Category Archives: Meme

Musings on time & spine poetry

It took me a while to realize that time was not what it used to be. There’s less of it now or so it seems to me. That being said, instead of complaining that I don’t have an hour or two or four to write my next blog post, I’m going to steal pieces of time and use them to write shorter posts until I can manage to get a bigger chunk in which to think and dwell in order to find all the beautiful words I want to use to write my next review. Also, shorter sentences would probably be better. That, however, is a hard habit to break.


I saw the “book spine poetry” on a few blogs but it wasn’t until reading the ones on TJ’s blog that I suddenly got the urge to go and look at the books on my shelves. If you haven’t read them, go have a look. The second poem she posted made me smile. It’s perfect.

For each poem I wrote I chose a book. The first one had to include Winnetou, because it’s one of my favorite books which I’m hoping to re-read soon. For the second one, there was something about On the Holloway Road which called out to me. I quite enjoyed that book.

In the Desert
Our Mutual Friend
The Deer Slayer

Red Earth and Pouring Rain
On the Holloway Road
After Dark

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One Lovely Blog Award

lovely When Jade from scatterbooker nominated me for One Lovely Blog Award, I was quite surprised. Thank you, Jade!
As an award nominee (doesn’t this sound important!), there are a few simple rules to follow:

– Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
– Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
– Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
– Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

7 facts or things about myself:

1. I love coffee but if I have it in the afternoon, chances are I’m going to be up until very late. Like right now when I’m writing this and it’s nearly 1 a.m..
2. I have a mango tree in the little green space I call “garden”. And since it’s the mango season, I’ve been eating mangoes for nearly a month. It is possible you can have too much chocolate (sadly) but you can never have too many mangoes (fortunately).
3. I love all animals, even when I find a snake wrapped around the electric cables. Luckily they don’t wait around, though I did manage to get a picture once or twice.

snake 4. I enjoy spending time on my own, just going to the bookstore or watching a movie, or simply staying at home and reading. But I also like to socialize occasionally. Finding the perfect balance is the key to my sanity.
5. I love wooden carvings.
6. I love traveling by train. I used to do that a lot when I was younger, not so much now.
7. I’ve recently started making notebooks. I made one for a friend as a gift and I hope to make more this year.

15 bloggers I’m nominating for this award:

1. Caroline @
2. Vishy @
3. M—-l @
4. Deb Atwood @
5. Brian @
6. TJ @
7. Athira @
8. Priya @
9. Andi @
10. Vasilly @
11. Olduvai @
12. Lynn @
13. Dolce Bellezza @
14. Carole @
15. TBM @

Don’t forget to enter my anniversary giveaway. Valid until Monday the 19th.

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The Lucky Seven Challenge

Author Andrew Blackman has tagged me for this meme and since I’ve discovered that these little writing exercises can be quite fun, I decided not to pass this one. The rules are simple: go to page 7, line 7 of my work-in-progress novel (that sounds like such a big word) and post the following 7 lines of prose.

The story these lines belongs to was started last year and when it began I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a short story or a novel. The words kept coming and it was wonderful to see the story take shape. I knew how I wanted it to start and I could see then end (sort of). It was the part in the middle, the story itself, that gave me a lot of trouble and in the end I left it aside until now. The story is about a very old tree, a legend, and the people in a village who are connected to it in ways they don’t fully understand yet. But soon they will.

Hazel’s house was not far. Like all the other houses in the village, it was made of heavy, sturdy wood, with two windows at the front and a rocking chair on the porch. A black dog sat near the chair, and as soon as she reached the gate, its head was up. She crossed the small gate which screeched and she was once again remembering she was supposed to oil the hinges but had forgotten. Somehow she always forgot. Maybe it was one of the things that came with age, forgetfulness, although some things she wished she could forget but couldn’t. Like that day when he went away and said he would come back but never did.

The last rule of the meme is to tag 7 other writers but since I only know 3 people who are actually working on a novel and blog, I’m going to bend the rules a little and leave the list open so anyone can participate. Just make sure you include a link in your comment so I can go and read your post. Here are the people whose work I would really love to get a glimpse of:

Charlie Louie
Lauren Waters

Edit: I’ve decided to add to that list until it goes up to the required number 7.

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My Life in Literature

Every once in a while I come across a meme. Some of them are quite entertaining, like this one I saw on Adam’s blog and also over at Shonna’s. I enjoyed reading their answers and decided to give it a try and see what answers I can come up with. Since I can only use reviews of books I posted on my blog, this was a bit of a challenge. But it was fun. So here I go:

1. Describe yourself: Smoke and Mirrors
2. How do you feel: Under The Dome
3. Describe where you currently live: Weaveworld
4. If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
5. Your favorite form of transportation: Vanishing Acts
6. Your best friend is: Little Bee
7. You and your friends are: A Thousand Splendid Suns
8. What’s the weather like: Fahrenheit 451
9. You fear: The Forest of Hands and Teeth
10. What is the best advice you have to give: Nothing to Lose
11. Thought for the day: By Blood We Live
12. How I would like to die: The Prisoner of Heaven
13. My soul’s present condition: The Sense of An Ending

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