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message 1: by Maureen, mo-nemclature (new)

Maureen (modusa) | 683 comments Mod
hi everybody:

since we're in the process of looking for more people to talk to about books, it probably makes sense for us to do another introduction thread where people who don't already know us will find out what floats our boats, book-wise, and then can let us know too. :)

i'll start since i'm already here..


message 2: by Maureen, mo-nemclature (last edited Mar 08, 2009 08:38PM) (new)

Maureen (modusa) | 683 comments Mod
i'm mo, i'm trained as an editor, and i'm from canada. i really like genre fiction, and the classics. i'm not much for contemporary fiction but with the help of the wonderful writers in this group, i'm starting to see the appeal. favourite writers include: philip k. dick, shirley jackson, jorge luis borges, m.r. james, patricia highsmith, dashiell hammett, ross macdonald, cornell woolrich and james m. cain.

i also spend a lot of time thinking about space, and comics, and how to retain my sanity. only 4 things can take me out of my head: baking, reading, sex, and yoga. thanks to this group for helping fulfill my needs for the first two. :)




message 3: by Ben, uneasy in a position of power; a yorkshire pudding (last edited Mar 08, 2009 09:22PM) (new)

Ben Loory | 241 comments Mod
i'm ben, i'm nothing and nobody, i live in los angeles. i really enjoy books written by dead and crazy people, like Philip K. Dick, Nathalie Sarraute, W.G. Sebald, Richard Brautigan, Jorge Luis Borges, Patricia Highsmith, Robert Aickman, Donald Barthelme, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Samuel Beckett, and Eugene Ionesco (for whom there is inexplicably no link). But P.G. Wodehouse is probably the best writer of all time.

in my spare time i enjoy drinking diet coke and driving to chipotle. when i grow up i want to be an astronaut. right now there are birds singing outside my window.


message 4: by Brian, just a child's imagination (new)

Brian (banoo) | 346 comments Mod
i'm brian but people call me brian, sometimes bri, sometimes brain... well they don't call me brain they just have spelling deficiencies. i'm from a real place called 'cut off' but now live in an imaginary place that better embodies the spirit of the name 'cut off'. i'm not really living on pluto but at times it feels like it. i was depressed when pluto was given non-planet status. i felt homeless and neglected.

i like to read. the people here and at the original fiction files introduced me to good writers. before meeting them i was rummaging through dumpsters reading the trash i found.

i like world literature and dead russians and living japanese. i think philip k dick will soon be added to my lists of likes... so i'll soon like dead americans.

some of my favorite authors are Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Orhan Pamuk, Ismail Kadare, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Anton Pavlovich Chekhov. The book, Ubik, has recently impaired my judgment. so all of this may not be true.


message 5: by Shel, ad astra per aspera (new)

Shel (shelbybower) | 946 comments Mod
I'm Shel, occasionally called Shelby, usually called "Maaahm-I-need."

I like reading too, and do as much of it as I can, but there are these people living in my house who keep needing things, and this job/money problem that keeps interrupting me. I try to write. I have a pretty serious thing for music and art, too. And cooking for other people, and growing my own food. All of this clearly indicates that I should relocate to Southern France immediately.

I am also a tech gadget fiend and I never wear clothing with patterns (except for Threadless tee shirts). I have never had a cavity and recently discovered this is an accomplishment. I have a weakness for any form of international travel, expensive cosmetics and 90 minute massages.

In fiction, I am always up for new stuff and originally joined Fiction Files in ... '07? to get more into contemporary and world lit. I've read a ton of Joyce Carol Oates, Jane Austen & Margaret Atwood, a bunch of Thomas Pynchon and others like him, and a whole lot of classics because I think that's where any well-rounded reader should start.

I want to read more of just about everything except bad writing.


message 6: by Debbie (new)

Debbie (nerdygirlshops) | 7 comments I'm Debbie, and I'm an addict. Yes, I said it....I'm addicted to reading. It could be worse, I know, but I can't help myself some days. I currently reside in Orlando, Fl (most lovingly referred to as whorelando in my apartment), but am relocating to Dover, New Hampshire in April.

As I said, I'm addicted to books, but I also have a complex relationship with music, films, and the general public (I tend to do better with music and film). I'm an aspiring writer. I've written three novel sized manuscripts, none of which have been published, and am currently throwing myself into a fourth.

