Sunday, 20 January 2013

International Stories, Linking Fun, and Hot Chocolate!

Link love!

I missed out on so much blogging while I was sick that I've got a backlog of visits and commenting to do. I thought I'd take you with me...

First up, the Word Wenches - authors Jo Beverley, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott/Andrea Penrose, Anne Gracie, Susan Fraser King/Sarah Gabriel, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, and Joanna Bourne - answer the question: "Do you get angsty and anxious at any part of the writing process? And, if you do, does it make you more productive?"

I love Jo Bourne's line: "The only cure for the pain of writing is writing."

Lots of cover art reveals recently, including India Drummond and Melanie Macek! Have you seen any others? Please share!

The fifth issue of Vine Leaves Literary Journal is out!

Has anyone ever applied to Clarion West?:


I thought I was going to, but now I'm not sure any of my current stories qualify. Unfortunately.

I posted about our snowstorm the other day; now we're having a North Pole blast. Temperatures ranging from -15 to -40 degrees Celsius (sometimes counting the wind chill factor, sometimes not) all week. The only thing to do is have some real hot chocolate, courtesy of Outlander Kitchen:


ROW80: I might need something to spike my hot chocolate, as I continue editing. Progressing, but slowly. I'd like to be finished all the on-screen editing by 10 February, so I'll have to add a third editing day to my weekly schedule - likely on a weekend. Which is dangerous, because turning on the computer means the possibility of accessing the internet... Need a little dose of Write or Die!

Meanwhile, The Reading Life has a very ambitious project: to read at least one short story each from 196 countries worldwide! She just completed number 20, with an Orhan Pamuk short story, translated from Turkish. I haven't read that story yet, but I'll add it to the list!

Meanwhile, here are the countries she's read stories from so far: Georgia - Canada - United States - Republic of Korea - Antigua and Barbuda - Haiti - Trinidad and Tobago - Ukraine - Cameroon - Botswana - Sudan - Dominica - Israel - Syria - Ethiopia - Zimbabwe - Peru - Chile - South Africa - Turkey

I've read stories from Canada, the US, and Turkey. That's kind of sad. I thought there'd be at least one Israeli or South African author in there. I'm deliberately not counting Tolkien, of course... There are other countries I've read stories - and novels and poems - from though, so I shouldn't feel too guilty: Germany, Sweden, Senegal, Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Japan, Colombia, Finland, France, and... well, there might be a few others, but I can't recall.

Not counting North America or the UK, what's your favourite story from a different country?

24 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm not sure!
Christine Rains also revealed her new book cover.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Deniz .. hot chocolate would be good now - it's snowing, damp, cold and about to get dark ...

A good book .. I posted about an amazing book from South Africa ..

http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/dancing-in-shadows-of-love-book.html

Very African and very evocative ... I hope you'll give it a go ...

Congratulations on being such a good reader - I must do some catching up ...

Cheers from a snowy south coast of England .. it's not so cold out - but that white stuff is around! - except it won't be nearly as bad as yours ... Hilary

Mia Hayson said...

Oh wow. Favourite story from a different country, that's a hard one. I'm really not sure. I think I need to improve upon my international reading selection!

:)

<3

S.P. Bowers said...

Interesting, I'm going to have to check into how many countries I've read books from. What if the countries don't exist anymore.

Favorite book from another country? Well, I'm very partial to Russian lit as it was what I studied. I'd probably say, Anna Kareninna, war and peace, day in the life of Ivan Denisovich, or notes from the underground.

Nas said...

Hi Deniz!

I read an Australian authors book recently, African Hearts. To me, it was interesting, evocative and wrenched emotions from me!

Lara said...

Glad you're feeling better. That hot chocolate looks amazing! :)

Jessica Bell said...

You are so sweet to mention Vine Leaves. Thank you :-)

outlanderkitchen.com said...

Thanks for the link! Write like the wind... :) Theresa

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Deniz,

SNOW and frigid temps... stay warm! We are really lacking in snow this year, but are temps have dropped to single digits and 0 wind chills. Brrrrrr. But it isn't the worst I have felt.

Take care....


As for stories from other countries, I love Chekov plays and Dosteyevsky novels from Russia.

featherpenstartandreams said...

Deniz! Thanks for the shout out on the cover reveal! I was able to get the first book uploaded this weekend and it is now available for purchase - squeeeeeee!

Glad you're feeling better and I saw the temps and thought about you. Stay warm! [Spiking the hot chocolate - not a bad idea ;)]

Melanie

Zan Marie said...

Yum, hot chocolate!

Check out Charlotte Rains Dixon's cover for her new book, Emma Jean's Bad Behavior, that's coming out Feb 12.

http://www.wordstrumpet.com/emma-jeans-bad-behavior.html

Zan Marie said...

P.S. I'm interviewing Charlotte on Feb 19 at In the Shade of the Cherry Tree. Her book is a great read!

Elizabeth Anne Mitchell said...

I'm in upstate New York, and it is cold and snowy here, with temperatures plummeting even more over the next few days. The hot chocolate is definitely on my list!

Thank you for taking me along on the tour of the links--wonderful, enticing, ones all.

