Sunday, August 19, 2007

I found this little quiz on a friend's blog, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

A book that made you laugh: Marley and Me by John Grogan.

A book that made you cry: Again, Marley and Me, the biography of Father Chris Riley.

A book you’ve read more than once: Harry Potter 1

A book you’d take on a desert island: Mridu had: How to Survive on a Desert Island (the Dummies version), I think I have to go with that. If I'm going to be stranded somewhere, give me a book that will make my life easier - this was my friend's answer, and it sounds pretty good to me.

A book that’s helped you personally: Father Chris Riley's biography, a Hospital by the River - both are inspirational

A book that’s helped you professionally: John Marsden's Everything I know About Writing

A book you wish you’d written: Harry Potter lol - who wouldn't want to have had that?

A book that was your favorite as a kid: Baby Sitters Club, Pony Pals, Thoroughbreds

A book you wouldn’t want to admit you love: I'm not ashamed of any book I've enjoyed

A book that disappointed you: A few but I don't recall the names...

A book you’ve been recommended lately: Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula Le Guin

A book you’ve recommended recently: Father Chris Riley's bio, A Hospital by the River, Marley and Me, Harry Potter 7

A book you couldn’t finish: Probably several but none I can think of

A book you’ve been meaning to read: Too many to count

A book you’re currently reading: The one previously mentioned by Ursula Le Guin

An author you’d like to hang out with: Janet Evanovich

An author you’d want to go on a date with: Um.. James Phelan, I liked talking to him at the writing launch. I wouldn't want to "date" him, but talking would be good.

An author you’d read anything by: Janet Evanovich

An author you think is a genius: I'm sure plenty exist but I can't think of any

An author you think shouldn’t be in print: Just because I don't like someone's writing, doesn't necessarily mean they shouldn't be in print. But, I might suggest James Frey the author of "A Million Little Pieces," a supposedly nonfiction memoir, should not be in print. Unfortunately, the 'facts' aren't always facts, sometimes they're embellishments, sometimes they're complete fiction, added to enhance the book. I'm sorry, but if you don't think your story is compelling enough as it stands and needs fictionalization, fine, but call it fiction, don't try to pass if off as nonfiction. To do what he did hurt non fiction writers, especially those who write memoirs. One woman commented, that she knew what he wrote wasn't true, but that he's a writer, and all writers take liberties. No, they don't. Caring writers (which is most of them) don't take liberties with FACTS. Rambling way of saying James Frey shouldn't be published, at least until he learns the difference between fact and fiction. -- sounds good enough for me

A genre you love to read: horror, I've been very in to biographies lately though

A genre you won’t read: Probably mills and boon ones I dislike the most, but when I have nothing else I will read it.

Other authors you find worthy of your collection: Stephen King, R.L Stine
The writing group has been running quite well for quite a few weeks now. An article in the local paper drummed up some more support, and last week we had the launch of the local story writing competition. James Phelan, well known author of Patriot Act and Fox Hunt chatted to the group and had a Q&A, and next week we have a writing workshop with another author.
Just started more ideas for books and short stories, I've submitted a poem to the Deepening and am working on some non-fiction. Check out my other blog, which has posts about my Broome holiday.