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It's that time of year again: Banned Books Week.


BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.

--- American Library Association

The list of the most challenged books of 2007:

1) “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2) The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence

3) “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language

4) “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
Reasons:  Religious Viewpoint

5) “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
Reasons:  Racism

6) “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language,

7) "TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

8) "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
Reasons:  Sexually Explicit

9) “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
Reasons:  Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

10) "The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons:  Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

Challenge those who challenge our freedom to read. Buy a banned book this week!

xposted from my journal

Oh Noes!!!

Aug. 14th, 2008 07:56 pm
chickwriter: (HP-Draco)
Just read that Half-Blood Prince (the movie) has been delayed to July 2009.

DAMN. That is not amusing. :(

In other news - work is eating my brain and the Summer Cold From Hell (tm) is now mostly gone (thank goodness!)

The sister ([ profile] birki_lib) has put together a great itinerary for my birthday trip: (all dates in Canadian) ::g::

Saturday (30 Aug) - arrive, check in. Go to Tourist Info Centre and Lookout Tower, possibly Police Museum. Dinner in Gastown at Irish Heather.

Sunday (31 Aug) - Dr. Sun Yat-Sen garden, library, night tour of Chinatown (7-8:30), Chinatown night market. Dim Sum for lunch?

Monday (1 Sep) - get rental car, drive to Cypress Mountain to look at the view. Museum of Anthropology, possibly Nitobe Memorial Garden. Shopping in southern part of city (while we have the car).

Tuesday (2 Sep) - drive to Horseshoe Bay, take ferry to Nanaimo. Drive down to Victoria, walk around inner harbour. Tea at the White Heather. Drive to Swartz Bay and take ferry back to Tsawassen.

Wednesday (3 Sep) - return rental car. Stanley Park and the Aquarium.

Thursday (4 Sep MAH BIRTHDAY!!!) - Shopping, etc. Police Museum if we haven't gotten to it yet. Dinner at Blue Water Cafe.

Friday (5 Sep) Fly home.

Currently watching: Eureka Episode 2 Season 3
Currently reading: Ink & Steel by Elizabeth Bear ([ profile] matociquala) (Bloody brilliant!)
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Just finished Vampire Academy by [ profile] blue_succubus (Richelle Mead) and am looking forward to the next in the series.

Been on a Harry Potter kick, so last night finished re-reading Chamber of Secrets and am starting Prisoner of Azkaban.

Went to see The Dark Knight on Friday with JM from work, her hubby and some of their pals. Truly a brilliant, relentless, immersive movie experience. As said by many before, Heath Ledger's Joker is a tour-de-force, a brilliant, twisted psychopath.

Since I've been on a bit of a vampire kick, too, I've started to re-watch Angel: the Series. Just finished reading Five Seasons of Angel (one of the SmartPop Series from Benbella books) and enjoyed it immensely.

On the screen right now: Spike prancing about in "In the Dark" (AtS 1x03) at the end of the episode, strutting like he's going to rise above all the disappointments, then realizing he's well and truly screwed as the ceiling gives way.

As always, my favorite bit from this episode is at the beginning. Spike watching Angel from the roof of a nearby building as Angel saves the girl:

SPIKE: (imitating Rachel) How can I thank you, you mysterious, black-clad hunk of a night thing? (imitating Angel) No need, little lady, your tears of gratitude are enough for me. You see, I was once a badass vampire, but love and a pesky curse defanged me. Now I'm just a big, fluffy puppy with bad teeth.

(Rachel steps closer to Angel, and Angel steps back, warding her off with his hands)

SPIKE: No, not the hair! Never the hair! (high voice) But there must be someway I can show my appreciation. (low voice) No, helping those in need's my job, and working up a load of sexual tension, and prancing away like a magnificent poof is truly thanks enough! (high voice) I understand. I have a nephew who is gay, so... (low voice) Say no more. Evil's still afoot! And I'm almost out of that Nancy-boy hair gel I like so much. Quickly, to the Angel-mobile, away!

SPIKE: Go on with you. Play the big, strapping hero while you can. You have a few surprises coming your way. The ring of Amara, a visit from your old pal Spike, and, oh yeah, your gruesome, horrible death. **

Hope everyone's had a great weekend!

* Xander to Giles, Miss Calendar; BtVS 1x08, I, Robot

** The Buffy Dialogue Database
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50mm heard this on the way to work yesterday. Laura talks about it in her blog.

Srsly, I know the coolest people!

