Oct 18, 2009

The Sunday Salon - In Which I Lose My Mind

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So, recording a vlog was way up there on my mental list of Things I'll Try My Best To Avoid, just a few spots below "getting hit by lightening". But then I made a deal with my friend Debi: I'd vlog if she vlogged. Because she's just as shy as I am, I thought I was pretty safe, but I should have known better. Debi made a vlog with the explicit purpose of getting me to make one too. Now, isn't that cruel?

As you're all about to see, I'm much better at communicating through writing than by speaking, so no, this will not become a regular feature here. And if I sound nervous, well, that's because I was. The camera shakes sometimes because the laptop was on my knees, and my legs started shaking. I kid you not.

(Before Chris, Debi or Amanda ask, yes, I did mispronounce my own name. I blame nerves, and also the fact that I suck. Sorry guys! But seriously, this ought to show you how much I don't mind it being pronounced the American way. I do it myself occasionally!)

Video removed. I can only be brave for so long :P

Books (briefly) mentioned:
  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
  • Howards End by E.M. Forster
  • River Boy by Tim Bowler
  • Chiggers by Hope Larson
  • Virginity or Death! by Katha Pollitt
  • Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link


  1. Yay!!!! A Nymeth Vlog!!!


    So, what were you worried about? That was a lovely vlog, not rambly at all. Really looking forward to seeing your thoughts on River Boy.

  2. LOL you know, you did a very good vlog..but the big sigh at the end when you said you would probably never do this again made me laugh! It made me think of someone going to an interview for a job and coming out takeing a deep breath and thinking: "glad that's over!!!" lol..

    you do wonderful reviews and your vlog was no different!! (ah to be young!)

  3. Bart: About...everything I guess? :( Anyway, thank you for bothering to comment. It's really appreciated *goes back to being neurotic*

    Deslily: lol! I have to confess I WAS glad to get it over with, yes :P

  4. I love it! It's always fun to put a face to a name and your accent is sooo awesome :)

  5. HAH! How brave and cute! It amused me lots and I can't wait to hear about Howards End.

  6. That was fine! Really good! So cool to hear your accent. :)

  7. Yay!!!! ZOMG-I'm so happy seeing you 'in person'!!!! I love your (tiny) accent Ana! :) And your hair-it's so thick and curly and gorgeous. You're so fluent in English! If I tried to do a vlog in Russian or French, it would not be pretty.

    The title Virginity or Death! is hilarious-you made the book sound wonderful. Hoping the libary has it. :) And I read a Kelly Link story a couple weeks ago & want to read more!

    And it wasn't rambly. Just wonderful!

  8. Haha - what were you worried about, you foolish girl? It was a wonderful vlog! And I love your accent too. You've inspired me - I'm going out to buy a webcam!

  9. I will just jump on the bandwagon here and say that you did a great job, I love your accent, and you are beautiful! Nothing to worry about! I can appreciate that this is out of your comfort zone (you didn't even want to do pictures for your interview!) and I'm so proud of you!

  10. I love it! But why aren't you pink and purple, like your picture?!!! But seriously, I agree with Sandy - you look great, you sound great, I loved hearing about the books, and you did a great job! YAY!

  11. Oh Nymeth, how very nice to see you! Your Vlog was wonderful, and I loved listening to you talk about the books. I hope you will make it a regular feature of your blog!

  12. I hope you do more vlogs too but I can understand your hesitation! :-)

  13. Oh Ana!!!! :D :D :D :D

    Before I watched I was all set to apologize again for putting you in this position, but I decided I'm just not going to. Because I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this more than I can possibly say! Oh Ana, I cannot wait until I'm sitting down face-to-face talking with you. :D Your accent is wonderful...and I was right, it is sexy! But mostly, I just felt all warm and fuzzy...I just know I'm going to come back and watch this time and time again. :D

    Ooooh, and look at all those yummy book reviews we have to look forward to. :D

    Thanks for not hating me, Ana. Love you so much, my dear friend!

  14. That was great! I have Howard's End on my shelf too but still haven't read it.

  15. Excellent! I should try to vlog with children at my school library. I wonder how it would go....

  16. Oh Ana, you are so wonderful! I loved it! Your accent is beautiful! And you didn't sound at all rambly. You actually seemed quite controlled despite your nervousness. Like Debi, I hope one day to sit down and talk with you f2f! :D

  17. I saw your tweets about this yesterday, and as others were encouraging you, I completely identified with you. Never in a million years! You did a great job though, and your voice is lovely. Now, will you do it again? Hmmm.... Standing by to see. In the meantime, thanks for the fun book chat. Happy reading!

