- WA, USA
- member since October 5, 2012
Awww, and I'm just glad that we're back to having our little chats again! I've been well. We've moved from our crappy little house/apartment into a nice little cottage bungalow. Hopefully, I can landscape the whole yard and plant a beautiful garden full of lovely perennials and some practical vegetables and fruits. And to be honest, I know diddly-squat about gardening, so if you've got any little tips or opinions I would be ever so grateful. To start off, I think I'm in Zone 8 but want it top be compatible with Zone 7 and 9 to be on the safe side.
Anyway, so how was college life? I know that you've mostly been homeschooled, so hopefully the whole big college thing didn't suffocate you or anything! I'm glad that you've met some awesome people. They say that some of your best friends during your lifetime will be the ones you met in college. Also just curious, which school do you go to? And are you still majoring in English composition? Have you joined any extracurricular clubs or whatever? Tell me, tell me!
Oh, your little forest sounds simply heavenly! With a little creek, no less! I'm sooooo jealous! No wonder your woods inspire you. And I never heard of "rube" before... Pacific Northwest thing? But I sure of heard of the sticks! Of course, one would prefer more elegant wording to describe such beauteous surroundings. Ugh, so jealous. Never have I lived anywhere with more than 1/4acre.
Never heard of Christopher Moore. What kind of comedy? I've read a couple of Verne's works. I enjoyed them, as expected. I have many favorites. I've already stated my absolute favorite Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre) and Alexandre Dumas (The Count of Monte Cristo, The 3 Musketeers). I also JK Rowling, naturally, of course. And all the classic girly stories (e.g. Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, etc, etc). And while she's not a favorite author really, Margaret Mitchell produced one of the greatest love stories of all time: Gone with the Wind. This book may well be one of the greatest examples of in-depth characterization. At the end of the novel, you will almost believe that Scarlett O'Hara was a real person who has walked this earth.Seriously. But the heroine is not exactly the most likeable person; simply put, she's a biitch. But even this is proof of how well the author brings the characters to life. And of course, there's enough substance in the plot to keep even a guy interested, if he were ever secured enough in his masculinity. The 1939 movie was okay. Not all that. But that's expected. Also, I adore British gothics. I particularly enjoy reading Victoria Holt. Her books are extremely addictive. And for the modern version of a gothic novel (suspenseful mysteries or thrillers), I enjoy reading Mary Higgins Clark. Her writing is decidedly contemporary, but still a pleasant enough experience. If you cannot tell by now, my favorite genre is a gothic, which I like to simplify into two words: spooky and romantic. One of my goals is read all the prolific gothic novels from the 1700s to 1940s. My other goal is to read all the great classics - I've made decent progress in this task.
Now, finally, your highly anticipated book. First of all, Soren is a delicious name. He sounds super hot. So please make sure that he has a love interest of some sort (even though he's not the official main character, I'm presuming?) Gosh, I am so terribly excited about your book. I really am! When it's completed, you must mail me a copy, be it book or manuscript. Seriously! And you have to sign it, so when you get super famous I can claim that I knew you! Haha! ...Oh, and about old Edith's book. I don't know how much you've read, but the little short stories are the best! One of my favorites is Cupid and Psyche, a beautiful little love story.
Okay, now I'm going to stop. I will leave you with the current book that I'm reading (or rather, that sits upon its designated throne on my nightstand): The Queen's Confession by (the aforementioned) Holt. It's a bibliographical narrative of Marie Antoinette. Hopefully, this was alter my somewhat negative perception of Marie Antoinette as a a vain, insipid, feather-brained wastrel who deserves not one iota of our pity. This judgment was further propagated by the less-than-stellar portrayal by Kirsten Dunst. The movie was awful! No plot, horrible acting, and to top it off, thin-lipped Dunst didn't even attempt a foreign accent. Though the costumes and set were quite a feast for the eyes, my personal recommendation would be to watch movie on Youtube (or Hulu or Crackle) on mute and play your favorite classical music. Anyway, at least I will not let my bias toward the heroine affect my opinion of the book as a whole. All righty, buh-bye!
