February 28th, 2003

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Promise me, everyone!

Everybody please email me ordering me to get horizontal the moment I get home tomorrow and not to even THINK of doing anything at all because I so friggin' sleep deprived it's insane. I got home at 11:15 and planned to go to bed at midnight. Well, I then discovered I was super hungry from barely having dinner. Had to make spaghetti, which took a while. Finally I ate. But my brain was resistant to sleep and I was freezing cold all over. Ugh. I don't want to have to get up tomorrow, I don't want to have to get up tomorrow, I don't want to have to get up tomorrow, I don't want to have to get up tomorrow, I don't want to have to get up tomorrow, I don't want to have to get up tomorrow, I don't want to have to get up tomorrow.... Tja, but I will. Man, the only temporary solution to this one is for me to take a couple lactose pills and order a big Frozen Chosen with its requisit 1/2 cup of chocoalte espresso beans. JOLT! That is sooooo wrong to do that but I had to keep to the damn schedule.
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Friday Five: Books!

When I see a good Friday Five posted by Friends of mine, I must do it too, esp. when it's about books!

1. What is your favorite type of literature to read (magazine, newspaper, novels, nonfiction, poetry, etc.)?

Anybody who knows me and heck, anybody who sees what all I post to this LJ, knows my brain is all over the place. Off the top of this brain I'd say I'm into reference, history, fantasy, sexuality/gender, relgion, architecture and planning... but it's really hard to say because my whole attitude toward reading material is that you can find interesting stuff in any genre. I could find something interesting in trade journal on poultry or I might like to read some ancient Greek drama or I might read a 1950s sociological study of the call girl (in fact I am reading such a book) or I could be reading fantasy novel -- it's all stuff that feeds my curiosity and imagination. I guess I could at least cut down the field by saying I am NOT interested in mysteries, thrillers, romance, or sports.

2. What is your favorite novel?

Can anybody really pick just one?! Or stay with that pick consistently? I guess for me, it'd be Wraeththu trilogy, taken as one book, since that really hit me like a ton of bricks -- in a good way -- and is so inredibly re-readable and inspiring. That was the first Storm Constantine I ever read and it really is fabulous.

Next to that, my list of favorite novels is: Wraeththu trilogy (Constantine), Grigori trilogy (Constantine), Burying the Shadow (Constantine), Calenture (Constantine), Crown of Silence (Constantine), The Thorn Boy (Constantine), Hermetech (Constantine), Thin Air (Constantine), Sign for the Sacred (Constantine), The Vampire Lestat (Rice), Tom Jones (Fielding), The Chosen (Potok), The Promise (Potok), My Name Is Asher Lev (Potok), The Stranger (Camus), 1984 (Orwell), Brave New World (Huxley), Jane Eyre (Bronte), A Room With a View (E.M. Forster), Shogun (Clavel)

I have a ton of non-fiction I could add as another list, but I think I will hold that for some other time, since I don't have a list compiled (I keep a running fiction list).

3. Do you have a favorite poem? (Share it!)

I could go off quoting a lot of poems but right now, the one that pops into my head as a favorite is "Alone" by Poe:

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were — I have not seen
As others saw — I could not bring
My passions from a common spring —
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow — I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone —
And all I lov'd — I lov'd alone —
Then — in my childhood — in the dawn
Of a most stormy life — was drawn
From ev'ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still —
From the torrent, or the fountain —
From the red cliff of the mountain —
From the sun that 'round me roll'd
In its autumn tint of gold —
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass'd me flying by —
From the thunder, and the storm —
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view)

4. What is one thing you've always wanted to read, or wish you had more time to read?

For always wanted, a lot of Roman literature and poetry (though I've read some, including De Rerum Nature... which is kind of mind-blowing), and for more time, right now I'd say I need to go back and start over on Storm's Inward Revoltion -- it's just very involving since you don't just read it, you need to live it.

5. What are you currently reading?

Too many things at once! LOL. I'm proofing the second Sime/Gen book, Abrov Kion, and besides that, I'm actively engaged in Storm's story anthrology The Oracle Lips, plus next to the bed I've got quite a pile, including The Call Girl (1950s sociological study... very interesting), Inward Revolution (magical/mystical self-help), and Of Human Bondage (started ages ago, but a Storm book came in the mail)... and more I won't even name. There's hardly ever a moment when I'm not reading something.
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Oh, the horror! Or, I mean, the sci-fi!

Boy, they really don't make book covers like they used to...

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This is one of the Sime/Gen books I'm proofing to be reprinted this summer as an omnibus by Meisha Merlin. But I betcha it'll have different cover art, huh???? Man, these covers are sooooooooooo funny -- like sci-fi pulp novels! I guess it fits, since I found a review of the series saying they were somewhere between soap operas and porn ;)
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