The people here at the fiction files have given me a new view of reading and because of them my to-be-read pile has grown considerably. I'm not sure when I joined, but it was before the great blackout. Thanks to Ben I have read more Philip K. Dick than seems necessary. Some of my other favorites include (but are not limited to) Stephen King, Martin Millar, Jane Austen,Neil Gaiman and Christopher Moore.

I'll read pretty much anything, as long as it doesn't suck.



message 7: by Kerry, flame-haired janeite (new)

Kerry Dunn (kerryanndunn) | 887 comments Mod
Hi, I'm Kerry, sometimes known as Special K, Ker Bear, or Red, but Kerry is just fine.

I live in Las Vegas, NV and yes, I was born here. I am a pop culture junkie and my brain is filled with useless (but fun) film, music, television, and celebrity trivia.

I've always been a big reader even from a very, very young age. I started my first book club when I was in third grade. We had actual meetings once a week after school and were quite serious about Sweet Valley Twins.

Now I read whatever strikes my fancy while retaining a penchant for the classics. My favorite author of all time is Jane Austen.

I am fairly proud of the fact that I was one of the original members of Fiction Files. It's a dear group of weird and wonderful folks who have completely enriched my reading life and offered me profound friendships that I cherish greatly.




message 8: by Jonathan, the skipper (new)

Jonathan | 609 comments Mod
. . .i'm jonathan . . . i like rabbits . . . but not as much as i like the people in this group . . . i blog here with a few of my friends, as of today:

http://threeguysonebook.blogspot.com/


message 9: by Maureen, mo-nemclature (last edited Mar 09, 2009 06:17PM) (new)

Maureen (modusa) | 683 comments Mod
Jonathan wrote: " . . .i'm jonathan . . . i like rabbits . . . but not as much as i like the people in this group . . . i blog here with a few of my friends, as of today:

http://threeguysonebook.blogspot.com/"


jonathan is also being extremely modest. i will let you know that he is the founder of the original fiction files and the heart and energy behind all this -- i suspect the energizer bunny campaign may have been inspired by this guy. :) he also wrote the book All About Lulu which i recommend to all (and i can do that since i'm not pimping *my* book :)



message 10: by Audra (last edited Mar 09, 2009 06:18PM) (new)

Audra (audrafreeagain) | 31 comments Name's Audra. Audi to my friends. AudiLou to my husband. Aud to my little brother. Call me what you like.

I joined FF before the blackout. In fact, before the great blackout I had a love/hate relationship with the Files, but now I think we're okay.

I'm a damn yankee trying to make it in a southerners' world, and doing pretty damn well at it if I do say so myself. I love it here; it's where the history of America is. Plus, it's March and it was 83 today! Woo hoo! Screw Buffalo, NY!

I love reading great books. I love the word "prose".
My favorite authors are those who when you read them, the words feel like really fine wine rolling over your pallet. Robertson Davies is one example.

I love books. And...I recycle them whenever possible. I like the idea of a used book. I love how they smell. I love holding really old books. I love collecting pretty hardcover books so that I can pass them on when the time comes.

Anyway, I should mention that I turned my husband Jimmy on to reading by reading aloud The Hobbit to him shortly after we met. We've been doing that together ever since. My point is, whenever you hear me say "we read this or that", I'm not referring to my other personalities. :)

xo Audi

PS I have 3 dogs, collect elephants, love Canadian music, and my favorite color is red. No purple. Wait..green. Yes, green.

Actually, if you mix them all together....

Tye dye. My favorite color is tye dye.

xo


message 11: by Abi (last edited Mar 13, 2009 10:28AM) (new)

Abi OK, hi. I got a message from Brian inviting me to give this group a go, so here I am. At 1 o' clock in the morning. When will I learn to go to bed on time when there are lectures in the morning?
So my name is Abi, I'm a third year English and History student at the University of Sheffield. I have a increasingly unmanageable obsession with all things Icelandic.
My favourite books include Independent People by Halldor Laxness, A la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust, The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Under Fire by Henri Barbusse (and WWI lit in general, esp. Owen and Rosenberg).
I spent my early childhood pestering my parents to read to me, until I learnt to read, and then I spent the whole time reading to myself. My favourite childhood book is probably The Hobbit.
Outside of reading, I appreciate Somerset ciders, West Country accents, struggling with Icelandic noun declension, Popworld (the Simon and Miquita years), the intrigues of the Sheffield History Dept., Adolphe 'monstrous gnome' Thiers and Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (a.k.a. Lord Castlereagh).
I'm writing my dissertation on Madness and the Paris Commune (with a Foucault-based approach), so I suppose that would be specialist subject along with the whole Iceland thing. Because I'm very cool.


