Because it’s been on my mind a bit, courtesy of some recent discussions on my twitter timeline (or whatsitcalled? I’m still a twitter n00b).
First up, as a reminder The Last Unicorn Read-along is scheduled for June 17th to July 7th. Come join me! so tired it really isn’t amusing anymore and life has been… Well, it’s been. I’m horribly behind on all my goals. T_T
This is partly due to happy circumstances and partly due to sad ones. The happy one I feel I can’t talk about in public but it involves typocatching. (It’s a courtesy thing, so this is all I’ll say.) I’m only sad that the sad circumstances have affected that deeply as well.
The sad circumstance is that one of the dogs, Luna, is ill. Read More
Lookit, my May goals.
I Want to Read:
– River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
– The Sound of Butterflies by Rachael King
– Seaward by Susan Cooper
– The Poppet and the Lune by Madeline Claire Franklin
I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction
I’ve failed on both counts. I didn’t manage to read River of Stars, which is only partially because I’ve been bit (again) by the “Noooooo! I will have no more new-to-me GGKay books to read until he publishes another one if I read this!” bug and I abandoned The Sound of Butterflies for the very simple reason that the narrative structure irked me because it wasn’t what the back blurb advertised or promised me I’d get. I read a TON of other things, though. O_O
I wrote a little over 8,100 words, which is actually a lot better than I’d assumed it’d be. Spring is always a busy time at work and May tends to be crunch time, but I’ve also been trying to sort out some health-related issues that so far have gone nowhere. (I’m very grateful to all of my friends going “Well, it SOUNDS like X”, because it makes me feel marginally less like I’m imagining things.)
I did, however, release another short story booklet, which I haven’t announced officially because I Fail at marketing: The Little Engine That Couldn’t, if anyone is interested curious. It’s not quite what it sounds from the title, but I’ll let the link tell you more if you’re interested.
For June my plans will be no less ambitious. I have my The Last Unicorn Read-along, which I hope people will join me on. I’d like to catch up on rambling about the books I’ve read and see about polishing up the 2011/2012 collection I’m working on finally. (I keep finding things to fiddle with and I suspect I will continue to do so until the cover art is sorted. I am SO looking forward to the cover art and working with my cover artist on them. <3<3<3I Want to Read:
– The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff
– Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
– Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
– The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction
I feel like May was a step upwards from April at least so here’s to making sure June follows suit! I have stories I’m excited about! (They’re also scary, really. Will I do everyone justice? How long will it take me to write? Will people enjoy it? How long will it be? Will I manage not to be distracted by other shinies? I got distracted by in-story folklore about 300 words into the story. It’s not my fault my protagonist used stories to illustrate a point! It may be my fault that I went and chased the shiny, but once you see the shiny too you will know why I ran off to chase it. IT IS THE BESTEST FOLK TALE EVER. And I’ve seen some awesome folktales, so I feel like I have a kind of basis of comparison that works to lessen the bias. I probably don’t, but it is still the BESTEST FOLK TALE EVER. It fills me with squee and giggles.) Maybe, if people ask (nicely), I will polish it up and add it to the collection as a little bonus, even though it’s a 2013 piece. It’s not like I’ve got to stick to a specific word count or anything.
I had to attend (well, I suppose I didn’t have to) a wedding anniversary yesterday. I think I’m now officially the smallest grandchild even though I’m the second oldest. It was lovely to see my family again, but so. many. people. (My family is huge. We could fill a small restaurant comfortably, so add in the other family and family friends and… yeah.) And the room was so small and we stayed so long and today I’m just going to do absolutely nothing. I’ve caught up on my monthly goal posts and now I’m going to rest and relax and recharge. I shan’t even read or write. Granted, I’m not sure what else I’ll do with my time, but we’ll see.
This blog post by Peter Ball fills me with the desire to quote all the lines. Well, not all of them. And I haven’t read On Writing, so I can say nothing about the book either way, but. Here, let me just quote bits. It’ll be easier. Read More
I’m looking for recipe ideas! Well, actually, a very dear friend of mine is looking for recipe ideas to rekindle interest in food and I offered to post something to ask my readers/dwircle for help. I’m a lousy cook, so signal boosting is pretty much the best way I can help and I know some of my readers/dwircle are avid cooks or otherwise know a fair deal more recipes than I do.
Obviously, though, these recipes have some specific requirements or any old recipe book would do. I’ll make a bulleted list for everyone’s convenience.
- they need to be vegetarian (no meat of any kind, no beef, no veal, no fish, no chicken, etc) or easily adaptable to a vegetarian dish
- they need to be nutritious (er, I suppose that’s obvious, but.)