  18. Congratulations! I think it will be a long time before I attempt a vlog!

    I feel that I know you much better now that I have been able to see and hear you. So often the people behind the blog are nameless and secretive. It is so nice to be able to picture you now - it helps to identify with you. Thank you!

  19. Seriously Ana. The first thing that I noticed was YOU NEVER SAID THE WORD UM! What?!? Your transitions were exquisite. If I were to do a vlog, I would be a rambling mess (shame on you for thinking *you* were, lol).

    In agreement with everyone else, hope to see more of them! :D

  20. Hi!!! :D I agree with the others-you don't sound nervous at all and no "ums" "uhs" etc. And LOL--Debi is right about a certain sexiness about your accent! ;)

    I'm glad you liked Howards End, mostly because I struggled with it so much. Wait, that just means that now I feel like I missed something and need to re-read.

    I have Mr. Whicher as well but don't know when I'll get to it.

    I couldn't tell if you said Nimeth or Neemeth. :P

  21. Well done.

    I have a confession, I'm not shy but I have no idea how to make a vlog. Would like to use this format for poetry.


  22. Thanks so much for braving vlogging so we can put a face with your name -- I think it was a complete success! I noticed that any nervousness you had went away as soon as you started talking about books. You're just as charming to watch and listen to as you are to read.

  23. Yay!! You are so awesome for doing this! And everyone else is right - you sounded wonderful, your speech is perfectly great especially with your accent (which I LOVED).

    You totally inspired me to do a vlog, but I actually still have to go out and purchase a webcam. As soon as I do, I'll definitely record my very own vlog (and don't worry, I'm nervous to do that too, I hate how my voice sounds so I'll have to get over it!).

  24. I don't think you should be worried, that was a lovely vlog :) I was nervous about doing mine, so I did it with my sister which made it not as scary. I agree with everyone else, it's fun to "see" the people behind the blog -- I'm glad you did that!

  25. Congrats on your first vlog! It was great! You are natural, it just didn't seem like your first vlog. I'd love to talk to you face to face. But I totally get what you mean about being shy to vlog. I am too, and I don't think I'll be vlogging anytime soon.

  26. Too cute!! That was wonderful!!


  27. That was awesome Ana! You are beautiful and I just adore your accent! I wish I was brave enough to do one of these but not yet. At least not until my other computer is fixed. Maybe then. Anyhow you did really well and it's great to put a face to the name now!

  28. OMG!! I've been neglecting my google reader lately - but what a wonderful surprise to open a post from you and SEE YOU! Such a silly, gorgeous girl, you had nothing to worry about - your vlog is awesome! And that accent ooohh if I sounded like that I'd vamp it to the max ;) lol! It reminds me of those sexy, smart, dangerous James Bond girls :)

  29. Yay, a Nymeth vlog! I'm so glad you decided to post this. It turned out very well. You have such a lovely voice, and I'm impressed with how organized it was.

  30. I think you did great! I didn't know The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher was such a doorstopper. Yikes :-)

    Also, I will look into getting Ella, Enchanted. Thanks!

  31. I haven't gotten to watch it yet because my awesome boyfriend is still sleeping at noon (ahem!), but I'm sure it'll be lovely and I can't wait to watch!

  32. Great job Ana! You didn't ramble at all!

    And E.M. Forster is great! Hope you get A Room With A View soon!

  33. I love your delivery of the line: "She betrayed me." You did a great job! I am adding The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher to my TBR. Glad you enjoyed Howard's End. Are you planning to read Zadie Smith's On Beauty, which she based on HE?

  34. You did so great! I am very impressed! I would enjoy this even more if it didn't mean that I am now technically supposed to do one, too... So, let's just say that you know I love you and Debi, right? But, at the moment I don't like you too much! lol

  35. Loved your vlog. And before you know it, you and Debi has started a vlogging trend ;o) Well done! Loved it.

  36. Great job with your first Nymeth Vlog, what is more natural than you talking about books, right? We'll expect more of the same...LOL

  37. yay!!!!! I am so so so so so happy to have a face and physical voice to put with the internet voice I have so come to love. :) thanks for doing this for your friends!

  38. That was great! Seriously, if it were me, I'd be all like um, er, okay, I mean, and you'd really have no idea what I was actually talking about! It's so cool to be able to hear your voice and see your face!