message 12: by Dan, deadpan man (last edited Mar 09, 2009 06:39PM) (new)

Dan | 641 comments Mod
hi, I am dan. I have been around the block with some of these other group members for a long time, probably over three years at this point. i like this group and the people in it because they are all very nice and smarter than i am. I get to learn something interesting here everyday. I studied history as an undergrad with a focus on the greeks and romans but my knowledge of the classical languages fades with each passing day. As a grad student I studied library sciences which makes me a librarian, in theory.

i admire the big books like Proust's and Tolstoy's W&P safely from behind my much shorter books like The Master and Margarita and Austerlitz.

I have a massive "to read" list thanks to the other folks in this group and have been experimenting with Philip K Dick this year. I am not sure if this is a good thing because he is addicting and I am pretty sure you can O.D. from this guy.


message 13: by Jonathan, the skipper (new)

Jonathan | 609 comments Mod
Dan wrote: "hi, I am dan. I have been around the block with some of these other group members for a long time..."

. . .well, we know you've been around the block with alan-- or he wouldn't be using your profile picture!



message 14: by Pavel (new)

Pavel Kravchenko (pavelk) | 96 comments I'm Pavel. I sell boxes and I write. One of these habits requires a lot of reading, the other pays for the books.


message 15: by Alan (new)

Alan Prevallet (steelydan) | 12 comments Thank you for the introduction, Johnathan. I do enjoy long strolls around long blocks with Dan!

I'm Alan. Otherwise known as Al P, Klu Klux Klalan and Rick. (No, not Rick.)

Dan's been attempting to shove me into this group for a long time and I'm finally finding the time and energy to post and read all of your wonderful thoughts and opinions on books. This is such an amazing group full of gifted, intimidating and brilliant thinkers. I love books and am so happy there are others out there who love them too. I only wish we weren't so spread out. Finding people who still read is, sadly, a difficult thing to do sometimes.

Anyway, I live in Portland, graduated from Arizona State in Theater, and have been attempting to write plays for some time. I also take photos constantly. The job that gives me money is my night job at the grocery up the street. I am lost in my head most of the time and become incredibly anxious, terrified and quiet in most social situations. Especially one on one.

My favorite authors include Vonnegut, Camus, Hemingway, Atwood, Nersesian, Denis Johnson, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Sam Shepard, etc... Thanks to the folk here I'll be reading Phillip K. Dick next and pretty goddamned excited about it!

I met many of you at Dorkapalooza last year and it was one of the loveliest times of my life. I had never seen so many people who loved reading in one place before getting drunk. I hope to get to know you all better as this group zips outward like a snot rocket.


message 16: by Kerry, flame-haired janeite (new)

Kerry Dunn (kerryanndunn) | 887 comments Mod
Audi wrote: PS I have 3 dogs, collect elephants, love Canadian music, and my favorite color is red. No purple. Wait..green. Yes, green.

You collect elephants?! How many do you have and where do you put them? I would think they would take up a lot of space!

;)

P.S. For some reason when I read that, I had fun imagining it as being literal and the image of all these huge, live elephants cramped into a house made me laugh!




message 17: by Bonita (new)

Bonita (NMBonita) | 120 comments Hi all, I’m Bonita, that girl from New Mexico whose favorite author is Stephen King. To my left, we have the WIPP site (where we bury the nuclear waste), the Carlsbad Caverns (where tourists pay to be buried with bats) and Roswell (where we bury the alien spacecraft). And to my right, we have the great state of Texas where women are tramp-stamped and cowboys wear crocodile boots and speak fluent Spanish… I didn’t know what peyote was until a waiter from Gloucester asked if I could get him some. I like scary stories and writing until three in the morning. I read many posts, but say very little.

I joined the Fiction Files a while back, and I love this group of lit-lovers who, like musicians, are not in competition with each other but merge their talents and wit into a compositional whirlwind of literary philosophy.




message 18: by Patrick, The Special School Bus Rider (last edited Mar 10, 2009 12:34PM) (new)

Patrick (horrorshow) | 269 comments Mod
I'm Patrick Kilgallon and am one of the few Deaf readers out there.

