Here we go again. Autumn/fall is here. Once again I'm not ready for it. It's always the same. When it gets colder and darker I get so sad. Sometimes I almost cry.
Here we go again. Autumn/fall is here. Once again I'm not ready for it. It's always the same. When it gets colder and darker I get so sad. Sometimes I almost cry.
Just a little reminder that I'm now on Litsy. I love it, but haven't really learned how to post. I'm working on it though. If you're there and would like to follow me, I will definitely follow back.
My Facebook friend Rich Meyer passed away last night and his wife Mona needs help with funeral expenses. If you can help out at all, I'm sure she'd appreciate even something as small as a reblog or share.
Rich was a great guy, a snarky, pleasant soul who loved classic television, trivia, and rescuing animals. I remember when he adopted this blind cat he came to call Ruby and all I could think was, "This dude is a saint." Although I never met him in person, he was open enough that I felt like I knew the guy on a personal level. I'm gonna miss seeing him around.
Here's the link to the GoFundMe. I can vouch for the lady who's running the campaign. She's good people as well, and I have no doubt the money will go to the right places.
What a very interesting meme, but also a very difficult one. I think I've done something like this before, but since I really like the thought of more family members, I'll do it again.
Most characters in books and movies aren't exactly the sort of persons you'd like in your family. They're usually attractive or fascinating and you find yourself sympathising with them - if you like them. But to have them as family members is a different matter.
Anyway, here goes:
Conrad in Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones is a boy who really likes books, which seems to be quite rare in most literature. And he's pretty nice too, so I think I'd like him as a brother or as a boyfriend :).
Cat in Charmed Life in the same series as Conrad's Fate - Chrestomanci - by DWJ, would make a sweet little brother. Strangely enough, DWJ has said that she intended for Cat to be autistic. That surprises me, since I seem to be able to understand him just fine and I don't think I'm autistic myself.
Next up is Charmain in House of Many Ways by DWJ. She's a girl who loves books, like I do, and unlike me, she's probably a lot more efficient at what she does, though perhaps not very nice, at least not at the beginning of the story. Efficiency would complement our family very nicely.
Peter from the same book is not efficient, so a lot more like us, and that would probably make him a nice cousin maybe?
I guess it's obvious that I really love DWJ:s books. LOL.
Next up is another author though. I really like the little Woodies in Moominsummer Madness. They're so cute and I'd love to adopt them and take really great care of them. Poor little mites.
Actually, there are two other characters in this book that are among my very favorites in the Moomin series - Misabel and the Whomper. Misabel is a lot like me but hopefully a bit worse. LOL. Someone who doesn't understand her, might call her whiny, but I do understand and I realize that her life must have given her reason to feel the way she does. The Whomper seems nice and is quite cute too and if I was MIsabel I'd really want him to be my boyfriend. Misabel could be my sister, so that's number five on this list.
But since this is the Moomin series I'm talking about, I can't resist mentioning two other favorites. I promise I won't go into Fillyjonk and the Hemulen this time. :) But I just have to mention Toffle and Miffle. They are so adorable and I'd like to adopt them too and make sure they never have to be scared again.
Top ten books I wish were tv shows
I did something like this only recently, but I love the idea, so I'll do it again, this time more thoroughly.
1. Diana Wynne Jones Chrestomanci series, Deep Secret and The Merlin Conspiracy. Howl's Moving Castle and House of Many Ways, A Tale of Time City, Power of Three. (And several others by DWJ).
2. The Earthsea series by Ursula K LeGuin.
3. Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet by Gregory Frost
4. Dreams Underfoot and The Blue Girl by Charles DeLint.
5. The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix.
6. Eliot Pattison's mysteries set in Tibet
7. Barbara Nadel's mysteries about Inspector Ikmen, set in Turkey
8. The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams.
9. Jean-François Parot's mysteries set in pre-revolutionary France. Actually, they're already a tv show, but I haven't seen it yet.
