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L’chaim

The usual fodder here is fiction, my random musings generally prompted by online writing communities. Today I’m unnaturally reflective, as it’s my 48th birthday. Big deal, right? Aging may suck, but it’s better than the alternative.

Having recently been diagnosed with beginning stage osteoarthritis, I feel like whining. My fingers and palms ache every morning when I wake up.  BUT … I wake up. I can move. I can go to work. Life is good.

Even though I’m not an outwardly demonstrative person, emotion got the best of me over the weekend. My seven-year old insisted on knowing whether or not Santa Claus is real and gave me several possibilities of who first presented the possibility to him. After pressing me several times, I fessed up, and he got pretty upset at the reality. I couldn’t uphold the façade when he asked me not to lie to him. So we both cried, inching so much further to the total erasure of innocence. He told me that his “imagination was closed,” and the statement almost broke my heart. I want him to stay as young and unaffected for as long as he can.

We are so fortunate to have such a great kid, no matter how old we are. My biggest fear in life is to miss seeing him grow up and pass all the milestones people take for granted are guaranteed to us.

My friend, Mary, recently received a lung cancer diagnosis. She is also 48 years old and full of life. Although we only converse via social media any more, I doubt she will dare utter any negativity about her precarious situation. That’s not her style. The woman is fierce, and I admire her bravery.

I raise my proverbial glass to another year of possibilities - cheers!

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www Wednesday – June 26

This weekly book meme is hosted at Should Be Reading.
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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
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It is very good so far!
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It’s too soon to tell about this one, but Neil Gaiman rarely disappoints.
What did you recently finish reading?
ImageMy review is here.
What do you think you’ll read next?
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What are you reading?  Join in the fun and link back to Miz B’s original post.

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www Wednesday (Oct. 10)

This is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the sensational, MizB, at Should be Reading.  To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 What are you currently reading?

The audio book I’m listening to right now is Watership Down by Richard Adams.  It’s widely considered a children’s classic, but I’ve never read it.  Listening to it read in a great British accent is even better.  It’s about a community of rabbits, and many people call it an allegory of society although the author denies that claim.  

What did you recently finish reading?

Finally … finally, I’m finishing A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  Considering I don’t like love stories or vampires, it wasn’t bad.  The heroine could have/should have been stronger and not relied on her dark love interest so much in my opinion, so that lowered my opinion of it considerably.  It would take too much energy to continue the series.

I also finished a book club pick, Moloka’i, by Alan Brennert. It was a much more enjoyable reading experience than I anticipated, although it based on a great historical American tragedy about how people were ostracized for illness and was very heartbreaking as a result.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My book club is reading Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer next, and I’m looking forward to it very much.  It sounds like religious zealotry at its most horrible.  This is by the author of Into the Wild, so I hope it’s all I’m cracking it up to be.

What are you reading?  Join in and post your list at the original meme.   Happy reading!

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October 10, 2012 · 10:54 pm

weekend QOTD & choices

I loved the quote of the day from goodreads.com for this past Saturday.  It was:

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.

E.L. Doctorow

It takes many personalities wriggling back and forth between the frontal and temporal lobes to create a great book involving a myriad of character personas.  Assuming a book’s sales hint at its “quality,” or at least its popularity, the author must be chocked full of dementia praecox.

Popularity is a funny thing.  What makes one book seem to have universal appeal while another goes unnoticed?  It’s a personal pet peeve to see so many women reading Shades of Grey like it’s the new Kama Sutra.  Maybe it doesn’t indicate anything other than curiosity about all the hype.  Maybe it doesn’t reflect an odd, in my opinion, taste in books.

Perhaps a friend suggested, “Oh, you’ll LOVE this book!”  And I’ve never read it, so who am I to say?  Thousands of women apparently do love it, at least in a dirty-little-secret sort of way, giggling at an inside joke.

It’s interesting to ponder what my update says to my goodreads “friends” about me, if anything.  Does reviewing a children’s chapter book read with my son at bedtime in my collection imply I am stuck in childhood?  What if they don’t know there’s a five-year old involved?  So I wonder if the titles people choose kind of reflect who they are or just their whim of the day.

I must keep an open mind and not judge, even though I choose not to jump on that Grey bandwagon.  It is simply not a title I would pick based on the seemingly misogynistic premise.  I made that mistake once with Eat, Pray, Love.  Never again.

Let’s hope my reading list doesn’t speak to my overall taste or reading abilities.  I like to mix it up based on friends’ recommendations and even throw in an old children’s classic I missed along the way.  But what would someone think of it taking me since February to only get 30% through The Laugh-A-Day Book of Bloopers, Quotes & Good Clean Jokes?  It’s not exactly a spell-binder.

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Summer Fridays are the best!

Being a child of the ’80s brings the old Loverboy lyrics “Everybody’s working for the weekend” to mind.  My job in the work-a-day world allows Friday afternoons off during the less busy season,  so my day is looking better and better!
I’ll kick off the mini-celebration with today’s great quote from goodreads:
What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.
I always loved this cover (thanks, Wikipedia)!

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Can you imagine?

Second only to growing a tiny human being inside my body, I bet getting published and selling a story for filming has to feel incredible.  Elation.

I participate in a group called Apocalypse Whenever on goodreads.  What a relief to discover other twisted people out there like me who enjoy end-of-world stories a little too much.  No longer will I think I’m the only freak who likes a good tale of humanity’s destruction.  I’ll cease to hide my desensitization via over-consumption of ’70s and ’80s media.  There are other people to celebrate it with me!

One of the author/participants in the group, Hugh Howey, has recently signed on with Random House UK and 20th Century Fox.  The cover of his book, Wool, caught my eye when recommended by other readers in the group.  He has an eloquence with language and a knack for description.  His website graphic is also eerily magnetic.  Quite a creative guy.

The other PA group members offered differing perspectives on some aspects I missed in the first and second books.  It’s good to have a peek from another reader’s point of view instead of only my own mind’s eye.

So part of my summer reading is mapped out.  I plan to finish the Wool series, look forward to the sixth installment, and then the big-screen version.  Hard to imagine.  Now there’s a fisheye lens!

My workaday greeting of, “Good morning/afternoon, XYZ Company, how may I help you” seems even more pathetic now.  But I’m not bitter.  Reading about Howey’s success motivates me to worry less about inconsequential matters and get to work on a new story of my own.

Hugh seems like a common enough fella, in a para-social relationship sort of way, who pops into the Apocalypse Whenever discussion now and then.  He started out self-publishing through Kindle and has moved on to bigger and better things.  I’m glad to see an indie author get the recognition he has surely worked long and hard to accomplish.

Maybe publishing and filming deals aren’t the end all, be all, but  … no, they probably are.  Good on ya, Hugh!

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May 21, 2012 · 5:46 pm