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Oct. 14th, 2012

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Casual Vacancy

Just finished Casual Vacancy. I hadn't been sure I wanted to read it after getting a sneak peak through I-tunes at the first 50 pages and hearing others impressions. Then I got lent a copy of the audio book. Because I listen to so much audio as I go through my day to day routine, it seems easier to do and not such a commitment of time that sitting down with a book does.

Well my initial reluctance had a lot to do with the level of pettiness and self-absorption of the characters. And yes that was there in spades. But as I got further on and got to know the characters better it seemed that many times the motivations of one another were misunderstood and the interconnectedness of how ones actions affected another was what came across. There are obviously some very unpleasant characters and some who were deeply ill or disturbed. I think Rowling did a good job showing the thoughts and motivations of her characters.

In the end I can say that I was moved by this story, especially for Crystal, little Robbie and their mother Terri. I doubt I'll feel the desire to revisit Pagford, as I did Hogwarts. And I will look with interest on what Rowling decide to write next.

Sep. 3rd, 2012

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Hello!

I know I'm terribly behInd on posting to LJ, although I think of everyone so very often. Just wanted to let people know that I've been reading a lot of Sherlock Holmes lately. No, I don't mean Sherlock fanfic, but the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Yes, I've been inspired by the BBC Sherlock series, which I love. All the Conan Doyle works are available free for downloading.

Plus I found a great little app for under five dollars which has a library of thousands of classic books in audio format, and Sherlock HIlmes is included.

This is my first journal entry using my I-Phone.

Jul. 26th, 2012

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50th Birthday

I've got the big 50 coming up next week. Boy have my aches and pains increased this past month or so. Actually I expect that's due to a medication change. I'm going to see my doctor and then go for a massage this afternoon.

I suspect my family of planning an event for me this weekend, prior to my birthday. I've been dropping hints of wanting a party for my big 50 for about two years. We shall see and I'll let you all know.

Jul. 12th, 2012

Ascendio 2012

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Will be driving to Ascendio in Orlando early this afternoon. Can't wait to see everyone!

Jun. 24th, 2012

Ascendio 2012

Here I come Ascendio!

Well, I decided I just couldn't pass up on getting a chance to see some fandom friends when they are so close to home. So I'll be attending Acendio - arriving Thursday, July 12 and leaving Sunday, July 15 and staying at the Portofino. I've had the privilege of staying at the Portofino with family before. It is very nice! I can't wait to see fellow Snapefen, especially at whatever meet-up the Snapecasters are planning.
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Best Birthday Wishes to Lariope!

Happy Birthday to one who has given me many hours of joy reading her Snapely stories. I hope your birthday is filled with many hours of joy as well!

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Nov. 3rd, 2011

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Happy Birthday Larilee!

Birthday greetings to larilee! You were one of the first SSHG fic authors whose stories I read. Thank you for all your early contributions that helped shape this ship.


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As I haven't seen a post from you lately, I hope this birthday finds you well and that you have had a fabulous day!

Oct. 19th, 2011

Pottermore

The Obligatory Pottermore Update

My Pottermore name is FlameRain184. Out of all my choices I picked this because I could think of it as a SSHG link. Flame = Fire = Gryffindor = Hermione and Rain = Water = Slytherin = Severus.

Sadly, I was sorted into Gryffindor, which I don't relate to. I wanted Ravenclaw.

My wand is Ash, 10 3/4 inches, Phoenix Feather and Unyeilding. I'm quite happy with the core and the description of Ash on Pottermore is interesting, but I think of it as a rather common wood. Unyeilding? I guess I can be quite stubborn.

I'd love to friend people I know, especially from the fandom, on Pottermore. But I'm not friending random unknown names. I wish there was a way to send a message to someone who has friended you to ask them who they are. So below is my list of unknowns who have sent me a friend request. So if you are one of the following, or know them please let me know. Plus if you are on Pottermore and would like to share your Pottermore name, I'll friend you.

HallowAuror206
MoonThestral169
QueenGold21
PatronusSky60
StarRune173
WatchNox111
NightGoblet161
RuneFeather186
ChaserUnicorn6
MirrorBlood113
WitchSilver93
MagicShadow165
HowlMist201

Oct. 18th, 2011

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Happy Birthday Corianderpie!

Birthday greetings for another October baby and one of my favorite Authors, corianderpie! I hope this day brings you much joy and is shared with many loved ones.



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P.S. I'm still keeping an eye out for the sequel to Carmel. It's got me hanging on the proverbial cliff.

Oct. 17th, 2011

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A Very Special Birthday Greeting to Mischievous_T!

Happy Birthday mischievous_t! Prior to recent events in your life, I only knew you as a Live Journal participant who I shared a number of LJ friends with. You have always been so recognizable with your Smoking Baby icon and your witty comments. Now I know you as someone who is also very precious and well loved by her many friends.



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I hope your birthday was a precious day and that you could enjoy it with your family and friends!

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