The 30 Day Reading Challenge: Day 13

Day 13: Your Favorite Writer

I have quite a few favorite writers, depending on my mood — Tony Hillerman, Clive Cussler, and J. K. Rowling all have spots at the top. There is one writer, however, whom I favor more often than all the others. And yet I haven’t read any of his books in several long years. The last was a re-read and I sold off a collection of his short stories before I even had a chance to finish it.

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The 30 Day Book Challege: Day 12

Day 12: A Book You Used to Love but Don’t Anymore

It didn’t take me long to pinpoint Clive Cussler’s Raise the Titanic! This was my first Cussler novel as well as my first foray into adventure fiction. I read it shortly after the paperback was published so that would have been around the summer of 1977. I was eleven years old and had become extremely interested in ships and sealore perhaps a year or two before. Our summer vacation that year to visit relatives in California included a stopover in L.A. before heading back home to Texas. To accomodate my budding interest in the great age of ocean liners, my family made a detour to Long Beach so that we could spend a day touring the Queen Mary.

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Daily Writing Challenge — Week One Recap

A week ago I began participating in Inkygirl’s 250 Words A Day writing challenge. The goal is to write at least 250 words each day at least six days per week.

I’ve been tracking the daily totals at the bottom of my blog entries and in a sidebar widget. These include writing I do for this blog as well as my personal journal (which is only an occasional thing). If I ever get back on the ball at writing for professional publication, I’ll include those totals as well.

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The 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 10

PBW Bookworm 012.jpgDay 10: Favorite Classic Book

That’s easy! I’ve been a fan of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens since first reading it as a teenager. I don’t recall when I first read it but I did see the movie first. We’re talking about the classic 1930’s black and white version here. And I did indeed have a crush on the young Estella although it took a while for me to comprehend why she was so cold. I must have been around fifteen or sixteen years old at the time. I read the book perhaps twice after the first time, the most recent having been ten years or more ago. It’s definitely time for a re-read!

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The 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 9

PBW Bookworm 011.jpgDay 9: A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Ooh! There’s been a lot of those. My biggest problem over the past couple of years has been to give up on some books much too soon. Even if I struggle on the first few chapters, I’m beginning to realize that if I stick with it the rewards can be great.

The best example of this would be Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I’d started to read it on at least one previous occasion but just wasn’t in the right frame of mind, I suppose. It didn’t help that the copy I’d tried to read was a poorly-formatted PDF. At the time I wasn’t a big fan of eBooks (oh, how that’s changed!).

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Here We Go Again!

I think my account is down for the count.

Earlier this evening I was online, editing and publishing previously-uploaded articles (when I use Zoundry Raven to publish articles they appear in WordPress as “scheduled” but then they just sit there unless I physically change the date or time), uploading new header images, and getting ready to run a backup of the databases and other files.

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Sunday Salon for 19th June 2011 (#50)

Sunday Salon 01.jpgI almost didn’t write a Sunday Salon at all today. It’s already very late in the afternoon (closing in on 3:00) — I’d planned to do my writing today in the morning so I could accomplish more things later in the day. But I got involved on a project and it took me a while to get to a point I felt I could quit at.

Not a lot happened this week — at least that hasn’t already been documented on this blog. I’ve been writing quite a bit lately and have been saving the various blog entries in the Raven portable app for uploading when I get online. I haven’t been to the internet cafe since Wednesday night so I have quite a backlog of articles to publish this evening.

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The 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 8

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Today’s topic is another difficult one for me. As I mentioned yesterday, I really don’t care what others think about the books I enjoy — it doesn’t bother me if someone else reviewing it thought poorly of the book and it doesn’t change my opinion if they thought the book was exceptionally good. I’ll still have the same feelings about it as I did upon the initial reading. However, on those rare occasions when I re-read a book I’ll almost always feel differently about it the second (or third time around).

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The 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 7

PBW Bookworm 009.jpgDay 7: Most Underrated Book

Today’s challenge has been the most difficult yet. In most circumstances I read what I want to read am an not swayed one way or another by reviews. If I liked a particular book I don’t really mind if others don’t share the same opinion. Indeed, I tend to not read through book reviews as the writers of those tend to delve much further into the mechanics of why the book ultimately failed than I usually care about (the only bad reviews of anything I enjoy reading are those of restaurants perhaps because I worked in the industry for so long). And I certainly won’t seek out a book because it had been poorly perceived in the press with the intention of proving the critics wrong!

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Morning Meanderings: Non-Eclipses, Writing, and Mind Mapping

PBW Confusion 001.jpgI notice this morning that I’ve passed 10,000 pages read so far this year (I only count book pages, not those read online or in magazines, etc.). I’m a bit ahead of last year’s pace as I didn’t hit 10,000 until July 10th. Obviously, I was reading much shorter books in 2010 as I’d finished 49 books by this time last year while in 2011 I’ll finish my 40th book later today.

Last night’s total lunar eclipse was a bust here in Phuket. Right as the moon was due to start it’s path through the earth’s shadow it began to rain. The shower didn’t last very long and I went outside shortly before totality was to begin. There were a few breaks in the clouds where dark sky was visible and I wandered through the neighborhood for perhaps a half hour checking to see if the moon was visible through any of the holes. However, I had no idea where the moon should have been had it been visible. I never did spot it although there seemed to be a reddish glow on the clouds to the northwest. This could have been ground-reflected glare, however. I have yet to observe an eclipse in Thailand as the clouds never cooperate for me…

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