Monday, 29 December 2008

Next Step

I finished editing!!!

And now... I've got to tackle the electronic MS, entering all those edits, fixing dialogue, typing up linking bits... oh, and, um, writing the last couple of pages.

6 pages per day - I should be able to do this, but if willpower fails, there's always the Mission girls!

The goal is to finish by 1 February, since I've got about 10 beta readers lined up! I gave the first chapter to friends and family back in August - the chapter's changed since then, thankfully, since I got no feedback whatsoever... Non-writers!

Thursday, 25 December 2008

And Now Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Programme

Three days and eighteen pages left to go on the editing, and I'm getting a little discouraged... Seems I really ran out of steam in the last few chapters - lots of loose ends to tie up and dialogue to fix and description to add.
I love Austin and Kedi and their story but I wish... I'm not sure. Time alone with a computer? More hours in the day?
Whatever it is, though, I'd like to figure it out before the new year (remember the Charlie Brown when Lucy enters Linus in the New Year pageant? and Linus gets all stressed? I tried to find a link of some sort but Google didn't turn anything up this time...) comes in - and then institute a regimen of some sort (sorry, had to use that word - just caught someone trying to use it but saying regiment instead, without understanding the difference) and then stick to it.
Sven is still going strong, so he might provide some incentive...

Monday, 22 December 2008

Oh, Okay, I'll Play Too

Blogs and mailing lists I follow are all into the Bookworm Meme (find the nearest book, open it to page 56, and read the 5th sentence (why page 56?)).
*looks around*
Ha! The day I finally decide to play I'm at the office with no books and I don't even have my commuting book with me cos I'm editing my own novel on the train... Here you go...

From The Face of A Lion (the fifth sentence is kinda short. Therefore I'm just going to give you the whole of page 56):

"But why me?"
"All those who are chosen for such tasks ask that very same question. It is a mark of your humility that you should wonder at your own capabilities." Kedi's whiskers still tickled his knee. "The presence of such humility, couple with a dedication to the task before you, is precisely why you are suited so completely to this undertaking. Parua scintilla saepe magnam flamum excitat - a small spark often ignites a great flame."
Kedi's words swam in his head. As far as he could fathom, he'd been judged worthy to attempt a task no adult could accomplish, but he was no nearer to understanding just what qualities he could possibly have. His stomach gurgled again, reminding him of the dinner he'd shared with Nectan. Nectan the celt. Why should Nectan's people matter less than the Romans?

You know what? I do have books here - the library I started at the office! Let's see, what's a good one... Aha!

From It Shouldn't Happen to A Vet by James Herriot (again, the entire paragraph, cos it's fun!):

With increasing alarm I saw the two vehicles abreast and bearing down on us only a few hundred yards away and not a foot of space on either side of them. Of course the old car would pull in behind the lorry - it had to, there was no other way - but it was taking a long time about it. Tristan jammed on his brakes. If the lorry did the same, the other car would just be able to dodge between. But within seconds I realized nothing like that was going to happen and as they thundered towards us I resigned myself with dumb horror to a head-on collision.

He survived, of course, but with one entire side of Tristan's car ripped off...

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Books Read in 2008 Part VI

Forgot two more!
Sweet and Savoury Bites - an Australian baking book - and Tartans, both birthday presents :-)
Now I can make lamingtons! Thanks Sim! If you had a blog I could tag you...

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Books Read in 2008 Part V

Addendum 2:

Of course, none of the statistics below take into account any of the beta reading I've done, of my own novel or others' novels... Not to mention Letters from Home, monthly exercises, and so on, over at the Compuserve Books and Writers Forum, the best writers' hangout on the web!

Books Read in 2008 Part IV

Two books that are missing from the list:
Britannia Mews by Margery Sharp
Cost of Freedom by Carol Spradling
I don't know what happened to Britannia Mews; I read it back in August, so must have forgotten to add it to the list... Cost of Freedom I just started!
So that makes 104 books over 50 weeks if I finish the Pink Fairy Book this weekend...

