book meme
Stole this from moderngypsy.  I'm not nearly as cool as I thought I was. This list has two of my three most favorite books. Why is there no Henry James listed, eh?

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read only six and force books upon them ;-)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (in Catholic school, of course!)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete works of Shakespeare (well, not ALL of them, but a good portion)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot (currently reading for the first time)
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (I was forced. I dislike Steinbeck.)
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
(I read some portion of this EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. as it's Mina's favorite)
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The DaVinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(one of my most favorites evereverever)
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt (favorite book!!!)
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams (I have to read this sometime - the god's name? That's my last name!!)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Connect with my inner autumn.
In 2008, meglawson resolves to...
Eat more atc's.
Become a better art.
Connect with my inner autumn.
Put fifty visual journals a month into my savings account.
Take evening classes in collage.
Start a red fund.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

That third one might not make sense to anyone but myself, but it is so freakily accurate I'm a little scared. Actually, all of them? So right.

(no subject)
Several months ago, I started blogging over here:

Everyday Autumn

Initially I was updating both there and LJ but that was a hassle and sort of fell out of the habit. So, if you care about knitting and the occasional other random arty/crafty tidbit, that's where I put everything. I still read and sometimes comment here though. And maybe some random posts that don't go with the whole craft blog thing. :)

the oddest dreams
My entire household has fallen into the grips of some sort of plague for the past week. All three of us have spent most of the week in bed. Toddler with the flu plus two parents with the flu? Not a fun time. J and I have both been having the strangest dreams though.

Last night I dreamt that I opened my journal from 1993-1994 (my freshman year of college) and found that someone had used the first several pages (which I always leave blank as my way of combatting the fear of messing up on the first page - just don't use the first page) for a series of finely detailed pencil drawings I had no idea who had done it or when or why I had not noticed. The drawings were from a period of time covered about halfway through that volume. I couldn't think of anyone I knew who could draw like that, idealized perfect likenesses of me at 18, without the closed eyes or bad skin or weird expressions that cameras seem to catch. I was lying on my stomach in the grass, with my legs bent and feet swinging above me, reading a book. In one drawing I was looking up at the artist with a playful expression. That one had initials under it and a short, illegible note, indecipherable clues to who had drawn it. I kept showing the drawings to everyone and marveling over their mystery. Then, after buying an americano and a mocha muffin (my habits spill unchanged into my dreams, apparently) and trying to juggle those and the journal and my bag at once, I opened the book to find that a leaf or two of drawings were gone, including the one with the initials and note. I was so sad. I woke up sad, missing the drawings that never existed in the first place.

Two nights ago I dreamt I was a tall, beautiful woman, wearing a daringly revealing ball gown and a black trench coat and walking through the dark nighttime streets of a strange city. I didn't know where I was going, so I followed two women who where walking together ahead of me on the sidewalk. They left the business district and entered a quieter but crowded neighborhood. It got darker, the streets were deserted, and suddenly the women were gone. At the end of a narrow, dead end street I came to a metal ladder/slide thing going down a hillside, similar to the narrow, vegetation covered stairways between streets in some hilly Seattle neighborhoods. I stepped onto it and it somehow glided me down to the lower level. I heard something and turned around, and a man all in gray with gray hair was racing after me down the ladder/slide. I could see the individual, bright yellow leaves on all the trees surrounding us, each little leaf shaking in the wind. This man is going to attack me, I thought. Then suddenly I wasn't the woman, but my disembodied consciousness hovered next to her watching. The man came down, and she kicked him in the abdomen. He doubled over, and she brought her knee up hard into his groin and then her elbow into his face, bam, bam! He crumpled onto the ground and she raced back up the ladder with all the yellow leaves trembling, said something in a melodious Australian accent, and disappeared into the night.

I have absolutely no idea what that was all about!

current in-progress projects (so I can see it all in one spot, yikes)
ATC exchange - 12 more to do (overdue!)
Tarot pages
food/gathering group journal

Rebecca sweater
Mina's socks
Hedera socks
J's armwarmers
several other abandoned ones hiding in the baskets

tea towel embroidery
Mina's pillow (embroidery)

tote bag

info/idea gathering for thesis (still, argh)

Harry Potter 4
Anna Karenina
The Portrait of a Lady (always)

Mina's colors 2

floss palette 2
Originally uploaded by everydayautumn.
Mina's second set of colors, chosen a couple of days later.

Mina's colors 1

floss palette 1
Originally uploaded by everydayautumn.
The first set of colors Mina picked out when I started letting her play with embroidery floss.

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I am the sonnet, never quickly thrilled;
Not prone to overstated gushing praise
Nor yet to seething rants and anger, filled
With overstretched opinions to rephrase;
But on the other hand, not fond of fools,
And thus, not fond of people, on the whole;
And holding to the sound and useful rules,
Not those that seek unjustified control.
I'm balanced, measured, sensible (at least,
I think I am, and usually I'm right);
And when more ostentatious types have ceased,
I'm still around, and doing, still, alright.
In short, I'm calm and rational and stable -
Or, well, I am, as much as I am able.
What Poetry Form Are You?

July 22 - August 22
Today is one of those days in which you just want to lie on your back on the ground and look up at the clouds, dear Leo. Your artistic mind can easily spot one that looks like a dragon, one that is a chair, and one that looks just like your mother. Pull someone down onto the grass with you and show that person what you see. There is a reason why your brain draws attention to certain shapes and not others. Find important clues in this information.

Think this might be a hint that I need to keep working on my Lab555 iconography project? So far I've made a list but I haven't done anything else with it. Most of them are fairly self-explanatory, I think, as far as associations or meanings go, but I would really like to do something visual with the list and take the associations farther. Here's what I can remember (my Lab555 journal is at home).

hearts - broken and mended
birds, crows
sand dollars
bare trees
botanical diagrams
astronomical diagrams
architectural details
eyes - closed in faces, open when isolated
nest and egg
my own handwriting
printed text
small boxes/containers
color scheme: maroon, black, ivory, copper, pink, sepia (90% of my paper art is in these colors)
crescent moon

I'll have to add more later - I know I covered a page and half with my list, so it must be longer than that.

Randomness for the day
I am:
a bulldog clip
This powerful steel gripper won't let papers get away from each other!

Which office supply are you?


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