- they cannot be oven-based
- they cannot include anything difficult to source on a small Scottish island (e.g. tomatoes = fine, sweet potatoes = fine, pak choi = nope, Eastern/Mexican speciality foods = right out)
My friend’s all right with adapting recipes if it’s just replacing X ingredient with Y ingredient, so hopefully that last won’t prove much of an issue for people in the recipes they want to recommend. She’s not in a particularly good place right now emotionally, so I really, really mean it when I say that the recipes need to be nutritious!
Anyone have any recipe suggestions? My friend absolutely needs specific, direct, human recommendations because she just isn’t in the headspace to experiment a lot or deal with having to figure out which recipes on a site/in a cookbook are good recipes for her to try right now.
Thank you so much in advance for thinking along or/and signal boosting! <3
ETA: *facepalms* D’oh. You can absolutely link to specific recipes instead of typing them up yourself in a comment! It’s going “Here is a site with lots of recipes for you to look through” that she can’t deal with right now.
ETA2: First, I’d like to give everyone a great big THANK YOU to everyone who’s offered recipes and signal boosted (so far). But what I’m mainly editing for is a brief note brought to my attention by jjhunter.
Below is what my friend mentioned when asked for a slightly more elaborate list:
“Fresh, I can currently get tatties, sweet potato, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, courgettes, spinach, tomatoes, asparagus, carrots, chives, eggs (providing the hens are laying well)…cheeses…onions. Green/red peppers, lemons and aubergines in the big supermarkets if I’m lucky. Dried or canned I can get pearl barley, pasta, lentils, various beans, peas, sometimes sweetcorn. Probably couscous if I looked for it.”
I hope that helps people!
When I grew up there were a couple of movies that I’d watch over and over and over. The Last Unicorn was one of them, but it was years before I realised that the movie was based on a book — we’d taped it when it was on TV, you see, and that bit of rather crucial information did not survive — and it would be years more before I finally got my hands on a copy of the book by Peter S. Beagle. In fact, it was a gift for my 18th birthday. I was enchanted. It’s one of the few books I’ve allowed myself to reread after my TBR pile got completely out of control and it’s one of the few books on my “My precious” shelf, also known as the “I am not lending this to you even if you live in the same house as me” shelf. (I’m very protective of those books; if anyone’s going to accidentally wreck them or read them until they fall apart, it’s me.)
The Last Unicorn was a comfort read during a dark time for me too. I have all the love and feels for this book (and the movie) for all sorts of reasons, which is getting rather in the way of writing a great introduction to my read-along plans, but promises you will get copious amounts of squee later on. I promise to try and have interesting discussion questions (and answers), but my lack of self-confidence keeps me from guaranteeing you’ll have that, sorry. T_T Hence why the squeeing is important. There will be lots of squeeing and squealing.
The Last Unicorn is Peter S. Beagle’s most famous work. Have a description of the plot (don’t worry, it’s a back blurb with little-to-no spoilers):
The unicorn discovers that she is the last unicorn in the world, and sets off to find the others. She meets Schmendrick the Magician–whose magic seldom works, and never as he intended–when he rescues her from Mommy Fortuna’s Midnight Carnival, where only some of the mythical beasts displayed are illusions. They are joined by Molly Grue, who believes in legends despite her experiences with a Robin Hood wannabe and his unmerry men. Ahead wait King Haggard and his Red Bull, who banished unicorns from the land.
I love this story and the world so much. I can’t even. <3 But because I love this tale so much and because I was introduced to it, like many, through the movie adaptation, I also wanted to devote some time to re-exploring those related works I’ve managed to get my hands on alongside the book, and I wanted to invite/encourage people to do the same, so that’s why the read-along dates are a little… funky-looking.
The schedule for the read-along will be as follows:
June 17th – June 23rd: Chapter 1 through to the end of chapter 7
June 24th – June 30th: Chapter 8 to the end
July 1st – July 7th: Related works (i.e. the movie, the graphic novel, Two Hearts, The Woman who Married the Man in the Moon, etc)
You can get a copy of The Last Unicorn (book, graphic novel or movie) at your usual retailer; Two Hearts is collected, amongst others, in The Line Between; and The Woman who Married the Man in the Moon can also be found in Sleight of Hand.)
I’ll be putting up my posts on Fridays, so that’s the 21st, the 28th, and the 5th. This way anyone who wants to use my (discussion) questions can do so and have some time left to mull over their thoughts.
I don’t normally do linkspam round-ups like this on my WP blog. I’d tell you I’m not sure why, but I know exactly why: making these posts on WP scares me. People I don’t know might see them and judge me and — Well, you get the idea. It doesn’t bother me as much on DreamWidth because the culture there is very different.
