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September 15th, 2009

04:29 pm

Why is it only now that I've found out that Katherine Neville recently published a sequel to The Eight, The Fire: A Novel? Actually, that might tell me something about how good it is if nobody on the f-list ever mentioned it. XD But I have a copy now! So please, no spoilers if you've read it! Actually, I don't even want to know if you found it wanting or disappointing in any way, because that would give me an excuse to put it down and not pick it up again, and as I'm not very good at making it through longer novels these days, that would be a shame!

I came across a mention of it somewhere online last week, and remembered on Sunday when myrialux and I went to sell excess books at Half-Price Books. And sure enough, they had a copy of the hardback, so I got it.

If you're in my area and have manga and graphic novels to sell, I can tell you which Half-Price to take them to! They're desperate for them and pay well.

*holds up a hand dramatically* And before you cry "I would have bought your manga and graphic novels!" or "But here's a worthy cause you could have donated them to!" let me assure you that that was not an option - the postage for mailing out all the books would have been prohibitive and besides, I had less than a week to get rid of them. :) I sold about 10-12 moving boxes of books* - paperbacks, hardbacks, manga, fiction, nonfiction, etc - and received three hundred and forty dollars which was about 200% of what I was expecting. Um, wow. Yeah, they really want those books! (They also complimented me on their condition, which plays a big part in their pricing.) That $340 will help me with paying movers, buying a tall cat tree so that Sora and Nefer can lord it over us, and buying me a multi-drawer work storage thingybopper in which I can store my craft supplies.

* Less than half of my collection. :) I do have a revolving collection - buying books frequently and then getting rid of the ones that I didn't finish or liked but know I'll never read again. This time I also bit the bullet and pared my collection of art how-to books considerably by getting rid of the ones that had lived in the garage for a year without me even once thinking about them.

Crossposted to my Dreamwidth account at http://telophase.dreamwidth.org/1600258.html. You can comment here or there.

10:02 pm - First piano class down...

I'm taking a piano for beginners class through extended education at the university at which I work. Tonight was the first class. I showed up 20 minutes early as I wasn't sure I'd be able to park in the closest lot and I'd never been in the building before. It turned out to be a maze of a building - actually three buildings in one - but I found it.

It's truly a beginner's class, meant for those who have never had music training before. I have, but it was so long ago - middle school for violin and one semester of piano in undergrad - that I need to be refreshed from the start. Which I am all happy with, as one of my biggest problems with learning anything is that I tend to rush through or skip the beginning steps and end up stuck in the middle somewhere, unable to go much further because I'm weak on the basics.

So today we learned the finger numbers - thumbs 1, through pinkies 5 - and plunked out some boringly simple melodies (and if the rest of the class is like me, doing fine on our own but failing miserably when the teacher plays an accompaniment XD).

The classroom is similar to the one I had back in undergrad - each student has a keyboard with headphones that connects to the teacher's, so the teacher can listen to each one individually or all at once, and we can listen only to ourselves, or we can unplug the headphones and lsten to everyone.

My biggest problem is really slow tempos. I can play fine when I'm going faster, but I lose count in the slow ones.

We also have a copy of Amazing Grace with the finger numbers listed out so we can play. The tempo is my biggest problem with this s well - faster, I'm fine, slower and I lose the melody in my head.

myrialux has a basic MIDI keyboard we're going to hook up to my computer this weekend after the move, so I'll have something to practice on.

Crossposted to my Dreamwidth account at http://telophase.dreamwidth.org/1600740.html. You can comment here or there.
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