It's beginning to bother me that I neither kept track of the books I read in 2009 nor finished a lot of them. (Unfinished, for example, in spite of the time I have invested in them so far and the fact that I plan to finish them: The Girl Who Played With Fire, Guns, Germs, and Steel, and Inherent Vice. Also Godel, Escher, Bach and a bunch of others.)

Here are some of the books I know I finished. I will edit this list as I remember more....

The Art of Being Kind by Stefan Einhorn
Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik (I'm in the middle of it)
The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer
Real World by Natsuo Kirino
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson (actually read half of it in 2008)
Foreign Tongue by Vanina Marsot
How to Win at College by Cal Newport
The Dragon Scroll by I. J. Parker
Rashomon Gate by I. J. Parker
Black Arrow by I. J. Parker
Andromeda Klein by Frank Portman (this might be my book of the year!)
Machiavelli in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern (a brief bio; writing research)
The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi

Also the usual pile of craft and reference books that I don't really track in the long term, and things like Mail Me Art and I Love Your Style.

I'm definitely going to try to read at least 1 book per week in 2010. It's bothering me that I haven't managed so much. And my 2010 journal will have a page or three just for tracking the titles of things I've read.
For the last two weeks, I've been trying to read a book by I.J. Parker, a mystery novel set in Heian Japan, called Rashomon Gate. Its hero is a minor court official. The writing suffers from too many adverbs, and it's stilted in spots. Otherwise, I'm enjoying it; Parker's love for the setting is made obvious by how well she's developed it.

Ms. Parker has a website where you can read a few short stories about Akitada, the hero. She also has six books in the series, and two more written, but the existing six are not selling well enough for the last two to be purchased and published. Such is the life of a mid-list novelist.
Fixin' to head out to the bookstore, or not. I haven't yet decided whether to honor the reservation I made tonight, honor it tomorrow, or to skip off tonight to somewhere like WalMart that will hopefully be an experience much less sardiney. That bookstore I go to is small, and I have important plans for tomorrow. (My future mother-in-law's birthday: Serious Business!)

I read this thing last night; now I ded from funny: Wherein Here Is A Very Long Reading Experience. Full of spoilers: consider it your Deathly Hallows reading guide. Keep up with the estimations of poor Ron's character, and don't miss my favorite line: My god, I think if I ever met a wizard I would punch them in the face just for being so goddamned spoiled. "Magic makes it perfect every time!" Fuck you, spell-boy. *

Hark, annoyed ones! This is probably the second-to-last of my Harry Potter posts for the time being. I'll do at least one more after I've read the book myself.

* My apologies to any relatives who happen to read my public posts.
&$#@*!, my roses have Japanese Beetles on them right now. Pretty, as beetles go, but they'll make roses look lacy at best and digested at worst. Little jerks. I just clipped off a couple of blossoms that were A)beyond repair and B)full of beetles, and chucked them over the fence. It's important to get the beetles away from the plant, since they leave a scent behind that attracts others of their kind. One repellent is, seriously, to smash them and leave their bodies lying around. (I didn't do that.)

David Mitchell talks to Japan Today about his upcoming novel, which will be about Nagasaki in the early nineteenth century. I heart David Mitchell; go read all his novels. He says some really smart and interesting things about writing and imagination here. (via Bookslut)

rPhone - the finest in steampunk technology. rPhone is the first portable telephone constructed of materials you've come to associate with progressive technology... from its exquisite rosewood paneling to the handsome brass frame, it shouts "This is the 18th century!" (via MeFi)

PuzzleFilter - MeFi post about Puzzability, a puzzle-writing company started by three former editors of Games. (via... duh.)
What do you know - it's the 100 "V" March.

book drop

Sep. 29th, 2006 02:30 pm
verbminx: (librarygirl)
Lately I'm getting to a point where I can't finish commercial or light fiction. I skim it, I get a basic idea of the story, I read over it, but I don't actually stick my nose into it from start to finish.

The Worthy by Will Clarke - A rich Louisiana frat boy is murdered by his fraternity president soon after his induction. The story here is told by his ghost, who possesses the living to achieve his aim of exposing and punishing his killer, who is guilty of more than just the murder. This book has blurbs by Isaac Adamson (Tokyo Suckerpunch etc) and, IIRC, Christopher Moore, but while the voice is similar, I don't think it's as witty as either writer's work. The voice is likeable, but I didn't find it compelling to read this from cover to cover.

