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Winter wears a silver strand of pearls. Each day is a new pearl strung 'round Winter's neck. They're variegated in color, white to pale blue, dusty grey to muted steel and back again. Sunny days rest inbetween like diamonds, sharply cut, sparkling, a fierce and bright shine.

I couldn't wait until the book sales. Those gift certificates burned a hole in my pocket. I went back to the bookstore last night and came out with a haul of beautiful, inky-smelling, colorfully dust-covered or shiny printed paperback books, fiendishly giggling and rubbing my hands together. Part of me wished I could head straight home to flop on the couch and open them one by one, sticking my nose in between the pages to breathe deeply of the smell of paper and ink and unknown stories. BUT! Sushi and really fast, loud English-conversation was on the menu so alas, my books had to wait.

Can I just say that Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell had better be worth it!? It's got to be the biggest damn book I've ever owned. It's bigger than my dictionary, for crying out loud. Although to be fair, my dictionary has more pages.* The haul also included a new Philip Pullman, a book of luscious-looking short stories by Philippa Gregory, a new LeGuin, and 3 others.

I just finished a book about the lies and cherished myths of world history that idahoswede sent me, and it was an interesting, fun, breezy read. I would have liked a little more background on some of the facts the author presented, rather than just bald statements, but it was refreshingly straightforward and at the same time, humbling to realize that so very much of what we're taught, not just in school, but throughout literature and media, is WRONG. Twisted history, indeed. Corkscrew, more like.

The AWC meeting was a lot of fun, and to be honest, it was the first meeting in a long time, where I had that energetic, motivated, HAPPY feeling about the club again. There was a charge in the air...maybe because of all the new members and guests, I don't know. It was nice. It was nice to feel a part of it. It was nice to look around and realize I was surrounded by friends and good friends and friends-to-be.

This week is turning out to be pretty damned good. New books, deadlines met, meeting friends, happy family at home, choir, sunshine, fun work, sushi, good food, payday...what else could I want? Oh yes, a massage. :P

*and words! O so many more words!
mood: happy
music: Sundays—Here's Where The Story Ends


What's the name of the book that idahoswede sent you? Sounds interesting.

Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of World History by R. Shenkman. He has an American version out as well.

If I had a book voucher, I know I'd have to spend it straight away, so I don't blame you itching to do it. I'm holding out for those sales - it's always so much fun.

I'm reading a really interesting book on the history of salt that is wonderful. I think I'm in a "factual" mood at the moment after the trauma of The Pile of Crap DaVinci Code fiasco.

Great that AWC is on the upswing. Our SCC is also bubbling along with new interest. I think these clubs all go through ups and downs. It's great to be around on an upswing.

Gale and I were talking about that last night, that it's not always worth it to wait for the book sales, when most of the time the books we want aren't INCLUDED in the sales. Especially since I buy almost exclusively in English.

It IS fun to be in on the upswing, isn't it? :) What does SCC stand for? Southern Cross...?

Southern Cross Club. Mind you, the guy who runs the website has been missing in action for months. He isn't answering phone or emails, so that is all being re-organised at the moment. Still, it's nice to see enthusiasm again.

Word on Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I reserved it at the library and when I picked it up I was shocked at how thick it was. I thought "I'm never going to get through this before it's due" and I was right. I returned it without reading a word. Maybe someday, when I'm unemployed or something.

tra la la LAH

ooooh *soaking up the happy vibe*

It feels gooood in here! ~bluepoppy


"..what else could I want? Oh yes, a massage. :P"

This is becoming your theme song. When ya gonna schedule one?

Re: massage

when I get off my butt. I've lost the number to the guy who used to be at Ericsson. :( I wish they offered it at Axis, it was SO convenient to have it onsite at work!

What Le Guin did you get?

I haven't actually read that Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell brick, but a lot of people say it doesn't quite live up to the hype.

Oh god, don't say that, it was nearly 300 kronor!! I bought Le Guin's Changing Planes :)

Oddly enough I read Changing Planes just a couple of weeks ago. Not her best book perhaps, but there are some really good stories in it. I hope you enjoy it. And the other book too, of course.

of course :) and thank you!

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