hallieod at indigo.ie
Fri Jun 7 10:07:20 EDT 2002
On the happy thought that this would become an annual tradition, my
third mailbox containing list intros has been titled "2002 Intros".
Unhappily, this is my second go at writing mine - power cut just as I
was almost finished. Everyone *else* on my road seems to have been
watching the match.
Name: Hallie O'Donovan
Occupation: Full-time mum, part-time "mature student" (though many
days I think the mature part is more tactful than accurate), nag,
spoilsport, gloomy grammarian, - Hey wait! This is MY narrative. :)
We'll just stick with the first two.
Age: 43 for a few more weeks - and thank you SO much, btw, to all the
youngsters who've complained about their age! :)
Married: Not any more.
Children: Two, both friends to this list, Becca (nearly about to
exit quite gracefully from 15-year-old-hood) and Cara, 12.
I live in: Dublin, Ireland.
How I discovered the list: Searching for a DWJ list, in summer 1999.
Having discovered the LM Montgomery and Maud Hart Lovelace lists, I
thought it would be very cool if there were a DWJ one - like Jackie,
I've also searched for a Joan Aiken list, and more recently, a Connie
Willis one too.
Favourite DWJ novel: Fire and Hemlock usually narrowly edges out a
few others, especially Deep Secret, Howl and Hexwood.
First DWJ novel: The Lives of Christopher Chant. Picked it up in
the library as I was intrigued by the title. This was only 6 or 7
years ago, unfortunately.
Favourite other authors: I'm bad at this too. My mind goes blank -
or blanker - too easily. No particular order: Connie Willis,
Patricia McKillip, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jane Austen, Joan Aiken (the
kids ones, as might not be suggested by the conjunction of the two
JAs), LM Montgomery, Megan Whalen Turner, Cynthia Voigt, some
Patricia Wrede, and to squeeze in a couple of one-offers, _The
Perilous Gard_, The Court & Crown Duet (no, that's not cheating!),
_Middlemarch_. The one-offers are safer in a way, as I've realised
that I can't say I like everything I've read by even one of these
favourite authors (including DWJ).
Number of books owned: ??? All I can say for sure is it'd be fewer
if we hadn't moved so much...
Recently read: _Falcon_, Emma Bull (thanks to Dorian, my first EB
and I loved it), and _Yarrow_, CdL, also thanks to Dorian. This is
getting weird, as it seems that my perpetual reaction to CdL is
disappointment, which makes very little sense. I don't know, maybe
it's something like having elements which I absolutely love, mixed
with elements which really get up my nose or something. Oh,
actually, I wasn't disappointed at all with _Jack of Kinrowan_.
Other than that, a few old favourites been reread, and an orgy of
Lenora Mattingly Weber books. A friend introduced me to the Beany
books when I was living in Annapolis, but I only read them from the
library. When I tried getting them again, they'd become mad
collector's items, and I thought that put paid to any chance of
reading them. Now they've been re-printed, and I'm enjoying
rereading them so much - and reading to Becca.
Music: mind goes blank again. Lot of folk and trad, like Pentangle,
Altan, and The Tannahill Weavers, Sarah McLachlan, Loreena McKennitt,
U2, and now Becca's got me liking Nickleback.
Non-reading interests: Non-reading? Like completely not associated
with reading?? Er... Done the music listening thing, can't do the
computer thing, as almost every use to which I put it involves books
in some way or other, cooking I *guess*, though even there, I like
reading cook-books and mags probably more than actually putting in
time in the kitchen. :) But I do like baking - healthy-adapted
recipes, but even the kids don't complain about it. And I'm a
dog-person and a tea-person.
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