ABC-Challenge

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This is the last one of the reading challenges, that I’m doing in 2013. Then I can just focus on blogging about the actual books I’m reading (or wrecking/drawing in…). I have reviews coming up about The Summons by Peter Lovesey and Divergent by Veronica Roth. For now I can say that I’d rate The Summons better of the two of them. I also already have more pictures of WTJ pages ready if your more interested in that side of my blog.

This challenge, as you could guess from the name, is about reading a book starting with each letter of the alphabet. I don’t know where this version (or any version) of this challenge originates. Anyway, in this one you’re supposed to make a list of the books you intend to read from the start, though it doesn’t matter if you change some. I haven’t a book for all of the letters from the start though. It should preferably be new books and not re-reads, but if it suits me I will break that rule too.

Here’s my current list. I’ve read the bolded ones and I’m currently reading the ones with a star.

*A – American Gods – Neil Gaiman
B – The Book Thief – Markus Zusak/The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly
*C – The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
D – Divergent – Veronica Roth
E –
F – Flicka med pärlörhänge – Tracy Chevalier (Girl with a pearl earring)
*G – The Grand Tour – Agatha Christie and Mathew Prichard (ed)
H – The House at Pooh Corner – A. A. Milne
I – Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice
J –
K – Kolmastoista kertomus – Diane Setterfield (The Thirteenth Tale)
L – Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade – Diana Gabaldon / The Last Dickens – Matthew Pearl
M – The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins / Matched by Ally Condie (the first I have on my bookshelf and never finished when I started it more than a year ago, but am still interested in finishing and the second I’m interested in reading, also Moby-Dick and The Mysteries of Udolpho are on my to read list, so I can’t really decide yet. None of these are on my mental to-read-very-soon list anyway yet)
N – The Neverending Story – Michael Ende (possibly)
O –
P –
Q –
R – Ruusunnuppuja vainajalle – Peter Lovesey (The Summons, though the Finnish translation of the title, which you see there means Rosebuds for the Deceased)
S – Strindbergs stjärna – Jan Wallentin (Strindberg’s star) / The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne /The Sherlockian – Graham Moore
T – A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens / Tempelriddaren – Jan Guillou (The Knight Templar) / Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
U – Utvandrarna – Vilhelm Moberg (The Emigrants) / Ulysses – James Joyce (um… the first is a re-read and very long and the second is not supposed to be a light read, so we’ll see what I’ll do with U in the end)
V – Vägen till Jerusalem – Jan Guillou (The Road to Jerusalem)/ Vadelmavenepakolainen – Miika Nousiainen (not translated to English I think, but it would be something like The Raspberryboat Refugee)
W – A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guin
X – XYZ – Anna Katharine Green
Y –
Z –

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Wreck This Journal 1 and WTJ 2 and Mess

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First this post was titled “Wreck This Journal 1 WTJ 2 and WTF?!” Then I decided to add some pictures from Mess too so I replaced WTF with Mess in the title. We’ll get to the WTF part soon too. Firstly, to clarify, I have two Wreck This Journals; an older one I have done quite a lot in and a new one which I have done nothing in. I’ve still got a bunch of pages I haven’t done in the first one so I’ll be completing it first before at least doing much in the second one, which came in the boxed set. However so I don’t have to explain myself too much each time I post about them I’m going to call them WTJ1 and WTJ2, WTJ1 obviously being the older one. Here they are:

WTJ1 to the left and WTJ2 to the right, just so we’re clear. :P You see, the boxed one is a little smaller, partly really smaller from the start and partly thinner because there is a lot of stuff between the other one.

And now we come to the WTF part. Like I said, one is smaller than the other, but then again I saw somewhere when googling that at least some Wreck This Box would contain an expanded edition of WTJ, so I was curious if they are the same inside. They were actually… almost. They had the same number of pages, but just one page had changed…

WTF!?! “Burn this page” is replaced with “stand here”! I mean, of all the pages you could choose, “Burn this page” is no longer there. I liked that page. I did it outdoors by the way. I think I’m going to burn one of my less favourite pages in WTJ2. Not the new page, because that looks quite fun actually (though I have big feet and if I leave some footprints you really notice it and… well it doesn’t matter really). So maybe there were too many accidents with this page and that’s why it’s removed.

