Audience

May. 19th, 2010 02:11 pm
morrigirl: (Vinnie)
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Six weeks ago there were twenty-two books in my "to read" pile. Now, there are only ten :-) I aimed to reduce the size by one-third and wound up cutting it in half. I am very proud of myself. Sure, most of the books I read fell somewhere between "eh" and "please shoot me now" on the enjoyablity scale, but I accomplished what I set out to do so, really, who cares?

The best book from the pile: A Mercy by Toni Morrison
The worst book from the pile: The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls by L.J. Smith

Now I have a small mountain of books I need to get rid of. I only have enough shelf space in my apartment to accomadate about five hundred. That may seem like a lot, but for a voracious reader like myself that's tiny. Since I can only afford to keep the books I really, really, REALLY love, I'm constantly weeding my collection, tossing books that have failed to leave a lasting impression on me. The current batch mainly consists of romance novels left over from my exploration of the genre, and old new age books I no longer want. I'd post a book grab entry like I used to in the old days but most of these books are so bad there is no way I'd pawn them off on people I like. So, I'm joining all the various book swap websites and seeing if I can pawn them off on strangers. I've been a member of chancexchange for years, and last night I joined Paperback Swap. If I can't move all my books through those channels I'll join Book Mooch and Bookins. And, if all else fails, there is always ReLITNY.

Changing topics, I realized something today. Of the forty-six people on my LJ friends list only thirteen of them still update on a regular basis. The rest have either stopped journaling or they only update, like, once a year. I used to get at least five comments for every entry I posted. These days I'm lucky to get one or two. That is partially my fault. Having filtered and privatized most of my entries I'm not generating much public content, and to most passing visitors it probably looks like my journal has gone dead. I can't generate interest if I'm not posting anything. Not that I plan on changing my posting habits. I'm just saying.

But I miss the community of friends I used to have out here. I miss the conversation. I wish they'd return, but I suppose they've outgrown LJ. It no longer serves their needs. I started keeping on online journal so I'd have a reason to write everyday. I hoped that having an audience would encourage me to do so, and it did. But now, more often than not, I find myself talking to myself out here. And even though there are times when that's exactly what I want to do, there are other times when I want interaction. How do you sustain a public writing practice when you have no audience?

Date: 2010-05-20 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] irishelf.livejournal.com
Well, I've reduced my LJ posting a lot because of those damned advertisements. Curse them!

Date: 2010-05-20 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
Really? I don't find them that annoying. I just refresh my browser window, and poof! all better.

Date: 2010-05-20 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greenblackevil.livejournal.com
I read your LJ! Even though I'm off-and-on with the Internet and on the other side of the world and terrible about correspondence! Don't stop! We need you!

Did you read any of the books that I recommended to you? I know I recommended a bunch, but I can't remember which ones!

Date: 2010-05-20 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
Whoa, boy. Who said I was going to stop writing here? I know I didn't.

And I can't remember any of the books you recommended to me either so...yeah, that should answer your question :-D

Date: 2010-05-22 09:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] claireleo.livejournal.com
I am always interested in what you choose to share! I'm here, even though I am quiet. I will aim to speak up more. :-)

Date: 2010-05-24 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
I don't hold anyone's silence against them. I'm not always great at responding to my friends posts either, mainly because most of the time I don't feel I have anything important to add or communicate.

Date: 2010-05-25 08:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
"mainly because most of the time I don't feel I have anything important to add or communicate. "

that's doesn't stop ME from yapping!



"YAP YAP YAP!!!!!!!"

Date: 2010-05-25 01:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
LOL, yeah but at least you're funny, Shark. I can't come up with silly yet relevant comments at the speeed you do.

Date: 2010-05-28 09:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
that's the first time I've been called RELEVANT in my entire life!

Date: 2010-05-28 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
Then you're not meeting the right people, man.

Date: 2010-05-28 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
I won't argue that one!

Date: 2010-05-25 08:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
"The Vampire Diaries"

I have a couple of those to read. heh.

"I only have enough shelf space in my apartment to accomadate about five hundred. "

you collect BOOKS like I collect comic books and music!

"romance novels"

barf. barf. barf!

