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I’ve always disagreed with Depeche Mode’s line ‘words are meaningless and forgettable’. To me, words are the most meaningful part of being human. They are as important as the air into which they are breathed. It is impossible not to luxuriate in the different intonations and shades of meaning in them. I’m studying for a B.A. in French and Spanish so that I can learn new words and use them to unlock concepts that can’t always be explained so succinctly in my mother tongue. This year I’m lucky enough to study Occitan, a minority language spoken in the South of France and find the way in which Romance languages evolved into such different languages from Latin fascinating.

Although I enjoy communicating with people and learning about their customs and beliefs, reading has always been a passion. Some of my earliest memories involve being read to by my Mother and hearing her tales of the adventures she had in her youth. She has a large collection of books covering all sorts of topics and has always encouraged me to read as much as I can.

This year I’m studying (and doing a research project on Occitan) in France and am surrounded by French books that I want to buy but don’t dare too because I know that I won’t be able to take them back to the U.K. with me. 😦 On the bright side, being here has allowed me to find new, exciting authors who aren’t known back in England. I feel like an explorer every time I enter the local library, which is definately a first for me!

If you’re on goodreads, add me as I love looking at what other people are reading. 🙂

Apart from that, I love to have a good natter about any subject, so feel free to start a conversation. 😄

 

36 responses to “About me

  1. Betty Londergan

    March 10, 2012 at 14:25

    What a fascinating site! I really like the look and feel of your blog, as well as the intelligent discourse on books! I wish wish wish I had more time to read this year, but I suspect I’ll just read your reviews and read vicariously thru you! Thanks for reading http://heifer12x12.com — and you might also like The Lupine Librarian ! Have a BLAST in France this year!!

     
    • wildnightin

      March 10, 2012 at 22:37

      Thank you very much. I’m trying to explore the region as much as possible. I shall look at The Lupine Librarian. 🙂
      Even if you don’t get to read as much as you’d like, you do get to travel and tell people about these travels whilst raising awareness about what sounds like a super organization. And I’m sure you can get in a little reading on your flights to and from places.

       
  2. thelupinelibrarian

    March 10, 2012 at 16:50

    I traveled to France for a long weekend during my study abroad year in Spain. What a beautiful country! I’m sure you are having a great time. I completely agree that learning a language can really give a person a deeper appreciation of words-both foreign and familiar. Even though I don’t speak Spanish on a regular basis anymore, I still catch myself trying to use words and phrases when English doesn’t have the equivalent! I look forward to reading your book reviews.

    @Betty Londergan thanks for the shout-out. I hope you are enjoying your year of traveling so far!

     
    • wildnightin

      March 10, 2012 at 22:46

      Oh! You studied in Santiago de Compostela! That must have been such an exciting and beautiful place. I have a lot of respect for you for spending a year so far from home (I’m assuming you’re from the U.S.). I didn’t have the guts to cross the Atlantic and study very far from home.
      Spanish is wonderfully expressive. Have you read any Spanish-language poetry?

       
      • thelupinelibrarian

        March 12, 2012 at 15:45

        Yes, Santiago de Compostela is amazing. If you get a chance to visit, you should go to the pilgrim’s mass at the cathedral. It’s so inspiring to see all the pilgrims gathered at the end of their journey.

        It was difficult to live so far away from home, but it was rewarding, too. You are lucky to live in England because it makes traveling in Europe so much more feasible.

        I have read some Spanish-language poetry, but I am not well-versed in it (no pun intended!) I always am open to suggestions 🙂

         
      • wildnightin

        March 12, 2012 at 17:35

        Thank you for the advice. 🙂 I think I’m going to go there next June, just after I finish my finals.

        You are lucky to be living in North America, it looks like a beautiful, diverse place. Europe always looks puny on the map compared to the other continents.

        Hehe! It depends on what sort of poetry (and Spanish-language literature in general) that you like. I bought a copy of Neruda’s ‘Libro de las Preguntas’ the other day and have been thinking about Spanish-language poetry since then.

         
      • thelupinelibrarian

        March 13, 2012 at 17:17

        Have fun in Santiago when you get there…I’ll have to think of a couple more places that you should visit 🙂

        That’s funny that you mentioned Pablo Neruda because I’ve been thinking lately about him. I just reviewed a book written about his childhood and it includes some of his poetry.

         
      • wildnightin

        March 13, 2012 at 17:51

        Yay! Thanks in advance; I’d be very grateful for any recommendations of places to visit. 🙂

        Well they do say ‘great minds think alike’ 😛 I’ll mosey over to your review as it sounds good.

         
  3. dribblingpensioner

    March 13, 2012 at 21:44

    Thank you for subscribing to my blog i will do the same for you. I hope you enjoy my posts.

     
    • wildnightin

      March 14, 2012 at 22:26

      Many thanks. Your content’s interesting, informed and varied, which is usually a recipe for enjoyability. 🙂

       
  4. Normand Charest

    March 21, 2012 at 17:09

    Thank you for visiting my blog ! Vous étudiez le français et l’espagnol ? Fascinant ! And you are from the U.K. ! Bon courage à vous et bonnes découvertes au cours de vos études.

