Melissa at Proffitt.com
Wed Jul 18 03:00:17 EDT 2001
While I'm feeling manic, jittery and not at all tired...sure, why not
I was born in Portland, Oregon. Since that time I've lived in Utah,
Colorado, New York (the state, not the city--Syracuse/Liverpool if you want
to be specific), and Texas. I wish I lived in Vancouver Washington.
Happy Valley--um, I mean, Salt Lake City, UT. (They really do call it Happy
Valley. I don't know why. *I'm* not all that happy to be here.)
I have the same four kids Jacob does. Big surprise.
>Religion (optional, perhaps, but helps with cultural references etc)
I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka Mormon.
Full-time mother, homeschooler (and there's more of those here than I'd
thought; maybe we need some kind of "Homeschoolers for DWJ" league),
This is harder than it should be. Technically, it's _Power of Three_, but I
read that once when I was 12 or so and never picked it up again or tried to
find any of her other books. I apologize to Fen Eatough for ribbing her
about doing the same thing. :) The one I consider my first--the first one
where I was aware of DWJ as an author--was _Howl's Moving Castle_.
I've been thinking about this for a couple of days. I suppose it depends on
what characteristic I consider to be unique to DWJ, huh? At first I thought
this was an impossible question, but on reflection I think that DWJ's books
do have a certain quality that mark them as hers. I'm just not sure what it
is. I'm going to say _The Lives of Christopher Chant_, because it's got 1)
complex universe-building and 2) a flawed but likeable main character whose
flaws 3) directly or indirectly assist the evil forces in their schemes, but
who 4) overcomes these flaws to play a primary role in defeating evil. Most
of her books are like this (hence the quintessential) but _Lives_ seems most
specifically built along these lines.
You mean we have to choose? _Archer's Goon_, _Fire and Hemlock_, and
>Personal maxim/ prescription for an easy life.
Nothing I live by provides for the easy life. But the struggle is worth the
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