Saturday, 28 February 2009

Side of the Road

WHAT'S YOUR MOTTO? Lyla by Oasis
"She rings the bell for all the world to hear"

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU? Pennyroyal Tea by Nirvana
I'm kind of annoyed that the original shuffle got broken - I was hoping not to have any repeat bands...

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU? Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns 'n' Roses
Oh, there's a good one!

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN? It's a Long Way to the Top if You Want to Rock & Roll by AC/DC
Well there you go - life is a journey!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND? All Day and All of the Night by the Kinks
Interesting. I guess this means we should be hanging out that often...

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY? Even the Losers by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Oh, that's mean!

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? London by The Smiths
Actually, this may turn out more accurate than it seems at first glance - leaving your tired family grieving and heading off to London. "And do you think you've made the right decision this time?"

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL? Night Moves by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Looks like it'll be an interesting funeral, to say the least...

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST? 'Til Kingdom Come by Coldplay
Still trying to figure this one out.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? My Beautiful Friend by The Charlatans
I suppose this means I fear not having love.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET? Lodi by Credence Clearwater Revival
Lyrics here. What the? Guess it's time to leave this one-horse town!

WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW? This Night Has Opened My Eyes by The Smiths
Well, I don't really want to be dumped on a doorstep, but I'll keep an eye open so I can tell good from bad. Lyrics here.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS? Be My Guide, Be My Light by Gene
Lyrics here. A fun night out.

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS? Side of the Road by Blue Rodeo
Alright! A Canadian band!

Here's an odd thing - I've got the iPod hooked up to iTunes and I can see now where the iPod skipped playing some songs because it couldn't find them. For the record, here they are:

Turning Japanese by the Vapors
So Sister by Richard Ashcroft
Red Hill Mining Town by U2

I tagged Jenny C, Aydin, Nina, Nixy and Rose!

Friday, 27 February 2009

My Life in iTunes Part I

My Life in iTunes
RULES:
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG's NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.
4. Tag 5 friends
5. Everyone tagged has to do the same thing.
6. Have fun!

I should add that DH programmed the iPod for me...

IF SOMEONE SAYS 'ARE YOU OKAY' YOU SAY? Sunday Morning Call by Oasis
Lyrics here. "It's okay, it's alright."

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Dive by Nirvana
Awww. Lyrics here.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL? Take It As It Comes by the Doors
"Specialize in havin' fun."

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY? I Am Mine by Pearl Jam
Alright! Carpe diem!

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE? A Modern Way of Letting Go by Idlewild
Hmm. "I'll want to make the most of what it seems like." Lyrics here.

WHAT'S YOUR MOTTO?
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW?
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?

I ran out of batteries! So the rest will have to wait until I get home. Who knows what will come up next? Crowded House? Roxette? The Stone Roses? The Smiths? The Carter Family?

Meanwhile, I tag: Jenny C, Aydin, Nina, Nixy and Rose.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

A Little Bird Told Me...

...that there might a marathon writing session coming up!

Should I wait and write the five remaining scenes for The Face of A Lion during the marathon or should I hurry up and finish so that I can explore my brand new story idea?

(the little bird's name is Jen :-))

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Outlander Challenge

An Echo in the Bone is coming... I started re-reading the series for the fourth or fifth time (I've lost count - the only other books I've done that with besides The Lord of the Rings and my Canadian YA favourites).

Then today I found the Outlander Challenge! Sign up here.

Uh-oh...

I've put off writing the last few scenes and rereading the entire MS of The Face of A Lion - it's been two weeks and I've been busy reading and knitting (two moms-to-be to knit for!), but the trouble with leaving Austin and Kedi alone for a little while is that all those new ideas I was quelling have begun to resurface. I find myself wandering through unknown territory... Spain, 1492...

I won't start research until I have at least a handful of solid scenes, however. I've always believed that the ideas and inventions should come first, and that too much research early on will taint your writing. What do you think?

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Save the Words!

From Oxford University Press comes the Save the Words website (thanks to Margaret over at the Forum for telling us about this site):

Here is their FAQ file:



Here is the word I adopted:



And here is my certificate:



I'm off to adopt more words. Meanwhile, here is some word-related news from Scotland and the dictionary itself is here.

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • The North Star is Nearer by Evelyn Eaton
  • The Christie Notebooks by John Curran
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • So Anyway... by John Cleese
  • First and Second Things by C. S. Lewis
  • Journal of Inklings Studies
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 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)
  • 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***
  • 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
  • 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