Friday, July 13, 2007

Book Meme....


Here's a fun list for bibliophiles out there from my Penland
classmate BookGirl...
Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
All three! But Sci-fi wins my heart first, everytime.
Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
Well, I'd have to say hardback for reference books and keepers for my collection, trade paperback and mass market for bedtime reading. I do really like mass markets for traveling and curling up in bed with.
Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Amazon or Powells for when I'm purchasing with the exact title/author I need. Brick and Mortar for finding new, nifty stuff.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
I'd have to say....the library. I only have B&N in my town. I'd have to say my very favorite book store is Powells in Portland, OR.

Hitchhiker or Discworld?
Hitchhiker allllll the way.

Bookmark or Dogear?
Bookmark with whatever is at hand....I've been known to use socks.

Asimov's Science Fiction, or Fantasy and Science Fiction?
All of the above!

Alphabetize by author, Alphabetize by title, or random?
Arrange by size and shape...hey, I'm a visual artist, after all...
Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
I've kept, I've sold, but I've never thrown away. If a book of mine becomes so over used that it's no longer readable, I burn it. Kind of a spiritual act, actually.

Keep dust-jacket or toss it?
Keep!

Read with dustjacket or remove it?
Depends on how nice it is or how much it gets in the way.

Short story or novel?
Both.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter, definitely.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I read a lot at night....and usually fall asleep with a book in my hand. My husband has found me happily asleep with several books hidden amongst blankets, sheets and under the pillows.
If I'm studying, I like to stop at chapter breaks.

"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time?"
Dark and stormy......
Buy or Borrow?
Library! Buy only real 'keepers' and reference books.

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
Buy only books I 'need' according to whatever research I am doing at the time or whatever
book has great info. on my lifelong passions.
Lewis or Tolkien?
Neither, really....
Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
I love both. Anthologies have often led me to the works of fabulous writers I wouldn't have otherwise discovered. Kage Baker, for instance.
Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Both.
Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
All of the above!

Standalone or Series?
Both, of course.

New or used?
Both, again!

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
The "Books of the True Game" series by Sherri S. Tepper when she was just starting out as a published writer. She's well known for her novels, "The Gate to Women's Country" and "Grass," but this much older and different series of hers is seemingly long-forgotten and out of print. The writing is so imaginative and unpredictable and her descriptive style calls to me....

Top 5 favorite genre books of all time?
"Housekeeping" by Marilynne Robinson
"Blood Music" by Greg Bear
"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman
"Smilla's Sense of Snow" by Peter Hoeg
"Neuromancer" by William Gibson
Favorite genre series?
William Gibson---Neuromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Idoru....

Currently Reading?
"Science Fiction: the Best of the Year 2006" edited by Rich Horton
"The Ultimate Ride" by Chris Carmichael
"Callings: Finding and Following an authentic life" by Gregg LeVoy (poetically written)
"The Lance Armstrong Performance Program" by Lance Armstrong and Chris Carmichael
And you?
If you pick up this meme, let me know....who else out there is a fellow book lover?

Monday, July 09, 2007

60 Miles


Here's a nifty thing that I've ridden by before...
some folks are remodeling this old aircraft into
a living space. The hum of a generator was audible
as I cycled by. A new twist on the Alaskan owner-built
cabin.

This is actually one of my secret dreams---to live
in an old plane.... but something bigger and older,
like this...

which is a troop carrier from WWII called a Curtiss C-46D.
My plane would have to be pretty roomy, definitely
old, and still have the wings and props intact. That way,
I could have tea parties out on the wings and plant
trailing vines from the engine housings. Also, with a
larger fuselage, I would have room to build an art studio
space, as well as a real kitchen/galley and a plant room.
Ahhh....it is SUCH a good idea! Of course, while riding,
I gave serious consideration to the problem of adequately
insulating the whole body of the aircraft against the
ravages of the brutal interior Alaskan winters....hmm....
(and how would I design the plumbing and septic system?)

These are the kinds of things I devote serious metal engergy
to while out building up my endurance cycling miles...not
world politics or global warming, or even art, damn it......

Today, I took off for a scheduled high-miles ride feeling
utterly tired and grumpy...telling myself I'd ride the ridge
road, and after that 14 miles, I'd decide what to do. Of
course, by mile 6 or so the endorphins kicked in and I felt
great and kept going.

My ride today was 60 miles!
My best yet!

Several hills involved, but I didn't
do any really hard riding nor any intervals. Today was
endurance only, and successful as that, as I was able to keep
a steady pace and steady energy level throughout.

Anyway---usually at the start of a long ride, I tell myself I'm
going to do some DEEP THINKING about something or other,
work out some art ideas, decide some stuff, etc. Somehow, it
never works this way and I always end up in mental places
like "Someday I want to live in an old troop carrier" and telling
myself stupid jokes. I actually DID go for a ride with a new
friend yesterday---we cruised along at a slow pace and talked
for 15 miles. I was astonished to ride so slow, but we did
have a great conversation.

And now?
I am really, really tired and my quadriceps are pretty sore.

After todays ride.....

I really think I am going to do the century ride.
It seems real now....like I will truly do it and live to tell the tale.