Monday, October 17, 2005


Tag # One:

Tammy and Jean both tagged me for this one a while back and I haven't gotten it done due to shamelessly promoting Tammy and Sheila's new books.

Here's the meme:
1. Delve into your blog archive.

2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).

3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).

4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions. Ponder it for meaning, subtext or hidden agendas…

5. Tag five people to do the same.

I've had this blog long enough to have done 23 posts. So, here's my 23rd post, fifth sentence:
And that's all I'm saying about the story.
This sentence was from my recommendation of Afterburn by S. L. Viehl. The book is a stand-alone novel in her Star Doc universe and I still recommend it.

The sentence itself refers to my absolute hatred of spoilers. I like to come to a story completely fresh, knowing nothing about it. You see, when people tell me what happens, or read me bits they liked, or talk about characters, my somewhat photographic memory won't let go of it. Then I can't immerse myself as deeply in the story as I usually do because part of my brain is "waiting" for the stuff I've been told about a story. I think back cover blurbs are a necessary evil because I need at least a modicum of knowledge or I won't know if I'm interested enough to give a story a shot. I prefer to get a TV Guide-style one-liner from a friend when I'm deciding about movies because the trailers always give away way too much. This sentence refers to my preference to try to avoid doing that to anyone else and to why my entertainment recommendations don't include a lot of details about the story.

Five people to tag:

This meme went around the circle of blogs I read and almost everyone I thought of has been tagged for it already. So, instead of naming specific people, I'll toss it out to anyone who reads my blog, but hasn't been tagged for this meme yet. It's an interesting one. Feel free to let me know in the comments if you take up the challenge, with a link to the entry. I'd love to read them.

Tag #2

Andi, on her personal blog, tagged me for Holly's meme. Here's how it goes:

Search your blog for the word “joy” used in the context of “happiness.” If you cannot find the word in your weblog, you may use any of the select list of synonyms below.

joy — amusement, bliss, cheer, comfort, delectation, delight, ecstasy, elation, exaltation, exultation, exulting, felicity, gaiety, gladness, glee, good humor, gratification, happiness, hilarity, humor, jubilance, liveliness, merriment, mirth, pleasure, rapture, regalement, rejoicing, revelry, satisfaction, wonder

If you’ve found the word and it was not used facetiously or sarcastically, good for you. All you need to do is link to your earlier entry, and write a few words about that joyous moment. If, however, you have no joy (whole words only) in your weblog, you must dig deep in your soul and find something wonderful in your life right now. One little thing that fills you with warmth, that bubbles you over with quiet happiness, or tickles you with its good-hearted hilarity, or makes you glad you just took a breath, and are getting ready to take another. It doesn’t have to be anything big. A smile someone gave you; your cat on your shoulder; the way the light angles through your window and casts rainbows on your floor. All it has to be is something genuine, something real, something that matters to you.

Because we all need joy in our lives, and need to take the time — from time to time — to recognize it. And sometimes, we need to pass it on.

Even if we’re a big pain in the ass when we do.

When you’ve dealt with your own joy, pass the quest on to five other bloggers.
I'm an optimistic person, for the most part, and was surprised to find that I didn't have very many posts with those words. "Joy" showed up once, in my recommendation of Serenity, talking about the range of emotions in the film. I glanced through my blog. I came to the conclusion that Holly and I use different words. I use "cool" and "jazzed" and plain old "happy". I also write positive things without ever using a word naming the emotion.

My first recipe was a chicken recipe you could take on a picnic. I said, "Mangia!", which is the Italian word for "eat". Implicit in it is happiness--good food, fun people, a good time. A lot of my posts are silly fun, which always boost my mood. I share them to give other people a little mood boost, too. Or I talk about enjoyable things in my life like playing chess with my son, seeing films or reading books I like--everyday good things. But I don't use Holly's list of words to talk about them, so they didn't pop up in my search.

I chose this post--maybe because I'm still so jazzed about it or maybe because it's Monday and I have rehearsal tonight. My most joyous blog entry. You'll understand why when you read it. Ladyesong.


Kellie--who may not see this for a while, if at all. She's busy with Drew, who was born on October 4, 2005. Congratulations, again, Kellie and Mark!

I'm not sure all of these folks read my blog, but I know they haven't been tagged by someone else yet. And I know people who know them read my blog. Maybe they'll pass the word along. I think spreading joy is a worthy endeavor, in this time when all too many people seem to do nothing but whine and complain.