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So, today I went to the library and found a really interesting book called Thanks, But This isn't For Us: A (Sort Of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected.

I haven't read all of it, but I did find an interesting exercise that I'd love to see other people on my f-list try. Which is:

Come up with five opening lines for books you never intend to write. Use different techniques and try out different genres than you usually would. Just make them as interesting and compelling in one line as you can.

So my five were:

1. "Why won't you let me drive?" Allie asked on the way to their next murder.

"Because you're the only person under seventy I've ever seen leave their blinker on for five exits." (murder mystery)

2. When Sierra was ten she got her first job, kissed her first girl, and got in her first fight all in the space of three hours on the first day of school. (Romance)

3. His queen would be dead by noon if he didn't find a new, less worn out horse. (Historical romance)

4. The President's eyes seemed bright but rheumy that day as he leaned on the podium in the sweltering August heat of Washington. (Political thriller)

5. Hades laid his head down in the gloom and let the dead babble around him, then he raised his eyes to the black vaulted ceiling of the cave and suddenly, the dead went silent. (Mythological fantasy)


So, hopefully others will choose to play along. It's an interesting exercise in how to sculpt a first line and it actually got me thinking of new ideas. Let me know what you thought of my first five lines and feel free to leave your own first five (or try just one!) lines in comments if you want.


May. 3rd, 2012 07:59 am
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I have my own thread at the LOVE MEME that [personal profile] ephemere is hosting. And I didn't put it there.

Somebody likes me. They really, really, really like me.

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Love Meme! over at [personal profile] ephemere's place. Lots of very, very deserving folks and you can nominate yourself if you need some love.

Don't be ashamed to go over there and say if you need some kind words and compliments. We all do. It's human nature and there's nothing wrong or petty about it. Or if you want some love here in this space.

A lot of you have been so very kind, generous, and loving towards me as I've gone through tough times and tried new things. So I definitely won't mind returning the favor. Sometimes, I think one of the biggest favors we can do ourselves as people is to admit when that need love of some type or another and ask for it when we can, without shame if possible.

Also, internet hugs for anyone who wants 'em.

*Title taken from the lyrics of "Tanglewood Tree" by The Strangelings.
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The book(s) I am reading: The Broken Crown (Sun Sword #1), Michelle West (aka Michelle Sagara), The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen, and The Tyrannicide Brief by Geoffrey Robertson

The book I am writing (or would like to write or see written): I'm bouncing between the sequel to the book I'm editing and a space-romance threesome book.

The book I love most: The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkison. That book seriously blew me away, changed what I thought I knew about how books should even be structured, completely took a sledgehammer to the notion that genre classifications can be helpful, and so many other things.

The last book I received as a gift: None. I don't think anyone's ever given me a book as a gift. I borrowed a few, but never been given one. I stand corrected! Here I was trying to think of x-mas, birthdays, etc and it turns out that [ profile] nwhyte actually very generously gave me the gift of King Rat by China Mieville (which, btw, is the sole Mieville novel I've ever finished or enjoyed). I feel like kind of a jerk for forgetting that!

The last book I gave as a gift: None. This may explain my above answer.

The nearest book on my desk: The Rise of Modern China by Immanuel C.Y. Hsu.
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Book meme! Gakked from [ profile] drednort

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?

The Captive Soul by Josepha Sherman. It's a Highlander novelization I've had since 9th grade. Methos is and ever shall be my favorite Immortal. And getting to read about him falling in love with a woman who was physically deformed at a time when I felt like a giant freak? Kinda saved my life.

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you'll read next?

Current: Indigo Springs - A.M. Dellamonica
Last: Parable of the Sower - Octavia Butler
Next: No frakkin' clue

3. What book did everyone like and you hated?

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison. I seriously wanted to put that book (and it's "heroine") into a trash compactor and then burn the neatly compressed cube that came out.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't?

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I even found it used and acquired it. But damn, it's like 700 pages and every time I look at it I think, "I do not have time in my life to spend three months getting through this book."

