hani_backup: (Snow Leopard Hani)
In December an auction was held to raise money for Terri Windling at [livejournal.com profile] magick4terri. I won an auction for a metamorphosis poem and book made by [livejournal.com profile] rose_lemberg. I chose the animal "black panther/jaguar" and the element "fire." I chose the black panther because it's the mascot of a school I went to back in Malaysia and I do love the black panther and how I perceive the animal as a sleek hunter. I had a more difficult time with the element, choosing between wood, stone, wind, fire, or storm. I ultimately chose fire because I love warmth and we were in the middle of a Midwestern winter (however mild it is).

I've seen little snippets of the book on Rose's LiveJournal during the process and in earlier February I received the book!

It's quite beautiful.

From her entry about the book and the entries of the process, a few pictures:

And snippets:

Listen, girl-woman,
shining woman, still woman,
skinwild woman, dreaming-fast woman -
I will go in, where they keep fire captive
in the deceitful embrace of glazed brick.
I will gift
garnet and oystershell to your kinswomen
and ask for their unmarrigeable daughter.

[The Suitor]:

Ah, this gate. The northeast wind has long peeled
its bashful paint away, pressed
caress after wild caress into the surrendering flesh of the wood.
Some nights, the groaning
shames the people in. Pretending decency,
they splash boiling river into clay; heads tilted
ever so politely to the east, they stir their tea
and veil the windows with seed-embroidered cloth.

Nothing like this ever lasts.


Also, some photos of when I received it.
Photos )

I definitely recommend clicking on Rose's entry about the book!
hani_backup: (Writing)
I primarily know Terri Windling for her work as aneditor for books relating to myths, folklore, fairy tales (or re-tellings). She's also an artist and a writer.

Through [livejournal.com profile] rose_lemberg I found out there's a charity auction to help Terri Windling.

From [livejournal.com profile] magick4terri's profile page:

Beloved editor, artist and writer Terri Windling is in need, and we are asking for your help in a fundraising auction to assist her. This auction will combine donations from professionals and fans in an online sale to help Terri through a serious financial crisis.

Terri is the creator of groundbreaking fantasy and mythic art and literature over the past several decades, ranging from the influential urban fantasy series Bordertown to the online Journal of Mythic Arts. With co-editor Ellen Datlow, she changed the face of contemporary short fiction with The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and other award-winning anthologies, including Silver Birch, Blood Moon and The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest. Her remarkable Endicott Studio blog continues to bring music, poetry, art and inspiration to people all over the world.

Terri Windling and her family have been coping with health and legal issues that have drained her financial resources at a critical time. Due to the serious nature of these issues, and privacy concerns for individual family members, we can't be more specific than that, but Terri is in need of our support. As a friend, a colleague and an inspiration, Terri has touched many, many lives over the years. She has been supremely generous in donating her own work and art to support friends and colleagues in crisis. Now, Terri is in need of some serious help from her community. Who better than her colleagues and fans to rise up to make some magick for her?

The bidding opens November 28th, 2011 and ends 5pm PST December 15th, 2011.

There are offerings like naming rights, original poems, music, clothes, signed books, signed drawings, even a dinner, a novel critique and a lot more.

Offers are made by Rose Lemberg, Emma Bull ([livejournal.com profile] coffeeem, Catherynne Valente [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna, Tamora Pierce ([livejournal.com profile] tammy212/ [livejournal.com profile] tammypierce), JoSelle Vanderhooft ([livejournal.com profile] upstart_crow), S.J. Tucker ([livejournal.com profile] s00j), (Charles Vess, Charles de Lint, Brian Froud, Holly Black ([livejournal.com profile] blackholly), Patricia McKillip and a whole lot of other people.

Man, if only I could bid on the dinner with Tamora Pierce. I'd love that! I've bid on other auctions, though!
hani_backup: (Books first)
I'm writing this Wednesday afternoon while at one of my volunteering positions so I can type it up later. Thus far the phones have not been ringing.

Tuesday night I saw Tamora Pierce at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, IL. I was lucky enough to get off at 4pm. Matt drove me to the Metra stop so I could go downtown and catch another Metra from Chicago Union. I got a little lost walking from LaSalle St. Metra to Union Station in the dark and the rain. (My phone does not have a real-time updating GPS app/program.) The ticket line was long but I managed to catch the very full express BNSF to Naperville at 5:45pm. Of course I got lost again trying to find downtown Naperville. I walked a few blocks in the opposite direction before I figured it out. I got at Anderson's Bookshop at 6:50pm, about 10 minutes before the event's scheduled start. It was rather crowded. I was by myself so I got a free seat in the middle of a row of 5. Oh, sometimes there are advantages to being alone!