I like horrorbooks, ninjas and Kung Fu guys and movies about 'em, pizzas, heartily supporting female strippers working their ways through medical schools or law schools, and Breyer's fudge royal ice cream.

I also found out last year that bourbon and Coke is pronounced as "brrr-bon" and Coke, not "bor-bon" and Coke, and bartenders do NOT think it is cute when I make a shivering motion while ordering brr-bon and Coke.

And I like Bonita's introduction better than mine and is a member of the old f.f.




message 19: by Ry (new)

Ry (downeyr) | 173 comments My name is Ry (no, not Rye, Ryan, or any other disambiguation) and I have no nifty nicknames. Anyway, I love both reading and writing and I have also been a member of the Fiction Files since before the not so great blackout of whatever year it was (2007, methinks?).I'm from the Pacific Northwest and I go to CWU. I hope to end up an English professor teaching at a university and I'm planning a trip with one of my professors to India this coming December.

My favorite authors are William Faulkner, Ken Kesey, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and James Joyce. My favorite novels are Sometimes a Great Notion, Light in August, Catch-22, and The Brothers Karamazov. Also, I feel I have to give an obligatory shout-out to Walt Whitman and his Leaves of Grass.

Another thing about me is that I love Philosophy and I almost minored in it, but decided to go with Creative Writing instead. That being said, my favorite philosophers are Albert Camus and Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche. The Will to Power, Thus Spoke Zarathustra A Book for None and All, and The Myth of Sisyphus, and Other Essays are my favorite philosophical texts. In my opinion, the philosophers who are the best writers are the most fun to read.

So yeah, that's about all the relevant information I have for this group, but for more general stuff, I guess I could say that I love my girlfriend, Dr. Pepper, Newsboy hats, suspenders, women's motorcycle boots, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, Underwood Typewriters, Bob Dylan, the color Green, the number 9, the TV show "Daria", the movie "Network", and the long dash.

So that's about all I have for now! Take care and happy reading.


message 20: by Martha (new)

Martha Kate | 198 comments Hey Chums,
My name is Martha or sometimes Smartykate, and I have been known to fall off the Fictionfiles bus for months at a time, but I'm happy to be here and to see all of your smiling faces. I love Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner and Eudora Welty and Mary Gaitskill and most writers who know how to choose the perfect word and take risks and explode sentences and fall in love with the characters they create, warts and all. And I love puppies and doing laundry for surly teenage boys.


message 21: by Patty, free birdeaucrat (new)

Patty | 896 comments Mod
i'm patty. i like fun. i think long novels kick ass. i like reading fiction and poetry. when i was a kid, and someone asked me what i wanted to do when i grew up, i said "read." and when they told me i'd need a job in order to pay for my books, i said i wanted to be a trucker. they discouraged me from that pursuit, and i became a renassaince man instead.

i've been with the fiction files (FF) since a couple of months after Jonathan (JE) started the group. I've had the privilage to meet many FFers live and in person. i feel super amazingly lucky to call you all my friends.

i wish goodreads had a spellcheck function.







message 22: by Brian, just a child's imagination (new)

Brian (banoo) | 346 comments Mod
pssst.... patty... firefox has spell check.


message 23: by [deleted user] (new)

Jonathan wrote: " . . .i'm jonathan . . . i like rabbits . . . but not as much as i like the people in this group . . . i blog here with a few of my friends, as of today:

http://threeguysonebook.blogspot.com/"


Say JE, this is really nice for you. I love thier stuff. Even the pictures.


message 24: by Martyn (new)

Martyn | 299 comments Patty wrote: "i'm patty. i like fun. i think long novels kick ass. i like reading fiction and poetry. when i was a kid, and someone asked me what i wanted to do when i grew up, i said "read." and when they told ..."

