June 30, 2008
Currently reading: Worldwired - Elizabeth Bear, and as many sci-fi magazines as I can get my hands on.
Currently watching: As much Doctor Who as possible
Currently listening to - Alanis Morrisette - Flavours of Entanglement
June 29, 2008
June 28, 2008
INTJ - "Mastermind". Introverted intellectual with a preference for finding certainty. A builder of systems and the applier of theoretical models. 2.1% of total population.
June 27, 2008
What is the weather like today where you live?
Hot and sunny, although there is a chance of a thunderstorm this afternoon. We had one yesterday, which made this morning nice and cool.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how career-minded are you?
8? I'm still trying to figure out what I want my legal career to look like, so I'm pretty focused right now.
What type of window coverings do you have in your home? Blinds, curtains, shutters, etc.?
Curtains in my room and the living room, blinds everywhere else.
Name something that instantly cheers you up.
How many times do you hit the snooze button on a typical morning?
Two or three times. It's a terrible habit - I should just set the alarm later, but I'm always optimistic I'll actually get up early for a change. Plus I like just lying in bed, thinking of what the day might bring.
June 26, 2008
What, in your opinion, is the definition of a “reader.” A person who indiscriminately reads everything in sight? A person who reads BOOKS? A person who reads, period, no matter what it is? … Or, more specific? Like the specific person who’s reading something you wrote?
Well, even those of us who read "anything" do discriminate somewhat. I don't like westerns or mysteries, but will make an occaisional exception based on a friend's recommendation. I do think the definition is broad enough to include lots of things: websites, comic books, manga, etc. Of course, when an authors says "Faithful reader" in the text, they mean you - the person reading it. So in that sense it can be specific. But I think of it as broader - any text counts.
June 25, 2008
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June 21, 2008
What the House Test Says About You
You are happy with who you are, and you don't have an inflated sense of self importance. You do your own thing quietly. You don't take up a lot of space.
You aren't against being community oriented, but it's not really your thing. You tend to prefer to focus on your family and not the neighborhood around you.
You are a calm, contemplative, and smart person. You take ideas very seriously.
You look good in a low maintenance sort of way. You do the minimum required to be attractive.
You are moved by romance and love. You are optimistic about people, and you love hearing about happy endings.
June 20, 2008
If you could live on another continent for 1 year, which one would you choose?
Australia - it would be different enough to be a bit exotic, yet everyone speaks English.
Which browser do you use to surf the Internet?
Firefox at home. IT has us locked into IE at work, though - and not even the new version!
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how much do you know about the history of your country?
I guess 8? History was always one of my favorite subjects.
Finish this sentence: Love is…
Any ending I could come up with is hopelessly cheesy.
Have you ever been in or near a tornado?
No - we occasionally get a "funnel cloud" during our summer thunderstorms, but never anything real. And we don't have basements here, so I don't know what we would do if we did have a freak tornado.
June 19, 2008
Think about your favorite authors, your favorite books . . . what is it about them that makes you love them above all the other authors you’ve read? The stories? The characters? The way they appear to relish the taste of words on the tongue? The way they’re unafraid to show the nitty-gritty of life? How they sweep you off to a new, distant place? What is it about those books and authors that makes them resonate with you in ways that other, perfectly good books and authors do not?
I have a lot of "favorite" authors, but I'll choose one for this purpose: David Gerrold, author of (among other things) The War Against the Chtorr series. I love that he creates real, flawed characters. Yes, sometimes they are just mouthpieces for some philosophy, but generally they are real people, with their own motivations and problems, just trying to survive. I love that he created a future earth, under attack from *somewhere* - and how he describes how the ecosystem changes, bit by bit. I love that he's also funny - real humor, but also puns and limericks and jokes. I love that he created a world that I still go back to to re-read, and still wait in hope for the next book (he's been promising it to us for ten years or so).
June 18, 2008
June 17, 2008
The challenge will run from June 21, 2008-September 21, 2008.
1. Make a list of all of the ARC’s that you currently have and/or are on their way to you.
2. If you have:
* 1-3 ARC’s then pick at least one to read and review for this challenge.
* 4-6 ARC’s then pick at least two to read and review for this challenge.
* 7-9 ARC’s then pick at least three to read and review for this challenge.
* 10 or more ARC’s then pick at least 4 to read and review for this challenge.
3. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
4. List the books that you plan to read for this challenge (you can change it at any time, as long as the books you change are also ARC's). You can read the books on your list in any order.
5. Read the books and review them on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, you can post your review on sites like Amazon. Leave a comment on the post about the challenge with a link to each of your reviews.
My ARC list:
Strangers in Death - J.D. Robb
Enlightenment for Idiots - Anne Cushman
A Prisoner of Birth - Jeffrey Archer
Ask Again Later - Jill A. Davis
Marie Therese: Child of Terror (The Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter) - Susan Nagel
Mercy Street - Mariah Stewart
The First Thirty Days - Ariane De Bonvoisin
Loose Girl - Kerry Cohen
I have bolded the two I plan to read first; I'll decide on the third later. I'm actually hoping to get through all of them, but we'll see how that goes.
To join the challenge, go here.
June 16, 2008
You Like Names That Are Popular and Modern
You prefer names you've heard quite a bit and know well.
It's possible that you like the idea of naming someone after a friend.
You taste in names is very mainstream. You don't like odd names at all.
You rather share a name with someone you know than be stuck with a weird name.