Why Moms Are Weird by Pamela Ribon - the first of two Couplandesque books I've been looking at lately, this one feels slight, but getting into it, the characterization and story are both pretty good, and there are some genuine laughs. This reminded me of older Coupland because of its interpersonal sweetness and because of its depiction of a twentysomething adult dealing with her middle-aged mother, a mother who is written much like the mothers in Coupland's books. You may know this writer as Pamie (dot com).

PopCo by Scarlett Thomas - This is the second of the two Couplandesque novels, but in this case, it's gotten that comparison in reviews primarily because it deals with marketing and corporate life and, eventually, culture-jamming. Also, cryptography, buried treasure, and crossword puzzles. I've read the first 50pp and skimmed around a bit, may continue to read the rest all the way through. However, this book is extremely preachy, with characters acting as mouthpieces for Reasons To Be Vegan and Ways To Be Effectively Anti-Corporate, etc. It ties in with the far more effective side of the plot, which is the protagonist's history with codes. I don't think the preachiness is well-integrated into the story, and even before I discovered that stuff later in the book, I didn't think the story in the first 50pp had been told very effectively... there isn't even a single line of dialogue in the first chapter, despite the heroine narrating a work meeting she'd attended. I'm just not sure this book works, but it has some clever ideas and a compelling narrative voice, so I'll withhold judgment until I've read more.

Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney's Book of Lists - Um, you know those amusing short lists that are always on the web version of McSweeney's? This is a book of that sort of thing. Many of the lists here are ironically amusing rather than LOL funny ha ha. There's a running joke about unicorns. One list, of Things That Make Unicorns Cry, includes "Renegade wizards who refuse to join the alliance," "Unicorn-themed fan fiction," and "Seasonal allergies." Another list is one of Signs That Your Child May Be Using Unicorns. Etc.

Daily Candy A to Z - This is a book of generally good advice on living with some kind of style and grace. It's slight and can be read in one or two sittings. The general book design is nice: illustrations, layout. As you can guess, the topics are laid out alphabetically. The commentary is pithy, generalized, and in some cases, a little shallow (ex: in their financial section, which is just a few pages, I don't think they send you to any further information from good financial writers). I don't really like the Daily Candy website/emails, as they tend to be too consumerist in an upscale way, but this book really isn't much about buying stuff. It's just about life, albeit a certain kind of middle-class life (where most people graduated from college and have office jobs). This is the sort of thing that would be a nice present for someone you like who isn't your closest friend: an aunt or cousin, a favorite co-worker, etc.

My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen - I'm mentioning this because some of my LJ friends might like it; I'm not actually going to have time to read it. This is about a saucy prostitute in 1897 Copenhagen who gets herself and her mother jobs as cleaners in an uptight woman's house. They find a time machine in the basement and are sent to modern London, where the protagonist falls in love. Other things happen after that. Those of you who like saucy 19th century heroines in off-kilter stories will probably be interested in this.

Queen Bee by Chynna Clugston - I basically read this because I try to keep up with what Chynna's doing, workwise. It was written for tweens, I think, is published by Scholastic, and is good for its intended audience. For adults, it's cute and amusing but a little predictable, and a very fast read (15 minutes for me). The art is a little less detailed here than in Chynna's stuff for grownups. Mostly for girls, and good fun for your 12-year-old niece.

Still finishing Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: I am well into book 3, and things are starting to come together and tie up. I'd have to look over a list of what I've read this year, but if it's not the best thing, it's in the top 3. Unfortunately, it has also destroyed the novel I've been working on for years, as there are too many similarities in plot & character (name AND appearance AND fate). I can change the names and some of the appearances with little trouble, but there's a major plot point I now have to rework, and it's frustrating.
verbminx: (librarygirl)
A few hours of reading last week got me through:

The new Scott Pilgrim book (...and the Infinite Sadness) was entertaining, but it's closely tied to the previous book, and if you don't remember exactly what happened in that book, you might be a little bit lost. There's a chart of characters and relationships, but it's in the back of the book, not the front. The only criticism I have, aside from that, is that there are a lot of characters and some of the secondary characters are starting to look too much alike. If you're reading this one, you know what you're getting, so I don't need to get into criticism of the story. I howled over the bit about Todd going to "Vegan Academy."

