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Ain't Too Proud to Beg The September 30th deadline for the next issue of Mosaic Minds is rapidly approaching and the poetry section is feeling sad and lonely. If you'd like to contribute a poem (or two) for our upcoming issue, please send them to: The theme is Fears & Phobias, but submissions with any theme are welcome :)

Crazy busy week ahead. I hope to see you at the end of it. I hope to have a job offer at the end of it. Possibly two.

I just got my raise from Ericsson, which is retroactive to April 1st. It was an excellent one, o the irony.

I finished The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Kidd Monk* last night. I had a hard time putting it down. Even though it wrapped up a little too nicely for my taste, it wasn't predictable and I like that in a book. The book before that was Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and frankly, while it had a couple of good bits, it was way below what I expect from Neil Gaiman, and gave me no further reason to try again with Terry Pratchett. Maybe I've just read too many stories that involve angels/demons and the fight for the end of the world, but it felt very hackneyed and done before.

Yes, choir practice was really 6 hours yesterday, albeit with a 45-minute break for lunch. We have a huge program coming up in the middle of October, with 5 concerts, and in addition to the 10 or so songs that we are doing, we are also working with a flamenco dancer, a jazz saxophonist, and a drummer. The theme is Spanish, and we are doing several Spanish songs and interpretations of Spanish rhythms. I'm designing the flyer and the program as well. We have another 6-hour practice in 2 weeks. I don't mind though, honestly. Singing all day is a wonderful way to spend time. It's like breathing, only better.

I love 2 of the songs we are singing, so much so that I can't stop singing them, and end up serenading my children while bathing them, and fixing them dinner and putting them to bed. One is actually a spring song called Krusmynta**, and the other is called Om Du Önskar, which means "If you wish."

Om Du Önskar
Akta dig jag kommer, kommer strax och tar dig. Du kan ej stå över, titta snart jag har dig. Om du önskar vinna kungen, finns det fyra i leken. Kung i hjärter, kung i rutor, kung i spader, kung i klöver. Genom linden blåser vinden, under eken börjar leken. Glad och galen under alen, bortom träden vaggar säden.

Look out, here I come, coming quick to get you. You can't pass your turn, look soon I will have you. If you wish to win the king, there are four in the game. King of hearts, king of diamonds, king of spades, king of clubs. Through the lime tree blows the wind, under the oak the game begins. Glad and crazy under the alder, beyond the tree the grain is waving.

*or Sue Monk Kidd, I can't keep it straight.
**Curly spearmint
mood: working
music: Soft Cell—Tainted Love


Nooooo!!! Pratchett is BRILLIANT! Co-writing can be 'homogenising' for an author's style and it happens whenever two famous writers collaborate. Neil and Terry have very different styles and hence the 'so-so' kindof feel to it. I thought Good Omens was okay, but jessie_pup loved it.

You can't give up on Pratchett. Try something from the Discworld, maybe Witches Abroad would change your mind about him. I'm sure you'll LOVE the witches! His characters are wonderful.


He has so many books I don't know where to start, honestly. Pick one to recommend for me and I'll go hunt it down and give him another chance, I promise. Witches Abroad?

Does his Discworld series have a BEGINNING? I just took a look at and am more confused than ever. I can't even figure out which was his FIRST book. eek

The Light Fantastic was his first book, however I would NEVER recommend it as a first read. I suggest Witches Abroad, but jessie_pup and I will talk about it and pick one out for you. Hell, I'll even SEND you our copy to borrow. :) That way you'd have NO EXCUSE! *giggle*

I'll let you know which one we come up with as the one you're fated to read first. *grins*

:D I promise to send it back when I'm finished. *bounce* books in the mail! :) woo hoo, I love books in the mail :)

A retroactive raise from a company who's giving all of you the boot is better than no raise at all, and I sure hope you get a bidding war going on you too.

now that you have tempted us with all this concert information, it must be recorded and linked to from your blog! I would really love to hear this stuff. Thinking of all that spanish music made me remember one of the toughest songs I sang in college - 'bachinas brasileras'. Singing in Porteguese is a crapshoot, truly. ;)

Ooh, wasn't the Sue Monk Kidd book so good? I used to read her nonfiction Christian writings, when it was about the house, and really liked her stuff.

Someday, when I am speaking Swedish confidently and make a sincere effort to find a job (and stop expecting one to drop in my lap), I hope you will send me just a wee bit of that mountain of righteous karma you've got going on down there in Skåne. I've just been reading through your job-search. You seriously remind me of that kid in school that always, just after a test, said, "ooh, I did soooo bad." And then when the tests came back...well you know.

You WERE that kid, weren't you??

Jag skojar bara!

Actually, I was the one you wanted to slap, because I always knew I had done WELL, and I HAD. :P

well, I would have been as jealous of you then as I am now. :-)

I had a hard time putting down the bees book and was, like you, a bit disappointed by the end.

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