I haven’t grown any taller since the age of ten.
I need a step stool to reach things in my kitchen cabinets.
My shoe is untied.
My feet are approximately 6 inches above the ground when I sit at the back of the bus.
I have many apparent flaws.
No shame.

30 Days of Poetry - Day 22
April 22, 2014.

I haven’t grown any taller since the age of ten.
I need a step stool to reach things in my kitchen cabinets.
My shoe is untied.
My feet are approximately 6 inches above the ground when I sit at the back of the bus.
I have many apparent flaws.
No shame.

30 Days of Poetry - Day 22
April 22, 2014.

Eyes water.
A long drawn out yawn becomes a resigned sigh.
Strained voice becomes a hoarse whisper.
Sore throat.
Heavy, tired, spent.
Bloom, wilt, wither.
The end is a beginning.
Forever and again and always for us all.

Doodler’s 30 Days of Poetry - Day 9
April 9, 2014.

Eyes water.
A long drawn out yawn becomes a resigned sigh.
Strained voice becomes a hoarse whisper.
Sore throat.
Heavy, tired, spent.
Bloom, wilt, wither.
The end is a beginning.
Forever and again and always for us all.

Doodler’s 30 Days of Poetry - Day 9
April 9, 2014.

Doodler’s 30 Days of Poetry - Day 3

April 3, 2014.

Doodler’s 30 Days of Poetry - Day 3

April 3, 2014.

I heart my Mini Book Necklace by Sprout’s Press that I picked up at the OOAKS.
http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SproutsPressDesigns

"A handsome little notebook, it is handbound using reclaimed leather as covers and even has fancy Florentine endpapers. On a chain, it holds your thoughts, ideas and secrets and keeps them close to your heart. All papers are hand cut by me, the books are hand bound using a needle and beeswaxed linen thread. These may be little books, but don’t be fooled, they are just as sturdy and durable as their larger counterparts! And they are completely functional so you can write, sketch, doodle in them as you would any notebook!Each book measures approximately 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” Chain is nickel free and each is roughly the same length, 20”, designed to sit just above your heart. Closes with a lobster clasp.”

I heart my Mini Book Necklace by Sprout’s Press that I picked up at the OOAKS.

http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SproutsPressDesigns

"A handsome little notebook, it is handbound using reclaimed leather as covers and even has fancy Florentine endpapers. On a chain, it holds your thoughts, ideas and secrets and keeps them close to your heart.

All papers are hand cut by me, the books are hand bound using a needle and beeswaxed linen thread. These may be little books, but don’t be fooled, they are just as sturdy and durable as their larger counterparts! And they are completely functional so you can write, sketch, doodle in them as you would any notebook!

Each book measures approximately 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”
Chain is nickel free and each is roughly the same length, 20”, designed to sit just above your heart.
Closes with a lobster clasp.”

The perfect gift for Book Giving Day (http://bookgivingday.com/about-2/) & Valentine’s Day! One More Thing by B.J. Novak.


http://www.randomhouse.com/book/234404/one-more-thing-by-b-j-novak

The perfect gift for Book Giving Day (http://bookgivingday.com/about-2/) & Valentine’s Day! One More Thing by B.J. Novak.


http://www.randomhouse.com/book/234404/one-more-thing-by-b-j-novak

Now reading:
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Dictator’s Learning Curve
Doodler’s suggested playlist for (after) reading The 5th Wave By Rick Yancey

Click songs for links to youtube videos (none of them are my uploads) with lyrics or a separate link for lyrics if I couldn’t find a video.

I won’t assign the songs to characters or parts of the book because I don’t want to spoil anything. (Make sure you listen to the entire Notorious B.I.G. song.) Making this list was a lot of fun, haha.

Disarm - Smashing Pumpkins

Do You Want to Die Together - Stars (lyrics)

Life’s a Bitch - Nas feat. AZ

C’est la mort - The Civil Wars

It’s a Fire - Portishead

Eyes Without a Face - Billy Idol

I Get Low - Timber Timbre (lyrics)

Titanium - David Guetta feat. Sia

Breaking Down - Florence + The Machine

Dropla - Youth Lagoon (lyrics)

The First Time I Ran Away - M. Ward (lyrics)

Zombie - The Cranberries

Ready to Die - The Notorious B.I.G. (lyrics)

Power - Kanye

Eye In the Sky - Alan Parsons Project

Monster Hospital - Metric (lyrics)

Just a Sign - B.o.B. feat.Playboy Tre

reblogged johogarthwrites:

Just read the new short story by NYT Bestselling author George Saunders called Fox 8. 
I’m in love. It is so good. 

Agreed! I love this story. It is a must read. Inspiring. An actual marvel.

reblogged johogarthwrites:

Just read the new short story by NYT Bestselling author George Saunders called Fox 8. 

I’m in love. It is so good. 

Agreed! I love this story. It is a must read. Inspiring. An actual marvel.

reblogged canaryinacoalmine:

Meowsers. I’m so happy that “Fox 8” was made into this nifty e-book. This is one of my favorite stories by George Saunders. I think I did a dance at work during my break when I saw the link. File this under: required reading for being a Yuman.

