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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated March 2, 2015 - 12:45pm

How are you and yours doing (If you want to talk about your kids, family, day job, and life use this question)?

Anything cool (no need for bitter/lonely jokes/comments or telling us about the origins of the holiday) going on for Saint Patrick's Day?

What are you reading? How is it?

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into? How are they?

What are you writing and/or editing? How is that going?

Why aren't you getting more done with it (in general, not this very second)?

Is that just an excuse?

Really?

Anything you know and want to share with us?

Feel free to ask me a reasonable question(s), I just won't answer my own if you repeat them back or re-word them.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel March 2, 2015 - 2:23pm

How are you and yours doing (If you want to talk about your kids, family, day job, and life use this question)? School, more school, and more school. I'm sure there are other people in my life, but I haven't seen them in a while because school. 

Anything cool (no need for bitter/lonely jokes/comments or telling us about the origins of the holiday) going on fo Saint Patrick's Day? None, just drinking...if I can get away from school.

What are you reading? How is it? The Republic. Amazing as always.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into? How are they? Criminal Minds: great storytelling and I always love the quotes. The Voice: because I need a guilty pleasure. 

What are you writing and/or editing? How is that going? My honors thesis: It is going really well. i finally figured out where the story is going. Only took me 50 pages. Now I need to go back and rewrite to make sure it all fits together.

Why aren't you getting more done with it (in general, not this very second)? Also managing editor of a school's literary journal. We are coming up on publication day. Very stressful. Plus, I have two other classes that take up a lot of time. But I will prevail and earn my two degrees at the end of it. I refuse to fail.

Is that just an excuse? Yes.

Really? *hangs head* Maybe. i don't know any more. Someone help.

Anything you know and want to share with us? I have major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and PTSD. I'm a Navy veteran. And in three years time since the military let me go, I'm going to receive degrees in English and Philosophy. Every step I have doubted myself and felt like swaying in the breeze from a noose, but I kept myself in check, did the work, and in two months I get my reward. I'm really tired, but I've learned a lot. This site helped keep me going and helped me improve my writing. That was all a long way to say, "thank you to the people of LitR." 

Feel free to ask me a reasonable question(s), I just won't answer my own if you repeat them back or re-word them. What work of fiction utterly infuriated you, but had to concede that it was well written and a great piece? Mine is Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady. I hated that I loved it. It still angers me that I fell in love with it. One of the most amazing masterpieces that I still want to hate, but I can't.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated March 4, 2015 - 8:12am

@Jose - 

What work of fiction utterly infuriated you, but had to concede that it was well written and a great piece?

My gut reaction is the "Democratic Party Platform," but I'm pretty sure that isn't what you meant. I don't really get mad at a work that is well written and awesome. I guess the closest was a sci-fi book I can't remember that went out of it's way to not be randomly sexist and/or have stupid tropes, right up to the last chapter that ended with the loveable space rogue kissing the smart business woman. Double Dead sort of made me roll my eyes because vampire murders are portrayed as better people than Christians, but it was a ZVV books so I didn't take it very seriously. 

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like March 4, 2015 - 10:36am
  1. Okay
  2. Not yet
  3. Some weird history & religious stuff. Interesting.
  4. Saw Gone Girl. Didn't read the book. Might not have finished if I'd been reading, but it was okay as a two-hour story done by Fincher as his crew. But really, by the end I was almost laughing. Couldn't tell if that was what Fincher and/or Flynn were hoping for.
  5. I've got some stuff in the works, always writing short stuff, have a few subs out. One story recently rejected; I had a notion it wouldn't "be right" for the anthology, but I sent it anyway.
  6. The backburner stuff I could work on isn't holding my interest.
  7. No, if anything isn't an excuse.
  8. Yes, if ...
  9. No.
  10. Do you like snow?
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Keiri LaPrade from Virginia is reading Beowulf March 4, 2015 - 7:13pm

How are you and yours doing (If you want to talk about your kids, family, day job, and life use this question)? 

I'm good.  Mom got a new job!

Anything cool (no need for bitter/lonely jokes/comments or telling us about the origins of the holiday) going on fo Saint Patrick's Day?

Nope

What are you reading? How is it?

Melville poems and short stories, Poe poems and short stories. House on Mango Street. Beowulf critizism, and Chauncer.  Liking it all.  Not a big Melville fan though.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into? How are they?

Rock music, Supernatural, and cooking shows.  All good.

What are you writing and/or editing? How is that going?

Finished editing my book (yay!) But I keep wanting to go back and change things and it needs a title.  Also working on a mini dissertation on the monsters in Beowulf.  Pretty excited about that.  I'm getting to quote J.R.R. Tolkien for a paper.

Why aren't you getting more done with it (in general, not this very second)?

18 Credits as a college Senior.  40 Hours of Teaching Assisting at a middle school.  And general laziness.

Is that just an excuse?

Maybe

Really?

I don't need that much sleep.....

Anything you know and want to share with us?

One of the poems (I entered three) and the short story I entered into my college's Ember's Creative Journal contest placed.  I won't find out what I placed as till April when the magazine comes out. So pretty excited about that.

Feel free to ask me a reasonable question(s), I just won't answer my own if you repeat them back or re-word them.

Do you feel like the literature you read affects/inspire your writing?  If so, which book has affected/inspired you the most?

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal March 4, 2015 - 8:44pm

How are you and yours doing (If you want to talk about your kids, family, day job, and life use this question)?

mostly miserable

Anything cool (no need for bitter/lonely jokes/comments or telling us about the origins of the holiday) going on fo Saint Patrick's Day?

we'll see.

