had to layer Graeme up in all kinds of socks and tights and leg-warmers and things that I'd hacked off to accommodate his costume.

December
My father's in the hospital again.

The H Word

Jul. 16th, 2009 10:25 am
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (horse&girl)
Leave me a comment and I will give you a letter.
Then, write 10 things that you love starting with that letter.
Post the list in your journal.
Give out letters to your commenters in return.


[livejournal.com profile] mermaiden gave me the letter "H".

1. Horses
I wasn't fortunate enough to grow up around horses, but I grew up immersed in stories of my mom's childhood horse adventures and those fictional ones I could find in the likes of The Black Stallion, Black Beauty, and The Saddle Club. Every horse book in the library, every book at the used book store that had anything to do with horses, I read over and over again. I memorized horse care manuals and confirmation standards in my free time. I collected and loved on My Little Pony, Breyer, and even She-Ra and Barbie's noble, crayola-hued horses. The best part of moving to Florida when I was ten years old was that it afforded me the first opportunity to ride, at a trail riding livery stable. I cannot think of an animal on this earth that I love and feel more of a soul connection to than the horse. I was also born in the Year of the Horse. :)

2. Holidays
I love celebrating holidays as holy days, days where my focus can shift both inward and outward, where the small details of meals and decoration and clothing become imbued with care and love in a way that I don't always remember to do in my day-to-day life, and where I'm given free rein and ample excuse to give gifts to those I love.

3. Hearts
I love hearts. I love them as a symbol for love--romantic love, familial love, world love, compassionate love, perfect love. I think, for me, that the heart is a sacred symbol and a very happy one besides. :)

4. Happiness
For me, happiness is a state achieved when I'm properly grounded, acting in accordance with my moral and spiritual compass, and living life in a grateful, optimistic way. I strive for happiness, even in crappo situations, and try to surround myself with people who have the same kind of emotional, energetic wiring.

5. History
If there was room for a number 11, I'd have added "humanity". I love history because it is the fascinating story of people--both in groups and singly. I'm interested in material culture and I'm interested in the ways in which our religious mores inform our societies' unique developmental paths, but I'm most interested in history as a window into the soul, collective and singly, of humanity.

6. Homemade
Food, gifts, clothing, bath products, paintings. I love the artisan-joy of homemade things. I love buying them and knowing that somewhere, that purchase may have made someone's day or reaffirmed in them a sense of their own creative worth.

7. Heroes
I love people whose hearts are filled with compassion, who are steeled with courage, who do the uncommon thing to make the world a better place. They inspire me and I celebrate their vision and commitment.

8. Hiking
I love to be outside, I love to see new places, I love to take walks--so really, hiking is the best of those worlds.

9. Harmony
Both musical and interpersonal, for me harmony is about creating something beautiful by balancing both my own individual needs, wants, and talents with those of someone else. I'm a Libra sun sign, so I find I have a lot of yearning to reach a state of harmony and balance with those around me. I do believe the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, if working in natural, supportive concert together.

10.Hummus
Daniel introduced me to hummus when we first met and beyond into a whole slew of international, vegan-friendly cuisines. So, I guess hummus is not only really yummy as condiment, but is also a symbol of that opening world of mine where I moved to being happily, globally vegan.

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