About what you see on the page: The part that’s missing was obviously burnt, but the circle is from the next page which is about spilling coffee on it, and that’s where I put a coffee cup. But the markings inside the circle are where I tried to burn the page as well. The other page is the Deathly Hallows symbol from Harry Potter. At one point I drew all kinds of symbols on different empty pages in the book.

Next is another page from WTJ1.

I haven’t actually given away a page yet. I’m not even sure which is my favourite page. But I added some other stuff here. I think this started at work. Somehow, with some coworkers we end up every now and then (like every summer) talking about astrology and looking up other cultures’ horoscopes too. So I started to collect those on these pages. On the left it’s mostly my signs and on the right are different elements and symbols and other things that relate to those. So the main one: I’m a Leo. I also did some Myers-Briggs tests online at some point and tried to find out what personality type I’m there. I’m not sure. I tend to get very borderline results on them and different ones in different tests. I’ve hardly ever got E though and I’m pretty sure I’m I, and I also think I’m F. There are the ones I’ve narrowed it down to. My guess is ISFP if I remember correctly.

If you wonder if I’m really into that kind of stuff – yes and no. I think those things are really fun to look up every now and then and then I forget about it for a while.

And by the way I always wondered where Rowling got those tree horoscopes, where she said she got the main character’s wand woods from, because it seemed wherever I looked I was a Cypress and that Harry should be too (our birthdays being pretty close). But then I found that there was a druid and a celtic (Holly) horoscope. And yes, if you didn’t know me from elsewhere, you get to know now that I’m a Harry Potter fan.

Back to the books. Introducing Mess.

I would have made an own post to introduce Mess otherwise, but I started on this thing where you are supposed to add something to the page each day for a month, starting with a simple drawing or a word. And then record the progress with photos.  So there will be lots of photos. Here are the first three days.

Just the word Fancy with a marker.

A little colour with dry pastels.

Added both gift wrapping ribbon and the word “whimsical” (in watercolour pencil) on day three.

I quite love this assignment. I don’t know what’s coming out of this. I don’t even know what I’m going to add tomorrow. It’s exciting to see what it will be like in a month!

What’s in a Name

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More reading challenges. This is about the What’s in a Name-challenge. It’s about things in book titles. In this you are supposed to read one book for each category during the year 2013. This is the 6th of these challenges. I tried to do it last year too, but didn’t sign up officially. Now that I have a blog I thought I could officially sign up as well.

I thought this year’s categories looked easier than last year’s where there was for example “something creepy crawly” in the title. But when I looked through my to-read list I realised that it wasn’t that easy after all. Here’s a list of the categories with books I thought could fit in.

  1. A book with up or down (or equivalent) in the title: Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë.  (heights is up)
  2. A book with something you’d find in your kitchen in the title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Shaffer & Barrows or Vanilla Beans and Brodo – Isabella Dusi (definitely the easiest category for me)
  3. A book with a party or celebration in the title: –
  4. A book with fire (or equivalent) in the title: Typically I read Catching Fire last year. A re-read of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is possible. The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman is a book I wanted to read for a while, but I’m not sure how easily I’ll get it. (there’s no smoke without fire, right?)
  5. A book with an emotion in the title: Would The Right Attitude to Rain (Alexander McCall Smith) count as an emotion? It’s what you decide to feel about rain, isn’t it? So yes, I guess. (I’d have expected there to be more emotions in the titles)
  6. A book with lost or found (or equivalent) in the title: The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton (forgotten is definitely lost) or The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly (Thanks to Rachel for the recommendation)

I haven’t read any of the books for this yet. That’s just some possible choices, mostly what I tried to fit into it from my to-read list. I don’t really have anything yet for the party or celebration category.

In case someone else is interested in the challenge, here’s a link: Rules and sign up post on Beth Fish Reads

Oh and Happy Pride and Prejudice anniversary! Today it’s apparently 200 years from its publication. Did I tell you I love Jane Austen’s books? Especially P&P and strangely enough Northanger Abbey. I know the latter one is not a favourite of many out of the Austen novels.