Hello! Sorry for the extremely delayed response! Life as a way of just taking you away! I must confess I have even slacked off with my reading. I still always have a book resting on my nightstand, but more often than not, it's doing just that: resting. Anyway...
How the heck are ya? It's been awhile! And everything's fine over here. The holidays (all of them) went well, and we entirely spoiled our son on Christmas! Well, now that explanations and formalities are out of the way, let us continue where we left off:
So the woods about your home served as an inspiration? Interesting. How much woods is it? So you live in a rural setting? What type of trees and flowers grow there? Please describe in more detail these all-important woods!
I totally get the part about not wanting to claim a writer as an influencing force! If I ever write a novel one day - and one day I shall! - I wouldn't want to say such and such influenced me either! I suppose it's best to say which writers inspired you or which writers' styles do you admire? Anyway! So Tolkien, huh? Would you go so far to say that he's your favorite author? If not, then who? The only book of Tolkien's I've read, I must confess, is The Hobbit. But I immensely enjoyed it!
Mishelae is a very unique name, and thank God, that you haven't sprinkled any nonsensical apostrophes in there! And you said she "co-leads." So who does she share this position with? Female, male? And names, please! And yeah, creating to a whole new language is quite a daunting task, isn't it? But it would be so cool! So it's including all other races and monsters then? That's going to make for a very colorful world indeed! By the way, are you interested in Greek Mythology? There are lots of fantastical creatures in which to draw inspiration! And Edith Hamilton's book is the shiznit! Oh, and I like the way you spelled "faeries." It's so much more magical and ethereal when spelled that way instead of "fairy," which is so blah.
And it's just dawned on me that you may have already written your novel! Oh well, more for you to tell me then!
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Well, I've been doing just the usual. Taking care of my toddler, reading dust-ridden paperbacks, going shopping, going on the internet shopping, etc, etc. But your novel sounds simply fascinating! You must let me read it once it's finished!!!! Have no fear, this does not bore me at all! So what's the inspiration behind your story? What writer would you say infuenced your writing style, if any? What's the main character's name? What's the elf clan's name? Did you make up your own "elfish" language? Are there other "races" in the books? When do you expect to be completely finished with the book?
Criminal Justice sounds cool, but is not very practical and certainly not lucrative. I;m not quite sure what I will pursue instead. Maybe Psychology. Maybe Political Science.
Anyway, it's exciting that you are attempting to write a novel. Wish I had the time and the preserverance! And yes, ideally it would be cheaper to cut out the middle man, but they are pretty necessary. Hopefully things will work themselves out when its time. But of course , you must finish writing the book first! Seriously whenever you finish it, you must let me read it! And by the way, what is the story about? What is the target audience? How long do you expect the story to be? I'm fascinated!
Hey, Mariah! Yeah, I've traveled quite a bit, when I was younger. My father suffered from a mental illness and was paranoid that people (i.e. the government) were following him.... Yeah, I know. So fortunately, I've traveled across all of the eastern half of America, plus Canada, Mexico, & Korea when I was really little. Anyway, so if you look at a map of the US and chop it half, I've traveled to most of the right side. Never been farther west than Colorado. So I've never been to southern California or the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Yeah, traveling is so much fun! I wish I could do more. No plans in the near future though!
All right, book talk! Yes, young adult fiction is actually quite good. One can be an adult and still read a book meant for a younger audience. I quite liked the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede (the Dealing with Dragons, etc. books). That was my first fantasy book. I was introduced to it by my older brother who loves fantasy, especially Tolkien. Fantasy as a genre is okay..... I really want to like it, coming from a family of sci-fi/fantasy nerd, but it's just a lot to take in. Plus, the modern authors always try to pick the craziest names with weird apostrophes everywhere! And let's see... Anne of Green Gables is another one of my favorites. Also, The Secret Garden, Little Women, and A Little Princess. The World Wars? Hmmmm, I know I've read many WWII novels about Jews... I actually don't care for that realm of fiction. (The personalities take shape and divide!!) Oh, there is a war novel that I really liked and think you may like as well. Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer. It's a big 'ol book now, but really well-written. The plot is terribly fascinating! It is more of an adult contemporary novel though. No graphic sex scenes or anything, but quite a bit of cursing and gory details, if I remember correctly. I mean, it is war afterall! So I definitely recommend that!