10. LOTR. Yes, I know, they've already been made into movies, but I'd like to see them as a tv series.
Today, I finally managed to get that haircut. My mom has to go to an eye clinic every two months. Sometimes they inject one of her eyeballs with something, and when they do it takes her eye a while to get back to normal. That means either my sister or I or both of us and the twins go with her. Today all of us went. Unfortunately the train we were going on stopped three stations before the terminal which means the vile dump of a town where I used to live. I really hate having to go there and I still have at least one more visit there this year, probably two, to go to the dentist. Anyway, once I got to that other town (the one where I haven't lived, but where my grandmother once did), I spotted a hairdresser on the way to the hospital. I went inside and asked if they could fit me in, but as I'd expected the lady, while very nice, didn't have time for me. However, she did suggest a competitor across the street. By then I'd more or less given up hope, but actually the lady in there did have time for me and she cut my hair very quickly and at least in my opinion very well. She was also nice to chat with. So now I can go to the police station (not in the town where I live, but one further away) and get a new ID card (or at least order one and have a photo taken). Phew.
We also got a few things for the twins. This time my son, who seemed to love riding on a train the last time, was scared of the train whistle and the sound of the doors opening and closing.
Tomorrow I have to get up in the early hours of the morning and go to the clinic in town and have my blood pressure measured. Unfortunately, I have to be there about fortyfive minutes earlier than the actual appointment, which is at 7.10 in the morning. Ouch. Then I have to wait for about as long afterwards before I can get back. I'm not sure when I'll sleep. A Swedish comedian once said that she didn't think the earliest hours of the morning were actually used, they were just there to fill out the clock. It feels a little like that.
Exposing animal abuse is the focus of vegan novelist Robin Lamont’s trio of suspense novels collectively called The Kinship Series. The stories follow an undercover investigator named Jude Brannock who works for an animal-rights organization called The Kinship.
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I found this Book Blog Question on a Swedish book blog and I thought I'd do it here too.
The question is Do you still get comments on your book blog? Do you still comment on other people's book blogs? Where do you keep in touch with your readers and discuss what you and other book bloggers have posted on your blog?
My reply is Yes, I do still get comments on my blogs, book blogs and others. I comment on other people's blogs as well. It's definitely on my blogs that I keep in touch with my friends and where any discussions about my blog posts take place. Of course I'm 25 +. I know what Snapchat and Instagram is, but I'm not interested. I use my computer more than my phone and when I chat/send instant messages I use iMessages.
I have picked up on some disturbing vibes about this place so once again I'd like to mention where my friends/followers can stay in touch with me if the worst happens to this site.
First of all, you can check out my Book sites page, where I list the book communities I'm on. That's Libib, LibraryThing, Goodreads, Riffle and Anobii (the three latter are only for keeping in touch, I don't add books or reviews anymore). I'm also on Litsy, but I have no idea how to use it.
You can also follow my Dreamwidth journal, where I've also posted all my reviews.
I'm also on a bunch of other less relevant sites, but if you'd like to stay in touch, you're welcome to follow me there anyway:
Blogger, Care2, Twitter, Wordpress.com, Belletristica, Wattpad, AO3. I don't use Blogger very much, but I do have a blog there. I'm trying to get my personal homepage and my fan fiction site up and running again, but at the moment, I won't be able to post there. If this site is still around, I'll let you know when the sites are back.
Occasionally, I'm also in Second Life and Open Sim and I also play some online games. If you happen to play the same games, I'd love to be friends there too, but I realize the odds are against it. At the moment I'm playing Forge of Empires and Elvenar.
Having said all this, I want to finish off with a little bit of whining.