Starting “This is Not a Book” – Scavenger Hunt

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I started This is Not a Book. Here are some pictures from what I did first.

I might have said that I thought the thing I’d started from Wreck This Box was in Mess, but it was in This is not a book. I started a page last month and then finished now. I have to say that This is not a book is a bit more intimidating to me than the others. There seems to be more things to do that involve other people and I feel like the book tries to pry into my private life, asking questions and stuff. :P But, you know, I’ll do what I feel like, when I feel like it. The books (or not books) all say anyway that it’s all up to me and that I can break the rules, so I’ll do that when I feel like it. Anyway, I do feel more comfortable with Mess (I should too if looking at my flat is any indication) and with Wreck This Journal.

But back to the assignment(s) I did. This is where I started:

On the left side page, there were the blue/turquoise lines, but I added the little doodles. So this is where I ended up:

I thought this was a fun one. I actually did part of it in December and then continued it some days ago. Some explanations:

-seed pod: does apple count? Well there are seeds anyway.
-something red: the nail polish you can see just below the glued on things on the left side page
-the old plant that was alive: It felt like the leaves would just crumble if I tried to glue something of it on here
-map: It’s a weather map from a newspaper. Showing much nicer temperatures than now because it’s from an old one from July. And no, I don’t save the weather pages for that long. A plant was wrapped up in it from the flower shop recently.
-thread: It’s the thin line at the top of the right side page, but that’s so little, that I felt like putting the piece of yarn there too.
-ticket stub. I wanted the ticket stub from watching The Hobbit, which I was sure was in my handbag still or in some other pocket but couldn’t find it. A bus ticket instead.

I think everything else should be pretty much possible to figure out, at least if you can read my writing. I also found a second map (in an old calendar) and a concert ticket from last March. There was empty space on the title page.

That was a scavenger hunt, but this is an oversight:

I’ve done nothing to the pages yet, but these are pages 30-31. The Scavenger hunt is page 33, and yes that means that the page I glued all the things on is page 32, which is right on the other side of the page that says “cut out”.

Unread books I own and 50 books in 2013

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In my first post I mentioned that I will be attempting some reading challenges this year. I’ll split this up into a couple of posts, because with the lists this would otherwise become a really long post. Also with my tendency to explain a lot, it gets long.

Firstly my personal challenge that I created because I really want to have read the books on my shelves, and somehow I seem to have acquired books faster than I’ve read them in recent years. I’ve made a list of books that I own (or almost own, because there’s one that I’ve borrowed from my mum pretty long ago and still haven’t read. She’s got a couple of my books too so we’re even.), but have not read yet. My aim is to have read more of the books by the end of the year than I have acquired new ones. Preferably significantly more and preferably I’ve then read a big percentage of these books. I have to break these up in a couple of categories, because the list looks a little different now than it did at the start of the year.

Credit of the idea sort of goes to my cousin. Yes, I know that probably a lot of people are trying to do something similar, but that’s where I got it from. She actually knits and ends up buying too much yarn, so her aim a couple of years has been to reduce her amount of yarn by knitting it and not buying much more. So I applied that to books and reading.

Firstly, I’ve already read one book of these, which I started already last year, and I’m currently reading a couple of them. The Grand Tour I actually got this year, but I’m counting it to the books from last year instead of this year’s new books, because I was supposed to get it for Christmas, but it was late. So mentally I had it last year already ;)

  • The Delegates’ Choice – Ian Sansom (read)
  • The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
  • The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery – Agatha Christie, Mathew Prichard (ed)
  • Ruusunnuppuja vainajalle – Peter Lovesey (The Summons)
  • American Gods – Neil Gaiman

And here are the books I haven’t read, which I owned by the start of this year:

