Monday, September 3, 2018

Audiobook Challenge - Updating Progress - September





I started the Audiobook Challenge in January 13 and it runs through December 31, 2018. I learned about it from several Audiobook blogs.  I picked the category below because I mostly listen to audiobooks during my work commute. 


  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15

If interested in taking up the challenge you can read my first post here with rules and regs:

http://whiterosewritings.blogspot.com/2018/01/audiobook-challenge-2018-ill-give-it-try.html


I started September, well actually ended August, by starting The Man from St. Petersburg narrated by Richard Armitage.  


It's not available through Audible US yet, so I ordered the CD's from the Book Depository. It has been a while since I listened to an audiobook via CD, but luckily I have an old car with a CD player. And that's how I first discovered audiobooks years ago, listening during my commute, thanks to my CD player.

So to update my progress so far:
Audiobooks Finished as of September 1:

The Lizard's Bite (Nic Costa Book#4)

The Sacred Cut (Nic Costa Book #3)

Their Lost Daughters (Jackman and Evans series)

A Season for the Dead (Nic Costa series)

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Martian Invasion of Earth (adaptation of The War of the Worlds - audio play)

Wanderlust

The Bloody Chamber (Angela Carter)

The Villa of Mysteries (Nic Costa series)

A Quiet Flame (Bernie Gunther series)

The One from the Other (Bernie Gunther series)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Happy Birthday 2018 Richard







HAPPY BIRTHDAY - FELIZ CUMPLE

RICHARD ARMITAGE 



Horoscope - Leo/Virgo Cusp (August 22):

IN THIS CUSP, command meets caution, passion meets perfectionism, and fire meets the earth.

While these seemingly disparate personality traits may bring balance to the Leo-Virgo, there is an undeniable conflict in this cusp that makes those born into it feel, at times, as though they are torn between two extremes.

CONFLICTED /

PERSUASIVE /

ACTIVIST
One way to think of the polarities is as a war between introverted and extroverted. The Leo-Virgo cusp is one of leadership and communication but also one of independence and secrecy. A major skill set is knowing exactly what to say at the right time, and this cusp can be wonderfully persuasive when they get behind a cause, which brings us to the activist at the heart of the Leo-Virgo cusp. A happy place for this Sun and Mercury-ruled cusp is in the mix, working with people to solve a problem. But, when transparency and vulnerability is of the utmost importance, their desire for privacy and tendency for secrecy can be their Achilles heel, and their innate desire to pull away can cause conflict within the group dynamic.

Interestingly enough, intimacy is something that this cusp craves, but something that does not come easily. Vulnerability, the most important aspect of intimacy, is something that the Leo-Virgo struggles with. Not so much with the vulnerability of others, but within themselves. It's hard to be vulnerable when you hold so many secrets, when silence is your go-to emotional mode. And it's hard to explain that instinct to others when half the time you are loud, direct, and communicative.

So, if you are a Leo-Virgo cusp, consider that push and pull next time you are faced with a confused loved one. Sometimes, your desire to keep things to yourself makes those around you feel alone, and that's not what you want. See if you can find the words to say what you are feeling - even if those words are "I don't know."

And, if you know a Leo-Virgo cusp, give them time. Continue to share with them your most vulnerable moments, but don't expect them to immediately open up. Do your best to understand that they are struggling with their own boundaries around self-protection.

(From www.astrology.com)


Dear Richard, I haven't checked on our astrological compatibility for a while, but thought I would this year for your birthday:

When Leo and Libra join together in a love match, theirs is an agreeable union. Being situated two signs apart in the Zodiac, Leo and Libra experience a deep understanding of the inner-workings of the other. When the Lion’s unbounded energy mixes with Libra’s natural sense of harmony, this is a romance of great balance. Leo and Libra are both outlandish versus reserved, direct versus peace loving. They can enjoy a very smooth relationship because each can appreciate and benefit from the positive attributes of the other.

...

Leo is ruled by The Sun and Libra is ruled by the Planet Venus. The two Signs coming together form the basic foundation of relationships — warmth and passion. The Sun and Venus go well together. The sun is a masculine energy and Venus a feminine, so this relationship strikes a balance between energies. Venus is about the beauty of romance, and The Sun is about invigorating life spreading warmth. This couple sustain one another for a long time.

...

What’s the best aspect of the Leo-Libra relationship? It’s the harmony resulting from the union of Venus and The Sun. The balance between self and other represented by this relationship is a great learning experience for both partners. Each partner makes up for what the other is missing, so theirs is a highly compatible relationship.

______

I believe after these 10+ years of fandom that we, Richard, as fan and Object of Admiration, have had a "highly compatible" relationship.  Though I admit maybe a bit one sided!  Ha!

Dear Richard - Happy Birthday on your special day.
_______________


On a serious and sad note.

I lost my mother about 8 years ago.  Still today holiday and birthdays are the saddest times, and I really feel her absence on those days.  But I know that the first year was the hardest and the saddest of times on birthdays and holidays. That first sad year  I really still expected at moments to see her walk in and join me, to hear her voice on the phone.

We all know that Richard is feeling his mother's absence very much today.  

https://twitter.com/RCArmitage/status/1031995665843400704

For him I hope that today on his birthday  he's in the company of loved ones, of family and friends. A day of memories.

Hope that he also feels the affection that fans have for him.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Audiobook Challenge - Updating Progress




Think I lost track of my reading, or rather, stopped posting what I've been listening to on Audible and elsewhere.

I recently finished Their Lost Daughters, performed by Richard Armitage, and written by Joy Ellis.  I'm now definitely looking forward to the next two books in the series coming this fall. Jackman and Evans are my new favorite detectives.  Hope there is a producer out there thinking this book series would make the next great UK TV detective series. And we all know who should play Jackman. 




Now I'm back to Field Gray by Philip Kerr.  I was halfway through this book before taking a break to read/listen to Their Lost Daughters. I'm almost finished, not my favorite of the series so far, too much of Bernie telling the same story to secret agents while imprisoned.  Most interesting is how the Stasi evolved.  Field Gray is Book #10 of the Bernie Gunther series I've read, trying to follow chronologically rather than the order the books were published.

Think I'll go back to Nic Costa next, and book #3.

So I started the Audiobook Challenge in January/February.  What have I read/listened to so far (not really in order):

Their Lost Daughters (Jackman and Evans series)

A Season for the Dead (Nic Costa series)

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Martian Invasion of Earth (adaptation of The War of the Worlds - audio play)

Wanderlust

The Bloody Chamber (Angela Carter)

The Villa of Mysteries (Nic Costa series)

A Quiet Flame (Bernie Gunther series)

The One from the Other (Bernie Gunther series)


Not sure about Richard Armitage's next audiobook release in August I believe, right now it doesn't seem it will be available in the US.  I'm still looking for it, hopefully it will turn up, or I can order the CD's. 








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