Books Read in 2008 Part III


Books read: 101

Average over 50 weeks: about 2 books per week

Authors read: 69 plus a few compendiums (Folio Forewords, Stories Before Tolkien, Australian Short Stories, Stitch 'n' Bitch, Dear Canada, Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization, Panorama of the Classical World)

Most by one author: apparently it's the Alex Rider series at 5 books; next come Emily Carr and Dorothy Sayers at 4 books each

Caveat: I would have read more by Joanna Bourne and Marilynne Robinson but they've only published 2 and 3 to date, respectively

Oldest book: hmm, oldest published or oldest author? that is, Aesop's the oldest author, followed by Pliny, but the oldest original book (ie not a reprint) was Sayers, followed by Fante and Steinbeck (yay! for second hand bookshops!)

Newest book: well, many of them are reprints so it's hard to tell... Actually, it must be Joanna Bourne and Marilynne Robinson's latest, since they were released this year and I bought them straight away (oh dear, I also just got Cost of Freedom by Carol Spradling off Amazon, but haven't added it to the statistics; that's a new book as well...)

Rereads: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, The Stand by Stephen King, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis, Outlander; Dragonfly in Amber; and Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, and The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien (I reread the first two in December 2007)

Stories/Authors I didn't like: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ian McEwan, Ian Rankin and Hairball by Margaret Atwood

Pointless fluff: Robin Pilcher, Julie Anne Long and "Medina, Maiden of Ephesus" - the dangers of POD!

Fun fluff: Monty Python, the Andy Capp books

Youngest book: Franklin's Bad Day (Franklin the Turtle!) - I got a cookie recipe off this too!

Books from the 19th Century: Paul Patoff by FM Crawford, most of the stories in Tales Before Tolkien, After London by Richard Jeffries, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Tom Brown's Schooldays by Thomas Hughes, Persuasion by Jane Austen, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson, Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence, The Temple of Diana at Ephesus by Falkener

Books from 1900-1945: 1/4 of the list!

1. Hundreds and Thousands by Emily
2. Ask the Dust by John Fante
3. Stories by John Buchan
4. Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
5. A Dill Pickle by Katherine Mansfield
6. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
7. What's Wrong With the World by G. K. Chesterton
8. The Best of Roald Dahl (short stories)
9. The Travelling Rug by Dorothy L. Sayers
10. Australian Short Stories
11. Full of Life by John Fante
12. The Moon and Sixpence by Somerset Maugham
13. Stoics and Sceptics by Edwyn Bevan
14. The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
15. Decline of the English Murder & Other Essays by George Orwell
16. The Clicking of Cuthbert by PG Wodehouse
17. Christian Behaviour by CS Lewis
18. Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson
19. The Heart of A Peacock by Emily Carr
20. Heretics by GK Chesterton
21. Growing Pains, the autobiography of Emily Carr
22. Wet Magic by E Nesbit
23. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers
24. Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers
25. The House of All Sorts by Emily Carr

Books/Authors I'd recommend: lots! I don't usually read stuff I won't like, as odd as that sounds... so: the Dear Canada series, Tolkien, Nesbit, Dyer, Skrypuch, Jamie Oliver, Rowling, Carr, Rogan, Dahl, Chesterton, Gabaldon, CS Lewis, Buchan, Steinbeck, Thomas King, Stephen King, Robinson, Sayers, Roy, Konigsburg, the Tales Before Tolkien and Australian Short Stories collections, Dickens, Fante, Little, Fraser, L'Engle, Maugham, Zusak, Bourne, Iain Lawrence, DH Lawrence, Lowry, Orwell, Wodehouse, Graves...

Shortest book: besides Franklin the Turtle and Andy Capp and so on... The Travelling Rug by Dorothy L. Sayers and The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling

Longest book: besides the textbooks... The Lord of the Rings, Diana Gabaldon's books, Sayers... After London by Richard Jeffries (1886) felt long because it was so tedious and badly written...

Those are all the categories I can come up with right now...

