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Westmark online book club! [Feb. 3rd, 2009|10:21 pm]
Marissa Lingen

Okay, we're going to call that enough people to make a Westmark discussion group. So! Here's the outline:

--Discussion of each of the three books of the Westmark trilogy (Westmark, The Kestrel, and The Beggar Queen, all by Lloyd Alexander) will start in this lj on the 9th of each of the successive months. So: Westmark, March 9. The Kestrel, April 9. The Beggar Queen, May 9. I will remind you as these dates approach.

--Because this is a book discussion rather than a brief review, there will be spoilers in the post and in the comments. I will cut-tag the posts, but do not click on the tags or the comments if you are not done reading and don't want to hear how it ends. (I will put this in the texts of the posts, too.)

--Because there are several people who have said they are reading the series for the first time, we will try to limit spoilers in each post to only the preceding material. That is, Westmark only in the Westmark post(s), The Kestrel or Westmark in the The Kestrel post(s).

--There may be more than one post from me per book. There may not. I don't know yet.

--Making your own jumping-off posts about these books or related topics is entirely fair game; please feel free to link to those posts in the comments when the time comes.

--Discussion is open to anyone who wants to behave civilly and who has a livejournal account, which I will remind you are free. If someone else in your household wants to read and post, please indicate, "Hi, this is X posting on Lj user Y's account." I would allow anonymous commenters as long as they signed their posts, but I was getting a bunch of spam, and deleting it is not a good use of my time. I definitely do not put a lower bound on age for readers and commenters on these posts. Anyone of any age whose sensibilities do not permit the discussion of fictional war, however, will probably find these not to their tastes.

Is there anything else anybody wants to know about this?

Speaking of reminding people of upcoming events, I will note that it is now ten days to One Year Closer to Balance, so if you're planning on observing that with me but have not been thinking about balance and what you want to do regarding balance, now might be the time.

In other news, I have a little bit of singing voice back, but the last of the cold is still messing some with my ears. Also I have to do clinic PT tomorrow. Am I looking forward to clinic PT if my ears are still messed up with the cold? Not particularly, no. But then, do I usually look forward to clinic PT? Not so much. Yah. So.

[User Picture]From: tanaise
2009-02-04 02:02 pm (UTC)
chewing gum supposedly helps with ear drainage. I've been chewing gum all winter. I don't know if it actually helps, but it does seem like it does, and it gives me something to do instead of obsessing over my ears. I like the mint mojito gum that orbit puts out. Strange, but tasty.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2009-02-04 06:08 pm (UTC)
I am aesthetically unfond of the act of chewing gum, but I might have to try it if this goes on.
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[User Picture]From: tanaise
2009-02-04 06:10 pm (UTC)
I know. i walk around half the time thinking, 'I probably look like a cow" and yet I keep a packet of gum in my coat all the time now.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2009-02-04 06:13 pm (UTC)
Heh. When I was very small, 4 or 5 years old, a friend of mine had a constant battle with her mother. "[Name], stop chomping your gum! You look like a cow chewing its cud!" the mother would say.

Fast forward ten years later to high school. I was sitting in the cafeteria when my friend Jess came in and put her books down, "Oh, that [name] just drives me crazy with her stupid gum! She looks like a cow chewing its cud!" And I thought, oh, her poor mother called it.
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[User Picture]From: cattitude
2009-02-05 03:33 am (UTC)
That's slightly surprising. The New York Public Library system has just one reservable copy of The Beggar Queen. Looking closer, it's because there are two copies marked missing and one marked reference, but still.
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[User Picture]From: keilexandra
2009-02-07 02:40 am (UTC)
Oh! May 9 is my birthday.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2009-02-07 12:33 pm (UTC)
Happy Beggar Queen to you!
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