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Tor.com has an excellent website and e-newsletter.  They just started a new series of articles called Story Worlds discussing the world building in a number of series.   The first book they are profiling is Lord of the Rings.  It's a two part article. The first part is here:

 http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/08/story-worlds-lord-of-the-rings-tolkien-middle-earth-part-1#

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Not Quite Kindle / Geek Heaven: I got to see the last shuttle launch!
« on: July 08, 2011, 01:01:44 pm »
It's a good moment in life when you actually get a do-over.  In 1999, I spent the summer at the University of Florida at a science teacher program and one of our field trips was attending a shuttle launch.  It was a several hour drive away but we were at that closest place you can be and it was the first mission with a woman commander.  It was scheduled for ~12:30am, so exciting, the countdown is happening...and it aborted with 4 seconds to go.  Talk about your launchus interuptus! We drive back to UF and the next night a bunch of us drove back.  It was delayed a long time and finally scrubbed because of lightning.  We drive back to UF.  The next night a group goes back and I was just so exhausted by this point I didn't go.   Of course it launched and everyone talked about how amazing it was.  I know this sounds crazy but missing that launch has been an honest-to-god Regret in my life.  My husband is working in Florida at the moment so I am spending the summer here and we are 90 minutes from the launch site. It's been my only goal this summer, to see the last launch.  Well, I was there today and I saw it and I cried and cheered with the other million people there and I can strike that off my very short list of regrets.  The weather could have cooperated more but what the heck, it was spectacular.  I wish the pictures were better.


My husband who cannot stand crowds almost turned tail and ran at this point.





We got about a 30 second view and then it was lost in the clouds.  Many hours of driving and waiting for 30 seconds?  Hell yeah, it was worth it. ;D

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Lend and Borrow exchange / Would Like to Borrow Playing For Keeps
« on: June 22, 2011, 06:41:37 am »
I would like to borrow Playing For Keeps by Mur Lafferty.

Thanks

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I am going to be spending the summer in Florida and will be driving 1600 miles from Texas to Florida, 3-4 days in the car (Honda CRV), myself, my husband and two dogs.  Lucy (avatar) will be asleep in ten minutes, but Emma (50 lbs, mixed breed) gets totally stressed in the car.  She shakes, drools and sheds, and can never rest.  I recently bought homeopathic drops, tablets and a DAP pheromone collar and spray.  I won't really get a chance to try them out before we leave but I'm willing to try anything.  

Does anyone have any other suggestions or stories about how well these pheromone products work?

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Lend and Borrow exchange / Available to Lend: My List
« on: February 08, 2011, 09:15:56 am »
Well, only about 30% of my Kindle list is available for lending, but here it is:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3557079-donnar?shelf=kindle-lendable&view=table

PM me if anyone wants to borrow something.

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Into the Wildewood by Gillian Summers.  This is the second book in the Faire Folk trilogy.

Donna

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Don't touch my Kindle!
« on: February 06, 2011, 12:42:32 pm »
A friend posted this on facebook yesterday:

[His wife is in South America on business.]  "Yesterday after work and since it is summer down there, she took her Kindle and walked to one of the large public parks to do some reading. A bad guy rode by on a bicycle as she sat reading on a park bench and grabbed her Kindle. Mary, being Mary held on tight and wrestled it away from him and he fled. Some things never change........."

Is that bad ass or what!  Okay, show of hands, who is willing to wrestle a mugger for their Kindle!

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Not Quite Kindle / Christmas Cartoon for Calvin and Hobbes fans
« on: December 12, 2010, 12:57:51 pm »
Years ago I cut this out of the paper on Christmas Eve and glued it to a piece of cardboard.  It has become part of the Christmas decorations I put up every year although it's showing its age.  I was looking at it today and realized that it must be available online.  I still think I will keep my beat up copy though, nice memories...  That's the biggest image size I could get.  I hope y'all can read it. 


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Not Quite Kindle / Any teachers counting down the days?
« on: May 25, 2010, 07:12:46 am »
I know I'm not the only teacher around here!  And as we all know, teachers count down the days at least as much as the kids. ;D 

I teach science grades 4th-8th.  We get out at noon on Friday.  We have a workday on Saturday and then an annual Survivor-themed party where all the teachers get intensely competitive doing insanely silly challenges.  Great way to end the year.

So what's your countdown?

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I am trying to put a link to my monthly book counts in my signature line.  I can get the url to show up but how do I rename it, i.e., how do I make it say "April Book Count" instead of just showing the url?

Thanks! 

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Kindle Accessories / I put the skin for the back onto an M-Edge cover.
« on: January 26, 2010, 08:26:35 pm »
I was disappointed to not be able to use the back skin on my Kindle.  No point, when it lives inside a cover.  My husband suggested putting it on the front of the cover.  I trimmed it a bit to fit and it looks great.  It has been a couple of weeks and it is adhering beautifully.  It is not coming off any time soon.  I love it.  The skin is from DecalGirl.com




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