If you’ve read much of my blog, then you will know I’m crazy about my cat, Mozzie. We’ve had him not quite a year and a half, and he adds so much to the family. Maybe it’s because he’s indoors, and the dogs aren’t, but he’s a character.
Right now, as I type this, he’s sleeping on the back of my office chair, a front leg dangling over each side, eyes closed. It’s so cute how he’ll do that.
Pet and I tend to work strange hours, and that often leads to us planning on doing all kinds of things on Saturday, only to blow it all off in favor of sleep. It’s a frustrating habit that we’ve been trying to break. Last Saturday proved to be an exception.
We were awake by 7:30 in the morning, which is usually only obtainable by gunpoint, or by the needs of the job. But both of us were wide awake and ready to climb out of bed at that time. A few weeks prior I’d had the urge to go see Mount St. Helens, but Pet wasn’t into it. This weekend, I gave her a list of options: Mount St Helens, drive up the Gorge and see the waterfalls and Crown Point, the Mcloughlin House, or something else, but we had to get out and do something.
I was busy in May, managing 8 books this month. I guess that makes up for the lack of reading in April. I had more downtime this month, which translated into reading more. This month was a mix of fiction and non fiction, paper, ebook, and audiobook. It was quite a change from a usual month.
The Siren – Keira Cass
So, this wasn’t the first book of the month for me, but rather, it came after The Elite. I guess I was in a Keira Cass mood this month. This book is… average. And average is probably pretty generous. It feels like a first book, and acts like one, which is a shame, because the idea is impressive.
In this book, the Ocean isn’t inanimate, but a create of her own. And she feeds on humans to survive. When she can’t get enough humans on her own, she uses her sirens to bring more people to their deaths. Kahlen, along with a cast of other sirens, are girls who should have drowned, but the Ocean took pity on them, and allowed them to survive, if they agree to give her 100 years. The catch? They have to be silent around humans, because even a giggle or a shriek makes humans want to drown themselves in the nearest water.
So, I made a glass chessboard. I’d been wanting to make a gameboard for a while. My mother made me a lovely tic tac toe game for my birthday, and I’d been considering making one for a while.
The idea of a chessboard stuck in my mind earlier this week, and so I started cutting tiny squares for it. MY kiln is only 14 inches, which means my kiln shelf is 12 inches, so the largest I can go with anything is about 11.5 inches. This chessboard measures just over 8 inches. I haven’t completely cleaned it, and I haven’t coldworked the edges, so it’s just rough and out of the kiln.
I swap all manner of things on Swap Bot, as I’ve posted about before. One of the swaps I joined was a Mad Libs variation, where the swap host created a letter from a flaker. If you don’t use Swap Bot, a flaker is someone who signs up for a swap, but then doesn’t send the item.
Since a number of people visiting my site come from Swap Bot, I thought I’d post the letter that resulted from my Mad Libs. Want to make your own letter? You can find a link to that specific one here, and if you do, paste it in the comments! I’d like to see it.
I’m stuck up in the greater Seattle area tonight, trapped in Rosie until I deliver at o ‘dark thirty. There are some benefits though, such as a couple good places to eat, and for a change, 4G internet on my phone. So I’m not without the Internet to entertain me tonight.
But, by far the best thing to come out of my unexpected exile? This happy girl.
Yes, I realize that the last post I did was a March reading log. I was busy in April, lots of work, and Camp Nanowrimo. I’ll post again soon. I hope
It’s May, which means I hosted another swap on Swap Bot for a reading log, this time for the month of April. Here’s my reading log, it’s a whole 2 books.
I’m doing a swap, where I exchange my reading list for March with other people. It’s on Swap Bot, which is home to a great number of interesting swaps. You should check it out.
Anyway, the swap I’m in is an electronic swap, so I thought I’d kill 2 birds with one stone for it: post to my neglected blog, and complete the requirements of the swap. So, here’s my reading list for March.
Novel Shortcuts – Laura Whitcomb
I want to write books, especially young adult novels, and so I’ve managed to get my hands on just about every writing book I can. This was one of those books.
It’s… okay. Not great, but okay.
One of my biggest problems with the book is that she thinks you need to use all these things to make you book interesting. One of those things is a plot device. But to her, a plot device is like starting every chapter with a quote, or writing in diary format. They’re more gimmicks than devices.
She also talks about something called the crosshairs moment. I’m still not sure what it is. It’s either plot points, or the climax of your novel, but she’s not clear.
Shortcut to a Scene is the only chapter that I really liked in the book. I have a lot of trouble mapping out scenes, and plots, to be honest, so I found it useful. Now, I just need to try it.
Yes, I am a big dork. Thank you for noticing.
About a year ago, I adopted a cat from the CAT Adoption Team in Sherwood, Oregon. I’d lost my cat, Cleo about a year before, and so I’d been catless for a while. To be honest, I was catless from when I started going over the road driving, until I got Mozzie. A few days a month to pop in and say hi to your feline? That’s as good as not having a cat at all.
So, Mozzie has been with us about a year. I don’t remember the exact day, but if I combed through Facebook and Twitter, I’m sure I could find the date. Coincidentally, world cat day was yesterday in a few countries, and Monopoly is putting in a cat token, so now’s as good a time as any to post about Mozzie.
Pet’s been working through most of Red Dwarf on Netflix. In one of the seasons, a sparrow gets turned into a dinosaur. There’s a line about the dinosaur eating cow vindaloo, and I went to look it up.
I went to Swag Bucks to search, on the chance I’d win Swag Bucks, and I put in “dinosaur eats cow” and then I stopped, because I wasn’t sure how to spell vindaloo. so I put in V, and it offered to complete it, but I couldn’t see what it was offering for V. So I told it okay.