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Book Meme:

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Charles de Lint. Although my Terry Pratchett collection is getting up there.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Well, I suppose the closest thing I have to an answer to this is Shakespeare -- I have two copies of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (one with annotations, one without) and individual paperback copies of about half the plays.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
A little bit. But then I am also reminded by dear Mr. Churchill that there are extremes "up with which I shall not put."

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Oh gods do I have to choose? Aerin, from The Hero and the Crown, Liath from my own novel, Janet Carter from Tam Lin, Abby Sciuto from "NCIS," Kensi Blye from "NCIS: Los Angeles," need I go on?

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
I think Pamela Dean's Tam Lin wins out, although The Secret Garden comes close.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. And to think I fought my mother tooth and nail on reading it because I "didn't like classics." I'm so glad she made me at least get through the first two chapters.

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
Hmm . . I don't think I've read a truly *bad* book in the last year. Some mediocre ones, definitely. But nothing I'd say was truly bad.

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind. The man has single-handedly restored my faith in the high fantasy epic.

9) If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?
Charles de Lint, Dreams Underfoot. Not only is it a brilliant collection of short stories, but de Lint's unique way of looking at the world really makes you rethink your prejudices and assumptions.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Oh wow. I don't really know. To be honest, I mostly read genre literature, and I'm not sure any of it qualifies for a Nobel Prize. If we could do posthumous nominations though, definitely Angela Carter.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown, but only if done well. The other book I really would have liked to see made into a movie was Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising. Then they *did* make it into a movie, completely changed things, and it sucked.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Anything by Proust.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
Um . . . I dreamt I was Clint Eastwood once. Does that count?

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
I read fanfiction. Does that count?

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
James Joyce, Ulysses. Yes I did read it all. Took an entire graduate course to understand it though.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
In movies: probably Titus Andronicus. Theatre: The Merry Wives of Windsor.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
I assume you mean in Literature? The French. Never could get into the Russians. Too damn depressing and long.

18) Roth or Updike?
Never read either.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Well, I haven't read Dave Eggers, so Sedaris wins by default. Although I do love him.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare. Hands down.

21) Austen or Eliot?
Which Eliot? George Eliot? T.S. Eliot? Either way, I'd still say Eliot. I hate Austen.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Austen and Dickens. I have a Masters degree in English Literature and I have never read a single Austen novel all the way through and the only Dickens novel I've read is Hard Times.

23) What is your favorite novel?
Pamela Dean, Tam Lin. I am told this makes me odd, because many people are infuriated by that book. But I love it.

24) Play?
Shakespeare - "Much Ado About Nothing" Absolutely hilarious.

25) Poem?
Pablo Neruda - "Oh Earth, Wait for Me"

26) Essay?
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance."

27) Short story?
O. Henry, "The Gift of the Magi."

28) Work of nonfiction?
Daniel Defoe (maybe), A General History of the Pyrates

29) Who is your favorite writer?
I think Charles de Lint still hold pride of place, although he has challengers these days.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Honestly? I think J.K. Rowling. Don't get me wrong, I loved the books. But certain people have heralded her as this huge world changing author. I don't think she's quite that great.

31) What is your desert island book?
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe. After all, I'll need some good ideas, right?

32) And… what are you reading right now?
Neal Stephenson, Anathem; Max Lüthi, The European Folktale: Form and Nature, Virgil, The Aeneid (John Dryden translation); Laurence Yep, City of Fire [Yes, all of them at once]
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Organisation Meme: Pick a drawer, surface, area of carpet, etc. Some relatively small place in your environment that is cluttered. Clean it up, and post what you found (assuming it's not sensitive) and where it really should go.

Ok, right side of my (wraparound) work desk: )


Nov. 20th, 2009 03:39 pm
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[ profile] gateandgarden asked so nicely, so . . .">

Who sleeps in bed next to you?
No one. The cats are permanently banned from the bedroom at night because the last time I let them in they played games of hide-and-go-pounce and catch-me-if-you-can on top of me all night.

What did you last eat?
A oatmeal raisin cookie from the CC's in the library. It was yummy.

What kind of books do you read?
Just about everything, although I am partial to fantasy novels of all types. Pretty much whatever I pick up from ALA.

What are you reading right now?
Robert Coover, Pricksongs and Descants; Justin Richards, The Death Collector; Gerald S. Hawkins, Stonehenge Decoded; Max Lüthi, The European Folktale: Form and Nature; and a metric fuckton of fanfiction.

If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be?
Home. In bed. Asleep.

What's really creepy?
The unnaturally pale, sparkly, Twilight dildo. Put it in the freezer for an "authentic experience."

Name one odd item within five feet of you.
A bullhorn.