What I'm reading now: So Say We All: An Unauthorized Collection of Thoughts and Opinions on Battlestar Galactica, one of BenBella Books SmartPop series. Fannish meta in published form. So cool. I have a pretty extensive library of this series, and enjoy going back to read them.
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Happy birthday to [ profile] astolat - may your day be fantastic!

Major congratulations to my dear friend and fellow author, Nancy Pickard, who has been chose Malice Domestic Guest of Honor for 2009. w00t!!

A second round of congratulations to Elaine Viets, another dear friend who will be Malice 2009's Toastmaster.

Getting back to the normal work schedule was a bit of a challenge yesterday. I think I was still in "don't want to see people" mode, but I managed. I'm glad this weekend looks to be a quiet one.

I've begun reading Louise Penny's 2nd book, Dead Cold (Canada/UK title; A Fatal Grace US title). There was a run on the book in the Malice dealer's room after her win, but I bought the UK edition from Sleuth of Baker Street, a favorite vendor. Sleuth is located in Toronto and I appreciate their presence at Malice, since they often carry books not available in the U.S.

As with her first one, Louise P hooked me right away with the characters and setting. The books are set in a small village in Quebec and are the best of traditional mystery. Louise won the Agatha Award for Best Novel for this book and I'm looking forward to reading the third one.

I've also got my copy of Personal Demons by [ profile] stacia_kane. I'm saving it for the weekend, when I can concentrate and read it through. Darn work, anyway, getting in the way of good reading. ::g::

Off to the salt mines in a few. Hope everyone has a fabulous day!
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Hi, Internets!!! I'm still here, still kicking and very much alive. Just been a wee bit busy at the RL job. I'm still juggling 2 production teams. We've hired one Project Manager and are still working on #2.

Things are insane, but handleable. :)

This, however, really was a pretty awesome crazed week. First, we have Monday and the sinus headache of the damned. I got to work early, managed to tough it out until 10:45 a.m. and then succumbed.

It's been rather muggy around here, though the temps are way cool and lovely outside, the inside temp at my apartment is extremely warm. Greenhouse effect FTW! Oh wait, that's good in WINTER. Not so great right now when I have no a/c yet (building usually flips the HVAC system over sometime at the end of April) and no way to open my 2 measly windows because of the ongoing and annoying brickwork. The windows are both sealed from the outside. Seeing as how I'm on the 10th floor, not so easy to just run out and unseal. ::g::

I've survived - thanks to Internet tricks (cold cold water soaked washcloth and a small electric fan) and the fact that it rained for a couple of days.

Today was the height of OMFG you are going to be GONE for 2 work days, quick, can you look at this, send me a reply, tell me status of XX, omg, talk to me, please. Plus all sorts of fun and games with tech.

I get stuff done, check in with da BossLady and head home to finish packing for Malice Domestic (I'm going to the hotel around 3 tomorrow). When I got to my door, I find a notice - hey, we're going to spray for bugs on Monday. Just an FYI and say, you can't be here when we do it. Say what? Monday? No frakin' way! That's my post-convention recuperation day. I was going to come home Sunday, pass out and laze about all day on Monday so I could go to work less con-fused. ::g::

Okay, no worries, I'll just update the hotel reservation and add one more day. Except, nope, no rooms left at con rate and so sorry, dude. Arrrgh.

I've sent a plea out to a group of friends, some of whom might be staying an extra night, begging a bed. Hopefully, someone will come through. I so hate to do this last minute, but hey, had I had some notice, I might could have actually *planned* something! Sigh.

Oh well, I'll figure something out. If all else fails, I'll just go to work and save my day off for another day. (Hey, universe, that would so be my *last* choice, 'k?)

Book 3 - as yet untitled - is coming along nicely - that is, the pre-writing gathering of thoughts, of research, of planning and such. Since I'm spending the weekend in the company of some of my favorite writers, I'm hoping we'll get some time to do some idea-exchanging. Got to love cons!

My Kindle is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Now to stop buying books (at least for a while). I've purchased about 20 books so far, some new items (John Adams, Small Favor by Jim Butcher) and bought e-copies of favorites for re-reading. Hope to start a great list of To Be Purchased soon. This is totally not going to replace my print library, but to allow me to supplement since I have such a small living space. In fact, my copy of [profile] stacia_kane's Personal Demons just arrived and I'm bringing it to the con with me. I hope I'll get a little reading time!

I just realized this morning that I'm going to miss tomorrow night's episode of Supernatural, because the hotel does not have CW! EEEP!!!! I guess I'll have to be very careful around LJ when I do get to check in over the weekend to avoid spoilers.  Oh well, perhaps I'll just stay in the bar and pretend it's not really on. ::g::

Hope everyone's week is less insane than mine and more fun!

