Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A few of my favorite things

I think everyone has a list of favorite things. A few of mine would include dictionaries. I love them! I have over 30 different kinds of dictionaries from American Slang to the Seven Language Dictionary. I also couldn't write without my Thesaurus.

So today, I was wondering what are your favorite things? From books, to perfumes, to that sinfully delicious confection you can't live without, please share!


Evonne Wareham said...


I like dictionaries too, and reference books and travel guides. Even brochures from holiday companies for places I know I will never visit. Otherwise favourite things are a good book - of course, a trip to the theatre - especially if it involves a good looking leading man - shallow me? And the company of friends, long phone calls - I can go on for ever ...

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi Anitra, lots of favorite things. However, I've always loved dictionaries...but I don't have the collection you do. It's my falling apart one or the internet.
'Course, I can't write, or I should say, I couldn't write the way I want to, without my beloved Thesaurus.

Evonne, I wish I had access to Theatre. All the shows I have seen had their own magic, good looking leading man, or not. Of course, I think that's actually a requirement, unless it's completely avante guard.
*Sigh* way back when I even acted in a few.

Anitra Lynn McLeod said...

Evonne--all great things! I especially love long calls from family and friends. My sister recently celebrated her birthday and we yucked it up on the phone for almost two hours. :)

Sav--I have several dictionaries from when I was a kid that are held together with duct tape! I still use them. I don't know why exactly; memories, maybe.

Oh, and I'd love to go to the theater more too but I don't often have time. I like the opera too. :)

Anitra Lynn McLeod said...

I forgot to mention the new dictionary I got from my step-brother and his wife. It's a Dictionary of the Underworld. Originally published in 1949 this updated version was published in 1961 and is filled with all kinds of fun British and American terms.

Savanna Kougar said...

ugarDictionary of the Underworld? Like black market criminal underworld? Or paranormal underworld terminology?

Anitra Lynn McLeod said...

Black market underworld. Racketeers, criminals, crooks--that kind of stuff. Some of the terms are so out of date I don't think anyone uses them anymore but I could take them, revamp them, and use them in a futuristic setting. :)

Savanna Kougar said...

Absolutely, you could use them in a future world.
Actually, in one of my WIP's I was revamping the 30's and 40's hardboiled PI lingo, and found some sources online.
Are those dictionaries at Amazon?

Lexie O'Neill said...

How intriguing...a collection of dictionaries. I've collected very little so far in my life because I've always been focused on the "big" things...saving for a car, college, a house, and now braces and my kids' college.
What I do have a little of...autographed books, writing reference books, and Depression glass. My parents used to take me to auctions when I was a child and I love the glass with hidden hues. I have a set my father has given me and I want more.
Oh, and other favorite things...dark chocolate, swimming in the pool or ocean or creek, and the smell of a baby's skin. My sister just had a baby in June:)
Oh, and I used to go to the theatre BK (before kids).

Anitra Lynn McLeod said...

Sav--I'm sure you could find one but probably not this one. They got it at a used book store and it was pretty battered. It was written by Eric Partridge, if you want to try searching for it. BTW, used bookstores are a great place to find funky resources for period pieces. I found a whole stack of old pulp fiction that I used for a story I was working on a few years back.

Lex--my book collection started because I had very little money. Back in the day I was thrilled to make a dollar an hour babysitting and I spent it all on books. :)

Depression glass I'm assuming is from the depression era (not very sad glass--ha ha!) What kind of things do you have? Like bottles, lamp shades???

Evonne Wareham said...

I love the underworld dictionary. I have to stay away from that section of the book shop or I would be even more broke than I am now.