Of Life & Randomness

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It’s a rainy Saturday in Lyon and I’ve been taking advantage of the pooptastic weather to do some digital spring cleaning. Please don’t be alarmed if you’re prancing around my website (as I know you’re wont to do) and things appear as if by magick and then POOF away. You’re not hallucinating. Or maybe you are. I can’t be sure.

Table of Contents (for this post)

  1. Useless info that I felt like sharing
  2. A book recommendation
  3. TBSOL Q&A
  4. TBSOL sneak peek
  5. A kitten keep reading…
Books

Some Cool Gay Things You Might Like If You Like Cool Gay Things

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30 Day Photo Challenge –Day 18: Cookie & Coffee

 

A Cool Book For You

If you like lesbians and myths and/or books about lesbians and myths and also things that are awesome, I’d like to recommend the book The Dark Wife by the lovely Sarah Diemer.

Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want–except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice.
Zeus calls Hades “lord” of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny.

But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.
The Dark Wife is a YA novel, a lesbian revisionist retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth.

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Of Life & Randomness

I’m not admitting anything, but it’s possible that…

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….I may have too many notebooks. It started out with just the one and it was all fun and innocent at first. But then I kept buying more and more notebooks and I gave each one of them a purpose and before I knew it I had too many a lot.

Pictured above you’ll find the pile of notebooks on my desk at the moment. Plus the Kindle. Let me introduce you!

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Books

Popular highlights and another poll

photoOne of the things I love about reading Kindle books is the popular highlights feature. Some people might find it intrusive or creepy, but I find it fascinating.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s basically this: If several people liked a specific section of a book enough to highlight it, the section shows up on your eBook copy as underlined. If you click it it tells you how many people highlighted that section.

What I find curious is that the general population very rarely highlights the same portions I do, but it’s still really interesting to see what other people find important/moving/inspiring/what have you.

I’m currently reading A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Yesterday, I highlighted the following section:

I don’t yet know what this power feels like. But this is surely what it looks like, and I think I’m beginning to understand why those ancient women had to hide in caves. Why our parents and teachers and suitors want us to behave properly and predictably. It’s not that they want to protect us; it’s that they fear us.

No one else highlighted it (or at least not enough people). However, a good number of people highlighted this:

I’ll never have what she has—a beauty so powerful it brings things to you. I fear I will always have to chase the things I want. I’ll always have to wonder whether I’m truly wanted or whether I’ve just been settled for.

Anyway, I thought it was interesting what other people relate to. I really love this book (thanks again, Lyan).

Moving on!

Here’s another character name poll for you, because I like polls:

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Thanks to everyone who has contributed name suggestions. I have added a few I like to my list of possible character names. I’ve got a lot of characters to name, so all help is appreciated.

C’est tout! A plus.

Of Life & Randomness

“But these stories don’t mean anything…”

“The Story” is such a lovely song. I can’t stop listening to it.

I was in a terrible mood yesterday. I’m sure no one noticed, but I was. I was in a terrible mood because I was stuck. I started the YA novel, typed some things into Word, sat back, and shook my head. It was terrible.

Sometime around 6:00 a.m. (have I mentioned I’m something of an insomniac/vampire?) I had a bit of a breakthrough and wrote about 1,000 words, some of which will have to be deleted. Progress, though. Progress.

Earlier I made K listen to me ramble on about Rayne for about an hour and how basically it makes me want to sit in a corner and cry. She was like, “Don’t complicate it too much,” which is excellent advice. I’m going to do exactly that once I figure out how.

Today I’m in a good mood, but I’m also rather frustrated because I can’t get Thurderbird or Outlook to load any of my mail. Neither seems capable of establishing a connection with gmail and my day has been filled with rejection. “NO, Ingrid, I will NOT load your mail. I will NOT establish a connection. Is that even your real username and password? I don’t think so. Check it again. And again. HA HA HA HA HA!”

The iPad, on the other hand, loads all my mail perfectly. So I don’t know.

I’m sleepy.

Clearly, I have very little to say today, but I do have a video to share. I ran across this Brittana fanvid earlier while doing mature/productive things like searching the web for Brittana fanvids.

Your heart has spoken…

 

On to other things of equal or lesser importance…

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Drawings & Projects

30 Day Challenge–Day 6

Here’s a confession: I really like drawing, even though I’m terrible at it. I also really love singing. In another life, I’d come back as a folk singer-songwriter and go everywhere with a guitar. I’ve always wanted to be one of those girls. Alas, I can’t sing. I did, however, once write and perform a song called “Birth of a Chicken.”

Day 6-My Favorite Book

I honestly don’t have a favorite book. I have a lot of favorite books. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters or The Red Tree by Caitlín R. Kiernan or Kindred by Olivia Butler. These books are very different from one another, but they each stayed with me for a long time.

Here’s another:

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The Hours by Michael Cunningham. The film is also wonderful, but the book—I love this book.

Day 6-Best Kiss

I don’t know about best kiss. I can tell you my favorite kiss. My favorite kiss on TV was this one:

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