Saturday, November 10, 2007
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Posted at 04:17 pm by Allura

Happy Blog-a-versary to Me!

Ok, that's a really cheezy title, and the grammar is driving me mildly batty but, yeah...this blog is four years old today. I know I haven't posted much at all lately. For the past few months, I've either been really busy with work...or burnt out and sick. I'm going to try to make posts more of a priority, though, and post them as I think of them, not "later." Keep in mind, though, you might get more political stuff as the US primaries keep going. Either that, or I'll get sick of the whole mess (which I mostly am). Kinda like D&D 4e. I'll worry about it when it's done. So, yeah, Happy Blog Anniversary.

Posted at 01:36 pm by Allura

Books: Three from Kari

Kari loaned me a ton of books at one point, so I've been working my way through them. Her tastes & mine line up sometimes, but not always, and all three of these are not books I would have picked up on my own.

First, was Dragon Bones. I didn't even realize it was a duology. Anyway, it was a bit slow, although interesting. There's a lot of people and a lot of locations but it felt oddly paced, like it was both slower and faster than it could/should have been. I enjoyed it but something felt off kilter about it; I can't quite put my finger on it.

Next, was Resenting the Hero, which is nowhere near as cheesy as the cover makes it look. It was pretty good, but I prefer my main characters to be a bit stronger.  She sorta floats along until the end, but she also has no training to do anything but, so it makes sense. It feels like it's going to turn into a particularly sappy romance novel any minute, but it never does. The world is really interesting; it's a "fantasy" world in the sense that it's been forgotten by/has forgotten the original offworld settlers. Tech seems to have regressed awfully far for starting with that conceit. I think I would have preferred a "generic" fantasy world that just sprang up somewhere; I don't think the "we know we were settled in the distant past" adds anything to the story. Other than that, though, the idea of natural disaster controllers is interesting and unusual. I think there's a sequel to it, and would like to read it.

The last was Dhampir, which, honestly, I almost put down. It was SLOW. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for it, bc I picked it back up again a few days later and finished the second half rather quickly. They mixed a dark ages vampire story with a bit of fantasy (we've got some elves, a small bit of magic, etc). The problem is that the opponents were more sympathetic than the protaganists, I think. There's a bit too much in the way of coincidences, too. But, I did finish it, and it wasn't bad, just not my first pick.

Currently reading:
Dragon Bones (The Hurog Duology, Book 1)
By Patricia Briggs

Currently reading:
Resenting the Hero
By Moira J. Moore

Currently reading:
By Barb Hendee

Posted at 12:00 am by Allura

Friday, November 09, 2007
SBQ: Recycling

When you have to frog out stitches, do you reuse that thread or do you start over with a new strand?

It depends what it looks like. Often, the thread gets frayed or broken or knotted. But if it looks fine, I'll keep going with it, particularly if I didn't have to frog the entire thread.

Posted at 11:59 pm by Allura

SBQ: Designing

If you were a cross stitch designer, what would your design style be?

Ooh...That's a good one. I like bright, jewel colors in a traditional style. I like fantasy topics and a lot of the portrait style ones (ala Miarbilia or MLI). I'd probably do some home decor/useful item stuff, too. There's only so much wall space in most homes.

Posted at 04:03 pm by Allura

SBQ: Railroading

Do you railroad?

Nope. I'm not even exactly sure what it is. IIRC, it's a technique where you lay each stitch over a little cynlidrical tool, so the stitches lay perfectly and have even tension. I know folks who say it's just as fast once they get going, but I have enough coordination issues, thanks. :)

Posted at 12:57 pm by Allura

Thursday, November 08, 2007
Grammar Test

I'm always glad when I "pass" these...


Your Language Arts Grade: 100%

Way to go! You know not to trust the MS Grammar Check and you know "no" from "know." Now, go forth and spread the good word (or at least, the proper use of apostrophes).

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Posted at 10:20 am by Allura

Sunday, October 21, 2007
SBQ: Gift Giving

What proportion of your stitching is for your own personal use versus gifts?

I think the ratio is 8:1 if you count the current projects. Basically, I've never done something just for me, which is why I'm working on The Dreamer. I figured after finishing 7 projects for gifts, it was time. Of course, my travel project is another gift...

Posted at 10:03 pm by Allura

Books: Grave Sight

This novel's a mystery with a twist, which I hadn't realized when I started it. It's one of a pile of books that Kari said, "Here, read these," and I had assumed they were all sci-fi/fantasy. The twist is that the main character, Harper Connelly, can find/sense the dead. No talking to them, just a sense of where they are and what their final moments were. Usually she just finds a body/confirms how someone died and then moves on to the next town. This time, she gets more involved and ends up sticking around and finding out the who, how, and why beyond the what. I had figured out part of the "who" early on, but if there was a clue to the other half I missed it. Also, even now that I've finished the book, I just don't see the motive as a good reason for committing murder, but I guess that's me not understanding the f*ed up mess that passes for logic in nutjobs, real or imaginary.  My other issue is that I felt Harper was a bit of a wuss, although she got better as the book progressed. Then again, she's overwhelmed by the unusual circumstances, so I guess it makes sense. I haven't read a mystery in ages, and I did enjoy this one.

Currently reading:
Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1)
By Charlaine Harris

Posted at 05:37 pm by Allura
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Books: Magic Study

This is the sequel to Poison Study. It's "romantic fantasy," which seems to mean that at some point, the character starts mooning over a guy. That's not a bad thing, per se, but it's something to be aware of, esp since I'm not overly fond of the romance genre on it's own. However, I really like the world of this book, and the main character is pretty darn resourceful, a trait I like. This book definitely feels like the middle of a trilogy. It's more about Yelena (the main character)'s growth as she meets her family and learns magic, than about any earth-shattering plot. The story is interesting, but it doesn't seem to be as, well, not epic, but large? as the previous book. Actually, I've been assuming this was a trilogy, but I wonder if it's going to go for four books instead. There's at least two major plotlines that don't seem closely related enough for one book. We'll see. I definitely want to read the next one, Fire Study, when it comes out.

Currently reading:
Magic Study
By Maria V. Snyder

Posted at 04:49 pm by Allura

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