How to Make A Journal of Your Life by D. Price - zinelike, and not bad, but not great. A very quick read. This book has been obviated by a few other books I've read on the same topic, with the exception of the advice on photography, which is slight but interesting. I liked both The Decorated Journal by Gwen Diehn (whose book The Decorated Page is also really good) and The Creative License by Danny Gregory; I'd recommend those over this.

Castle Waiting by Linda Medley - I avoided this comic for years and years because of its apparent preciousness and the occasional anthropomorphic character. But I kept hearing good things about it, so when I had the chance to get Fantagraphics' recent hardcover collection out of the library last week, I went for it. I was pleasantly surprised.

For the most part, I liked it. I don't think it actually is a feminist response to Cerebus, but it does portray feminist themes in a similar setting with some similar characters. The anthropomorphics aren't intrusive (there are no "sexy cat girls," for example). The book itself is lovely, designed as a fancy storybook. There's an Ex Libris page and a ribbon marker, as well as patterned endpapers on both the book and various chapters, and a lovely deckled edge on the pages.

The art is mostly quite good, but there were times, particularly early on, when there was simply too much whitespace and line art, and not enough shading or b/w balance.

I have a problem with the story structure, and I'm not sure whether it's fair or not. If the volume I read was the entirety of the story, it has serious structural problems. The nested story within the story, where Sister Peace talks about her life as a bearded girl and how she became a Solicitine nun, takes over the second half of the volume; themes that come up in the first half are never resolved, which means that the book is basically Peace's life story and is nonlinear in a clunky way, because it didn't find its focus until Medley had been doing the book for many years. If the book as it stands is only the first portion of the story, it's probably fine. Nothing ever comes of Jain's intriguing first-half flashbacks in this volume... you never find out who she married, who fathered her child, or why she left. The trouble is that the book never says "Volume 1" anywhere on it, so I really don't know if more is coming.

What is there is interesting, but it won't appeal to everyone (a good litmus test is probably "whether or not you like Bone" - the tone is somewhat similar, and Cartoon Books, Jeff Smith's company, published some Castle Waiting material in the past). If it sounds interesting from what I've said, do consider checking it out. It only took me about two hours to read, and it was worth the time.

(ETA - yes, it IS just volume 1. New issues commence this summer, picking up where this volume left off. Linda Medley's Site.)
Jessa Crispin's comment that Michelle Tea has "been one of my favorite writers for years and years" makes, like, everything else she has ever said on Bookslut immediately suspect.

The most I can say for Michelle Tea - and yes, I have read ALL of her books, with the exception of Rent Girl - is that she's gotten better over time.

(grumble grumble own lit-webzine-thing grumble grumble good writers.)
Geoffrey Chaucer Hath A Blog - yeah. If you have problems with the Middle English, try reading it out loud: it makes more sense when you hear it, rather like a game of MadGab. Y means "I", yclepen means "is called/named" or "calls him/herself", Frensshe means "French." Etc. There's one entry that's a very funny Brokeback Mountain parody somehow involving the Pearl poet: “I WOLDE I KNEWE HOW OF THEE I MIGHT BE QUITTEN!” Also, endless references to a Chaucer/Gower rivalry.

via MoFi where someone got it from [livejournal.com profile] languagehat.
"Vickipedia": Excerpts from the 1888 Chambers's Encyclopedia of Universal Knowledge - Just what it looks like... oldtimey encyclopedia excerpts. For some reason, this somehow has a more authentic period flavor than the incredibly useful and well-written 1911 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, which has been available online for a while. (The 1911 Encyclopaedia is partly noted for having some very famous writers do the work on their topics... with the addition of some supplemental volumes in the 1920s, they wound up with contributors like Freud, Marie Curie, Einstein, Houdini, and W.E.B. DuBois.) Both are lots of fun to check out.

Fore-Edge Painting - I think this is one of the coolest things you can do with a book... I first came across the concept in the late 90s or in 2000, maybe, in a book on bookmaking. It must be done with thinned gouache and not much can be applied at the time... you have to avoid sticking the pages together and warping the page edges. You can paint so that the design is only distinguishable when the book is fanned open from a certain page, or only visible when it's closed (some people do this to their textbooks by writing their names on the fore-edge with permanent marker while the book is held closed). The only commonly-available book I've seen that uses the technique is the hardcover edition of The Cheese Monkeys by book-designer-extraordinaire Chip Kidd, who presumably designed it as well as writing it, and got Chris Ware to help. This set of examples is by UK artist Martin Frost.

