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1. Which Door Would You Choose?


You find yourself in front of seven identical doors. A voice from above tells you, "These seven doors lead to seven different places: Narnia, Neverland, Wonderland, Hogwarts, Camelot, Middle Earth, and Westeros." Which door do you go through? Why that door? What happens?
 

I would go through the door to Wonderland without hesitation. I have always loved Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and count it as one of my top ten books of all time. The character of Alice and I have a lot in common, beginning with our curiosity and continuing with our adoration of cats, a thirst for knowledge, and sheer determination. I would love to wander through Wonderland and interact with different characters from the books, especially the White Rabbit, the Gryphon, and the Cheshire Cat. I'd rescue the hedgehogs from the croquet games and delight in the chess game. Plus, I really love the hallway of doors in Wonderland. 

Read more at my blog, Bildungsroman. 

Which door would YOU choose?


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2. Not just procrastinating on proofreading...

posted by Neil
Good morning.
It's a grey, quiet Saturday here. Everyone's off doing stuff: it's just me and the dogs.

On Thursday, Sharon and Bill Stiteler came over and we checked the hives and started to feed them. We have six hives right now - two Italians (doing brilliantly in comparison with everyone else after a late start and a lousy year - we even had a super full of honey), two Carniolans (doing okay) and two Russian hives (one may or may not survive even a mild winter, one has a solid chance). We came back to the house.

Sharon Stiteler started making noises. Normally when Sharon makes noises, it means that something exciting has been spotted, and it's generally to do with birds.

It was.

A merlin had taken a red-bellied woodpecker from one of my birdfeeders, and was eating it in front of the house.





Here's a photo I took of the merlin. Sharon tells the whole story, with many photos and explanation of, among other things, how she knew it was a lady merlin over at her blog: http://www.birdchick.com/wp/2011/09/merlin-vs-red-bellied-woodpecker/

Yesterday I decided to get some beeswax from the buckets of slumgullion in the garage. It took three tries to figure out how to do it correctly, but I now have a pie-dish filled with clean, perfect, butter-yellow beeswax, smelling faintly of honey, and know how to get it right for next time.

No idea what to do with the wax, mind. But at least it won't get thrown out.

Today I'm proofreading. The Little Gold Book Of Ghastly Stuff for Borderlands Press comes out very soon, and they emailed me over the pdfs last night. It's a really sweet little collection, almost entirely from the last decade: two poems, four stories (including, for the first time anywhere, my first ever published short story, "Featherquest", published in 1984, cut by half when it was published and never reprinted. Do not get excited: it isn't very good), two oddments, four articles, a couple of speeches, a few book reviews and suchlike. I signed the 500 limitation pages last week. Then Borderlands discovered that too many people had ordered the signed edition and asked me if they could overrun the print-run and do some unsigned, un-numbered copies, and I said yes.



There's only ever going to be one printing of this, so if you want a copy head over to http://www.borderlandspress.com/littlegold.html and order one. It costs more to mail it internationally than the book costs (four times if you want to internationally Fedex it).

I do not enjoy proofreading.

And I need to go back to it.

Before I do, here is a Bill Stiteler film of me shaking bees off a frame of honey or three on Thursday:

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3. Book Review Friday -- Arthur of Albion






I have mentioned before, I am entranced by the King Arthur and Merlin legends, so when I had a chance to request Arthur of Albion and received it from Sacramento Book Review for review, I was delighted.  I got hooked on the Merlin legend when I read T. A. Barron's series The Lost Years of Merlin.  This led to reading Mary Stewart's wonderful Merlin Trilogy that starts with The Crystal Cave.  My husband and I both enjoyed that one and then had to track down The Hollow Hills and The Last Enchantment.  Mary Stewart is a writer who completely immerses a reader in the worlds she creats.  And she, of course, while telling the legendary world of Arthur through Merlin's eyes, hooked me once again on King Arthur.  (I was earlier captivated by the movie in the 70’s, Excalibur.)


So, as I say, when I saw Arthur of Albion listed in books to choose for review, I got my dibs in, and I wasn't disappointed.  John Matthews is an expert on the Arthurian legends, and he tells ten of the main ones here in this lovely collection.  If you get a chance (and if you are smitten with the Arthurian world as I am) get a copy of this book for your own private libary.  And visit Sacramento Book Review for more interesting reviews by various reviewers.

What about you?  Are you hooked on a particular theme or series in literature?

To the review, then:


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4. Ypulse Essentials: 'Amp Energy Rock Off', Bruno On 'MeinSpace', Aeropostale Debuts Tween Store

AMP Energy Rock Off (Pepsi's energy drink in Canada streams an event live  on Facebook. Plus "Bruno," Sacha Baron Cohen's latest character, promotes MySpace, asking fans to "freund" him) (MediaPost, reg. required) (Ad Age, reg. required) -... Read the rest of this post

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