  • The Children’s Book – A.S. Byatt
  • Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
  • Kolmastoista kertomus – Diane Setterfield (The Thirteenth Tale)
  • Vägen till Jerusalem – Jan Guillou
  • Tempelriddaren – Jan Guillou
  • Riket vid vägens slut – Jan Guillou
  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade – Diana Gabaldon
  • The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  • Strindbergs stjärna – Jan Wallentin
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • Den glömda trädgården – Kate Morton (The Forgotten Garden)
  • The Last Dickens – Matthew Pearl
  • Flicka med pärlörhänge – Tracy Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring)
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  • Livet på Scotland Street 44 – Alexander McCall Smith (44 Scotland Street)
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Right Attitude to Rain – Alexander McCall Smith
  • Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice
  • Genom dina ögon – Stephenie Meyer (The Host)
  • Vanilla Beans and Brodo: Real Life in the Hills of Tuscany – Isabella Dusi
  • Always and Forever – Cathy Kelly
  • Sissi, Wahrheit und Legende – At least for now I couldn’t find an author or editor on the book
  • Babylons stjärna – Barbara Wood (Star of Babylon)
  • The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins

This is the point where I hide in shame, because I’m already failing. I’ve read one of my books and here are the three books I’ve bought so far. To my defence January is big book sales season and three is not that bad. Two of these I got yesterday. So probably I’ll do better in the following months. These are this year’s new books:

  • The Sherlockian – Graham Moore
  • Corsets and Clockwork: 13 Steampunk romances – Trisha Telep (ed) (Various authors)
  • A Gift for My Sister – Ann Pearlman

My two newest books

And at last the extras. These are books I have read before, but have not re-read since I bought them. So I’ve read the novels but not the actual books that are placed on my bookshelf. I also want to re-read them. The first two because I loved them and the third because I didn’t like it that much and I’m curious of what I’m thinking now of this classic.

  • Utvandrarna – Vilhelm Moberg
  • Invandrarna – Vilhelm Moberg
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

By the way I determinedly walked fast past the classics in the bookstore yesterday, because though I know the classics paperbacks are usually pretty cheap, I know that I can get them from libraries too or even online, and I also decided a while ago that I would rather like to have really nice looking editions of the classics if I got them for myself.

So that’s the list, or the lists. The first two together are really what makes the starting point. The last three I don’t really count in on any totals, but it’s nice to keep those in mind too and especially remember them if I get tempted to buy more books I’ve already read. There are a couple of books I have which I’m not completely sure if I ever finished them, but I’ll proceed to those once I get this list out of the way. That’s 29 books at the start of the year if I counted correctly. So my aim is to reduce that number. With one book read and three new books I’m at 31 now.

Or well, how about we don’t count Sissi anyway, so I get the starting number down to 28, which is a number I like. And now I’m at 30. I’m picking it out and sort of making it an extra because it’s pretty big and in German and I haven’t been on any courses or used much German in years. So it’s very much of a challenge, probably more than it would have been at the time when I bought it. So I’ll count it as a non-fiction, not cover to cover read. Like reference.

The Moonstone was a book I was supposed to read for a course on detective stories, but I never finished it then. I however know the plot mostly and read a part of it, so if I feel discouraged by the number of books I have at some point I just remove it and pretend that it never was on the list. I did not stop reading because I didn’t like it, because I really did like it so far. It was just that I had a lot to read, this was the longest and I started to read it online, which I don’t like much and only bought the book a little later. The Wood book is also one I’m not sure if I read it at least almost to the end a couple of years ago, but I think I’ve never finished it.

I’m also not counting non-fiction. Or most of it anyway, as I think I have two non-fiction books on that list (apart from Sissi). But I’m just counting the kinds of books that I actually do in general and really intend to read from cover to cover. A lot of non-fiction I just read selected parts from and then get back later to read a little here and there again. I got one book about Jane Austen for Christmas, which I have to still read of before I know if it belongs here. But after saying all that, I’ll still stick to the number 28 as a starting point.

Books in other languages (Finnish and Swedish): You probably noticed that some of those aren’t in English. I list books here, and in the future, with the title that’s on the book I read, but at least if they are originally in English I will add that title too. Also when I review I will also let you know if there is a translation, if they are originally in another language. From these I know that the Guillou books are translated. It’s the Knight Templar series.  The Moberg books are the first two from the Emigrants series.