     
    • wildnightin

      March 21, 2012 at 20:44

      You’re welcome. J’adore les images sur votre blog. 🙂 Merci beaucoup, il reste seulement trois mois avant qu’il faut rétourner chez moi. 😦

       
  5. katybrandes

    April 27, 2012 at 20:34

    I nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger award, so check it out if you wish!

    http://katybrandes.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/beautiful-blogger-award/ 🙂

     
    • wildnightin

      May 7, 2012 at 18:34

      Thank you so much! I have passed it on. 🙂

       
  6. thelupinelibrarian

    May 23, 2012 at 20:26

    French reference question for you: what is the context of the phrase “de geste” (it has something to do with poetry). If you have any inklings, I would love all the help I can get!

     
    • wildnightin

      May 24, 2012 at 19:17

      It translates as ‘gesture’, but can be used to refer to epic poems. Do you have the sentence it’s in? I’d be happy to help as much as I can. 🙂

       
      • thelupinelibrarian

        May 24, 2012 at 19:59

        that’s all i had to go on, but i think the phrase our patron was looking for was “chaston de geste” Thanks for your help 🙂

         
      • wildnightin

        May 24, 2012 at 20:15

        Yes, a chanson de geste is an epic poem. Glad to have helped a bit. 🙂

         
  7. azleader

    June 7, 2012 at 13:24

    Words we write are who we are after we die

     
    • wildnightin

      June 7, 2012 at 16:45

      That is as powerful as your photos.

       
  8. jennysserendipity

    June 7, 2012 at 13:43

    Thank you so much for the following. I love your introduction and your blog is interesting. Will follow back. 😉

     
    • wildnightin

      June 7, 2012 at 17:41

      You’re welcome. I really like your writing style. Plus you sound like you have a crazy and cool life. 🙂

       
  9. Rhonda

    June 7, 2012 at 14:37

    Love your intro and your style. You have such an ease about it. I can tell you love words and you use them very well. I’m excited about this site…I have seen others that do book reviews and such, and they are good, but a little predicable as to content. Yours, from what I’ve seen so far, is no such thing. Thanks for popping your head in my window…I love when it results in the expansion of my own little world. Such a wonderful thing. I look forward to your reviews and commentary and best of luck and have great reads while in France.
    Oh, and thanks for the follow! Looking forward to getting to know you.
    R

     
    • wildnightin

      June 7, 2012 at 18:50

      Thank you so much. I love finding blogs that reflect their creators’ character, especially when they’re good people, so I was really excited when I found yours. I’m really looking forward to reading more of your poetry and other musings. 🙂 I’m glad you liked the posts so far. Making people feel happy, even for a moment is such a wonderful sensation.
      Thanks again. 🙂

       
      • Rhonda

        June 7, 2012 at 19:00

        anytime! and my thoughts exactly!

         
  10. Rhonda

    June 7, 2012 at 18:30

    In the next hour…or anytime after that, please come by and visit my One Ugly Tomato post…there is something there for you! 🙂
    R

     
  11. katybrandes

    June 11, 2012 at 18:27

    Hey, Cat! I’ve given you a “Best Commenter” award. It’s at http://katybrandes.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/best-commenter-award/ if you want to claim it. Cheers!

     
    • wildnightin

      June 12, 2012 at 11:10

      Thank you so much! It’s a really new, shiny award. 🙂

       
  12. easyondeyes

    June 15, 2012 at 08:22

    Thank you for following our blog. Looking forward to checking out your blog too! 🙂

     
  13. laboucheaoreille

    June 27, 2012 at 20:18

    Bonsoir,
    Vous suiviez mon blog “la bouche à oreille” jusqu’à il y a peu de temps. Je voulais juste vous signaler qu’il avait changé d’adresse et s’appelait maintenant “laboucheaoreilles” (oreilles au pluriel).
    Je trouve que vous parlez de livres très intéressants sur votre blog mais je n’arrive pas toujours à comprendre toutes les phrases – mon niveau d’anglais est assez basique 🙂
    J’ai cru comprendre que vous rentriez en Angleterre ce mois-ci – je vous souhaite un bon retour.

     
  14. TearLily

    June 29, 2012 at 04:05

    Hey I just tagged you in a game post type thing! Don’t feel like you have to play if you don’t want to though.

    http://tearlily.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/tag-game/

     
  15. thelupinelibrarian

    July 5, 2012 at 22:22

    I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award 🙂

    For more info, please visit:

    versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/

    Happy Blogging!

     
  16. katybrandes

    July 6, 2012 at 19:28

    And here I am again nominating you for a Liebster Award and hope you wish to participate. More details are at http://katybrandes.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/liebster-blog-award/. Have a lovely weekend!

     
  17. farmyarder

    March 1, 2013 at 21:05

    Just discovered that you have kindly reviewed my book! Thank you so much, it means a lot to this hobbyist writer! MJM.

     
  18. Alison and Don

    July 11, 2014 at 15:00

    Hello wildnightin, nice to meet you. Thanks for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    Cheers, Alison

     

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