March 25th, 2004

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Lunacon Day 3

I knew it was going to take me a while to write this up and post the pics but my, the time is flying! On the other hand, I don't think sitting around the house puttering all day is too bad considering I've run around like a manic for 5 days around lots of people. So let me proceed...

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Friday Five: If I could...

If you...

1. ...owned a restaurant, what kind of food would you serve?

Chocolate. Or Cheese.

Wait... restaurant? Hmmmm, well then I think some sort of English tea garden type place would be nice -- could serve tea, coffee, hot drinks, finger sandwiches, cheese, chocolates, scones. Of course I'd probably enlarge myself to whale-life proportions if I worked there!

2. ...owned a small store, what kind of merchandise would you sell?

Shoes for women with big (10+) sized feet. Although that's kind of boring, selling shoes. How about a chocolate shop? Or obscure reference books. Obviously I'm not in the mood to make decisions today.

3. ...wrote a book, what genre would it be?

I've already done this, but as for books I have not *yet* written, I'v got a weird SFF novel in the works. I've also got an idea for doing some kids books, specifically books that honest deal with issue of childhood really sucking in some respects. For me I swear one of the things that hurt me the most growing up was the systematic denial by society that kids can be unnhappy and bad things can happen on a regular basis that are NOT your fault. I don't remember ever really talking or writing about what I was going through b/c basically I was made to put a "happy face" on things, which was obviously what I was expected to do. Just ONE book that was honest -- that could have really helped!

4. ...ran a school, what would you teach?

Language arts -- reading, analysis, writing, critical thinking.

5. ...recorded an album, what kind of music would be on it?

Cabaret music, Marlene Dietrich style. My voice is actually fairly good for that kind of thing, as it's often not very high and it's more important to sing boldly than sing perfectly correctly.
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I'm sure it's just the inevitable comedown after my trip, but today I've been nothing but sleepy, lazy and do-nothing. I thought I would be all energized to do work but no such luck. I feel kind of depressed and mopey really. I should go out and buy vegies so I at least get some air, which tends to cheer me.
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Trends in reading

I've been keeping careful track of my reading since 2001 and it's interesting the trends I see in terms of what fiction I've been reading. Until recently I would have simply said my reading was mainly Storm Constantine (systematically went through all her books) and then a lot of "alternative sexuality" fantasy and science fiction. However, looking at my list of what I've read so far in 2004, I saw something:

Affinity - by Sarah Waters
Silent Songs - by Kathleen O'Malley and A.C. Crispin
Kushiel's Dart - by Jacqueline Carey
The Bone Doll's Twin - Lynn Flewelling
The Hidden Warrior - Lynn Flewelling

See what it is?! It's Fantasy/SF by women!

Looking at this and then my 2001, 2002 and 2003 lists, I see that out of the approximately 60 books I read, only 5 1/2 of them are by men!!!! (The 1/2 is Silverheart, co-authored by Michael Moorcock.) I mean, that's a trend I'd noticed, but when I actualy do totals... that's kind of crazy! It's not even intentional, because I am reading books that have been recommended to me by friends or Amazon, or which strike my interest, or which come up through book group.

Female writers I've been reading include, besides Storm, Lynn Flewelling, Ursula K. LeGuin, Jacqueline Carey, Sarah Waters, Octavia Butler, Ellen Kushner, Melissa Scott, Jean Lorrah & Jacqueline Lichtenburg (Sime-Gen), and A.C. Crispin & Kathleen O'Malley (the Starbridge books).

Of the male writers, I'd count Ricardo Pinto as by far the most talented.

Anyway, considering what sort of woman-hater I used to be, I now feel rather proud of myself.
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