Then the other challenge is to read 50 books in a year. I don’t know where it originally comes from, but you can find people doing it all over the internet. The last two years I’ve managed something between 25 and 30 books, so I need to almost double that. I guess this doesn’t need much more explanations than that, as opposed to above, but just a couple of things first.

The Delegates’ Choice is one of the books I’ve finished this year, but I had read more than half of it last year. The same goes for The Long Goodbye (Raymond Chandler), which I’m currently reading. So I won’t count them for now to my totals, but if I’m cutting it close at the end of the year and I end up reading about half of some book, I won’t of course count that, but two halves make one whole and I can count one of these from the beginning anyway. They do however show up on Goodreads as part of my challenge, so you can see them counted in the widget for this challenge.

Here’s my list so far:
1. The House at Pooh Corner – A.A. Milne
The Delegate’s Choice – Ian Sansom (Mobile Library series #3)
2. XYZ, A Detective Story – Anna Katharine Green

Next up in reading challenges: The ABC -challenge and the What’s in a Name -challenge. Any guesses about why I read XYZ? ;)

Also coming up soon on this blog: Something from Wreck This Journal and This is Not a Book. I have some photos taken already.

At last a couple of blogging related questions as I’m pretty new at this. If you blog about books too and sometimes add pictures of the book covers in the post, where do you get those pictures? Of course I can take photos like I’ve done now, but sometimes it might be easier and quicker to grab something online. I was wondering where I find pictures that I can use.

Also, this blog post is a bit long. Do you feel like you need headers or something in between to break up the post? I’m not so sure about headers myself. It seems too… chaptered? Like a little too much for something that’s not so long and complicated after all, but I wondered what makes people feel that posts are easier to read. I bolded some things though. I know I tend to ramble a bit, so sometimes things get a little longer than they maybe need to be. :P (You should know that I deleted a couple of paragraphs, where I went slightly more off topic. Maybe I should have an unabridged version of the blog… or maybe not.)

And at last, do you know how to get rid of that thing that automatically makes an extra empty line when you press enter? It’s driving me nuts! In MS Word there’s a thing you can tick that says something like “don’t add a space between paragraphs of the same style”. Is there something similar here?

Wreck This Box

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As I happen to have the photos taken since December, I’m starting with this. I took some photos when I’d bought the box (or box + books = boox?) and thought I’d post them somewhere sometime.

So this is what I’m talking about. Here’s my old Wreck This Journal and the new box. The old one doesn’t look bigger just because it’s filled with stuff, but also because it really is bigger. It’s a bit higher than the boxed books.

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Next, the back of the box, showing what I’m supposed to do with it.

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And here they all are out of the box:

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I haven’t actually done anything much with any of them so far except the old WTJ obviously. I started with one thing in Mess so far but didn’t complete it yet. So I’ll be back blogging more later.

An Introduction – or a Contradiction

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Hello!

…and welcome to my new blog. My first ever blog on a blogging site…place…thing? This is exciting, right?! And I can tell you that taking care of the visual before actually posting anything has been a priority for me. Because I’m just like that. And I’m not happy with the header still. I’ve uploaded four different ones so far, but I can see that I need to work on those photos in Photoshop first, or else just take a better picture.

So you will be able to read about what this is all about on the About page too, but I thought I’d need an introduction here as well. Though I don’t know if it will be much of an introduction, since most who come across this at first will probably be people who know me from elsewhere too. But it will be an introduction to this blog anyway.

When we asked Pooh what the opposite of an Introduction was, he said “The what of a what?” which didn’t help us as much as we had hoped, but luckily Owl kept his head and told us that the Opposite of an Introduction, my dear Pooh, was a Contradiction; and as he is very good at long words, I am sure that that’s what it is.

And that quote is from The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne. I’m not sure if I can somehow get the citation nicely in connection of the quote, but I’m still learning. Anyway, if you already know me, then according to Owl this is maybe partly a contradiction instead of an introduction, although it is also an introduction to the blog to everyone. I just recently read The House at Pooh Corner (and Winnie-the-Pooh as well a little earlier) and thought that was a fun quote. I loved both books by the way, and would recommend them to just about anyone. I don’t think I ever read the real Winnie-the-Pooh books as younger and was just subjected to Disney stuff from it and some selected parts (in translation and maybe not complete even). I bet that someone who read them as a child and loved them, would also have some fun seeing if it seems different now and if different characters than before are interesting.