    When I'm down, buying books is always what cheers me up, too, so can't fault you for your lapse in not buying books. Hope it did cheer you up, and thanks for showing us the person behind the blog even though it was out of your comfort zone! =)

  39. She tricked you into doing a vlog! Be careful of the quiet, shy ones. :)

    And I enjoyed your vlog very much. So I'm happy you were tricked.

  40. Oh silly lady, that was lovely. I looooove your accent. And now I have to pull out The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, which I have had for eons and haven't read yet!

    I really enjoyed your vlog and hope you can find the courage to do one again. I totally understand, I think I'd rather have my toenails pulled out one by one than do one myself!

  41. I'm also way more comfortable with writing than with talking, and not a big fan of vlogs in general. But it is really fun to see what people you already feel you "know" a bit look and sound like. Thanks for doing this!

  42. That was so nice :) Also feel better about brekaing my ban now I know you have.

  43. That was an awesome vlog! I am with everyone else, I'm not sure what you're so worried about! You're lovely, your voice is lovely, and you're far more articulate than I could hope to be, especially when anxious. It's so nice to be able to put a face and voice on to your text. =)

  44. I am so impressed, Nymeth/Ana! Something I will never attempt. But I am so glad that you did it!You were excellent: succinct, clear, and you've added two books to my list(Ms. Pollitt, and Mr. Whicher). Howard's End is one of my all-time favorites; I can't wait to read your thoughts.
    And no, you do not ever have to do this again, just please know that you can. That's important.

  45. That was fun!! Better you than me. You will not ever, ever catch anyone talking me into vlogging. I don't even own anything videoish, just a still camera.

    Howard's End has been on my stacks for a year. Now I really want to read it!!!

  46. Nymeth, you did quite well. Msny kudos.

  47. wow, glad to see you vlog! you did great :) and you look beautiful!

    I've been wanting to do a vlog too, but havent worked up the nerve yet.

  48. Bravo! You did a great job, Nymeth. I'm so pleased that you like Pollit, I'm sure that your recommendation will encourage others to read her work.

    Your suggestions have added River Boy by Tim Bowler and Chiggers by Hope Larson to my TBR list. Have a great week and I hope to check in during the read-a-thon.

  49. Lenore, thank you :)

    Claire: hah indeed :P Amusing is better than horrifying, so thank you :P

    Stormfilled, thanks!

    Eva: lol - you know, I used to hate my hair with a passion and wish it were straight with all my heart. I only got over that a few years ago :P And as we told you on Twitter, we demand a Russian vlog! Virginity or Death! was awesome, but it's one of those books that are difficult to review if you want to keep your blog politically neutral :P

    Aimee: yay! If I inspire more people to vlog, then the stress will have been almost worth it ;)

    Sandy, as always you're too kind!

    Jill: lol! At least I WORE purple - it's something, right? ;)

    Robin: Not much of a chance of that, I'm afraid, but thank you so much for the kind words! *hugs*

    Marie: Seriously, it's not worth the stress :P

    Debi: lol! Well, you darned well BETTER LOVE IT, considering I went through this for you ;) And despite the misery, I could NEVER hate you! #luvdebi

    Chris, thank you! I was a little surprised to enjoy Howards End so much!

    Debnance, that sounds like it could be fun!

    Amanda, I hope so too :D I have my US road-trip all planed in my head, and you're one of the stops :P

    Frances: I really doubt I'll do it again, simply because blogging shouldn't be this stressful! On the one hand I'm glad to have beat my shyness, but on the other hand, it really cost me!

    Court, thank you!

    Jackie, I'd love to see you vlog too sometime! And I know what you mean - it's so nice to see what the person behind the blog looks and sounds like.

