Tolkien, artist

Tagged from Oshun

 Answering the following from my laptop at work, questions posed by Oshun.  

01. Make a list of five things you can see without getting up.
- My poster of Vanimore that Spiced Wine sent me for last Yule
- A coyote skin hanging to my left on the wall
- My storyboard - goals & sayings to guide my day
- A large collection of old katsina carvings - these are the real deal that I got from Hopi friends many years ago
- Electronics - a scanner/printer, my laptop, a desktop computer, a TV and a typewriter, all within eight by five feet (crowded?  Just a bit - LOL)  

02. Name one weird quirk about yourself.
I have a hot temper, and therefore try not to lose it but to be easygoing.  

03. What are you wearing now?
Long multi-colored multi-tiered skirt that needs repair at the back bottom hem (serious rip, but I'd rather spend my money on art supplies or books than new clothing), a black stretch blouse with keyhole neckline, a two-strand gold chain bracelet that I whipped up with some excess stock yesterday, my usual Live Strong bracelet on my other arm, earrings (a must) and my pagan necklace which I wear most days and a crystal balls necklace that I made a few years ago.  Oh, and I have socks and shoes, because it is considered realistic in our weather and society.  

04. What's your occupation?
I own my own business, which is just a good way to say that I work too many hours for too little money.  

05. What do you hear right now?
CNBC stock reports on the TV, "Glory Days" by Springsteen on the radio.  

06. What's your favorite guilty pleasure treat?
Deep fried treats - onion rings are a special fave.  

07. Are you hungry?
Well, I just had a granola bar for lunch and I'm having Chinese for dinner, so I don't want to eat anything else or I'll ruin my appetite.  

08. Are you still writing for Big Bang?
I am not writing for Big Bang (Tolkien), but I am awaiting my assignment as an artist for Big Bang.  

09. Dog person or cat person or other person?
I love both dogs and cats, but am currently furless.  

10. What song is currently stuck in your head?
Not anything specifically, although the CD in my car is the soundtrack to Conan The Barbarian.  

11. What was the last thing you bought?
The last NookBooks that I bought were the Kusheil series by Jacqueline Carey.  Lovely, lovely, lovely.  The first two are not epubs, so I found PDF's of those and downloaded them.  

12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
In spite of the civil unrest, I still dearly want to go to Egypt and to Petra.  I also want to go to Florence, though, and travel through Europe.  Given my finances, that probably won't happen in the near future.  

13. Where do you see yourself in five minutes?
Oh, I'll be at work for another three hours.  !

14. Last book you read?
Just finished Kushiel's Avatar, and began working backward to Kushiel's Dart, so I'm deep into that one now.  So addictive.

15. What are you doing this weekend?
Well, we'll celebrate my birthday a few days late and go either to Outback or Red Lobster for dinner on Sunday.  

16. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?
I SO want to play the harp.  I was a very accomplished cellist once upon, and I also play keyboard (although not as well as I would like), and some guitar.  But I want to learn harp!

17. How are you?
Well preserved, young at heart, and totally artistically insane and that's the best part of life, isn't it?  I love my on-line friends, they are the best.  I have some on-line friends that I've known and met for more than 15 years now - some of the best friends in my life.  

18. What are you doing tomorrow?
Tomorrow is my birthday, so I'll have to do some work and some laundry, but I'm also going to allow myself some fun.  Not sure exactly what yet - weather may play a role, but something fun.  And maybe a cupcake for dessert :-)
although the CD in my car is the soundtrack to Conan The Barbarian.

That is some classic music. I really love it. Sometimes I listen to it on YouTube.

I hope you have a lovely birthday. :) And your cold is a lot better!

The last NookBooks that I bought were the Kusheil series by Jacqueline Carey.

I found an excellent slash BD/SM novella-length story on (of all places) FFN, and quite by accident.

I know Esteliel linked it once, but if you have not read it, it's what I always wanted to read in the series, as it's M/M. The author writes very much in Carey's style, so if you like that I recommend the fanfic.

I want to read that one. It is Kushiel fanfic? There is so little on the internet and the best is written by Esteliel. She's is awesome in that world. (Better than Carey as a writer--more restraint in her use of language and spot-on with the characterization and interpretation of the world.)
It's marvelous, and VERY hot!

Isn't it. I read all through the Kushiel books hoping for slash, as she tailor-made the world for it, but I found what I was looking for in fanfic!

Edited at 2011-05-11 07:31 am (UTC)

The Jacqueline Carey books are really fun, aren't they? I have very mixed feelings about her as a writer. Every time she uses the word "betimes" I just cringe and wish she had a better editor. The Lizard Council would be great for her. She has the talent, but not an editor. Who am I to talk--she is grinning all the way to the bank. It's her pseudo-archaic style with such a modern perspective that really rubs me wrong. But the world is so much fun and she has a ton of engaging characters. I had to finish all of the Kushiel series of books.
They are marvelous, and her writing doesn't pull me out of the storyline the way other authors can. I ate "Avatar" up so quickly, and couldn't wait to start "Dart". All of them are e-pubs except the first two, and if I could have found them to purchase, I would have been happy to. As it is, I had to download it instead. Not as good for quality, but at least I can read them :-) What a rich world!

- Erulisse (one L)
I loved so many of her characters: Mavros, Imriel, Joscelin, Anafiel, etc., etc. I actually was not smitten by Melisande (I did not even love to hate her--I just thought she was damned annoying) and I felt like I did not like Phedre as much as I wanted to, although I do like her and Joscelin as a couple and as parents to Imriel. She kept me hooked despite a laundry list of small criticisms.

Edited at 2011-05-10 09:32 pm (UTC)
I never got a good feel for Melisande, but I adore Phedre and Joscelin and Hyacinthe. Her world is simply amazing.

- Erulisse (one L)
I love the music from "Conan"... haven't heard it in way too long.

Onion rings! *wants* That really is a treat.

*pre-emptive birthday hugs*
Thanks, hun. I am going to treat myself tomorrow. When I turned 50 I celebrated for an entire year. This time I'll only celebrate on and off for a week or so :-) Birthdays are SO much fun :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
I missed your birthday!! I will make a birthday greeting late. Hope you had a great day.

No you didn't sweetie, although you are thinking like my DH - LOL. My birthday is Wednesday, so you're still in time :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
I'm glad you are enjoying the Kushiel books too - it's my favourite fictional world after Tolkien's, and I love her entire theological set-up.

She has written another Kushiel trilogy that takes place I think about two generations after Imriel, and while I enjoy those too, I prefer the first two trilogies. The last book of it should be out in July. :)

She has also written two books that are more or less a retelling of LotR from the side of Satoris (Sauron) and his general Tanaros. Those haven't been as well-received as her Kushiel novels, but I enjoyed them. :) She has the first chapters online for a taste at her website:
They are quite amazing, and I know I have you to thank for leading me on to them. I know she has the Kushiel series and the Naamah grouping, and I did see that she had some sample chapters up for reading, but I'm not quite that far yet. She's totally reeled me in - hook, line and sinker. Much like you did with your own stories. So shame on both of you - you've given me WAY too many hours of pure enjoyment - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)