Well, I usually love the spring break as a chance to visit friends. Since I live in a small town, the spring semester between teaching is my chance to go to Tokyo or Yokohama. Traveling is restricted at the moment, so I’ve spent most of my time locally. I hope all of you out there are well, both physically and emotionally. Keep your head up! If you’re stuck inside, a binge watch may be a good thing- things to completely take you mind away from news. Personally, I watched a few episodes of Are You Being Served, Yes Minister, and Martin. (My sense of humor is wide ranging) Also, Tiger King on Netflix is just so bizarre I couldn’t stop watching it.
I look forward to spending the spring outdoors. Since I know most people are quarantined, I thought I’d share a few pictures of some of my favorite spring places with the hopes that I’ll be able to once again have a big picnic out there someday soon.
I thought I’d join back in on the blog hop this week. In case you haven’t seen the news, here in Japan pretty much everything is such down in an attempt to contain the spread of Corvid. The schools are closed, and all festivals, sports events, etc. It’s kind of strange to watch the baseball teams play with empty seats in the stadium. Even sumo wrestling, for the first time in history, was held with just the participants and not the audience. It’s oddly Orwellian to see how empty things are.
So, I figured why not blog? It’s good to think about something else.
I couldn’t narrow my list down to just one skill I wish I had, so here are a few.
Knitting. This seems like one of those things everyone is doing nowadays and I have no idea. I’m not terribly good at anything requiring hand coordination of any sort. My Girl Scout days were plagued by the eternally unfinished cross stitches.
Sewing. I can’t do this either beyond managing to sew a button back on. If I can find the button. Which I usually don’t.
Playing the piano. A skill that I lost. I used to as a child, but haven’t in decades. I’ve considered starting lessons again because I think I’d probably appreciate it more now.
More language skills. I can speak English and Japanese. I’d love to learn Russian and Hebrew. I might actually go ahead and give Russian a go if I can find a really patient teacher.
Piloting a galaxy class starship. I can but dream.
I don’t do as much re-reading of fiction as I used to, mainly because there are so many books out there I want a chance to read and already feel as it I don’t have enough time.:) When I was young, I re-read Harriet the Spy, The Westing Game, and all of the Encyclopedia Brown books over and over again. I also read the A Wrinkle in Time trilogy a few times.
When I’m feeling sick or low, I re-read the Discworld books. They are always a good pick me up. I remember re-reading the Sevenwaters Trilogy (Juliet Marillier) and Kushiel’s Dart over again because I really like the scenery, the characters, the lush worlds that were created. I do read Thomas Ligotti’s short stories, Ted Chiang’s short stories and Joan Didion’s classic Slouching Towards Bethlehem. There is also a Junichi Saga who has two great non-fiction books I’ve re-read several times Memoirs of Silk and Straw and Confessions of a Yakuza. If you wonder about life in Japan, particularly in the era when it changed rapidly, these are both great.
It’s been a long time since I joined the blog hop, but I thought I’d give it a shot, however late, this week. And to show my appreciation to Long and Short Reviews for organizing it and doing so much for the writing community.
Of course, Star Trek will be on my list. Captain Sisko and Kassidy Yates were one of my favorite couples. I thought the actors worked well together, but also I liked the fact that they had a mature, stable, relationship. Even when Yates and Sisko disagreed strongly on the issue of the Maquis, they still loved and respected each other. Also, DS9 hat tip to Worf/Jadzia for best wedding ever and Odo/Kira for heartrending parting scene.
Delenn/Sheridan from Babylon 5.
Scully/Mulder from the X-files. I think they were a better couple when they were not together as a couple. Having two loners who have such a strong connection was more convincing that the rather contrived alien/enhanced/son storyline or whatever that I kind of lost track of.
My favorite couple on Game of Thrones was Missandei and Greyworm. I know it’s not in the books, but I thought the fact that they fell in love and really were devoted to each other was touching. Hated the way it ended though. Hat tip to Tormund/ Brienne. I love the fan pics of that.
And last, Kovacs and Quellcrist Falconer from Altered Carbon. That show took me a few episodes to get into( It can be really violent) but the relationship of the couple despite time, distant, and new bodies has a lot of potential. I look forward to Season 2.
It’s release day for book two in the Terran Series!
New soldiers and alien tech make Brennus and Diana fight for what they want most. Each other.
Diana Aventina is a ranking senator serving the Terran Republic. Her lineage is one of power and influence. She’s courted by powerful men for a bloodline match, but hasn’t found anyone suitable. Power means sacrificing everything for a higher cause, even love.
Brennus is a legendary commander picked to lead all the armed forces. On the mysterious wintry world of Sobek he’s discovered a weapon that may change the future of the Terran Republic. His star is on the rise, and he wants a powerful woman like Diana by his side.
But the weapon might not be all it seems. And a new line of Terran soldiers threaten the stability of the Republic. Brennus and Diana can’t fight their desire for each other, but they may lose the Republic in the process.
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I have lots of memories and over time it becomes difficult to remember what order they happened in, but I do have a few that stand out.
I remember my mother taking me to get my first library card. We had to walk (only one family car at the time). My mother pushed my sister in the stroller and held me by the hand and took me to the library every week. When I was about six, I was allowed to get my own children’s library card and I was so proud.