Books Read in 2008 Part II

Here are all the books I read in the past year (I wish I'd kept this sort of list from the age of 10 or so...):

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling (lovely!)
Hundreds and Thousands by Emily Carr (lovely; lots of good advice on creativity, among other tidbits; yesterday was the 137th anniversary of Emily Carr's birth; I wish I could have been her friend))
Ask the Dust by John Fante (Has anyone else read this? What'd y'all think? It wasn't as much fun as Full of Life)
StitchnBitch Nation (Birthday Gift from Helen! Sooo many patterns to choose from!)
Hindsight by Barbara Rogan (read it! read it!) (
Stories by John Buchan (the Folio edition; our erstwhile Governor General!)
Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck (still very relevant!)
First Folio (collection of forewords from 15 Folio Society books)
This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski (short story; very affecting)
Borders by Thomas King (short story; love his works)
Hairball by Margaret Atwood (short story; her stories always leave a sour taste)
A Dill Pickle by Katherine Mansfield (short story; the kind I'd like to be able to write)
One of These Days by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (short story; I don't know what it is, I seem to have a mental block/aversion where he's concerned; this story simply didn't *conclude* for me)
Home by Marilynne Robinson (how could I resist breaking the book ban to buy this? I saw it at the airport bookstore and held it for ever so long until I finally broke down and took it to the cash register...Ah, Jack. It's been two days and I'm still crying over this)
If You Could See Me Now by Cecilia Ahern (cute story that's been very badly/quickly edited)
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers (Guinness is good for you)
What's Wrong With the World by G. K. Chesterton (I can't believe all these things were Right There in 1910 and no one worked on fixing them, Now what's wrong with the world has been compounded a hundredfold)
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (pure poetry!)
In Between the Sheets by Ian McEwan (Ick ick ick. And kinda pointless too.)
The Best of Roald Dahl (short stories) (So deliciously creepy!)
Paul Patoff by Crawford, F. Marion (Francis Marion) (1899) (Fun adventure/romance - but first cousins!!!)
Garden in the Wind by Gabrielle Roy (I should have read the French original, but someone let me this collection of four short stories... first time I've read this brilliant Canadian author!)
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg (reread)
Tales Before Tolkien Anthology selected by Douglas Anderson (some exciting SF in here!)
After London by Richard Jeffries (1886)
The Birth House by Ami McKay
The Travelling Rug by Dorothy L. Sayers
An Ocean Apart by Robin Pilcher (Son of Rosamunde Pilcher. Anyone for head-hopping?)
The Iron Wolf and Other Stories by Richard Adams (how'd you do cube roots?)
Pliny's Natural History Books I and II
Prisoners in the Promised Land by Marsha Skrypuch (Hi Marsha!)
The Stand by Stephen King (reread; 1980 Signet paperback edition)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (reread; it is a far far better thing that I do now...)
Australian Short Stories
Full of Life by John Fante
Hats Off Andy Capp by Smythe
Hurray For Andy Capp by Smythe (I should coco!)
Somebody Else's Summer by Jean Little (Bilbo the parrot!)
Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser (did you know that the 19th Century was raunchy?)
Tom Brown's Schooldays by Thomas Hughes (don't know why I never read this before, but I'm reading it now so I can read the Flashman books!)
Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle (just what I needed for motivation)
Persuasion by Jane Austen (my first Austen; I was pleasantly surprised; it could have been written yesterday!)
The Moon and Sixpence by Somerset Maugham (next up, The Razor's Edge)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (read it!)
My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne (Get it! Get it! Get it!)
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Lord of the Nutcracker Men by Iain Lawrence
The Fables of Aesop (Folio Edition)
Monty Python's Big Red Book (hilarious! duh!)
Eyes of the World by Rob Palmer (first thriller I've read in a looong time - it was worth it! Unexpected but believable characters and a good pace - none of this shoot 'em up every two pages nonsense)
One For the Money by Janet Evanovich (oh no! I'm hooked! *Thirteen* books to go!)
Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich (first "light" book I've read in a while... A couple of copy editing errors, but overall, lots of fun and with great characters. If you're heading to a beach, bring it with you!)
The Perils of Pleasure by... I forgot (a not-so bad Romance. But you really can't read too many in a row, can you, or they all start to sound the same... Except Jo Bourne, of course - I could read a book of hers every week!)
Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson
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!)
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (3rd reread)
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (3rd reread)
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (3rd reread)
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (go! read it!)
Franklin’s Bad Day
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Decline of the English Murder and Other Essays by George Orwell
The Clicking of Cuthbert by P G Wodehouse
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D H Lawrence
Scorpia (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz
Skeleton Key (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz
Eagle Strike (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz
Point Blank (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz
Christian Behaviour by C S Lewis
Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson
The Temple of Diana at Ephesus by Falkener (1865)
The Heart of A Peacock by Emily Carr
Claudius the God by Robert Graves
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
Heretics by G K Chesterton
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (see review in blog)
Ms Zephyr's Notebook by kc dyer
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
The Naked Chef Takes Off by Jamie Oliver
Cook with Jamie Oliver
The Spymaster's Lady by Jo Bourne
The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion by Hammond and Scull
Growing Pains, the autobiography of Emily Carr
The Return of the King (reread)
Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI
Short Stories of Ian Rankin (read the first story only)
Wet Magic by E Nesbit
Panorama of the Classical World (skimmed)
Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
The Romans, their Daily Life and Customs (skimmed)
Medina, Maiden of Ephesus
Brothers Far From Home: The World War I Diary of Eliza Bates by Jean Little
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers
Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers
The House of All Sorts by Emily Carr
Dear Canada: A Season for Miracles (short stories)

