June 30th, 2008



Here are how a few Things are with me!

  • Still losing weight. After reaching a plateau for a bit, I've been losing weight again. I think my financial re-org, which includes reining in grocery and eating-out costs, is helping my diet!

  • Read Shadows Return, the latest Nightrunner book, in one day last week. Loved it. Wish there was a tad more kinky in it, but as a tale of intrigue, suspense, character study and torture, it worked very well! It also whetted my appetite for the follow-up, coming up next year, which I know will be so exciting!

  • Started The Golden Compass yesterday and am on Ch. 6 now. Wonder WTF universe it's supposed to be set in. Not THIS one, I guess. More like some sort of weird semi-realistic universe like Harry Potter. Frankly I find that sort of setting a bit annoying (be real or be fake!) but so far, tolerable.

  • Still enjoying music via thesixtyone. Have barely used iTunes the past couple of weeks because I'm enjoying all the new music, plus racking up points I can use to "bump" my favorite tunes. So far I have been listening almost exclusively to Electronica, Dance and Experimental. Some really nice finds! Again, I need to do a whole post on this or maybe an article in my "serious" tech blog.

  • Back in the swing with Netflix. In the past month, rented and returned: Boys Don't Cry, Manhattan, Across the Universe, Whale Rider, and Mad Max. The last was watched Saturday night. I'm sure I've never seen it beginning to end before because half of it was new to me. Incidentally, to me the star of the movie is Toecutter, the head of the bike gang.

  • Yesterday the boys and I had a nice picnic in the park. We made up yummies and set up camp in some shade. Daniel brought along Pugsley in his customized, souped-up baby carriage. It was so funny to have people think we had a baby and then realize it was just a big cat. Pugsley for his part stayed in his compartment in the carriage, where he was comfortable. When we take him out of the carriage he hides under it or tries to bury himself in Daniel's crotch.

  • Caleb is plotting new overseas trips. He and Daniel are planning a Paris & Germany trip for next spring or early summer. And Caleb and I may be going to Munich or somewhere else nice in Europe this November. Fingers crossed.

  • Got my new passport. It's very fancy and, better, VALID.

  • Launched a monthly fan fic challenge on Forever Wraeththu and am very pleased with the half-dozen entries I've received. Today's the last day for June and who knows, I may get more. I've just seen other fandoms having challenges and we've never done one. It really seems to have gotten the creative juices flowing.

  • I've kept my place entirely clean for 1 1/2 months now. It's crazy! The only thing that ever gets even a bit out of control is dishes and garbage but I attack that a lot more often. It really only takes five minutes to dispense with that so it's worth it. And I can FIND everything in the house, any time I want! My bed is made every single day.

I think there are more Things to write about, but I'm done for now.
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Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

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On a related note, here's what I've gone through this year. There would be more but a couple of them (esp. the intermidable Tom Jones) took me a long time:

  • Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens (J.K. Rowling)
  • Harry Potter under der Gefangene von Askaban (J.K. Rowling)
  • Death's Master (Tanith Lee)
  • Hero (Perry Moore)
  • Die Stadt der Traumenden Buecher (Walter Moers)
  • Born on a Blue Day (Daniel Tammet)
  • Der Zauber von Fleisch und Geist (Storm Constantine)
  • A Student of Kyme (Storm Constantine)
  • Bewitchments of Love and Hate (Storm Constantine)
  • Fulfilments of Fate and Desire (Storm Constantine)
  • Terzah's Sons (Victoria Copus)
  • Wraiths of Will and Pleasure (Storm Constantine)
  • Shades of Time and Memory (Storm Constantine)
  • Ghosts of Blood and Innocence (Storm Constantine)
  • The Razor's Edge (Somerset Maugham)
  • The Hienama (Storm Constantine)
  • Breeding Discontent (Wendy Darling and Bridgette Parker)
  • As Meat Loves Salt (Maria McCann)
  • Intelligence in Nature (Jeremy Narby)
  • The Blue Girl (Charles de Lint)
  • The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling (Henry Fielding)
  • The Life to Come and Other Stories (E.M. Forster)
  • On Azrael's Wings (D. Jordan Redhawk)
  • Sekhem Heka (Storm Constantine)
  • Shadows Return (Lynn Flewelling)
  • The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman)
Cat People

Writer's Block: Awesome Openers

What are some gripping opening lines from films or books, and why do you think they work so well?

"I never knew the old Vienna before the war with its Strauss music, its glamour and easy charm."
- Opening narration, The Third Man, 1949

And why does it work so well? Because it instantly sets you into environment where the whole sordid drama takes plays. And gives you a hint about the tone of the movie. Cynical? Doesn't begin to cover it. The screenplay was adaprted by Graham Greene from his own novel so possibly this may also be the first line from the book.