^^^Agreed!

I just read this for the first time today. So.Good.

reblogged amandaonwriting:

Writing Advice on Writers’ Hands

For Shared Worlds 2013, some of speculative fiction’s finest artists, editors, and writers, were asked to write advice on their own hands and send in a picture.

Pictured here: Nnedi Okorafor, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Joe Haldeman, Garth Nix

Follow this link to see more.

http://www.wofford.edu/sharedworlds/handinhand.aspx


Doodler’s Questionnaire with Fox in Wolf’s Clothing

Fox in Wolf’s Clothing aka Paul has been a professional in the Canadian book industry for 6 years. From the local bookstore, to supply chain with a national retail company, and more recently the digital side of things with a publisher, he remains a self-described bookseller at heart.

A sometimes blogger, this sports fan and vinyl record enthusiast is an avid reader and book lover.

As I fancy myself a fan of books (I confess I need to make more time to read these days) and being a person who daydreams about being a writer one day, I was curious to hear about the “new normal” in the book world.

Fox was kind enough to answer Doodler’s Questionnaire! Thanks Paul!*


*Full disclosure: this is my real-life spouse

Doodler’s Questionnaire with Fox in Wolf’s Clothing

Aside from a good book, what are your “must have” items while you are reading?

Well, personally I have a really hard time reading without adequate light. Shadows really seem to distract me, even if its one page casting a shadow onto another. I guess if I’m reading at home, I like to have tall, back lighting. If not at home, I’d have to say a book mark - I can’t deal with page-bending to mark a page and I have a spotty memory at best (not a good combo). In a perfect world, I would also love to have a proper arm chair to read in (ideally well lit from the back! Lol).

Whenever I ask successful people how they got started they usually answer similarly, explaining to me that they simply “did it”. How and when did you personally know your love of books was more than a hobby?

I think it probably was about 8 years ago. I was really disenchanted with my career at the time and had taken a quick trip across the border to Buffalo for some shopping. On the way, I was talking with my mother who asked me what it was I really wanted to do with my life. I had always wanted to be an author, and I told her so, but the more I thought about it the more I realized that I could be happy just being around books. I think my Mom was probably the main factor in my love of books and the printed word - she always made time to read to me, take me to the library, and encourage me with my writing (no matter how poor I might have thought it was).

What is the most frustrating and what is the most rewarding aspect of working in the digital publishing industry?

The most frustrating part of the digital publishing industry is probably the gaps between established process. The industry is still relatively new to the mainstream, and as such many of the great ideas that come up require a “amazing - now how do we execute this” sort of step. Conversely, this is also one of the most rewarding aspects of working in digital publishing. There’s a real sense of accomplishment when you’re able to make something come together - whether it succeeds or flops - and learning something from it to move forward with. The other super rewarding aspect of this business is the lack of need for ‘stock’ - essentially, digital booksellers are working off of pure demand; knowing what the consumer wants, ideally before they know they want it.

In your opinion what is the most common misconception about e-reading and the current e-book market?

I think the most common misconception is that eBooks are killing physical books. I don’t believe that they are - I believe the two will ultimately compliment each other. See: vinyl and digital music as a model.

If you could only own 1 record what would it be?

The White Album by the Beatles - amazing quality and so diverse/eclectic in sound that it wouldn’t soon get boring.

If we went back in time to ask your 4 year old self what they want to be when they grow up what would they answer?

Paleontologist. :)


What is the most beautiful experience you can imagine?

Watching the sun set over the ocean from the deck of a (my) boat, dog at my feet, love at my side.


Anything to add?

Never give up on dreaming - without a dream to chase, I’d feel like I was standing still. And never let anyone else tell you what your dream should be - there’s nothing in that direction but emptiness.
A list of words I looked up while reading Pnin. I started doing this as of page 67.

sonorous

dearth

olfactory

zygomatic

tarn like

supine

chimerical

bestiary

autocratic

leonine

glabella

aerie

erudite

poetasters

hassock

connubi

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
By Rachel Joyce

"The world was made up of people putting one foot in front of the other; and a life might appear ordinary simply because the person living it had be doing so for a long time."

Publisher Bond Street Books
Published July 24, 2012
ISBN 9780385677691

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

By Rachel Joyce

"The world was made up of people putting one foot in front of the other; and a life might appear ordinary simply because the person living it had be doing so for a long time."

Publisher Bond Street Books

Published July 24, 2012

ISBN 9780385677691

reblogged DaniellieBellie

reblogged DaniellieBellie

While tracking the ebooks tag I am usually disappointed, finding mostly suspect links soliciting or sharing pirated e-books. Lately I have been noticing more posts sharing links with legitimate promotions (like Cyber Monday deals) and of course the tag is largely authors promoting their own ebooks (which is awesome).

Here is a link for Canadian ebook deals:

http://ebookdealsca.tumblr.com/

If you know of any legitimate ebook sale sites or forums please share them with me and I will definitely post about them here.

I like reading, yes even e-reading. I like affordable ebooks, yes I prefer LEGAL ebooks. Call me old fashioned.