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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me

Well, I've been tagged by Reverse_Vampyr, and so here they are:

5 Things You Don't Know About Me

  1. I've tried to read Moby Dick three (maybe 4) times, and have never gotten past page 50; and yet, I can usually read a 1000+ page fantasy epic in three days despite my other obligations.
  2. I'm one of those annoying people who talk during the movie (albeit quietly)...and, when I'm at home, I get near-hysterically involved in the story. After nearly nine years of marriage, my husband has finally stopped asking, "Are you okay?"
  3. If I were offered the chance to trade my current existence for the butt-kicking life-style of a Buffy/Sydney type bad-guy-beating martial artist, I would have to seriously consider it. Which I find rather disturbing...but, how cool would that be!?!
  4. I haven't weighed less than 200 lbs. since my first son was born. I'm neither comfortable nor uncomfortable with this, but perhaps surprisingly so, it's not the reason I don't like my picture taken...I just always seem to be between facial expressions when the image is actually captured and it looks very odd.
  5. The third short story I ever completed was a pornographic revenge story that involved the unanesthetized removal of certain portions of a man's genitalia, which I sent to my uncle who was in prison for revision. He told me it wasn't anatomically possible, but aside from the actual removal and subsequent force-feeding...I know the positioning works.

Now, who should I send it to?

I'll start with Small Town Girl at Lisa for President.

Then, I'll include Milemastersarah of The Nefariouspoo of Sarah.

I'd love to learn more about McEwen of Whitterer on Autism.

I'll pass it along to my husband, Mark, of Lazy Mormon.

And, we'll see if David from A Republic, if you can keep it... is willing to play along too.


At 1/03/2007 10:07 PM, Blogger Lisa Renee said...

I don't like my picture taken either, I almost always end up with wierd expressions.

I almost want to read the short story...


At 1/03/2007 10:12 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Sorry, it's been lost to the sands of time, three computer crashes and several years later. Plus, I was only fifteen when I wrote it, so it was not a well-written piece.

At 1/04/2007 1:09 AM, Blogger mcewen said...

oooer, stay away from me lady! Oh, I'm female, now I come to think of it, so I don't have that appendage to remove. The other appendages! you need a microscope to find them.
Cheers dears

At 1/04/2007 2:30 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Sorry, I forgot that you'd already been tagged with this particular bug. Does that mean I have to pick someone else?

At 1/04/2007 6:45 AM, Blogger small town girl said...

I like this idea...

I will have to think a little on what 5 things to say about me...

I will post it on my All Politics Aside blog in a day or two though...

Steph, this takes guts! and thanks for mentioning me!

At 1/04/2007 11:50 AM, Anonymous Pam said...

Most people can't get through Moby Dick...what a yawner. Thank goodness for movies and television. The Moby Dick miniseries starring Patrick Stewart a while back is the only reason I know anything about the story.

At 1/04/2007 11:50 AM, Blogger reverse_vampyr said...

Coolness, thanks for sharing with us.

BTW, I, too, have an annoying habit of talking during movies. I'm quiet in theaters, of course, but when at home I talk way too much. It bugs traci something awful.

At 1/04/2007 2:54 PM, Blogger historymike said...

There are a few keys to reading Moby Dick:

1. Get a version with annotations on the bottom of the page for all those archaic nautical terms and Biblical rferences that Melville uses.

2. Read it a chapter at a time, and look up any words you don't know. He kicks my arse every time I read him. Melville had an immense vocabulary, but it's worth the work. You'll be using $10 words like a pro when you are done.

3. Set a goal of, say, 2 months to read it. There are 130 chapters, so that's only 2-1/2 a day.

4. You might get familiar with Melville first through his short stories. The best two are Benito Cereno and Billy Budd. Same rules - only choose a copy with annotation, and keep a dictionary handy.

Good luck! Melville was a literary giant whose work you can read many times and pick up nuances each time, but it takes a little extra effort to get used to him.

At 1/04/2007 3:37 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks, Mike. I didn't know there were annotated versions. I'll have to give that a try. I know it's a good story, and I know he was a literary giant, but I also understand why Moby Dick ruined his career.

But, seeing as I'm going to try to get through an "untranslated" version of Canterbury Tales with annotations, I can probably do that with Moby Dick once I find one. Perhaps the library will have one?

At 1/04/2007 6:04 PM, Blogger Me4Prez said...

That is the same reason I don't like my picture taken. It always seems to get taken the moment that my face is at its most akward.


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