Friday Review: Taken by Erin Bowman

Taken by Erin Bowman My rating: 4 of 5 stars Taken is the story of Gray Weathersby, seventeen years old, and one of the oldest male residents of Claysoot. When each boy reaches his eighteenth birthday, he is stolen from the town in what the villagers refer to as the Heist. No one knows what … Continue reading Friday Review: Taken by Erin Bowman

Wednesday Wanderings: Maleficent, Lessons from Muppets, Scotch Flavor Profile Graphic, and Beer Jelly Bellies?

I see they finally got around to making the story of my life. And they got Angelina Jolie to play me! Granted, she's not ginger, but she'll do: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/jolie-wicked-maleficent-trailer-article-1.1592791 Pretty much all you need to know in life. Learned from puppets: http://www.buzzfeed.com/dorieanstevenson/life-lessons-we-learned-from-jim-henson For the Scotch drinkers out there, a nice infographic that gives flavor profiles … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Maleficent, Lessons from Muppets, Scotch Flavor Profile Graphic, and Beer Jelly Bellies?

Monday Musings: Puppy Update, She’s Moving Out!, and C-c-c-c-cold

Lambeau is doing fine. He has gotten visibly bigger since we brought him home just a few weeks ago. Had him to the vet for his second set of shots. He goes back next month for the last round, and his rabies. He will start on heartworm medication, as well. The vet did think he … Continue reading Monday Musings: Puppy Update, She’s Moving Out!, and C-c-c-c-cold

Friday Review: Lord of Emperors (Book 2 of The Sarantine Mosaic) by Guy Gavriel Kay

Lord of Emperors by Guy Gavriel Kay My rating: 4 of 5 stars I am a fan of Kay's books. I enjoy his use of language, his always engaging characters, and the detail he brings to his worlds. Based on the real world Byzantine empire, this duology (the first book is Sailing to Sarantium) is … Continue reading Friday Review: Lord of Emperors (Book 2 of The Sarantine Mosaic) by Guy Gavriel Kay

Wednesday Wanderings: Spiderman Space Suit, Web Connecting Galaxies, Favorite Pubs of Famous Authors, Harry Potter Guide to UK

A new design for astronauts' space suits: Looks like Spiderman, but may allow exploration of Mars: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3023128/futurist-forum/this-sleek-spiderman-spacesuit-could-take-astronauts-to-mars#1 Astronomers get first look at web tha connects galaxies: http://io9.com/our-first-glimpse-of-the-web-that-connects-all-galaxies-1505762919 Ever wanted to drink in the same pubs as famous authors? For book nerds who love a good cocktail, here's a list of some pubs favorited by famous … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Spiderman Space Suit, Web Connecting Galaxies, Favorite Pubs of Famous Authors, Harry Potter Guide to UK

Wednesday Wanderings: Street Art, Pursuing Happiness, Scary Hiking Trail, and Lighthouses Turned into Giant Icicles

Some pretty cool street art: http://memolition.com/2013/02/02/the-best-examples-of-street-art-in-2012-48-pictures/# Turns out there actually is a happy gene. But it only affects about a third of your overall happiness. And there are things you can do to boost those happy feelings, and develop a stronger immune system: http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness/wellness/The-Pursuit-of-Happiness.html Umm, no thanks I'll make my own tea, I think: http://www.viralnova.com/dangerous-trail-huashan/Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Street Art, Pursuing Happiness, Scary Hiking Trail, and Lighthouses Turned into Giant Icicles

Monday Musings: Puppy In The House, Piano Tuning, and the Chili Cookoff I May Regret

Could someone please remind me why I wanted a puppy? I am kidding. Sort of. I mean, he is stinkin' cute, but boy, oh, boy, is he ever a puppy. There are times when all you hear in the house is: Lambeau, No! Lambeau, Off! Bad Dog! He is not really a terrible dog. He … Continue reading Monday Musings: Puppy In The House, Piano Tuning, and the Chili Cookoff I May Regret

Friday (Movie) Review: Zero Dark Thirty

My rating: 3 of 5 stars The story of the search for and ultimate killing of Osama bin Laden by the CIA, Zero Dark Thirty was marketed as a thriller. It got pretty ¬†good reviews, and it seems many liked it. I found it rather less than thrilling. The story focuses on Maya, an agent … Continue reading Friday (Movie) Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Wednesday Wanderings: 2013 Darwin Awards, Snowstorms for Adults, SF&F Book Cover Art, and Lunch Art

The 2013 Darwin Awards are out, once again squashing our faith in the progress of human evolution: http://jdgroover.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/the-2013-darwin-awards-are-out/ In honor of the New Year's storm, 10 ways snow days change for adults: http://on.mash.to/1cr7mT2 Sci-fi and fantasy book covers from 2013. Just one person's list, but there is some pretty impressive artwork here: http://www.stainlesssteeldroppings.com/favorite-science-fiction-and-fantasy-book-covers-of-2013 Look what … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: 2013 Darwin Awards, Snowstorms for Adults, SF&F Book Cover Art, and Lunch Art

Monday Musings: Bringing the Magic Back

I have always loved to write. For as long as I remember, I have been writing: stories, essays, even a few (terrible) poems. Writing has been so many things to me, and at times, far more than just a creative endeavor. It has been my best friend, where I can talk about fear, pain, sorrow, … Continue reading Monday Musings: Bringing the Magic Back