J-Mag Guthrie dabbles in a little bit of a lot of things. Too many to enumerate, but the diversity shows in her poetry. She lives with her two youngest (of five) children and her husband of many years (the number keeps going up...this is generally considered a good thing). She has an associate's degree in computer programming which she would like to find a full-time job pursuing. She also shares space with cats named Noodle and Fur Elise. She is literally in the closet—as her photo shows, her workspace is located in a functioning closet space. But it has good lighting (the former residents of the property may have been engaged in illicit agricultural activities) and privacy.
What do you read for pleasure?
This is a trick question. If it has words, I read it. I read writing forums, cookbooks, science fiction, fantasy, lyrics (google is your friend), science fact/information, programming how-tos, other how-tos, labels, menus, the backs of boxes, "Do not eat" on the little packets of dessicant found in various places, etc.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Five favorite anything is difficult. In no particular order (and they're not all prose) because they're all different and have different features that appeal. I used to tell people Heinlein was my favorite author so I have to say one of his. My favorite of his is "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" which is not what most people who list him as their favorite would say (this is cause for consternation sometimes). My favorite living author is Lois McMaster Bujold and of her books, my favorite is "Shards of Honor", which is one of the two good entry points to her science fiction series. Bujold gets two, though, as another in my top five is "Paladin of Souls" which is not an entry point but part of her five-gods universe (the entry point is "Curse of Challion" and well worth reading, but not in the tier). "Rise Up Singing" is in my top five--it is a book published by Hal Leonard that contains about 1500 sets of lyrics and chords with some melodies spelled out. I have owned several copies so it has to be on this list even though it's not a book you'd read through from cover to cover in order. Oh, and the book I checked out of the library on a whim that has me now cooking from ingredients instead of boxes -- "Cheap, Fast, Good," by Beverly Mills & Alicia Ross. I bought a copy and have been reading cookbooks since.
Baseball has served many as an allegory of life. From fan and player viewpoints spanning opening day to knowing when to hang it up, these poems portray a breadth of joys and heartbreaks we encounter along our journey. A thought-provoking collection you’ll return to again and again.