Some female names you might like: Amber, Erica, Kristen, Lauren, Megan, Tara, and Vanessa
Some male names you might like: Brett, Christian, Jason, Kyle, Logan, Scott, and Trevor
June 15, 2008
June 14, 2008
Your Ice Cream Personality:
You like to think of yourself as a fairly modest person. And it's true that you don't talk yourself up... but you're also pretty happy with who you are.
You have a wild reputation, but you're not as wild as you seem. You take risks, but only measured risks.
You are a fairly open minded person with a wide range of tastes. You are quite accepting of unusual ideas and people.
You are a natural multitasker. You feel alive when you're doing more than one thing at a time.
You can be a big dramatic and over the top sometimes. You are bold in every way
June 13, 2008
Do you consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist?
I consider myself a realist - hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
What is your favorite color of ink to write with?
Black. It's bold and straightforward. When I was in law school I did have to keep my inner child entertained by using various colored highliters for my schoolbooks, though. I preferred green and orange for that.
How often do you get a manicure or pedicure? Do you do them yourself or go to a salon and pay for them?
I do my own nails - manicure once a week, and a pedicure every three weeks or so in the summer. I love buying nail polish - my sister says I have a hundred versions of the same shade of pink. That is not entirely accurate.
Have you ever won anything online? If so, what was it?
I "won" a few advance reader books from LibraryThing.
In which room in your house do you keep your home computer?
My computer is in my bedroom, and my mom's is in the living room.
June 12, 2008
A combo of two suggestions by: Heidi and by litlove
Have you ever been a member of a book club? How did your group choose (ot, if you haven’t been, what do you think is the best way to choose) the next book and who would lead discussion?
Do you feel more or less likely to appreciate books if you are obliged to read them for book groups rather than choosing them of your own free will? Does knowing they are going to be read as part of a group affect the reading experience?
I have never been a member of a book club. One of my friends is a member, and she lets me in on her list of books to read, but even if she asked, I don't think I would join. It would be too much pressure to read and process the book, and I don't really like group settings like that anyway. Maybe if I was already friends with all of the members, but certainly not with people I don't already know. I do talk about books with that friend, and with others, but not in such a structured setting.
On a related note, I hate when a blurb for a book says "perfect for book clubs" or something like that. It sounds too much like an "Oprah" book (some of which have been good, but still) and it just makes my defenses go up. It translates to me as "this book is full of contrived situations or fake big ideas that you must talk about with all of your friends."
June 11, 2008
Happy Birthday to me! One of my coworkers made me a yummy birthday cake, so it's been a pretty good day so far. Tonight is dinner with my sister, nephew, brother-in-law and mom, then more cake, so it should be pretty fun. I think my nephew made me a card, so I'm looking forward to that. He's able to take dictation to write what he wants, but he's a little loose with the word placement. My mom's birthday card read "Happy Grammy Birthday." Naturally, she'll be keeping that forever.
June 10, 2008
"What the hell was that?"
"I don't know. Something else. Also terrible."
I'm a J.J. Abrams fan, despite my abandonment of Lost after season 1. I enjoyed this, althought it is not his best work. I liked the "found documentary evidence" gimmick, although there were times I wanted to yell at the guy with the camera. I mean, if you are pinned down in the street, don't film your friends, film the giant destructive thing in front of you! And I think he revealed the monster a little too soon. It didn't hurt that one of the actors looks like a younger Michael Vartan, either. He is a hottie. But overall, I thought it was a pretty good summer movie, with lots of destruction. And the special effects were very seamless; I'm pretty picky about that.
June 9, 2008
So I will entertain you today with this link, via Wil Wheaton. Enjoy!
June 8, 2008
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June 6, 2008
When you drink soda/pop/coke, do you prefer to drink it from the bottle, a can, or after pouring it into a cup?
I prefer it in a cup with ice, but after that from a can with a straw.
What television show are you willing to stay up late to watch?
Battlestar Galactica! It's on at 10 p.m. our time, which is late for me.
Name one person, place, or thing you think of as brilliant.
J.J. Abrams - the man behind Lost and Alias, and the new Star Trek!
Would you be willing to work 4 10-hour days instead of 5 8-hour days in order to save gas?
Yes, absolutely - unfortunately the courthouse does not yet run on that schedule. Then again, 10 hours at the court would be a pretty long day.
If you were a superhero, what would you call yourself?
Wonder Woman! So I could have an invisible jet, and a golden lasso of truth!
June 5, 2008
Have your book-tastes changed over the years? More fiction? Less? Books that are darker and more serious? Lighter and more frivolous? Challenging? Easy? How-to books over novels? Mysteries over Romance?
I've written before that I tend to go on binges - reading everything about a particular topic, for example, then moving on to the next one. I don't think my overall taste has changed, though. I like an absorbing story, in an interesting setting, with real characters. That is a broad generalization, of course, because I also like informative nonfiction, and enjoy a good travel book now and again. My taste has probably matured some: I used to devour romance books in my youth, but now find them too simplistic. But give me a good sci-fi any day, and that has been true since I picked up I Robot in 5th grade.
June 3, 2008
June 2, 2008
Governess: The Lives and Times of the Real Jane Eyres - Ruth Brandon
Worldwired - Elizabeth Bear
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse - Ed. by John Joseph Adams (short stories)
I'm enjoying all of them, but haven't yet finished any!
June 1, 2008
I also rewatched the new BBC version of Sense and Sensibility, which stands up to rewatching quite well.