What? Wasn’t this supposed to be an introduction. Or at least a contradiction. Am I getting off topic already? Well I guess it’s turning out to be more of a contradiction then. But this is really still leading me to what I was going to say.

So hello, I’m Annina and I’m going to be blogging about books. There. Got it? Talking about Pooh is definitely a start in the right direction. Literature and books. So that’s one main purpose of this blog. To talk about what I’m reading and post some sort of reviews of the books. I recently joined Goodreads too so possibly I’ll add a link somewhere in a sidebar or something soon (when I get all this blog stuff figured out that is).

Currently I’m reading The Summons by Peter Lovesey, Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Grand Tour, which is a book about Agatha Christie’s journey around the world, containing mostly her letters. So the two first ones are probably ones you get to hear about first, while the third is one I’m reading a little slower. It’s a good read so far but it’s a pretty big and heavy book too so I’m not carrying it around. I’ve also started J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, which I’m having a pause from, mainly because I didn’t get very far before I had to read some for university literature courses and it’s also a pretty big book to carry around. That’s a bit about possible future things for this blog.

I’m also trying to complete a number of reading challenges this year: reading 50 books, ABC-challenge and the What’s in a name-challenge. Those I’ve picked up from the internet (mainly HPFF, though they originally come from somewhere else). Then I have my own personal challenge. It’s to reduce the number of unread books I have on my shelves. Book sales just happen to be a dangerous place for me, and then things happen and I read library books or just the newest books I’ve got and some poor books just end up waiting and waiting and waiting. So I try to read more of my own books than I buy or get. I tried this last year and the balance of it was around zero I think, I mean getting about as many new books as I read of the old ones. But I’ll be blogging more about these too later.

Then the not directly reading related topic, which is another reason for me creating this blog, is still about books. A couple of years ago I got Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal (WTJ) and did a lot of it, but never finished with it. So I’ll probably try to continue with it. But I also came across Wreck This Box, which contains another WTJ, This Is Not a Book and Mess. So I’ll be doing those and blogging about that too.

Oh and introduction/contradiction to me. I’m Finnish and bilingual. So I’ve been speaking Finnish and Swedish since I learnt to talk and then learnt English at school later. So sometimes, if I’m writing about a Finnish or Swedish book, especially if it’s not been translated to English I might blog about it at least partly in that language, just so if anyone looks for something about that book, they’ll find it in the same language, and the review can’t be really interesting for someone who can’t read the book anyway.

I also have other interests than books actually. I’m pretty passionate/addicted to dancing and I guess you could say fitness. Not really really good at any dance since I was a bit flighty with hobbies as a kid and tried a lot but didn’t stick to anything for very long except art (visual art). I’ve probably done afro (african dancing) most, which is West African dances like djole, dundunba, soko, soli, mandiani, kuku, and other rhythms, which mostly get the rhythm from djembe and dun dun drums. But I’ve also done a bit of different Latin American dances, a little jazz, show and contemporary and whatever has come my way. Apart from that I go to some aerobics classes and zumba and pilates. A little more of one thing at some time and a little more of another at another time. Apart from that, I already mentioned that I’ve been doing visual art and love to see it as well, though I sadly don’t paint or draw or anything that much these days.

I listen to music and enjoy it; mostly musicals, jazz or jazzy stuff and stuff that probably go to the easy listening category and some other stuff too. But I’m more of a music listener than maker. I did play the electric organ for a while though. But I don’t sing. That’s one thing I’m very insecure about. I only sing when no one listens. What else? I love summer and warm weather. My zodiac sign is Leo. The sun sign that is. My moon’s in Pisces and I’m a rising Leo as well if you like to know that. And travel. I love travelling too. Especially in cities.

But I’d better let you go now if you’re still there. I know this is very long. I’d say, skim through the parts you’re less interested in, but if you’re here you already did that or actually read all of it. So thank you for your attention if you did. There should be a box for comments there unless I’ve pressed some wrong buttons, so feel free to comment/ask questions.