5. Which book are you saving for "retirement?"

None. Hopefully by "retirement" I'll have lots of new books just coming out to amuse myself with.

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?

I don't read the last page, but I do peek ahead to other chapters and other places, especially in books where I'm very engaged. I'm a notorious peeker, but not the last page. Because it usually doesn't tell you anything. The wrap up usually happens at the beginning of the last two chapters.

7. Acknowledgments: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?

Third option: invaluable resource. Listen up, all ye beginners searching for agents. One of the biggest favors you can do yourself is go to a bookstore, find the place you think your book would be shelved, and start reading the acknowledgments in books like yours - especially of new releases. Why? Because authors almost always, if they have an acknowledgments page, acknowledge their agent and say nice things about them. This will tell you:

1) Which agents are still actually working and getting things done.

2) Which agents may or may not be open to a new author. If an agent gets 60 gadzillion acknowledgments, their client list is probably very full.

3) And which agents would be most receptive to your book. If a particular agent seems to swing toward the, say, hard SF and space opera set and you've got a book that's The Sound and The Fury -- In Space!!, it might be worth your while.

Several agents I've queried (most of whom actually ended up requesting fulls or partials) were found through that very method.

In a non-utilitarian way, I like to read them because it's actually very telling about the book and the author. I like to see if a lot of authors acknowledge and thank people from a certain big name workshop or course (like Clarion West or something). I like to see what other authors they acknowledge as being helpful, what their influences were.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Most books I really love contain characters and situations I would NEVER want to switch places with - but given the chance? Maybe one of the kids from Damia's Children. You get really cool psychic powers (telepath, teleport, telekinesis, television - wait, that's not a power!), you get to be raised with fuzzy aliens and ride horses a lot, and basically you're in the top echelon of society yet part of a close-knit family. Oh and it's your genetic destiny to be really powerful and placed in a position of great prestige and wealth when you're old enough. Plus you get a real cool white streak in your hair, like Rogue from the X-Men.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time?

The Scarlet Letter reminds me of 10th grade English and a really great teacher I had. I wish I'd worked harder then.

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.

Sorry, I get mine the boring way. I buy them or they're given to me.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?

Haven't had the occasion, because I'm always afraid they won't share my tastes in books and will look at my gift and think, "How can I get rid of this?" like it's a one pound block of fruitcake.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?

See answer to question #1

13. Any "required reading" you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later?

Haven't re-read anything from high school yet, because most of our selections were the kind of 18th/19th century Classic Literature books that nobody reads unless you force them at gunpoint. But I thought "A Separate Peace" wasn't so bad.

14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?

This is why I picked this meme. I used to work as a booklister for a used book seller. We would process huge crates of used books from auctions, estate sales, and other places. We found postcards (one from a woman in Florida in the 1950's complaining about a "negro nurse", which is why I'd never wanna go back to the 1950's), strange book marks, checks from the 1980's, pictures both mundane and bizarre, once we found letters from Joan Baez's mom, notes passed by kids in school who are now probably holding their grandchildren, church bulletins, flyers, movie tickets, wrappers, posters, greeting cards of all kind, occasional bugs. But never any money.

15. Used or brand new?

New, I guess, because I like to keep up on current releases and because I love a new book smell. But used books, especially REALLY OLD ones, have their charms as well.

16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses?

Third answer: I don't care. He's a fixture in popular culture and popular literature. Whether he's good or bad, he's a Big Name. If you don't read the books, you can just watch the movies and made for TV miniserieses (eses?)

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?

The Lord of the Rings. Sorry, but the books were very dry and boring and the movies inspired in me the desire to commit carnal acts with an elf. Several elves (Cate Blanchett, yowzers). Carnal desire wins every time.

18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid?

That list is far too long for this meme. But let's start with 2007's Seeker: The Dark Is Rising. Wow. Way to not only abuse a classic series I loved as a kid but completely misuse Christopher Eccleston. That movie sucked like an Electrolux.

19. Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?


20. Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take?

Nobody. I keep my own counsel when it comes to books. There are folks who, when they say, "This is good", I believe that I'll read a quality book, even if I detest it completely. But there's nobody I know who is 100% like me when it comes to books. So I try to come up with a composite opinion. If a lot of trusted sources say "ZOMG SO GOOD!", then I'll be really convinced.
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Borrowed from the inestimable, ever awesome [ profile] fairmer

1. Are you a "pantser" or a "plotter?"

Plotter, no question. I've never been a pantser, not really. I have to know where I'm going, at least vaguely, or it doesn't work for me.

That said, I don't plot in terribly great detail. I outline the basic chain of events and let the details surprise me. It's like drawing a map that gives me room to take the scenic route or take a different exit. I plan the destination and certain must-have rest stops, but the rest comes as I travel.

2. Detailed character sketches or "their character will be revealed to me as a I write"?

Mostly it's revealed as I write. I only know a few things like gender, name, race, and vague physical characteristics. I pants it with characters. I have a theory wherein plot and character work best when they are opposite and complimentary. If the plot is well planned, let the characters surprise you. If the characters are planned, let the plot fall into place.

Either way, it's about mastering the art of planned spontaneity. Some things should be written in stone, and some should come out of the blue. If nothing is planned, it gets confusing and tangled. If nothing is a surprise to me, I doubt it will surprise a reader.

3. Do you know your characters' goals, motivations, and conflicts before you start writing or is that something else you discover only after you start writing?

See above. I consider these things to be part and parcel of character or the plot, depending.

4. Books on plotting – useful or harmful?

Any book about any aspect of writing can be useful or harmful depending on who's reading it. Any writing advice must be taken as just that, advice. I don't tend to read a lot of "how to" books these days, but I do pay close attention when other writers (especially professional ones) speak about their processes. I don't take those things to be strict how-to guides, but rather helpful suggestions that might enhance my own process.

You have to learn to pick and choose and digest any kind of writing advice. Keep what's useful, comforting, or good. Throw out the rest.

5. Are you a procrastinator or does the itch to write keep at you until you sit down and work?

Both. Some days I dread the keyboard and every single word is a struggle. Some days I can't type fast enough to keep up with all the things in my head. I let myself procrastinate a little sometimes. For me, being too strictly disciplinarian with myself just makes things worse. So I'll let myself take twenty minutes to go do the dishes or check my email. But I make sure that I'm getting a minimum amount of work done regularly.

I set a goal and say, "I'm getting 1000 words minimum done today" or "I'm finishing chapter 6 today". I can allot that time any way I want. I can do it in one sitting if I'm feeling up to it. I can write two hundred words at a go and then piss off to do something else if I'm feeling distracted. But by hook or crook, I'm making 1000 new words appear on the screen.

6. Do you write in short bursts of creative energy, or can you sit down and write for hours at a time?

See the above answer. It varies daily. On my current project, Soul Machines, this week has been full of ups and downs. On Monday, I wrote precisely four paragraphs. On Tuesday, I eked out - in several small parcels of writing - a very scant 1200 words for it. Yesterday, for no good reason, my brain turned up to eleven and in four hours (broken up for breaks, chores, and other things) I had 8,500 words. Today's been, so far, a 5,000 word day.

Friday could be a 10,000 word day or I could decide to fuck it all and curl up on the couch and watch TV and forget I have any writing to do. IDEK.

7. Are you a morning or afternoon writer?

Mid-mornings to early afternoons because my schedule works out that way.

8. Do you write with music/the noise of children/in a cafe or other public setting, or do you need complete silence to concentrate?

I write with music because complete silence is weird for me, but generally I tune out that music unless I'm using it to make my mind get into a certain mood for a scene that requires it.

