Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday's Third Degree

Do the personal lives of famous people detract from their work?

Yesterday, I mentioned that one of my favorite authors, Anne Perry, at 15, along with her best friend, killed her best friend's mother. While putting together yesterday's list, I discovered the author of another of my favorite books, Marion Zimmer Bradley, was accused of serious abuse by her daughter.

I've known about the Anne Perry story for 20 years since watching Peter Jackson's movie Heavenly Creatures.

Writers' personal lives don't stop me from reading their books. It makes them more fascinating to me. But I can't know anything about the lives of actors. If an actor does something I don't like then I can never watch any of their work. I can't stand Tom Cruise, not that I cared much for him to begin with, but once he jumped on the couch, it was all over. I used to love Brad Pitt until he cheated on Jennifer Aniston. Now, he doesn't look as good to me. This may have something to do with me not ever being much of a groupie.

Musicians can do whatever they want, but I'm quite judgmental of artists, like Picasso and the way he treated the women in his life.

But really, I don't care about an artist's personal life in most cases, so I usually don't know much about them. That way their work can stand alone. We all know artists are nuts and they deserve some latitude.

What do you think?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Favorite Books

These are books that I have read more than once and usually read every couple of years.

The Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
     I like the continuity of her world and the hints, clues and legends peppered throughout. Simple reading but packed with puzzles to keep one entertained.

Game of Thrones - George RR Martin
     Realistic, fantastic and sweeping. I wish he'd write faster. It's got dragons!

The Crystal Cave  - Mary Stewart
     This is the first book in a series and my favorite King Arthur books. The stories are told from the wizard's point of view, childhood to old age. The Hallow Hills, The Last Enchantment and The Wicked Day, books two, three and four, respectively. They finally came out in ebook in 2012 as Legacy.

Wolf and the Dove - Kathleen E. Woodwiss
     A famous bodice ripper.

Acheron - Sherrilyn Kenyon
     I like all of this author's books. She incorporates gods and myths from all over the globe as characters in her world. Each book is stand alone but with ongoing characters and stories for us series lovers. Lots of love and adventure. Acheron is the main god and his life was not easy.

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
     I first read this in my early teens. Don't much care for her siblings books, though.

The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
     I love this book. Another Arthurian tale, this time written from the point of views of the women involved. Don't care for her other books.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
     All of his books just tickle me to death. His absurdity was so spot on for how the universe works.

William Monk Mysteries - Anne Perry
     A Victorian policeman losses his memory but must keep functioning to live. Perry also has the Thomas Pitt series which I love, too. At the age of 15, she and her best friend killed her best friend's mother. (Did that get your attention?)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
     This is the first in the Millenium trilogy. It is followed by The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. There should have been at least a fourth book in the series but Larsson died in 2004 with the book 3/4 of the way done. Unfortunately, there are problems with the ownership rights to the material. Consequently, some story lines are unfinished but these do not detract from the published material.

Monday, July 21, 2014

mini monday

I like little toys. 
I think they're adorable. 
Some good things do come in small packages. 

~ click image to make biggerer ~

The blue forklift is metal and he is the Guido character from Cars.
The bamboo sailboat is almost 40 years old and was given to me by my Oma.
Silver vampire fangs are a girl's must have charm.
And last, a quartz stone frog.

Other things, not so much. 
Here's a list of synonyms for mini. 
Looking at them, 
I feel that none of these words are really positive 
(neutral, at best) 
and some are quite negative.

bitsy, bitty, diminutive, dwarf, itsy, little, 
midget, minute, mini, petite, pint-sized, pocket-sized, puny, 
runty, small, stunted, teensy, teeny, tiny, undersized, wee

a wee ditty

if i were small
i could do it all
travel in a vein
hide on a plane
visit some ants
living on plants
ride on a worm
defeat a germ
dehair your ear
to help you hear
& when it's lost
regardless of cost
i'd squeeze in a crack
to get it back