Hey Patty! Remember when you, Danielle, Neil and I went to the bookstores in Port Townsend? That was cool. It was a great honour in meeting you! Same for everybody else too...except for Ben...I hate that guy.




message 25: by Micha (new)

Micha (selective_narcoleptic) | 92 comments Moshi moshi ^_^
I'm Micha ~ there are a lot of things I love, music, art, films, travel, good food, GO -- but I think books and words rank pretty highly on the list. I also love serendipitous occurrences.
My favourite authors are Murakami Haruki, Kawabata Yasunari, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Peter S Beagle, James P Othmer, Jonathan Evison, Cao Xueqin, Diana Wynne Jones, Zoe Francesca, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, P.G. Wodehouse, Virginia Woolfe, PKD, Heinlein, Fyodor Dostoevsky. There are so many more...
I agree that the philosophers who are the best writers are the most fun to read.


message 26: by Matt, e-monk (new)

Matt Comito | 386 comments Mod
Im Matt - I have issues. I used to be an angry young man but now Im not particularly either. Books make things better. That is all.


message 27: by Michael, the Olddad (last edited Mar 13, 2009 01:29PM) (new)

Michael (olddad) | 255 comments Mod
Hi, I’m Michael. Back in ’05 I got on to MySpace to see what my kids were all in to. They have since migrated to Facebook to avoid the “turd in the punchbowl” effect of parents seeing them online. They will probably need to move on once again if my peer’s adoption of Facebook is as ubiquitous as it seems from here.

The story continues: I found my way to an interesting enough MySpace chat group called “Literary Corner Café”. And for a time this corner was happening. I mean really happening. I was surprised. There was a collaborative wa which was happening there, maybe because of the pictures, that just didn’t happen on USENET (ur-networking kids, don’t even ask) back in the day. And even though my interests tend towards classical philosophy and music, I found that once talking about literature I had a lot to say, and a lot to learn. I was hooked. Then one day I befriended a gentleman from Seattle, whose avatar looked suspiciously like Hunter S. Thompson, and he invited me to join a new group he was building called our own Fiction Files, pun intended I am sure. Sweet guy Jonathan, and just full of gitty up, wit, and a working knowledge of Kant.

Here we find “gitty up” defined: Gitty Up

If our young experiment in democracy was even further threatened and I had to sew the books I loved into the lining of my coat, I would probably grab Plato’s dialogs before I grabbed the Bible . But it would be a close call for me. That and James Joyce, probably 1001 Nights, my man Soren K., and Borges. Maybe Borges first because he would be lighter on the lining.

But I am open to change. Reading much of Cormac McCarthy of late and finally read Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and was taken aback. Gibbon might even take The Bard down in the British version of Literary Death Match. He’s that good, IMVHO.

I am now one of JE’s readers and he was kind enough to mention my name in his acknowledgments in Lulu. I take that as one of the best things I have accomplished in this life. I am encouraging him to write more, to aim high, and to try and be one of the best writers ever. I think the published writers we have in this group all have this potential, and it is a real privilege to be able to discuss their works with them, first hand, and to see the flower bloom, as it were, while they are still on the bud.

mm




message 28: by Melody (last edited Mar 12, 2009 02:23PM) (new)

Melody (unpaintedmelody) Hi all!

I'm Melody aka Smelody, Smelly (even though I don't smell...I smell nice actually), Mel, Mommmmmmmmy and few other nicknames from the hubby that none of you would be interested in and if you were interested, then I shouldn't be in this group.

Kerry invited me. She's fabulous. I've known her since junior high. I wish I knew her in 3rd grade when she had those nifty book clubs.

More than likely, I'll be lurking here quite a bit. I'm not nearly as clever as you fabulous people, so I'll keep my lame comments to a minimum.

Oh and I overly use the word 'fabulous'....
:-)


message 29: by Shel, ad astra per aspera (last edited Mar 12, 2009 02:52PM) (new)

Shel (shelbybower) | 946 comments Mod
Michael said... I was surprised. There was a collaborative wa which was happening there, maybe because of the pictures, that just didn’t happen on USENET (ur-networking kids, don’t even ask) back in the day.

Ah, USENET. I remember USENET!

Here are some other words for ya: PINE. Mosaic. MUD!


message 30: by Jennifer, hot tamale (new)

Jennifer | 141 comments Mod
i'm jennifer, i'm from texas and i'm a mommy / would be librarian. i like to read all kinds of stuff - the last couple of years most of this stuff has been introduced to me by the folks here at fiction files. for this and the wonderful group of people on here, i am most appreciative. i'm excited about the group's new home and the new members joining every day! so nice to be here with all of you. :)





message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

I live in a semi-tropical climate, where I read and daydream a lot.

Favorite reading: Greek & Latin classics; Elizabethan & Jacobean writers; British, American, & French literature; poetry; letters & diaries.

I have a pug named Jabberwock.

I listen to jazz and opera and '80s pop music. I'd like to have written a libretto for Richard Strauss.