I am woefully insular in my reading as well. I will check out some of the books listed in your other comments.

Have a wonderful week, and stay warm.

nutschell said...

my goodness! I dont think I can survive those temperatures. Drink lots of hot cocoa!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

natashaguadalupe said...

Jo Bourne's line: "The only cure for the pain of writing is writing."

Is soooo true!! I have to remind myself of this, every day!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks for coming by everyone! And for the book recommendations! Darn that wishlist that keeps getting longer and longer...

I love Notes from Underground, too, Sara. Hmm, you're right - what if the country doesn't exist anymore?

Kelli C said...

Glad to hear that you are feeling better!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks Kelli! So nice to be back to normal :-)

Scribbles From Jenn said...

I'm making that hot chocolate. Yummy!

Deniz Bevan said...

I'm making some more too, Jenn!

Cate Russell-Cole: Artios Communications said...

Hi Deniz, it looks like Kait has hit some trouble and we have no mid-week check-in. So no one is left out, please come over to our Facebook group and leave a link to your check-in post and we will be over to visit. The page address is https://www.facebook.com/groups/row80/ Alternatively, email me at katiecrcole@gmail.com and I'll pass your post on. I know Facebook isn't everyone's cup of tea!

Should we have no Linky on Sunday, we'll just keep working this way until things sort themselves out.

Cheers!
Cate (Round 1 Sponsor)

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks Cate! I shared on FB at one point, but I see the link is up now. How nice of you to check up on all of us!

P V Ariel said...

Hi Deniz,
Nice post, its really good to read stories of other nations, sad to note that in your list mentioned i couldn't find my nation. so sad. I am sure in the next list it will definitely appear LOL :-)
Keep inform
Best Regards
Phil

Deniz Bevan said...

I'll try, Phil!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • The Peoples of Middle-earth - Book 12 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Edmund Campion by Evelyn Waugh
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • 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!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Career by Yevtushenko (poem)
  • Human life in this century by Yevtushenko (poem)
  • Willow by Anna Akhmatova (poem)
  • Sonnet LXVI by Shakespeare
  • Sir Walter Raleigh to His Son (poem)
  • Fair Jenny by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • MacPherson's Farewell by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • World's End, the collected Sandman No. 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • O Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • The War of the Jewels - Book 11 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Rolling English Road by G. K. Chesterton (poem)
  • The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
  • A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four by Thomas Hardy
  • The Hierophant by Lee-Ann Dalton (short story)
  • The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (reread)
  • Lonely Planet guide to Switzerland
  • Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  • beta read!
  • Ode on Venice by Lord Byron (poem)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Lucky by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Trouble by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Homage to Switzerland by Ernest Hemingway (short story; reread but I really don't remember it after 20 years)
  • The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier (reread)
  • Sing a Long Children's Songs
  • Emily's First Christmas
  • Up At the Villa by Somerset Maugham (novella)
  • Telling Stories by Tim Burgess
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Marble Collector by Cecilia Ahern
  • Sophie's Throughway by Jules Smith
  • Baby Animals (Little Golden Books)
  • The House That Jack Built (Little Golden Books)
  • Scuffy the Tugboat (Little Golden Books)
  • The Saggy Baggy Elephant (Little Golden Books)
  • Morgoth's Ring - Book 10 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Who's A Pest by Crosby Bonsall
  • Mine's the Best by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • The Case of the Hungry Stranger by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • extracts from the diary of John Evelyn (Volume 1 of 2)
  • extracts from Lord Byron's letters about Villa Diodati
  • Pippin the Christmas Pig by Jean Little
  • Ite Missa Est by Anthony Martignetti
  • The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Red Angel by G. K. Chesterton (essay)
  • Emily's Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary
  • The Boy Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was by the Brothers Grimm
  • The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • secret beta read!
  • Preludes by Wordsworth (extracts read aloud)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves
  • Dance Me A Dream by Kait Nolan (ARC)
  • Once Upon A Coffee by Kait Nolan
  • England and Switzerland, 1802 by William Wordsworth (poem)
  • Once Upon A New Year's Eve by Kait Nolan
  • short story by Becky Morgan (http://forums.compuserve.com/discussions/Books_and_Writers_Community/Writers_Exercises/Becky_Morgans_December_X/ws-books/85291.1?nav=messages)
  • Blood In Blood Out by Brenda Novak (short story)
  • That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch (short story)
  • Distraction by J. L. Campbell
  • Humble Bundle Peanuts collection (strips by Charles Schulz)
  • Peanuts Volumes I to VI (bought via Humble Bundle; very disappointing as it's mostly new strips -- how is that even allowed?!)
  • Sandals and Sangria by Talli Roland (short story)
  • Over the Hump by Talli Roland (short story)
  • issues of Journal of Inklings Studies and Amon Hen and Mallorn (Tolkien Society)
  • Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet by Matt Napier
  • Babar and his Family by Laurent de Brunhoff
  • Illusions Lost by Byron A. Maddox (short story)
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
  • Lost My Name book for Emily (https://www.lostmy.name/)
  • Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
  • When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne (reread)
  • Neil Gaiman comics on Sequential app
  • Moranology by Caitlin Moran
  • 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