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UPdated tumblr with what we saw last weekend and this weekend on our round in Vincennes.

http://vincennesdimanche.tumblr.com/


What we did take:
Over 30 books, French as well as language learning (English, Italian and German).
Most of these will get resold. Some we put in a box and left downstairs for the neighbours. Same for French Cluedo and Scrabble.
One shelving unit with a wonky leg
One low tv unit, which will serve for seating as well as storage.
3 planters for our window
2 metal baskets of the sort that hang under the shelf.
Plastic drawer/box.
Green triangular metal mesh (can't think what it's meant for, but looks practical).
lamp, with functional LED bulb

Bits of jewelry, a picture in a frame, wooden toy drawer.
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What did we find last week?

The plants and pots. A couple of sticks. A couple of books that we probably should have left behind,
and this picture (will link when photo is up).


New furniture means some more stuff is going to Freecycle.
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Posted on tumblr what we saw this weekend round town and did not take.

http://vincennesdimanche.tumblr.com/


What we did take:
Just around the corner:
28 proper books*. Mostly archaeology**. One book about cats.
21 booklets, thin books, hand books, and archaeology magazine issues.
3 large boxes.
Loads of images, photos, and postcards of actual digs - did not take mostly.
Mega loads of archaeology papers and writing and notebooks. Didn't take.
1 mug with medieval stuff on it - several more novelty mugs we didn't take.
1 cat figurine thingie for hanging on wall. Whoever this person was, they were cool.

A bit further down the road:
1 good small round chair for the computer.
Several big papers for oil painting.
1 medium sized canvas for same.
1 old cool scrabble board which we might just hang on the wall for what it looks like.
Hidden in with the scrabble for some odd reason, a small metal oval box with a painting of a 1920s lady. May be that old.

Around our small town:
1 corked and sealed bottle of truffle oil. Not gonna use for food, but what a gorgeous bottle.
1 large calendar of fantasy art. Probably will hang several of the pictures.
3 sort of metal net bassinets thingies which will be useful.
1 bit of thick beautiful counter wood for to block the bit behind the fridge where the cats keep trying to sneak, just back to our street.

Photos to come.


*When we took the corner, there was already a guy going through the books. Luckily, he was there for the French. We were there for the English. I think he took a few English ones earlier, but it didn't matter that much, there was plenty to share. There were also German books. Seriously, whoever threw these, was cool.

(Credit to baronjanus for making the list and posting before me).

Will post pics here, and a list of the books, if there's interest.

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Lord Peter Wimsey started out as an OC in a Sexton Blake fanfic D.L. Sayers wrote but never published.
Apparently she also co-wrote meta for that particular fandom, and it inspired her to try writing crime fiction.

http://www.sextonblake.co.uk/sayers2.html
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Fajrdrako brought up the following question: In general, do you prefer the beginnings of stories? Or the ends?

I definitely use beginnings to sample if I would like to continue reading, if I like the writing style, something about the characters or situation. I am very difficult to please and very quick to judge, so a lot gets filtered within the first page, although I am willing to give stories or books an extra chance, if the beginning is just boring, and skip ahead to see if something further along grabs my interest.

But even if I like a piece, I rarely like a beginning in itself or find it particularly memorable. Notable exception, Hound of the Baskervilles. I not only have the mental image and pleasure at the scene, but some of the text, and I rarely remember text. I used to go read that particular scene specifically. There are other books whose beginnings I remember, but usually because of its initiating role of the storyline rather than for the pleasure of its own dynamics.

Endings are almost even less significant in terms of the pleasure they bring. But, if I really like a book, the end signals... well, the end. It means the pleasure of reading it stops. I never liked that. When I was a kid I would read the final page and flip the book over and start again, and again. Needs to be a book I really really like, though.

Only place I can think of now where I enjoy the ending for itself is Good Omens. As I rule, I don't tend to remember how books end, other than the general resolution of the plot. Some I remember because of that. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, for instance, or Jane Eyre. Occasionally, I remember because the ending was a disappointment. The Club Dumas stands out. It was sad to feel that the author tacked on that ending because the plot he'd built got too intricate and he didn't know how to resolve it appropriately. (Still a fun book to read, if one skips the end).
Just to clarify, memorable does not mean that I like it, of course.

Another point about endings - I like to make sure, in advance, that the ending, the whole piece in fact, does not contain anything that displeases me, like the death of a character I care about. That is why spoilers are essential to me. It's like making sure I don't eat something I'm allergic to. I don't need to know all the details, all the twists of the plot, but I need to know it will not contain anything I particularly dislike, any of my triggers, before I read.
I don't have a problem with knowing ahead. I'm not in it for the surprise factor. That's not why I read. For one thing, if I like something, I will read it fifty times. I definitely don't have a problem knowing the plot in the other 49 times, so I don't see why the first should be different in that respect. For me, of course.

Wow. I wrote more than I expected. This was an interesting question. I had an instinctive answer, but in order to formulate it, I had to think what liking a story, or liking a part of a story actually means for me.
Conclusion - If I like, I want more. More of the characters and universe, if I can have it, but certainly more of the specific item, in other words - rereading it, all of it. Liking a story is a holistic thing. If I like a book, I like the middle. Most books I would list as liking, I like the middle without caring much about either the beginning or the ending. Books whose beginnings or endings I particularly like, I like in their entirety. I don't like beginnings and endings in isolation.

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