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4/24/2020 7:29 pm  #21

Re: The Biography Thread

SerendipityI suddenly realized I'd never submitted a bio for myself. I was born in 1046 (at least after a long work week it seems that way) in southwestern Indiana, but have lived in Virginia for over 30 years and now consider myself a Virginian.
 My daughter swore she'd never work for the Government or for attorneys, so she got a job with the Federal Government, working in the General Counsel's office.
 Right now I'm still working as a legal secretary
 and starting to think that retirement might actually happen -- I'll be 62 on June 1, 2008
 and that might be my birthday present to myself! I enjoy traveling (am sold on guided bus tours; the disadvantage of being on someone else's itinerary and schedule is far outweighted by the advantages), needlework, and, of course, reading (Tolkien,
 (of course!), Rowling, et al). I first encountered
 when I read Exile's Gate (I didn't realize at the time it was a continuation of a previous trilogy), and enjoyed it so much I just had to read the previous Morgaine books; after that I was hooked. Love the Fortress books (would really like to find out more about the other Sidhe lords), Faded Sun, Finisterre -- oh heck, I
 'em all!Posted: 10:29 PM - Sep 07, 2007JeimaniSo good to know more about you, Arianne-ji and Serendipity-ji. I'm glad to find someone else who gets cranky if there's nothing good to read. TV? I am somewhat ashamed and somewhat proud to say that my hubby's big Hi Def super huge flat screen involves so many remote controls and such that I have not even learned how to turn the darn thing on----and it's been in our home for over 5 months! Give me a good
 book any day!

I think someone else has mentioned the phenomenon in a post here at Shejidan, but I, too, catch myself thinking Atevi-style at times. I was writing a memorandum at work about some new procedures and found that I had contructed the entire missive using words like "one is most grateful" and "one must endeavor to..." It really WOULD be a much more pleasant world if everyone observed the Shejidan niceties, wouldn't it? Perhaps one's efforts will, in some small way, effect a "revolution of civility", eh?
Posted: 12:15 PM - Sep 08, 2007Neco the NightwraithWhat do you mean, Jeimani? I use those every day! :D But it's also in combination with some Japanese terms too, and other words.

All in all, to hear me talk nowadays is rather interesting. :lol:

I am, as my mother once said, "Influenced by my reading material".
Posted: 2:08 PM - Sep 08, 2007Asicho
Neco the Nightwraith,Sep 8 2007 wrote:I am, as my mother once said, "Influenced by my reading material".
:lol: I can just hear that being said in a "mom" tone of voice (or at least my mom's voice). Hee.

I have the hardest time when I'm in a new group of people, trying to figure out the niceties of address (who in this roleplay gets called "lord" and "lady"? who in the lunch group is "Mrs So-and-So" and who is "Patty"?). I get this overwhelming urge to just call them all "nadi", or to use "-ji" to let them know that I think highly of them or like them especially, or "nandi" when I am objecting to something they have stated but don't want to insult them...and it drives me up the wall because I know they won't understand me!
 But it is truly wonderful on the rare occassions that I am talking to someone outside Shejidan whom I know to be a CJC fan--then I can drop all the atevi honourifics I like. Ever such a relief!Posted: 3:00 PM - Sep 08, 2007Neco the NightwraithOh, you are lucky you know people outside of Shejidan who love CJC. I don't, so it's just me! :o I once dropped 'nadi' without thinking, and somebody thought i was calling them "naughty" ! Posted: 7:56 PM - Sep 08, 2007KokipyThe use of "one" in Nancy Mitford's Pursuit of Love in a Cold Climate, which I recently re-read, has unfortunately changed the way I am going to hear that word used in my mind's eye [to mix things up a bit] going forward.Posted: 4:06 AM - Sep 09, 2007Felicitous Sk8erThank you so much for posting your bios, kelanth56, Arianne, & Serendipity! I love learning about the people who make up our very special community. Yes, Shejidan is Home!
Posted: 10:21 AM - Sep 11, 2007kelanth56
wrote:What is #3?

That was probably a typo, but perhaps #3 should have been Theodore Sturgeon. I "found" his work right around the same time I started reading Harlan Ellison.Posted: 11:02 AM - Sep 11, 2007starexplorer
wrote:That was probably a typo, but perhaps #3 should have been Theodore Sturgeon. I "found" his work right around the same time I started reading Harlan Ellison.
On the whole, evidently a fine set of hallucinogens, kelanth-ji!Posted: 1:16 PM - Sep 17, 2007ChomijiNeco-ji -

I am also recently much manga-fied ... have we ever discussed this topic? [The brain, it fails sometimes .... ] Should I make a thread on The Tashrid for it?

- Cho 

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4/24/2020 7:30 pm  #22

Re: The Biography Thread

XheraltReferences to manga crop up on occasion in the "What I'm Reading Now" thread, some of which originate from yours truly. Manga *might* have enough adherents now to sustain its own thread, in the Tashrid (if sci-fi), or possibly the Quinaltine Steps (more general).Posted: 9:06 PM - Sep 17, 2007Neco the NightwraithAnd they definitely crop up from my corner more often than not.

I say we make a manga thread. And since not all manga (specially what I read) is sci-fi, stick it in the Quinaltine steps.Posted: 12:24 PM - Sep 19, 2007suzdalWell, I've put off writing a biography entry long enough. Mostly because I'm the kind of person who likes to get things right and detests bucketing. I'm in the category of people that detests being categorized (I was very pleased when an associate thought that I was a woman when indeed I am a man - not because my aim is to deceive, rather it means that I'm escaping categorization). It's also really hard to figure out what to put in that is both interesting and informative.

I have lived forty-eight years and a couple of months. It's been mostly good times but (of course) there have been some doozy-bad times. I have many good friends and a few fierce enemies. I dislike hurting other people intensely, when I do it's usually through disappointment. I have been prone to over-commitment in the past - "spread thin, like butter over too much toast". As a result, I have gone through periods of collapse wherein I've withdrawn and thereby hurt others. I'm trying to work on that. We'll see. I'm just coming out of a period of collapse. I'm curious to see if I can not repeat the pattern again. I think I can, I think I can...

Professionally, the bulk of my career has been in software development. Probably a big mistake. I made most of my career decisions based on what would bring me the most money, not on what the passions of my heart were. And I am a man of deep passions. As a result I make pretty good money and am mostly miserable due to thwarted dreams. I have too many responsibilities at this point to chuck it all and work for $25K a year. Serves me right, really. It is devilishly difficult for the rich to get into the Kingdom of God.

Myers-Briggs would place me as an NF personality type, an Idealist. I think that the description pretty much captures me to a T and I will quote it here:
wrote:IDEALIST NFs, being ABSTRACT in communicating and COOPERATIVE in implementing goals, can become highly skilled in DIPLOMATIC INTEGRATION. Thus their most practiced and developed intelligent operations are usually teaching and counseling (NFJ mentoring), or conferring and tutoring (NFP advocating). And they would if they could be sages in one of these forms of social development. The Idealist temperament have an instinct for interpersonal integration, learn ethics with ever increasing zeal, sometimes become diplomatic leaders, and often speak interpretively and metaphorically of the abstract world of their imagination.

