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01 January 2011 @ 10:57 pm
An auspicious beginning ...  
I had planned to write a short thought-filled essay today.

Prior to that, I had a dinner engagement with a friend who is over from London. I wrote out her Christmas/New Year card. I wished her all the best for 2007.

Dinner was delightful, and I have now downgraded my plans to mineral water and a paperback.

All the best!
Brissygirl: wheeebrissygirl on January 1st, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
I wished her all the best for 2007.

Your about 4 years too late for that Brammers! ;)

Happy New Year!!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, it seemed a Sign that anything involving brains should be avoided. Maybe one Zombie film ...

Happy New Year to you, too!
bonfoi: calvinbonfoi on January 1st, 2011 12:22 pm (UTC)
I woke up at ten minutes of seven this morning and was told to go back to bed! Not exactly how I planned on starting this first day of 2011.

Your day sounds infinitely better, even if mine hasn't started properly yet.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
*Sends you soothing naplike thoughts!*

Weather here appalling, stinky hot in Sydney, ghastly floods in Queensland, you're better off there.
bonfoibonfoi on January 1st, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
Our snow has melted, which means standing water as the ground is frozen and by late afternoon, we'll be below freezing once more. What we need is a pleasant medium, hm?

May you cool down and the folks that need it, get dry. Oh, and I accept the naplike thoughts. I'm going to sit in my recliner, put my feet up, and assume a supine position soon.
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα: deathandthemaiden_inbetween_ on January 1st, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
My Australian friend didn't show up for our Skype meeting (again, after 1-2 years now). "Auspicious" was also a word in my mind therefore. Your 1987 (or even 2007 though no, not really) suddenly look very appealing. My paperback doesn't (why is there not a single romance for me in the world to enjoy? I don't demand much, honestly, no matter what they say; hope your book is better).
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
How RUDE! 1987 was an interesting year, things were mostly improving in those days, and there was a lot of good live music. Plus, we'd be fine with the economic plummet, because the current one is worse!

I stick to paperback crime fiction, currently Agatha Christie. No good at romances, I always want to hit someone!
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on January 1st, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Though scared witless, I went to see the Go-Betweens in our capital city and applied to go to OZ for a year.

I read her for the romance, though I ran out of non-Poirot-or-Marple books now, bah. The loss of blanking out the worst crap is perhaps the most painful for me as a reader. I once was able to enjoy Narnia where I am now unable to read about Aslan. I once found and felt the undeniable pull of attraction between two people in a range of books where now there is nothing but the need to "mate" making the antagonistic and brutal treatment of a male pleasant to a female.
Once again, and I apologise for it, I wish for a memory lapse of my own!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
The Go-Betweens were such an amazing band ...

I've been quite enjoying the Marples, despite thinking I didn't like them very much. I think I was too young to get all her sly humour and satire when I first read them. And you know me, satire will always win me over!
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on January 1st, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
I read all of them in translation when young and will try to get the Marples if and when I can. I know she herself got sick of Poirot as well, though yes, of course, I find all my romance and humour and humanity in mysteries (not as such but the few better books happen to fall into that genre where the non-genre stuff shines brightly as it doesn't in the genres where it should).
Satire today is what tragedy once used to be, at least that was one of if not the first papers I wrote about the theatre.
kudilukudilu on January 1st, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
May I suggest you try Jean Johnson, if you haven't already? Yes, her published work is (at least mostly) published as romance, but they're really fantasy books that don't leave out the actual sex.
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on January 1st, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
I haven't read her yet - the covers wouldn't have tempted me. Does she also have some that are really good while others are the usual rape fantasies or could I try any book?
kudilukudilu on January 1st, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
Well, most of what she has published right now is a series; or rather, a series of 8 and a single book set in the same world. Another book in the same world (with 4 shorter pieces in it) is due out sometime early this year. I would suggest that you either start with the beginning of the series or the stand-alone, though she did write the books in such a way that they can be read without reading the previous ones.
None of them are the standard rape-fantasy, though i must admit I've never read anything that was. Then again, i think the only published books I've read that were categorized as 'romance' are these ones and the original Tyler series, which is like 12 books and has a murder-mystery woven through the whole set.
Anyway, the series starts with The Sword, and the stand-alone is Shifting Plains.
If you would like a short description, i would be happy to write you one, though I do have a habit of giving minor spoilers in descriptions. I think i could do a paragraph or two on the 8-book series without giving any actual spoilers though.
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on January 1st, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
Heh, thanks. I wanted to try out her erotic fairy tales first and was wondering if I'd find one of those online, short enough as a reliable taste-test but completely self-contained. I'll have another look tomorrow.
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
But I don't want to spend the year sleep-deprived and melty :-(
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
THAT I could live with!
Susanlil_shepherd on January 1st, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
Ah, dinner accompanied by lots of incohol. I know all about those.

Happy New Year!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
And to you! The tragic thing is that I did not drink, it is just so hot my brain melted.
Susanlil_shepherd on January 1st, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
Ah. Midsummer where you are, of course.

Hangovers when you haven't been drinking are worse than when you have!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
They ARE! Ghastly and muggy here. Much better than Queensland, which is mostly underwater, sadly.
napchicnapchic on January 1st, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
*waves hello*
I laughed like an comic book arch villain asylum escapee at "2007."
Yes, there might be something wrong with me, but that was some endearingly amusing shit.
*blinks in awkward silence*
*scoots quietly back out of comment area*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
HELLO! *Hands you hot or iced chocolate as preferred to cover up the awkward silence of others who do not see that we know what passes for lunatic comedy ;-)*
Hollyhollyxu on January 1st, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, Brammers!

Snape's Angelangela_snape on January 1st, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
Plan B sounds good too. Happy 2011!
pingridpingrid on January 1st, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
Jaeenchanted_jae on January 2nd, 2011 06:32 am (UTC)
*giggles* You are a ray of sunshine on my flist, you know?
embolinaozembolinaoz on January 2nd, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
Oh for a timeturner ;) though 2007 I could miss - i'd go back to the early nineties and get my twenties right this time!!

The grandest of years to you Brammers I hope 2011 treats you brilliantly :)

Oh and Adelaide's not to flash either roastingly dry and 39 yesterday!
maya231maya231 on January 2nd, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year :)