Saturday, 28 July 2012

Something For The Weekend: Update!

This weekend I am going to be moving the blog over to Tumblr, because I use it more and generally prefer the format. I think I'll be more motivated to update if it's all in one place. This blog will remain here because I'm not going to be moving every single post over.
So, bare with me! 

Friday, 27 July 2012

TGIF: Christmas in July

Christmas in July: If Santa were to come down your chimney in the middle of summer, which books would you want him to leave for you under the tree?

There are a lot!

BreadcrumbsThe Snow ChildMemoirs of an Imaginary Friend
Kat, Incorrigible (The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson, #1)Museum of Thieves (The Keepers, #1)Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

Picture Books:
Grandpa GreenBlackoutA Penguin Story

Swan: Volume 1What a Wonderful World!, Volume 1Horrible Story Monster Vol. 1 (Indonesian Edition)Anya's GhostWander (Dicebox, #1)The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone ByeWomanthology: HeroicFairy Tail, Vol. 1Robot Dreamsnot simpleSkimBlanketsCopperMouse Guard: Fall 1152 (Mouse Guard, #1)Bayou Vol. 1


I have been AWOL, for which I apologise. I could give you a long list of excuses (I've been busy focusing on my project, editing one of my novels, helping a friend edit their novel, my rat has been sick and required lots of attention, blogger went a bit weird on me...) but let's just say I'm sorry and I'll be getting back on track soon! 

I want to shake up the blog a bit more, make it more personal, maybe vlog a bit...who knows!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Something For The Weekend

Something To Do
Gift ideas
DIY Recipe Book
DIY Recipe Box
It's been raining all day here, so it's the weather is bad where you are too, why not use it as a chance to organise your kitchen? Get those recipes written up and neatly arranged so that you can easily find them!

Color before + after
You could also use the bad weather as a chance to stay in and learn how to create vibrant colour photographs!

Or why not check out this fantastic tumblr, which is bound to be super helpful if you're an artist or just interested in people.

Or maybe learn how to purge your closet?

Sylvia Plath
If you're feeling brave then maybe take Sylvia Plath's advice and "go out and do something".

Friday, 13 July 2012

TGIF: Quotes That Make You Swoon

Quotes That Make You Swoon: What are some of the most swoon-worthy quotes you've experienced in a book?

I'm not the sort of person who remembers quotes so this is a toughy! First, a poem:

“Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.

For ancient king and elvish lord
There many a gleaming golden hoard
They shaped and wrought, and light they caught
To hide in gems on hilt of sword.

On silver necklaces they strung
The flowering stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, in twisted wire
They meshed the light of moon and sun.

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away, ere break of day,
To claim our long-forgotten gold.

Goblets they carved there for themselves
And harps of gold; where no man delves
There lay they long, and many a song
Was sung unheard by men or elves.

The pines were roaring on the height,
The wind was moaning in the night.
The fire was red, it flaming spread;
The trees like torches blazed with light.

The bells were ringing in the dale
And men looked up with faces pale;
The dragon's ire more fierce than fire
Laid low their towers and houses frail.

The mountain smoked beneath the moon;
The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom.
They fled their hall to dying fall
Beneath his feet, beneath the moon.

Far over the misty mountains grim
To dungeons deep and caverns dim
We must away, ere break of day,
To win our harps and gold from him!”
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit 

“Love is the kind of thing that's already happening by the time you notice it, that's how it works, and no matter how old you get, that doesn't change. Except that you can break it up into two entirely distinct types -- love where there's an end in sight and love where there isn't.” - Banana Yoshimoto, Goodbye Tsugumi

“Each one of us continues to carry the heart of each self we've ever been, at every stage along the way, and a chaos of everything good and rotten. And we have to carry this weight all alone, through each day that we live. We try to be as nice as we can to the people we love, but we alone support the weight of ourselves.” - Banana Yoshimoto, Goodbye Tsugumi 

“What is honor compared to a woman's love? What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms . . . or the memory of a brother's smile? Wind and words. Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.” - George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!” - C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

This isn't from a book but is too lovely not to include:

“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real ... for a moment at least ... that long magic moment before we wake.
Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?
We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.
They can keep their heaven. When I die, I'd sooner go to middle Earth.” - George R.R. Martin

From The Review Pile: Pushing The Limits

Pushing the Limits
Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
Whoops! I meant to do this yesterday. Better late than never?

This arrived the other day and while reading the press release I have to say that some parts sound great and some parts not so much. The cover doesn't grab me at all, but I've said before that I just don't like covers with people on them very much, and the tag line isn't exactly inspired but it's not awful either. I also don't like when things are described as "insert title here meets other title", it just doesn't really say anything to me.

