Catherine J. Gardner tagged me--twice, actually. So first, here's six random things about me:
1. I have a dog and two cats, named Jasper, Angel, and Vincent respectively, but their full names are Night Sea Crossing, The Archangel, and Saint Vincent.
2. One of my favorite books is Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief. It's embarrassing how often I reread it. I bought it at a library book sale five or six years ago--the scary thing is I almost didn't buy it, because the cover made me think it was probably an inspirational novel and maybe even self-published.
3. I love animation. Love it love it love it. The posters on my studio walls advertise: Akira, Gundam Wing, Gorillaz, Havey Birdman Attorney at Law, Cowboy Bebop, and Ratatouille.
4. I've worked as a temp on and off for many, many years, including five solid years in the mid-90s when I did nothing else. I can now walk into any office environment and take care of business immediately. A questionable skill.
5. My guilty pleasure is those cheesy police car chase documentaries on Tru TV. I especially like one I saw recently that gave driving tips like "always wear your seatbelt," because I could pretend I was watching for the important tips instead of being voyeuristic.
6. I have actually, truly, honestly lost track of how many novels I've written. I could probably figure it out, but I'd have to sit down and really think about it. All but the latest three were student works and largely unpublishable. The latest three are professional and I expect to snag publishers for them within the next two years.
* Link the person who tagged you.
* Post the rules on your blog.
* Write six random things about yourself.
* Tag six people at the end of your blog by linking to their blog.
* Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
* Let your tagger know when your entry is up.
(I'll put the tag list at the end.)
Now, rules for the second tag:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people and post a comment back to Catherine J. Gardner's blog (she's the one who tagged me - you will in turn nominate the person who tagged you - ie me) once you've posted your three sentences.
The nearest book is Diana Wynne Jones's The Tough Guide to Fantasyland.
"MERCHANT FEUDALISTS are organized in clusters of little COUNTRIES, mostly along the coast, each ruled by a COUNCIL. These trade with one another and are among the few PEOPLES who seem to trade overseas as well. Spices, silks, and olives are mentioned by the Management here."
Okay, now here's my tag list: