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About meHi! I'm a 67 year old author of YA/adult fantasy books; however, writing is my second career. I worked at an academic library for more than 35 years, occasionally writing draft fragments of novels in my spare time. I was born in Maryland but live in Delaware.

I love the Inklings: C.S.Lewis, Tolkien, and Charles Williams (with special emphasis on Lewis and Williams), plus the "proto-Inkling", George MacDonald. For a/l/l most of my favorite authors, see the official list above.

As an author, I belong to the Written Remains Writers Guild, the Lost Genre Guild (for Christian authors of speculative fiction) & Broad Universe (female authors of speculative fiction. I'm also a member of YAAYNHO (or Young Adult Authors You've Never Heard Of) & I contribute to our blog on a regular basis. I occasionally hang out at FaceBook--but not often. When there, I can usually be found commenting at the "Written Remains" page or at "How Many Pages Did You write Today?".

I love cats, currently having two of them: Khiva who is a seal-point Siamese, and Vartha who is a very fluffy black part-Maine Coon. I enjoy the international music produced by Putumayo, and also like the Canadian Stan Rogers, Gordon Bok, Joan Baez, Steeleye Span (not the same as Steely Dan!), etc.

I enjoy looking at trees and sometimes use the moniker of "TreeLady" on the web. I love the ocean but, alas, can not visit it as often as I would like.

I am a Christian and belong to St Philips Lutheran Church. My books subtly reflect a Christian worldview. Speaking of my books: Currently in publication are "Seabird" and "Earthbow" vols. 1&2, all set on the same fantasy world of Narenta. I've contributed stories to "Stories from the Inkslingers", "UnCONventional" (forthcoming in Jan 2012), and "Dark Places".

I've other stories--still works in progress--the tentatively titled "The Gryphon & the Basilisk", a multi-volume sequel to Earthbow; "Marooned" a single book also set on Narenta; and the tentatively titled novel "Da Boid, da Tree-rat 'n' da Loser".

About my libraryMy library largely reflects my tastes given above. I have about ten floor-to-ceiling bookcases squeezed into my apartment. My collection is strongest in fantasy and books by the Inklings. Other categories are represented--like folk & fairy tales, Bibles & religious works, SF, YA books, some humor & anthologies. It will take quite a while to load all these into this site. I have a Kindle, loaded with just 35 books.
It's probably just as well that all my old audio tapes, CDs and DVDs aren't part of the project. Cataloging them would take years.
Speaking of "years", I became an LT member approximately two years ago but I have added nothing to my LT catalog in well over a year. (A pesky move, one knotty issue afteranother, and a recalcitrant manuscript were at fault.
I long to return to this project! Working on my collection at Library Thing felt like more fun than was legal!

GroupsFriends of Jack (C.S. Lewis), Inklings, National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo), Writer's Brag and Rag Bag, Writer-readers

Favorite authorsSusan Cooper, Jane Louise Curry, Ken Grimwood, Barbara Hambly, Tony Hillerman, Diana Wynne Jones, Madeleine L'Engle, C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Patricia A. McKillip, Barbara Michaels, Elizabeth Peters, Charles M. Schulz, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams (Shared favorites)


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Real nameSherry Thompson

LocationDelaware, U.S.A.

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJul 1, 2011

Currently readingThe C. S. Lewis Bible: New Revised Standard Version by C. S. Lewis
A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

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Just read Sisyphus. And you terrified me. Brilliant.
Thank you
Thanks for your prompt reply on "(Canto)" in

the C. S. Lewis cover title.

I didnʻt think of its being sort of a notation

of a series or sub-series, included by the

publisher, but glad to hear it.

All I could think of was the Hawaiian "Kumulipo"

which my wife and I have worked on; in that

anonymous work from the Oral Tradition, the

subdivisions that are

called "Books" in a Western epic (like Ililad,

Odyssey, or Aeneid) are called "Cantos" in

the U. of Chicagoʻs edition. Then there are the

(in-?)famous "Cantos" of ezra Pound, and

the musical possibility. But come to think f it,

I have seen some parallels to this, in which

LTʻs record indicates what you describe..

called "Cantos"
I wonder if you could tell me

what genre is the title, in your

collection "Studies in Words (Canto)"

by C. S. Lewis? Iʻve never seen

this title beofre.

Does the

"(Canto)" indicate

that itʻs music (of which I have minimal

knowledge), or is it just "a canto"

in a metaphorical sense?
Hi, Anne!
I'm glad that you got something out of "Surprised by Joy" even if you felt sections were above your head. I began reading Lewis when I was in my very early 20's--just over 40 years ago. Some Lewis books I've read over again since then. Some like The Great Divorce & the space trilogy several times. Many I've only read once. I'm trying to get back into them now after a hiatus, and have found several works more difficult than I remember.

In my case, it's probably loss of brain cells over the years. I envision a sporadic stream of tiny gray "beads" rolling out of the back of my head and silently down my spine over the last couple of decades.

Both Lewis & Charles Williams influenced me greatly in my writing especially years ago. Both can be hard to follow at times, being so erudite--firmly grounded in Latin and Greek writings of all sorts. But their books are well worth it! Tolkien was just as learned, which is easier to see when you read his non-fiction. Recently, it took me a couple of days to get through his three hour Oxford lecture on fairy stories, this time. I pity the students in that original class!

I'm glad that my review served some purpose. At least perhaps it gave you a different perspective on his work. (By the way, every time I see that title, I get an image of his wife Joy Davidman sneaking up on him and putting her hands over his eyes. "Guess who?"

"Good luck with entering your library." Thanks! I need it! I began the project in perhaps the stupidest way I could have my first day. I looked at a bunch of books on a shelf near the computer, jotting down abbreviated titles. Then I tried to find them in the LT database by title/author. If I found several selections--which happened most of the time--I tried to -guess- the publication date of my copy.

Yeah. Really.

Twenty-four hours later, a long-dim memory floated to me through a fog. "You worked in an academic library for 35 years. Remember those little thingies called LC numbers and ISBNs? Maybe you should search for your books that way."

I had a true, "Wow! I could have had a V-8!" moment. I began actually bringing armloads of books over to the table by the computer, deleting incorrect submissions, and searching again by LC or ISBN. THings moved swimmingly for a few days. Then I happened to notice that there were alternate covers available! So now I'm backtracking a second time to check cover choices, before I move on to uploading more from my collection.

I've finally gotten the picture. I'll probably be at this for months. It'll be worth it though! I enjoy the reviews, the Common Knowledge, the semi-comedy of both the Recommendations and UnRecommendations, etc. And the Series listing is a God-send! The only thing I haven't gotten into yet is making Contacts and joining Groups. Just want to get more of the collection uploaded before I spend time on other matters.

I'm sorry if I talked your ear off! You're the first person to show much interest in my project or reviews--either within LJ or IRL. Thanks!

Sherry Thompson

I just finished reading "Surprised by Joy" and I read your review of it. I hear what you're saying and it is hard to put into words. You did a good job! Although I am glad I read the book, I found it was 'way above my head! I'll stick to his easier ones from now on.

Good luck with entering your library.

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