All right, my favorite authors... Gosh, I have so many! Definitely Charlotte Bronte, Alexandre Dumas, and William Shakespeare. So English compostion, huh? Does that mean that you are secrestly an aspiring writer?? Well, let me read whatver you've got. I must warn you though, I will be brutally honest in all my constructive criticism!
And yes, I go to an online university. I'm 23, and didn't immediately jump into college after highschool. (Wish I did though!) So I'm a little late, and honestly, a little rusty. But at least I'm furthering my education. Getting a bachelors in Criminal Justice. (Yeah, I'm a badass! lol!) Now, I want to change it to something more lucrative and something I'm more passionate about. I had an intense love affair with guns and weaponry when I was 18 and 19. I was a bit wild. Though I've gotten older and infinitely wiser. And while there will always be a tender place in my heart for semi-automatics, it's not my true passion. Hence, degree change!
All righty! Gotta stop! I've probably written more than you care to read! But I love making new friends, especially intelligent ones. And so, now I bid you adieu, mon amie!
I also have an obsession for lists! I just love being able to organize all my thoughts. I will make lists for the most irrelevant stuff. Like my favorite designer brands, my favorite actors, my favorite beans (navy beans!), etc, etc.
Anyway, if you want to visit the east, Georgia should not be your top priority. There's nothing special. Just hot with a bunch of dead-looking swamps. My tourist pick would be the northeast, like Maine and Vermont. They have beautiful weather that really showcases each of the seasons! And I've already said this, but I'm so envious of your Washington weather. I love rain! I impulsively bought this nice taupe Calvin Klein trench coat (retail value $200) that I got on clearance. And then logic hit me. It never rains here! Oh, well. That was too good of a bargain to not get. (Fashion is another one of my passions!)
Anyway, I'm glad you like my shelf! I think I have an excellent and somewhat cultured interest in books. So what's your favorite genre? And I'm just curious, what's your major?
Hola, chica! Yeah, I was a little confused with the set up myself, but I've got the hang of it now, I'm sure. And I see you've been busy - nearly 600 books! You either have an excellent memory or an intense love of books - or both! And it's cool that we have 35 books in common. That's quite a lot!
I'm glad you appreciate my shelf. Though it's not complete (I have a terrible memory and can't remember everything I read!), I feel it accurately represents my tastes in literature. My favorite genres are historical romances, classic gothic romances (not contemporary), romantic suspense, and the good, old-fashioned classics. My favorite book in the world is Jane Eyre.
And you know, Shelfari has a plethora of awesome book groups, if you enjoy discussing the many wonderful aspects of books! Actually, they have groups about everything, including nonsensical, non-bookish subject matter. But yeah, I urge you to join one. They are quite fun, and you can make friends there. I'm currently in the Who Doesn't Love a Classic group. I intend to join more when I have more time to carefully review all the them.
The weather is hot, dry, and uninteresting. I don't know if this is true, but I always thought Washington has beautiful, pleasant weather. You know, lots of rain, mists, winds, cool temperatures, lots of greenery... I'm so envious! I hate Georgia's hot weather!
Anyway, you seem cool, so I'm going to take the liberty of following you!
And the hydrangeas? I actually just chose the picture because it's one of the default set of pictures already on the computer... But I do like hydrangeas!
Hey, Mariah! We've got a lot in common! We actually both just signed up yesterday! And after reading your description, I've found out that we also have the same interests too! So that's pretty cool. Too bad you don't live down here. We could get together and discuss books like the book worms we are! Anyway, just wanted to send a nice little message. You've got a friendly face and a decent taste in books!