Merry Christmas

25 12 2009

I’m finding words difficult this Christmas. I’m trying to be deep and eloquent… maybe that’s just not my style 🙂

Since I can’t find the words myself, I’m going to leave you with two things. The lyrics to my favorite Christmas song and a picture of our first Christmas tree from 6 years ago. Every ornament was hand made by us because we couldn’t really afford to buy them. I’m getting all weepy and nostalgic just thinking about how incredibly awesome that tree was simply because it was ours, in our first apartment. I don’t think I’ll ever have a tree more beautiful.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,
Jack Frost nipping on your nose,
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir,
And folks dressed up like Eskimos.

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe,
Help to make the season bright.
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow,
Will find it hard to sleep tonight.

They know that Santa’s on his way;
He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh.
And every mother’s child is going to spy,
To see if reindeer really know how to fly.

And so I’m offering this simple phrase,
To kids from one to ninety-two,
Although its been said many times, many ways,
A very Merry Christmas to you!

Merry Christmas to you and yours from me, The Hubby, and Missy.

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Happy Day

21 12 2009

Somebunny’s having a birthday today. Now, I’m not naming names, but it starts with a The and ends with -ubby.

He’s turning 29 today and apparently the world’s gonna end when he turns 32.  I’m just sayin’.





E-Readers – Someone Shares My Opinion

16 12 2009

I just had to share this from Tycho over at Penny Arcade:

I mentioned to Gabe that the LendMe feature didn’t extend to all books, and he was surprised to learn this, as “lending” a book digitally removes it from your device. It is, in many ways, like lending a person a real book. I suggested to him that this was precisely what they didn’t like – you have to warp your mind to perceive it, to understand why a publisher of books would hate the book as a concept, but there you have it. They don’t like that books are immutable, transferable objects whose payload never degrades. A digital “book” – caged on a device, licensed, not purchased – is the sort of thing that greases their mandibles with digestive enzymes.

Imagine what these people must think of libraries.

I’d like to reiterate that I called it first  🙂

Apparently the LendMe function is much like the Zune’s sharing functionality. It’s there… it’s chock full of DRM.. but not many publishers want to let you use it. What a way to take an awesome (and in my opinion, necessary) feature and render it useless.





New Story

15 12 2009

I’ve got a new story up! It’s based on a #twitfic I posted on Twitter a while ago.

“Who knew knitting needles made such good vampire stakes?”

It’s called Knitting Technique and you can find it under the Writing page and also here.





Book Review: Academ’s Fury

10 12 2009

Spoiler Warning:  This is the second book in a series (first book’s review here) and I will probably give away spoilers for the first book. If that bothers you please mark as read and come back when you’ve read the first book.

Brief Synopsis: For one thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the Furies–elementals of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Metal. But now, the unity of the Alerians hangs in precarious balance. The First Lord of Alera has fallen in his efforts to protect his people from the vicious attacks of their enemies. Now, the fate of the Alerians lies in the hands of Tavi, a young man who must use all of his courage and resourcefulness to save his people–and himself.

Tavi has grown up a bit from the first book. If you consider this series to be the tale of Tavi’s life (which it appears to be) this is the college years. He’s figuring out who and what are important to him.  Some of his naiveté is falling away as he realizes that not everyone is who and what they appear to be. He makes some good friends and some bad enemies along the way.

As Tami mentioned in my review of the previous novel, Furies of Calderon toed the line between young adult fiction and high fantasy. Academ’s Fury aaaaaaalmost crossed the line over into high fantasy. The next book, Cursor’s Fury which I’m about 150 pages into, makes it all the way over the line. 

It seems to me that we see a bit more of the other characters in this book than the first. Most of the events in FoC occur in Calderon Valley, and everything is basically part of the same plot arc. In AC you split your time between the capital city and the valley with two distinct plot lines. I think it’s a major factor in bringing this book out of the YA genre and into high fantasy. You get a better sense that the fate of the world hangs in the balance and there’s a much clearer battle between good and evil (as opposed to one guy against another).

As before, the world building and character development are superb! I think it’s Jim Butcher’s strength as a writer; characters you really identify with and a rich, immersive world. He never disappoints!

Summary

Another excellent read from Jim Butcher, 4.5 *’s

Trivia

Player: [after pushing an opponent all the way off the field] Sorry coach, I stopped when I heard the whistle.
Coach: Where were you taking him?
Player: The bus, it was time for him to go home.





It’s Comming On Christmas…

3 12 2009

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

But it don’t snow here
It stays pretty green
I’m going to make a lot of money
Then I’m going to quit this crazy scene
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
I wish I had a river I could skate away on

Yep… It’s that time of year again.  The holidays have snuck up one me once again.  I’m having trouble getting into the spirit this year.  It feels like it should only be early November… Yet here we are, Thanksgiving’s over, Christmas parties are coming up, I need to start buying christmas gifts.  I’m getting through the motions properly.  I’m organizing a Secret Santa gift exchange for my friends, organizing a party for my small group, we’ve adopted a family from a shelter for battered women and children… I’m just not feeling it.  Maybe it’s because it took so long to get cold around here.  I was wearing t-shirts up until the week before Thanksgiving, now it’s going to be snowing tomorrow.  Snow.  In Ausin.

Come to think of it… I’m not feeling much right now.  I’ve got so much stuff I feel like I HAVE to do it’s hard to get motivated to do the things I WANT to do.  That’s the main reason it’s been so quiet around here lately.  I feel like I’ve been run ragged… It’s been one thing after another since September.  Maybe things will calm down after Christmas?  Experience tells me I shouldn’t hold my breath.

In much happier news, The Hubby told me last night he wants to help me get my craft room set up.  We need to move a few things around but it shouldn’t be too much work.  Maybe this weekend 🙂

Maybe if I set up the Christmas tree after dinner I’ll feel more in the holiday spirit.