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About Mnemosyne


MnemosyneAlthough Mnemosyne is best known for being mother of the Muses in greek mythology, I find her most compelling as the goddess of memory. Apart from her famous offspring, she is a collector of words and inventor of language. Talk about a dream avatar for a writing biblio/logophile like me.

After all, who can resist being mired in myth and being the topic of epic poetry, all while gracing a slew of Pre-Raphaelite paintings?

Some other random facts and figures about me:

Libra – zodiac sign

5 – number of tequila shots before willing Karaoke goddess

3rd – season stopped watching Lost for fear of having eyes permanently rolled to the back of head on account of interminable plot twists

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude– first book wished never read so can read all over again (Melquiades rocks!)

Others in this category:

  • Last Samurai Helen DeWitt
  • Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
  • East, West Salman Rushdie
  • Life of Pi Yann Martel
  • Runaway Alice Munro
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris

4 – number of times taken aback by Amy Winehouse’s increasingly ghoulish appearance while surfing internets

7 – number of times fallen asleep watching Dune, Star Trek, or other sci-fi show husband insists on watching over and over again perhaps in order to commit dialogue to memory

Kristin Scott Thomas – favorite French-speaking English actress

Isabelle Hupert – favorite English-speaking French actress

George W. Bush – least favorite English-speaking American

1,000 – most calories burned on elliptical machine in one go

1.5 – number of hours it took

Lucy Lotus – porn name following Childhood Pet’s Name + Childhood Street Name formula

Calvin & Hobbes – favorite comic strip of all time

Asterix The Gaul – favorite comic book series of all time

Thursday – level of NY Times crossword able to finish without completely tearing hair out or dialling Dad at ungodly hours

2 – number of poems written while under the influence of Fractal Geometry

rats – top primal fear

0 – number of times new haircut resembled mental visions of it no matter how detailed the description to the hairdresser

  • Of course, in real life, my name is Gemma Ybarra and I write to you from Kalamazoo, MI (yes, there really is one).
9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2009 9:19 pm

    Such an enjoyable read! I’ll be stopping by frequently:)

  2. mnemosynewrites permalink
    April 28, 2009 7:42 am

    Thank you, virtual namesake.
    And thanks for adding me to your blogroll, mind if I do the same? Absolutely love your Haiku.

  3. April 28, 2009 7:53 am

    Thank you! Yes, feel free to add me as well, it would be an honor. Can’t wait to peruse this site 🙂

  4. May 27, 2009 7:49 am

    Hi Gemma, thanks for the Kreativ Blogger Award 🙂 and for the wonderful discovery of your blog. Hope to chika some more with you!

  5. May 27, 2009 7:54 am

    You’re welcome, it was well deserved. And I would absolutely love to chika as well 🙂

  6. May 27, 2009 8:27 am

    What a lovely way to meet, Gemma. Thank you for passing on the Kreative Blogger Award. I’m still in shock about it, in rather a big way. I look forward to getting to know you better through your blog. And I’ve always wanted to meet someone who lived in Kalamazoo!

  7. May 27, 2009 9:39 am

    Take a bow, my dear- your blog is fabulous. I’m a frequent reader.
    Yes, Kalamazooans are a rare breed. Am newly minted myself, having moved from Chicago. Still learning the ways of the Force.

  8. May 31, 2009 10:59 pm

    Hi Gemma. I got the Kreative Blogger award from my dear friend Kathleen of “True Love, Six Kids, One Old House” and found my way to yours. I have never met someone who lives in Kalamazoo so this is a first.

    For sure, I will be coming back to catch up on your life. I’m Manila-based so am inviting you over for a visit too.

  9. June 1, 2009 8:09 am

    Hi Jane! I’m so glad you stopped by and introduced me to your lovely blog- definitely worthy of the KB Award.
    I shall visit often. Yay! I now have a go-to blog for Manila news.

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