Sunday, 10 February 2013

ROW80, Characters Reacting to the Paranormal, Pottermore, and Dr Seuss Art

Oh hello. I had a deadline today, didn't I?

Promised to have all the on-screen edits of Druid's Moon completed. (Also blog comments and advance A-Z posts to catch up on, plus a couple of writing projects...)

So what have I been doing? Not sure... I have been editing, just not devoting as much time to it as I should. Yes, despite the schedule. I'm thinking that something has to go...

I enjoy Twitter quite a lot, and have gotten used to not checking every minute of it now that I'm following so many more people than when I started. I thought about blogging only once a week, but I like blogging! And I love interacting with all of you. It's nice to have a forum for longer, more elaborate discussions and thoughts.

Speaking of forums, I'm still active in the Compuserve Books and Writers Community. We've been having some great monthly writing exercises lately.

All in all, I'm thinking it's got to be Facebook that I drop... I've already fallen out of the Pinterest habit, and I love tumblr but it's easy to explore that in half-hour spurts once a month. Actually, speaking of tumblr, Maureen Johnson has been posting each day leading up to her book release and she had an interesting post the other day about extending the moment of surprise in a book featuring ghoulies and ghosties and other things that go bump in the night:

"I tried to have that realization roll over [the main character] a few times. I wanted to extend her acceptance curve a bit. I wanted there to be a bit more, 'Wait, what? Ghosts? WHAT?' What happens to her mind when the initial shock wears off?"

I agree with this idea a lot. Druid's Moon is my first paranormal, but I also had Austin going back in time in my MG The Face of a Lion, and in both stories the characters responded with a little more "what's going on?!" than "oh, paranormal/fantasy stuff. cool."

Each in their own way, of course. Austin, after his initial surprise, is eager to follow Kedi. Lyne, on the other hand... she doesn't want to be responsible for rescuing Fred, and she resents being thrown into the role of Beauty. Especially since he knows so much about the legend/curse, and she was never told a thing from her mother, about the tradition that's been passed down her family.

Back to the Facebook issue. It's got to go. Not least because, beyond the usual to do lists and hobbies and reading and interests, there are longer term projects I've got to make time for (like replacing ALL the copyrighted photos in my oldest blog posts with Creative Commons ones. Like maybe adding tags to all those blog posts (would you believe I have never tagged a single blog post?!). Like adding new tabs to the blog. Like updating the catalogue of my library. And - oh, my brain hurts... I wish I was one of those people that could get by on five or six hours of sleep).

I've already stopped playing Farmville, and I'd gotten to the point where I had about 50 of my 500+ friends labelled as close friends - did you know that if you do that, FB will send that person's updates to your email? All I have to do is scroll through my email, and only sign in to FB if I feel like replying to a particular post. Now I've whittled the list down to about 30 people, and most of those don't post very often. Still, sometimes I feel badly that I'm missing out on stuff from other friends and family members. And let's not even get into Google+...



Has anyone else tried to play this? I'm halfway through Book 2 at the moment, and while it's lots of fun, I certainly do not have time to devote to it. If you haven't played, it's basically an interactive journey through every chapter of every Harry Potter book. The best part, of course, is coming across the occasional original tidbit that J. K. Rowling wrote specifically for the site. I love finding out new facts and backstory about the characters.

I signed up for my first-ever movie-related blogfest!


Hosted by ninja captain Alex! Hope to see you all there!

Also, did anyone else know about this? Apparently, Dr Seuss had other art. Secret art, that he shared only with his family but wanted the public to see after he'd passed away. And now prints of it are for sale...

Love the lions strolling through the top one...

I especially want that wave... (please ignore the non-edited screenshot with scroll bars visible)

And this one is for Claire Legrand! I'd like a copy too...

Which Dr Seuss art do you like?

19 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you're on board for the blogfest!
I limit my online sites because it can become overwhelming. (I'm not even on Facebook.) Blogging is my focus and I enjoy it the most.

Old Kitty said...

My goodness!!! Dr Seuss secret art is fabulous!!! I love all his stuff - but this site is great, thank you for the link!

Glad your editing is going along well despite all the social media stuff going on! I can't keep up! LOL!

Have a great Sunday! Take care
x

DL Hammons said...

I mostly use Facebook to keep up with family and friends...although I am linked to A LOT of writers. It's very rare that I find out about something on Facebook that I hadn't already heard elsewhere.

Enjoy your Sunday! :)

J.L. Murphey said...

I swore off facebook's games a year ago. They cluttered up my page and and were a waste of valuable time that I could spend writing.

I love Dr. Suess art!

My focus is B&W, blogging, and writing this year. Hopefully I'll be back to my pre-stroke writing within a year or two.

Medeia Sharif said...

I didn't know about Seuss' secret art.