Books Read in 2008 Part I

Here are the books I probably won't finish before the new year:
Life by Richard Fortey (a history of the first 4 billion years of life on Earth)
The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Agape Flower by Ilyas Halil (translation from Turkish)
Altin Yaldizli Adam by... I forgot
Der Ruf der Trommel (Drums of Autumn) by Diana Gabaldon (reading at intervals)
Yabanci (Outlander in Turkish) by Diana Gabaldon (ditto)
The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry (ditto)
Paradise Lost by John Milton (ditto)
The Divine Comedy: Hell by Dante translated by Dorothy Sayers (ditto)

I might finish The Pink Fairy Book, but the others, especially the Turkish ones, there's no chance. I haven't touched 'em in weeks!

Monday, 15 December 2008

Well That Was Depressing...

I can't believe I have to rewrite my opening. Meanwhile, here are some photos of the weather we've been having:

The view from work, last week:

Walking to the train station the next morning:

At the train station:

Trees at the train station:

A couple of days later I was on this street:

And I saw some late geese!:

As well as a frozen magnolia:

Change to Come

Nathan's chosen his winner in the paragraph contest, and commented on three trends he's seen in the 1300+ submissions. Check out pattern two:

"2) Small, finely rendered observation. This is followed by the particular shape of the moon or the wisps of grass and the particular temperature that still night or perfect sunset that lulls us into a sense of place and setting. And then we linger in that scene still longer to see one more even more finely rendered detail, and still another, leading us to the very thing the author seeks. That is, until the shocking statement."

That's me all over.
Well, guess that means I'll be completely revising my opening...

Craft Fair, New Wool

The 53rd Salon des metiers d'art du Quebec is going on right now across the street from where I work, featuring all sorts of handmade candles, soaps, leather goods, clothing, woodwork and so on. Usually there are at least two or three booths selling handknit products; one such booth this year was also selling their own wool. Of course I bought some :-)

The wool comes from the sheep on the Icelaine farm, south of Trois-Rivieres, in a part of Quebec that features a large number of interesting saints' names:

The sheep are all named:

I would love to visit this farm someday. The closest I got was the two skeins of white and two skeins of brown-black wool I purchased. The latter two became this scarf, which I finished over the weekend:

Close up of basket weave:

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Here's My Paragraph

If anyone wants to take a look, the first paragraph or so from The Face of A Lion:

Austin met the cat during his first week in Kuşadası.
Bored with helping his parents clean their villa, he set out to explore the town. Every few minutes he had to climb onto the stone wall edging the street – there were never any sidewalks in this country – when a car or bus full of tourists whizzed past on the narrow road, a stench of diesel fumes floating behind. He peered through the exhaust and added up the houses he had passed. His mum had said there were forty houses in the original village. Something had to be wrong somewhere, because he’d counted every house for the past ten blocks and already reached sixty, and there were still a few streets before he reached the ice cream shop –
An unearthly howl filled the air, drowning out the disappearing rumble of the car. It came again, close at hand, and Austin ran to the crossroads.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Comment Number 543

That's me! Right after the paragraph about a kill and right before another YA...
Nathan Bransford, blogging agent extraordinaire is hosting his 2nd Sort-of-Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge and the deadline is tomorrow - enter while you can!

Wednesday, 3 December 2008


I haven't done much real work on the novel in the past couple of months. I've been watching Jenny's progress as she ploughs through revisions on her way to the Golden Heart submission deadline - yay Jenny! for finishing. But I've been caught up with other projects, such as knitting, and general laziness, and the weight of guilt was beginning to make my shoulders sag.

