Mar 8, 2008

Waiting Away

Do you ever sit in front of the computer waiting for something to happen? Of course nothing does, you don't get any new email or if you do it is spam.

You realize it is the middle of the night and people are in bed so you can stop waiting for them to post on their blog.

I had forgotten that I did this, that I just sat here and that it was one of the reasons I took a few months away from the net in the first place. How silly of me!

Tagging Myself

This one was just too much fun to pass up.

The rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

The nearest book on my desk was Fiction: An Introduction to Reading and Writing.

Page 123 happens to be in the middle of Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path."

But Phoenix only looked above her head. There was sweat on her face, the wrinkles in her skin shone like a bright net.
"Speak up, Grandma," the woman said.

Now of course I want to read the whole story, don't you?
I don't have anyone to tag, so feel free to tag yourself and leave a comment for me so I can see what page 123 hold for you.

Thanks to Julie Carobini.


Mar 6, 2008

Guilty Pleasure



It's Thursday night, so I will be filling up on my current guilty pleasure. The show for me has one very specific draw, but it has also interested me in reading the book of the same name. Every time I go into a bookstore I eye it, but I haven't given in yet.

Mar 5, 2008

Favorite Writer

(I found this new thing and I wanted to try it out. See if it was a time saver.)

I have been rededicating myself to writing. Gathering exercises and inspiration. And reading A LOT, trying to learn from the authors I admire.

I have never had a favorite author. But finally I think I have found one. What makes him wonderful to me is that he writes how I wish I could, how I always hear it in my mind but never manage to get it one the page.

I first met Pat Conroy in the pages of Why I Write. I have always been particularly interested in what writers have to say about their craft. His essay was called "Stories" and I didn't recognize his name but I was immediately grabbed into what he had to say about writing. Even though I was immediately drawn to what he had to say and how he chose to say it, it took me a few more years to crack open the pages of Beach Music. I fell totally in love and have been gathering his books about me ever since.

In an interview, Conroy says about his own writing: "
My prose is overwrought, a little pretentious. I never know how a book will end."

Mar 4, 2008

Old Reading List Revisited

This is my old reading list that I was working on last summer. I updated it by marking the books I have finished. I am sort of disappointed in myself to not keeping up with all the challenges I was looking forward to. But I started up reading again and finished many books, some on this list and some new ones. Now I have to make sure I finish all of these up. Though some I may be saving for another time.
Reading in 2007

Out of the Silent Planet (p. 44 146/160) 92% FINISHED!Alice's Adventures Underground (p.68 p.76/90) 85% FINISHED!
On My Honor (p. 90/90) FINISHED!
(Banned Books Challenge)
Crispin:The Cross of Lead (p. 262/262) FINISHED! (Newbery Challenge)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (p. 87/246) 35% FISHISHED!
Slaughter-House Five (p. 4/215) 2% FINISHED!Scraps of the Untainted Sky (p.15/284) 5%Herland (p. 37/146) 25%
Love in the Time of Cholera (p. 22/348) 6%
Robinson Crusoe-reading electronically at chapter 9 (By The Decade)
Beyond the Words (p.79 114/221) 52%
The Island-(p.8/295) 3%
Writing to Learn (p.94)
Language and Myth (p.28/99) 28%
Eragon (p.6/497) 1%
The Picture of Dorian Gray-reading electronically DailyLit and LibriVox
The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (p.7/298) 3%
Keeping Faith (p.123/422) 29% FINISHED!
The Underground Man (p.29/262) 11%
We-FINISHED! First one of 2007. (Dystiopian Challenge)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader FINISHED!
Forever FINISHED! (Banned Books Challenge)

Hello World!


I have been offline for some time and just got the internet back again and decided to dive back into the blog thing. First order of business was to move. My old blog was giving me a huge headache every time I tried to format. Maybe this one will be just as bad, but in the meantime I thought I would give it a try.


The old me still exists
here.
I am trying to decide if there is nothing going on or if there is a lot going on. Sometimes it is hard to tell.

I have been doing a lot of reading and exploring lately so maybe I will have some thoughts worth sharing.
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