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Tell me about a story I haven't written, and I'll give you between one and three sentences from that story.


EDIT: Because it's me, I will try to keep it to 3 or less sentences, but it will probably be more like 6 or 7 xD
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When you see this, comment with a poem you love or post one in your own journal to encourage the proliferation of random poetry through your flist.

Of course, I have about fifty-zillion poems that I love - "When I am old I shall wear purple", "An astronomer to his pupil", "Mort Aux Chats" (and Peter Porter is AMAZING :D)  and "High Flight" being a very small selection, but I decided on this one - not only is it a lovely poem, but she basically banned it from turning up on exam papers, so she's awesome just for that :D :

"Sometimes" by Sheenagh Pugh:

Sometimes things don't go, after all,
from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel
faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don't fail,
sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war;
elect an honest man; decide they care
enough, that they can't leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best efforts do not go amiss;
sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen: may it happen for you.
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1) What author do you own the most books by?
Terry Pratchett, but Bernard Cornwell is a close second :D

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit - we have a billion copies of each, I swear :P

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
*Goes and researches what prepositions are* Nope :D

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Ahhh ... Earl Pike ("Black Water Tranist" by Carsten Shroud), but that's because I have the image of him in my head as played by Karl Urban, in Armani ... *swoon*

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
It's a toss up between "The Hobbit" and "Alice in Wonderland" :)

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
That would be "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" - I devoured that book :D

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
Erm ... I think it was the Dragon one I pilfered from Nicola,where they basically retold the First World War with Dragons, not even well ... in fact I didn't even finish it! :D

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
"The Burning Land" by Bernard Cornwell - I fully recommend him to anyone, his historical fiction stuff is absolutely amazing :D

9) If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?
"Catch 22" - brilliant dialogue, brilliant work ... it's work to get through it, but it's worth it :D
That or "Alice in Wonderland" - love it :D

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Errrr ... do they have to be current books in the last year? If not, Yann Martel for "Life of Pi", or posthumous for JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis and Edgar Allen Poe :D 

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
"The Warlord Chronicles" by Bernard Cornwell - it'd be tough, but awesome if it worked :D

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
"Twilight" ... oh wait ...

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
See my fanfiction :P

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
"Mr Ben and the Submarine" - in my defence, I was babysitting my little sister :P

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
"Wuthering Heights" - eurgh ... it took ages ...

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
None of the obscure ones - just Tempest, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet (and all due to my English GSCE and A Level!)

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
How? In coffee? Tea? On toast?

18) Roth or Updike?
No idea who they are, so ...

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
See above answer ...

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Hmmm ... toss-up between Shakespeare and Chaucer (The Miller's Tale is funny as heck :D)

21) Austen or Eliot?
I haven't read Eliot, so it'd have to be Austen - Mansfield Park is a good book :D

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading? 
Erm the classics, or the new classics - I tend to stick to historical fiction or military or Sci-fi/fantasy, so any classics have been due to my English A level. I plan to correct this over the years though :D 

23) What is your favorite novel?
I have to pick one? Bugger ...

24) Play?
Brian Clarke - "Whose Life is it anyway?" - if you ever get to see or read this, do so!!

25) Poem?
Sometimes by Sheila Pugh - short, but hopeful :D (and she refused to let it be used in our GSCE exam - result!)

26) Essay?
"Original Intent and the European Court of Human Rights" by Danny Nicol - not just lawyer-y, historical too :D

27) Short story?
"The Tell Tale Heart" or "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allen Poe :D

28) Work of nonfiction?
"Fighter Boys" by Patrick Bishop, or "Fighter Control during the Battle of Britain" - I forget the name of the author - both brilliant accounts of how the Battle formed and went :D

29) Who is your favorite writer?
One? One? You serious? I mean, there's Pratchett, Tolkien, Cornwell ...

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Stephanie Meyer! xD

31) What is your desert island book?
"The Lord of the Rings" - I'd never get tired of it :D

32) And… what are you reading right now?
"Criminal Law" by Jones and Christie ... no fiction till after my exams :(


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