Friday, August 31, 2012

what's left

As many of you know, I am currently hosting the great give away which will run through September 26th. The reason for the contest is twofold. One, to find new homes for some books I decided to (reluctantly) part with, and two, to celebrate three years in blogland. Yep, that's right. I've been around here since 2009, and to show my appreciation for all my followers and commenters I thought I'd give away some stuff. Here's what's left to win:

 Terry Pratchett's The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic (two books) The first two books of Pratchett's Discworld series. If you ever thought about getting into this series, here's your chance.

Stephanie Meyer's Twlight et al (four books) Love it, hate it, take your pick but here's an opportunity to read these books for free and see what the fuss was about.

A first chapter critique by yours truly.

Roget's Super Thesaurus, 3rd ed.by Mark McCutcheon (2003)

It's easy to win, just be a follower and leave a comment. And to make it even easier, I've been asking questions. Today's is this:

You are sitting at your desk - or wherever it is you write - and within reach are which books? I won't tell you all the books within reach at my work station but among them are three foreign language dictionaries (Arabic, Spanish, and French), The Character Naming Sourcebook, The American Heritage Dictionary (an oldy but goody), Roget's Thesaurus, Sin and Syntax, By Cunning and Craft, and my newest acquisition, Hooked.

Next week things will be a bit different since Monday is a holiday for us here in the US (Labor Day) and Wednesday and Friday will be devoted to First Impressions. But comments will still be recorded and entered for the drawing so I hope you'll come back :)

Oh, and have a super weekend. I'm going over to my brother's to play Skyrim on Saturday night and perhaps I'll have some new accomplishment to report soon ...and here's a little piccie from from my new quarters, not the best, but you can see my little alchemy lab as well as a few potions on the shelves behind me.






39 comments:

  1. Hooked by Les Edgerton
    and on my other desk is my tbr section, currently reading Legend by Marie Lu (it's very good!)

    have a pre autumn cool weekend

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    1. I can't wait to read Hooked :)

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    2. It's fantabulous. I wish I could loan it to you...but it's on my nook...

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  2. I think all the books around me are computer program manuals...
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Hmm, doesn't sound too terribly exciting to me - but I DO wish I knew more about the subject!

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  3. I did not know about your giveaway. I will check it out and spread the word!

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  4. Well, you know I've got Meriam-Webster (bad speller these days), Roget's Thesaurus, The Synonym Finder (Love!), an atlas of Great Britain, my Shakespeare book, and a book on idioms and their origins. Lucky for you I can't reach the bookshelf or we'd be here all day. :PP

    Happy loooong weekend. Enjoy your Skyrim!

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  5. Oooh nice new quarters!! Yay!! Take care
    x

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    1. They ARE nice quarters. In fact, I really should test the bed...not to mention the enchanting table ...:)

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  6. In front of me are my many different dictionaries, thesauruses, The Plot Whisperer, You Can Write a Novel, and The Emotional Thesaurus.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

    http://www.shellysnovicewritings.blogspot.com/
    http://secondhandshoesnovel.blogspot.com/

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    1. jut how many dictionaries do you have? I'm curious!

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  7. Sitting at my desk? Lol . . .actually I do sit there sometimes. And the only books there are the three anthologies I've been published in, and my non-published books in binders (it's supposed to spur me onward). However, I've been writing lately at the kitchen table, next to the bookshelf with homeschool and co-op teaching books, which include some writing books like Hooked, a thesaurus, A Writer's Book of Days, Spilling Ink: a Young Writer's Handbook, Wreck this Journal, The Fire in Fiction, and Kids Write! It also has some of my old college books on it like Rhetoric and Composition, Opening Texts, an Introduction to Language, and The Book of Poetry. Somehow my daughter's Spanish-English dictionary ended up on it, and a smattering of other books. Hmm . . .maybe this should be my writing desk.

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    1. I just bought Hooked; can't wait to read it :)

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  8. Books within reach: dictionary, Roget's Super Thesaurus, Children's Writer's Word Book, 1001 Ways to Market Your Book, Writing to Sell, The Writer's Essential Desk Reference, A Writer's Reference

    The only ones I actually use: dictionary, A Writer's Reference

    There was time I used all of them. But with so much info available on the Internet, I don't need them as much.

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    1. I use my dictionary a lot, along with Roget's.

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  9. My real books are in another room, by me are reference books, nonfiction and cook books. :)

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    1. I have books in every room except the bathroom :)

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  10. I am actually typing away on my laptop which is on a TV tray in my living room. On the end table by me---magazines-several years worth of National Geographic, a couple of O Magazines, one of the Star Wars novels, and an Agatha Christie. Congratulations on three years+ of blogging! I just started and can barely fathom that level of commitment.

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    1. It helps that I don't have a life outside of writing, I think ;)

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  11. I don't have much within reach of my laptop, except online references. In the other room I have The Emotional Thesaurus, The Dictionary of Slang, writer's guides to poisons, herbs, guns, and a couple of books I bought about the setting of my WIP.

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    1. I forgot I have the Emotional Thesaurus! It's the one closest to me :)

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  12. Love the pic!!

    I tend to write in the living room or my bedroom and I don't have any of my research books within reach - I tend to do that mostly online these days. I do have my Kindle and iPod touch within reach for those required reading breaks though!! :)

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    1. I don't have a laptop so all my writing takes place at my desk where I'm practically surrounded by books plus I'm only a click away from a search box :)

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  13. I write while sitting on my bed. My bookcase is nearby, but no books are within reach.

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    1. I used to always write in bed - by hand.

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  14. Hmm. Books within reach. Rogets. I have a dictionary online..(Does that count?) Culinary Artistry. The New Professional Chef is always there. I'm saving my pennies for the emotional thesaurus. Want that in physical form.

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    1. I have it (The Emotional Thesaurus) and I like it :)

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  15. Love hearing about your Skyrim progress. Have you played the Dawnguard expansion yet? Vampirey goodness :)

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    1. I probably won't play any expansion until I complete this plus I have to wait for my brother to buy it :)
      But I'm heading over there today and I'll be looking for a new quest to complete and perhaps a dragon to kill - I need a new shout!

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  16. I write at my desk and there are several books within reach. Among them a couple of Writer's Market books, The Chicago Manual of Style, an Astrology book which I find helpful for fleshing out characters (and the only reason I bought it) and a Survivor Handbook since I mostly write post-apocalyptic type stories. :)

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    1. I used to have Linda Goodman's Sunsigns which was very helpful. Wish I still had it!

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  17. I only have writing books at my desk other than The Artist's Way, by Julia Campbell and a Webster's Dictionary. Besides those, right now there's Pen on Fire, a Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within, by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg, On Writing, by Stephen King and Write to be Published by Nicole Morgan. Have a great long weekend!

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    1. Those all sound like good ones. I have a couple of them :)

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  18. At my desk currently is a dictionary, a grammar textbook from college and Weird Colorado. Have fun playing Skyrim!

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    1. I always have fun playing skyrim!

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