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Let's Talk About Books, Baby )

And yes, I did just waste a whole day talking about books instead of, you know, writing them. :((

Book MeMe

Oct. 3rd, 2007 05:42 pm
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 The famous book meme.....
Gakked from madam_minnie

Although there are some on this list that I have read and would NEVER, EVER read again (yeah, I'm talking to you Poisonwood Bible!) I can't really say that I hated any of them. I have a hard time not finishing a book I've started and a really hard time not liking--or at least admiring--books that I finish. What's that called? Oh yeah, a Catch-22!


Jul. 4th, 2006 10:45 pm
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So, I've been reading Virginia Woolf's book, Orlando. Wow! I wasn't expecting that! Here I was thinking I was reading what might be an actual biography of some English nobleman I'd never heard of (that's how good Ms. Woolf is in sucking you into her reality) then about 100 pages into it, he goes to bed a man and wakes up, a woman...HUH? Not only a woman, but a lesbian! Whoa, I can't wait to see how this ends. No wonder the Indigo Girls have a song about her. It's all starting to make sense.

My favorite part of the book though, is her take on writing. Because not only is Orlando a transmorphedsexual; he/she is also, of course, a writer, poet actually. But of course, not a real poet, because, well, because he's rich, and you can't be rich and a writer...duh?

So here's my new favorite quote, "...once the disease of reading has laid hold upon the system it weakens it so that it falls an easy prey to that other scourge which dwells in the inkpot and festers in the quill. The wretch takes to writing."

Anyone else read it?

First Entry

Jul. 2nd, 2006 01:55 pm
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Okay, so I finished a short story and am feeling really good about my accomplishments today so I figured--it is now time to tackle the daunting task of putting myself out there in cyber space, once and for all. I have been putting this off for far too long, for much the same reasons that I don't keep a journal under my bed either...I don't want to be remembered for any of this drivel. Call it Twain-itis. (The man commented on the dump he took that morning and it was witty enough to make it into quote books for hundreds of years.) Who can live up to that kind of success? Who in there right mind even tries? Oh yeah, that would be me.

But then I read a book that really helped me out. I can't remember the title of it right now, but that's unimportant. It was a book of letters from famous people to their children. And with the exception of Twain (damn you Mark!) and surprisingly, George Bush Sr., they were all drivel. They were boring and chocked full of cliches and very few original ideas, they were common and everyday, and they gave me hope. If these people weren't afraid that their every sentence would be judged by the masses, than who am I to worry? I mean really, get over myself already!

So, here I am, with all my spelling and grammar mistakes, with all my cliches and unoriginality, unwittness...judge away!!

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