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Wow!  Thanks to a little mention on the blog of Mr. Neil Gaiman himself, I have had more folks wander through my journal in the past twenty-four hours than in the previous month.  That's AMAZING.  Thank you, everyone, for visiting!

As I've recorded screen names onto bits of paper (I like to do things the old-fashioned way) and chucked them into a big bucket (I was using an upturned top hat, but you've outgrown it!) I've seen so many variations on familiar themes.   ardentdeleriumand mercydelerium.  Digital.osiris and theladybast.  vivadawolfcallwolf, andwarwolves.  cookiethiefspookycookie27; I could go on pairing usernames all day; I haven't even gotten into the abundance of cat-related nicknames, celestial titles, and usernames that I just can't pronounce.   (This is usually my own silliness kicking in: I keep misreading callingamy as calligraphy.)

Suddenly, there's hundreds of new people reading my reviews.  Great!  But I want to get to know you!  It's no fun talking into a void, but it's wonderful chatting with friends.   So, let's talk!

So, introduce yourself.  Name, book tastes, vital stats.  And answer - why did you pick the username(s) you did?

Right.
I'll go first.  Only fair, right?

So I'm Suzi.   I have always loved the creativity of couture fashion and the way something as simple as a piece of fabric could be twisted and molded around the human body into art.  I majored in fashion design for a while, but aspects of the industry conflict too much with my personal ethics (and I really, trully, passionately hate sewing) so I've switched to art history or business management, depending on whether the desire to make money or the desire to enjoy the rest of college wins.  So fashion_piranha is a tribute to my love of fine clothing and beautiful accessories, and the viciousness of the industry.  Plus, piranhas are cute.  (No, really.  Watch a school of them swim around and tell me they aren't playful little jerks.)

I review books in this blog, covering a wide variety of topics.  Some folks recommend focusing on one genre to better find your audience, but I think that's silly.  It isn't healthy to read only one thing over and over again.  So I try to get a good variety in; in the past month I've read books about overfishing the world's oceans, Salvador Dali, haunted hotels, Abraham the patriarch, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and a variety of fiction: fantasy, contemporary, historical, and mysteries to name a few.   I read a lot of books on Christianity and Judaism; I'm also looking to expand my knowledge of Islam, Buddhism, and the other major world religions.  I'd say between half and two-thirds of what I read, I blog about.  

When I'm not reading I like to paint and draw.  Sometimes I'll take a poke at my sewing machine, but mostly I avoid that like the plague.  I think writing's a blast and I try to find time to squeeze it in whenever I can.

Thanks for dropping by!  If you have any questions, feel free to ask 'em.  Otherwise - your turn!

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diefbaby
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
I'll give it a go as I'm one of the new persons. ^-^

My name is Melissa but I usually go by 'Mel'. Currently I'm living in Baton Rouge, LA but will be moving with my family to Alexandria LA some time in the next few months.

I've always been an avid reader and enjoy reading just about any book I can get my hands on. When I worked for a bookstore I was in hog's heaven. *laughs* While I don't have as much time to read as I used to, I still try read when I can.

Another hobby of mine is sewing. I collect dolls and enjoy sewing clothes for them, plus I sometimes sell them online.

As far as where my username comes from, it's from a rather small and obscure fandom for a TV show that aired about 10 years ago. I was a fan of the show "Due South" which aired on CBS and the main character had a dog/wolf hybrid named Diefenbaker that I thought was just too cute. I have a wolf plushie that I bought at the time that I called my little 'Diefbaby' and it kind of stuck. Lame I'm sure, but it's my nick and I love it.
fashion_piranha
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
That is so cute! (And man, that is obscure. I've never heard of that show before.)
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tamidon
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
I'm dead boring, my lj name and usual screen name is merely my first initial and last name.I happen to like it, and have ever since i ditched my unappealing,clumsy and hard to intuitively spell unmarried name.

I just got my 5 week old baby chickens into a coop my friends helped me build,so I have semi illegal backyard chickens. I'm a professional cook who also cans hundreds of jars of jams,salsas,pickles and sauces every year.

I'm one of the many Neil Gaiman fans who just joined your LJ
fashion_piranha
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Aw man, I LOVE jam. (Remember The One With The Jam? That's me. IN that scene, I'm Joey.)

Baby chicks are so cute. But then they grow up into chickens. Do you have the kind with feathers on their feet? Those freaked me out as a kid.
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dragonsally
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm Sally - my user name is a combination of an old nickname (penguin) and my height - or lack of it.

I'm an avid reader - there isn't much I don't love to read and I was really happy to find your lj courtesy of one of my favorite writers (Mr G). The high point of the last few years for me was meeting Neil when he came to Oz this year
I am always looking for recommendations on what to read next.
fashion_piranha
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
I love penguins. My boyfriend sometimes says I walk like a 'pengy' because I'll hop up and down and 'flap' my arms when I want a kiss. (I'm too short to just kiss him.)

