Operation Empire

This is obviously my personal site but my online content arsenal is vast. It includes Greater Gotham: Going Global, a blog about being out and about in New York City and what happens when you turn Gotham Girl lose on the UK; Fabulous Foodie, where food and food culture are served up a la carte. Last but not least, there is Modern Parlance -- home to my hard-working writer alter ego and headquarters in my nefarious plan to take over the world. It is also home to my work blog - Personal Parlance, where I hold forth on publishing, books, social media, communication, indexing, writing, education and anything else content-wise that catches my eye. 

I had wanted to call the whole thing Operation Empire but several of my friends suggested that might put people off. Upon consideration I decided that a) they were right (so went with Modern Parlance) and b) to effectively take over the world, I would need fewer friends and more minions. Applications being accepted now.

Scribbles & Notes

Of course, the word-smithing started long before the plan for world domination. At one time or another, my personal writing projects have included:

Take 2 Movie Reviews which proved indirectly that I once had a social life where as TV Rants & Raves suggested perhaps that I didn't. (I take comfort in the fact that I haven't updated it lately - which suggests that things are looking up.)

The only thing my ongoing Bibliomania ever suggested was that I needed more shelves and the patience to wait for  paperbacks. Publishing Grunt's Bible came about because working with books isn't the thrill ride that reading or buying them is. 

There were pure flights of fancy like Staving off Ennui, the Server Sees the Sights; there were answers to hypothetical questions like "what should go in a toy hall of fame and then there were the snarkathons - first site website I ever did - Alias Smith & Jones Site and the Dark Shadows Snarkathon.

Much older material is kept in the Ephemera Archives - moved to the backburner but not completely forgotten. Who knows what'll end up catching my attention next...

Bibliophilia: Meme(s)

 Stolen Goods: "Steal this one" chelseagirl47 said and so I did.

1. What books are your comfort reading -- the ones you slink back to in times of stress?

Peter Wimsey mysteries. I can't you how many copies of Busman's Honeymoon I've thumbed into pieces. Let's see - Oh, Gentle Madness. Any Georgette Heyer for complete escapism but especially the Grand Sophy. Any of the first 10 or so Discworld novels.

2. What was your favorite book as a child, and why?

When you say child - how young? I mean, I read and re-read the Trixie Belden mysteries (yes, I know I have a mystery fixation. So sue me) and before that the Bobbsey Twins. But I was reading anything I could get my hands on from the time I could reach the first shelf of books so I just loved anything with pages. When I was VERY young, I loved "Goodnight Moon" and even younger, I refused to sleep without my Pat the Bunny book

3. What was your favorite book as an adolescent, and why?

The adolescent mysteries were Agatha Christies (re-read Crooked House and Secret of Chimmeys countless times. Wanted to be Virgina Revel so bad I could taste it). Also was about then that I discovered Wimsey. Never let go. Non-mysteries - oh, I read the VC Andrews stuff as we all did in Junior High The first two I rememebr really enjoying but then I didn't enjoy the third and subsequent stories were just weird weird weird and too weird so I stopped. And that's really when the history fixation began and a lot of my original titles on British history are still very much with me. And a few Romanov biographies as well.

4. What is the most-unread category of books gathering dust on your bookshelf -- the books you've bought but just never got around to reading?

Oddly - the travel books. I love travel. Hate reading about it but keep thinking it'll help me remember the trips (which I remember anyhow without prompting)

5. What kind of books would you like to say you read, but never do?

I read everything I can get a hold of so it's hard to say. I'd like to read more American History since most of my history collection is European and Russian (and fairly early). I'd like to read more cultural history - like the History of Food I just read but so much of it is just DRECK

6. What's the oddest book you ever read?

"undue influence"

7. What book were you never able to get through, despite the recommendations of people you respect?

Lord of the Rings (sorry guys I just can't and I've tried my damnedest)

8. What's the book it took you a couple of tries to get into, but was as good as promised once you finally made it?

Autobiography of Henry VIII - a regular re-read of mine now

9. What's your favorite short story . . . or do you even have one?

Gosh. Um...do I have a favorite? I must but I'd have to think more

10. The desert island. Three books (and collected works don't count; if you want *Lord of the Rings* it'll cost you all three slots). Go:

Game of Kings, Busman's Honeymoon and a title to be named later because I'm torn...

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