Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Skeleton Canyon is J.A. Jance's fifth book in her Joanna Brady series. This time the book is centered around the disappearance of a pretty and popular teenager. Her father is an influential man and threatens to make life difficult for Joanna as Sheriff. Her boyfriend is a Hispanic young man who she never told her parents about, fearing their disapproval and bigotry. The girl's body is found by two hikers and the investigation kicks into high gear.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
"The new opt-out settings certainly are complex. Facebook users who hope to make their personal information private should be prepared to spend a lot of time pressing a lot of buttons. To opt out of full disclosure of most information, it is necessary to click through more than 50 privacy buttons, which then require choosing among a total of more than 170 options."
Nick Bilton from Price of Facebook Privacy? Start Clicking
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
In 1000 words or less, write a piece of fiction that includes all the elements of the 3 act structure, including at least one crisis in the rising action. To make things more interesting use the word "zeppelin" somewhere in the story.
There is only one rule: set a time limit.
Steampunk is an aesthetic: it is a look, or a style. It is not a genre, because within the literature, there is no recurrent narrative element that one can point to which appears in all, or even most of the books.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
In the tenth installment of the Stephanie Plum novels, Stephanie and Lula happen to be at the wrong place at the right time and spot a serial robber in action. Stephanie even gets a good enough look to identify him. Unfortunately, the robber is part of a gang and they aren't happy with her! This novel also includes some small time bonds feature a reunion with transvestite, Sally and a woman who held up a Frito-Lay truck.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack:
I sometimes snack and when I do my favorite snack is probably Starburst Jelly beans.
What is your favorite drink while reading?
I love to drink hot chocolate while I read but usually just drink water.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I never mark in books that I read for fun. When I was still a student I sometimes wrote in books.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
I go back and forth between dog-ears and laying the book flat open. It depends on whether the book is staying home or coming with me. I occasionally try to use bookmarks but I either lose them or they fall out of my book and make me cranky.
Fiction, nonfiction, or both?
Definitely Fiction! I occasionally read some non-fiction but my primary reading interests are fiction.
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I prefer to read to the end of a chapter or at least a POV change. This gets me in trouble because I often get so involved in the book that I miss the start of a chapter and just have to keep reading.
Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
I throw books occasionally but mostly I stick to snarking at the book/author in my head.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
I usually try to figure it out based on sentence context, though if it bothers me a lot that I'm not sure I may look it up but that's pretty rare.
What are you currently reading?
Outlaw Mountain by JA Jance - one of her Joanna Brady mysteries. I've been speeding through mysteries now that I've finished the giant David Weber book!
Skeleton Canyon by JA Jance and To the Nines by Janet Evanovich.
Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
I mostly read one book at a time but if the one book is a large hardcover book, I often have a paperback that travels around with me in my purse.
Do you have a favorite time/place to read?
I really like to read before bed, all snuggled up in my blankets.
Do you prefer series books or standalones?
Both have their charms. I often read series books because my favorite authors do tend to be prolific and write in series but I enjoy standalones just as much.
In general, I recommend David Weber often but lately I've also been pushing Gail Carriger and her books (Soulless and Changeless).
How do you organize your books?(by genre, title, author’s last name, etc.)
The books that I've owned longer are sorted by Author's Last name. New and unread books are often in piles or random locations around the house.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
- 2 Pounds Ground Beef
- 1 large onion
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1-1/2 cups ricotta cheese
- 1 cup fat-free sour cream
- 1 jar (4 oz) chopped green chile peppers
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2-1/2 cups salsa
- 4 whole wheat tortillas (6" in diameter), halved
- 1 bag (8oz) shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I'm still plugging along reading A Mighty Fortress by David Weber. I'm three-quarters of the way through and finding this book to be an excellent addition to the series and a fantastic reminder of everything I love about David Weber's writing. I'll miss the book when I'm done reading it but I'm also looking forward to doing some lighter reading.
Here's some tidbits from a couple of my new favorite authors:
In this post, Gail Carriger discusses the characters Lord Akeldama and Madam Lefoux from Soulless and Changeless and the influences that inspired her to include such delightful queer characters and why she feels that they work in her Alt-History Victorian setting.
Here's a link to a lovely Interview with Blake Charlton that covers his struggles with dyslexia, his inspirations for Spellwright, and a little bit about his next book Spellbound.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
"Imagine a culture inspired by Victorian era romance where antique gadgets influence daily life, science and technology is blurred, and time travel is a reality. Welcome to the rising subculture of steampunk."
Saturday, May 8, 2010
2010 theme- "Through a Child's eyes"
St. Johns Neighborhood of North Portland, Oregon