What's your current fandom / obsession / addiction?
Star Trek 2009. Kirk/Bones. I know, TOS is completely Kirk/Spock, but have you *seen* the new movie? Dude.

What did you really want to do today that you didn't?
Sleep in.

What are you most excited for?
A weekend of sleep. But no, seriously? Thanksgiving in Boston with [ profile] shadesong.

What websites do you always visit when you go online?
Gmail, Google Reader (to keep track of my fic blogs). I usually check Facebook at least once a day.

What was the last thing you bought?
A Dr. Pepper and two cookies at the library CC's.

If you could have any pet, what would it be?
I assume you mean any pet I don't already have? A wolf-dog. Or a horse. Or both. But that would necessitate someplace colder, and much bigger, with lots of land.

What do you want right this minute, off the top of your head?
The workday to be over. Which it will be, soon.

Where is the place you like to return to in order to calm down / relax / etc.?
My apartment. Preferably with a purring cat or two on my lap.

Why are cicadas cuter when they have wings?
Cicadas are not cuter when they have wings. That would require them to be cute in the first place. They are merely less disgusting with wings than without.

Why are most casualties of war Russians, even when they win?
Because Russia has a lot of people, so their historical battle strategy has been to keep throwing cannon fodder at the enemy until eventually the other side runs out of biological ammunition.

Are there any bits of childhood that you miss?
Walking to the local library with my grandfather. Sunday evening family dinners at Noble Roman's (and later Pizza Hut). Using spending time with my little brother as an excuse to watch cartoons I was supposed to be too old for.

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter?
Winter. Not that we actually get one here. But I can dream.

Say something to the person who tagged you
Only for you would I actually fill this thing out. Be honoured :)


Dec. 6th, 2008 10:45 am
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All-Around Smart

You are all-around smart. Essentially, that means that you are a good combination of your own knowledge and experience, along with having learned through instruction - and you are equally as good with theoretical things as you are with real-world, applied things. You have a well-rounded brain.

0% applied intelligence
20% natural intelligence

Take this quiz at
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Because I haven't done it in awhile and I'm not doing so good at being productive:

1. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother's & father's middle names)
Christine Keithley

2. NASCAR NAME: (first name of your mother's dad, father's dad)
Carlton John

3. STAR WARS NAME: (the first 2 letters of your last name, first 4 letters of your first name)
Ragwyn or Ryjenn

4.DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal)
Black Raven

5. SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you live)
Michelle Baton Rouge (hey, I like that)

6. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite alcoholic drink, optionally add "THE" to the beginning)
Oh dear god. Do I really have to put this? Dammit. Ok, fine. The Purple Blowjob

7. FLY NAME: (first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name)
Gwen (damn, am I ever going to get away from that mispronunciation?) or Jean (How come both of mine are actually real names?)

8. GANGSTA NAME: (favorite ice cream flavor, favorite cookie):
Mint Chocolate Chip Molasses

9. ROCK STAR NAME: (current pet's name, current street name)
Robin Sherwood (damn that's ironic)
Siobhán Sherwood
Ciara Sherwood
Fionnuala Sherwood
Fiona Sherwood
Finnegan Sherwood

10. PORN NAME: (1st pet, street you grew up on)
Brandy Kayer
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Put "I've seen __ of these 168 movies" in the subject line and repost. SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 movies, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 168 movies on this list. Put your score in header and re-post.

I've seen 69 of these 168 movies )
Oooh, look. I have a life. Apparently.


Apr. 22nd, 2008 01:34 pm
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Well this is a surprise:

You know the Bible 91%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
Create MySpace Quizzes

Really, this quiz is worth taking just for the humour value of the multiple choice answers alone: Under "What did God create on the third day", "myspace" is an option. I would like to point out however that I am quite positive I did so well primarily through familiarity with literary allusions to the Bible, rather than familiarity with the Bible itself.


Feb. 7th, 2008 12:59 pm
gwynhefar: (Default)
Just because.

My Valentinr - gwynraven
Get your own valentinr


Dec. 17th, 2007 02:19 pm
gwynhefar: (Animated Raven)

Your Score: The Raven

You scored 39% domestic, 24% gregarious, 50% trickster, and 79% intellect!

Wild, Solitary, Serious and Intellectual: you are the Raven!

Raven is a strong symbol of both creation and destruction. Wisdom through intelligence, observation, and challenge. Raven is strongly tied to the spiritual world, living in a constant state of otherworldly awareness. Raven people tend to be very introspective and savor time spent ‘alone’.

Link: The Animal Archetype Test written by crumpetsfortea on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

I swear to the gods I didn't skew this. I didn't even know Raven was one of the options.

gwynhefar: (bored now)
And I haven't done one of these in awhile. You know the drill. Ask me a question in the poll, I'll answer it in a series of separate posts. Unless requested, the answers will be public. The questions will not. Half the fun for other folks is trying to figure out the question from the answer.

