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 Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
- Rogue Warrior by Regan Walker
- Black (what was this? I don't remember!)
- ***Reading At Intervals***
- Beauty and the Beast by Villeneuve
- 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***
- 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!
- see the 2016 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2016/12/annual-books-read-statistics-2016.html
- see the 2015 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2015/12/annual-books-read-statistics.html
- see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
- 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