    Christina: That's because when I'm nervous, I never actually say "um" or "er". What I do is, I started talking REALLY fast and never shut up. I actually managed to avoid that here somewhat, which surprises me :P

    Trish: Ooooh hai :D As I was just telling Christina, that's because I sound nervous in a different way :P I found your review of Howards End when I was looking for links - sorry you struggled so much with it :(

    Susan, a poetry vlog is such a good idea! There are a few tutorial online that mile be helpful, like this one! And if you have any doubts, I'd love to help :)

  50. This is a great post, Nymeth! I enjoyed reading it so much, and of course I love seeing you on video! (I don't think I've the courage to do that!!) :P

    And I love your accent! :)

  51. I am so glad I don't have a webcam or video camera. LOL

    My husband's been talking of putting together a regular podcast for some time now and wants me to contribute. I am hoping that idea falls by the wayside because I'm not too keen on the idea. LOL

    You did a great job, Nymeth. I'm glad you took a chance. :-)

  52. Oh yes you will do this again!!!! I demand it!!! So I've been harrassing you on twitter all day about it, so you know that I think you're gorgeous and have a beautiful accent already :p But you have such a great conversational tone! Seriously Ana, you have nothing to be nervous about!! This was so wonderful. I've seen pictures of you before, but it was just so great to see this. I felt like I was chatting with a friend even though there was no talking involved on this side. I swear >> no talking over here >> Nope...don't talk to my computer screen.

    Confession...I broke my book buying ban today too!! But only because Debi told me too! LOL...she said I should treat myself to something special, so I treated myself to The Wild Things by Dave Eggers and now I have so much guilt attached to that book :p But I feel better now that I know that you bought a book too. A book that sounds really good by the way!

    All of those books sound fantastic! I've been wanting to read River Boy ever since Bart reviewed it. And I'm still dying to read some Hope Larson. I can't believe I haven't read anything by her yet. And the Kelly Link stories look wonderful just from the little drawings!! Can't wait to hear about them all :D

    And now I'm off to email you back...as if this wasn't long enough, lol.

  53. You are beautiful and articulate; don't feel self-conscious at all! Chiggers sounds really interesting, which means yet another book on the to buy list. :)

  54. I sort of feel like I've *met* you now! That was so much fun!

  55. I'm extremely impressed by your English - written and oral! I would love to have skills in another language.

  56. You did a great job, and it's so nice to put a face/voice with your name! I loved Howard's End - can't wait to hear what you think.

  57. Fantastic! Funny thing, I've always thought you had an ENGLISH accent...I don't know why, the influence of Hollywood movies in which everybody from other European countries that's not England has English accents. Remember Gladiator? Ever After?

    That being said, your accent is exotic and lovely and I covet it...

    Plus, you are beautiful and I'm thrilled to finally put a face to your purple avatar!

    Please vlog more!

  58. You are so brave for filming a vlog even if it was because of a challenge! clap clap clap!

  59. PS - After hearing 3 or 4 other people broke their buy bans, I'm going out to break mine tomorrow. It's for a specific book, and I'm using the "this will help me find an agent for my book" excuse. :D

    ps - Maybe I'll just come to Portugal. I need to travel more. It's been too long.

  60. YAY!!!! Please do it again sometime ... pretty please?!

  61. Oh my god, you are adorable. What a great vlog!! I may have to post another one, myself, in solidarity. Thank you for posting!! So fun to see you 'in person.' You did great!

  62. Wanna do another deal with a friend to do say, five blogs, for whatever trade you want :P

    That was awesome. And you shouldn't be nervous!

    (and I can't wait to read about Virginity or Death).

  63. vlogs! I meant vlogs!

    *ashamed to be an editor and fail at typing*

  64. I loved your vlog--it was fun! I really enjoyed listening to you talk about the books you read recently. I hope you do another one. :) (Being a shy person myself, I can understand completely why you were nervous--but there definitely wasn't any reason to be. You done good. ~_^)

  65. I think we should all pester Debi until she does another four minutes of vlogging. ^-~

    That out of the way, let me just add my voice to this whole chorus of vlog-appreciators! You did wonderfully! I think the laptop moving (and maybe a tremble in your voice here and there) is (are) the only signs that you're nervous. And that perhaps only because you told us you were nervous! Truly, that's a great vlog you've done!

    Yay! Sneakpeek on Nymeth-thoughts! I have "The Suspicions of Mr Whicher" somewhere on my TBR pile too. ^-^

    You're such a brave young woman, Nymeth! (And gorgeous and sweet and your accent is lovely!) Also, you do not suck! *whacks Nymeth with a newspaper because that's what Shanra's do* You did great with the vlog, though, and I'd love to see you do another. (But I won't pester you about it.) Don't be too hard on yourself. ^-^

  66. ahhhh no way! that was brilliant! sometimes doing things that you're scared of is really what you need to do:)
    might do it one day, but it's unlikely cause I don't have a webcam:P (handy isn't it? but true)

    well done, that was brave!

