Here I am resurfacing from the wilds of nowhere (where I have been reading a great many books, and getting housework done, and other mundane but necessary things -- not that reading books is mundane, because it is actually quite awesome; but chores and such, definitely) to share with you an assortment of Things Relevant To Your (or possibly just My) Interests.
First, I think it is very important that you all learn the correct way to peel a banana
.( Helpful video under the cut )
Seriously, I had NO IDEA. Why did no one tell me about this?! It's brilliant! I want to open bananas all day long now, and I don't even like them that much!
Second, the hardcover of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter
may be listed as a bargain book
on Amazon ($6.80, people! Buy one for Aunt Bessie while you can!), but it is doing rather nicely in other respects -- including being nominated for the Clive Staples Award
. Right now the coordinator of the awards, Rebecca LuElla Miller, is doing an in-depth survey of all the titles
with links to excerpts, reviews and so on, and I have to say I've got some pretty stiff competition here!
To vote, you have to have read at least two of the nominated titles, so this isn't just a popularity contest to see who has the biggest fanbase -- it's meant to encourage the reading and writing of speculative fiction by Christian authors. And I am totally behind that, so I plan to check out one or two of the other nominated titles myself! Voting begins in August.
Third, I am gearing up for this weekend when I appear on the panel "FTW = Fandom Trained Writers"
along with Naomi Novik, Sarah Rees Brennan, Karen Healey, Ali Wilgus and Peg Kerr at Infinitus 2010 in Orlando
. I am ridiculously excited about this and looking forward to creating large amounts of havoc with Sarah and Karen, which you can count on Sarah to sum up in hilarious fashion on her LJ
when we get back. (Or else I will be very boring and she will just have to make up a pack of outrageous lies, but she is good at that too!)
Fourth, I went to see Crowded House in Toronto last night
with two of my three older brothers. This was a landmark occasion, not only because Pete and Mark are fab people, but because the last time I attended a Crowded House concert was on my 16th birthday and I will always remember that as the best concert I've ever been to in my entire life. So I knew that even though the band has aged considerably since then (and so have I), I would not be disappointed.
And oh my, I was not. It was a wonderful show indeed. AND THEN THEY PLAYED THIS SONG, which made me insanely happy:( Video from the concert )"Fingers of Love"
(link is to album version) is on the Touching Indigo
soundtrack, and rightly so. The way the music crashes in on "Colour is its own reward" alone makes me see stars, and I'm not even a synaesthete. Sigh.
And I think that is all for now!