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January 16, 2011

Trailer Sunday

Thought it might be fun.

 

I loved the book, but this trailer is awful. Can we agree that if the trailer doesn't make you want to read the book, it shouldn't be?

This is part of the reason why the book is so good: there's a lot of fighting in it, and good fights are really hard to stage. (cf. Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) Also? Not just any teen-girl voice will do. It has to have bottom, gravitas. Okay?

 

It's an Aryancrombie & Fitch ad, with special effects. Why would I want to watch a bunch of puerile, blond models try to act emo?

Okay, yes, I'm going to watch the movie, but I'll wait until it hits video ... about five minutes after it hits theaters.

And this book isn't even particularly diverse, but Hollymood managed to smooth away even the diversity of different kinds of European coloring. Argh!

 

And, of course, this fan trailer for The Hunger Games is much better than the previous two professional trailers. Makes me want to read the books all over again, but I just read them too recently. Can't wait to see the trailer for the movie, though. Wonder if it'll be as good as this trailer.

January 08, 2011

SLIGHTLY BEHIND Can Haz E-Reader Version!

Also, I just checked and the e-Reader version of Slightly Behind and to the Left is now available on Aqueduct Press' site, and on Amazon, both for $5.95.

Do buy directly from the publisher when you can, though -- I mean for small presses -- because then they get the whole price and not just the 50% or less that they get from distributors.

Yay!

Hey, my leetle book got onto io9's list of the top 15 books of 2010! Yay! It's good to have friends in high places!

Thanks, Annalee!

January 02, 2011

New Year's Resolutions for 2010

I've done this in the past: made new year's resolutions that I didn't keep. They were too ambitious. I'm going to do smaller ones, that are important, this year. We'll see how this works.

  1. Keep up with my bills. My credit score has gone down, ironically enough because I took steps to pay my bills on time. I used to pay all my bills a bit late. Not three notices late, but sometimes I'd get a late notice or something to remind me. Okay, not "sometimes" but often. So I Took Steps and put all my regular bills on automatic payment from my bank, so that I wouldn't have to think about them. And it worked. I mean, I didn't think about them. The regular bills were fine, but the non-regular ones started seriously falling by the wayside: doctor's bills and parking tickets especially. And those are the two that really don't mess around. So this year, I'm going to pay bills as they come in. No more letting them collect and putting them out of my mind. I'm sure my credit score will start rising immediately, and in seven years I'll be clear of this completely. Sigh.
  2. Exercise. Regularly. No benchmarks this time. No amounts or measurements. Just keep exercising. It's when I get ambitious and want to achieve something with the exercise that I get discouraged. Just get. to. the. gym. Doesn't matter when, doesn't matter why, doesn't matter what I do when I get there. Just go. Regularly.
  3. Finish the damn nobble already. No more fancy processes. No distractions by other projects. Butt in chair. Write. Finish it. This year.
  4. Get insulin pump by April. April is when my COBRA ends. If I'm gonna do it, I gotta do it by then. Maybe I'm still not committed to it, and if not, then I won't do it. I'm still very ambivalent about getting a pump. But I'll resolve intellectually to do it, and my gut (which is, appropriately, where I'll be carrying the damn thing) will make the decision.
  5. Be at peace. I know it's a lifelong, ongoing process, but I'm aiming for it now.

That's all. Maybe too ambitious. Maybe not enough. But we'll see what happens.

