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
- Sandman: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman
- The Return of the Shadow - Book 6 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
- ***Reading At Intervals***
- Stories in Words by C S Lewis
- Poison by Bridget Zinn
- Medieval Comic Tales (Folio Society edition)
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
- Shadow Show (Anthology in Honour of Ray Bradbury, including Neil Gaiman!)
- Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy
- The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
- Warriors (anthology) edited by George R. R. Martin and G. Dozois (featuring a new Lord John story by Diana Gabaldon)
- The Jerusalem Bible
- ***Finished Books***
- Acquainted With the Night by Rober Frost (read by Amanda Palmer) (here: http://amandapalmer.net/blog/20120510/)
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (reread)
- Star Trek Book of Opposites (board book)
- Alligator Baby by Robert Munsch
- Causeries: l'Etat Civil du Comte de Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (essay)
- Le Comte de Monte-Cristo par Alexandre Dumas
- About the B'nai Bagels by E. L. Konigsburg
- Parragon's Encyclopedia of Animals a Family Reference Guide (skimmed)
- Throwing Shadows by E. L. Konigsburg
- The Devil on the Staircase by Joe Hill (short story)
- Horns by Joe Hill
- Altogether One at a Time by E. L. Konigsburg
- Orders From Berlin by Simon Tolkien
- The King of Diamonds by Simon Tolkien
- Quick Fix by Linda Grimes (arc!)
- Jack Absolute by C. C. Humphreys
- The Lost Road - Book 5 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
- The Roots of Betrayal by James Forrester
- Leaf by Niggle by J. R. R. Tolkien (short story) (reread)
- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (reread)
- Sandman: Doll's House by Neil Gaiman
- secret beta read!
- An Easter Walk by Zan Marie Steadham (reread)
- Celtic Myths and Legends by Mike Dixon-Kennedy (reread) (skimmed)
- Rainy Days with Bear by Maureen Hull
- Down to a Sunless Sea by Neil Gaiman (short story) (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/down-sunless-sea-neil-gaiman-short-story)
- Sandman: Prologues and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
- Uncle John's Bathroom Reader, the Music edition
- The Circus by Emma Trevayne (short story) (http://the-cabinet-of-curiosities.blogspot.ca/2013/03/the-circus-by-emma-trevayne.html)
- Ghost Stories of Canada (compilation) (read a few)
- Red Shoes and Doll Parts by Claire Legrand (short story (available at: http://the-cabinet-of-curiosities.blogspot.ca/2013/02/red-shoes-and-doll-parts-by-claire.html)
- In A Fix by Linda Grimes
- A Calendar of Tales by Neil Gaiman
- It Came from the Far Side by Gary Larson
- Boy O'Boy by Brian Doyle
- Mary Ann Alice by Brian Doyle (so sweet! I wish there was a sequel)
- The Man Who Loved Flowers by Stephen King (short story) (reread)
- Celtic Myths and Legends by (forgot) (skimmed)
- Night Surf by Stephen King (short story) (reread)
- On This Day I Complete My Thirty-sixth Year by Lord Byron (poem)
- 11/22/63 by Stephen King (brilliant)
- When Summer Comes by Brenda Novak
- All My Life Before Me - the diary of C. S. Lewis (finally! after 15 years!)
- The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
- The Cake Made Out of Teeth by Claire Legrand (short story) (READ IT! Here: http://the-cabinet-of-curiosities.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-cake-made-out-of-teeth-by-claire.html)
- Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (wonderful!)
- Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels by Helene Boudreau (ARC)
- The Great Explorers (Folio Society edition) (skimmed)
- The Shaping of Middle-Earth - Book 4 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
- Medieval Civilisation by Jacques le Goff (skimmed)
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (sooo many questions!)
- Highland Moonlight by Teresa J. Reasor (skimmed very fast)
- Not So Funny When It Happened (a travel humour anthology; I read a few of the essays, specifically by Douglas Adams, Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, Anne Lamott, etc.)
- Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper (reread)
- Greenwitch by Susan Cooper (reread)
- The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis (reread)
- Emerson (bits and pieces of his essays on his travels through England and Scotland; read aloud to me)
- The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
- Old Man's War by John Scalzi
- The Cove by Ron Rash
- 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