I was busy this month. I read a lot of shorter stories and novellas this month, making my total 10. One was a re-read so I could read the next book and finish a series. Another was an audio drama that I didn’t realize wasn’t a book. One was a collection of predictable short stories, and I finally got around to two books that have been on my “want to read” list for months.
A productive month, even if I could have chosen better books to read.
Guys in Love – L.A. Witt
This was a Bookbub freebie. It’s 4 short stories about guys who fall in love with another guy, usually someone who’s unobtainable, or someone they previously had a relationship with. It’s pretty much exactly what it says on the tin, and it’s only okay.
I haven’t done a lot with the glass this year. I’ve spent a lot of 2016 ill: twisted appendage on my intestine, gall bladder and appendix quitting the ship, and in July, a sinus infection that wouldn’t die. So, glass has taken a back seat.
I decided back in April or so that I’d get a project in the kiln. I wanted to use some scrap glass, so I settled on my turquiose and white scraps, on a black background. It took some measuirng, because I knew I wanted a 10″ plate, but I wasn’t sure how much space I needed between the squares. With a little trial and error I settled on what’s in the photo below. 33 pieces later (counting the base), it went in for a full fuse.
This month has been pretty rough with all the violence going on. We need to take a page from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and “Be excellent to each other.”
I managed 8 books in June, which is quite a lot for me. Granted, some of them are short stories, or novellas, but at least I’m reading. One of these is a collection of short stories, otherwise there would have been a lot more read this month.
Armada – Ernest Cline
We get it, Ernest Cline. You’re nostalgic for the 80s.
That was the primary thought going through my head as I listened to Armada. This book is chock full of 80s references, much like Ready Player One. Unlike Ready Player One, all of these were annoying.
This should have a subtitle: Or, why I am not a neat person.
I have never been a neat person. Even in my 30s, my bedroom is about as clean as a teenagers, and my living room alternates between “looks pretty decent” and “bomb has gone off.”
The same mess surrounds my glass workshop. I could make a pretentious comment about how artists need mess to create, but that’s most likely bullshit, so I won’t.
I’m just a messy person. That’s all.
I meant to have my second cake up in May, but life keeps getting in the way.
I made this one for my step mother, Phyllis. Her birthday was in January (I know, posting 6 months late), and the one thing you should know about Phyllis is that she loves gardening. Seriously loves gardening. She’s turned my grandfather’s large auxillery garden into a flower and fruit garden, and she’s wedded and pruned and planted all long the driveway from their place up to the junction in the driveway where my grandmother’s splits off. Gardening is Phyllis’ life.
I knew I wanted to put a flower on her cake. Originally, I thought about covering the cake in buttercream, then modeling chocolate in a nice bright shade of yellow. Then I was going to make a big flower to put on top.
So, I technically managed 5 books this month, but one of them is the last 1/3 of a series that I’ve already covered. Two of the other books are parts 1 and 2 of a 3 part series (with part 3 to be released this month).
Love and Decay, Volume Eight – Rachel Higginson
The final volume of the third season of Love and Decay ties the last 2 2/3 seasons together. Reagan, Haley, The Parkers, and the others in their group are in Mexico, trying to get to Columbia. Of course, nothing’s as easy as it seems, and they’re still fighting enemies from the former US, as well as new problems in Mexico.
I really liked this series, and didn’t want it to come to an end. The last volume was the hardest to read: there’s a LOT going on that’s not easy on all the characters. They have to face the Big Bad of the previous 2 seasons, plus all the crap that’s going on in Mexico. In the last episode, they make it to Columbia, and it’s been a harrowing journey.
Well, in theory I read 12 books in April. If you count the fact that two books held 6 novellas each, one held twelve, and one held 4, total “things” read is 36. I’m lumping the novellas into one review, as they’re all part of the Love and Decay series.
Love and Decay, Seasons 1, 2, and ¾ of 3 – Rachel Higginson
I found this from a BookBub offer, and unlike most of the books I download, I decided to read it pretty soon after buying, and then buy the rest. It’s kind of Walking Dead for the teenage/college set. Reagan and Haley have spent the last 2 years surviving the zombie apocalypse. It hasn’t been easy, but they’re getting by, one day at a time.
I figured the best way to start would be to make a cake I wanted to eat. Then I stumbled across the craziest cake: a tree stump with an axe balanced on the blade. I knew there was NO WAY I could attempt anything like that, but it did point me in a direction for finding a cake recipe.
And that’s how I found the Artisan Cake Company, owned by Liz Marek. She also has the Sugar Geek Show, and I signed up for the free lessons, so I could see how to properly frost a cake. Her videos helped a lot, so I used her vanilla cake recipe, and her easy buttercream recipe to make my cake.
Back in 2014, I decided to make a cake. I wanted one for my house to eat, and decided to give one to my father, who had just had a birthday. I went to town, bought new cake pans, cake mix, and frosting.
This was the result.
It doesn’t look too bad, does it? The yellow is the tub of frosting, the red is an aerosol frosting with a star tip, and you can just see the sprinkles I covered the sides with. It doesn’t look that bad.