I'd rather blog than do anything else, but I spend a small bit of time on the other sites.

Zan Marie said...

I've never gotten into Twitter or Pinterest and I'm glad. I do go by Facebook a little bit, but mostly for some closed groups like Muse. Blogging and B&W are my main time soakers...Until I joined the new Women's Fiction Writers Association email loop this weekend. But I can justify that one...I think... ; )

Nas said...

Thanks for the link, Deniz. It is fabulous. I loved browsing the art site.

All the best with your editing!

Michael Di Gesu said...

That secret are is GORGEOUS...

Thanks for sharing Deniz!

Carol Riggs said...

Wow, Farmville. Such a time-suck. My hubbs was into that for a while. He finally got off. An interactive HP journey sounds fun, but I just don't have time...well, and not have time to write! :)

Trisha F said...

I've never played any Facebook games, so I don't have that problem. I do check FB every day, a few times a day, though. :)

I agree with extending the moment of surprise - but you don't want to extend it so far that the reader is thinking, "This character is soooooo slow!"

S.P. Bowers said...

I think I could be addicted to farmville so I just don't play it.

You know, I recently read a book where someone went back in time. She, and the person she met there both basically said, "huh, cool, lets not worry about it too much." Then went about their daily lives. It kind of irritated me that they were so blase about it. But of course Outlander has spoiled me for other time travel books.

Lara said...

I understand why you're leaving Facebook, but I and the fellow Musers will miss you!

Theresa Milstein said...

Don't drop Facebook! My strategy has been to slow blogging because that's the most time consuming for me. I haven't been on Pottermore. Now you're making me want to, and I just joined Twitter. Hm...

J.L. Campbell said...

It's so easy to get sidetracked by everything else but writing and boy is it hard to decide what to drop. I limit my social media time cause I know sites like Fb can be a huge timesuck.

Deniz Bevan said...

Good for you Alex and Jo, not being on Facebook. I wish my family would go back to sharing photos by email instead of on there!

I guess yours does the same, DL. It helps being able to receive them in my email though.

So glad you liked it, Kitty!

I love blogging too Medeia!

I certainly think you can justify it, Zan Marie [g]

Thank you Nas and Michael!

I am SO glad to be off Farmville, Carol! You're smart Trisha not to start them!

Argh, that would have bothered me too, Sara. I think Stephen King did a great job with the time travel stuff in 11//22/63.

Oh no, I couldn't stay away from the Muse, Lara! Just happy to not have to check in every day.

I can't, Theresa! All my family are on there! But getting FB notifications in email makes things a bit easier.

amy kennedy said...

I think everyone has their limits. I love Facebook, I grew up in one state, moved to another where I graduated, moved back to original, so Facebook allows me to stay connected (reconnect) to far away friends.

Love the secret Seuss art!

You are busy! Have fun.

Deniz Bevan said...

That's just it, amy, I have to stay on FB cos so many old friends are on there. But all the notifications pile up so quickly!

Beth Camp said...

