rolanni: (booksflying1.1)
As previously advertised, I'm a slow reader.  How about you?

ereader test
Source: Staples eReader Department

I read, it says here, 443 words per minute, 77% faster than the national average. If I could maintain that pace, and not let my attention get caught by Teh Shiny, I could read The Lord of the Rings in 18 hours.
rolanni: (Dr. Teeth)

I write like

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!


I write like
Arthur Clarke

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

Ahem.  Both samples submitted were from Necessity's Child.  You lucky, lucky people, you.

*goes off to get coffee and laugh hysterically*

First line meme

Saturday, March 12th, 2011 10:47 am
rolanni: (Caution: Writing Ahead)

. . .shamelessly stolen from matociquala — first lines from “my” works in progress.  I’ll note that my list is much shorter than hers, so if you want more tasty nuggets, hie yourself over to her LJ.

“Intelligent Design”
It was, Er Thom yos’Galan Clan Korval thought, an entirely unsubtle letter.

The book currently known as George:
Inside the duct, it was hot and wet — nothing new there, thought Kezzi, shifting her weight carefully.

Untitled Kate Archer short story:
When I was a kid, my grandmother had a dog.

Originally published at Sharon Lee, Writer. You can comment here or there.

Women Writers Meme

Sunday, June 6th, 2010 11:10 am
rolanni: (Luna detail)
Snabbled from [ profile] deliasherman.

This is an interesting list, if un-alphabetized. It seems to give the lie to the persistent myth that few women are working in the field and that those who are, are disrespected. Long as it is, I feel that there are still names missing, despite the efforts of commentors on Delia's blog to amend it -- a process that would, actually, be made easier by alphabetizing, but that is work for Someone Else. Today, the laundry calls my name. Also? The bills.

Bold the women by whom you own books
Italicize those by whom you’ve read something of (short stories count). For the purposes of my list, below, this includes books that I once owned, but own no longer.
*Star those you don’t recognize
Unmarked are those whose work you have not read

Andre Norton
C. L. Moore
Evangeline Walton
Leigh Brackett
Judith Merril
Joanna Russ
Margaret St. Clair
Katherine MacLean
Carol Emshwiller
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Zenna Henderson
Madeline L’Engle
Angela Carter*
Ursula LeGuin
Anne McCaffrey
Diana Wynne Jones
Kit Reed
James Tiptree, Jr.
Rachel Pollack*
Jane Yolen
Marta Randall
Eleanor Arnason
Ellen Asher
Patricia A. McKillip
Suzy McKee Charnas
Lisa Tuttle
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Tanith Lee
Pamela Sargent
Jayge Carr
Vonda N. McIntyre
Octavia E. Butler
Kate Wilhelm
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Sheila Finch
Mary Gentle
Jessica Amanda Salmonson
C. J. Cherryh
Joan D. Vinge
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Ellen Kushner
Ellen Datlow
Nancy Kress
Pat Murphy
Lisa Goldstein
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Mary Turzillo
Connie Willis
Barbara Hambly
Nancy Holder
Sheri S. Tepper
Melissa Scott
Margaret Atwood
Lois McMaster Bujold
Jeanne Cavelos
Karen Joy Fowler
Leigh Kennedy*
Judith Moffett
Rebecca Ore
Emma Bull
Pat Cadigan
Kathyrn Cramer
Laura Mixon
Eileen Gunn
Elizabeth Hand
Kij Johnson
Delia Sherman
Elizabeth Moon
Michaela Roessner
Terri Windling
Sharon Lee
Sherwood Smith
Katherine Kurtz
Margo Lanagan*
Laura Resnick
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Sheila Williams
Farah Mendlesohn
Gwyneth Jones
Ardath Mayhar
Esther Friesner
Debra Doyle
Nicola Griffith
Amy Thomson
Martha Wells
Catherine Asaro
Kate Elliott
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Shawna McCarthy
Caitlin Kiernan
Maureen McHugh
Cheryl Morgan
Nisi Shawl
Mary Doria Russell
Kage Baker
Kelly Link
Nancy Springer
J. K. Rowling
Nalo Hopkinson
Ellen Klages
Tanarive Due
M. Rickert*
Theodora Goss*
Mary Anne Mohanraj
S. L. Viehl
Jo Walton
Kristine Smith
Deborah Layne*
Cherie Priest
Wen Spencer
K. J. Bishop*
Catherynne M. Valente
Elizabeth Bear
Ekaterina Sedia
Naomi Novik
Mary Robinette Kowal
Ann VanderMeer*
Patricia C Wrede
Mary Stewart
Caroline Stevermer
Sharon Shinn
Ann Rice
Barbara Michaels
Susanna Clark*
Joan Aiken
Joy Chant
Susan Cooper
Louise Cooper
Edith Nesbit (E.A. Nesbit)
Carol Emshwiller
Rosemary Kirstein
Delia Sherman
Tanya Huff
Camille Bacon-Smith
R. M. Meluch*
Joan Cox*
Jane Linskold
Storm Constantine
Jane S. Fancher
C. E. Murphy
Elizabeth A. Lynn
Anne Bishop
Justina Robson
Judith Tarr