"The Thunder, Perfect Mind" - ancient "Gnostic" poem, which seems to be mostly about duality and accepting contradiction. Yes, it's where the title of the Current 93 record came from. I just thought it was interesting.

Cockeyed - It seems like I see a link from this site every few days, because the guy who runs it is an active prankster and discoverer. My favorite areas are "How Much Is Inside?" (a tube of lipstick, a printer cartridge, etc) and "Pranks!"

Jack Handey's "Ideas for Paintings" - Oh, come on, you know who Jack Handey is. (Or do you? It turns out he's ostensibly a real person, a comedy writer for Steve Martin for many years, and the Marta referenced in some of his quips is his wife. I don't know if that's true or if it's just a smokescreen for Martin himself.) Here, in a humor piece for the New Yorker, he passes on some Deep Thoughts on the subject of fine art. (See also: "What I'd Say to the Martians" and "This Is No Game".)

Sewing Stars - a really adorable crafts-for-sale site, with lots of accessories and stuffed animals. The bunny pouches, when they're back in stock, may even be the solution to my annoying change-purse search! (Yes, [livejournal.com profile] zoloft, it's full of bunnies.)
The New York Times Top 10 Books of 2005.

Murakami's Kafka on the Shore is listed first, though I'm not sure it's meant to be "#1".

I spent last night piling up boxes in my basement. I have a sore back. But I packed 4 boxes of books, and determined that the bookshelves in the room should take up another 10 at most. After what's in the living room and what's in my bedroom, I think I have gone from over 30 boxes to around 25. This is about 1.5 bx per shelf, with the exception of art books, which are more like 2 bx per shelf because they are oversized.

I have also managed to flatten nearly every book that was bowed because my terrible movers packed it on two different levels. (That is, you place a book so that half of it is part of one stack of books, and the other half is atop a stack that is slightly shorter. You then pile other books on top of it. When you unpack the victim, if it's been more than a couple of days, it will be both bloodied and bowed. This is "funny" when it's paperback Anne Rice, and not so funny when it's a large hardcover book about notable photography of the 20th century.)

I'm cold because we've adopted the new household temperature for the winter. Much colder than the summer household temperature. Requires socks at all times, even if slippers are also worn. I drink hot cocoa, hot cider, and hot tea, all the time.
It being nigh-on December, the Best Books of 2005 lists are starting to come out. They're posting them at Bookslut as they find them, and I'm going to compile 'em right here.

Book that seems to pop up often or most (but that wasn't one of the Booker nominees) is Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black... it's on my "to read" list but quite a lot is ahead of it. Maybe I should bump it higher on the list. Also want to read Barnes's Arthur and George.

The New York Times Notables

London Times

The Guardian *

Christian Science Monitor


* note annoying pretentiousness of Chuck Palahniuk contribution. I Am Jack's Complete Lack of Surprise.
Anthropodermic bibliopegy. That's books bound in human skin, for the unaware. Interesting article from Harvard Law School's newspaper, The Record. Reminded me instantly of a movie, both beautiful and disgusting, but I won't tell you which one; you'll know if you've seen it and it's a major spoiler if you haven't. (Hint: calligraphy.)

The good news is that apparently Ilse Koch, the Bitch/Beast of Buchenwald, probably did not have a lampshade made of human skin, as previously believed. (What she did have is bad enough, and there are disturbing pics at those links. Fair warning. The Koch family's reign at Buchenwald was considered bad even by Nazi standards.)

And, I'm trying to read The Crying of Lot 49. About halfway through. "The Courier's Tragedy" is brilliant and hilarious. I've never read Pynchon (!) but have been meaning to because of a commentary on Mason & Dixon in, um, must have been Michael Dirda's Bound to Please. I am late on this bus, but you know, while everyone else was reading that, I was tracking down OOP Angela Carter... way before all the U.S. rereleases....

/snob

Here is a fun Lot 49 Site at Pomona College.

