Gayle's always been a fan of SF, Fantasy, Mystery and Horror, in all its various permutations. She's a list admin for several writing and chat groups and has made a living programming for the last two decades. She joined SFRevu in September 2005 with her first review: Crossroads by Brett Cox and Andy Duncan. Soon she took on the task of keeping our syntax on the straight and narrow.
I enjoy Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, combinations of any and all. I also read a lot of children and young adult fiction and non-fiction. I'm list administrator for several writing groups in the Internet Writing Workshops (fiction, yawrite, sfchat, and help out on poetry occasionally).
I have a very difficult time picking three favorite authors not because I don't have 3 faves but because I have trouble limiting it to 3. I think my top three would have to include Charles deLint, C.J. Cherryh (especially her earlier stuff), and Steven Baxter.
I think I've always been a fan. I remember Podkayne of Mars as the first book I recognized as science fiction. I finished all the children's books in my home town library and I had to get my mother to write me a note so I could get books out of the adult section. Actually, I'd been reading books from the adult section but the librarian wouldn't let me have any of the Tarzan books without permission (it wasn't appropriate for young ladies :)
What pays the bills is my job as a computer analyst (current title). Basically, I've been programming for over 20 years and have had a slew of titles some impressive some not so but it all meant I dealt with computers. Prior to moving into programming I was a counselor. I worked with disadvantaged youth (mostly from the juvenile justice area or truants). I also helped found a parents anonymous group hoping to stem some of the abuse that I had to deal with from the children's side. Eventually, I burned out and moved to computers. You hit a key and run a program and it works or it doesn't but it never says, "I would work but..." or make excuses.
I'm also working on writing my own fiction. Mostly, I collect rejection notices which have advanced from form letters to much more personal rejections. Eventually, I'm sure I'll click with the right story in the right place at the right time.
I'm into crafts. I spin my own yarn from sheep to yarn to sweater -- I handle the entire process. I'm in the process of designing a scarf for a breast cancer project. Since, I'm a breast cancer survivor it's not only an opportunity to get my foot in the design door but to help advance cancer research.
I'm also getting back into photography. It's fun but I find it hard to believe how much I'd forgotten. I've got a Canon Digital Rebel with lots of bells and whistles and I'm mostly playing with the various settings trying to get a feel for them so I'm not always having to think about what I'm doing when I take a picture. Since I can't get the camera into my work building and I don't want to leave it to bake in the car -- I don't get to do much until the weekends. There's just never enough time.
My favorite quote is one from _The Long Kiss Goodnight_ which is: May the best of your past be the worst of your future. My sig is my next favorite and others change with mood and occasion.
Yes, and yes. I used to put a lot of book reviews up on Amazon but sort of got out of the habit. I've written a few reviews for sfchat in order to stimulate discussion. And mostly, I've never really got a handle on when a book review crosses that line to become a literary criticism. However, I do recognize when a review becomes a synopsis of the book and therefore a spoiler.
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