So when Rachel announced over on the Forum that this month's goals should be "specific [and] measurable" I jumped at the chance to finally get my fingers in gear.

I announced that I would calculate a specific number of pages to edit per day. The Face of A Lion currently stands at 200 pages (in my own quirky formatting (proper page margins, but Arial size 10 instead of TNR size 12)).

200/30 days = 6 pages a day!

That's it! I can do that! No matter how lazy I am!

And I proved it to myself too - sat down and red-penned my way through 12 pages last night. Which means I can take New Year's Eve off :-)

It also means that my January goals will have to be to type up all these revisions at 6 pages per day...

I Am A...

Got this from Nina:

You Are a Gingerbread House

A little spicy and a little sweet, anyone would like to be lost in the woods with you.

Monday, 1 December 2008

A Fun Christmas Survey

I got tagged by Carol! And I ditto the tag on the M:A ladies...

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Gift bags - with lots of tissue

2. Real tree or artificial? Real, but we haven't gotten once since that first year, because of Frodo and Sam and the whole still-cleaning-pine-needles-in-June thing...

3. When do you put up the tree? Well it would be 1 December, but see 2)

4. When do you take the tree down? – Hmm, after Twelfth Night, I suppose

5. What do you do with your tree after you take it down? See, here's the thing, I'm not sure I support all this cutting down of trees stuff anyway...

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Carol got an Etch-A-Sketch! Mine was probably Lego

7. Hardest person to buy for? Nieces and nephews - they already have everything and they're too young to read

8. Easiest person to buy for? My sister - always so many options!

9. Do you have a nativity scene? A small carved one

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Both - so many people overseas!

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Nothing's ever that bad...

12. Favorite Christmas movie? It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street and Charlie Brown and the Grinch and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and...

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? This year I started in June

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Nah

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Cookies, eggnog, cranberry sauce, Nina's mulled wine

16. Lights on the tree? O' course

17. Favorite Christmas song? Oh my. All the hymns. The *old* hymns. I wish Easter had this many hymns

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? I would love to travel but besides that year we were in Turkey, we've never gone anywhere around this time - except up north for New Year's to Steve and Di's, which was lovely

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? While reciting 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, yes

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Morning. Early.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Cheeseball versions of Winter Wonderland, the fact that the stores start in with Christmas stuff in October, people who complain about the season being stressful

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Someday I'd like to try an all silver and blue theme around the house. Or a silver and red theme...

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Oh the usual. Some different vegetables would be nice, though

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? An espresso machine. An agent! A month off work for no reason...