January 01, 2011

What I read in 2010

  1. Cinda Williams Chima The Warrior Heir
  2. Cinda Williams Chima The Wizard Heir
  3. Cinda Williams Chima The Dragon Heir
  4. Canyon Sam Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History
  5. Jane Yolen Wizard's Hall
  6. Terry Pratchett Unseen Academicals
  7. Tamora Pierce Alanna: The First Adventure
  8. Tamora Pierce In the Hand of the Goddess
  9. Tamora Pierce The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
  10. Tamora Pierce Lioness Rampant
  11. Lois Duncan A Gift of Magic
  12. Tamora Pierce Melting Stones
  13. Robin McKinley's Dragonhaven
  14. Jacqueline Woodson If You Come Softly
  15. Rick Riordan The Lightning Thief
  16. Rick Riordan The Sea of Monsters
  17. Rick Riordan The Titan's Curse
  18. Rick Riordan The Battle of the Labyrinth
  19. Rick Riordan The Last Olympian
  20. Cynthia Kadohata Outside Beauty
  21. Georgette Heyer The Nonesuch
  22. Georgette Heyer Friday's Child
  23. Georgette Heyer The Reluctant Widow
  24. David Small Stitches
  25. Malinda Lo Ash
  26. Georgette Heyer Faro's Daughter
  27. Sarah Hall The Carhullan Army
  28. Kristin Cashore Graceling
  29. Kristin Cashore Fire
  30. Scott Westerfeld Leviathan
  31. Zetta Elliott A Wish After Midnight
  32. Robin McKinley Sunshine
  33. Robin McKinley Chalice
  34. Robin McKinley Spindle's End
  35. Ed Lin This is a Bust
  36. Ed Lin Snakes Can't Run
  37. Robin McKinley The Hero and the Crown
  38. Nami Mun Miles from Nowhere
  39. Cynthia Kadohata Kira Kira
  40. Sarah Rees Brennan The Demon Lexicon
  41. Fumi Yoshinaga Ooku: The Inner Chambers Vol I
  42. Fumi Yoshinaga Ooku: The Inner Chambers Vol II
  43. Fumi Yoshinaga Ooku: The Inner Chambers Vol III
  44. Shailja Patel Migritude
  45. A. Lee Martinez The Automatic Detective
  46. Slave narratives:
    • Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw 
    • The Confessions of Nat Turner 
    • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
    • Narrative of the Life of J. D. Green by Jacob D. Green
    • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  47. John Green and David Levithan Will Grayson Will Grayson
  48. Mark C. Carnes Secret Ritual and Manhood in Victorian America
  49. S. C. Gwynne Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
  50. Afsaneh Mogadam Death to the Dictator! A Young Man Casts a Vote in Iran's 2009 Election and Pays a Devastating Price
  51. Shauna Cross Whip It
  52. Nick Hornby Slam
  53. Robin McKinley The Blue Sword
  54. Suzy McKee Charnas Walk to the End of the World
  55. Suzy McKee Charnas Motherlines
  56. John Gardner On Becoming a Novelist
  57. Fumi Yoshinaga Ooku: The Inner Chambers Vol IV
  58. Angela S. Choi Hello Kitty Must Die
  59. Stieg Larson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  60. Suzy McKee Charnas The Furies
  61. Stieg Larsson The Girl Who Played with Fire
  62. Stieg Larsson The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
  63. Meg Cabot The Mediator #1: Shadowland
  64. Meg Cabot The Mediator #2: Ninth Key
  65. Meg Cabot The Mediator #3: Reunion
  66. Meg Cabot The Mediator #4: Darkest Hour
  67. Meg Cabot The Mediator #5: Haunted 
  68. Meg Cabot The Mediator #6: Twilight
  69. Suzy McKee Charnas The Conqueror's Daughter
  70. Sharon Shinn Troubled Waters
  71. Patricia Wrede Mairelon the Magician
  72. Patricia Wrede The Magician's Ward
  73. Kate Elliott Cold Magic
  74. Gail Carrigan Soulless
  75. Gail Carrigan Shameless
  76. Gail Carrigan Blameless
  77. Robin McKinley Pegasus
  78. Marta Acosta Haunted Honeymoon
  79. Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games
  80. Suzanne Collins Catching Fire
  81. Suzanne Collins Mockingjay
  82. Richelle Mead Vampire Academy
  83. Richelle Mead Frostbite
  84. Richelle Mead Shadow Kiss
  85. Richelle Mead Blood Promise
  86. Naomi Novik Tongues of Serpents
  87. Richelle Mead Spirit Bound
  88. Ally Condie Matched
  89. Richelle Mead The Last Sacrifice
  90. Scott Westerfeld Behemoth
  91. Pittacus Lore I Am Number Four
  92. Pete Hautman Sweetblood
  93. James Dashner The Maze Runner
  94. A.S. King The Dust of 100 Dogs

Okay, that's a LOT of YA. This, more than any before, was the year of YA reading. Clearly I'm meant to be writing some of this. We'll see if that happens.

94 books

59 YA; 7 nonfiction; 1 single straight up litfic.

53 authors: 32 women/21 men; 19 writers of color (as far as I know.)

I'll be straight witcha: this year's reading was almost all escapism. I didn't try to see where the art form was going, how adult fiction is experimenting or developing. I read for pleasure and escape only. And I'm fine with it; 2011 was a rough year for me and I needed my escapism.

But I am looking forward to getting back to other kinds of reading in 2011.

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