In a past life I was an obscure hack writer who lived in 19th-century Paris and died of consumption and/or multiple venereal diseases.

I've been amused by the creative answers to my challenge question when requesting a friend add. My favorite response is by Dan: "Adrian's eyes are the color of ripening wheat." I suspect that he's writing a musical version of Peyton Place.




message 32: by Micha (new)

Micha (selective_narcoleptic) | 92 comments Jennifer wrote: "i'm jennifer, i'm from texas and i'm a mommy / would be librarian. i like to read all kinds of stuff - the last couple of years most of this stuff has been introduced to me by the folks here at fic..."

You would make such a lovely librarian dear!


message 33: by Lauren, Cream Cheese Angel (last edited Mar 13, 2009 12:00AM) (new)

Lauren Soderberg | 80 comments Mod
*stands up; clears throat*

Hi guys! I'm Lauren. I have several nicknames, all of which come from FFers. Ask them, they shall supply. I don't remember when I joined FF, but judging by where I lived at the time, it must have been a few years ago.

I'm the child of the group and apparetly lovable enough to have money thrown at me by some of the wonderful people who reside here. (psst. The plaque is hanging on my wall and JE's note is pinned to my corkboard). I am also the proud inventor of the FF family tree (and unlike JE, I have no sense of modesty).

I like to read. My favorite author is Oscar Wilde, but I read a lot of Mark Twain, Jane Austen, CS Lewis, Gregory Maguire and Shakespeare as well.

I'm two months away from completing my freshman year of college. I'm majoring in English Education with a minor in Theatre (but I may change that to something having to do with literature). My long term goals are to move to Vancouver/Portland/Somewherelikethat and teach English. Hopefully a specialized English course. Like Mythology or something like that. I like Greek Mythology a lot.

I also like coloring, energy drinks (Rockstars preferably)raspberry ice tea, disney movies, David Bowie, writing self important philosophical rants, rain, playing softball, watching football, brie cheese and ritz and grapes (that combo), sleeping, and speaking with accents.

Now that I have flown the nest and shed my diapers, there is a good chance of spotting me at the Dork this year.

Oh, PS. I got to briefly meet Kerry when she honored me by seeing one of my plays and she's as lovely as she seems =]


message 34: by Esther (new)

Esther | 83 comments Mod
I'm Esther. I'm originally from Columbus, Ohio but have suffered through living in rural West Virginia for some time now (4 years?! YIKES!).

I'm too busy for my own good, but when I have free time I have no idea what to do with it...except read...and even that I tackle as if it is something I must do. I have lists and charts and order and structure...and though it changes rapidly, I thrive on the semblance of structure.

I'm finishing up my Junior year of college, majoring in English: Professional Writing with minors in Communications: Film and French. (Trust me, I've wanted to add at least 2 other minors but it would add 2-4 semesters to my time here, and I didn't like that idea at all.) It took me too damn long to finish school (my 10 year HS reunion is in August) and I don't want to waste any time now that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

In addition to a full-time schedule at school (18 credit hours this semester...would've done 21 but I didn't want to request special permission from the Dean to do so...too much hassle) I work full-time for the State of West Virginia, getting paid very little money to do about 15 different things. I work for the state's Human Rights Commission in an atmosphere you would not expect from a human rights commission.

In addition to that I am now a freelance journalist for the Charleston Gazette, covering city council meetings twice a month. I started in December when my Journalism teacher gave my name to an editor and have had 6 articles published so far.

In addition to that, I'm the mother of two boys, 6 (almost 7) and 9 - Ethan and Logan. Logan (9) was caught yesterday trying to give a girl he likes at school a ring he had stolen from a local store...isn't parenting a blast?!

If there's any time left for my personal interests...yes, I like to read. I could tell you my favorite author, but what would the point be? It changes monthly, sometimes daily. At the end of last year I thought I was a fanatic for world literature...but, thanks to my American Literature class, I've found a new interest in American literature and culture from the 17th-18th centuries. (We haven't made it to the 19th century yet, give it time.)

I joined FF about a year or so ago? Pre-last dorka, but not very pre-.

I'm too wordy. I second guess myself all the time. I'm always sure I have something to say and almost certain nobody cares to hear it. I like penguins, white chocolate (which my son calls "fake chocolate"), travel and my cat and dog.