Oh yeah, ETA: Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!!

Oh, hai

Feb. 26th, 2008 09:03 pm
chickwriter: (I Read by apple_pi)
I'm still here, despite no evidence to the contrary. I realized this evening that I haven't posted in awhile. Amazing how time just vanishes.

Today is debut book sale day for fellow
[profile] fangs_fur_fey  members, [profile] mdhenry  and [profile] antonstrout .

Mark Henry's first book, Happy Hour of the Damned and Anton's Dead to Me both sound fabulous and right up my reading alley. I'm looking forward to both books!

The parental units sent me a care package of goodies from the Latin Market in San Antonio. Much with the yumminess! Some turron, some coconut macaroons and 2 cans of Nescafe Cafe con Leche. About as close to Cuban food I'm going to get for a while.

I recently started reading Unquiet Dreams, Mark del Franco's (
[profile] markdf ) sequel to Unshapely Things (which I loved). My only beef: not having time enough to read. I adore his characters and wish I could just ignore my work and my writing and just hunker down and read all the way through. If you've read the first book, it's the current pick/discussion over at the League of Reluctant Adults.

Time: something most authors have little of and want desperately - maybe someday, I'll get some back so I can do things like watch Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles and get to finish books I adore. In the meantime, I leave you all to it...whatever it might be.

Postscript: Damn it, I keep losing my wireless connection. ARRGH!

ETA: Does John de Lancie ever play a good guy? (random thought while watching SG1 season 5x03 Ascension)


Jan. 20th, 2008 01:29 pm
chickwriter: (Bookworm)
A very cold day outside and perfect for cocooning at home and watching pretty boys (Ocean's 13), reading (re-reading the Vorkosigan books) and rewatching SGA Quarantine (so GOOD!) and catching up on FNL and Psych.

What are you all doing?
chickwriter: (I Read by apple_pi)
...Stephen Fry has a blog?

...the DVD set for the Man from U.N.C.L.E. will ship on November 27?

...the Nielsen Company (yes, the ratings people) opened up an online site for social networking/opinions? It's evidently funded by their research money and carries no advertising. Supernatural is currently the hottest thing FTW.

2007 Banned Books Week: Ahoy! Treasure Your Freedom to Read and Get Hooked on a Banned Book...Banned Books Week starts on Saturday? Do your part and buy a banned book or two. I discovered one of my now favorite YA authors, Brent Hartinger because of Banned Books week a couple of years ago. I bought his first book, The Geography Club, then continued to buy the others in the series and enjoy them immensely. As luck would have it, Brent was the chair of the Joan Lowery Nixon contest and I was a judge for said contest. He's a cool guy and half of the Two Gay Guys vlog on

Here's the list of the Top 100 Most Frequently Banned Books.

...The rising Canadian dollar has affected the price of pot"?

...There's a nifty online TV Calendar that helps you figure out your viewing schedule". (Especially useful for those of us who relied on iTunes season passes in the past).

Today's post brought to you by chickwriter's various blog feeds...I really, really love the Internet.
chickwriter: (I Read by apple_pi)
Let me be one of the first to congratulation my friends Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner on their new book (which debuted on my birthday!) and hit the stands at #30 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Many Bloody Returns is an anthology of vampire tales, containing stories by Charlaine, Toni, Jim Butcher, Christopher Golden, Jeanne Stein and others of note.

Kudos to Charlaine and Toni for a fabulous debut!!
chickwriter: (Whoa Comics by tardis80)
Thing one:
I've survived the first part of this week, which was no mean feat. Hormone hell plus work overtaxed stress =/= happy chickwriter. Today wrapped up with a delayed staff meeting, but hey, there was beer. I had a Yeungling lager, because I could. (Was at work at 7:15...srsly not my fun hour.) ETA: 7:15 *a.m.*

Thing two:
Wil Wheaton, how are you so awesome? This should be required reading for ALL con attendees, including guests.

Thing three:
Home is a VERY good place.

Thing four:
I <3 LUCK IN THE SHADOWS. Got an urge to re-read and am back immersed in one of my favorite places.

Thing five:
OMFG, summer + hot flashes = lots of sweaty clothes.

Thing six:
There is no thing six.

Thing seven:
Neat article about new vampire detective show. Too bad Dresden Files didn't make it. :(

Thing the last:
I'm going to be at World Fantasy in November. Anyone else? Want to meet up?
chickwriter: (Birthday - Paul)
First and always foremost, a very Happy Birthday to the sister of sisters, [ profile] birki_lib! May your day be the Best Birthday Ever!