Tamora Pierce is so funny! I read both her personal and author LiveJournals. I guess the humor never translated that fully. (Patrick Rothfuss is an author whose humor translated well into writing. I was at his signing earlier this year, too.) We had a Q&A before the signing. Some rather hilarious answers. Soemone asked who her characters were based off, if anybody. Both males and females. She said she based Roger, Duke of Conte, off a high school boyfriend.


"I killed him twice."


She also said two characters did not end up as how she original intended. One example is Alanna who was unhappy at how her (Alanna's) future was disposed. Tamora danced around names of Alanna's romantic interests because she wanted to be spoiler-free. After her dancing-around answer she got asked by another person in the audience who she met and another person in the audience hadn't read The Lionness Quartet so Tamora told her to cover her ears. Tamora had intended Alanna to be with King Jon but being queen was a job, a diplomatic job, and Alanna highly lacked diplomacy. Tamora also talked about future works, both in the Tortall and Circle universes.

Someone also asked what made Tamora decide to write about sexuality. She said at previous readings several people came up to her and said when Kel tells Neal that in the Yamini Islands nobody cares who you sleep with (from The Protector of the Small series), it meant a lot to them. They, apparently, were crying. They felt like she, Tamora Pierce, was saying that being LGBT was okay. Tamora herself felt that two lines wasn't okay and that she needed to "step up." She had always known that Daja was a lesbian (from the Circle universe) and that Lark and Rosethorn were a couple - that flew by me completely when I read the Circle books, though I only read The Circle Opens series once. But in the small manuscript sizes of the earlier books every word counted. In The Will of the Empress she wanted to be open about Daja's sexuality but she didn't make it a big deal in the world just as it shouldn't be a big deal in our world. That exact question was percolating in my mind! I asked about parents' response. If anybody was completely fine with her strong female characters but aghast at the emergence of a lesbian character or a cross-dresser in the Beka books. (I am biased in that I automatically think anybody who approves of "strong female characters" would not be against non-heterosexual sexuality.) She said she didn't get any negative responses about that. Just a few regarding sex appearing in the Alanna series, that it appeared at all, and the violence in the Kel series. Tamora also mentioned getting kicked out of the room where one of her girls (she was a house mother) was pregnant and counting her contractions because Tamora was making her laugh and it threw off the count.

Rest of Q&A, hanging out with Kyle )
So a brief shower and hot soup, saline crackers and apple for lunch, then off to this volunteering position!

Oh, no

Mar. 26th, 2011 11:16 am
hani_backup: (hugs)
Diana Wynne Jones has passed away.

I love her Chrestomanci series. I grew up on them, and they inspired this wild sprawling never finished fantasy "novel" I wrote in 6th grade. I also read a few of her others books, too, including Howl's Moving Castle. This is horrible news.

Taken from Wikipedia:
Jones was diagnosed with lung cancer in the early summer of 2009.[8] She underwent surgery in July and reported to friends that the procedure had been successful.[9] However in June 2010 she announced that she would be discontinuing chemotherapy 'which is serving only to make her feel very ill indeed.' She stated at one point that she had regained her sense of taste and smell. Mid-2010, she was halfway through a new book, with plans for another to follow.[10]
Cancer. Do not like.

August 16 1934- March 26 2011, 76 years old
hani_backup: (Together)
This week, which is the official midterms week for my college, is a little less daunting, though I still have a lot of reading to do, and of course tons of papers/assignments due the week after fall break. Oh, fall break, you double-edged sword.

Monday, Oct. 4
1. English Quiz #3

Tuesday, Oct. 5
1. Comp Sci paper
2. Comp Sci reading quiz

Thursday, Oct. 7
1. Personality Psych Paper #1 due

Friday, Oct. 8
1. Anthro lab quiz (osteology) Canceled!!!

I'm also contemplating what to wear for Halloween this year, if anything at all. My two close female friends are going away for a conference that weekend (BOO). However my boyfriend's coming up that weekend! I'm so excited and awed that he actually asked more than a month in advance if he could come. (With his jobs and all, sometimes he needs to work weekends, depending on scheduling.) It is not often someone will make plans at least a month in advance to spend time with me. ♥ Well, unless plane tickets are involved, but even then it's usually me flying to visit them.

I may see if there's time enough during fall break to go costume hunting. I wasn't really anybody proper last weekend. People's comments ranged. I may just wear my old Ren Faire costume again. I may try to put together some kind of Wednesday Addams costume. :P I saw it last fall break in a store, but the smallest they had then was Small and it didn't fit well. Online it seems XS is available, but I don't know if I want to try and hope for the best fit. Especially considering the look of the costume. I already have a short-ish black skirt (the one I wore to the Fetish Ball in April) - all I'd need are the striped stockings and a black-and-white school-girl like blouse. Or maybe I'll do some kind of dichotomous costume... Matt went as Dexter last year. Inventive and resourceful guy he is.