I have a 5-year plan that changes constantly. I also have about 5 different contingency plans in case my first option doesn't pan out. And I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up.



message 35: by Michael, the Olddad (last edited Mar 13, 2009 12:52PM) (new)

Michael (olddad) | 255 comments Mod
Lauren wrote: "*stands up; clears throat*

...I'm the child of the group and apparetly lovable enough to have money thrown at me by some of the wonderful people who reside here. (psst. The plaque is hanging on my wall and JE's note is pinned to my corkboard). I am also the proud inventor of the FF family tree (and unlike JE, I have no sense of modesty)..."


I look forward to the day some high schooler wanders into the group again, at which point you will be as old as the folks you met when you came in here. And I think I remember your entire nick name now:

Lauren-Mischief Danielle MacCoup d'Etat, though Egret use to call you "Kiddo" for short.

I remember running into you first in the Literary Corner Cafe on MySpace where you posted on Plato's Symposium (I think you were a Jr. in HS), so that might have been late 2005/early 2006 at the earliest. Just feeling the nostalgia what with the state of the economy and all...



message 36: by Lauren, Cream Cheese Angel (new)

Lauren Soderberg | 80 comments Mod
hmm 2005/2006 I was a sophomore hahah


message 37: by Esther (new)

Esther | 83 comments Mod
Wish I had been inclined to challenge myself when I was in high school...no wonder I was so bored.


message 38: by James (last edited Mar 16, 2009 06:27AM) (new)

James Othmer (jamespothmer) | 39 comments I'm Jim. For my first creative writing class more than 30 years ago our teacher asked us to bring in a favorite poem. I found mine embedded in a Yukon Jack poster on my brother's wall; it was called The Men Who Don't Fit In (Robert Service). Since my brother was in Parris Island, where he was up to his leather neck not quite fitting in, I tore it down and brought what was basically an ad with me to a creative writing class. Today I find it interesting that, even as a 17 year-old, I was actively utilizing advertising to sabotage my writing career. Anyway, my performance was met with eye rolls and snickers from the intellectual elite of my community college. Did it put an end to my literary ambition? Nah. It sent me to the library, where I set out trying to read everything that uninterested girls and baseball and beer and marijuana and Yukon Jack and mixing cement had kept me from reading for the previous five years. Plus, the humiliation was good preparation for Martyn and many, many others. I can take it. Books are worth it. I love Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wao. Notes from the Underground and, currently, Notes on the Constitution, a non-fic book that has led me to imagine that this is how our new moderators have been setting down the groundwork for this bright, shiny new fiction city on a hill of ours. I'm here because of your posts. They're amazing. Presently I have two Goodreads profiles. One as author and one as writer. I'll fix that. But for now, here's to both, and to Yukon Jack.


message 39: by Connie (last edited Mar 16, 2009 09:57AM) (new)

Connie | 10 comments Hello. I, Connie (aka. tvcw), was a regular FF'er a while ago, and then my life as a crazy, cat-loving, bachelor-woman (is that what they call unmarried women over 30? or is it still just bachelorette?) was shattered by a persistent man who completely knocked me out of my comfort zone. Now things have stabilized enough to re-establish contact with others who share my enjoyments, but as I've learned, I have to partition my time against the "his" and the "ours" times. and He has a very demanding hobby as a drag racecar driver...that would be as in drag-racing cars, not as in dress-wearing.
I have been a lover of reading and books for as long as I can remember, in fact while packing up the old home I came across two books of children's stories my grandmother gave me on my 2nd birthday. Also, I've had an itching to write for almost as long.
I retired from the US Air Force a couple of years ago. The USAF was an interesting career, and an environment I never quite fit. I actually took pride in my ability to merge my dominate right brain skills with the necessary left brain thinking of the military. I was the round-peg that never quite fit into the square hole. Unfortunately, it was difficult to completely remove myself from my experience and I got sucked back into government service (but I set myself a goal of doing this for only 5 years.) The world is a huge caramel apple of experiences and I don't want to just lick off the caramel in an attempt to avoid the stick.
BTW: I'm still a crazy, cat lover. I have two, Gibson and Daisy, who I named in a loose tribute to the 1920's and The Great Gatsby.


message 40: by Christopher, Swanny (new)

Christopher Swann (christopherswann) | 189 comments Mod
I'm Chris, or Swann, or Swanny to the old-timers here. (Pardon me as I adjust my dentures...) I joined FF back in '07, before the blackout. I'm a high school English teacher who's written a novel and I am trying very hard not to become like the Richard Dreyfuss character in "Mr. Holland's Opus" because, well, that would just be sad. This is my virtual family, and it feels like we just moved into a new house.