What are you reading? How is it?

just started Not For Nothing. So far it's okay, I'll keep going. Couldn't even finish Doomed.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into? How are they?

starting to get back into Ludovico Einaudi.

What are you writing and/or editing? How is that going?

same thing. slowly. i doth try.

Why aren't you getting more done with it (in general, not this very second)?

because it's like swimming against a strong river. and people won't leave me alone.

Is that just an excuse?

no i'm still doing stuff.

Really?

yep

Anything you know and want to share with us?

Paul Revere's famous ride was not to warn that the British were invading, but were coming to confiscate the peoples' weapons.

Feel free to ask me a reasonable question(s), I just won't answer my own if you repeat them back or re-word them.

Why won't you answer your own?

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SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies March 5, 2015 - 4:44am

How are you and yours doing (If you want to talk about your kids, family, day job, and life use this question)? We are great. Bought a house and cars and now my savings is pretty much drained but my credit score will go up like crazy. My job is good too, I'm pretty much supervising.

Anything cool (no need for bitter/lonely jokes/comments or telling us about the origins of the holiday) going on fo Saint Patrick's Day? Nothing really but the night before I'm seeing Kitten live:

What are you reading? How is it? Stories for the Francesca Lia Block intensive. They're good.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into? How are they? I love every new Kanye song I hear. Not really watching TV outside of Girls. Watching movies like crazy. The last good one I saw was Buzzard:

What are you writing and/or editing? How is that going? Working through my first novel for the intensive. It's going well, I'm getting great feedback and falling in love with the story and characters.

Why aren't you getting more done with it (in general, not this very second)? Pacing myself for the class. When the class is over, I'll finish it.

Is that just an excuse? Maybe. I guess I could write more if I wanted to.

Really? Yes really.

Anything you know and want to share with us? My boss is an oil industry insider/investor and he says we're just a few years away from being oil independent.

Feel free to ask me a reasonable question(s), I just won't answer my own if you repeat them back or re-word them. Worst movie of 2014?

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated March 5, 2015 - 5:55am

I feel like I have an advice column or something.

@JYH - 

Do you like snow?

Sometimes, but right now I have a foot outside and it is supposed to be meteorological spring and this is stupid, so right now no.

@Keiri LaPrade - 

Do you feel like the literature you read affects/inspire your writing? 

Maybe collectively, not in a I read noir and my next book is noir kind of way.

If so, which book has affected/inspired you the most?

I'd say bad romances novels. I walked through the Romance section at a Half Price Books and I was thinking that out of all those books there'd have to be a few that were, if not my cup of tea, at least well written enough that I could think that some of the sentences were very well written/few neat plot tricks. I didn't have time to stay and flip through all of them, but out of the 30 (maybe more) or so I went through I found no that weren't. I even asked the lady who was in charge of it if any of them were better written than the others. I think I lied and said it was for a gift or a project or something because I felt odd. She kind of shrugged. I figured I could do better than that.

Beowulf criticism

Maybe you should be working on Beowulf praise, because Beowulf is awesome!

@Thuggish - 

Why won't you answer your own?

It feels desperate and stupid. Like being stuck with someone who you have zero in common with and you are trying to find something to talk about so you repeat each others questions back. Plus, I've been working on these for a while now you guys can put in a little effort and maybe give me something I can put in the rotation. 

@SConley - 

Worst movie of 2014?

I have no idea, I didn't watch many movies from 2014, and the few I did were all ones I was pretty sure (and correct) that I thought would be really awesome. I'm snowed in so if I watch a few on Netflix in the next few days and one is horrible I'll come back and let you know.

Does he think that these new windmill tech might put a dent in them? Obviously it won't stop oil demand, but I was wondering if it might be a speed bump.

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JeffreyGrantBarr from Oregon is reading https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/10268733-jeff-barr?shelf=currently-reading March 15, 2015 - 10:22pm

How are you and yours doing (If you want to talk about your kids, family, day job, and life use this question)?

I am doing terribly. This has been the deepest, blackest depression of my life and all the drugs, booze and cigarettes in the world couldn't help me. I like my job, I just hate the humans that I am forced to work with.

Anything cool (no need for bitter/lonely jokes/comments or telling us about the origins of the holiday) going on for Saint Patrick's Day?

Nope. Going to go to work, drink wine there, then return home and get drunk by myself like I do every night, Pinky. Wait, that is both bitter and lonely. Well, screw you, Jack.

What are you reading? How is it?

THE INTERN'S HANDBOOK by Shane Kuhn. It's quite good.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into? How are they?

I am really into Belle and Sebastian and Magnetic Fields right now. Just finished THE TROOP by Nick Cutter, which was a hell of a good read. I should watch a new movie, but I just kind of want to watch WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, bc it is one of my favorites.

What are you writing and/or editing? How is that going?

I am writing a thriller about a deaf CSO who is hunting a telepathic serial killer.

Why aren't you getting more done with it (in general, not this very second)?

Is that just an excuse?

Because I am also writing a grimdark fatasy novel about an ultra-violent barbarian killer who...

Really?

Yessir.

Anything you know and want to share with us?

I know all sorts of stuff. I know everyone's true name.

Feel free to ask me a reasonable question(s), I just won't answer my own if you repeat them back or re-word them.

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated March 16, 2015 - 9:53am

@Jeff -

Wait, that is both bitter and lonely.

It is okay to have bitter and lonely answers that are funny, just as long as they aren't jokes.

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Umm... Sorry, I'm not even a god, much less your God.