Teaser Tuesday: The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Mine:

The myths and folk tales of the whole world make clear that the refusal is essentially a refusal to give up what one takes to be one’s own interest. The future is regarded not in terms of unremitting series of death and births, but as though one’s present system of ideals, virtues, goals and advantages were to be fixed and made secure.

– The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell.

Teaser Tuesday: The Disappeared

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teasers:

Blood bathed this compartment, rising up along the walls, spattering the ceiling and the floor. The gravity had been on when the killings occurred and it stayed on throughout the entire flight.

– The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Memorial Day 2015

Meant to post this earlier, but was busy and couldn’t. And I forgot to schedule the post! Silly me.

I learned one thing this weekend. I did learn red flowers are in short supply during Memorial Day. I also learned sunflowers can be pink. Who knew?

All in all, it was a good weekend. Reasonable weather and flowers.

Pink sunflowers are stunning, by the way.

Pink Sunflower! Isn’t it gorgeous?

 

Forever Canceled

My favorite TV show, Forever, is canceled.

There are details here: http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/forever-season-one-ratings-34006/

I loved this show. It was basically the only show I watched every week, regularly, despite the odd hour.

I am so, so upset. I don’t know why the ratings were so poor – it was a really, really good show.

I got nothing to watch now. There’s Gotham, maybe Grimm (I haven’t seen it, but it sounds interesting) and maybe Agents of Shield. But none of them sound as good as Forever.

 

A to Z Challenge Reflection Post

Another A to Z challenge done! It went okay. I did every single letter, on time. Well, sometimes I pushed that, but I usually made it.

I only brainstormed the first few letters, so 3/4 of the challenge was done on the fly. I did that last year, too, but with slightly more planning; I prewrote most of my posts the day or two days before. I brainstormed a lot of them on Sunday.

So last year I actually had more time to actually visit A to Z Challenge blogs. This year, I mostly visited the same ones I visited last year. At least the WordPress ones I had subscribed to. I know I visited a lot on Blogger regularly, but I don’t remember which ones now. Plus a few more I discovered this year, also mostly on WordPress. (These few were very interesting and that is why I subscribed to them.)

But it was a good challenge. I think it would have been easier if I had brain-stormed ideas for posts in advance. I will do that next year. And I will try to write more of them in advance, too, preferably on Sundays.

Undead

This flash was inspired by the letter U!

She pondered the picture.

It showed a lady, dead from drowning. She knew that face.

She glanced over her shoulder at the rest of her class; they wandered the room, looking up at the photographs on the wall. Her teacher was across the room, with most of the kids.

She turned back to the picture. It was colored, but not pretty. She took a step a closer and peered closer at the woman’s face.

She took her wallet out of her bag and slipped out a picture hidden away behind her school id and transport card. The black-and-white photo was yellow with age and tattered at the edges. Grandmother was young in this picture; she grinned into the camera, knee-deep in the ocean, holding up her printed maxi out of the water.

She studied the picture on the wall, then her wallet picture and back again.

“Girls and boys!” The teacher clapped her hands. “Gather around now. I want to introduce to artist. She composed these photographs with herself as the model.”

A woman who looked exactly like the picture of her grandmother stood beside the teacher.

T is for Teleport

Today is a chilly, spring day. It is cloudy and overcast and even snowing in some places.

I found this storify of snow today: https://storify.com/cmgnationalnews/springtime-snow. I think it’s mostly lake effect snow

I am not really feeling the spring today and that is why I chose Teleport today. It starts with T, it is vaguely book-ish.

Yes, some books have people who got tech or spells that Teleport. And I suppose I could do a post about magic teleportation and techy teleportation. Or the teleportation in my own WiP! Ha!

But I don’t want to. I don’t feel like it. Right now, I seriously wish I could Teleport to someplace with sun. And heat. Someplace I could stroll in short sleeves and shorts.

S is for Series

Series abound in fantasy and science fiction. There are so many that finding stand alone books can be something of a challenge.

I guess two or three types of series.

  1. episodic series, where each book is an episode and can be read on its own without needing to read anything that came before. I am not sure there are too many pure examples of this type of series. You know, like the James Bond movies.
  2. a long long story broken up into several novels. (Because you can’t publish 50 million words worth of one story all at once!) Like Tolkien or Wheel of Time or Way of Kings. 
  3. I am not sure this counts as a separate type of series, but maybe? Anyway, the kind where the book has a stand alone-ish type plot of its own, so you have a conclusion at the end. But there is also a longer series plot and the episode plot sort of falls neatly into it. Harry Potter is like this. And so are a lot of TV shows. Maybe this is really just a subtype of 1 or 2. I don’t know.

There are also series that start out as episodic and turn into the series-as-a-long-novel. Actually, I think that’s when I fall behind on my reading.

That’s what happened with the Dresden files. That’s why I am so behind in this series, because I feel like, I didn’t get to read the previous book and now I can’t read this new book that just came out because I won’t know what’s going on.

The shift is really quite annoying.

What do you think?

R is for Rejected

The word rejected came to me from a friend on Twitter. Than I thought: I can do a post on books that have been rejected before.

Not how many times my stuff has been rejected. I don’t collect rejections. They are so depressing.

But looking at how many times other people had to try is inspiring, you know? It make you think: if you try enough times, eventually you will succeed.

Cracked has five. Flavorwire has ten, and there are many, many others. But I like Cracked’s best.

  •  Harry Potter: rejected for being too long
  • Animal Farm: rejected for because of current politics. published after the war ended and those politics ceased to matter.
  • And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss: rejected for being different and silly.
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole: rejected for being about nothing. I had never even heard of this book before, but it was published after the author’s death because his mother found a publisher. It won a Pultizer.
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: rejected by  for (1) not being edgy enough and (2) no one buys short stories.