  67. I know you said that you will probably never do this again but I'm so happy that you did it this time. I am thrilled to put a face and voice to your name dear!! I Loved every minute of it and love you!!

  68. How fun, Nymeth! It was wonderful and I love to hear about books, of course! It's fun to be able to see the pictures in the books.

    I am with you on a vlog being way out of my comfort zone....

  69. But that was a very good vlog, dear! You look very pretty, too. This sounds like a fun idea - I might do one of these someday. If I ever figure out how you do it, that is. My English accent is a lot worse than yours, that's for sure.

  70. You should NEVER be nervous about your English skillz. Really. They are amazing and I am always impressed. I think because I fumble and sound like an idiot every day in Spanish class, you just have no idea how good you are!

    Maybe I will record a vlog! One day :)

  71. Yay! So glad to see and hear you! Your English is fantastic and you have nothing to worry about. Hey, I don't even speak another language and I applaud you for being multi-lingual. Speaking of being out of your comfort zone ... have you noticed that I've only ever made the one vlog?? Being in front of a camera is not my fave thing to do either. Thanks for sharing yourself with us, and if you ever do make another vlog I'll look forward to watching it :o)

  72. I'm a relative newcomer to your blog via your comments on Fyrefly's. The depth and thoughtfulness of your reviews make them a real pleasure to read. I'll be looking forward to hearing what you have to say about Magic for Beginners. It is one of my favorite books.

  73. Had to stop by and see the person that could make Debi do a vlog...thank you for that!

    You did a great job on your vlog, BTW! What fun!

  74. Arrrrghhhhh! I can't view this in the office. I'm going to try again at home. :D

  75. The vlog is too awesome for words Nymeth, it was so much fun watching you. It took my super slow internet connection an hour to buffer the video but it was so worth it :)

    I have an ebook of that Magic book. Looks good and Chiggers looks good too, I'll wait for your review.

  76. ooh, poetry vlogging? Now I'm starting to get interested.

  77. Even though you've got a gazillion people here telling you the same thing, I just wanted to join the crowd and say I loved it! It's so very cool to see/hear you!

  78. I loved it too! It was so great to out a face to the name and to hear your voice. And I think you're very brave, I could never do one!!

  79. This was great!! I loved it too! But that's what you get for making a bet with Debi. I can honestly say, there will be NO vlogs in my immediate future. Or the not-so-immediate future. I hate my voice on tape!!

  80. Verbatim, you are too kind! And yes, picking up the books did make things easier :P

    Heather, thank you so much! DO get a webcam; I'd love to see you!

    Kim: It is very fun! And having had company would have helped. I should have used my cap as a prop, since I have no sister :P

    Lezlia, thank you!

    Dar, thanks! I hope you do one some day :)

    Joanne: LOL! I'm NOTHING like a Bond Girl :P But thank you for your kind words :)

    Memory, thank you so much! I'm surprised it looks organized, and it was all very spur of the moment. If I have it much thought I'd lose my courage :P

    Aarti: A lot of it are end notes and bibliography, so it's not as huge as it looks!

    Andi: lol! I miss sleeping in.

    Lightheaded, thank you so much! I'll read A Room with a View at some point for sure.

    Priscilla: Even though I've read it, I really do appreciate the recommendation :)

    Kailana: lol! I understand :P

    Louise: That's the only possible benefit of this whole thing :P

    Diane: Can't promise more, sorry :P

    Amy: I'm glad you liked it! I can't believe you guys actually convinced me to do this. Goes to show how much I love you ;)

    Megan: Believe me, the lack of ums and ers doesn't mean I wasn't horribly nervous :P And thanks - the book DID cheer me up :D

    Janicu: Ha - exactly! :P And thanks :P

    Heather, thank you so much! And thanks for understanding :P

    Jeanne: Yes, same here. But it's fun to get a glimpse of the people behind the blog, so I always enjoy the first one at the very least.

    Jodie: I guess it's impossible not to cave at least once :P

    Meghan, thank you! When I get nervous, I just start talking non-stop - normally really fast too :P

    ds: Aw, thank you! And yes, it's good to beat our fears every now and then and doing something really anxiety-inducing that we never thought we COULD do.

    Nancy: lol, I should have thought of saying I didn't have a camera...I only thought of it too late :P (I'm not saying you're only pretending not to have one, thought!)

    Loren Eaton, thank you!

    Naida, thanks! I hope you do one at some point :)

    Gavin: Thank you! And I hope so about Pollitt. she really is amazing.

