Eight Random Facts (and photos) Meme

I got meme-tagged by Heather at Errant Dreams Reviews to list 8 random facts about myself. Here are the rules. If you want to play along, consider yourself tagged.

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. List eight (8) random facts about yourself.
3. Tag eight people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blogs.
Eight Random Facts (and photos) About Myself:

1) I am afraid of heights and had to psyche myself up to climb the Eiffel Tower stairs this summer. The lineup was so long, I couldn’t bear the thought of waiting with my seven-year-old, despite slippery stairs and misty rain.

2) I used to be a competitive swimmer. It’s the only sport I have ever excelled at. I’ve tried cross-country running, skating, aerobics, fencing, skiing and yoga but I think I’ll stick to swimming. Master’s swimmers range in age from 25 to 80+.

3) I directed trained actors for the first time this year. “Eulalie and the Great March” was a one-act play but we did it twice, in play form and in monologue form. More about that here if you’re interested in this piece about a white South African woman, trying to resist Apartheid.

4) I am collecting dystopias to read because I’m writing a teen dystopia myself. Currently draft number one is finished and I am editing, by which I don’t mean line-editing. I mean soul-searching and restructuring, trying to find the golden centre where themes, character and plot intersect.

5) I am a family-first person who likes to make friends of all ages. I often hang out with relatives and friends who are older or much older than myself. The upside is I see lots of operas and plays and eat many excellent dinners (I saw this Jazz band with my parents in South Carolina). The downside is people I used to hang with at work are retiring. It’s a quirk of being a member of the smallest cohort, between the baby boomers and the boom echo generations.

6) It has no cachet but I love Scarborough, Ontario. There is so much nature here, despite the urban/suburban location. Toronto Life recently did a special issue on house-buying in Toronto. They didn’t even cover Scarborough. It was their loss, and their readers’.

7) Why am I a butterfly? I feel weird talking about myself on this blog because it’s supposed to be anonymous, all about the books and reviews. I am often disappointed when a paid columnist starts soapboxing about her personal peeves. Now I am being asked to do that very thing. I figure me rambling is not entertainment enough so I added photos to the original meme. I dunno. Are we bored yet? If so, here’s something that was anything but boring, a picture of Alex Bello playing with Dominican Bachata at the Earthquake Relief Concert. Hat-cha-cha.

8) It costs me about $30.00 Canadian to fill my gas tank. This photo was taken in Scarborough, from the window of our ten-year-old Hyundai Accent.

List of the tagged.
I’ve chosen bloggers who have responded to my booking-through-Thursdays memes plus lotus.

Dystopians need challenges too

Meandering about the blogosphere, I found the Dystopian Challenge. Lisa at Books.Lists.Life even supplies a handy link to Wikipedia definitions and a Dystopian Reading List.

Many of my favorite high school reads are listed: A Clockwork Orange, Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, Brave_New_World, Fahrenheit_451, Animal_Farm, plus William Gibson’s cyberpunk novels like Neuromancer, Idoru and Mona Lisa Overdrive.

In university I read Sir Thomas Moore’s Utopia, and Plato’s Republic, Voltaire’s Candide and Francois_RabelaisPantagruel, Gargantua and Le Tiers Livre. For ‘fun’ I read Naked Lunch and then watched the film which made me squirm.

More recently I have read The Giver, Oryx and Crake, Snow crash and the teen dystopia Feed, which I reviewed here

I read more than I view but I love dystopian films, especially:

Johnny_Mnemonic (Ice-T good, Keneau Reeves, okay)
A Clockwork Orange
Minority Report
Blade Runner (one of the few films I’ve watched more than once)

The Dystopia Challenge seems made for me. By November, I have to read 5 books in one of my favorite forms. Here’s my list so far:

Never Let Me Go
Welcome to the Monkey House (I need to reread this one)

I’m looking for brand new Dystopias or novels aimed at teens to fill out the rest of my list. Any suggestions?

Happy (unhappy) reading.

Meme site for book lovers’ blogs

is a meme site, devoted to inspiring book-related memes.

Here’s today’s question: Do you have multiple copies of any of your books? If so, why? If not, why not?

My husband and I both love books. When we got married, we ended up with several multiples, usually in the SF category. Our most frequent furniture purchase is bookshelves. Really, we should just get a subscription to IKEA, and have them deliver a new shelf to our door every six months.

That said, my husband knows what books he’s read so if I buy him a book as a gift, it has to be the latest and greatest or very obscure. I just bought him a book called mindscan by Robert J. Sawyer and guess what….

Plus ça change, plus c’est le meme.

My friend http://bluebuddhabead.blogspot.com/ tagged me with this little meme. It’s my first time tagged so I thought I’d be a good sport. Here are the rules:

  • Each player tagged must blog 6 weird things about herself or himself, plus state this rule
  • Each participant must choose 6 people, list their names and send them a message such as ‘you are tagged, see the instructions on my blog’ so that they can spread their weirdness across the blogosphere like a virus… Pass the tissues.

Six Weird Things About Me

  1. In a world of proud eccentrics, I try to be as normal as possible.
  2. I love to teach and to write, yet I am not always a great communicator.
  3. I live in a messy house and adore having unstructured free time, but I also need order, plans and deadlines.
  4. I write a blog that is not mainly about myself, my family, my friends, my politics, my work, my faith or my feelings.
  5. I have lived in Quebec (Trois-Pistoles) and France (Aix-en-Provence and also Labenne, near Bayonne) but I would rather live in Scarborough.
  6. During my sabbatical, instead of slowing down and enjoying the break, I keep starting new projects — often many at once.

Postmodern Sass has already done a similar meme and her responses are very revealing. Check them out at: http://www.postmodernsass.com/blogger/

Great, that means I only need 5 more…

The tagged:



A Reader’s Journal

Anocturne at Booklogging

Paperback Writer

A list like this really requires a question related to books but like I said, I’m trying to be a good sport. I wonder if anyone will reply at such a busy time of the year?