Oh look. Morgan is chatting me in Skype with a session entitled something to do with sluts while I video chat my brother, his wife & my nephew with my DAD & STEPMOM on either side of me. Cue the awkward.
“A reader’s tastes are peculiar. Choosing books to read is like making your way down a remote and winding path. Your stops on that path are always idiosyncratic. One book leads to another and another the way one thought leads to another and another. My type of reader is the sort who burrows through the stacks in the bookstore or the library (or the Web site — stacks are stacks), yielding to impulse and instinct.”—Jane Smiley is the author, most recently, of “Private Life,” a novel. Via the New York Times. (via jasonwdean)
I’ve pretty much used this blog to show off my more recent work but I’m going to take a little break from that and tell you about my other passion, films. I think I’m very fortunate to live in New York, the exposure and access to movies outside of the mainstream is very important to me. And, I’m not trying to knock big budget, domestic flicks, I go see those too, I just personally find more enjoyment out of seeking these indie movies out. Also, since I’m not an expert or critic, this is simply a list of my 10 favorite movies this year that you may not have seen (and should seek out immediately). So from Sci-fi to comedy to British imports. Check out my choices for 2011 after the jump!
hey. I saw the other day that you were a big fan of the starwars books. I love the movies but have never delved into the "alternate" cannon, although I read practically everything. Anyway, I found a stash of my older brothers star wars books in the attic of my parents house. I was wondering if you had a reccomendation of where I should start reading, its a daunting amount of books.
It is a totally daunting amount of books to dive into. I know this because I have been intimidated by the sheer volume for years. My best advice is to dive in at the beginning of a “series” or storyline. You might reference this wikipedia article to figure out where you are in what you have, as “large” stash from a sibling may be random, may be placed during a specific decade he collected, may be one series or many, and is frankly, probably only a small fraction of the huge number of books that have been spawned by the Star Wars universe.
Personally, I read a lot of Young Jedi when I was a teenager, and then got distracted by other things. Star Wars: Shadow Games is the first novel of the series I’ve read in more than a decade. I greatly enjoyed it. :)
So, there’s this girl. She’s tragically orphaned and richer than anyone on the planet. Every guy she meets falls in love with her, but in between torrid romances she rejects them all because she dedicated to what is Pure and Good. She has genius level intellect, Olympic-athelete level athletic ability and incredible good looks. She is consumed by terrible angst, but this only makes guys want her more. She has no superhuman abilities, yet she is more competent than her superhuman friends and defeats superhumans with ease. She has unshakably loyal friends and allies, despite the fact she treats them pretty badly. They fear and respect her, and defer to her orders. Everyone is obsessed with her, even her enemies are attracted to her. She can plan ahead for anything and she’s generally right with any conclusion she makes. People who defy her are inevitably wrong.
“I love reading another reader’s list of favorites. Even when I find I do not share their tastes or predilections, I am provoked to compare, contrast, and contradict. It is a most healthy exercise, and one altogether fruitful.”—T. S. Eliot (via bookoasis)
Many professional writers credit their success to both hard work and to being in the right place at the right time (note: Writer’s Relief can help with the latter!). But sometimes, being in the right place and working hard simply aren’t enough. Unless you’re truly open to success, you’ll have stacked the deck against yourself even before the cards are dealt! Here are five signs that you might be self-sabotaging your own writing career.