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Day 23 – A picture of your favorite book

I have many. I like to read. Books are my favorite. However, because I needed to choose I took this approach–I thought about the book I go back to over and over again. I thought about the books I’ve read the most number of times, because I just enjoy reading them. They include The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, Two from Galilee by Marjorie Holmes, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and our winner:

The Preservationist (or The Flood, as it’s also called) by David Maine. It’s not particularly hard read, but I find it highly entertaining. It’s a spin on Noah and the great flood, from the view of everyone involved–Noah, his wife, his sons, and their wives. The story is anything but typical–it’s bawdy, funny, and very real. It addresses all the feelings each party might have had given the ridiculous situation and explores the characters and their relationships in a very open and honest way. I love Noah as a cranky old man, and characters who didn’t have a voice (or even a name, enter The Wife) get a voice and reaction to the craziness of the world’s goings-on. The book goes from before the building of the ark all the way to trying to rebuild and repopulate the earth. I’m a big fan of historical fiction, and I’ve gotten teased because my usual books are too boring or too big. This one is neither. A fun, slightly crazy twist on a old classic. I highly recommend it.

Day 22 – A picture of something you wish you were better at

I wish I could draw better. I come from a family of artists, my grandfather, my mother, my father, my sisters, my brother–I do okay, but I wish it came as easy to me as it does to them. It’s on my list of things to work on.

I used these pictures, because I’m in love with this artist right now. You can also find her Etsy shop at Pinkytoast on Etsy. I’m not sure why I love her stuff so much. Is it the big eyes? The dark twisted cutesiness appealing to my dormant gothy girl? Idk, but I love it. My sketchbook is currently filled with my sad attempts to recreate her fantabulousness.
Really sad attempts. 🙁

Day 16 – A picture of someone who inspires you

My first initial thought was that no one inspires me, but in reality I am inspired by many many people on a daily basis in a very many different areas. I guess my first thought was “no one”, because it’s hard for me to pinpoint just one.  I’m easily inspired. 🙂 I’ve been inspired by authors, artists, musicians, chefs, poets, preachers, etc. I could post a number of different pictures, but right now today, I’ll post a picture of someone who I’m inspired by right now, this very day.

Author Elizabeth Gilbert

I know I’m about 5 years behind everyone else, but I just finished reading Eat, Pray, Love. I’d begun my spiritual/writing journey earlier this year (and I’m a total foodie) so this book was extremely timely. It inspired me to continue or step up some things I’d been doing, as well as opened up some other ideas that have begun to churn in me. Great book, great author.

Photo challenge–favorite band

Day 13 – A picture of your favorite band or artist


Oh my goodness gracious this is HARD!!!!!!

There are periods of my life marked by different bands. In high school, I had a love affair with Trent Reznor, anguished over boys to the tunes of The Cure, sang many hours and many harmonies w/my sister via Toad the Wet Sprocket and Belly. After that I began having a 15 year affair with The Dave Matthews Band (Dave loves me, just ask him). Foo Fighters, The Killers, Depeche Mode, Ani Difranco, The Indigo Girls, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cowboy Junkies, The Cranberries, and more recently Blue October, Ingrid Michaelson, eh sooooo many more–They all got me through some period in my life. However, there is one band that has been and will always be a part of me. I realized how much so on my last trip to Roswell. My siblings and I got together for the most epically awesome hangout night of all time. And we sang. Oh, how we sang… Metallica Rock Band provided us with one of the best times I’ve ever spent with those crazy fools. Being the oldest of five, I knew I influenced my sibs, but I didn’t realize that I’d been able to give the gift of Metallica.

I wish I could take all the credit, but I can’t. They’re just that awesome. Every album has a different meaning to me. Every song on every album has a different meaning–many attached to people. Many have turned their back on them over the years, claiming they’ve “sold out”, but there is no mistaking the influence they have had on heavy metal and hard rock. Unfortunately, growth, evolution, and progression are mistaken as selling out to the narrow-minded. At the end of the day, they are a phenomenal group of musicians, and they have built a legacy that I guarantee won’t die quietly. And personally, I love James, Kirk is amazing, Lars is Danish (he’s a pretty good drummer, too), and Robert is easy on the eyes. They are a collection of awesomeness.