I don't like writing in public places except - weirdly enough - airports or on airplanes. Being trapped for three to six hours, thousands of feet in the air, gets the juices flowing. Probably because I have shit all to do otherwise and even getting up to use the bathroom more than once or twice is right out. You have to write because there's nothing else.

9. Computer or longhand? (or typewriter?)

Almost exclusively computer unless circumstances force me to do otherwise. When away from my computer, I carry a notebook. I do my best work when transcribing, because I can flash edit as I type and insert things I've thought of in retrospect. I get frustrated with my terrible handwriting, though.

10. Do you know the ending before you type Chapter One?

Yes, more or less. I might not know the precise last sentence, but I know where the story ends.

11. Does what’s selling in the market influence how and what you write?

Only in that it influences the books I buy and read, which do inevitably influence my writing.

Do I say, "Ooh, boy wizards are hot this year! Better start making up a magical fantasy school!". No, never.

It makes neither practical nor fiscal sense given what I know about how the publishing industry works. Marketability is a tricky. Writing based what is selling right now is, essentially, trying to fit in. Fitting in is a marketing strategy that sound smart to people who are scared and very tight fisted with money. It isn't. It's quite foolish. However counterintuitive it sounds, fitting in is death. You need to stand out.

Furthermore, writing based on to-the-minute market trends is impractical. Given the publishing world's collective time lag, most books you're reading are nearly two years old by the time they hit shelves.

You can start penning that Boy Wizard novel, but by the time you've written, edited, revised, rewritten and re-edited it? The Boy Wizard trend is dead and zombies, pirates, and cats who talk are the Cool New Thing.

It comes down to this: write the best book you can and promote the sweet, lovely hell out of it. You're better off starting a trend than following one.

12. Editing – love it or hate it?

As with everything in this meme: both. Depends on what I'm doing. I suck at copyediting though, because I can't spot my own typos and missing words for beans.


Jun. 20th, 2009 06:27 pm
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I got this from [ profile] fashionista_35.

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick six of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

These are the ones that she selected for me talk about:

icons and explanations beneath the cut )
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Justine Larbalestier posted all the reasons she's not a real writer, and I thought I'd play that game, too.

And the standard disclaimer: What makes me a "not real" writer may not be what makes you a "not real" writer. What I do or don't do isn't necessarily wrong or right, it's just what I feel doesn't match with the cliches.

1. I have terrible grammar and spelling. I don't care about grammar and spelling all that much.

2. I do not have a "muse" or a clever name for that muse. Instead I call it "my brain". I don't talk to this muse or complain that it's jerking me around like a dog on a leash.

3. I don't read agent blogs for anything but pure enjoyment, and I don't read an agents blog when going to submit to them. I redirect my attention to reading their submission guidelines instead. Those I study intently.

4. I don't Twitter and never will.

5. I don't share random personal tidbits on my writing blog. The fact that I just cleaned the kitchen is not related to how I'm coming along on my latest project.

6. Characters don't talk to me or take over or do anything autonomously. I think up new information about them, I come upon revelations about what I should have been doing with the character, but they're not actually discrete entities in my head. They don't say anything. They're not real.

7. I don't sit down to write a certain amount of words every single day. In fact some days I don't write anything. I go out and do things like visit family, take a vacation, try to find a job, have fun, have a life.

8. I do not seek to make anyone squirm.

9. I neither improvise completely or outline completely, and I don't think either is a right or wrong way to go about it. My outlines are something along the lines of: "And then character A and character B fight. Then something stops the fight. Then flying monkeys appear. Then there's chaos and eventually they end up fighting a zombie army somehow with something magical or other-ish." It's a basic road map that shows me where the beginning and the end are in relation to each other and what pit stops I have to make along the way, with room for detours and sudden exits.

10. I don't write short stories. I don't even like short stories as a rule (there are a few exceptions). I only write longer length works.

11. I do not always hate my work after I'm finished. I go through love/hate cycles. Sometimes I hate it, then I look back and love it, then I hate it again. Like I said, a cycle.