Anyway, here you are. An assortment of links of potential interest and signal boosts. And this time — it’s probably the coffee — I actually have the energy to make them proper links! *gasp* I am quite happy about that. This looks so much nicer.
Hope there are interesting links in there and further signal boosting is no doubt appreciated!
- Neverland’s Library still has a week to raise its funds. It has a flexible funding campaign, so whatever you fund for will go to them. They’ve got a pretty neat line-up of authors ready so far (and submissions are still open for a little while longer)!
- Brenda Novak’s Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research is still running until May 31st.
- Carrie Cuinn is offering words in exchange for money to help offset medical bills.
- Save the UK’s public libraries petition
- TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, an academic journal. Here, have a quote: “Transgender Studies has far-reaching implications across many academic disciplines, including not only gender and women’s studies, sexuality studies, and LGBT Studies, but also social sciences, health, art, cultural studies, and many other broadly defined fields. The development of transgender studies also makes a politically significant intervention into the lives of trans community members with tremendous unmet needs, by changing what and how we know about transgender issues.”
They’re getting close to their funding goal with still 20 days to go.
- How to help tornado victims in Moore, OK, USA
- adelheide is selling jewellery
- National MS Society Fundraising: We’re doing a raffle! (But also fundraising.)
- M.C.A. Hogarth’s Earthrise Kickstarter is still going for three more days. It’s already made its goal.
- RITE OF PASSAGE, the Steamfunk Movie. This sounds awesome.
- Sarah Diemer’s new novel, Twixt, is currently available on Amazon for free
The last time I did a book spine meme, I came up with a grammatically correct sentence that was something like seventeen books long. If I still had the books and/or the photographic evidence I would show you all and prove it, but that’s not what this post is about.
This post is about how I was bored tonight and caught in a mood where I did not (still don’t) want to read. (At least the author whose book I’m reading now knows how to use vocative commas. They’re still not hard, people!) Anyway. I was poking about the internet as you do and came across a book spine meme note.
And I thought to myself that it would be an utterly brilliant idea if I, you know, putzed around with my book titles just for the fun of it. Except… Except two things, really, or possibly three depending on how you count:
My April goals were as follows…
I Want to Read:
– Yellow Moon by Jewell Parker Rhodes
– The Various by Steve Augarde
– Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction
I’ve failed to read Moving Pictures (sadness, but I haven’t really been in a humour read and I read, like, 25 other books), but I did read Yellow Moon and The Various!
And quite against my expectations, I also made my writing goal! (Surpassed it, actually, by about a thousand words.) April started off as an abysmal writing month. I barely wrote anything for the first half, but things picked up in the last week or so. I got 10+K written the past week. I’ll take it any week! Here’s to hoping I’m back on top of things for May!
My unofficial readathon was off to a… rather rocky start. We had visitors during the first few hours and then I couldn’t focus on my book or kept getting interrupted.
I interrupted my own reading all the time too, but that was intentional. I am… seriously contemplating running a couple of read-alongs later in the year. I’m still trying to work everything out and settle on dates and questions and ways to manage it. (The one date I’m certain of is an August/September readalong for Seaward by Susan Cooper. That’s roughly when the book is scheduled to get republished, so it makes sense to host the readalong then.)
This is all very scary and feeling like my questions are better suited to a reading guide than a read-along isn’t really helping, but I’m having fun.
Today’s read has been The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. It’s a reread and it’s every bit as lovely now as it was when I first encountered the book. I’ll be tackling Seaward tomorrow and hopefully I’ll find it easier to concentrate on all the reading then. And questions. (Oh! If anyone has ideas for questions on either, please do send them my way. I’ll give you credit if I end up using them! Can’t promise that, but…)
Today has also involved attempting to play Trine 2 with my cousin. That game is every bit as hilarious in multiplayer as I’d hoped. Honestly, we’re neither of us great at puzzle solving. I think we spent half an hour trying to make our way through a timing puzzle? A timing puzzle. (Timing and rhythm, I has them not. We finally solved that puzzle by going “You know what? This is a local multiplayer. Let’s just swap controllers so you can get BOTH of our characters across” and lo that solved the timing puzzle.)
And then my BPAL order arrived. Thanks for not telling me, USPS! Turns out ordering several imps at once is a bad idea (even if it’s sound financial sense) because the scents all mix together and oh my head. (I’m fine with perfumes oils individually, but all mixed up that’s a headache waiting to happen.)
Also, readathons apparently make me very chatty? But today has been a pretty decent day all things considered. Now it is time for bed and tomorrow it is time for more reading. I hope to reread Two Hearts and The Woman Who Married the Man in the Moon again as well.
And continue my typocatching and polishing, so I can call this tale done before the end of the month. That would be a marvellous way to end the month.