Farmville? Yes, I also quit about 8 months ago. It was very nice to stay in touch with my sister, but WAY TOO time-consuming. But I do use FB as the main way to check in with ROW80 and try to stay current with family, friends, and writing buddies. Keep the blog rolling!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks Beth! It's great having the ROW80 for support!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny (reread)
  • The Murder Stone by Louise Penny (reread)
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (annual reread)
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  • Burning Sky by Lori Benton
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
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  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
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  • The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny (reread)
  • Dead Cold by Louise Penny (reread)
  • Still Life by Louise Penny (reread)
  • A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
  • Mrs McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Still Into You by Roni Loren
  • Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Remember Me (beta read of short story)
  • Palace Pets busy book
  • Smurfs busy book
  • The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • The Murder Game by Julie Apple
  • To Get Me To You by Kait Nolan
  • Know Me Well by Kait Nolan
  • Smurfs storybook in playmat/figurine collection
  • The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • A Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman (reread)
  • Robert Munsch Mini-Treasury One: The Paper Bag Princess, Angela's Airplane, 50 Below Zero, A Promise Is A Promise, and Pigs (reread first two)
  • On Fairy Stories by J.R.R. Tolkien (reread except for all the expanded edition bits)
  • Elephant and Piggie - Elephants Can't Dance by Mo Willems
  • Elephant and Piggie - Let's Go For A Drive by Mo Willems
  • Elephant and Piggie - There is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems
  • Overdose of Death/The Patriotic Murders by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Once Upon A Coffee by Kait Nolan
  • Turn My World Around by Kait Nolan
  • Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • "I Give You My Body...": How I Write Sex Scenes by Diana Gabaldon
  • Fractured by Catherine McKenzie
  • The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
  • Maigret Chez les Flamands by Georges Simenon
  • Prince Wild-fire by G. K. Chesterton
  • Birthday Girls by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Who We Were Before by Leah Mercer
  • The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  • No Man's Land by Simon Tolkien
  • BOSS: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - The Illustrated History, by Gillian G. Gaar
  • Age of Consent by Marti Leimbach
  • The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak
  • Lethal Lies by Lara Lacombe
  • The Mansfield Rescue by Beth Cornelison (skimmed)
  • beta read!
  • Killer Exposure by Lara Lacombe
  • What Makes My Cat Purr (board book)
  • Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand (love this!)
  • Things That Go (board book)
  • Peppa Pig Visits the Hospital
  • Peppa Pig and Friends
  • Ox-Tales anthology
  • Colton Baby Homecoming by Lara Lacombe
  • Traumphysik by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • The Cookie Jar by Stephen King (short story)
  • short story by R. W. (unpublished)
  • The Rose on the Ash-Heap by Owen Barfield
  • English People by Owen Barfield
  • "Come Sing ye Light Fairy Things Tripping so Gay": Victorian Fairies and the Early Work of J.R.R. Tolkien by Dimitra Fimi (essay)
  • Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by J. K. Rowling
  • A Closed World: On By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Emily St John Mandel (essay)
  • Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  • The Summing Up by Somerset Maugham (reread)
  • The New Adventures of William Tell by Anthony Horowitz
  • Gambled Away anthology featuring Jo Bourne, Rose Lerner, etc.
  • The Dust That Falls from Dreams by Louis de Bernieres
  • The Bog Girl by Karen Russell (short story)
  • Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
  • The Favour by Clare O'Dea (short story)
  • Wizarding History by J. K. Rowling (short pieces on Pottermore)
  • Jack Palmer by Amanda Palmer (essay on http://myoldman.org/jack-palmer-by-amanda-palmer/)
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  • various issues of Amon Hen
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  • The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy (poem)
  • Traitor's Purse by Margery Allingham
  • Kill Me Quick by Meja Mwangi
  • A Pocketful of Rye by Agatha Christie
  • Little Miss Twins by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Mr Rush by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Mr Funny by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • The Mzungu Boy by Meja Mwangi
  • By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • secret beta read!
  • Where the Exiles Wander: A Celebration of Horror by R. B.
  • How to Write about Africa by Binyavanga Wainaina (essay)
  • A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert Gertrude Bell (compiled by Georgina Howell)
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  • Dead Man's Folly by Agatha Christie
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A River Town by Thomas Keneally
  • Free Fall by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Heartburn by Nora Ephron
  • New Europe by Michael Palin
  • Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
  • The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie (possibly a reread)
  • Husli the Dwarf
  • Winter Birds
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  • Wish I Might by Kait Nolan (novella)
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  • My First Touch and Trace 1 2 3
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Weep Not, Child by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
  • A Secret Vice by J. R. R. Tolkien (edited by Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins)
  • A Pocket For Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • The Narrow Corner by Somerset Maugham
  • Cakes and Ale by Somerset Maugham
  • Le gout d'Istanbul (anthology) (skimmed)
  • Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  • Blue Nowruz by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
  • secret beta read!
  • The Road Home by Rose Tremain
  • The Mewlips by J. R. R. Tolkien (poem; reread)
  • Just for This Moment by Kait Nolan
  • To Err is Human -- To Float, Divine by Woody Allen (short story)
  • the collected works of Beatrix Potter (Folio Society edition, over 30 books)
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman) (only half read)
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  • Millions of Cats by W Gag
  • Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster
  • Discovering You by Brenda Novak
  • Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson
  • Report from the Interior by Paul Auster
  • Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame
  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
  • The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (reread)
  • They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie
  • The Creatures of Number 37 by John Watts
  • The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter (reread)
  • A Mother's Confession by Amanda Palmer (lyrics and liner notes)
  • Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean
  • Guide to the Names in the Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, in A Tolkien Compass
  • Dirge Without Music by Edna St. Vincent Millay (poem)
  • For my Wife, Navid by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • An Evening in Tavrobel by J. R. R. Tolkien (poem; reread)
  • The Lonely Isle by J. R. R. Tolkien (poem; reread)
  • Bilbo's Last Song by J. R. R. Tolkien (poem)
  • Ancrene Riwle, preface, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats by Percy Bysshe Shelley (poem)
  • Absence of Mind by Marilynne Robinson
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  • The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter (reread)
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  • Black and White Ogre Country by Hilary Tolkien
  • The Devil's Coach Horses by J. R. R. Tolkien (essay)
  • Guido's Gondola by Renee Riva and Steve Bjorkman
  • Save Our Public Universities by Marilynne Robinson (essay in Harper's Magazine)
  • Edmund Campion by Evelyn Waugh
  • Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
  • 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