    Melody: Thank you :)

    Wendy: lol...I kind of wish I didn't have one either :P

    Chris: Nope, sorry :P But thank you so much - you made me blush here. As I was saying before, I talk like a drunkard when I'm nervous. Don't let the conversational tone fool you ;) And hooray for ban breaking! lol, I probably should NOT be saying this :P

  81. This was so great- I loved every minute of it!

  82. Trisha - aw, thank you! You are too mind. And I hope you enjoy Chiggers if you pick it up. I really like Hope Larson's art.

    J.T. Oldfield: Your turn to Vlog now ;)

    Kathy, thank you so much!

    JoAnn, thank you!

    T.Y. lol, you actually have a reason to expect that, as we're taught British English in school here (as are students in most of the rest of Europe). However, countless American movies, TV shows and bands undid all the hard work my teachers did ;) And thank you so much!

    She: I didn't FEEL brave, I can promise you that :P

    Amanda: YES. Come here! You know you want to :P Seriously, you and Chris and Debi and whoever else wants to come along need to plan a Europe trip, teenage backpacker style ;)

    Heather: I can't promise to, sorry :P It was agonizing!

    Daphne: Dooooooo! Do do do! And aww, thank you <3

    Lena: lol! I would, but Debi scarred me for life, so no more deals ;)

    Heidenkind: Thank you! Now I know that I *can* do it, but seriously, it's not worth the stress :P

    Shanra: lol, we should! It's only fair :P And ouch at the whacking, but *hugs* anyway :O Everything you said - thank you, and LIKEWISE.

    litlove: Aw, thank you so much

    Valentina: You have a point about doing things you're scared of :P I'm sad that you don't have a webcam, though...I'd love to see you!

    Staci: Aww, you're too sweet! *big hug*

    Rebecca: I'd never have done it if I hadn't been TRICKED :P

    Alessadra: aw, thank you so much! I'd LOVE to see you do one! And I bet your accent is lovely - I really like foreign accents, with the sole exception of my own :P

    Lu: I hope you do! And thank you <3

    Terri B: I'd say I'd do another one if you did, but I've learned my lesson :P

    trapunto: Thank you for stopping by! You are too kind.

    kreed: you're welcome, and thank *you*! Having seen and heard Debi made this whole thing worth it :D

    Alice, I hope it works with no problems!

    Violet: Aww, thank you for waiting so patiently! I really enjoyed Magic for Beginners. I didn't get around to posting about it this week, but next week I will for sure.

    Jeanne: I love the idea too!

    Suey, you are too kind!

    Joanna: I bet you could! Just saying :P And thank you :)

    Stephanie: :( Well, I hate mine too and I did it anyway :P

    Elizabeth: Aw, thank you!

  83. Ohhh Ana! I was so out of the loop with my Google Reader the past week that I've only gotten to this now, but what a lovely, lovely surprise! It was so nice to see you and hear you talk. You seem so nice in your posts, but now I can see you're even nicer in person. :) Watching your vlog was so heartwarming.

    Anyway, like all the others, I'm purchasing Mr Whicher soon just because of you. :D

  84. Nymeth, that vlog was great! I love your accent and I thought you did extremely well. I love to put a face on bloggers' names, and I'm really glad you did this!

  85. How wonderful to finally get to hear your voice! I do agree with the sexy voice, and the way you talked about books made me wish you were here so we could keep on talking! lol You did great, Ana. You have beautiful dark eyes. What a lovely vlog! and you managed book talk too without one UM, which is the word I say a lot when I'm thinking. You and Debi, quite a competitive team, and we all benefitted! lol And I really have to read Magic for beginners, it's been on my want list for a little while now. Thank you, Nymeth!

  86. Claire: Awww, thank you so much for the kind words :D I hope you enjoy Mr Whicher as much as I did!

    Kay: Thank you!! It was nerve-wrecking, lol :P But I'm glad you all enjoyed it.

    Susan: lol, you and Debi and Chris are just nuts, I tell you :P I so wish we could talk about books face to face, my friend! And I definitely think you'd enjoy Magic for Beginners

  87. Ana, I can totally relate to vlog shyness! I'm glad I don't own whatever technology is necessary to make such things, so I'm never put in the position you were in! (I was once interviewed for a documentary about community gardening and I look stiff and uncomfortable throughout the whole thing. It was awful.)

    For what it's worth, I couldn't tell that the camera was shaking and I thought you sounded fine!


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