Friday, November 28, 2014

Seven Deadly Sins (Of The Literary World)

Hello all.

As you're reading this, I am at The Store working my way through an 18-hour shift (Boy, I love holiday weekends!) and doing a shot writing a haiku smiling politely and patiently every time a customer asks me if the "Everything On Sale" event extends to whatever item they're holding in their hands.


But on My Pet Blog today, I am participating in the Seven Deadly Sins tag. Author Crystal Collier tagged me last week (Thanks, Crystal) and I finally found a moment to post it....

Greed—What is your most expensive book? Inexpensive books?

My most expensive books are probably the leather-bound Harry Potter books my mother found for me. They look great sitting on my shelves and have never been opened. I feel they're far too nice to touch. If you want to touch a Harry Potter book, I have about twenty paperbacks.

My most inexpensive books are the free e-books I download from Amazon.

Wrath—Who is the author with whom you have a love/hate relationship?

I have to go with Janet Evanovich and her Stephanie Plum series here. I absolutely loved the beginning of this series. The characters were fun, and the stories made me laugh out loud on several occasions. But from about Book 10 and up, I've been less than impressed. And I hate how the love triangle between Stephanie and Morelli and Ranger is STILL going on. Morelli, you can do better.

Gluttony—What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

There are a few series that I try to revisit at least once a year because I just adore the characters so much. They include the Harry Potter series,  Ellen Emerson White's President's Daughter series, and Sharon Kay Penman's Justin de Quincy series.

Sloth—What book have you neglected reading out of laziness?

Moby Dick by Herman Melville. It's one of those classic novels I feel like I should read, but...damn, it's big. And possibly boring.

Pride—What book(s) do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

I was going to make a Fifty Shades of Grey joke here, but I'm afraid people wouldn't get that it was a joke. My real answer would probably be Troilus and Creseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer. Which I read in the original Middle English because I am a huge dork who used to do things like that. Either that, or Les Miserables. In French. Because I am a huge dork who used to do things like that.

Lust—What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?

I adore flawed characters. Perfect characters are boring. Imperfect characters are awesome. I like a hero/heroine who screws up on occasion, or even all of the time. For example, Harry Potter is, from time to time, a big jerk. And I love that. Because it's real.

Envy—What book would you most like to receive for a gift?

I'm happy to receive any book as a gift, but if John Green or Maggie Stiefvater wanted to send me copies of whatever they're working on now, I'd be more than happy to accept. Even if that's just a grocery list. Or, if Sharon Kay Penman wanted to send me more Justin de Quincy novels (her publisher won't release any more because they're not viewed as profitable as her other works), that would be incredibly awesome.

This is supposed to be the part where I tag other people, but I never do that. Should you decide that you'd like the participate, feel free to tag yourself, and then tell me that you did it so I can be sure to check it out.

That is going to do it for me today. Thank you for stopping by, and I hope everyone out there is having a fantastic weekend. And should you be hitting the stores today, be kind to your sale clerks. You have no idea what they might tweet about you on their lunch breaks...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Scary Hoarder Nest

Before I get down to the business of me being a scary hoarder in a scary hoarder nest, I just want to say that today I am also visiting author Crystal Collier, where I take part in the Two Truths and One Lie game. Guess which statement is the lie and enter for a chance to win an EFFIGY e-book. But be forewarned...I am a pathological liar. Of course, I might be lying about that...Stop by and say Hello!


As I mentioned in my last post, The Man and I are endeavoring to move south. Part of the moving process has been the cleaning out of our current house. It's been a real eye-opening experience.

Apparently, I am a scary hoarder person. 

My house has a lot of closet space—like, just an insane amount of storage. In the fifteen years I've been in this house, I've managed to fill it all. Here are some of the many, many things that have been discovered thus far:

—Five boxes of magazines. And not little boxes either.
—A surprising amount of pie plates. Especially considering that I've never made a pie.
—A surprising amount of skeeballs for someone who doesn't own a skeeball machine. Ah, misspent youth.
—A box of Beanie Babies. Including the "ultra-rare" Princess Diana Beanie Baby. Because apparently, there was such a thing, and I just had to have it.

—A kick-ass collection of Absolut Vodka ads. It was a college thing. And kind of a now thing.

And then there are the books. Books, books, books. Oh. My. Goodness. I have a lot of books. I mean, it's not like I wasn't already aware of that fact. It's just that going through the the process of sorting and packing has really driven that point home. I have a lot of books. 

I've gone through a lot of them so far, and limited myself to keeping one hardcover and one paperback version of each book. Any extras—and there are several books which fall into that category—will be and have been donated to my local library. I'm not sure what they'll do with three copies of The Mists of Avalon. but they'll think of something, I'm sure.

Thus far, I have literally packed twenty-five boxes of books. And I still have shelves I haven't even touched yet.

The running joke in my family is that I'll need two moving trucks to get me to my new home (wherever that might be). One for my books, one for everything else.

I really hope they're not right. That could be embarrassing.

That's going to do it for me today...I'm off to the day job. Have a great day, all.