I have to finish H.G. Wells's The Time Machine for tomorrow. It's a short book, novella, what have you. 96 pages, excluding the introduction, preface, notes, appendix and additional readings. I'm still having a hard time getting into it. I suppose it's the style of writing. I always have a hard time getting into a book where it's noticeable the story is recounted through someone else. Like in Shelley's Frankenstein, too. Through the letters, and the stories within stories. Hopefully when the Time Traveller goes to the future, that type of narrative style will end. It always makes me feel removed from the grit and meat of the story and I feel like I'm not...allowed? to be pulled in because the author consciously chose to put those layers between me and the story. If that makes sense.
hani_backup: (Writing)
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I don't have much fictional writing ability. Or any kind of actual writing ability, besides the basic able-to-stream-together-sentences for an essay or letter or whatwhat. I would never be a writing tutor. Grammar is my weakest point, though I think my organization is getting up there, too. Flow -- yeah, that's hard. My mind just jumps around and it's too easy for me to write down what I'm thinking and think the jump is logical to my readers. A returned draft of a psych research experiment showed that! I need to be more explicit and active when writing those kind of papers.

So, no, I would never exchange writing styles permanently. I would never make an author lose their livelihood with my horrid writing style. It's not fair to them.

So if I could temporarily have the writing style of an author I admire, it would be Jacqueline Carey. I really admire Neil Gaiman's stories and books, but I don't know if I'd want to write his genre(s) of stories. I admire Jacqueline Carey's epic fantasy series. I admire the sexual scenes she writes, the depth of the more fleshed-out characters, the interweaving ties within and between books. To be able to write such scenes/books like that, I would be ecstatic. To have strong female characters that aren't stereotyped or one-dimensional, to write morally ambiguous dialogue and events...
hani_backup: (Can You Feel the Love?)
Oh, yay!

I still don't see their paper copies of Macmillan books available. I hope it's just time of re-inputting everything that's stopping them!


Jan. 30th, 2010 01:08 pm
hani_backup: (Epic Battle)
I woke up this morning to news that apparently Amazon.com pulled Macmillan books from their site. Both print and e-books. Apparently it was because of a disagreement about e-book pricing. Amazon.com wants to keep it at $9.99 while Macmillan wants to push it up to $15. Here's an article on New York Times about that.

I found out about this through various author's LJ's I read. (Other authors I follow haven't mentioned it yet.)

Catherynne Valente
Jay Lake
Elizabeth Bear

I'm pretty disappointed Amazon.com did this. *scratches head* I don't have a Kindle, so prices of e-books doesn't matter to me. But it seems pretty shitty to me that Amazon.com does all this stuff randomly and without warning, just like when all the pro-LGBT books disappeared on us a few months ago. WTF, Amazon?

Macmillan is a huge publisher, and looking at their website, I see Tor is under them. I buy a lot of my fantasy books from Tor (like the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey). I suppose I should be glad the new Kushiel series is published by Grand Central now. Still... I also have a few textbooks from Macmillan. 3rd party sellers can still sell Macmillan books on Amazon.com, but Amazon.com themselves aren't selling them.
hani_backup: (Can't break me)
"Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo." is a grammatically correct sentence used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated constructs.

Understanding it )

And thanks to Neil's blog and Amanda's blog, I now know they're dating. What Amanda had to say really made me go awwwwww.

But still... A bit of me is feeling like how I felt when I found out Jessica Alba got pregnant, then married. A good-natured, mock feeling of betrayal. :P

Me: So Neil Gaiman + Amanda Palmer... I don't know whether to be depressed or ecstatic..
Matt: The answer is to be decstaticpressed.
Me: I mean, it's great for them, happy for them but... pouts It's like Alba getting pregnant and married!!! BETRAYAL.
Me: By the way, love, "destaticpressed" sounds like "de-static-pressed" which reminds me of laundry...
Matt: hmmm... how about ecdestatpressiced?
Me: ... o_O Is that pronounced "ec-de-stat-press-iced" as in water frozen that last syllable? or "pres-siced" like siccing a dog?

I haven't the faintest idea how to pronounced that second words of his. It's pretty neat; I can text message American numbers from my GMail inbox by enabling a new lab of theirs!

I'm still cranky. >:-(


Jun. 4th, 2009 12:12 pm
hani_backup: (Cannot live without books)
David Eddings has passed away. I really enjoyed reading his Belgariad series, the stand alone Redemption of Althalus book and some of his Mallorean series...
hani_backup: (Books first)
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Isaac Asimov!!!!!! Then Jacqueline Carey, then Neil Gaiman....


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