They are proud of themselves in the degree they are empathic in action, respect themselves in the degree they are benevolent, and feel confident of themselves in the degree they are authentic. Idealist types search for their unique identity, hunger for deep and meaningful relationships, wish for a little romance each day, trust their intuitive feelings implicitly, aspire for profundity. This is the "Identity Seeking Personality" -- credulous about the future, mystical about the past, and their preferred time and place are the future and the pathway.  Educationally they go for the humanities, avocationally for ethics, and vocationally for personnel work.

Social relationships:  In their family interactions they strive for mutuality, provide spiritual intimacy for the mates, opportunity for fantasy for their children, and for themselves continuous self-renewal.  Idealists do not abound, being as few as 8% and no more than 10% of the population.
As you can see, pursung software development was probably a mistake.

Currently I live in Central New Jersey in the USA near the shore. However, in the near future I will be moving to Jersey City. I'm buying a condo there, which in the current real estate market is fraught with terror and anxiety. One thing I am looking forward to is that my new proximity to Manhattan might expedite Kokipy-ji and I getting together for

I have loved
 since the 70s. I think I first read "Hunter of Worlds" - but it might have been "Hestia" - to be honest a lot of the past is very liquid. I have read many of her books, but not all. For some reason I have not yet read the Faded Sun books or the Morgaine books (well, I did read "The Tree of Swords and Jewels"). I'm sure I will eventually if life continues long enough.

I love science fiction. Again, it's hard to remember exactly my first - I think either "Judgment on Janus" by Andre Norton or "Thuvia, Maid of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs (I know, I know - I have no idea why I didn't start with "A Princess of Mars" - I think it's because I liked the cover of "Thuvia" better. I eventually did read them all).

I love reading in general. And movies (although it's been a pretty dry year as far as what I enjoy most). I don't watch much television. I don't get to read as much as I would like because I am very busy. 21st Century man.

There are so many thing I could say. I like tigers very much and always have. I'm not very athletic. I'm a liberal Christian (I think love is pretty much the key to everything). I'm a Cancer. I'm a great listener. I collect skulls (not human - although I was super tempted once). My family is large and complex. One of my dreams is to start a commune that doesn't devolve into psychosis, drugs, sex and weapons. Dammit, people like me. Usually.

Anyway, that's all. As I read back over it I'm not completely satisfied, but at least it's finished.

I adore Shejidan. Many thanks to the Guild and my other associates who make it a very special place.

SuzdalPosted: 4:35 PM - Sep 19, 2007KokipyWhat a great bio, Suzdal. Your commune wishes make me think you should really really have joined us in discussing Dhalgren!! And yes, Jersey City should certainly facilitate
 at Magnolia. Star-ji says he and his horde will come too down from the wilds north of the city. We'll have to start making some plans at Meetpoint Station.Posted: 5:00 PM - Sep 19, 2007starexplorerI would indeed venture into the morass of the over-occupied island for the pleasure of meeting suzdal-ji. As for the horde itself, that would require significant planning in advance ...Posted: 5:17 PM - Sep 19, 2007Kokipyyes, yes, Star-ji, but surely your wee ones like frosted cupcakes as much as ours do?! There are really none better in the currently known universe than Magnolia's. We can confidently expect they'll plug up their little mouths for quite some time and beg for more, leaving the adults with plenty of opportunity to visit. But I agree, advance planning will indeed be required. Perhaps such planning could occur during a preliminary lunch during the working day. Depending on where Suzdal-ji actually works, and you as well. I myself am conveniently located immediately across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, a highly desirable neighborhood.Posted: 8:34 PM - Sep 19, 2007starexplorerPractical. And there can be no doubt about the neighborhood and its desirability!Posted: 8:52 PM - Sep 19, 2007JeimaniSo nice to know more about you, Suzdal-ji. No fair that you all (Starexplorer-ji and Kokipy-ji) are ending up in the same vicinity---but one hopes you all have an excellent time and memorable
 !Posted: 10:33 PM - Sep 27, 2007griffinmoonNever fear Jemani nadi, the "wilds north of the city" are outrageously overpopulated! The true Wilds don't start until you get above the Mohawk Valley (spot it on a map).
Might one ask: where are you Jemani nadi?Posted: 11:33 PM - Sep 27, 2007JeimaniI am in the "Vacation Capital of the World" , a/k/a Orlando, Florida. A bright, happy place containing thousands of lost tourists driving around making unpredicatable and breathtakingly dangerous vehicular maneuvers! :lol: (Had two really, really close calls this week while driving IN MY NEW CAR!!!

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4/24/2020 7:35 pm  #23

Re: The Biography Thread

KokipyJeimani-ji, I almost got to come to Orlando this month - the annual trade convention for my particular line of legal practice will convene there in a few weeks. But, sigh, other obligations intruded. But, our short people have never been to Disneyworld. so, maybe someday, we will come to you!

Posted: 3:42 PM - Sep 29, 2007JeimaniWould love to meet you and yours, Kokipy-ji. We are on the south side of town, about 15 minutes from most theme parks. Too bad you can't make it this time. It's a good idea to take the little ones to theme parks when it's not too too hot and a few weeks from now would be about perfect. Summer time is miserable,especially if you have little ones. I've seen many families have a "melt down" because it is so stressful in 95 degree weather and I hate to see their good time spoiled. My daughter and all her friends have the annual passes to Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure and they all hang out and ride roller coasters on Saturdays. They were there last Saturday and said the park was very slow, which was GREAT for them as they were able to simply walk onto the rides without standing in line.wyrdchaoThanks for the nice welcome, everyone...

I'm 41, a very-small-town computer repairman. Been living in Eastern Oregon most of my live, and think it's the greatest state in the Union (*heh-heh*). Tried the West side and California and I'm sure of it. Was born in Maryland when both my folks were still stationed at Patuxent River NAS. Never married, no SO; I've only 'settled down' recently. Got 9 nephews/nieces that I get to see regular, though, so things ain't to bad. Get lots of mileage out of being the Crazy Uncle.

Started reading SF when I was about 10 (Burroughs, Heinlein, Niven, Blish, Herbert, Varley, etc. etc.), took all the math/science I could in HS, went to college for astronomy. Ran into $$ trouble and dropped out, which is a very bad excuse! For those of you just starting school, persevere!

I've worked dozens of different jobs, from stoop labor to systems analysis, been rich (well, comfortable) and poor, and still can't tell you which is better.

Music: Eccentric as hell; AC/DC, Blue Oyster Cult, Ella Fitzgerald, lady singers and fiddlers o' Bluegrass/Celtic (Alison Krauss and Natalie MacMaster), Rush, little bit of the the 3 B's, Austin Lounge Lizards, the various Brak/Space Ghost collaborations.

