This is my second Facebook meme in as many weeks. Here’s a list of my top ten books. Eight were easy….and then it got muddy. I whittled the list down from thirteen to the required ten. And I probably thought as much about the last two as I thought about the first eight.
- American Gods, Neil Gaiman. A great yarn about myths and Gods set in modern day America. What’s not to like? Plus it’s Neil Gaiman, he’s damn clever. It’s my favorite of his that I’ve read so far.
- The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien. It was hard to pick my favorite Tolkien but this is the first one I read. And I read it back when I was learning that I would eventually turn into “the crazy book lady”
- Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley. Another epic tale, the story of Camelot as seen through the eyes of the women in the story.
- The Temple of Gold, William Goldman. A classic coming of age tale. The story reminds me an awful lot of my family and especially my Dad. (And yes, it’s the same author as Princess Bride.)
- Snow in August, Pete Hamill. A mythic tale set WWII era Brooklyn. It’s about baseball, love, family and loyalty. There’s a big dose of Jewish Mysticism as well.
- The Ghost’s Child, Sonya Hartnett. A charming story about love, time travel & ghosts.
- The Little House Books, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura’s my hero. I read these books so many times as a child, I think I actually wore the books to shreds. I can still tear through the entire series in under a week.
- Stories, Hans Christian Anderson. Can you tell I’m a Fairy Tale addict? I love these stories. I love my illustrated version. It’s on my nightstand right now.
- Eloise, Kay Thompson. The first one is the best. Grandma read this to me all the time. Sometimes she’d even have special voices for each character.
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen. Lizzie is a bad ass, for her time. I love the relationship with her Father. I love that she sticks to her guns.
The last three that didn’t make the top ten cut are:
- The Borrowers, Mary Norton
- The Women Who Run With The Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes
- A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Scott Cunningham
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Floating House by Dymitr Malcew
They used to be called the Gypsy Nomads. And I kinda got hooked on them last Summer. They’re touring from Seattle back to the East Coast this fall. And who the heck knew? They scheduled a visit to Cleveland at the Beachland Tavern.
So, I took myself on a date. (It was a Tuesday but DD had a corporate gig.) I bought myself a beautiful salad at the Diner on Clifton….and sat at the counter. Then I trotted across town to the Beachland. I got the last seat at the bar right next to stage left. I was pretty much in Heaven.
I wound up sitting next to two awesome Faerie people who always go to FaerieCon, Spoutwood and MD Faerie Fest. What are the odds? Karen and Joe live about about 30 minutes west of Cleveland and were kind of stunned that anyone else from Cleveland would venture out East for Faerie Festivals.
The opener was a vaudeville act, Punch & Squeal. They were fun and among other things did a festive sing-a-long to “Where Are You Tonite?’ of Hee-Haw fame.
Then Frenchy and the Punk took the stage. It was such a great, fun-filled, intimate little show. It was pretty darned amazing. They played with such energy and enthusiasm. They made sure they included the audience in the shenanigans. I ended up doing a Can-Can dance with about 7 other people from the audience when they played one of their favorites. And they did several sing-a-longs as well.
I cannot wait to see them again. Maybe at the Steampunk World’s Fair? Who knows?
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Tagged Beachland, Costumes, Goggles, Live Music, music, punk, steampunk, Stripes, These are the Days
OMG I can’t believe I’ve not told you about this yet. This Summer when Wren & I went to Faerie Fest, I thought I might run into Katwise. Katwise is “internet famous”" and a creative juggernaut with a bad-ass business. She makes patchwork coats, sweaters & dresses out of recycled sweaters. On average she has one big Etsy sale per month where she sells about 50 sweaters. The average price runs about $200 with some Priestess Coats going for $400 or more depending on extras & details. Oh, and the sweaters? All of them sell out in 15 minutes or less. You do the math….it’s amazing.
Why did I think I might see her? She lives in Upstate New York, albeit and hour or two from Faerie Fest. She has friends in common with Faerie Fest, I think. And why not? A Faerie Fest is a whimsical, creative endeavor in itself. You’re an artist, a painter, a creatrix even? Why not visit?
She was not there.
But she was at FaerieCon two weeks ago. Yes! She was there. I met her. And I tried not to Squeeeeeeeeee! But I think I did.
Cut to this weekend. I’ve never logged in to a Katwise sale on Etsy. This time I did. I kept refreshing the listings. I picked something, it ended up in my shopping cart and then it disappeared. The next one I put in my cart was amazing. And the transaction went through. It. Went. Through.
My beautiful coat, Hester Prynne, is bright red with Indigo seams. And it is on the way to my house. OHMYGOSH I’m so excited. And also, to hear so many people tripe about how they’ve tried to “win” a Katwise sweater for a year…..I get one on the first time. Squeeeeee!
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