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Jan. 23rd, 2015

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We started our new D&D campaign last night. The previous one of about three years wrapped up, my boy friend has a school conflict, so the DM decided he'd move the end session up a bit and we could wrap up the plot line. We might pick it up again some day, but for now it's "done".

The new version of D&D (5th edition) was voted as the new system and we spent last night making characters and having a quick "danger room" session, to get familiar with the system. I'm looking forward to this new game. My character in the previous campaign was very flat, basically just described by what he could do. But that was mostly how 4E was designed, as more of a miniatures or video game style. 5E is more like 2nd edition, and role playing will be more important. I'm actually excited about the back story I came up with, I hope it gets used in the game sometime. I'm going to try for a more out going and leader like character, we'll see if I can also be a more assertive player to make that happen.

In other news, work is stressful, I'm fairly down emotionally these days. I miss having time to read and draw. And I'm sad that I can't work out time to go see my folks and family.

Bright spot is vacation in two weeks, we'll be in New Orleans for a few days. I've never been there, so hopefully it'll be interesting and fun.

Jan. 19th, 2015

FF Shiny


Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches #1) by Cherie Priest lived up to the hype I was seeing online by friends and by other authors I enjoy. It's very classic Lovecraft, with a slow build, a bunch on confusing events, a complicated ending with the characters and reader only being aware of a small part and a good solid wrap up (with the possibility of more to come). There were a lot more survivors than I expected, and a surprising number of them were mostly sane as well. And the esoteric terms were lessen than anything from Lovecraft, which made for an easier read. Good solid horror.

Rating: A

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Jan. 19th, 2015

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This is pretty epic.

Jan. 16th, 2015

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Art Title: Temptation
Prompt Number: S1056
Artist: jkivela

Fic Title: Temptation
Author: julesblackangel
Fandom/Genre: SPN, Horror
Pairing(s): Adam (biblical)/Eve (biblical), Sam/Eve(biblical)
Rating: R
Word Count: 2,846
Warnings: Dub-con?
Summary: Once again an instrament for Lucifer, Sam brings the first sin to man kind.

Art Link(s): LJ | AO3
Fic Link(s): LJ


This is my submission for the Supernatural Reverse Big Bang for 2014. I was hesitant to do it again, since last year I had two authors drop out on me. But I decided to give it one more try, at least.

I'll post links to the fic when they go up.

I went with a lucifer/sam/temptation theme.

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Jan. 15th, 2015

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They have posted the Reading Bingo card for 2015. I really enjoyed using it in 2014 to drive my reading, but the reason I wanted to do it was to help pick what book on my TBR list I should read next. This year's card is very... Canadian.



Nothing wrong with that, but that dose not help me work down my TBR pile.

I've looked at a few reading challenges and some goodreads groups, but haven't found anything interesting. And there's been some talk among friends we could create our own card. But it's less random and challenging... and takes work.

So I might just skip the challenge this time. I have a decent list of things I want to read next anyway. And as long as I get about 2 books done a month, I'll feel I'm reading enough.

On my docket:
- Finish Maplecorft by C. Priest
- Read more Locke Lamora (thanks Heidi)
- Read the 4th JRR Martin book
- Continue rereading the Pern series
- Work on more of the Ender series by Card
- Reread the Drizzrt books, it's been since high school and now that we will start D&D 5th I'm craving that again, plus a) I'm sure they are quick reads and b) I never actually finished them all
- Read more of the books by Jim Butcher
- Maybe the 2nd Maze Runner book?

That should get me through 2015, plus a few add ins. And I'll keep reviewing them, here and on Goodreads, because the one thing I feel I can do for authors I love is review.

Dec. 30th, 2014

FF Shiny
Not a 2015 Reading Bingo review, as they haven't posted the new card yet. I pre-ordered The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss, but had to sit on it until I finished my card and got some other things read.

As he warns you in the preface, it's a weird book. And I loved it. Looking at reviews, they are all 5 stars, or 1 star. No middle ground.

It was beautiful. Even if nothing really happens (except washing and making soap), I was really invested in Auri. It added to his lovely world and gave a glimpse of this really deep and broken character. When things broke or didn't work, my heart broke with Auri's. When things clicked, I cheered. I can't wait to see her again. I think the assumption is that she is planning for Kvothe's visit, but who knows, maybe she is expecting someone else. You never really find out.

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Dec. 29th, 2014

SN Dean approves
And that's it! I'm impressed I actually finished before the end of the year, with how November and December went, life wise. I'm happy I accomplished this, I really feel it made me search out and read books I never normally would, and it helped me prioritize my TBR list. Doing it again in 2015, as soon as they post a new list.