As my profile says, love hiking, computers-as-recreation (*smirk*), coaching youth soccer. I also love amateur rocketry, though I haven't participated actively in recent years because of business. My brother-in-law and a high school friend fly our big stuff quite regularly out of Dayton, WA (Blue Mountain Rocketeers) and at the SPARC launches in Spokane. We also hit the annual 'Fire In The Sky' event in Mansfield, Washington every Memorial Day Weekend. Maybe CJC oughta come out and watch some time, hmm...? I certainly invite any of the rest of you to attend; if you've never seen this stuff before, you won't believe it. Maybe be we can get you addicted to Ammonium Perchlorate, just like we are *grin*.


Discovered Herself about 1995 (why did I wait!??), Pride of Chanur I think. Absolutely brilliant! CJC is, I believe, the best writer since Jack Vance in his heyday (and good for the same reasons, too...). I have missed only a very few of her books since: I am drooling for the new Cyteen in particular as well as the continuing adventures of Bren. Morgaine is one of my favorite characters of all time, but Pyanfar is a close pretty close behind.

Sidenote: we also appreciate Her Latin lessons (hahhahhaah)!

My mom is also a CJC addict, not sure who introduced who. Does it matter?


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4/24/2020 7:42 pm  #24

Re: The Biography Thread

IliraNow that I’ve read a few of your bios, I feel somewhat inclined to post a bit about myself—it’s only fair, I suppose.

At this point I’m coming around on felicitous 33 (at least this is how I choose to look at it) on November 26. I have to admit, I was feeling a bit down about getting older, but the Atevi spin on it does make me a whole lot happier about the whole thing. Have had a total of one “starter marriage” and am now happily dating a writer/editor who also loves science fiction and fantasy the way I do.

On books and series: My first sci-fi read was “Have Spacesuit, Will Travel” by Heinlein. My dad gave me that book when I was eight, and I read the entire thing straight through from cover to cover. I was fortunate in that my home schooling included a fair bit of “non-traditional” fiction, since Catholic School wasn’t cutting it in the sci-fi/fantasy genre (though, we DID read “Stranger in a Strange Land” in 7th grade public school, and “A Wizard of Earthsea” in 6th). The “Dune” series is a perennial favorite, along with anything by Niven, whom I absolutely adore.

On Herself: I wasn’t introduced to Cherryh until recently, when I’d run out of books to read and re-read. The Chanur Saga was borrowed from a friend and became a diehard favorite, and at this point I do believe I’ve read the series seven times in the past three years. In looking for more Cherryh and while endlessly questing for the book after “Downbelow Station,” I ran across the “Foreigner” series. Part of me was curious to see what else Cherryh had written, the other part was sick of seeing the same dark-skinned blokes on a zillion covers without knowing who or what they were. That was about a year ago, and now I’m completely hooked.

Other odd bits: Mom is Japanese, but I was born in the Philippines. One brother, as much a geek as I am. So is my dad. I play bassoon and baritone, and am a sucker for a good Soundtrack. BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in illustration/animation, then promptly went to work for a video game company. Once that got old, I moved on to Architecture where I learned quite a bit about computer art and animation. These days I’m a Graphic Specialist (according to my title) at a publishing company in Atlanta GA producing web and print directories. It’s not glamorous, but it’s a steadily growing niche market. I’m also a Naval Reservist, and am vaguely considering going back to school for an MEd in order to teach secondary public school.

I’m a fairly visual person—I participate in Live Action Role Playing (LARP) events, I sew, still do quite a bit of design- and illustration-work here and there, and am the Costume Director for a few area groups (which fortunately uses all of these random talents). I love conventions and costuming. I am a huge fan of Fanfic, even if I can’t write my way out of a wet paper bag; and I really enjoy looking at other people’s Fan Art. I’m a cynic-romantic and I believe civility and loyalty are two of the highest virtues. Apparently I would make a fantastic addition to any Atevi staff, since fussing about after someone else and their appearance is scandalous to me if I haven’t done it properly…

After searching around a bit online for Chanur and Atevi fan-art, here I am.Posted: 7:10 PM - Nov 01, 2007hrhspenceWelcome in Ilira; I enjoyed your bio.Posted: 7:23 PM - Nov 01, 2007Felicitous Sk8erIlira-ji,

Loved your bio -- fascinating & thanks for posting! One believes you'll soon love it here as we do. Shejidan is a wonderful, wonderful community!

Conventions & costuming! Be sure to check out MEETPOINT STATION for con reports. THE BU'JAVID is where I believe some of the costuming discussion & drawings are. You'll want to meet Griffinmoon, among others, as she is especially talented in this realm. I love costuming also, but am afraid that my imagination, skills, and knowedge are nowhere equal to Griffin's.
Posted: 9:46 PM - Nov 01, 2007griffinmoon...*blushes furiously*...

Nand'Sk8er, your imagination is very much up to snuff! Look at all those skating costumes you've hatched for your friend to make for you.Posted: 10:09 PM - Nov 01, 2007IliraIndeed... the images here are an inspiration, and I thank you for them.

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4/24/2020 7:44 pm  #25

Re: The Biography Thread

readyFelicitous greetings to all and sundry.

I guess I must finally break down and post a little something about myself.

I am a 50-something analyst working for US Govt in the great state of Arizona. My particular corner of the state is in the mountainous southeastern corner between Tucson and the Mexican border. I was born in Washington DC, raised all over the country, returned to Maryland, but escaped to Ohio for my Bachelors Degree in Equestrian Studies. After several years while I was unable to support myself in my vocation (teaching riding to disabled) I joined the Army and saw the world. I picked up an M.S. in Operations Research (math, statisitics (sadistics), and information systems). Spent almost five years in Germany, then returned to the US. Have lived and worked everywhere from Massachusetts to Florida, to California (including the Carolinas, Texas, New Mexico) and am currently looking for a new challenge. I've been at my present job for 17 years, but it's time for a change.

I am contentedly married to my husband of 27 years who aids and abets my addiction to SF&F. We currently have about 3,000 volumes of paperback SciFi in a very disorganized library. Her Cherryness has pride of place among my collection and I have most of her books in hardbound 1st editions. I usually read about 4 new (to me) books a week and reread another one to two a week. I still remember reading Ursula LeGuin's Lathe of Heaven while in high school and Andre Norton's Stargate in 6th grade.

I spend a lot of time traveling for my job (179 days in 2006, 155 so far this year and more to come), but it's always great to get home. My work involves approximately 60 hours a week designing tests, and database schemas, entering data, and analyzing the results. Engrossing work but sometimes I can't even stand the thought of sitting down at a keyboard. Thus, I am a poor correspondent.

I have two stellar children. My daughter got her BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from University of Arizona last summer. My son is studing directing and cinematography at Vancouver Film School in British Columbia. They both say they want to support me in the manner to which I'd like to become accustomed.

My favorite activities included riding dressage (I trained up to 4th level before I had to give up my horse); Tae Kwon Do/Hapkido (I was a 2nd Geup red belt)
 and a regional referee; and avid gardening (irises and
 love me); and am an adventurous cook. Unfortunately 8 years ago I suffered a serious back injury and am no longer allowed to do any heavy lifting, or activities where there is any chance I might fall and damage my back more. At least I have a great excuse not to do housework!!!

