09 February, 2018

Six - Five Authors (alive or dead) I'd Like to Meet #MFRWauthor #BlogHop

5 Authors (Dead or Alive) whom I'd Like to Meet

Hi!

It's Week 6 already, and today our Challenge Question is: Five Authors (alive or dead) I'd Like to Meet

This will be a post I'm going to kick myself over in a few days (if not hours) because I only came up with three.

When all is said and done, the other two are going to come to me, and I'm going to be like, "You dumbell, of course!"

Also, and while this has zero to do with today's topic, it at least possibly explains my brain fog: we are currently under a Severe Winter Storm Warning through tomorrow afternoon.

(sad face)

We've had at least 3 to 5 inch snowfalls for the past seven days now, but tonight, starting at around 1:30 a.m., we're supposed to get another 7-10" before noon tomorrow.

I've lived here all my life and still haven't adjusted to the weather in winter, so I've been pondering such things as getting my Diet Coke (fountain only) tonight or chance it in the morning?

Should Ma have cancelled her doctor's appointment, and because she did in advance of the storm, will that mean we won't get much more than an inch?

Will they close the schools and I won't have to work?

Dumb stuff... but just enough to occupy my mind on trivialities instead of what lies before me at the moment.

Okay, on with the Post!

#1




Dr. Jordan B. Peterson


Only recently did I discover this man, and of all places, on YouTube.

He appeared on an H3H3 Podcast a few weeks back and completely blew me away with his no-nonsense approach to everything from Feminism to Post-Modern thinking.

His views and opinions are a lot like mine, only the Toronto University Professor is light-years more eloquent in speech and mind.

He's a Psychology Professor at UofT and began uploading his lectures on YouTube.

One day he showed his students an H3H3 video to discuss Social Justice Warriors, and that's how Ethan Klein found out about Jordan Peterson...

and so did I.

Right away, I had another reason to Binge-Watch YouTube videos, and I've been listening to at least one of this man's lectures a day.

He ended up becoming somewhat of an icon at the end of last year due to his anti-stance against a Bill or Law requiring every Canadian to refer to people using a wide variety of Pronouns.

It's become his Freedom of Speech anthem, and I couldn't be more pleased.

I've said this before and continue to say it just as Jordan is so much more eloquently and successfully able to do: when you demand/insist I say or do what You want to placate You, it is no longer a question of ethics or respect but bullying.

You cannot force people to think a certain way, and making such notions law is tyranny.

YOU GO, JORDAN!

Seriously, it does my heart good to know I'm not alone in my thinking.

Especially that Dr. Peterson's voice is reaching young people who've been brainwashed into thinking Communism or Marxism are good ideas, and who never learned how to argue debate-style, or listen to those who disagree instead of drowning them out or calling them names.

Even if he is too busy to take the time to sit down and chat with me, I'd be honored just to shake this man's hand and maybe sneak a selfie as well. 👍


#2


Oscar Wilde

There is something about this man's writing that just grabs me from the very start and refuses to let go until I reach the last page.

Everything he'd written has been read by yours truly, and I can't tell you a single story that I had trouble with or didn't particularly enjoy.



The Nihilists (1880)
The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories (1891)
Lady Windermere's Fan (1892)
Poems in Prose (1894)
An Ideal Husband (1895)
The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)
The Letters of Oscar Wilde (1868-1900) (Pub 1962)
The Philosophy of Dress (1885), (2013)



Yes, I've read them all (and, of course, watched them in glorious B/W on TV) and I have to say, they're all delightful.

Special Note: I'd read his Children's Tales as a child and had them read to me as well, but when I had my own two, I purchased a cheap-o video for them to watch, and lo and behold, it was The Happy Prince, The Selfish Giant, The Nightingale and the Rose, and The Devoted Friend.

My son and I were so captivated by The Happy Prince that we watched it again and again without getting tired of it.

I care less about Mr. Wilde's personal life but would not mind sitting down with him to discuss it, if he were inclined to oblige.

The one thing I'd like to know from him is how he did it... making it seem so darned easy and all.

He had lived in an extraordinary time and a lot was going on that gave him grist for the mill, so to speak, but the way he weaved those thoughts into such provocative stories is just incredible.



#3


GraphoMania

Lisa Kleypas



The Bowstreet Runners series


Friday Harbor series


The Hathaways series

I've mentioned this woman's work here several times and got a bit of a laugh today when researching for this post brought up a few of MY blog posts!

For me, she is most notable for her Regency Romance, but Ms. Kleypas has just as many Contemporary Romance novels out there for your reading pleasure.

Her style is relaxed yet informative, extremely professional (rarely do type-o's occur), and most importantly, she has a way of making me fall madly in love with every Hero she's ever created.

There were actually two I didn't want to like, but it ended up that I did by the time the story was through.


  • She never, EVER harps on or inserts subversive, feminist messages nor attempts to save me from myself by excessive abuse of this is wrong because... in her works, making them timeless.
  • She knows how to write 'strong' female leads without making them seem boorish, shrewish, or butch.
  • A majority of her leads are not perfection personified, creme-of-the-crop amazing, but they do possess a redeeming quality that makes them either lovable or endearing regardless of their flaws.
  • She tells a story, plain and simple, with definite Romance involved, and I appreciate that and her novels.


I've read every single one and some at least twice.

If we had a chance to meet in person, and if she had the time, I would probably ask her the same things I'd want to ask Oscar... how DO you do it?

Where does she get her inspiration and is there an actual secret to getting readers to fall so madly in love with the male lead?

Also, and this would probably sound rude to some people, but it's bugged me for a time now... I'd definitely want to ask her if she enjoys writing formulaic, as I am certain it is her Editor who is behind the idea.

I began to notice a pattern when it came to Lisa's sex scenes, of which I am partial to skimming anyway, but the wording, the positions, the moves, and even the initial foreplay started to sound the same.

My thinking is that she spends a majority of her brain power on the meat of the story and then 'fills in the blanks' for those scenes because they are never nearly as powerful or fascinating as the rest of the story.

NOT that I would read an entire sex scene clean through and come away thinking that it was some powerful good stuff!

(side note: another goal of mine is to actually read, word-for-word, a sex scene... just to see if I can do it.)





Well, it's Thursday night now, and they're already closing a ton of schools for tomorrow, so there goes my assignment (I still get paid, though).

I went to the 7/11 and got my caffeine for tomorrow as well, so... YAY!

However, I'm very sorry that I couldn't think of two more authors to share with you!

Well, there is the fact that I'd be delighted to personally meet with each and every one of you.

Wouldn't that be fun?

As always, I thank you kindly for stopping by and reading my post.

Please scroll down to the LinkyLink tool and click on the next in line to find out which of the Five Authors They Want to Meet!




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4 comments:

  1. very thoughtful list. liked your reasons for each author

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  2. Great list. I've heard of Oscar Wilde, but have never read him. I'm glad I'm not the only one that had trouble coming up with people to put on this list. Really these kinds of questions are not something I'm a fan of.

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  3. I've never read Lisa Kleypas, but after reading your post, I'm thinking I need to:)

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  4. Oscar Wilde and Lisa Kleypas are two I'll be adding to my list to read. Thanks!

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