Booking Through Thursday Interview

This is really a “part 2,” but I missed “part 1,” so.

 But enough about interviewing other people. It’s time I interviewed YOU.

1. What’s your favorite time of day to read?

I don’t have a favorite time to read, really… My days are usually pretty busy, so I have to squeeze it in any time I can. But I do love cuddling up with a book first thing in the morning.

2. Do you read during breakfast? (Assuming you eat breakfast.)

I don’t usually, but lately The Mr. and I have been listening to the Harry Potter audio books during breakfast. (The Stephen Fry version, which I like so much better than the Jim Dale ones!)

3. What’s your favorite breakfast food? (Noting that breakfast foods can be eaten any time of day.)

Mmm… cheesy omelets, maybe. Or oooh! A ham and swiss croissant. Oh yes.

4. How many hours a day would you say you read?

Probably less than one, unfortunately. Maybe about one, or a little more.

5. Do you read more or less now than you did, say, 10 years ago?

Less, again sadly. When I was young all I DID was read. Oh to have that back… (well, the option, at least!)

6. Do you consider yourself a speed reader?

Not remotely. I’m a fairly slow reader. I like to hear the characters’ voices in my head.

7. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Sometimes I think I’d like to freeze time, so I could read and write and finish as many things as I want to.

8. Do you carry a book with you everywhere you go?

I try to.

9. What KIND of book?

Whatever I happen to be reading that is most gripping. Lately I’ve been preferring to carry a blank book, though, because my journaling has suffered even more than my reading these days.

10. How old were you when you got your first library card?

Good question… ten? Twelve? Maybe much younger. I didn’t really start using the library until I was in my twenties, though. I was fairly spoiled in books before that. Then it became a lifeline.

11. What’s the oldest book you have in your collection? (Oldest physical copy? Longest in the collection? Oldest copyright?)

I don’t know that it’s the very oldest, but I have a Longfellow’s Complete Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that was published in 1899, and it is one of my absolute treasures.

12. Do you read in bed?

Whenever I get the option.

13. Do you write in your books?

No…. not yet, at least. I did tentatively edge into marginalia in college (usually to make snarky remarks on other peoples’ marginalia in library or used books) but I so love the pristine look of a printed page. Maybe when I’m a rich author and can afford to have multiple copies of something to mark one up and keep one lovely.

14. If you had one piece of advice to a new reader, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to try different things. Or OLD things. Classics are classics for a reason—most of them, at least.

What I’m Watching Wednesday: Heroes

I know what you’re thinking… WHY?

But c’mon… Heroes was fun. Even with Milo Ventimiglia, who I couldn’t help but seriously dislike as Jesse on Gilmore Girls. (Yes, I know I’m in the minority there, but I’m a DEAN girl. Sue me.)

Anyhow. I watched Heroes as long as it was fun, really. Actually, I skipped out just before it (I’ve heard) stopped being fun. And by that, I mean I was around just long enough to see Elle:

Kristen Bell playing a psychopath with electric powers. FUN.

But not long enough to see them kill her off. Yes, I know it’s coming… but true to my nature, I’m in denial until I see it. (It took me a year and a half to watch the last two Doctor Who specials with David Tennant. So yeah… It’s difficult for me to let go, sometimes.)

I have to say, Elle Bishop was my favorite thing about Heroes. She made me like Kristen Bell even when I was pissed off at her for messing up Logan and Veronica on Veronica Mars.¹ Elle was delightfully insane, living in a facility from a young age, entrapped there (and employed there) by her own father…

The Mr. hasn’t seen Heroes yet, and he was curious. We’ve recently subscribed to Netflix, and it was right there…

So we’ve been watching. We’re in Season 2 now, and creeping up to the spot where I stopped watching. And I’ve noticed a few things…

1) Mohinder is an idiot. Constantly. Incessantly. I think I didn’t realize this quite so much the first go-around because he’s So. Dang. Hot.

2) I still don’t care for Hiro much. But my love for Ando has not, and is not likely to ever, cease.

3) I’m still sort of annoyed that Zach (Claire’s geeky friend from S1) disappears without any goodbye. It’s sort of okay, because he went on to be John Conner and I LOVED The Sarah Conner Chronicles, but still, lame.

4) West, Claire’s flying boyfriend in S2, is kind of a jerk. He judges and then presses Claire, before he even knows her, to do things she’s not comfortable with. It may not be in a sexual way, but still. Encouraging people to push their boundaries is one thing. Forcing them is not cool.