My life now revolves more around my husband and my aging rescue dog, and all types of music from classical to jazz to rock, when not engrossed by only partially remunerated work. No, the government doesn't pay what I'm worth, but I don't have to sell my soul to a defense contractor in order to do work that saves young soldiers lives.

One of these days I'd like to have enough money to endow a chair at a University. I guess that means I have to hope to win the lottery. Oh, wait, You gotta play to win.... Baji-naji
 Barring that I'd settle for a nice long vacation to visit my favorite places: Isle of Skye; York, England; Stuttgart, Germany; the Mosel River Valley and wineries; Christchurch, NZ; and the places I've never been: Australia, the Mayan ruins in Mexico, and Mohenjo-Daro excavations. Or maybe, just get to go to a Con where my favorite
 is speaking so that I can sit at the feet of the goddess.

In answer to a question about the name. ready is the name of the white teddy bear given to my mother when in end-stage cancer. The bear had this enormous red bow, but that same day we had been talk about being "ready for what was to come." When asked what she was going to name the bear, she unflinchingly said "Ready." She died seven days later. That was her way of telling me that I had to let go and accept that no one gets out of life alive.
Talk about grace in life and the leaving of it! To the end she had a joke, such as calling the morphine infusion pump "Carlos, my Latin lover." I hope I can be as fine a person. I'm working on it.

readyPosted: 11:48 PM - Nov 01, 2007starexplorerEnjoyed your bios very much Ilira and ready!
wrote:a lot of time traveling for my job
I do a lot of time traveling too!Posted: 11:09 PM - Nov 02, 2007Felicitous Sk8erFascinating bio, ready-ji!

A few comments:

3,000 volumes! *thunk*

The story about your mother is very touching. And "Carlos, the Latin Lover": :lol:

Please consider coming to Spokane for ShejiCon 2 -- which we hope will happen this August, after WorldCon. Plans are far from set of course, but that is what we are shooting for. If you haven't found the thread yet, go to MEETPOINT STATION & read the ShejiCon thread. Now that you are a Citizen, you'll be able to see the pics posted in it.Posted: 2:14 PM - Nov 07, 2007moirawelcome, everyone

Ilira, you wouldn't happen to know a Mulya, would you? she's also a graphic artist and active LARPer in Atlanta, Georgia...
 Posted: 3:23 PM - Nov 07, 2007Ilira
moira,Nov 7 2007 wrote:welcome,  everyone

Ilira, you wouldn't happen to know a Mulya, would you?  she's also a graphic artist and active LARPer in Atlanta, Georgia...
Hmmmm... perhaps we share an association, but I don't know the name... a PM perhaps would be appropriate here? I would be delighted if it turns out we are associates!Posted: 7:36 PM - Nov 07, 2007moira
wrote:Hmmmm... perhaps we share an association, but I don't know the name... a PM perhaps would be appropriate here? I would be delighted if it turns out we are associates!
Posted: 3:41 PM - Dec 09, 2007BusiferNandiin,
after browsing through the posted biographies I felt inspired to write down some words about oneself.

I'm a 40-something person of the female persuasion; born, raised in Sweden and presently residing in Stockholm. 1n 1973 I heard The Hobbit read on radio and as I sat glued to it my father decided I was ready for some decent material; he read LoTR for me. That inspired me to seek out books like that and I was soon, with the help of both dad and the head librarian at the local public library, entrenched in multiple volumes of mainly LeGuin, Heinlein (Space Cadet was my first, but I too have memories of Have spacesuit, will travel), Asimov, Clarke, Simak.., quite a few of the books, especially the 50's paperbacks I found in the cellar when I was 13, went clear above my head but they kind of set the tone.

I have worked different trades but since 1991 I've been working with computer-based interactive media. Way back then it was called 'multimedia', and it was a jack'o'all trades kind of job but my main focus was and is what is euphemistically called 'usability'. Today my main bulk is analysis and conceptual design, with interaction design for added flavour (I do less and less of that; after some 16 years it sometimes feels kind of repetitive...).

I have an earlier career as football coach; it was great fun, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to get differently motivated people to work as a team. But with a back/hip injury interfering with mobility, and a small son (and a husband, hehe) to care for I had to prioritise.

Late in 2006 I felt a dire need to get some kind of renewal regarding my reading material. As very few of my RL associates read the same kind of books that I do I found it hard to get decent ideas. I was growing tired of rereading the same books again and again. Then I found LibraryThing. Soon enough I got loads of ideas about books, and as to interesting authors I was even able to get wise advise as to what to start with. This was how Ms Cherryh entered my life. It also was how GG Kay entered my life. Two authors that has made profound impact on me and both of which I wonder how I could have missed them before (well, in the case of CJC I know why; I found the covers too tacky... sad but true).
LT also had profound impact; I consider some of the people I know there to be close associates and I venture there daily.

At the time of writing this I'm frequently cursing myself for being anal about editions; I finished Pretender in early June (and reread all 8 Foreigner books during November)... and; all my editions are pb. And book 9 MUST be pb too, no? As they are base 3, those 3 first sets MUST be pb! I have awaited the Deliverer january 08 pb release in AGONY!!!
I have promised myself that future books will be allowed in hardcover; 10 is SO infelicitous it MUST mark the start of a brand new set, no?

I also started to round up her other work, starting with the Union-Alliance universe. I'm truly hooked.

Other authors that I enjoy is LeGuin, G G Kay, Neal Stephenson, J C Grimwood. And a bunch of others, of course. Anyone interested can check my library at LT; same user-name as here.
Secretly I'm also a trekkie, sort of. Not the convention-going type, but I usually score high on tests and have watched TNG mega-multiple times. And sometimes I think there are overt parallels between ST-TNG and the CJC:s work...Posted: 4:02 PM - Dec 09, 2007Felicitous Sk8erBusifer-ji, I really enjoyed your bio! Please consider posting your birthday, either in that thread or on your profile page so we can all celebrate together.

wrotewell, in the case of CJC I know why; I found the covers too tacky... sad but true).
There are several threads floating around about the terrible covers. I could only find one. Does anyone else know where the other threads on atrocious cover art are hiding? The art on this thread isn't as bad as the one I can't locate:
wrote:LT also had profound impact; I consider some of the people I know there to be close associates and I venture there daily.
We are so glad you have joined us, and one predicts you will find this true of Shejidan also.
Posted: 4:10 PM - Dec 09, 2007Busifer
wrote:We are so glad you have joined us, and one predicts you will find this true of Shejidan also.
Well, if you're right in this I don't know how I would manage to get some work or reading or RL socialising done

*secretly wishes for big lottery win (without even ever having bought a ticket)*Posted: 10:25 AM - Dec 10, 2007suzdalBusifer-ji:

I wanted to also echo Sk8er-ji's appreciation of your biography. I found your biography interesting and stimulating as well. Welcome!

Stockholm is a beatutiful city and Sweden and its people are delightful. I've been there several times on business trips. I've stayed at the Nordic Light Hotel - I adore it. I love the way they made me think of light as a sculptable material. However, most of my time in Sweden was spent in Linköping, also a very lovely city.


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you must be one of the very few who thinks such of Linköping :-)
One has at least two close associates originally from there and they are both glad to be gone.

One is most curious what takes one to such town? Maybe contract work for SAAB Aero? Or something in education?Posted: 1:16 PM - Dec 10, 2007suzdalBusifer-ji:

I was part of a start-up working on an edge-security device and we were partnered with a company there. I was there twice for over a week each time - and both times in December! Everyone told me that Sweden was a paradise in summer, but it truly wasn't bad in December.

SuzdalPosted: 8:21 AM - Dec 11, 2007El RoninHello All.
I go by the moniker El Ronin. I've gone by it for nearly 10 years now.
I chose it for linguistic and personal history reasons.
A Ronin is a disgraced samurai or a college dropout in modern terms and as a former member of the U.S. Armed Forces, I am both. I received an honorable discharge, but the way I was discharged was dishonorable on the part of the military. I won't go into details.

I am 34 as of this writing and I must say I've lived a lot of life in 34 years.
I currently work as the Help Desk's Japanese interpreter/translator in the IT department the R&D division of a Japanese automaker here in Ohio.
Not only do I perform translation work, but I also do IT work as my main job, troubleshooting networks and server management.

I'm divorced with 2 kids who live with their mother in Japan. I lived in Japan for 8 years and while there I worked quite a wide variety of jobs.
I was an Graphics Specialist (Illustrator) for the Air Force while stationed at Misawa Air Base in Northern Japan. I married and left the service. In order to support my family, I've worked as an Illustrator, a contract worker on the base's flight line with passenger and cargo. While working on the flight line, I drove 5k,10k and 10k All-Terrain fork lifts as well as a staircase truck.
Staircase trucks can be scary, because you HAVE to trust the person spotting you in or else one can risk damaging a VERY expensive aircraft.
I've been a garbage man, a bar bouncer, a lounge singer and an English teacher.
I worked as a customer service rep for SBC (Now AT&T) before I contracted rheumatic fever and was on an extended illness. After I recovered, I worked part time at the local college working on the Graphics Department's Apple Xserve server.

I tend to ramble when I write, so please tell me when I am doing so.

Nothing very interesting, just wide variety of work experiences, though, no matter where I went, I always ended up using Japanese and my computer skills (no computer at the garbage company though). When I went to college, my major was Comp-sci and Japanese. My dad said it was too hard then.
I pointed out to him recently that I have done my whole life what my major was, in one way or another. Now I'm working in the IT department of a Japanese company.
Posted: 10:15 AM - Dec 11, 2007suzdalA very nice and interesting biography, Ronin-ji. I think that your life sounds interesting enough to provide you with the grist for many great works of fiction. All it takes is the grinding. I wish you well and welcome you to Shejidan.

SuzdalPosted: 12:19 AM - Dec 12, 2007penceHonorable associates: I am most pleased to have become a member of this felicitous association. It is comforting to read in the bios that one is not alone in starting to verbalize in Cherryh-speak after a dose of her books. I have gotten a few odd looks from muttering 'featherless gods' and in a Mahendosat Hell in public!
One is approaching 60 (the brain cannot comprehend this,persisting in some sort of 30 something space .. definitely not teens, wouldn't go there again for any money ... except for the physical resilience), have been a biologist in various US government temporary positions, interspersed with whatever paying jobs I could get. Minimum wage does get old fast.
The last professional possibility required a move to Alaska for a 1 year temp, which seemed a lot of expense for minimal return, so I did some sales work- books, plants, and then got absorbed by the needs of aging family.
One currently resides in coastal Massachusetts, but is contemplating relocating, but have not decided where, except that it should have a reasonable amount of winter and access to salt water.
I read obsessively, even cereal boxes if nothing else is available. My books keep multiplying. Shelving space is an ever increasing challenge. First SF read, If Dr Doolittle and Wind in the Willows counts, was at age 7.
To many favorites to list all, some are besides those of CJ Cherryh, Bujold, the late great Loyd Biggle (I think I'm the only one who remembers him!) James H Schmitz. first read in High School, Stevermer, Andre Norton ...again from High sSchool on,Elgin's Communipath series, Katherine Kerr's ' Polar City Blues'(not so thrilled by her fantasies) Elizabeth Moon, and on and on. Favorites do depend on which books I have fondled most recently.
Otherwise, I garden, embroider, walk the beaches, enjoy classical music, various sections of art museums,good food-both making and consuming, and would like to travel more if I can ever afford it.
When I finally came into the computer age
 was one of the first authors I looked up, found her blog, and then to
Shejidan. I have been lurking in the fringes for quite some time,and am gladI finally took the plunge.
Incidentally; many thanks for the discussion on spybots, my machine turned out to be hosting quite a number of the nasty little parasites.Posted: 12:41 AM - Dec 12, 2007Surtac
wrote:the late great Loyd Biggle (I think I'm the only one who remembers him!) James H Schmitz.
No, you're not Pence-ji. Biggle's Monument is one of my all-time favourite SF books and one I often re-read. Schmitz is another personal favourite of old - I think I've mentioned somewhere in here before that somewhere deep inside me can still be found the 15 yo boy who was in love with Telzey Amberdon all those years ago.

Thanks for sharing an interesting biography with us, and once again welome in.

 Posted: 1:09 AM - Dec 12, 2007suzdalI, too, loved a Biggle book very much - "Watchers of the Dark". Thank you for sharing your biography, pence-ji!

SuzdalPosted: 2:23 AM - Dec 12, 2007Neco the NightwraithWelcome in, to all those who I've neglected to greet!

Have cookies. :D
Posted: 12:20 AM - Dec 16, 2007JeimaniOne is so gratified to learn more about one's newest associates. Busifer, El Ronin and Pence: welcome nandiin and thank you for letting us get to know you better. I look forward to many long and interesting chats.
Posted: 4:01 AM - Dec 18, 2007AgariHi everyone! I´ll try to give you some facts about myself - and please excuse my english, I´m really not used to expressing myself in another tounge than, I´m Anna/Agari, female 50+ and a devoted reader of fantasy/SF since the 70s. I´ve done all the classics (Asimov, C D Simac, Henlein, Tolkien, A Norton and so on) and slowly gotten into mostly female authors, where I found Cherryh the absolute best! It started with "Gehenna" and when I got to the Hani universe I was completly hooked.
I´m also a mother of two sons, have a cat, have archeologi as proffession and find the medivial times most interesting. I live in south Sweden, Malmö town near Copenhagen and love it.

And a happy Christmas to you! 

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BusiferAnother Swede!
Kul! I'm originally from Malmö but we moved to the Stockholm area in 1973.
Later my mum told me it was largely because she used to dream about taking the train from Malmö Central station almost every night, making a fast one for Stockholm. My dad, who's from Kristianstad, said he couldn't stand her being that unhappy.

Don't let that language issue stop you. Not even all of those born with an english tongue uses it in correct way. And the variations (aussie, south african, US, UK...) are plentiful and and sometimes contrary to each other ;-)

When I stumble or need alternatives, I use as a reference. Maybe you already knew of it, but anyway...!Posted: 9:24 AM - Dec 18, 2007the muleAgari-ji, Please don't feel self-conscious, the members here come from all over the world and many have English as a second language. We always make allowances. (especially for our American friends
 :lol: )

If you look in the Edun of Kesrith and the Quinaltine Steps forum you will see we have a lot of fun with English.
 Posted: 10:37 AM - Dec 18, 2007penceThat doesn't count the excursions into mahendos'at/speak, atevi/speak, hani/speak, etc. Then there are the daemonically possessed typos, so don't worry about the appearance of what is a rather plastic language!
Posted: 12:19 PM - Dec 18, 2007hrhspenceAs long as we can understand you, we'll be patient. And please ignore the tupos!Posted: 1:05 PM - Dec 18, 2007Felicitous Sk8er
wrote:We always make allowances. (especially for our American friends)
 Well said, Mule-ji!

Agari-ji, I loved reading your bio. And your English is great! I wish I was fluent in a 2nd or 3rd language the way you are.

(Does proficiency in lolcat
 count as a 2nd language?)Posted: 3:26 PM - Dec 18, 2007AgariBusifer-ji, I´m delighted to find another swede! And yes, Ill try to overcome some shyness in using english, thanks for the translation link, I´m sure it will came in handy. Greetings to all from the green and moist south sweden - how I wish for some snow for christmas!Posted: 8:35 PM - Dec 19, 2007readyAgari-ji

Did you know that Andre Norton was actually Alice Mary Norton?
Posted: 4:03 AM - Dec 20, 2007AgariYes, I learned that after quite a while - I gess somewhere in my quest for female SFwriters.
I must confess I did´nt read much of her works, I found them a little too much on the romantic side. But as a starter when one is young she was just fine.
Besides, Ive got :lol: Happy news - a newly opened SF/Fantasy bookstore in my hometown! The very first here! :lolosted: 11:40 AM - Jan 22, 2008BusiferI'll let you in on a secret (not!) - I started learning english when I was 9 yo, in 3d grade, and so do everyone else living here. Films are not dubbed and every half decent bookshop, or even small kiosk peddling a few books besides candy and magazines, have some english language lit.
What we do lack is practice, plus the ability to distinguish between UK and US english. Or so I think. But since the end of wwII english has been the 2nd language of this country, and a lot of courses at the universities etc. are primarily taught using english language lit.
Before that the 2nd language was german, but the way the war ended kind of made that one obsolete ;-)Posted: 12:03 PM - Jan 22, 2008griffinmoonKel Julian nadi:

It would appear that you're somewhere in the vicinity of Nand'Spence or perhaps Herself's (
 ) old neighborhood. Welcome to Shejidan! You'll find Nand'Spence is the Resident Linguistics Chair over in the University of Shejidan. English is mostly Germanic in derivation, not as much Latin/Greek/whatnot as one would expect. Comes from all those Anglos/Saxons/Jutes/Danes/Norse in history.

Busifer nadi:

One wouldn't worry overly much about distinguishing between American English & it's English forbearer: either is comprehensible to the other (give or take an idiom or two) 

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One is not overly worried about those distinctions but up until year ago I was unaware of the fact that some UK books gets 'translated' before they cross the ocean. Since I learnt that I have grown more conscious about what edition to pick - UK for UK authors, US for US authors. A scone is a scone is a scone... Not to mention cupcakes, muffins et al ;-)Posted: 12:45 PM - Jan 22, 2008Felicitous Sk8erWelcome again, Kel-J-ji. One is delighted you found us, and yes! This is a very civil (and literate) Association. How did you find us? Have you read anything in MEETPOINT STATION yet, specifically about ShejiCon 1-Spokane*? Held last summer, man'chi was greatly strengthened.

One did not know how similar English & Swedish are. Fascinating. One speaks a few phrases of Russian (having forgotten nearly everything else). Also, "Labor & Delivery Spanish", a dialect Kel-J may well appreciate, living where he does.

*thread link does not start at the very beginning, where there are a number of pages of chat about the possibility. The link goes to when ShejiCon is nearly actually underway.Posted: 1:38 PM - Jan 22, 2008Felicitous Sk8er
wrote:I sort of snuffled around here like a dus

Ya gavarit po-russki ochen ploha!

Kel-J lives only 2 hours from us, and not in the Southern Association near Spence, &
 's former domicile. Maybe if we are all on our best behavior, and atttest to the safe
 , Kel J will consider making the 2 hour drive north to ShejiCon 2-Spokane in August?Posted: 2:47 PM - Jan 22, 2008BusiferKel Julian,
swedish and english have some things in common, but I'd say norwegian is even closer with words like 'vindue' = 'window' whereas it's 'fönster' in swedish . I'm no linguist but it's a fact that german and french has been the two major influences to the swedish language. As you may know 'window' is 'fenêtre' in french... ;-)
If it wasn't for the pronunciation issues I'd say swedish and dutch is closer related than swedish and english, and in my experience the dutch are as adapt, or more so, at english than swedish people are.

The similarities in sentence construction is devious; as long as you don't try to say anything complicated you'll manage but often enough I can tell right away when a sentence in english is written by someone from Sweden. This, I can assure you, happens often enough as I work for a company recently bought by company headquartered in the UK. I have read loads of documents written by swedish people for swedish people, in english... and most times it's a frustrating experience. Because while words MAY be ALMOST the same they aren't always same in quality or connotations.
(And: a sentence as 'jag talar svenska' exposes the speaker as actually not speaking swedish ;-) Correct wording would be something like 'jag kan (prata) svenska', which translates to 'I can (talk) swedish' which at least I don't view as correct english. No insult meant, I only wanted to exemplify what I meant, OK?)

Lastly; people here are convinced no one knows about us and gets very flattered when someone do. Even in Europe people tend to mix us up with the Swiss ;-)

If you should happen to have your way around here I'm sure I can arrange some surströmming and hembränt. My husband's from the northern parts, where those things are from. ;-)Posted: 4:57 PM - Jan 22, 2008BusiferAgreed. Being a pure tourist, staying at resorts and doing resortey kind of things don't appeal to my curiosity; is not the way to learn about other places. Usually, though, I start with reading up in foods I don't want on my plate, at least not by mistake. Once, at 11 PM, very hungry after a ferry from Sicily to Sardinia arrived 12 hours late (a total of 36 hours, on sandwiches), I ended up with grey shrimps the size of a small fingernail in front of me. I'm not averse to trying new things, but everything has it's place and time, no? ;-)

I wish you luck with the greek. I'm not sure turkish would help matters though, but it varies from island to island. Greece and Turkey has had a violent and shared past, and not everyone greek is prepared to approve anything turkish.

BTW, I'm impressed. You say it's been 22 years? If so, you remember more than I would do - it's been 24 years since my last lesson in spanish and while I can manage to order dinner that's about it.Posted: 7:49 PM - Jan 22, 2008penceDuring a brief immersive exposure to German speakers I found that, if I wasn't concentrating, I would often get some sense of what was going on in plat deutsch! I could not have identified individual words (even with a gun to my head) so I'm not sure if it was similarities to english or to remnants of the anglo-saxon I was exposed to in my midieval lit course!Posted: 10:35 PM - Jan 22, 2008griffinmoonNand'Sk8er:

...oooohhh! Yes indeedy! Yet another new person for Sheji II! Might one ask if yout could make it Kel nadi???Posted: 10:49 PM - Jan 22, 2008Felicitous Sk8er
wrote:my brain adjusts to change with all the agility of an elder regul on foot.
Posted: 11:01 PM - Jan 22, 2008hrhspencelol! well put, kel!Posted: 1:33 AM - Jan 23, 2008BusiferKel-nadi, I didn't understand it was a cruise! I too think it a good compromise ;-)

Soo envious of all of those who will be able to meet IRL. I tried to make it over there, and then I mean the continent in general, eh, not any particular area, this year. But the conference I was going to - IS going to - have decided to, first time ever, take place in Europe this year!!!

And Kel; lutfisk is absolutely HORRIBLE. It's not a taste, it's slime. Yuk. 

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Felicitous Sk8erWhat about fava beans with a little Chianti?
Posted: 10:45 PM - Jan 23, 2008penceLimburger cheese makes a really great cheeseburger. Really and truly.Posted: 11:13 PM - Jan 23, 2008BeulahBelleSk8er: were you contemplating having a friend for dinner?

Kel: your list of off-kilter foods tried is impressive - you're quite the adventurer! Of those on your "wish list", I can tell you that I found duck and goose both quite good, although fattier (particularly the duck) than chicken or turkey. And IMHO, eating poi is like eating tasteless, slimy glue.Posted: 11:31 PM - Jan 23, 2008SurtacHmmn,

I agree about nuoc mam - it's good stuff.

Disagree about habaneros - I like 'em. My next door neighbour grows them successfully (I've tried and failed) and I have some drying in the kitchen now.

On your second list:

- you're not missing much by not having tried mao tai - think of clear rocket fuel with a retsina type taste. Having said that I've a bottle here in the cellar given to us by Chinese friends when my youngest daughter was born.

- duck needs to be cooked properly to get rid of all the fat. It was learning how to cook duck in the Chinese style some years ago that finally convinced me it was worth eating.

- haggis can be good too, despite my otherwise aversion to offal. Eat it with tatties and neeps.
Posted: 12:29 AM - Jan 24, 2008Surtac
wrote:Mao tai I assume is straight grain alcohol
Yes - it's made from fermented sorghum which explains the flavour I think: it's certainly not liquorice flavoured. I've tried it on several occasions, but I think for me it will always be an acquired taste.

wrote:She terrified me.
Yes - we have been known to raise some good drinkers down here.
Posted: 12:45 AM - Jan 24, 2008Felicitous Sk8erBeulah-ji: a nice tender hummus-being, such as Kel-J suggests, would complement the Chianti, don't you agree?

But -- one worries about the allegations Kel-J mentions. Heaven forbid we serve a white, and not a red wine, when we have a friend for dinner! A breach of etiquette for sure.
Posted: 12:56 AM - Jan 24, 2008griffinmoonNand'Sk8er:

It all drinks! I heard a while back that the old rules for serving red vs white wine were declasse these days.Posted: 2:45 AM - Jan 24, 2008BeulahBelleSk8er,
wrote:Beulah-ji: a nice tender hummus-being, such as Kel-J suggests, would complement the Chianti, don't you agree?

wrote:But -- one worries about the allegations Kel-J mentions. Heaven forbid we serve a white, and not a red wine, when we have a friend for dinner! A breach of etiquette for sure.
Not to worry. No one really knows us, anyway.Posted: 7:56 PM - Feb 25, 2008marjorytMy short bio:
Daughter of WW2 vets (yes, my mom served too); military in my father's family dates back to Civil War (Union side, wounded at Harper's Ferry and Gettysburg) and further (we just don't have the papers in hand). My brother served in the 1st Gulf War (sonar specialist and drug interdiction), and my oldest son has served a year in this Gulf War (NG field medic). Voracious SF reader since 1965 (Podkayne of Mars was my first full length novel). My personal reading preferences are more toward "technical" science fiction and away from "fantastic" science fiction. I can follow the linguistic end of Cherryh's language discussion but not the math aspects.

My degrees are in Art and English (medieval literature and linguistics), with side forays in Education and Psychology. I've farmed, served as a technical editor and writer in the aerospace industry, taught in the 7-12 alternative school setting and now teach composition in a local community college. My classes include teaching online. My college survived Katrina, despite losing the gym, the auditorium, the bus barn, and suffering major roof damage to all other buildings. My home lost 8 mature pecan trees and all the shingles off the roof. My home has recovered; the college's insurance agency refused to pay on the losses, so the college is suing the company.

I'm married; my husband teaches computer science and math; we have 4 children ranging in age from 13 to 23.Posted: 7:56 AM - Feb 28, 2008joekc6nlxShort Bio:

Born, 7/12/1952. Location: Sidney, Ohio

B.S.Bus.Admin., Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 2002, Information Systems.
B.A. Latin, Bowling Green State University, OH, 1974

Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer - 22 years, 5 months total active service.
Beekeeper - 4 colonies, have been involved for about 8 years.
Ham Radio Operator - KC6NLX, Asst. SKYWARN Coordinator for my county.
Homebrewer - favorite recipes are pale ales and stouts.

Parents are still living, neither of whom served in the military.
Five younger brothers, of whom the youngest has passed away 23 years ago.

Other interests: kayaking, bicycling, kendo (Japanese fencing), target shooting (I do not hunt, but others do hunt on the farm I rent).

I'm divorced, still without a partner, don't want one at the present and am not looking for one. Marriage lasted 21 years, of which the last 3 were very bitter. I'm not bitter, I'm fairly happy the way things are right now. I have two
 , Birdie (5 years) and Ruthie (7 years), who were purchased from a no-kill shelter for

Rabid Cherryh fan, visit her website at least once every day. The top shelf of my bookcase is 80% Cherryh, plus the larger books fit on the lower bookcase.
Favorite series - Morgaine, favorite character - Nhi Vanye.

Please feel free to ask me if there is anything else you would like to know about me. Thank you for welcoming me to Shejidan, I hope my sojourn here will be felicitous for all.

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Kel Julian,Jan 22 2008 wrote:What got me to sign on here (something I do very, very rarely), besides the obvious common interest, was the general air of civility.  I am convinced that some people sign onto forums simply to vent all the fury and frustration of unfulfilled lives, or simply to let slip The Jerk Within.  I go for the opposite reason:  to enjoy myself, and to meet people I'll like, not dislike.
And that's what makes this forum such a special place.

I am busy getting up to date, reading many extremely exciting posts here. So many new members, wow! Some I have kinda 'met' already, also at LT, but reading your bios leaves me in awe. I have never been in a forum with such an interesting, decent collection of people. I think the Goddess can really be proud -- her books fascinate fascinating people.

edit: Sadly I missed the discussion about Swedish being similar to English, and Plattdütsch got also mentioned. I can't understand Plattdütsch myself, but I think it is related to English.
Anyway, one thing I wanna add, about that "window" - "vindue" issue.
1. In German it's "Fenster", so that's close to Swedish, neh? Er, or rather French.
2 S/o told me - not sure if it's true - that "window" means 'wind ow' -> wind eye. Which would be "Wind-Auge" in German. So that would be the Germanic root, yes?
(I must admit that my linguistic reasoning is mostly based on associations and gut-feelings.
)Posted: 11:53 AM - Mar 16, 2008BusiferVetch - yes, the german 'fenster' is very similar and related to the swedish 'fönster'.
Vindue is indeed 'wind-auge' when translated to german - originally it's the hole in the roof letting the smoke out... :-)Posted: 4:25 PM - Mar 18, 2008Chanor-jiI am a 59-year-old female living in Omaha, NE. I own what started out as a small specialty (mystery) bookstore that has morphed into a small specialty bookstore that also sells needlework charts and supplies and beads and beading supplies.

I have been married for the past 37 1/2 years to the same guy. We have four offspring -- three male and one extremely bossy female -- one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law, one grandson and one granddaughter.

At the bookstore, I have two
 s. At home, I have one
 and one dog.

I have been reading sf since I was in 4th or 5th grade. I can remember the town librarian asking if I really wanted to read all those "boy" books, and if I really wanted to check that many out at one time. I did, and I did, and I read Heinlein and Asimov and Clarke and Burroughs and Zane Grey. I read the entirety of Asimov's Foundation trilogy before I finished grade school. I also discovered Anne McCaffrey's first Dragon book.

But there were so many other things to read in HS and college (no degree, dropped out) and my 20s and 30s. But, eventually, I got back to sf.

These days, I am very, very selective of what I read. It's like working in the Godiva factory. After three weeks, you never want to eat chocolate again. Well, I own the Godiva factory. Over the years, the 50 page rule (give the book 50 pages to grab you) has given way to the 50 paragraph rule, then the 50 word rule. These days, it's pretty close to a 50 letter rule. In sf, I read the Goddess (
 ) and nearly twnety years later am still waiting for the sequel to Barbara Hambly's last Antryg Windrose book, Dog Wizard. I love Simon Green's Darkside novels and just about everything Tanya Huff has ever written. I'm kind of so-so about Jim Butcher and Kim Harrison.

In mystery, my favorite authors are Lindsey Davis (Marcus Didius Falco), Carol O'Connell (Mallory), Criag Johnson (Walt Longmire), Eliot Pattison (Shen) and Colin Cotterill (Siri Paiboun).

In addition to reading, I have spent the past 25 years doing counted cross stitch and counted canvas work. (I get to play with all those wonderful over-dyed fibers!) A couple years ago, I got into beading. I am a very sad example of what happens when a fiber junkie meets beads. (It's not a very pretty sight at all.)

Right now, because of the store and because Himself and I are care-taking his elderly mom and aunt, I don't travel. I am looking forward to the day when I can hit a few sf cons. (Take my word for it: mystery conventions are extremely boring and pedestrian compared to a good sf con.)Posted: 10:38 PM - Mar 18, 2008penceWelcome Chanor-ji Have some
 while stitching. Nice to have another who combines stitch addiction with book addiction.Posted: 12:58 AM - Mar 19, 2008griffinmoonChanor nadi:

Welcome indeed! "Fiber junkie", ehh? Well grab a chair & join the club! There is one lace maker & two spinners/weavers here. I just met Mrs Starexplorer who is also a weaver.
Please allow one to pour you a safe cup of
 !Posted: 11:56 AM - Mar 19, 2008Chanor-jiNadi griffinmoon:

A lacemaker and three spinner/weavers, eh? Woo-hoo! Bobbin lace or needle lace? The closest I ever got to spinning was attending a demo/lesson on drop spindle spinning. As for weaving: I do have a very expensive inkle loom at home that I used to mess around with card weaving. Unfortunately, I ran out of time and haven't gotten back to it. I also have a kurohimi square thingie and a book so I can learn that some day, too. (Work is the curse of the leisure class!)

Kel Julian: I don't know if what I do would be classified as "beautiful" crossing stitching. I know people who do a so much better job than I ever will.

So far, I've been able to avoid quilting -- even though I love beautiful fabric -- mostly because I can't sew a seam on a sewing machine to save my life. I think my kids were the only kids in the world who went to school with mended clothes done in whip stitch with very, very carefully matched DMC embroidery floss! The only reason I even have a sewing machine is the bind the edges of cross stitch projects. But the machine stopped working over a year ago, and I really need to take it in to be repaired.

After glancing through some of the other biographies, I see there are very many talented and knowledgable people here in Shejidan. joekc6nlx even has a degree in Latin! (I took four years of Latin in High School -- about the single most useful thing I ever studied.) I am so looking forward to a leisurely perusal of these boards,
 in hand.Posted: 1:49 PM - Mar 19, 2008Vetch
Oh wow! I feel so insignificant. I have crocheted a bag for my tarot-deck... does that count?
And an even more interesting question: will there be photos of the results from you people's craft in the Bu'Javid?Posted: 3:37 PM - Mar 19, 2008Chanor-jiNadi Vetch wrote:
wrote:I have crocheted a bag for my tarot-deck... does that count?
You bet! At Stitch'n'Bitch (the stitchery group that meets at the bookstore a couple times a month) everything counts! We have one lady who does beautiful wood carving. One year for Christmas, she gave all of us big fat kids pencils with Santa faces carved into them. Another year, she gave each of us teeny, tiny rabbits. This lady also knits like a maniac. She knits mittens for a charitible organization which gives them to the poor. Some of our other ladies have started knitting mittens, too -- just not at the woodcarver's rate of speed.Posted: 11:04 PM - Mar 19, 2008ChiaAdd a knitter to the list. Yup, that would be me. Currently, adding things to Ravelry a online database for knitters, catalogs needles, stash, pattern books, projects and projects in planning.

Welcome all.Posted: 1:00 AM - Mar 20, 2008griffinmoonChanor nadi:
See? I told you!
The one person is/was a bobbinlace maker. I've tinkered with that but am more prone to needlelace, knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, beading, etc, etc. We also have a charitable group that does the same thing. I've considered it as an outlet for stuff made in my varied ways, but it's like you said: work cuts into the fun stuff.

Vetch nadi:
Of course it counts! Even if only done once: you've tried something. 

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