I remember my father taking me to get my first bicycle. It had training wheels and I fell down a lot but he taught me to ride it.
I remember spending summers with my grandmother. She had a black walnut tree in her garden, and we used to collect the good ones. Black walnuts are rare now and it you haven’t had black walnut ice cream you’ve missed out. I also had to get up early and feed her chickens.
I remember my father worked long hours, so I didn’t get much time with him. I do remember he and I watching Star Trek together when he came home from work. My mother would cook dinner and we sit down and debate Kirk vs. Spock. This was back in the days of syndication so you only got to see the same episodes played over and over again (MUDD’S WOMEN/AMOK TIME) and you had to wait for the rare time to see some o the best (THE ENTERPRISE INCIDENT byD.C. Fontana – one of the female trasilblazers of SF who passed away this past week. )
So, I’m back to the blog hop after a break. November was a busy month. December will probably be busier but at least the holidays are coming!!! This week’s topic: Book Boyfriends (or Girlfriends).
Stealing Gifts/Mere Rain
This is a book I recently read because I like the premise and I’m glad I did. I really love Jarrell. He’s a complex character- a thief who steals to survive and really has a deep, sensitive heart. His love for Edmond is really sweet.
Elfhome Series/ Wen Spencer
I have a crush on elves. But this is one of my favorite elf series’ of all time. The main character, Tinker, is married to Windwolf, head of the Wind Clan. He’s super sexy and I had total fan girl love. She also had her loyal guard, Pony, whose kind attentive and strong. Yes, two men. Elves are immortal so their relationships are complex.
The Otherworld Series/ Yasmine Galenorn
Three sisters-Camille, Delilah, and Menolly all have different boyfriends of various paranormal attributes over the course of the series.
Camille has three husbands-a dragon, a fox, and a dark elf. (Elves again 🙂 ) It’s usual for urban fantasy to have lots of lovers, but Galenorn always manages to make hers truly unique. So instead of the myriad confusion who sleeps with who scenarios that sometimes occur in urban fantasy, I always end up liking the characters and their hook-ups come across as believable.
For this post I’m going to focus on books I’ve talked to other artists and creatives about. I am fortunate to have many friends who are writers, screenwriters, comic writers, comedians, and visual artists. So these are books I’ve collected over the years that I always felt were inspiring and I like to mention in conversation.
The Addams Family Evilution
I’m and Addams friends and my cousin is too. This is an interesting book that looks at the beginnings of the Addams family and traces how the characters developed into what we are familiar with today. Mortician Addams is my idol.
Picture This: A Near Sighted Monkey Book/ Lynda Barry
This was recommend to me by a stand-up comedian friend and then I recommended it to another friend of mine who specializes in mixed media art. It’s good for anyone really. Partly autobiographical, it also has creative exercises that get you thinking a lot about your own personal experiences and the emotions that go into your work.
Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons/ Leonard Malkin
And older book now (1987) but still a great one covering the early days of animated cartoons and the great studios. I used to take film classes many years ago and I wore out my first copy. I later told another film student about it. Still love it.
I’ll be blogging at Coffee Time Romance on Thursday. I’ll be doing two giveaways! Feel
free to stop by.
I have always been afraid of clowns. Even as a child, I found their make-up macabre. Needless to say, I will never go to see IT.
A few weeks ago, I woke up, went to the front door; and found a snake curled up inside my house. I managed to regain my composure and get rid of it. I wasn’t truly scared. But if I wake up in the middle of the night and a cockroach skitters across the floor I will scream the house down. I know it’s out of proportion to the actual threat, but even pictures of cockroaches disgust me.
I have a fear of being trapped in an elevator. The worst feeling is getting in an elevator and suddenly the alarm goes off because you have too many passengers. I always have a moment of panic that I’ll be trapped inside as it plunges down to the basement floor.
Every know and then, you’ll come across and abandoned vehicle, grass overgrown, tire missing and for some reason I also imagine something horrible happened. More than likely, it was just old and left to rot, but I can’t help but feel like it’s haunted.
Creepy music boxes
I am both intrigued and creeped out by music boxes. There is a music box museum that my husband and I visit sometimes. It also has a variety of restored organ grinders and the like. One of my favorite pastimes is to listen to haunted music boxes on youtube.
I’m guest at Kate Hill’s Halloween blog. There are many authors features, as well as some giveaways and an excerpt from my futuristic romance TERRAN TEMPTATION. Halloween is almost here.
This was a tricky one, because most books I read are via word of mouth. Others readers and friends who I have similar interests with mention books on their blog or on FB, and I check it out for myself. 99% of all the books I read are recommended.
I decided to point out a few blogs I go to for recommendations instead. Long and Short Reviews which runs this blog hop and has reviewed one of my books has a variety of genres. So I want to thank them and point them out.
Musings of a Romance Junkie is a go to site for those interested in multicultural and IR romances. I read it regularly, and a lot of my romance reads come via this blog.
Fantasy Book Critic, which is the place to go when I feel like I want to dive back into the fantasy genre. This is a genre I go hot and cold with, but when I find a series I like I stick to it.
Science Fiction and other Suspect Ruminations is one of my favorite blogs in general and a must-read. If you like classic SF, classic cover art, unique paperback treasures this is a wonderful resource.
I don’t have a go to mystery blog yet, but Aymee’s Nerdy Reader Girl is moving up on my list.