Now, I must, at some point, drag myself out into the cold to go to the library.
In the ongoing saga of Me Getting Rid Of Some Books:

I took a full box of books to Half Price Books to sell tonight; was given $20 for them. (Which is not a lot when you consider the investment, but OK when you consider that I wanted to get rid of them and they were just sitting around.) The rest of the books I'm getting rid of for now are donateable, another box; the store wouldn't have wanted them. After the donations are donated and the collectibles sold on ebay, I will have gotten rid of something like 80+ books.

To reward myself I got a book I've been wanting, Stephenson's The System of the World - it's the third Baroque Cycle book, and I have the first two in hardcover, so I was happy to get the last one in HC as well. Did not get A Storm of Swords, which was the other book I wanted to pick up.

Goodness, that makes it sound like I read nothing but multivolume fantasy, when in truth, I hate multivolume fantasy and there are very few series that I'd actually read willingly. I've gotten caught up in the George R.R. Martin books. I read A Game of Thrones soon after it came out in paperback, but I read it in a very, er, special way... reading Daenerys's story straight through the book and ignoring everything else. This time around I'm actually reading the whole book, and I might even be caught up by the time A Feast For Crows comes out next month.

Poor Tom = home sick all day today with the stomach flu, eating crackers and moaning. I took him some supplies earlier tonight. We are supposed to go to a low-key Halloween party tomorrow night, which is about all I get to do for Halloween this year, as he is going to a stupid convention next weekend. (I am nearly as aggravated about this convention being on Halloween weekend as I would be if it were on my birthday or something like that.) It is possible that he won't be up for the party, which would be a bummer... regardless of whether we make it or not, I hope he feels better soon.
Many years ago I read a certain ghost story. A young man in Paris, prior to 1900 (maybe even prior to or around 1800), meets a pretty girl and falls in love with her. But all she wants to do is hang around in his apartment. She wears a red ribbon choker. At the end of the story, he takes off the choker and her head rolls off and across the floor. The girl had actually been the ghost of a guillotined Terror victim.

Does anyone know the title and author of this story? It's a pretty famous ghost story, and I would have read it sometime in the late 1980s. I think it is quite a bit older than that, though; might be by Saki or something. Could as easily be by Tanith Lee.

I'm asking because the topic of the supposed fashion, in late-Revolutionary or post-Revolutionary (my guess) France, for women to wear their hair dressed like Terror victims and specifically for them to wear red ribbon chokers. It's a certain small trope in fiction - if you read a recently-written book set in the Terror, the author will almost certainly throw it in as a "period detail" - but I recall reading that it's not true, despite the many references you'll find about it, that it's something that started out either as a fictional detail or an exaggeration of something that only happened once or twice. This ghost story was certainly the first place I ever heard of it. I think I read something about it being the originator of the "red ribbon choker" story, but I could be misremembering. What I do recall is that the ribbon story got attached to the Revolution in much the same way that clans got attached to tartans in the 19th century, because the idea was popularized in fiction.

Anyway, it came up on a community I read, and now I am smacking myself trying to remember the name and author of the story in question, and remember if it is the source of the legend or if it drew from the source.

ETA - I found it on my own, but [livejournal.com profile] cdaae was neck-in-neck! It's "The Adventure of the German Student" by Washington Irving.

ETA2 - You know what? The choker on the girl in the Irving story is black, not red. I'm thinking that the Dumas novel mentioned by [livejournal.com profile] cdaae is probably the one that I heard of as the origination of the red-ribbon-choker-fashion story.
Who is the Real JT LeRoy?

(I think this story is interesting, because I've always thought there was something a little fishy about LeRoy. Indeed, there is. Whether the fishiness leads anywhere or not - whether this writer's conclusions are accurate - is another question.)
Since I rarely do much but talk about TV and movies in here anymore... tonight I watched Veronica Mars, so I haven't seen Lost yet, except the last five minutes and next week's preview. As far as Veronica goes, I will say that I think the new story looks promising, and that I am very happy about the identity of her current boyfriend.

Tonight my mother bought "blueberries" which turned out to be concord grapes, which are one of my favorite things in the world and which I only get the chance to eat once every few years. Now, it did say "TABLE GRAPES" in 3/4"-tall letters on the front of the package, so I don't know how she made this mistake. A good mistake, though.