12. While I enjoy a good Diet Coke now and then and believe it to be the brand name of Funky Cold Medina, I have no actual need for regular infusions of caffeine and if I don't get Diet Coke for weeks or months, I don't notice. Coffee often smells like vomit to me and makes my stomach hurt.

13. I'm becoming more and more of a morning person each day. Soon, I may lose my ability to stay up past 10:45 pm.

14. I like chocolate and enjoy it, but don't crave it regularly. I do crave sweets, but I'm a vanilla girl myself. Anything with creme. Or the icing from a cupcake. *drools*.

15. I do not wait to get inspired. Sometimes I write even when I don't feel like and don't feel any great creative impulse. I usually can't tell the difference afterward.

16. I don't believe in classics, or that books are good just because they're old and written by some Very Respected Long Deceased Author. Some books age well. Most just get perpetuated as great literature because enough people say that it's great literature. Not because it actually is.

17. I believe that being depressed, sad, and otherwise tragic is actually the worst state to write in. I think being happy, stable, energetic, and in good health is actually a better basis for being successful.

18. I do not have a cat. Or any pets. I'd like a cat, but I do not think it would feature into my writing life significantly. Except for time away from writing spent cleaning the litter box.*

19. I don't post playlists for novels I've written. Because I don't know what good it would do. If you haven't heard the song, it doesn't mean anything to you and I don't tend to like rock music by Old British Guys who are cool for the reasons that Very Respected Authors are Very Respected, which is that enough people said so that it became true. I might one day like to put up a downloadable soundtrack so everyone can hear the music. But I think that's illegal unless you fork over lots of money.

20. I am not Interesting, Exotic, Larger-Than-Life, Eccentric, or otherwise Artistic. My name is Meg. I am a fake writer. I type up stories from inside my head, I try my best, I hope it turns out all right, and otherwise I'm very boring but hopefully hardworking.

*I had a snake once. Snakes aren't very literary pets. They lack the power of snarky expressions and wacky bloggable interactions with people and other pets. You generally don't want them interacting. Mostly, they lay on fake rocks under a heat lamp and eat mice and poo. I feel this is why T.S. Eliot never wrote of McSnakety, or Lillian Jackson Braun never wrote about The Snake Who Solved Crime.
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I totally stole this from [ profile] franklymydear. Fill out the question in comments, and you can post all three of the types of pictures if you like.

Oh, and as far as the question bit goes? No holds barred. Ask anything.

What your LJ name means:
Relationship/marital status:
3 words that describe you?:
Ask me a question you want to know the answer to:
Post a picture of yourself or your pet or favorite thing:
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A few days ago [ profile] fashionista_35 was doing a meme where she listed 10 things she loved that started with a certain letter, and then assigned a letter to anyone who commented so they could do the same in their own LJ.

I commented, and got the letter P.


Ten Things I Love That Start With The Letter P

1. Peaches - Millions of peaches, peaches for me!. They are juicy, delicious, quintessentially Southern but oddly enough have their origins in China. I love peachy colors. I love the phrase "just peachy". I love peaches-and-cream.

2. Puppies - My love for dogs knows no bounds. But puppies? I melt like ice cream in the oven. It's like death-by-cute for me. There is no such thing as an ugly puppy.

3. Packages - I love getting them in the mail, either by surprise or on purpose. I love sending them to people and waiting to see if they love them. I love unwrapping packages, I love wrapping them.

4. Paper - Paper just gets me going, it's part of my general weirdness as a person. I love expensive paper, cheap paper, paper journals, wrapping paper, wallpaper. I save patterned paper that I like, even napkins with logos on them that I like. One day I'll have all the money I want and I'll be able to splurge on the many paper goodies at Kate Paperie here in NYC.

5. Peace - With a side of quiet. I abhor all forms of war and aggression, and pray constantly that my country and the world will learn to make peace and make it stick.