Hmmm. Man. That sounds really dorky when I type it up for the world to see.
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achivers
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
hi! i hate talking about myself but i´ll try!
i´m one of the new ppl that ended here after reading mr gaimans post.
my name is ada chivers, so the screen name is explained *laughs*
i live in brasil, and love sci-fi and horror books... but i read almost everything that ends in my hands.
fashion_piranha
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Do you usually read in English or Portuguese? (Please tell me it's Portuguese in Brazil, I can never remember if that's a Spanish-speaking area or not...)
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ardentdelirium
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
Hallo, I'm Melanie. I like gothic novels, horror novels, historical fiction, and most especially sci-fi and fantasy. I'm an English major with plans to get my MLS and redefine 'sexy librarian' ;) my username is from a line out of Peter S Beagle's The Last Unicorn, although I spelled 'delirium' wrong...it just struck me as an enchanting phrase.

His face was fevered with an ardent delirium which made him look even younger.
fashion_piranha
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
Well, you aren't the only one who spells it like that, apparently! I like your goal. There should be more pencil-skirted sexy librarians flitting about the stacks.
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fashion_piranha
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Hmmmm...I like the sounds of your library. Perhaps I'll just sneak in and riffle through your shelves someday.
hidden_tugboats
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
I'm Lena, and I'm *legasp* into nonfiction. When I was younger, I was a fantasy nerd, but then I went a year without reading- don't ask, i try not to think about it- and came back, and suddenly, the whole fiction section has changed. I mostly stick to familiar faces and new subjects in nonfiction. My favorite author is Charles de Lint.
I picked my username because of an OCD compulsion. Things that I never have rituals about are my docks, and the only way to discover them, is to find a hidden tugboat...which is a chain of thought that leads me to a new conclusion.

That probably didn't make any sense. Um. I'll try again when I'm awake? haha.
callwolf
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Charles de Lint is my favourite too :D
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dianapassy
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
That's a funny coincidence: I'm from Brazil too! And also found this LJ through Mr. Gaiman :)

Oh well, I'm on my third year of a publishing course, so I pretty much read anything I can find lol And I end up buying way more books than I can read. Just can't help it...

And my username is boring, just my first+last name... oh, and my icon is a cartoon version of myself made by
dianapassy
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
a friend, that made icons for everybody from my class.

(stupid me forgot to finish writing before sending the comment)
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tsarina
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
Hi, I'm from Texas
I'm Amanda. I'm twenty eight, married for the second time, left my career as a social worker last year and working at home for a dot com. As a part of the original dot com boom, I swore I would never do it again but here I am. My user name came from my early college years, where I studied Russian and switched my major from Journalism to Czech Studies. (Oh dear god, I just realized that was ten years ago. eeep!) I have a fascination with tiaras and the years leading up to the Russian Revolution so I chose tsarina. I fell into Russian via Dostoevsky. I read Crime & Punishment when I was fifteen and was so absorbed I devoured it in two days.

I read primarily fiction, though I also enjoy specialized history and biographies. My favorite author is Josef Skvorecky. The grace and wit of his prose helped me get my soul back in a way during the summer I lived in Prague. My most recent discoveries are Caitlin Kiernan and Sergei Lukyanenko. I grew up mostly reading science fiction and fantasy. My favorite sci-fi author is Peter Hamilton.

When not reading, working or playing video games I am in the kitchen. I am a hell of a baker. My best piece is a chocolate strawberry pie. I also have a nearly fifteen year old rescue cat named Koshka.
fashion_piranha
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Re: Hi, I'm from Texas
Another foodie! Chocolate strawberry pie sounds wonderful...I've got a black thumb for cooking. ;) Everything I make tastes horrible!

The Russian dynasties fascinate me but I've never really read beyond the Romanovs and Catherine the Great. So far I don't have a great track record with Russian authors, but I haven't stabbed most of the big names like Dostoevsky yet.
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omnia_mutantur
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
I'm Kim. My book tastes are varied, though mostly tend towards fiction written by women and non-fiction about food. Lately, what with the moving, I've been reading mostly crappy fantasy novels as sort of an emotional balm. My glib answer to what is my favorite book is usually "the next one I'm going to read." The not-glib answer of the moment is is Palace of Illusions by Divakaruni, Shadow of the Wind by Ruiz Zafon, and Lavinia by Le Guin.

On the not-reading side, I'm owned by three lovely cats, I live in Boston and I'm 32 and trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, but all I've learned so far is that medical billing is not it.