5) Niki still has the lamest power of all of them. Except for maybe Maya. And at least she’s not as obnoxious as Maya. And I’m still mad they killed off D.L.

6) Milo is still Milo.

Kind of looking forward to seeing what they do with the rest of the series, though, I know there’s a LOT of flip-flopping coming up. Sylar good, Sylar bad, etc… We’ll see.

¹ For those not in the know, it’s been said that Bell’s opinions had some bend with writer Rob Thomas’ storylines) (But really, just some… I was being a little unfair to her, just because she preferred Duncan, who wasn’t exactly nicey-nice in his niceness, if you know what I mean… [/VM rant]

Tuesday Talk: Momentum

Since NaNoWriMo was interrupted by a cross-state move for me, I’ve decided to try my had at JaNoWriMo—the same basic idea, but in January instead of November. I managed to write over 10,000 words in the first eight days of 2012. I haven’t managed to write over 1000 everyday, as I’d hoped, but I have tried to at the very least, keep up my momentum.

Something that’s helped me immensely in this, has been the Pomodoro Technique.

It’s so simple that it seems a little mundane:

-Use a timer.

-Work for 25 minutes straight.

-Take a 5 minute break.

-Rinse & Repeat.

It is that simple. And it works. At least, it works for me.

The timer is essential, though. You can’t just look down at the time on your computer screen and decide to write for the next 25 minutes… you need something ticking down that you can SEE. Or that will ding and tell you when you’ve run out of time. I personally either use the Pomodroido app on Android, or this free internet timer.

I’ve been getting an average of 1600+ words in an hour and a half. Which for me is A LOT. Of course, finding the hour and a half each day is a little trying. But the results have been worth it for me when I can scrape up the time!

Music Monday: “Let Go” by Imogen Heap (piano solo)

“Let Go” by Imogen Heap (piano solo)

Background: You probably heard this song back eight years ago (was it really eight years ago?!) on commercials for the movie Garden State, but if you haven’t heard Imogen Heap play “Let Go” solo on the piano… well then, you really haven’t heard the song.

My song history: I first heard this song (or a piano solo version, rather) a couple of years ago, late, late at night on an Arizona radio station after a long day of driving. I was in the car with my dad and we were driving to Texas, so we had an even longer way to go. It was past midnight, probably closer to one, and somehow in the drivel of radio music, this gorgeous, ephemeral version of an old favorite. I had found the Frou Frou version about a year before Garden State‘s soundtrack made Imogen Heap a household name to any one remotely plugged into the music scene (which I’m not really remotely, anymore… but you know, you have to be in college, in order to survive).  We found rest at a cheap hotel just moments after the last notes of the song ended on the radio… but my goodness did I want more. Of course we’d stopped at a hotel that had no wifi whatsoever, so it was weeks before I could even look it up on the internet and indulge in it a little more.

What drew me in: Well, really the slightest hint of Imogen Heap being involved in anything perks my ears up. (I have to admit, part of the reason I finally consented to watch the Shrek movies was because I knew her cover of “I Need a Hero” was for the credits of the second one). But I especially love recordings of her live stuff. She’s a musical genius, flat out. I’ve never been disappointed with a single thing I’ve heard by her. This has been true as long as I’ve known of her… which as I hinted, dates back to when I was a junior in high school.

For my writing: I turn to Imogen when I don’t know who else to turn to. Her music is always by turns soothing, exciting, challenging, and utterly confounding—especially when it comes to the things she can do with a mixer machine. If I want emotion to burn or linger or chime in just the right way, Imogen Heap is often slipping through my headphones, and this song is one of my absolute favorites.

Type Set, Inc!

Happy New Year, all! I have very exciting news to share today! Selena Green (a fellow Drollerie Press editor) and I have opened up our own editing service! It’s called Type Set, Inc.

Typesetting, in its hey-day of movable type, was composed of setting each letter for printing in place by hand, with careful precision to avoid errors.

Type Set Inc. endeavors to devote the same type of meticulous care towards editing and formatting for today’s digital world. Whether looking to land an agent or self-publish your own work, Type Set, Inc. will do its best to help you put only your very best material forward.

Selena and I will be offering line edits, content edits, in-depth edits (a combo of the two) and formatting services for all electronic formats, including .pdf, which are a reader favorite. (These are a special love of mine, I make a pretty gorgeous .pdf, if I do say so myself!).

And right now, as part of our grand opening, we’re having a giveaway of FIVE twenty-five page edits! Go here and see how you can win!