Thank you to Laurel-Rain Snow’s Reflections for this nifty award. I was pleasantly surprised to see this this weekend!
The award comes with some rules, which include these:
1) Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them when creating the award post.
2) Share seven things about yourself.
3) Pass the award on to 15 recently discovered blogs.
4) Contact the bloggers to let them know about the award.
So, seven things about me:
1. As an undergraduate, the semester I signed up to take the required “world literature” course, I ended up with an avant-guarde, buck-the-system professor who, instead of having us read The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s Odyssey, Plato, The Bhagavad-Gita, The Aeneid, Euripides, Arabian Nights, Dante’s Divine Comedy, Candide, so on and so forth, we read memoirs of women who survived the holocaust, Bastard Out of Carolina, Lolita, and other modern writing (all the titles escape me).
The upshot of this is that I have an amazingly thin background in the “classics” of world literature. Many of those ignored titles I’ve at least sampled since then, on my own time, but I’ve always felt ambiguous about my experience. I’m very glad that I was exposed to Lolita and Bastard Out of Carolina, but I found when I went into my master’s program that I was under prepared in some ways because I had no exposure to works widely considered to be “canon.”
2. I didn’t read a romance novel until I was twenty-nine, because I thought reading them was the equivalent of watching The Jerry Springer show – brain-rotting trash. Then Sherrilyn Kenyon was giving away one of her Dark-Hunter novels at DragonCon, and I got to speak with her for a bit, and I gave it a chance. Lo and behold, I liked what she wrote. While I still roll my eyes at the “romance” parts – I don’t care much about the sex scenes or how tragically betrayed characters find solace in a mate after thousands of years – I love love love the world building and mythology integration of that series. So I read romances, at least paranormal romances with solid world-building, now. Mmm, crow tastes good. 😉
3. I’m shy at first, but get me comfortable and talking, and I’ll never shut up. I babble like a champion, um, babbler. Willow-like, for you Buffy fans.
4. I have an action figure collection. It includes King Arthur from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Gilbert Perreault in the classic Sabres Blue & Gold, Jareth from The Labyrinth, a 12-inch die-cast Voltron, Crow T. Robot, and Dr. Frankenfurter. A few others, too.
5. I have a 5-month old kitten. In case you missed that in my last post.
6. I’ve been to Europe twice, but never to the Pacific Northwest here in the US.
7. If I could afford it, I’d move to San Francisco in a heart beat. Love that city.
Blogs that are new to me: