Sep. 2nd, 2014

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 It has literally been years since I logged in. And I had to scour through my computer to look for the next books on the list. I promised sci fi and fantasy but maybe I'll do that for the last part. Here's some more kids' stuff that I've read in the past year or so.

33. Applewhites at Wit's End by Stephanie Tolan. 
Which should count together with the first I guess but it's just so great. More independent learning, more creative kids.

34. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
What you wish Hogwarts had been like. There's a nice sequel too but that one ended more abruptly and no third book yet in sight. 

35. Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
Lowry's pretty good at writing. This is for a much younger audience than Anastasia Krupnik but still really amazing, though I've only read around three in the series. (The poetry themed one is the third I think.)

Next part is Non-fiction. I have a lot of non-fiction books on my shelf that I haven't read. The little I have that I've loved are:

36. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
I'm not a taoist but there's something about it that appeals, especially if you use Winnie the Pooh metaphors.

37. Uh-Oh by Robert Fulghum
I think I read most of his work. I also like Words I Wish I Wrote. I'm not as religious as I used to be but I still think his books are lovely.

38. Anatomy of a Rose by Sharman Apt Russell
A lyrical book about flowers. The language is gorgeous. The main thing I remember from the book, however, is the point that flowers developed for bees/birds and other pollinators who don't see in the same spectrum that we do. So we can only imagine what colors they are offering. 

39. An Alchemy of Mind by Diane Ackerman
Another lyrical writer who also pulls together lots of interesting facts. I've read  A Natural History of the Senses for a poetry class and I still really love it. I've also read her books on whales, crocodiles, bats, etc. And some of her poems. This one is about the mind, and the part that impacted me most was the one about us lying to ourselves and our minds believing that lie.

40. Ordinary Genius by Kim Addonizio
A how to book on poetry, with interesting prompts. She also co-wrote The Poet's Companion.

41. How to Be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith
I was following Keri's Wish Jar Journal long before her Wreck this Journal stuff took off. Most of her entries are gone now, which makes me sad as they were really beautiful gems, full of sense-memories, art projects and ramblings. Of all her books, I love this one the most and secretly want to write my own version. If I were to name one role model in life it would be Keri Smith.

42. Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
One of the most expensive books I own, but so totally worth it. Gorgeous and really resonant. I wish I could think like she does. 

43. Dreams and Wishes by Susan Cooper
A collection of essays I first read from my university library over ten years ago. (The nearby library also has a copy!) This is the book that had me determined to bring my sisters to watch plays. (We're regular goers to Bard on the Beach every year and I took the youngest to watch Wicked this last May.)

44. A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle
A deep, lyrical, contemplative book full of things that resonate with me especially when it comes to faith. 

45. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
A small book. I remembered reading it while waiting at the dentist's office last year. It's one reason why I bought a Record Book which is almost full. Really inspiring. (His tumblr's nice too!)

Lesbian/Gay fiction. (Haven't read much of BTQ.)

46. Sister Safety Pin by Lorrie Sprecher
Found this gem in a dark corner in a BookSale back home. The cover's peeling and in a neon color. It's about punk lesbians, and features literature and music. And it's pretty much just a romance that features two women. So cute! 

47. P.S. Your Cat is Dead by James Kirkwood
Another BookSale purchase I think, which someone bought off me in college. I've since found a new copy. There's nothing explicit here. Just lots of suggestive dialogue and macabre humor. The ending is so subtle it might as well not be there. And I think in the movie version they cut the gay out completely. Grrr.

48. The Object of My Affection by Stephen McCauley
I read this years and years before I finally watched the movie. (The book has more sex in it!:P) It's great and it made me cry.

49. The Fires of Bride by Ellen Galford
This is one of those books I feel ambivalent about. On the one hand, gorgeous descriptions of satirical art, very lyrical and witty writing, and yes lesbian couples. One the other hand, it feels a bit uneven and open-ended. Another BookSale purchase. And I have to admit, when I read the blurb in the back I thought it was fantasy. Instead it's about an artist in the Hebrides. Not that disappointed.

50. Vampires Anonymous by Jeffrey McMahan
Why did I give this book away? Granted the copy was really ratty and it was an ARC at that. I just miss it. It's pretty much an Interview with the Vampire parody with gay sex. 

So I'm back. Let's see how long that lasts.
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 I'm still hanging on by the ends of my fingers.

Mostly because of Kouri Arashi's series "The Sum of Its Parts" which I have read and reread a few hundred times. (Plus a few other good fics, all of them AUs.)

The whole fandom's in collective denial. I skipped the end of the first part of season 3. (I don't even get what season we're in now) And I haven't watched the recent ones either. I'm just annoyed by a lot of it. I know others have written more articulate diatribes of things that have been going so very wrong. But my current personal peeves pretty much boils down to: Why are Kira and Allison a little too interchangeable? 

As for the whole plot thing, it's not linear at all. It's like a tree with broken branches left and right. You sort of want to take the story down one branch but then you can't connect it back to the rest of the show. I feel like if I'm going to write another Teen Wolf fic it'll be like my Harry Potter story "Bound" in which all the elements of canon are just thrown in the air and I'll just grab whatever appeals and reshuffle it. (Or should I just jump into a new fandom? But which one?)

Speaking of my stories (haha. nice segue.) I actually finally updated "Team Gibbs." It only took me four years. I ended it there though I might post one-shots or something.

I've been organizing my files and I have a bunch of wips that I don't even remember writing. Seriously. Like the one I posted on here a million years ago that I don't even know what's gonna happen next. That's really annoying. I hate wips. Especially my own. 

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