6. Painting - I'm not very good at it yet, but I love doing it. It's cathartic, wild, and ritual in a way that writing isn't, because I'm so conscious of my writing and I intellectualize it so much. I used to use oils, but I've switched to acrylics which are cheaper and easier to deal with - and while I'm learning, I'm not going to waste the good stuff.

7. Pajamas - I love nothing more than to come home after a rainy, lousy day (preferrably soaking wet), knowing that a pair of comfy, warm PJ's is waiting on me. Seriously, nothing is as nice as the feeling you get when you put those flannel lovelies on and plop down on the couch.

8. Permanent markers - Smelling them and using them on surfaces where I know I shouldn't. Yes, I am mentally twelve. I can't help it. Sharpies turn me into a human bloodhound.

9. Peanut Butter - It's a weakness. I don't like peanut butter cookies or ice cream, but I love cheese crackers with peanut butter (Skippy loves it some Cheez Its).

10. Passion - Not just in the hot sexy kind of way, either. I always have a higher opinion of people who are passionate about at least one thing in their life, even if it's just something as simple as being the best person they can be.

Alright, I'm ready to hand out letters. Comment to get one. I'd love to see what other people come up with.
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A question from the inestimable, inimitable [ profile] ladyslvr in this entry: So, those of you who are writers, could you please take an entry to talk about overcoming hurdles within your stories. Not writer's block hurdles, but story ones. How do you recover the plot thread when it breaks?

I think it's a good question, and I'm passing it on to my f-list. Why not take an entry to discuss your process?

My answer under the cut because it might get lengthy. Your mileage from the answer may vary from state to state. )

So there, [ profile] ladyslvr, I hope my long rambling and needless metaphors have helped you or at least made you feel better about yourself in comparison. Because, hey, what are friends for if not to make you warm, tingly superior feeling?
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I ganked this from all over:

"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you really love (and strikethrough the ones you hate!).
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

The 100 Books List, which BTW, I have problems with )

Okay, so somebody inform me - what buttbrain came up with this list? Seriously.

I scored a 22 out of 100, which isn't technically true, because this list is just retarded. Why?

Ways in which this list is so stupid that it BURNS )
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It's things like this that are part of the reason that I'm kind of scared to go to cons. And I'm hearing that there was a flu going around at WisCon. Eeep.

Somedays, I wonder if going out into the world is worth it at all.

But on a couple of brighter notes:

1. Editing and rewriting of the Tower!Guy story continues apace. And by apace, I mean that I expect to finish a chapter either today or early tomorrow and continue on to the next one post haste.

2. This meme from [ profile] ladyslvr is just too much fun.

Go here. Keep refreshing until you've collected five quotes that really resonate with you, then post them to your journal.

My five quotes were:

The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf.
- Shakti Gawain

Exit, pursued by a bear.
- William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), Stage direction in "The Winter's Tale"

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
- John Kenneth Galbraith (1908 - 2006)

Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to diminishing returns.
- John Maurice Clarke, Economist

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.
- Mary Pickford (1893 - 1979)
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[ profile] matociquala did the first line meme. So I decided to do the first line meme, except with modifications. Hers is cooler though.

First paragraphs from all my currently open WIP's. )
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1. One book that changed your life?

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I did not leave that book the same.

2. One book you have read more than once?

Damia by Anne McCaffrey. That book is my sci-fi hot chocolate, yo.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

4. One book that made you laugh?

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett

5. One book that made you cry?

I've never cried at a book. Or a movie. Or a TV show, actually.

6. One book you wish had been written?

Arslan by MJ Engh

7. One book you wish had never had been written?

I can't think one for that either. I think the most recent Ender sequel was pretty bad.

8. One book you are currently reading?

Ghosts In the Snow - Tamara Siler

9. One book you have been meaning to read?

Temeraire by Naomi Novik

10. Now tag five people.

1. [ profile] fikgirl

2. [ profile] agilebrit

3. [ profile] k_kijo

4. [ profile] wisdomeagle

5. Anyone else who wants to take the quiz

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