To be anti-climactic:
19. This year I have to get bifocals. I have been puting it off by taking off my glasses when I read, but that just is not hacking it anymore. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 11 (and needed them long before that), no problem. But that’s… well, that’s a bit of a shocker. I’m only 43.
I remember that first time I got glasses, I was freaked out by how sharply defined the world actually was.
20. The first fiction I wrote was X-Men fanfic, and Chris Claremont is a huge influence on me as a writer. What can I say? You never forget your first. Or in this case, second. Kipling was my first.
And just for funsies, let’s swing this meme into another meme:
Ten Books That have Stayed With You
1. The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
2. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
3. The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence
4. Watership Down – Richard Adams
5. Dubliners & Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (I have them as one book) – James Joyce.
6. HMS Surprise – Patrick O’Brian.
7. Here Be Dragons – Sharon Kay Penman
8. Scaramouche – Rafael Sabatini
9. The Whale Rider – Witi Ihimaera
10. New Mutants: Demon Bear arc/Uncanny X-Men #274 “Crossroads” – Chris Claremont.
Now I challenge Caty, Nell and Augustick!
After twelve weeks, scores of rave reviews from critics, hundreds of rave reviews from audience members, The Old Vic 2014 production of The Crucible has wrapped. Congratulations to all the cast and crew on such a resounding success.
And congratulations to Richard Armitage on laurels well-earned. I have yet to see the performance, I look forward to its release on Digital Theatre (and I will review when I see it), but I will take everyone’s word for it. I am so glad you have had a chance to challenge yourself this way and that you surmounted it so completely. I know this was an endurance trial as well, yet you have seemed so happy in your interviews during this period, I hope that you return to theatre on a regular basis to feed your soul.
Now put your feet up and have a glass on me.
…so to speak. Tell you what, I’ll just donate 8$ to one of your charities. That covers a good glass of wine these days, doesn’t it?