1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
About three years ago, my husband pulled the rug – along with our Maine house out from under me, and moved us to central Virginia. So, without thinking much about it, I was suddenly semi-retired, looking for part-time work (which I found nearby) and community. In my Maine life I was a journalist for 20 years and then an English/special education teacher. I missed reading and writing. So I began to blog. My second year blogging anniversary is coming up at the end of June. I still don’t know what I am doing. I still write and act like an old-fashioned journalist. I’m learning.
2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.
Cicadas are humming outside my house. Is that the noise of them having sex for the first time in 17 years? I don’t see many but hear them. My dog, Riley, found one the other day, tossed it about in his paws, moved it to a better location and dined on it.
Pictured above is Riley torturing a second cicada, one that somehow made its way indoors.
3. Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event?
This is my first Armchair BEA, and I just signed up late yesterday. I already feel behind. But I am going to give it a shot because I want to be more active, and have a lot to learn. That means going out of my comfort zone and doing something other than writing long responses to reading.
4. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
I’m reading – a few pages to go – Jane Gardam’s “Old Filth”, and I am very taken with it. It may be my favorite book this year so far, but I’m not good naming favorites. I think too much. The best books, for me are a little like family that way. I love each person, each book, for different reasons and I would rather write about those reasons than grade, rank or select a favorite. Not so great books are like acquaintances -- soon forgotten. Awful books like irritating people -- hard to shrug off.
I do have a batch of lifetime favorites, but not one for the year yet.
5. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
Hester Prynne. I love what she did to her scarlet letter. She made it into a piece of art and wore it over her heart. (We would not dine on cicadas with Riley).
Welcome to Armchair BEA! Those cicadas are really noisy.ReplyDelete
AH@Badass Book Reviews.
Getting noisier every day. Thanks for the welcomeDelete
Welcome to the fun! ABEA is one of the best ways to learn what you like (and possibly don't like) about blogging by giving you ample opportunities to poke around other people's blogs. Start clicking those links to visit other blogs and soon enough you'll be caught up in no time. And don't feel pressure to do everything, my first year I was a bit timid and by the 2nd year I was a pro. :D P.S. Hester Prynne, now that's a dinner I'd love to attend! Tattooed BooksReplyDelete
Thanks for the advice. I'm already finding it's interesting. But I'm also finding it's a bit overwhelming. Takes a lot of time and I wish I had more to go deeper into the blogs I'm looking at.Delete
LOVE Scarlet Letter! I hope you enjoy ABEA! It is such a wonderful platform to meet new bloggers and get introduced to so many different genre of bloggers. I always have a hard time picking one favorite book...usually my favorite is the last book I've read. Unless it is a classic...ReplyDelete
I'm with you. I admire a lot of books and think I love them just after I've made their acquaintance, but those that I truly love, that are favorites are those that stay with me. It takes some time to know just which ones those are.Delete
Ah, don't feel bad because you write / act a certain way. I've been told a few times my reviews are bit too stuffy, but alas that's the academic in me. Cicadas make me run for the hills.ReplyDelete
Have a great week participating in Armchair BEA. :)
Last year I went outside my comfort zone by going to the Book Bloggers' Conference and one day of BEA, but this year there were too many graduations and family commitments in May for me to go, so I'm squeezing in a few days of ABEA instead! I have been wanting to read Old Filth since it came out, but haven't yet. Aren't there two companion novels that come after, also? So it's really a commitment to three books? Glad to hear you're enjoying Old Filth so much.ReplyDelete
I think I am getting into this. Would love to go to a day of BEA -- maybe next year. Yes Gardam has two books that follow. The Man with the Wooden Hat and a new one, Old Friends. I am sure I will be reading both soon. I'm so impressed with her style.ReplyDelete