[Poll #1048250]
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Hmmm . . . Interesting. I've never thought of myself much in terms of vengeance, which is what I think of when I think of Nemesis, but the *balance* part strikes a chord in me.

Your Score: Nemesis

Indeed, you are 75% erudite, 54% sensual, 45% martial, and 70% saturnine.

This daughter of the Greek Goddess Nyx was initially thought of as a harsh force of opposition. However, she was later softened to represent the feeling of just resentment or righteous anger against those who committed crimes with apparent impunity, or who had inordinate good fortune.

Her name, Nemesis, means "she who distributes or deals out". And that she did. As she was the one directing human affairs in such a way as to maintain equilibrium of happiness and unhappiness, she could bring about losses and suffering if you made the impression of being �too� happy.

Being the one who checked extravagant favours by Tyche (or Fortuna, as the Romans called her), she was regarded as an avenging or punishing divinity, so it only makes sense that the Goddess of Punishment, Poena, was an attendant of Nemesis.

Despise all this suffering and vengeance, she is also said to have been as beautiful as Aphrodite. Her attributes were, among others, a rein, a sword, or a balance.

The Fifteen Goddesses

These are the 15 categories of this test. If you score above average in �

�all or none of the four variables: Neit. �
Erudite: Minerva. �
Sensual: Aphrodite. �
Martial: Artemis. �
Saturnine: Persephone. �

Erudite & Sensual: Isis. �
Erudite & Martial: Sekhmet. �
Erudite & Saturnine: Nemesis. �
Sensual & Martial: Hera. �
Sensual & Saturnine: Bast. �
Martial & Saturnine: Ilamatecuhtli. �

Erudite, Sensual & Martial: Maeve. �
Erudite, Sensual & Saturnine: Freya. �
Erudite, Martial & Saturnine: Sedna. �
Sensual, Martial & Saturnine: Macha.

Link: The Mythological Goddess Test written by Nitsuki on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test


Jul. 2nd, 2007 02:53 pm
gwynhefar: (Goth Harry Potter)
Yanked from [ profile] puddock who got it from others.

1. Go into the archives of your LJ.
2. Find your 42nd entry ever. Yes, this may require some counting and basic math. Deal with it.
3. Link to that entry in a new entry. This is the meaning of your life.

And doesn't it just figure. It's a post about me screwing up. Ah yes, the story of my life.


Jun. 28th, 2007 01:50 pm
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Because I haven't done one in ages.

Based on the lj interests lists of those who share my more unusual interests, the interests suggestion meme thinks I might be interested in
1. singing score: 6
2. harry potter score: 6
3. coffee score: 5
4. jasper fforde score: 5
5. psychology score: 5
6. guitar score: 4
7. sarcasm score: 4
8. friends score: 4
9. laughing score: 4
10. crazymonkeyloveslave score: 4
11. england score: 4
12. star wars score: 4
13. pirates score: 4
14. road trips score: 4
15. dvds score: 4
16. photography score: 4
17. ice cream score: 4
18. choir score: 4
19. london score: 3
20. trees score: 3

Type your username here to find out what interests it suggests for you.

coded by [ profile] ixwin
Find out more


Sep. 6th, 2006 01:35 pm
gwynhefar: (tori -- wednesday)
Your Birthday Color is DARK PURPLE:

PANTONE® 19-2524

YOU have a commanding personality and people notice you when you walk into the room. Stability, security and a little bit of spice need to be in place in order for you to feel settled. Being your own boss is vital to your well-being. Owning something such as your own home or business brings comfort and a sense of permanence. Many people born on this day have a great sense of humor. Wearing, meditating or surrounding yourself with Dark Purple reminds you not to take things too seriously and urges you toward kindness and transformation.

Dark Purple = Pantone 19-2524

Get yours at Colorstrology

Pain level: 7
gwynhefar: (Chaos Theory)
Haven't done one in awhile, and this is interesting:

My Philosophical Profile )

I'll have to ponder this one some more later.


Apr. 7th, 2006 10:33 am
gwynhefar: (dragons)
Go to Wikipedia and look up your birthday (excluding the year). List three neat facts, two births and one death in your journal, including the year.

Facts --

1500 - Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral becomes the first European to sight Brazil.
1864 - The U.S. Congress passes the Coinage Act which mandates that the inscription "In God We Trust" be placed on all coins minted as United States currency.
1914 - Babe Ruth, age 19, pitches his first professional game for the minor league Baltimore Orioles.

Births --

1724 - Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (d. 1804)
1904 - Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist (d. 1967)

Deaths --

1984 - Ansel Adams, American photographer (b. 1902)


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