Friday, December 28, 2007

Year End Contemplations - Of a Mostly Bookish Nature

I will probably do a proper year-end Sleeping with Bread post sometime in the next few days; however, I thought I'd get the blog-posting juices flowing with some meandering thoughts. Maybe if I just start writing, without worrying about creativity and cleverness, something creative and clever will start coming out eventually!

First things first... some sidebar info:

New Scenic View - a little British Comic Relief wit Catherine Tate and David Tennant.

A New Quote - from atypical brat's progeny

I also just updated my sidebar with books I've been reading. It looks like I finished about 28 books for the year. I suspect that is a middling average number. I look at the list and some of the books seem like they were read ages ago. I see that I read fewer and fewer books toward the end of the year. (School of course). I can see that the last few books of this year have been what my husband might call "light and fluffy." (You have to hear him say light and fluffy in his silly accented way to get the full impact.) In general, I have been all about romance and period dramas, not just in books, in viewing as well--from two versions of Pride and Prejudice, two versions of Jane Eyre (I don't care what anyone else says, Charlotte Gainsbourg is a stellar Jane and William Hurt, although physically not the type and a wee bit too long in the tooth, a heavyweight contender for Rochester.), Wives and Daughters, North and South, and moving into the 20th century, but still a period drama, Foyle's War. I'm just finished with Series 2. Thanks goodness for Netflix. I love Michael Kitchen.

As the year ended, I also got sucked into the vortex of some 19th century inspired fan fiction. (Imagine me cringing a little here as I write this.) It has been a lot of fun. There is a lot of really bad stuff out there. Many uses of the words frisson, tendrils, ministrations, ambit, etc. Some of it has been quite nice, though. It has been a way of staying in a well-loved story and imagining what happened next to Jane and Rochester or Margaret and John. Through the fan fiction board, I also became acquainted with a fan fic writer who ended up getting a publishing contract. Two of her books have been published so far. You'll notice More Than Love Letters in my sidebar by Rosy Thornton. I haven't read her second book yet, but MTLL was a fun romantic comedy written in the form of emails, meeting minutes, etc. There are some laugh-out-loud moments and I actually got a little teary at the end. Rosy and I have engaged in a little of our own email correspondence and it has been a treat to e-meet an author. (Hi Rosy!)

Back to books... I realized as I was looking over the book list that there are many books which I have bought this year but have not yet read. I think in 2008, I will convert my book list to show books bought AND read--that will be interesting.

Well, this post is getting long. There is more to contemplate than my reading habits for the year. I find that Christmas and New Year is a time I spend thinking about my Uncle L.T. I also made some resolutions for myself last year. Resolutions I failed at meeting. Utterly failed at meeting. But I also experienced a lot I didn't expect to. There is definitely alot of yeast for that Sleeping with Bread post I have rising, ready to bake.

Well, this post did some meandering but I don't see much in the way of creative or cliver--maybe next time! ;)


atypical said...

It's a sad fact that we think we need to be creative or clever to write when our blogfriends really just want us to be around. ;)

I find that my biggest silences tend to come when I am altogether too worried about how well I can manipulate the written word.

All this is just to say that I am ever so happy to see a post from you.

I enjoyed the scenic view. My oldest actually gave his father a sonic screwdriver for Christmas. It was well and joyously received.

The freckled one will be awed by his fame!

When does your next round of classes start up?

atypical said...

Oh, and, I should probably start that bought vs. read list too. I have at least six books waiting to be read, but I still managed to re-read the whole HP series before reading Deathly Hallows.

Can you tell I am gabby today?


Sheila said...

Love the Dr. Who thing. So funny! Happy New Year!

Rosy T said...

Hi Mary! Nice to see your blog active - and for the very generous plug of my book, of course!!

I adore Foyle's War, too. (Though how can anyone really be christened Honeysuckle Weekes? She had no choice but a life on the stage, poor kid, did she?)

Rosy x

Julie Pippert said...

I think you have hit on the secret of writing. You just have to plug away at it with some regularity and get your brain in the mode.

It's like exercise. Some days it's a chore and some days you welcome it. Some days you rock and some days, not so much LOL.

Frankly I'd just be glad to see a "hi ya!" from you. :)

So looking forward to your sleeping with the bread post. :)

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Terri B. said...

Loving the Rosy Thornton book you lent me. It is just what I needed! I'm surprised at how often I have the dictionary out for what is really a pleasant and light read. What an interesting combo! Sorry, I don't have any fun words to throw in here for you to rate. I couldn't think of how to fit "inflationary universe" into this comment ;o)

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