"If I can't move all my books through those channels"

there's also donating them to thrift stores, or some retirement homes will take them for the old folks there to read.

Date: 2010-05-25 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
"romance novels"

barf. barf. barf!


That was the conclusion I came to as well. Fantasy fiction? Pretty good. Science Fiction? Pretty good. Romance? Not so much. Most sound like they were written by a Barbie doll.

I'd love to donate my books, but the nearest thrift store or library branch that will accept donations is an hour train ride from my house. It's just more convenient to hoist them upon strangers on the internet.

Date: 2010-05-26 08:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
"but the nearest thrift store or library branch that will accept donations is an hour train ride from my house"

ack!

the retirement home we donated books to (years ago) is only 5 blocks from the house! Lol! I later worked there.

Do any of the thrift stores do pickups? Some do, some don't.

Nowdays we tend to just put stuff out for free in the parking strip. It's just easier. And that way it goes directly to someone who'll use it.

Date: 2010-05-27 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
There is a new program in my area, ReLITNY, that accepts donation books and then passes them out to commuters at various transit hubs around the city. I know they do pick ups in Manhattan, but I'm not sure if they do pick ups in the North Bronx. I should find out.

Date: 2010-05-28 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
that's cool!

"North Bronx."

DA BRONX!!!!

Date: 2010-05-28 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
Sounds pretty hardcore doesn't it? The North Bronx, however, is kind of like the suburbs: lots of houses, kids playing in front yards, people walking their dogs. Don't get me wrong there's still plenty of vandalism, car theft, and urban decay for those looking to "keep it real" but it's really more like NYC-Lite.

If you don't mind my asking, where do you live?

Date: 2010-05-28 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
I'm a SHARK.

I live in the Ocean!






OH you mean IN REALITY and not IN MY HEAD.


Oregon!!! same state as fellow CF-er msmelharmon lives in! :D

Date: 2010-05-29 08:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
Ah, my brother lived in Portland for...well, a month. But he liked it! Said Oregon was a lovely state.

In my head I live in seven million dollar duplex overlooking Central Park West! If I close my eyes and block out the ever present sound of car alarms I can almost believe I'm living the dream.

Date: 2010-05-29 10:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
only a month?

"Said Oregon was a lovely state."

it's true! except for all the hippies!

"In my head I live in seven million dollar duplex overlooking Central Park West!"

In my head I live in a castle surrounded by a piranha-filled moat!

"car alarms "

OH FUCK I HATE THOSE.

all they do is make a HORRID sound and add to the noise of the city. it's not like anyone actually CALLS the cops when one goes off! they're a bigger irritant than they are a theft deterrent device!

Date: 2010-05-30 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
Yeah, only a month. He moved out there with his girlfriend, and they broke up, like, a week afterward. He couldn't find work, money ran out, and he wound up back on the East coast.

Dude, the other day I heard a mockingbird imitating the sound of a car alarm! I shit you not! My boss happens to be a bird enthusiast so I mentioned it to him, and he said, "Oh yeah, mockingbirds will imitate any sound they hear regularly even if it isn't a bird call."

So now I have to deal with car alarms AND bird that sound like car alarms!

Date: 2010-05-30 09:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
"Dude, the other day I heard a mockingbird imitating the sound of a car alarm!"

O.o

humans are a BAD influence on animals!

Date: 2010-07-25 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
"The Vampire Diaries"

oh, I finally read parts of those and they were cheesy teen romance crap!

Date: 2010-07-26 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
Last year I re-read the entire series for the first time since I was twelve in anticipation of the next book in the series. They were much worse than I remembered. I wrote a bunch of LJ posts snarking the hell out of them. Apparently my definition of "good" has undergone a huge shift in the last eighteen years.

Date: 2010-07-26 08:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
"Apparently my definition of "good" has undergone a huge shift in the last eighteen years."

lol yes! you've also read a LOT since then and seen the same cliches again as well as much BETTER writing. so you're less tolerant of crap. me too!

Date: 2010-07-26 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
Getting older does have its advantages :-)

Name one thing you liked in your younger years that you wouldn't be able to tolerate today.

