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The town next to the one I live in holds the Flamingo Days celebration every summer. I'm not really sure how it got to be Flamingos (it is the mascot of the Local Polo and Yacht club, which has nothing to do with either polo ponies or yachts), but it is a lot of cheesy fun, and who doesn't like cheesy fun. Years ago (this picture is from 2008) I did a book cart drill team with the local librarians (I spend a lot of time there and have since I was a kid, I also volunteer). Someone passing through took a picture and posted it to their travel blog, and it was finally sent to me. It was a lot of fun, and I hope we can do it again this year. I'm in the pink hat. Our local library is the best (they got a five star rating from Library Journal)! 

My creation

So I was invited to a Red Dress party, a sort of yearly Cabin fever event put on by friends of a friend, and I was able to show off the Lolita style kimono I made (with help from my mother). The fabric is very un-lolita, but perfect for the party. Yes, the little aliens (or demons, or robots, opinions varied) are drinking beer, and the gray things are little kegs.
Beer swilling alien dress

Writer's Block: Say What?

What is the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked?

Tough choice I live in a tourist town, so we get a lot of weird questions. Two of my all time favorites:

"Where did all the water go?" (a tourist who was looking at the harbor at low tide)

"Do Canadians speak Canadian?" (from a lady who was making reservations at the hotel I worked at. She also wanted to know if there was a bridge from Bar Harbor to Nova Scotia because the ferry was too expensive.)

A meme

I found this on Merci (nosferatu_blue) lj and liked it so much I just had to share (except I could only figure out how to do a straight cut and paste, so it is nowhere near is fancy). Some very interesting questions.

Choose a number and ask me…

01. My sexual orientation.
02. What I'm really bad at.
03. The one person whose arms I'd like to be in.
04. My best first date.
05. A description of my self-esteem.
06. Who my best friends are.
07. My favourite book.
08. Biggest turn-offs.
09. A description of my best friend.
10. My favorite animal.
11. Someone I miss.
12. The reason behind my last break-up.
13. What I did yesterday.
14. My greatest achievements.
15. My favorite songs right now.
16. A description of my last kiss.
17. What I find attractive.
18. All of the pets I've ever owned.
19. My favorite ice cream flavor.
20. The one place I wish I was right now.
21. The most cruel thing anyone has ever said to me.
22. All of the places I've lived.
23. Qualities that make me more likely to love a person.
24. My future plans.
25. One of my internal conflicts.
26. What I'm doing tomorrow.
27. My life's aspirations.
28. My most embarrassing moment.
29. Two of my insecurities.
30. What I would do if I won the lottery.
31. What I love most about myself.
32. My biggest pet peeves.
33. What musical artists I've seen live.
34. How many kids I would like to have.
35. My idea of a perfect date.
36. What I'm really excellent at.
37. My most traumatic experience.
38. Where I would like to live.
39. The nicest thing anyone's ever said to me.
40. Whether I like where I live now.
41. What I can hear right now.
42. My relationship with my siblings.
43. What's currently worrying me the most.
44. Something I've repeatedly wished for.
45. My relationship with my parents.
46. What I dislike most about myself.

Ask away I feel like talking, want to ask and answer that works for me to.


Writer's Block: Bless you!

What are you allergic to?

Dust, mold, pollen, cats, tress, grass, and hay fever. It's almost quicker to list what I'm not allergic to. If it's green and it grows, I'm allergic to it. Milk products stuff me up as well.

Writer's Block: Paranormal activity

Tell us a ghost or supernatural encounter you’ve experienced.

Years ago a friend and I were driving home from her family's home in Northern Vermont, and we were driving along a road between Vermont and New Hampshire that I can't for the life of me remember. We had the radio low enough for us to talk easily over, but still loud enough to hear that it was on when we were coming to a stretch of road with a nasty turn around a lake. My friend had remarked that there had been a lot of accidents on this corner, and just as we came to the corner and my friend said that's where the cars go off the radio went dead quiet. There was no static, no fuzz, just all of a sudden no radio. We both thought it was a little odd, but even more so when as soon as we rounded the corner the radio came back on. Our friends traveling in the car behind us had no problems with their radio at all.
So I signed up for the National Novel Writing month months ago in a burst of optimism and industry. It feels a little daunting, especially going in without any solid ideas, but I am going to give it my best. Now off to find both my inspiration and self discipline.


Writer's Block: Anti-bullying month

Who is the biggest bully in your life? One response chosen at random will win an Amazon Kindle. [contest details] (sponsored by )

I was bullied for many years when I was younger, pretty much from second to seventh grade (one of the donwsides of going to a very small school with the same group of kids), and in those days I could have named a few different people, but now I think I'm my own worst bully, beating myself up (in the metaphorical sense) for any perceived failures and short comings. It's something I've been working on for a long time now, and finding the strenth to forgive myself is still going to be a long road.

Sci-fi and fantasy meme

"Sci-fi and fantasy book meme" stolen from charisstoma who stole it from broken_moons who stole it from marasmine.

NPR recently published the list of the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books as voted for by the public. So let's meme it, strike out the ones you've read, italicise the ones you'd recommend to others and no, seeing the movies doesn't count!

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert - the first one
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin - 3 or four and then got bored
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan - got tired of it 5 books in, me too
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King most of them, still need to finish it
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman am behind on it by a bit
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey + rest of series
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind - the first 3
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldond not all
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony not all
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

The bold italics are the ones I can't recommend enough. If this was on paper, my pen would have gone through it making it darker.


Writer's Block: Once upon a time…

“The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself."

Neverwhere by Neil Gaimen

One of my all time favorites.