NOOOO! Why does Booklikes have to go through all these troubles? I love this blog. It's so much like my old Tumblr. If I lose this, blogging won't be the same anymore. Sure, I'll still have Wordpress, but I'm having so much trouble there too and Wordpress.com has ads and I've read about their 'policy' when it comes to trolling and threats. If I had an alternative I'd probably leave, but at the moment, I just can't do without it and my friends there. I wish someone nice and reliable would buy Booklikes and keep it going. It's the best book community I've ever joined. None of the others come even close, except possibly Libib.
I found this on Themis Athena's Garden of Books and I wish I'd found it earlier in the evening. I was just too tired to do it then and unfortunately after that I forgot about it. Still, I want to do it now, even if I'm very late. Better late than never, I guess.
How long have you been a blogger?
I can't remember anymore. Probably over ten years now.
At what point do you think you'll stop?
Who knows? At the moment I'm not planning on stopping any time soon.
What's the best thing?
It's a way to express myself, quite simply. And it's fun!
What's the worst thing? What do you do to make it ok?
Feeling guilty about not posting as often as I'd like. Trying to post more often will help, obviously, but only if I have something to say. Posting nonsense won't help.
How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?
Usually not very long. Wikipedia is my friend... :)
Who is your book crush?
As in book character? Author? The actual book? Interesting question. Character? Conrad in Conrad's Fate. Author? It depends. Relatively recently I've had contact with several different authors and fortunately, all were very nice. But crushing on them? No, not really. As for books - I'm pretty crazy about Anthea Sharp's Feyland series and I'm now looking forward to reading her Feyguard series set in the same universe.
What author would you like to have on your blog?
Pretty much anyone I like and admire.
What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
What I always wear around the house, sweatpants and jacket usually with a stretch top underneath.
How long does it take you to prepare?
Not as long as it should, but I usually write on the spur of the moment.
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
It's generally very nice but I don't feel that I have really come to know most of the people, unfortunately. Like in real life... Of course this is real too.
What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
Write posts you are passionate about and to post regularly. Also, be nice to your potential commenters. I always thank them for commenting and usually comment back.
The other day, my family and I had two visitors (an old friend of my mom's and the friend's husband). They brought gifts for my babies and also a few for us grownups. One was a plant grown by my mom's friend's daughter. So I emailed the daughter to thank her. No reply, except for an automated 'I'll be back at the end of August'. Naturally, she only has her work mail. Then my sister who is on Facebook tried to contact this woman there with the same result. That is just typical of a few people, mostly older ones.
I realize that I may be preaching to the choir here and in that case, just ignore this post. It won't be long until I share my next link and everything will be back to normal here. :)
I used to do these posts once in a while in the past. Now it's been ages, but I thought I might do it again.
Most younger people (say under 40) know all this, but I've noticed that many older people (and some younger ones as well), don't know even the basics of communicating over the internet. So, I thought I'd list a few suggestions.
First of all you need an email address. Once upon a time, people used to get one with their internet connection, but as far as I know it's not like that anymore. That means you have to get one yourself. The easiest way is to just sign up for a Google account. Among other things, you'll get a free email address with almost unlimited storage. There are other addresses that will expire if you don't log on for a while. I don't think Gmail does that. In any case, you also get all kinds of other things, like a You Tube account, which might be useful if you like to watch videos. Though personally I kind of like Vimeo too.
If you don't think you'll need all that or you have some other reason you don't want to use any service from Google, there are other options.
Zoho provides a 'business suite' for free. That includes an email account.
Gmx is a great alternative to Google (and Zoho). There's almost unlimited storage and all kinds of great features. Gmx is my favorite.
Finally, I can mention Protonmail which provides a more private alternative, if you're concerned about your email being spied on.
If being able to keep in touch is all you need, then this is it. You can forget about the rest.
Just one thing, please don't tell people you have an email address, if you don't intend to check for email once in a while, like once a week.
Oh, and most people seem to find it difficult to set up an email account on your computer, using a mail program. It can be a bit complicated, but most email sites provide detailed instructions. If you don't want to take the trouble, you can just log on to the webpage. Most email services provide webmail.
