Friday, September 25, 2009

Thanks to Nik at Chapters for nominating me.

Seven things about me:

1. I wrote a novel.
2. I used to be a volunteer breastfeeding counselor.
3. I have five kids: three by birth and two by marriage.
4. My singing is slightly worse than my dancing.
5. When I dance, I look like an octopus on roller skates.
6. I love coffee.
7. I'm addicted to post-it notes.

I nominate:

1. A Karabu Creation
2. The Sci Fi Catholic
3. Observations
4. The Big Litowski
5. The Blue Boar
6. The Ironic Catholic
7. I'm Always Write

Here are the rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Truth About Chastity Belts and Iron Maidens plus a C.S. Lewis Play and a Bathroom Mirror

I just read some interesting history about chastity belts and iron maidens. You may want to check out author Jeri Westerson's guest entry on Lori Devoti's blog.

In other news, I'll be going to a production of C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters which is one of the best books ever written, in my oh so humble opinion. I can't imagine how they'll perform it, as it is an epistolary novel written as a series of letters.

When I received an advert. card in the mail, I taped it to the bathroom mirror hoping to convey a subtle hint to my dear husband. The darling told me to go ahead and go, but that I should bring a female friend,(I suppose he had to add the stipulation because I of course have dozens of men hanging around me. LOL)because he had no interest in C.S. Lewis and satirical plays about demons. He gets bookoo (sp?) points but doesn't actually have to shell out the dough because his lovely boss offered to pay for the tickets after my husband mentioned it to him. So, in October my sister will be off to see Uncle Screwtape himself. Woo-Hoo!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Why is Harry Potter like Jane Eyre and Mina (from Dracula)?
How is Snape like Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)?
In Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books Behind the Hogwarts Adventures, John Granger explores the various genres through which the Harry Potter series scampers.

Granger shows how Harry Potter is a boarding-school-gothic-horror-postmodern epic, among many other things. His book is a comprehensive literary critique that would make for a fun springboard text for a literature class that just begs for an insanely varied course book list including titles such as- Pilgrim's Progress, Plato's Republic, The Divine Comedy, Sense and Sensibility, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The list would go on and on.

I picked up Harry Potter's Bookshelf for a bit of light reading, but found a treasure. While it won't create the elixer of life, it's become dear to the reader, the writer, and the Harry Potter fan in me.
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