Monday, 31 December 2007

Happy Hogmanay!

Resolutions that may or may not be achieved:
finish Lobster Press query
and get it in the mail (not for The Face of A Lion, not yet!)
go to the library and do more research for The Face of A Lion
write last 3-4 scenes and finish The Face of A Lion!
select photos/art to have framed with gift certificate!
work even harder for the January exercise since I missed December
and only did half of November
learn how to spell excercise

More resolutions to come; these are for the next two weeks!

Monday, 24 December 2007

Our Library

I have finally completed one major part of my TO DO list, and it only took me a year to do it! I started using LibraryThing last January and thought I would be finished cataloguing the library within a fortnight or so. Well, 12 months later, I've finally done it! - adding a pile of books to the library even as I tried to catalogue the ones we've already got. It seems when I started it, I didn't realise how quickly it would become such a boring job - it's too quick a task to be chatting at the same time and yet too slow for me, who's used to doing at least two things on the computer at once, if not ten. But kudos to the folks at LibraryThing for putting together such an easy to use template. You're only allowed up to 200 books before you have to pay for your account, so I had to get eight different accounts before I managed to put all our books in. Should I do our CDs/videos/DVDs/LPs as well? I started that once so I would only have to add everything purchased since c. 2002 :-)
I wish there was a way to post the catalogue here. Unless I link to all eight LibraryThing sites. Hmm...

Monday, 17 December 2007

The Face of a Lion

The more I look at it, the more it fits - what else could one want in a title?
Alright, let's see. The lion part refers to both Kedi (especially in one scene) and the lion/lamb dichotomy, as well as the Roman entertainment of lions in the arenas. Kedi has the face of a lion since he is obviously not a lion, but a cat, who can behave like a lion if he so chooses. One of the characters also gets a tattoo that features a lion, though he prefers it to be an antagonistic image, whereas Kedi's lion is more of a defender. Then, of course, the lion is king of the beasts. In a roundabout way, as well, I suppose the title could also refer to lions coming up out of the desert to assail the woods of Britain, and though that is certainly the context of the story, I don't want to imply that the Celts were wiped out entirely. The Roman invasion was necessary for the spread of certain ideals, but the Celts, and later the Anglo-Saxons, certainly had some ideas of their own. The quote from which I snagged the title refers to the face of a lion on one side and the face of a cherub on the other, and that I thought was fitting as well. Mainly because of Rome coming in like a lion and paving the way for the lamb, but for other reasons as well. This may or may not sound slightly esoteric, but it's clearer in the novel.
Now to go off and actually write some more of the novel. I've had about a month of nothing and am beginning to feel the lack.

Thursday, 13 December 2007

The Face of a Lion

Ta da!!!! That's it! That's the title! Whew! More info later when I pause to catch a breath.

Sunday, 9 December 2007

What? What?

In Ancient Time
An Anchor in the Waters
From the Sea
The Light on the Hills

Still trying to think of a title...

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • Alexandria by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Testament of Experience by Vera Brittain
  • Zoom sur Plainpalais by Corinne Jaquet
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
  • Burning Sky by Lori Benton
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Istanbul Noir (Akashic Books anthology)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Hermit Crab by Peter Porter (poem)
  • The Hidden Land by Private Irving (poem;
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • Dear Mr Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • My Own Two Feet by Beverly Cleary
  • Managed by Kristen Callihan
  • beta read! (JB)
  • The Making of Outlander by Tara Bennett
  • The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • A Daughter's A Daughter by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
  • Sunlight by Margaret Rucker (poem; floating in a cocktail glass)
  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  • Preface to The Hobbit, by Christopher Tolkien
  • Ilk Defa... by Beste Barki (essays)
  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (essay)
  • The Moon and I by Betsy Byars
  • The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  • Rogue Warrior by Regan Walker
  • Beauty and the Beast by Villeneuve
  • Black (what was this? I don't remember!)
  • Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani
  • Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. Awry (26 book collection)
  • beta read (Born to Run by RB)
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson (poem)
  • Android's Dream by John Scalzi
  • The Mysterious Tadpole by Stephen Kellogg (reread)
  • Yashim Cooks Istanbul by Jason Goodwin
  • Miniatures by John Scalzi
  • Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  • Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
  • All or Nothing by Rose Lerner (short story)
  • Merry Christmas, Emily (board book)
  • Extra Yarn by __ and Jan Klassen
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Outlandish Companion II by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Outlandish Companion I, Revised by Diana Gabaldon
  • MacHinery and the Cauliflowers by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Dileas by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Gold Watch by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • betty, butter, sun by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  • The Very Cranky Bear (Scholastic)
  • various haiku by R. Wodaski
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
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