I like medieval lit, literary thrillers (love Alan Furst and Martin Cruz Smith), most everything Shakespeare, the Romantic poets, et cetera.

Good to see all you people in our new digs. BTW, I call the upstairs room with the desk in the dormer window.


message 41: by Catamorandi (new)

Catamorandi (wwwgoodreadscomprofilerandi) Hi. I'm Randi. I love reading. I like any genre with the possible exception of sappy romance novels. I love Anne Perry, Edgar Allan Poe (my favorite author of all time), Nathaniel Hawthorne, Markus Zadek, Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Roger Zelazny. I hated to read until about 15 years ago, when I started seriously reading. I am now 56. Right now, I am reading The Thirteenth Tale. I am not very far into it, but I think it will be okay. I also love to write.


message 42: by Neil (new)

Neil McCrea | 204 comments I'm Neil.

In '06, I lurked the files. In '07, I participated regularly. In '08, the trials of beginning a new business made me a lurker again. I made a promise to myself to pop back in more regularly this year only to find everyone had moved to Goodreads. It looks as if I may still keep my promise.

I was well on my way to being a professional academic when grad school politics and an ugly divorce soured me on that whole plan. Since then I've become a relatively shifty character, supplementing my blue collar job with a bit of unlicensed private eye work, and I even supported myself for a while pulling short con tricks in rural bars.

Things are looking up these days, and I'm even back to doing a spot of writing here and there.

My reading spans the gamut from well acknowledged classics to enjoyable bits of trash. I read a lot of genre fiction these days, and I'm aiming to fix the gap in my knowledge of contemporary literary fiction.


message 43: by Dan, deadpan man (new)

Dan | 641 comments Mod
Neil wrote: "I'm Neil.

In '06, I lurked the files. In '07, I participated regularly. In '08, the trials of beginning a new business made me a lurker again. I made a promise to myself to pop back in more r..."


Glad you decided, after initial reservations, to join us over here Neil.


message 44: by Ben, uneasy in a position of power; a yorkshire pudding (last edited Mar 22, 2009 08:01AM) (new)

Ben Loory | 241 comments Mod
Dan wrote: "Glad you decided, after initial reservations, to join us over here Neil. "

amen! and (neil) i've been finding myself thinking about that neil stephenson book you recommended... it keeps popping to mind... looks like i might have to investigate further...




message 45: by Jesika (new)

Jesika (robot_bee) | 2 comments Hi everyone!

I’m Jesika.

I wish when people asked me what I like to do for fun I didn’t get uncomfortable when I say, “Oh, I like to read.” I am not embarrassed that I spend most of my free time reading. It’s just that most people give you this look that means they really think you spend all your free time digging tunnels under the well constructed walls in the Arizona desert to help smuggle in cocaine and confetti eggs colored with lead based paint . . . and really, I have no evidence to contradict that assumption.

I am hoping to take a more active role in the Goodreads discussions since I spent most (read: 99.7%) of the time in the Myspace group just lurking.

So, hi.


message 46: by Dan, deadpan man (new)

Dan | 641 comments Mod
Jesika wrote: "Hi everyone!

I’m Jesika.

I wish when people asked me what I like to do for fun I didn’t get uncomfortable when I say, “Oh, I like to read.” I am not embarrassed that I spend most of my fre..."



Holy shit someone else in Arizona reads instead of spending all their free time digging tunnels to smuggle cocaine and eggs!

and I thought I was alone in this whole reading thing.




message 47: by Matt, e-monk (new)

Matt Comito | 386 comments Mod
Im not buying it - you both are obviously deeply involved witht the infamous international cocaine/confetti egg smuggling ring


message 48: by Neil (new)

Neil McCrea | 204 comments I'm living proof that reading and cocaine/confetti egg smuggling need not be mutually exclusive hobbies.


message 49: by Jesika (new)

Jesika (robot_bee) | 2 comments Well, I do need something to do while waiting at the rendezvous. Sometimes you're out in the desert for hours . . . wait . . . Doh!


message 50: by Lauren, Cream Cheese Angel (new)

Lauren Soderberg | 80 comments Mod
How much for said cocaine/confetti eggs?


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