shah_of_blah: (bad horse)
Three memes snagged from [ profile] daybreak777 :

books )

movies )

And lastly, a fic meme!

If you had to delete all but five of your stories, which five would you keep and why? (Or ten if you prolific)

The Breath Between: I worked frakking hard on this one.  For a long frakking time.  It's my longest completed bsg fic to date, and I'm quite proud of it, so yeah, I'd keep it! 

Portraits: My ode to Kara Thrace.  I feel like this piece says more than the majority of my other fics.  And it's got mythology!  I could never throw this one away, not when it's all about how awesome my girl is.

The Disappearing Ground: Well.  Yeah.  This one isn't perfect (none of them are, obviously, but there's one huge glaring flaw in this one that I long to fix every time I reread it).  Still, I wrote it because I really needed to, and I'm very attached to it.  The last two lines might be the best thing I've ever written.

Say Anything At All: Five times Kara said something she didn't mean to say (but not necessarily something she didn't mean).  This is just my big ol' gen Kara fic that's actually a bit shippy, but you know.  From childhood to 4.5.  It was a lot of fun to write, and yeah, I'm proud of it.

Five Times Kara Told Someone She Missed Them: Like Portraits, I think of this story as trying to say something, which might be a bit surprising given the brevity and the format.  Five short scenes that illustrate Kara's evolution over the years through the way she relates to others.
shah_of_blah: (peachy keen)
I love books.  I'm an English major, which really wouldn't be possible if I didn't have a great love of literature.  I saw this meme about reading and couldn't help myself!

This meme is long, but who doesn't want to read all about books?  Also for all of the questions where they asked for a favorite, as in singular, I usually put at least two.  Oops.  Snagged from [ profile] taragel  and [ profile] queenofthorns .

Wow, this is 5 PAGES in my Word document )

Sidenote: Ursula K. LeGuin has the absolute best name for any author, let alone an author of spec fiction.  And it’s her real name!  Incredible.
shah_of_blah: (peachy keen)
[Error: unknown template qotd] For fun: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (hilarious and irreverent) and The Return of the King.
For fun and work: Flight by Sherman Alexie (I love it when I can find a way to "research" by reading books I want to read)
For work: The Canterbury Tales and other assorted things.

I love reading, and have been an avid reader for most of my life.  During the school year, my "fun" reading gets pushed to the side but I am constantly reading a ton of stuff for my classes.  My love of literature bleeds into my love for writing, and I do believe that reading is the best way to learn how to write.

As for what I would recommend, well, that's a huge question.  A few of my favorites, off the top of my head though:
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie, The Poisonwood BIble by Barbara Kingsolver, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, anything by Ursula K. LeGuin, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials...the list goes on.  Oh, and my favorite short story writers are Kelly Link (uber-weird and gorgeous) and Sherman Alexie (funny and heartbreaking and just astonishing.  And for the graphic novel fans out there, Neil Gaiman's Sandman series is fantastic (and, of course, peachy keen).


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