Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Hello again,

It's a new day, and I guess Amazon came to mind because books were on my mind. And I've just remembered a quote by Louisa May Alcott, who was, and is, one of my favorite writers of books for young people:

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
--Louisa May Alcott

I think it's a lovely little inspirational saying. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson, followed by...well, I guess A.E. Housman, W.H. Auden, and Robert Frost, Alfred, Lord Tennyson (just for the Idylls, really), William Blake, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are all in a dead heat for second place. And e.e. cummings. Oh, and A.A. Milne! Seriously! (That must come from my child-heart.) And Lewis Carroll! I think that one quatrain of his is worth hundreds from some of the others:

In the midst of the word he was trying to say,
In the midst of his laughter and glee,
He had softly and suddenly vanished away -- -
For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.
--from The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits, by Lewis Carroll

I would love to write a short story titled "Not All Snarks Are Boojums." (Or maybe "All Snarks Are Boojums Under the Skin." Whatever. It just tickles me: the name and the poem.)
And I think Lewis Carroll would have been tickled by "quarks," even if the name came fraom James Joyce. I honestly hope that something, someday, in quantum theory is named a "boojum."


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hey, everybody!

This is the first time I've posted on Amazon so forgive me if I'm excited over the experience! I thank God, the Mother Goddess, the universe, and whoever invented Amazon for Amazon! I remember times when I really, really wanted a book and could find it nowhere else but Amazon, and times when I was amazed to get a rectangular brown Amazon box in the mail that contained a book I'd ordered only a day or so before.

But I'm not here to tout Amazon, or anything else really. Just happy and delighted to be able to post to anyone who is looking at my books. If you're looking at anything besides Vampire Diaries, you're probably a dedicated, faithful old-timer, so I thank you! Oh, and if you don't know, I have a website up at http://www.ljanesmith.net/, and an e-mail address: info@ljanesmith.net, so if you'd like to visit me or contact me, I'd be very pleased to make your acquaintance. If you're looking at Vampire Dairies, you may be a new reader, so hello! I'm pleased to meet you! Next time I'll think of something truly inspiring or beautiful of my own to say, but for now, I'll just whisper:

"Be happy. It's one way of being wise." --Sidonie Gabrielle