Tagged by Nina!
1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves a comment letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read the player’s blog.
4. The player lets the person who tagged them know when they’ve posted their answer.
What were you doing ten years ago?
That would be 1998 but I can’t remember too specifically, so the things I list cover 1997 to 1999: graduated from CEGEP; started my BA at McGill University; saw Coldplay, Morrissey, Radiohead, Supergrass, Charlatans, Jean Leloup, etc. live; visited London, Paris, Antibes, Cannes, Nice, various towns in Corsica, Istanbul, Izmir and Kusadasi; almost bought a Dali statue (see here), quit working at Dairy Queen and started working at Second Cup; finished reading all 12 of the History of Middle-Earth books; knit about 20 scarves; started learning Middle English; continued to learn German; and gleefully gave up taking Math, French and Gym classes for the rest of my life!
What are five things on your to-do list for today (in no particular order)?
Ha! Today’s a wash, too tired from my sister-in-law’s wedding. So tomorrow:
1. Work half a day
2. Go to the pub for lunch with relatives from out of town
5. Play Scrabble
What are some snacks you enjoy?
Ice cream, pretzels, carrots, celery, dark chocolate, fruit.
What would you do if you were a billionaire?
Oh my. Assuming I get a windfall tomorrow, I would: give money to family and to a few charities (though why there have to be so many disparate groups, I don’t understand – wouldn’t they save money and have more resources if they pooled their efforts? I’m talking about you, WWF, SPCA, CSPCA, Canadian Federation for Animal Welfare, etc., etc.!); pay off the mortgage; travel all over the place; make writing my job (as Nina B. said); get a driver’s license but probably not a car; think about moving somewhere where I could get a job copy editing for a publishing company; possibly invest in real estate; save the rest of the money; and start thinking about setting up the following:
1. A magazine (called The Inkuisitor)
2. A store with imported goods from England and Turkey
3. My own editing/publishing company
What are three of your bad habits?
Assuming I have more than 3? Talking too fast, cracking my knuckles and never using the phone.
What are five places you have lived?
Istanbul, Turkey; Montreal, Canada; Kusadasi, Turkey.
What are five jobs you have had?
Dairy Queen (I miss making ice cream cakes!)
Editor’s Assistant at EnRoute and Les Ailes magazines
Translator/Editor/Copy Editor/Administrative Assistant at GarLin International (two sites)
Copy Editor/Administrative Assistant at ICAO
What are the last five books you have read?
Stoics and Sceptics by Edwyn Bevan
Dear Bill, Remember Me? by Norma Fox Mazer
Ready or Not by Mary Stolz
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (all 7; reread before the release of Prince Caspian the movie)
On Writing by Stephen King (if you haven't read it yet, do!)
What are five websites that you visit daily (in no particular order)?
Compuserve Books and Writers' Community
and I Google at least one new fact/weird question/definition every day...
So, whom to tag... Aydin!
Books I'm Reading and Finished Books
- The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison
- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (annual reread)
- Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
- ***Reading At Intervals***
- Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
- The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
- What to Expect in Baby's First Year
- Baby's First Year for Dummies
- 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
- Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
- Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- The Jerusalem Bible
- ***Finished Books***
- The Magician by Somerset Maugham
- Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne
- The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving (skimmed last third)
- A Matter of Grave Concern by Brenda Novak
- Fatal Fallout by Lara Lacombe
- secret beta read!
- The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
- Deadly Contact by Lara Lacombe
- Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
- The Floating Admiral by the Detection Club, including Christie, Sayers, Chesterton, etc.
- Brief Lives, Sandman 8 by Neil Gaiman
- Liza of Lambeth by Somerset Maugham
- The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona (I give up on finishing this; skimmed to the end)
- Childe Harold by Lord Byron (listened to the parts of it set in Switzerland read aloud)
- Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
- My Dancing Bear by Helene de Klerk
- The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
- The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
- Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery
- Tu Vas Naitre by Sylvia Kitzinger
- Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves
- secret beta read 2!
- Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
- The Caliph's Vacation by Goscinny (Iznogoud series; Canadian translation) (reread)
- Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
- Le Tresor de Rackham le Rouge by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
- Le Secret de la Licorne by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
- L'Affaire Tournesol by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
- The Bum by Somerset Maugham (short story)
- The Colour of Magic, Discworld 1 by Terry Pratchett
- Fables and Reflections Sandman 6 by Neil Gaiman
- Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party by Graham Greene
- Once Upon an Heirloom by Kait Nolan (novella)
- The No-Kids Club by Talli Roland
- Snip, Snip Revenge by Medeia Sharif
- Journey to an 800 Number by E. L. Konigsburg
- various Neil Gaiman short stories on the An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer album (reread (well, this time in audio))
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (reread; actually this was an older edition, published under the original title of Ten Little N******)
- Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (reread)
- Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay
- How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
- biographical note on Lord Peter Wimsey in reissue of Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers (on Gutenberg)
- One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
- Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres
- The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
- Temptation by Sandy Loyd
- The Incorrigible Mr. Lumley by Aileen Fish
- Effie's Outlaw by Karen Lopp
- Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
- The Christmas Crossing by Bev Petterson (short story)
- secret beta read!
- An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
- Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
- Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
- Emil In the Soup Tureen by Astrid Lindgren
- Whales by Jacques Cousteau (excerpt essay from his book)
- Tutankhamen's Tomb by Howard Carter (excerpt essay from his book)
- Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
- Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
- Go the F*^$ To Sleep (board book)
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (reread) (brought to you by Neil Gaiman: http://www.worldbuilders.org/our-next-stretch-goal-unlocks-at/neil-gaiman-reads-green-eggs-and-ham)
- The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi
- mini Twitter stories by Talli Roland (available here: http://advice.uk.match.com/dating-advice/enjoy-valentine%E2%80%99s-day-and-get-mentallydating?utm_expid=55691082-15.2L0G0ictTcSJ4BI9Srh77A.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fadvice.uk.match.com%2Fdating-advice)
- The Book of Jane by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter
- Beloved Demons by Anthony Martignetti
- Hands-on Therapy by T L Watson
- Let Me Make Myself Plain by Catherine Cookson
- The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham
- Mystery of the Fat Cat by Frank Bonham
- Spin by Catherine Mckenzie
- Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
- The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen (reread)
- The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
- The Ghost in the Window by Betty Ren Wright
- The Progress of Love by Alice Munro
- The Treason of Isengard - Book 7 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (reread)
- Behind the Lines (poems) by A. A. Milne
- the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (reread)
- Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul
- see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
- see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
- see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
- see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
- see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
- see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
- also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
- see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
- also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
- also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html