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Vitamins and Death by Medeia Sharif -- Giveaway!

appy new year!

Medeia Sharif has a new book coming out, and she's hosting a giveaway!

Books Read in 2014 Review

ear-end review of books read -- it's here!

First, a side note. We've reached the end of another round of ROW80. My goals petered out at the end. I haven't done much writing and no editing at all in the last couple of weeks. It's been nice to read for pleasure for a bit!

Also, join me on 3 December for a birthday toast to Tolkien!

And now...

Annual Books Read Statistics!
Here are the statistics for 2013, 2012, 2011 (and the list), 2010, 2009 (and the list).

Books read: 113, of which 84 were novels and kids' books (I count 'em all!), 8 were short stories, 2 were poems, and 19 were essay collections and comics and so on.

This is compared to 188 novels and short stories in 2013 (plus poetry), 142 in 2012, 124 in 2011, 92 in 2010, 131 in 2009, and 101 in 2008. That's not counting the thousands of words written and read for writers' houseparties over at the Compuserve Books and Writers Forum, plus other forum writings, and magazines and newspapers, etc.

My aver…

Déjà vu Blogfest - The Saga of the Kilt Hose

ow! I'm five posts away, counting this one, from 900 posts on this blog.

What better time to participate in DL Hammons's Déjà vu Blogfest?

I'm posting early, and I'm not sure I'll add my name to the linky list, as I've no hope of catching up on all the comments, though I'm sure I'll make the rounds of all your blogs! I'm also not quite following the rules, since the post I'm sharing is from 2012!

(As for ROW80, all I've done lately is read. I hope I don't lose my writing groove from NaNo! I'll need to re-establish a writing and editing schedule for my weekends, perhaps with the next ROW80 round.)

It's been fun to scroll back through my blog. My first post featured a To Do list. Later, I discussed how I started writing. I quoted Somerset Maugham on writing with a pen (instead of typing). And I had all sorts of book reviews and contests and writing snips and travel photos and scenes from writers' houseparties and author intervi…

Filling the Well with Louise Penny and Others


I haven't been keeping up with my ROW80 goals. I still have half a notebook left of Larksong to type up, and I should get back to one of my goals from last spring, which is to read the printout of Captive of the Sea.

Instead of writing, I've been reading!

Here are a few of the books I've been lost in:

Emily of New Moon (and Emily Climbs and Emily's Quest) by L.M. Montgomery

I still haven't visited Prince Edward Island! It's on my long list of places to travel.

A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French

Picked this one up at the book fair of the English Library in Geneva. I can't resist a middle grade or young adult novel set in WWI or WWII. This one was very absorbing. Loved the long author's note at the end too, chock full of information.

The Magician by Somerset Maugham

Very eerie. Loosely based on Aleister Crowley.

Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman

This was a book I'd started reading at a friend's house or B'n'B somewhere…

IWSG and Congratulations


My NaNoWriMo certificate!

But my congratulations aren't just for NaNo winners -- they're for all of you, for all the writing, reading, and other goals you've accomplished, or even just for surviving November!

There's no need to feel insecure, right? Especially not on Insecure Writer's Support Group day!

Now you can take IWSG advice with you wherever you go, with the recent publication of The Insecure Writer's Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond.

I hope I can keep up with writing, and blogging, now that I'm going back to work. Meanwhile, here's a photo!

Hope everyone's having an exciting pre-holidays time!

Wishlist, NaNoWriMo, and You Have To F***king Eat


I shared a wishlist a couple of years ago and, as I've racked up a few items since then, thought I might share one again. I've gotten all the items on my 2012 list except two:

Mugs and coffee from TimPeaks, which was (sort-of) started by Tim Burgess of the Charlatans.

A subscription to the Sunday New York Times. Or even the Telegraph or the Guardian. It costs about 1000 dollars to receive each one in Geneva. Scary.

There's always at least one Tolkien item on my wishlist; this year it's the latest editions of some of his short stories, with new commentary, from the official Tolkien book shop.

A colouring book from artist Pete McKee!

And the last item on my list is a coffee table. Not just any table, though. I need a flat surface that's about the width of a sheet of printer paper, which hovers nearby. Mainly so that when I'm settled with book (or notebook or iPad) and baby, I have a convenient place to rest my coffee mug. Not a nightstand that's two…

Mini Highlights of Fellow Bloggers! and the YA Novel Discovery Contest

logging buddies!

I'm so far behind in comments! Thank you all for coming by and commenting on my last few posts. I'm going to try visiting many of you today and as I do, I thought I'd highlight a few here:

Zan Marie at In the Shade of the Cherry Tree features an interview with brilliant author Joanna Bourne today! I love what Jo says here: "I want happy endings. I want heroes and heroines. I want brave, clever, principled characters who behave well under difficult circumstances. So I write Romance."

Pam at A Novel Woman shares photos, hilarious stories, and makes Montreal look good!

Forgotten Bookmarks gives away a collection of vintage books every week.

Ayak is an English lady living in Turkey; she blogs about her experiences at Ayak's Turkish Life. She's also a rescuer and caretaker of abused street/stray dogs. Please donate if you feel inclined!

Then there's Trisha, who's rescuing cats!

Pop Sensation has a great time showcasing and gently poking fun…

Mini Book Reviews!

ooks galore!

I've been reading a lot in the last week or so. Here are a few of the books and stories:

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
I tweeted about this yesterday and today. I'm always impressed by writers who can take real life and distill it into a lesson, a moral, a story. I tend to find it hard to connect the dots of real life events. Amanda does it brilliantly.

Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman
A brilliant retelling of the classic fairy tale. Isn't it sad that when, in the middle of the tale, he writes "Gretel and Hansel" it jumps out at you? Why does the boy's name tend to come first?

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
Another retelling, of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty's stories. I love what he did with Snow White's character. I do wish dwarfs had been pluralised dwarves, but I guess they're not the same creatures as Tolkien's dwarves. Really intriguing spin on Sleeping Beauty's tale. And the illustrations are beautiful.