Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Spring Springs Early!

Last year, near the end of April, I wrote a post called Spring Has Sprung, which featured Canada Geese returning home. Since then, I have acquired a new camera; still no closeups, but I did capture some nice shots of the V patterns:







I wonder why they're returning a month early?

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Tomorrow is Tolkien Reading Day!

More info here. March 25th in Middle Earth is the day of the downfall of Sauron, and marks the change from the Third Age to the Fourth. A good day to read or reread your favourite Tolkien poem, short story, essay, snip from The Lord of the Rings, or all of the above! I might reread Leaf by Niggle or Cat:

The fat cat on the mat
may seem to dream
of nice mice that suffice
for him, or cream;
but he free, maybe,
walks in thought
unbowed, proud, where loud
roared and fought
his kin, lean and slim,
or deep in den
in the East feasted on beasts
and tender men.
The giant lion with iron
claw in paw,
and huge ruthless tooth
in gory jaw;
the pard dark-starred,
fleet upon feet,
that oft soft from aloft
leaps upon his meat
where woods loom in gloom --
far now they be,
fierce and free,
and tamed is he;
but fat cat on the mat
kept as a pet
he does not forget.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Caterpillar's Birthday!

Today is the 40th anniversary of Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". Google has a tribute.


And what about your novel? I hear voices asking... Well, this week I've had a very legitimate reason to put off my punishment for MA and the Forum March X - I was comissioned for a huge translation job!

This means I've got lots of catching up to do, as that little bar off to the side is showing 0/6 when it should be in a caterpillar shape...

Monday, 9 March 2009

Happy World Book Day!

Was it last week? Every day should be book day!

First book I ever read:
In Turkish: translations of Aesop’s fables
In English: (besides picture books) Can’t remember much from before third grade, so let’s say Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Last book I read:
Silent Women by Ingrid Berzins Leuzy

Favourite childhood books:
Oh, gee, where to start? I’ll just list a few authors:
L. M. Montgomery; Kit Pearson; Jean Little; Kenneth Grahame; J.R.R. Tolkien; Hans Christian Andersen, E. Nesbit; C. S. Lewis; John Bellairs; P. L. Travers; Janet Lunn, Katherine Paterson, Maurice Sendak, Edward Gorey, Roald Dahl, Robert Munsch, Beverly Cleary, etc. etc.

Favourite Adult Books:

Umm, besides the above list?
There's Diana Gabaldon, G. K. Chesterton, Evelyn Waugh, Agatha Christie, Somerset Maugham, James Herriott, the Romantic poets and Blake, William Shakespeare, Emily Carr, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, etc. etc.

Care to share your favourites?

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Marathon Day Two

The Marathon is on over at the Books and Writers Community.

Yesterday was a bit of a wash, but today, Day Two, I finally got my act together enough to organize my manuscript for The Face of A Lion - it was all the little tweaks/edits/Latin translations that were bogging me down. I've got them all consolidated into one printout of the novel now.

But I still have exactly 6 scenes to add to/rewrite.

I'm starting to dream about a week off work again... Here's what I would do:

Saturday - clean the house (but I'd probably start late cos I'd read in bed all morning); look up quotes and translations
Sunday - type up last few edits
Monday - print new copy; stare at new copy; find an exercise or MA punishment to help me kick start some scenes
Tuesday - type up new scenes
Wednesday - do taxes, putz around the house "organizing"
Thursday - look at query letter; try to tweak it; look up agents; catch up on emails and Facebook Wordscraper games
Friday - print latest version; flip through it; reread if I feel like it; send it off to betas; find errors the moment I hit send
Saturday - send to some agents; read other books
Sunday - go back to knitting and scrapbooking projecs; turn mind to new story

Dream (the dream music comes at the end of the clip)...

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • The Making of Outlander by Tara Bennett
  • Testament of Experience by Vera Brittain
  • Zoom sur Plainpalais by Corinne Jaquet
  • beta read! (JB)
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • 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***
  • The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • A Daughter's A Daughter by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
  • Sunlight by Margaret Rucker (poem; floating in a cocktail glass)
  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  • Preface to The Hobbit, by Christopher Tolkien
  • Ilk Defa... by Beste Barki (essays)
  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (essay)
  • The Moon and I by Betsy Byars
  • The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  • Rogue Warrior by Regan Walker
  • Beauty and the Beast by Villeneuve
  • Black (what was this? I don't remember!)
  • 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