If you'd like to start using the internet a bit more, there are a few more things you need to know.
Search engines are very useful. If you're looking for shoes or toys or some gadget you can use search engines to find a good deal. There are also sites that compare prices etc. The same goes for most kinds of info.
Most people use Google search and that may be all you need. However if you're concerned about your privacy I can recommend Ixquick and DuckDuckGo.
Many people have blogs and/or homepages. You can get both from Wordpress. Lately, though, Wordpress has had some problems. It's still a great blog platform, but you may want to keep that in mind.
Wordpress.com provides a free blog/homepage that is hosted by them. Just get an account and start blogging. That's not all though. You also get access to several different other services. Primarily a Blog Reader where you can add any blog with a rss feed. You also get Gravatar which is a sort of online profile, where you can list ways for people to get in touch with you.
Dreamwidth is a cool blogging/journaling community with a free journal and communities for you to join.
Twitter is known as a microblogging community, where you can post short messages, status updates, share links etc.
Finally, I can mention a free service that provides you with a homepage. Weebly. Personally, I find it a bit difficult to use, but it's supposed to be very easy. You pick different modules that you'd like to include in your homepage. There are also different themes to choose between.
Themes are color schemes for your blog or homepage. You can get themes for basically any blog service you sign up for, and sometimes even your email too.
There are all kinds of other communities you can join for whatever interests you have.
My favorites are book communities. The most popular one is Goodreads, owned by Amazon.
LibraryThing is also co-owned by Amazon.
Booklikes is another book community and my favorite among them. You also get a free blog.
Finally, most people use chat programs and instant messengers.
If you're using iOS and MacOs, you'll get iMessages for free. It's also free to chat if you have internet access. Otherwise, if you're on your phone, you'll need to use your phone subscription. If you don't know the person you want to chat with all that well, maybe someone you've just met, you can just give them your email address. They don't need to know your phone number.
Others seem to be using WhatsApp. I haven't tried it myself, so I can't vouch for it. My sister tells me it's fine. Easy to use. And it's cross-platform, that is, can be used on any computer, surf pad or phone, which means you can communicate with your friends whatever platform they use.
There are all kinds of other sites as well, like 3D sites, writing communities and much more, but you can find them yourself, by using the search engines.
So, in conclusion: don't be scared to try things on the internet. Usually, it's not dangerous at all and I swear, your computer or phone won't blow up! :)
Today, some friends of my mom's visited. They brought gifts for the twins. Unfortunately, the twins were tired and grumpy and kept crying almost the whole visit. It was so embarrassing, but I think understandable. Also, they seemed to be a bit scared of my mom's friend's husband. Which is odd, since they usually love the sound of men's voices (not that they don't like women's voices... it's just that they enjoy hearing a different kind of voice than they get at home). Now that they've had a long nap and are actually sleeping again, I think they're feeling better.
I just found a new tea flavor that I really like. Wild Raspberries (that is, black tea flavored by raspberry). Sorry. I just had to gush a little about that. :)
Today, we went into town to do some shopping. I was going to get a haircut too, because I need to get a new ID. Would you believe that both hairdressers that I would consider going to, were both closed for the summer. Grr. Also, I'm pretty annoyed that the wheel for the pram/baby carriage we'd ordered still isn't coming for a long time. Fortunately, today the stroller we got on sale arrived so we could take the twins into town with us. I think they felt a little disoriented without their old pram/baby carriage. Both are really nice though and I'm sure they'll get used to the stroller too.
Article about the Swedish language (in Swedish).
Svenska språket har försvunnit – och språkvetarnas tal om utveckling gör mig bara mer fundersam.
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Article in Swedish about studying languages.
Om det är ett uttryck för intelligens att människor byter perspektiv för att förstå sin omvärld, så borde språkstudier ses som rena hjärngympan.
Läs mer här.