I have been really suffering with the girly stuff in the last day or so. Headed to sleep soon.

Currently reading: Bandbox by Thomas Mallon (which so far I would definitely recommend to [livejournal.com profile] kore and [livejournal.com profile] nadja and anyone else who likes flash 1920s stuff). New Jonathan Carroll, Glass Soup, which I haven't started yet. Some stories from new Gene Wolfe anthology too.
I have opened up a bunch of boxes of old books. (Have I mentioned before that I have over 30 12"x12"x18" boxes of books? Well, I do.) I am repacking ones that I didn't pack so that the books will be less prone to damage, as well as deciding which books I don't want.

I have a lot of books which I read and loved 8-10 or more years ago, but will realistically probably never read again. I also have old collections - like, I used to buy and keep every Sherlock Holmes pastiche that I could get my hands on. I have a Phantom of the Opera collection that is a sight to see (and is, for the most part, not involved in this decision - I'm keeping them). I have things like Victoria Holt books that I loved to death when I was about 13; I've kept my favorites. I already gave most of my Anne Perry books to [livejournal.com profile] kevininatutu.

But the point is, I have a wide swath of mostly middlebrow genre fiction - mystery/historical/romantic, usually a combination of the three - and I'm trying to decide whether to keep it. Wotcher think?

ETA - note, the "some" option does not refer to keeping 10% of the total number of books I own, it refers to keeping 10% of the ones I'm considering not owning anymore. also note that I cannot afford to mail them anywhere as a donation to any worthy cause, and that they really aren't appropriate for that kind of thing anyway... they're mostly decrepit paperbacks and 20-year-old library discards and so on. They are mostly just appropriate to show up on the shelves at Goodwill or Salvation Army or Volunteers of America to be bought for $0.25 each.

[Poll #578197]
The Cat in the Hat is on. It's pretty awful, but that's no surprise.

We finished Nausicaä the other night... it was OK. As I said the other day, I think Miyazaki has tackled the same themes better... it's basically Princess Mononoke with a small element of Spirited Away at the end. But it's not like Nausicaä is "bad" or anything. It's over 20 years old, and I just didn't like it as much as the more recent stuff. Will get around to reading the manga someday.

T.'s birthday is this week, and next weekend is his last day at his current job. At the new job, he'll work a normal schedule and have weekends off, which we are both very happy about.

I have been reading a lot. Currently in the middle of Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail, which is a lot of fun - if kind of meandering in terms of structure (so far). Have been reading Caitlin R. Kiernan's A Murder of Angels. It's the sequel to Silk & helps explain exactly what was going on in that book (which I liked, when I read it 7-8 years ago, but the last quarter or so confused me). However, now I'm at a point where I probably need to reread Silk so that this book will be less confusing.

I think I might need to acquire one of those cooling pads for laptop computers - my computer has been overheating a lot in the last few months. It shuts down after maybe two hours of normal use, a lot less if I am trying to update my iPod or use the cd drive. I can make it better by turning a fan on it, and by putting cds under it on my lap desk (although, when I do that, it slides around, of course). Anyone have any experience with them?

head fun

Sep. 10th, 2005 07:41 pm
So, tonight Boyfriend is at a sold-out White Stripes show, and I am not! (and no, I don't particularly care whether you like them or not: I would have gone if I'd had the chance, even though I think most of their songs sound very much alike.) How did this come about? Deep misfortune for friend's wife who was supposed to go to the show. I feel sorrier for Lisa not being able to go (broken foot) than I do for me not having a ticket, too; totally don't blame her husband for keeping his own ticket when he passed hers on to Tom. :)

Anyway, we're going to see either Rasputina (my preference) or the Dresden Dolls in a few weeks. Which means: the revenge of banana curls! Or something like that.

Tonight my mom cut my hair. Two inches or so, and it needed to go. Actually more needed to go, but neither of us could bear to do it. I am jealous of [livejournal.com profile] nadja's new "hime" ("princess") cut, which is sort of like a bob in front but long in the back; thought about doing it, but my hair is too fine & flyaway to support it.

Serious lack of glamour in my life, and especially on my head, has had me grey lately. Read more... ) More fun on my head please.

Tonight I... Read more... )

& I'm most of the way through [livejournal.com profile] blackholly's book Valiant, which is really pretty good.

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