Edited to Add:

Laura Anne Gilman
Anna Leonard
Rachel Caine
Charlaine Harris
Stephenie Meyer

Look, a meme

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 09:30 am
rolanni: (koi from furriboots)
Snerched from [ profile] matociquala

1. Sharon
2. Lady
3. Rolanni
4. Ms. Lee
5. Mrs. Miller (under duress, not because I'm not one of Mr. Miller's big fans, but because it's not my name)
6. The History Secretary

1. Glasses
2. Wedding ring
3. Pants!

1. A savings account. With, like, money in it
2. To tear up the hideous carpeting in my house
3. A butterfly bush that will survive the winter

You're on your own, folks, but let me know if you do, so I can read your answers

1. Cried
2. Wrote
3. Read a chapter of Half Magic to Steve

1. A rude man who did not identify himself
2. My mother-in-law
3. A Spanish professor

1. Take Steve to the doctor
2. Go to work
3. Write

1. Chocolate milkshake
2. Coffee
3. Wine, white

1. Early morning thunderstorm
2. Stone Soup
3. Mozart
4. My African violet is going to have flowers!
5. Three! daffodils in bloom this morning
rolanni: (1995)
A more-or-less meme more-or-less nipped from [ profile] jimhines

Six years ago, February 2003, I was inching past the middle of my term as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. The Tomorrow Log had just been published by Meisha Merlin. My brain went off-line about February, and it took a while to get the diagnosis of an underachieving thyroid and fix the correct dosage of Synthroid. We had by then published four books with Meisha Merlin, and a handful of short stories, in Absolute Magnitude, Such a Pretty Face, 3SF, and Stars. We had contracts for books through 2006, and had started to feel like we could make this coming-back-from-the-dead thing stick.

Twelve years ago, in August 1997, I left my job as secretary and woman-of-all-work at Wastewater Services Corporation/Walden Inc., a position I had held for five years, to become the Executive Director of SFWA. At that point, our last novel publication was Carpe Diem, in October 1989; last short story "Candlelight" in Pulphouse, 1995. During 1997 Plan B got rejected by Every Science Fiction House on the face of the earth; "Balance of Trade" was accepted by Absolute Magnitude, and published the next year.

Eighteen years ago, in 1991, I was employed as a copy editor on night-side news at the Central Maine Morning Sentinel, and writing a book which might have been The Tomorrow Log. "Spell for the Lost" was written and sent out to garner rejections. Steve and I started the process of buying a house through what was then called The Rural Housing Authority. I was laid off from the paper in 1992, a week after our loan was finalized.

Twenty-four years ago, in 1985, I was employed as a secretary in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Campus. "A Day at the Races" was written; the "short story" that some years later became Local Custom was written; "King of the Cats" was written; Agent of Change was rejected by Ace and by DAW, and picked up by Del Rey as the last act of the Fairy Godmother Department before New York went into the Long Silence between Christmas and February.

Thirty years ago, in 1979, I met Steve Miller for the third time. In April, we moved in together; in May, I quit my well-paying job as administrative assistant to the Dean of the University of Maryland Graduate School of Social Work in order to open a bookstore, and Be A Writer.

Thirty-six years ago, in 1973, I was working at the above-mentioned well-paying job and struggling with a very bad human relationship. It was, I believe, about this time that my first cat, Archie McGee, acquired my services, whereupon matters improved immensely.

Forty-two years ago, in 1967, I was in my first year of high school -- see the tall, skinny, dorky girl with the glasses over there in the corner reading a book? Yeah, her.

Forty-eight years ago, in 1961 -- junior high school elementary school. See previous entry.

Fifty-three years ago, Christmas, 1956, I scared the heck out of a neighbor who believed, as did most of the neighbors and at least half of my parents, that I couldn't talk, by addressing her abruptly in complete sentences, demanding to know what her husband did for a living and where my mother had gone. My mother, alas, had gone to the hospital to be with my grandfather, possibly the only person on earth who not only knew that I could speak, but considered me a brilliant conversationalist. He'd had a stroke, and never came home. My grandmother spent most of 1957 trying to convince me that he had gone "to church". Even at a tender age I knew better than that, and in the end she gave it up as a bad job, took me to the cemetery and showed me the stone. The fact that Grandpa was living in the cemetery made slightly more sense to me, especially as the grounds came equipped with ducks, an avian form for which we shared a common passion.

Fifty-seven years ago, 1952. Why, look! A baby.

The Year in Review

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 09:25 am
rolanni: (dragon)
The first post of the month meme, from the Usual Suspects:

January: Books read in 2008

February: Liaden Universe® Infodumpling

March: The Leewit Needs Your Help

April: April Fool Free Zone

May: OK, so maybe I'm being unreasonable

June: A word regarding Word

July: Report from La Dolce Crema

August: Random Observations

September: The author, overworked

October: What's your superpower?