Omnia mutantur is latin, it means everything changes, and I like reminding myself that things go forward, there's always something more.
fashion_piranha
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
Two of those books are in my to-be-read heap. Shadow of the Wind and Lavinia. What makes 'em your favorites?
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warwolves
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
i feel so special ;~; anyway, AA-style introduction!

i'm jazzy. not in the verb sense, though i suppose i'm pretty jazzy, but as in a nickname for 'jasmine.' warwolves comes from looking through the list of purged usernames and picking this one! i use it in the mythological sense: odin's wolves (or fenrisúlfr and his sons, if one is so inclined), aka wolves of war, aka warwolves.

i read anything and everything that catches my fancy, really. i prefer fantasy or magical realism (100 years of solitude is gorgeous), but that's really too confining. i like everything. i don't read as much as i used to, but i buy books at the same rate, which is bad for my ego and my wallet.

when i'm not reading, i write! or try to write. i'm currently terribly blocked when it comes to writing. besides that, i use the computer: i don't really have much in the way of real-life hobbies.
fashion_piranha
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
I'm so blocked for writing as well! I get an idea, I sit down to write it, and before I can get more than a page in the idea has leaked out my brains and onto the floor and I just can't do a thing with it anymore.

Tears.
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callwolf
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Hey all :) I'm Heather, aka callwolf. I'm a 25 y.o. admin assistant in Ontario, Canada. I'm a big geek who loves to read, draw and create (namely knit, lampwork bead making, sewing and jewlery making).

callwolf comes from a couple of things. One, it's the name of a Martina Sorbara song that I used to enjoy and really described a rough time in my life. I have many places on the internet, but no where that I felt comfortable really sharing myself. So, I created callwolf as a place to really be me. I think it's also self-depricating, in that so much that gets posted to LJ tends to be of the "oh, woe is me!" variety, and I am very self-aware of my tendency to use my journal as a place to vent and whine.

I love to read, though lately my tastes have run towards Urban Fantasy more than anything else. I love to learn, so I am fond of a variety of subjects, whether it be world religions and cultures or a variety of fiction.

Nice to meet you :)
fashion_piranha
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Very cool; I think we're going to get along just dandy. If you had to pick an absolute favorite book, could you, and what would it be?
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morningapproach
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Hi! My name is Stef, and I am a 25yo former English major/creative writer hoping to get a teaching job in the near future. My own book tastes range the entire gammit of genres - the only ones that I don't usually read is Horror and Westerns, although I am pretty sure I have a couple of both on my bookshelves somewhere. Generally though I read fantasy and YA fiction of all sorts - as I am a certified teacher (just waiting for my jobs) I want to build up a library of books and experiences reading such books so that I can recommend them to my students.

Currently though I am working as a project manager at an international digital signage company and am working with quite a few like-minded people, which is awesome. I enjoy my job and hope to be working there for the next year to save up money and then hopefully be able to devote the time to finding a teaching job locally.

As for my user name, it is from a song by Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers called "As Good As It Has Been". It was stuck in my head when I was making this journal and decided to run with it. My previous journal names are just as quirky - apossibility and suffocateinabag.

I am liking your reviews so far, and I am glad that I stumbled upon your journal! I have a couple other booklog lj's that I read so I am looking forward to add your wonderful reviews to my list :)
fashion_piranha
Aug. 15th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
What grade level/age group are you hoping to teach?

I've never heard of Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers (I'm such a know-nothing when it comes to music) but Steven Kellogg is a children's author and illustrator! ;D Useless trivia of the day!
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youbloodysnake
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
I'm Jami, I love reading books by: Neil Gaiman, Christopher Moore, Laurell K. Hamilton, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Jen Lancaster and Francesca Lia Block. Fantasy that isn't too far from reality, horror and funny stories are generally what I try to read most often. I'm 23, married female from California. I work for myself and interview artists for CarmineMag.com which I started earlier this year. It's a little behind, but I look forward to seeing it grow.
"Right! What? ... You bloody snake!"
A quote from Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman inspired this screen name.
fashion_piranha
Aug. 15th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Are you in Northern or Southern California? CarmineMag.com looks pretty cool; I look forward to perusing the interviews.

I can't believe I haven't mentioned Christopher Moore anywhere yet. I love that guy. Lamb is probably in my top ten books. Definitely top twenty.
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velvetcure
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
hello, i'm sara from canada. i'm also here via mr.gaiman.

i work in child care so my books tend to be really varied. the other day at work i was reading this and a few minutes later i found myself reading this [it's actually really good.]

my goodreads profile is here so you can see some of the books i like. [although my reviews tend to read: i like it. i like cookies. i ate a really good cookie while reading this. um...puppies?] haha.

oh and my user name is a mash up of 'the velvet underground' and 'the cure'. i thought it up 6 years ago when i started my journal. it has sentimental value now.
fashion_piranha
Aug. 15th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
Aaaw, I remember reading the firefly book in elementary school!

...and Keith Olbermann looks just like a vice principal I used to have.
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