Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mix and Match

What I'm Reading:

I was reading Warren Hammond's Kop on the airplane on Tuesday and was about halfway into the novel, (and enjoying it). When we landed, I tucked the book into the seat back pouch while I retrieved my purse from under the seat in front of me. I put my billfold in my purse, took my water bottle from the seat back and put it in my purse...and forgot the book. Some lucky reader now has a signed paperback copy of Kop.

As a result, I'm now going to start the other book I brought along: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

What I'm Thinking About:

Freedom of speech is a right I would give my life to defend. But listeners have rights too. If I don't want to listen to someone's speechifying, I have the right to walk away, change the television channel, or switch the radio station. Sometimes, however, we're members of a captive audience when a speaker, entertainer, or even a shuttle van driver unexpectedly launches into a political rant. The speaker might be loud and persistent, a verbal bully.

I'm serving notice that I will no longer remain quiet when this happens. If I cannot escape the situation (or don't want to walk out on a seat I paid for) and do not want to fight back, I will stick my fingers in my ears, cross my eyes, and chant softly, "I can't hear you, la la la la la la la."

Hopefully I will not be driving a car at the time.

This Week's Quote:

"For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can."
----------Ernest Hemingway (as noted at BrainyQuote).

A Recommended Blog:

I don't know why I hadn't discovered this blog before, but thanks to Camille Minichino's guest appearance there, I found it this week. It's called Cozy Murder Mysteries.

One of the coolest continuing post topics is Why I Write Mysteries, written by various guest authors.

The Best Thing I Had to Eat This Week:

I had brunch at a restaurant in the Denver airport Tuesday before my 11:15 flight to Indianapolis. I usually have nothing more than a whole wheat English muffin (sometimes with crunchy peanut butter) with my morning coffee, so scrambled eggs, bacon, herbed potatoes, and a big fluffy biscuit was a treat.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Sorry about the book! What a pain. Hope the new reader will enjoy it.

Oh, I can't stand being subjected to someone's rant when I can't get away. Ugh. I like your ear-plugging idea.

I'm doing "Why I Write Mysteries" next Tuesday. :)

Mystery Writing is Murder

Terry Odell said...

That's why I carry my e-book reader when I travel. Lots of books, and it's 'important' enough so I don't leave it in a seat pocket since you get that 'stop using portable electronic devices' message before you land, which is my cue to put it in a safe place. That's when I turn to the in-flight magazines.

Enjoy your trip. I leave for Quebec on Saturday, so we can compare airport notes.

Marvin D Wilson said...

Nice menagerie post. LOVE the Hemmingway quote. ;)

The Old Silly

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Thanks for the link. I loved the book you're about to read. Hope you enjoy it as well!


Galen Kindley--Author said...

Sorry about the book, Patricia. I hate it when I do things like that. Left my gym shorts in Santa Fe a month ago…still annoyed about it.

I wish I had the courage to grab the cell phone from every inappropriate, loud-talker, toss it on the ground, and stomp it. But, I’m too cowardly.

Best Regards, Galen

Imagineering Fiction Blog

Anonymous said...

I'm about the start the same book you are. I just need to finish the two in front of it first :)

Helen Ginger said...

I love the idea of you plugging your ears and chanting. So funny and such a great idea. And so sorry about losing the book. It hurts to lose a book, let alone a signed copy!

Straight From Hel

GutsyWriter said...

I have finally awarded the Dragon Award to someone else. Thanks so much for sending it to me, and I have thanked you on my blog, before leaving for Belize on Saturday. See you soon.