Misc Tidbits:
-- TGIW - at least we're halfway through the week. I pulled another 12 hour day yesterday and am beyond tired.
-- EUREKA!! <3s quirky small town SF show
-- HP:OOP - haven't seen it; trying to plan an outing at some point with coworkers
-- Lies of Locke Lamora - BRILLIANT book. I'm just about halfway through (as I sneak bits in before work each morning). Another coup for the brilliant Patrick, manager of Mysterious Galaxy, who told me I *must* read it. <3s the Gentlemen Bastards. (and what a GREAT name)

Just purchased:
-- Wicked Lovely - a YA fantasy that sounds intriguing. Can't remember where I first heard of it - probably on a blog.
-- Contacts! Trying out bifocal contacts for the first time. I've worn contacts on and off since I was about 14, but switched back to glasses a few years ago. So far, so good. They can't correct my astigmatism unless I special order the custom lenses, but I may be able to get along with these. I'm on day two and I think I might. No rash decisions yet. ::g::

Other reading:
-- Nancy Pickard, mystery writer extraordinaire and a wonderful friend, just started a new blog: Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life. Stop by and say "hi" - tell her I sent you. :)

BTW, if you haven't added your contact info to my previous post - please stop by and do so. I'm trying to make sure I have everyone's snail mail and email info in one place.

All that said: I must off to work.
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A few more Matters reviews for a lovely restful day.

from Guilt in Black Panties
from Heartstrings Reviews
from BookLoons Reviews

What I'm reading: Just started A Cold Dish, by Craig Johnson, an author I met at Mayhem.  He was a fascinating speaker and I heard nothing but praise for his books, so I bought all three.

Recreation: spent the day watching season 1 Gilmore Girls, a show that I know only sporadically, but now that it's closed canon, I can finally catch up. I'm enjoying it immensely. And wee!Jared: adorable.

Spent a little time clearing out one of the smaller bookshelves and logging books on Library Thing. Still have a ton to go.

Tomorrow, it's day 1 of vacation and day 1 of writing madness.
chickwriter: (Geek)
Why yes, I *am* feeling better.

Darn colds and lingering coughs.

I actually got some sleep last night. Crashed early, so didn't watch BSG. I'll have to wait until iTunes posts the new episode.

My bestest fangrrl and enabler [ profile] sihayab posted a FAB new DS story for me. She so utterly knows me.

I got my copy of Wings to the Kingdom by [ profile] wicked_wish, a.k.a. Cherie Priest. I'd fallen in love with her first novel, Four & Twenty Blackbirds. I first heard about her via [ profile] scalzi, when he told her story about how Blackbirds was first published by an unscrupulous small press, then later, she was picked up by Tor.

I was intrigued, first by the situation, because as many of you know, I was in the same situation - the unscrupulous small press part, not the Tor part. ::g:: Her being picked up gave me hope. I immediately bought a copy of the book and was instantly hooked. She is a brilliant writer and creates fabulous characters.

Very very happy to have discovered her.

On another note: David Hewlett how are you so freakin' awesome? I was reading this interview and was blown away by his utter geekiness. Dudes, he codes in Python and uses an open source CMS to manage his site. As a Web geek myself, I'm totally impressed. (yes, yes, I'm easily impressed!)

In conclusion: Happy Birthday, Viggo. ::g::
chickwriter: (DarkAngel photo by Donna Andrews)
I'm back, she says, and all cabled up with Intarweb access - totally of the good.

Celebrate Banned Books Week - why don't you buy one of these listed or check it out of the library?

ETA: Oh yeah, a really good article by the author of The Geography Club, a lovely YA novel about gay teens.

For Rocky Horror cultists and aficionados: Shock Treatment is being released on DVD!

I spent most of Saturday musing on where Book 2 (now officially Blood Bargain) is going and will need to go to make it work. Also read more in the Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold. Why the heck hadn't I discovered these already?

I managed to catch Studio 60's premier episode and am loving it so far. <3s Aaron Sorkin.

My DVD set of The Book of Daniel just shipped! (again, of the very good!)

Alas, I will not be at Bouchercon with my mystery peeps this year. (of the sad)

SG1 - haven't seen the ep

SGA - yes, more, please. I'm not liking the hiatus thing at all, but am pleased to know that there are ways of not waiting.

Eureka - very glad they've been putting the episodes on iTunes - just caught up last night through last week.

A bit of medical news - not bad )

Dr. House, where the heck are you when I need you? I am officially a diagnostic mystery.

That is all for today.


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