[DWJ] yet another introduction

shawyer at mail.utexas.edu shawyer at mail.utexas.edu
Sat Jan 3 14:51:02 EST 2009

I'm Sue, a transplanted Canadian currently living in Austin, Texas. (Hi
Margaret!) I'm a theatre scholar and DWJ fan, and thus it is my doing that you
can find Farah's book on DWJ at the university's Fine Arts Library rather than
the main University of Texas Library (handy for me, not as handy for the
English scholars who have to trek across campus to read it!)
My first DWJ was THE OGRE DOWNSTAIRS, which was recommended by my British
foster-sister. Favourites include HOWL and ARCHER'S GOON and CHARMED LIFE
although just about everything has been a favourite at one time or another
based on my mood. DWJ's good that way.
Otherwise, I actually don't read a whole lot of sci-fi/fantasy. Current reads:
Margaret Atwood's PAYBACK and Kate Atkinson's latest. And I'm a proud

Quoting Margaret Ball <margaret at onr.com>:

> I'm Margaret Ball, female (as you may have deduced), living in Austin,
> Texas with my husband and half a kid. (Translation: the supposedly grown
> up and independent 23-yr-old is here about half the time for one reason
> or another. I don't mind; she's good company. And it's much better than
> my 1/2 of one percent of the 22-yr-old, who is a fashonista and has set
> out to conquer New York City.)
> I haven't been around here much for the last couple of years due to
> various family crises and illnesses which you do not want to hear about,
> what could be more boring, but Life seems to have entered a smoother
> phase and I look forward to rejoining the discussions after I've combed
> through all the "Best Books of 2007/8" for a list of new things to read.
> I used to call myself a science fiction and fantasy writer, but my last
> book (which _I_ thought was pretty good, actually) has been sitting
> unloved and unread on various editors' desks for three years, so
> "involuntarily retired" probably ought to be added to that description.
> Actually I am enjoying playing around with artsycraftsy stuff and
> reading other people's books and thinking smugly, "OK, _you_ figure out
> how to get out of the plot corner you just painted yourself into; _I_
> don't have to!)
> The artsycraftsy stuff is actually getting beyond just playing around; a
> friend and I rented a gallery space for a weekend in October and, to my
> surprise and delight, I sold enough beadwork and hand-dyed scares to pay
> the rent and leave a bit over for more beads, more silk, and more art
> books. New Year's resolution: enter more juried shows, submit work and
> articles to magazines, finish writing the second bead embroidery book,
> and generally do this seriously and for real.
> Like Minnow,
> > I like Victorian
> > travel-books called things like 'Three on a Fiord by Two Of Them'
> with a special focus on the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, when,
> as Kim Stanley Robinson puts it, "They went out to conquer the Antarctic
> with bad Boy Scout equipment." I recently acquired a Kindle and am in
> the process of raiding Project Gutenberg for nice long travel memoirs to
> take on the next trip.
> Can't remember the first DWJ I read, but it must have been one of the
> early ones - _Dogsbody_, or _Eight Days of Luke_, or _Power of Three_. I
> have, of course, been hopelessly addicted ever since. Favorite DWJ:
> _Fire and Hemlock_. (I'm a sucker for Tam Lin stories anyway.)
> --
> -Margaret Ball
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