Anyway, I'm being picky. The story itself does sound pretty interesting and I do like stories about characters from backgrounds that you don't see very often, in this case therapy. But there are some other points that I find a little lacklustre. The bad boy thing has been done so many times before and I hope that Katie McGarry puts an interesting spin on things. I know that teenage girls tend to adore the idea of bad boys but surely even they get tired of reading about them over and over again? 

It is sold as "dealing sensitively with gritty themes of loss, love and change...a deeply compelling novel which challenges readers to abandon preconceptions and reconsider what 'normal' means" which does sound really good so hopefully it lives up to expectations! I am looking forward to reading it because overall it sounds very intriguing.

From Goodreads:
"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.
So wrong for each other...and yet so right.
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Page Turners: Girly

I am currently reading:
Girly by Josh Lesnick
Comics 247 - 503. This is from the Complete Collection that my fiancé bought when Josh Lesnick published the entire comic through Kickstarter, we also got the limited edition statue! I love Girly, it's a weird comic but it's super funny. As long as you're not offended by NSFW humour, same-sex relationships and obscure humour, you'll enjoy it.

Um...I can't really give a blurb because it's part of a long running series, so here's the blurb from the first book, from Goodreads:
Because you demanded it - Josh Lesnick's popular web comic strip is collected in handy graphic novel form Girly follows the adventures of Otra and Winter, a romantic odd couple living in Cute-Town. When Otra isn't busy shooting people into space, she reluctantly acts as Winter's "sidekick" - completely against her will. Wacky comedy, tender romance and surreal oddness abound in this hilarious and off-beat strip

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Sunday Catch Up

This week, aside from working, we have been gearing up for Summer of Sonic which was yesterday. We got up at 5 am and went to bed at 2 am. We met up with a couple of friends, two from university and the rest we know online, and went out for dinner at Wagamama afterwards which was nice.

Our town at 5.30 am.

The queue, in Brighton at about 9.30 am.

 Sonic came along to say hi, it was very cute because there were some little kids around too.

My fiancé playing Sega All-Stars Racers Transform. Steve Lycett from Sumi Digital also annouced that NiGHTS and Reeala will be playable in the game!

Some of the crowd. There was a large downstairs room and then another room upstairs with merchandise, art tables and food. There wasn't as much as the last couple of years, but they had an electrical fault at the original venue so had to move it all to this venue the night before! So I imagine they couldn't fit it all in.

Takashi Iizuka, Japanese game producer, game director, game designer, level designer, scenario writer and currently the head of Sonic Team did a Q & A.

 Cosplay contest, the Werehog won!

  Crush 40 performed! We've seen them before and I don't think that it was as good as the last time we saw them,  but it was still great. The sound system wasn't great, so at times it was little difficult to hear the lead singer, Johnny's, voice over everything else. My fiancé's ears are also still ringing!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Something For The Weekend

Something To Read
I Got Married At Nineteen. Well, not me obviously because I'm getting married next year and I'll be twenty-four when that happens. But I know that a lot of people think that twenty-four is too young to get married, so I imagine that a lot of people balk at the idea of someone pre-twenties getting married. Personally, I don't care but this is still a really interested interview about what it's like to get married so young and why they made that choice. Also, in a similar vein, Get Married For The Right Reasons.

10 Blog Design Layout Tips
If you run your own blog then here's some great tips on how to make the best of your layout.

I don't like advertising much at the best of times, mostly because advertisers apparently think that all women do is nag, clean and fuss over children. But it also bothers me that men are often portrayed as being pretty useless, especially when it comes to caring for anything other than gadgets, cars, sports or beer. Apparently men are incapable of washing anything or taking care of anything. But here's the thing, they're not. Men can, and often do, take part in all these areas of life, there are many men who love taking care of their kids, but they also get a lot of hassle for it. Dads These Days, How Those Lucky Bastards Actually Have It Kinda Shitty.

Something To Do
Self-portraits can be a total pain, whether it's just for Facebook or for your won website, so here's Five Tops For Better Self-Portraits, give them a go!

kitchen storage e1340582981356 11 Clever Ways to Maximize Space in Every Room of your Home
I live in a pretty big house really, well I think I do. It has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and a big front room/dining room and yet it's still the messiest place in the world. Mostly because we don't have enough shelving and because we don't have a hallway (it's upstairs) and there's no attic. So, here's Eleven Clever Ways To Maximise Space In Every Room Of Your Home, hopefully they'll work!
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