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • Be Careful, It's My Heart by Kait Nolan
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (annual reread)
  • The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne (reread)
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • Moranology by Caitlin Moran
  • Sauron Defeated - Book 9 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Lonely Planet guide to Switzerland
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert by Gertrude Bell
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Journal of Inklings Studies
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • 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***
  • Mr. Garden by Eleanor Farjeon
  • Untitled by Claire G (poem)
  • Possum Magic by... (read by Claire)
  • The Listeners by Walter de la Mare (poem)
  • Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne (reread)
  • Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
  • Dark Sonnet by Neil Gaiman
  • "Birds of Passage" by Peter McArthur (poem)
  • Marilynne Robinson and Barack Obama in the New York Review of Books (conversation)
  • "Fear"by Marilynne Robinson (essay)
  • A Simple Act of Kindness by Carol Drinkwater (short story)
  • An Imperial Affliction by Peter van Houten (short piece) (already added this?)
  • Sparkling Cyanide (Remembered Death) by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Les dernieres jours de nos peres by Joel Dicker
  • Spun by Catherine McKenzie
  • Jamadu: Pippa et le crocodile (a Coop storybook)
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • Hide and Seek Pig: A Lift-the-flap Book by Julia Donaldson
  • Postman Bear: A Lift-the-flap Book by Julia Donaldson
  • Fox's Socks: A Lift-the-flap Book by Julia Donaldson
  • Christmas at Cranberry Cottage by Talli Roland (short story)
  • Tolkien's Gedling by __ and Andrew Morton
  • A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak
  • Le livre des Baltimore by Joel Dicker
  • Paddington Bear All Day by Michael Bond
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Mrs Whippy by Cecelia Ahern
  • The Story of Kullervo by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Going Back by T. L. Watson
  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper (abridged, darn it)
  • Emily's House
  • The Hockey Song
  • The End of All Things by John Scalzi
  • A Christmas Story by Richard Burton
  • Histoire de Founex by Josiane Ferrari-Clément (skimmed)
  • Rabbit's Nap: A Lift-the-flap Book by Julia Donaldson
  • Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg
  • La Verite sur l'affair Harry Quebert by Joel Dicker (loving this!)
  • How To Be A Man (and other illusions) by Duff McKagan
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Pop-up Peekaboo: Farm (DK publishing) (board book) (duh)
  • Paddington Bear Goes to Market by Michael Bond (board book)
  • Emily's Balloon by Komako Sakai
  • Bible stories and puzzles (in French) (board book)
  • The Last Chance Ball (a Word Wenches christmas anthology featuring Jo Bourne, Jo Beverley, etc.)
  • Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien (reread but new edition)
  • CassaFire by Alex Cavanaugh
  • First and Second Things by C. S. Lewis
  • Smith of Wootton Major by J. R. R. Tolkien (reread but new edition)
  • So Anyway... by John Cleese
  • The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
  • Slowly, silently now the moon by Walter de la Mare (poem)
  • I can't work like this by Neil Gaiman (poem)
  • CassaStar by Alex Cavanaugh
  • Death of A Century: A Novel of the Lost Generation by Daniel Robinson
  • The Fly by William Blake (poem, reread)
  • Tyger, Tyger by William Blake (poem, reread)
  • The Christie Notebooks by John Curran
  • The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • secret beta 2!
  • The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak
  • Chu's Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman (reread, many times)
  • Sacred Inwardness by Marilynne Robinson (essay)
  • New Statesman issue guest edited by Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman (I don't usually include magazines in this list but I read this one cover to cover)
  • The North Star is Nearer by Evelyn Eaton
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (loved My Pretty Pony)
  • Every Month Was May by Evelyn Eaton
  • Occasional Soulmates by Kevin Brennan
  • secret beta!
  • Smoke by Catherine McKenzie
  • In Two Aeroplanes Over the Sea by Amanda Palmer (poem)
  • Jim at the Corner by Eleanor Farjeon
  • Finding Fraser by kc dyer
  • Mother Tongue -- The Story of the English Language by Bill Bryson
  • The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie
  • The Lord Fish by Walter de la Mare
  • The Going To Bed Book by S Boynton
  • The Nursery Rhyme Book by Andrew Lang
  • In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
  • Subterranean Scalzi Super featuring To Sue the World (an original, very short Redshirts story available nowhere else) Muse of Fire Mallet of Loving Correction Lock In, Lost Chapters (available nowhere else) How I Proposed To My Wife: An Alien Sex Story An Election Judge Sn Goes Golfing Questions for a Soldier The Sagan Diary The Tale of the Wicked The God Engines You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop by John Scalzi
  • Emily Goes to Market by William Mayne
  • Many Moons by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (reread)
  • Colours Are Nice (Little Golden Book)
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume
  • The Wars by Timothy Findley (reread)
  • The Captive Diary of Catherine Logan by Mary Pope Osborne (Dear America)
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (reread)
  • The Poky Puppy (Little Golden Book) (abridged)
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (reread)
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • secret beta read 2
  • Pre-Fix: A Ciel Halligan Short Story by Linda Grimes
  • Hidden by Catherine Mackenzie
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
  • But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
  • Oh, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad by M. R. James (short story) (1904)
  • Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman (reread)
  • My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
  • Usborne board books
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson (so lovely)
  • Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico
  • secret beta read!
  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
  • HELP! Food Allergies Coming To Dinner by Kait Nolan
  • This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • Two Caravans by Monica Lewycka
  • Aunt Sass by P. L. Travers
  • An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (actually a few pages of the story, written by John Green for the film of his novel The Fault In Our Stars)
  • January Brings the Snow by Sara Coleridge (poem)
  • Kissing song by Neil Gaiman (poem)
  • The Mother by Nettie Palmer (poem)
  • William Tell Told Again by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Her Ladyship's Companion by Joanna Bourne
  • The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • Mes P'tits Contes, legends of Swiss cantons
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