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19 August 2008 @ 10:27 pm
A good book  
I want to comment on the great list of post ideas that merseine left on my last post.

I'm still not sure what level of personal things I want to make public here. (I've only had this journal for 6 years...) So, children, job, plans for the future, and things you're not supposed to talk about at a 'nice dinner' aren't going to be the main subjects of any public posts anytime soon.

However, the rest of the list are a great place to start. So, for today, I'll go with telling you about a favorite book.

The Eight by Katherine Neville.

I'm not exactly sure how I came about this book. I first read it my freshman year in college, spring semester, in 1995. It's a story about a chess set, and tracks two stories, one set in the times of french revolution, the other in the 70s. I was having a tough time then, and reading really helped to clear my head. I had also found a collection of Fletch novels that I consumed like brain candy. But this had more substance, and really stayed in my head. Each chapter of the book was introduced by a quote about chess. I remember one day, I was heading back to my dorm room from class. I had just started a chapter introduced by a section about promoting a pawn to a queen. As I was walking home, something white caught my eye, I looked over and there was a white queen on the ground next to a sculpture on campus. It seemed like such an odd coincidence, that I picked up the queen and kept it. I still have it sitting on my desk at work.

Ok, now I have to go read it again.

Edit: I almost forgot the best part. In the process of going through all our cruft, trying to purge as many books as we could, I found my copy of The Eight again. But then I found another copy, that had my dad's name in it. Strange coincidences.
 
 
 
Bryan: cartoonGrinbn29 on August 20th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
<3 The Eight

I was reading it in 6th grade, I think...
prusik on August 20th, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
What Makes a Good Blog from 43folders (although I saw it at Daring Fireball).

You clearly don't want to write a personal blog, so don't. Pick a topic you enjoy a lot (like, say, photography) and write about that instead.

Or, if you really want a personal blog like thing, you could go the route of, for example, John Scalzi and Neil Gaiman. They're both terrific at giving you the illusion that you know something about their personal life. They create consistent on-line persona who may or may not resemble John Scalzi and Neil Gaiman in real life. You never ever see, explicitly, the lines they never cross. (e.g., Neil rarely writes about his wife, but you never see him avoid writing about his wife.)

In the "practice what I preach" department, I ought to chronicle my discoveries about writing. Obviously, they're only discoveries to me, but, this way, I get to keep track of them.
Ziggyts52 on August 20th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
I'd seen that post, and while it makes some good points, I'm not sure how concerned I am about writing a 'good blog'. I'm being intentionally wishy-washy about this being a personal blog or not. I guess I'm not really sure why I'm writing this blog. That's probably something I should decide, but right now I like being wishy-washy. I think if I ever decide I want to write a 'good blog' I'll do that somewhere else.