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 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