November: One Star Reviews on the First

December: No, seriously...

In other news, it's...Somethinging outside. I suppose I'll find out What Exactly when I put my coat on and wander down to the mailroom in a sec. The English secretary and I sit here in lonely state, the only occupants of not only our respective departments, but the Whole Dern Library. Admin says we can go home at noon.

Those who are traveling, travel safe.
rolanni: (Sharon with 10 Liaden Universe Books)
Via the Usual Suspects.
LogoThere are
people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Books Read Meme

Thursday, June 26th, 2008 05:26 pm
rolanni: (booksflying1.1)
Caught from [ profile] jennifer_dunne

"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

List behind the cut )

Remember Me

Saturday, June 21st, 2008 10:57 am
rolanni: (sharontea)
From [ profile] matociquala

"If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now,even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory ofyou and me. It can be anything you want -- good or bad. When you'refinished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you."

* * *

Going to stop spamming LJ now and go back to goofing off...
rolanni: (1995)
From [ profile] planetalyx and [ profile] kijjohnson

77 words

Touchtyping online

rolanni: (blueyes)
From around and about the flist...

Should you be MALE or FEMALE?*
created with
You scored as Neither

You think neither like a man nor like a woman. What you are you may decide for yourself. Most people will consider you strange, alien, weird or funny. You are probably quite interesting.









rolanni: (Default)

Via [ profile] surricatus

William Shakespeare

Thou canst not say I did it: never shake
Thy gory rolanni at me.

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:


Sunday, September 30th, 2007 08:31 am
rolanni: (shigure)
One for each name.

"Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate"
'What is your personal life motto?' at

"There is nothing to forgive."
'What is your personal life motto?' at

In lieu of content

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 06:07 am
rolanni: (Default)
From various places around the f'list.

You are The Hermit

Prudence, Caution, Deliberation.

The Hermit points to all things hidden, such as knowledge and inspiration,hidden enemies. The illumination is from within, and retirement from participation in current events.

The Hermit is a card of introspection, analysis and, well, virginity. You do not desire to socialize; the card indicates, instead, a desire for peace and solitude. You prefer to take the time to think, organize, ruminate, take stock. There may be feelings of frustration and discontent but these feelings eventually lead to enlightenment, illumination, clarity.

The Hermit represents a wise, inspirational person, friend, teacher, therapist. This a person who can shine a light on things that were previously mysterious and confusing.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

The day-job continues to be exhausting and 'waaay too irritating. Things will improve once we're finally, totally moved back in. I hope. In the meantime, I wake up, I go to day-job, I come home, I write, I fall into bed. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. I expect I'll continue to be scarce hereabouts for a while yet.

Progress on Duainfey:
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
61,356 / 100,000

If you see [ profile] kinzel today, tell him Hey.
rolanni: (Default)
Captured from [ profile] windrose

Your Personality is Very Rare (INTJ)

Your personality type is logical, uncompromising, independent, and nonconformist.

Only about 3% of all people have your personality, including 2% of all women and 4% of all men.
You are Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging.

It is to meme

Saturday, June 9th, 2007 03:25 pm
rolanni: (carousel1)
By way of [ profile] kristine_smith

So, rolanni, your LiveJournal reveals...

You are... 9% unique (blame, for example, your interest in silver rounds) and 18% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy writing). When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are wary of trusting strangers. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is conventional.

Your overall weirdness is: 32

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 71% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

In other news, I have found a source for winged horses. I wonder if the artist will take a commission...

It is to meme

Sunday, May 20th, 2007 07:51 pm
rolanni: (dragon)
From [ profile] suricattus

1. Your Middle Name:
2. Age:
3. Single or Taken:
4. Favourite Movie:
5. Favourite Song or Album:
6. Favourite Band/Artist:
7. Dirty or Clean:
8. Tattoos and/or Piercings:
9. Do we know each other outside of LJ?
10. What's your philosophy on life?
11. Is the bottle half-full or half-empty?
12. Would you keep a secret from me if you thought it was in my best interest?
13. What is your favourite memory of us?
14. What is your favourite guilty pleasure?
15. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:
16. You can have three wishes (for yourself, so forget all the 'world peace etc' malarky) - what are they?
17. Can we get together and make a cake?
18. Which country is your spiritual home?
19. What is your big weakness?
20. Do you think I'm a good person?
21. What was your best/favourite subject at school?
22. Describe your accent
23. If you could change anything about me, would you?
24. What do you wear to sleep?
25. Trousers or skirts?
26. Cigarettes or alcohol?
27. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?
28. Will you repost this so I can fill it out for you?
rolanni: (Default)
From [ profile] dancinghorse

My Fortune Cookie told me:
It is time to change the way you cast magic missile at your moose.
Get a cookie from Miss Fortune

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