Ian W. Riddell
iwr77 at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 10 08:19:54 EDT 2002
Name: Ian Widdifield Riddell
Occupation: Unitarian Universalist Church Music Director; Instructional
Materials Designer for Penn State's World Campus--I work with faculty to
create distance learning courses. I do the IMD job full-time, but I'm really
trained as a music teacher and choral conductor which is why I listed the MD
job first. Both will be up in the air in the next 3 weeks, though, as we're
leaving where we live now (see below) to move to Madison Wisconsin.
Age: 33 and happy to be here
Married: yes - to a wonderful man, Mark, who recently received his PhD in
Geography/Cartography from Penn State and was just hired at the University
I live in: Currently Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, but in 3 weeks we'll be
moving to Madison, Wisconsin. Despite the fact that I am Canadian and grew
up in Eastern Ontario and lived on the West Coast of Canada for 7 years, I
was actually born here in Bellefonte, PA, because my father was doing his
PhD here at Penn State when I decided to enter the world. The connections
deepen when you realize that my partner is completing his PhD in the same
department that my father did almost 33 years ago!
How I discovered the list: I was searching for DWJ material on the Web
having just completed reading "Fire and Hemlock".
Favorite DWJ: Oh dear . . . . currently Witch Week but I maintain the right
to change that at any moment.
First DWJ novel: Dogsbody. Not when i was a kid - when I was in University 8
or 9 years ago and looking for books to teach to the kids I was a student
Favorite authors: Ursula K. LeGuin, Timothy Findley, David Almond, Stephen
King, George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Paul Levitz, Harper Lee, and many
Reading right now: "A Storm of Swords" by George R. R. Marting (part 3 of "A
Song of Ice and Fire"). This is my first big epic fantasy series and I am
thoroughly hooked. While this is a violent world, I am fascinated by
Martin's ability to create characters that I care about and to create
characters whose motives and actions are not always "good" but with whom the
reader can identify (Tyrion and Dany most notably). The fourth book is way
too far away!
Number of books owned: Too many (since I'm packing them right now).
Hobbies outside of reading and writing: Singing, movies, cooking.
Have a great day!
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