Date: 2010-07-26 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
reading DOZENS of SF novels in a row without caring about quality.

I'm rather picky about the SF I read now, because I read SO MUCH of it when I was younger.

Date: 2010-07-27 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
Oooh, I haven't read much sci-fi. Care to offer some recommendations?

Date: 2010-07-27 07:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
Robert Heinlens old stuff, BEFORE he started writing like a perverted old man.

"Battlefield Earth" by L. Ron Hubbard.

I KNOW!!!! a movie EVERYBODY hated, and he started his own CULT. but I liked the book! It's HUGE though.

since I don't read as much now, and it's been awhile since I read so much, I can't remember a lot.

OH the "Invasion of the BOdy Snatchers" novel. I can't remember the author right now. I got a hardcover of that at a thrift store for $1 awhile ago! it qualifies as horror as well as SF.

I like to read GOOD horror, also... but so many horror novels are silly schlock! Seems to be a medium made more for movies!

I'll add some other stuff if I can remember it, later this week.

Date: 2010-07-28 09:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
I haven't read a good horror novel in...maybe never? You're right, horror is tough to get right in prose. It's the same for action adventure sequences and sex scenes - they just don't translate well to the page.

Date: 2010-07-28 09:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
"sex scenes"

it's SO hard (heh) to write them without them turning into outright porn.

Date: 2010-07-29 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
Porn I don't have a problem with. What bothers me about sex scenes in books are all the stupid euphemisms. No one ever just says cock or pussy or fuck. (Well, okay, some authors do.) No, they say manhood, and woman's core and making love. And sex in books, for the most part, is minute rice perfect. Whatever. I can count on one hand the number of times in my life I have had minute rice perfect sex.

Date: 2010-07-29 09:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
"Porn I don't have a problem with"

me either! I just don't want to put it in some NON-porn thing I'm writing.

"manhood, and woman's core and making love"

lol, lol, and pft! on those!

"minute rice perfect sex."

better than "Uncle Ben's Geezer Sex".

Date: 2010-07-29 09:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
I just don't want to put it in some NON-porn thing I'm writing.

Ah, gotcha. But...according to my college English professors any piece of writing is made better by adding copious amounts of sex to it. Could all those PhDs really be wrong? /sarcasm

lol, lol, and pft! on those!

You think that's funny? Dude, you need to read the various LJ posts that contributed to Carla's Sure-Fire (http://morrigirl.livejournal.com/681625.html) Cure for (http://morrigirl.livejournal.com/682569.html) Depression (http://morrigirl.livejournal.com/710768.html). They are pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

better than "Uncle Ben's Geezer Sex"

And that put a smile on mine, LOL.


Date: 2010-07-28 09:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
also, various stuff by Harry Turtledove. some if it is considered "alternate history" rather than SF, but close enough.

The Guns of the South is my favorite!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Guns_of_the_South

Date: 2010-07-28 09:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
Coincidentally, Guns of the South popped up on my Amazon recommendations page today. I suppose I should give it some serious consideration.

Date: 2010-07-28 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
lol! i wonder why!

Date: 2010-07-28 09:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
OH! and The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick! CLASSICS.

Date: 2010-07-28 09:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
I've always been wary of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep because I hate Blade Runner. (And, yes, I am aware that I am the only person on the planet who does.)

Date: 2010-07-28 09:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
1) THOU ART A BLASPHEMER

2) It IS overrated

3) the book IS different. I mean, you can see they're the same story, but the book is more "thought-out" and not all "hollywood".


go with Man in the HIgh Castle first, it's the best of the 2 anyway.

Date: 2010-07-29 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
I have two big problems with Blade Runner.

1) It's too dim. Half the time I can't see what the fuck is going on on the screen.

2) Everyone mumbles. Half the time I can't hear anything.

And if you can't see or hear anything thing, then what's to like?

Date: 2010-07-29 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
"It's too dim."

the future is really DARK, you see.

" Everyone mumbles."

it's a Marlon Brando tribute!

Date: 2010-07-29 09:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
the future is really DARK, you see.

NO! No, I don't see! Because it's too damn DARK! ARGH!!!!!

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