A Book Based on a True Story: And Then I Thought I was a Fish by Peter Welch



IDENTIFYING INFORMATION: Peter Hunt Welch is a 20-year-old single Caucasian male who was residing in Bar Harbor, Maine this summer. He is a University of Maine at Orono student with no prior psychiatric history, who was admitted to the Acadia Hospital on an involuntary basis due to an acute level of confusion and disorganization, both behaviorally and cognitively. He was evaluated at MDI and was transferred from that facility due to psychosis, impulse thoughts, delusions, and disorientation. He was felt to be a risk to himself and others due to his high level of disorganization and disorientation and impulsivity. He did not know where he was. He believed that he had murdered his friend by sucking out his soul. The patient was also reporting, upon admission, that he could see, smell, hear and touch God. She as an acid smoky smell. Patient is an unreliable historian. He initially denied any alcohol or drug use, but later on admitted to having had LSD on several occasions. He also acknowledged the use of heroin, crack, cocaine, mushrooms, ecstasy, speed, etc. Just prior to his admission to Acadia Hospital, he had been displaying markedly abnormal behavior with confusion, illogical statements, and appearing disoriented, and as if walking in a daze.

This is the story of why someone wrote that.



I'm not sure what I expected, but an explanation on what being on hard drugs was like isn't it. Many, many tangents along the way, and it took the author a while to get to any sort of point, but that is a lot like talking to someone who is high, so it set the right mood. I got lost/bored with some of the explanation on the more advanced research and theories about drug use. I was very interested in the narrator's decent in madness. There were interesting and humorous footnotes, but the eBook I read didn't have back links, so it was hard to read them. Which is a shame, I'm pretty sure I missed a good portion of the story. Seeing how the drug use and break down moved into full out madness was really interesting, not a topic I've ever looked into. The narrator's father was hilarious, I enjoyed his parts--which is another interesting thing the author did, had various people give their thoughts and memories of certain events. The conclusion got both a bit abstract and preachy, not that I didn't agree with most of his conclusions, I just don't like being told how to think or how to experience the world.

Rating: B



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
Dragonflight
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
Thirteen
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
The Lies of Locke Lamora
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
Highfell Grimoires
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Carniepunk
Free Square
The Wise Man's Fear
A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The Definitive Guide to Order Fulfillment and Customer Service
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
And Then I Thought I was a Fish
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
IT
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover
The Name of the Wind


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page. Link to the original post for the challenge is here.

Dec. 29th, 2014

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A Book that Scares You: It by Stephen King



Welcome to Derry, Maine...

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real….

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.



I have actually never read anything by King, so this is also sort of a bucket list thing. I've seen a few movies, but never got around to his books. Generally I'm not a horror fan, so that is probably why. I didn't know there would be any anti-gay attitudes in it, but parts of it take place during that back lash. Not that King is anti-gay, just that some of the characters are. The build up of all the early deaths was creepy for sure. It did seem like these people were haunted by their home town a lot more than most people are. Their feelings seem a bit extreme. The slow reveal of the summer it all happened was very intriguing. The way that one story would lead to another event at a different time was a bit hard to follow, sometimes. There was a very clear feeling, half way through, of hopelessness for the protagonists. I very much felt like quitting the book, unsure if I will like the ending at all. I think part of the problem is I really don't like any of the characters. Finding out the origin of It was a bit of a let down. I realize that wasn't the purpose of the tale, but I think a better reason could have been found. Having the climatic ending from both times of the story overlap in the end was a fun way to discover the ending. The wrap up seemed to take longer than necessary. All in all, a good story. Not sure I'm going to read a ton more of King, but I'm happy I read this. Not sure it actually frightened me, but there were some gross out moments.

Rating: B-



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
Dragonflight
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
Thirteen
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
The Lies of Locke Lamora
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
Highfell Grimoires
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Carniepunk
Free Square
The Wise Man's Fear
A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The Definitive Guide to Order Fulfillment and Customer Service
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
IT
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover
The Name of the Wind


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page. Link to the original post for the challenge is here.

Dec. 29th, 2014

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I actually finished this one back in early October, but forgot to post the review, I guess.



A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty: The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1) by Scott Lynch



An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.



It's not often the story of a crook, thief and murderer is as riveting as that of Locke Lamora. The world shown was complex and fantastical. The political depths and twists kept me guessing. And above all, the love between the main characters, the thieves, was epic. I am really looking forward to the next tale of this character and world. I can't wait to see how he starts a new life. The time jumps every chapter were hard to follow at first, it kept pulling me out of story, but I grew to enjoy it.

Rating: A+



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
Dragonflight
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
Thirteen
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
The Lies of Locke Lamora
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
Highfell Grimoires
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Carniepunk
Free Square
The Wise Man's Fear
A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The Definitive Guide to Order Fulfillment and Customer Service
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover
The Name of the Wind


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page. Link to the original post for the challenge is here.

Dec. 3rd, 2014

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Got a promotion at work again. No more money, yet, but my last raise wasn't too long ago, and I'd expect another one in a few months.

But now I'm the Fulfillment Manager. No longer just in charge of the systems, now I work on the whole ware house, including process improvements, layout and staff. That's right, I am now in charge of people. A bit scary, as I've never managed people before. Our management has tons of faith in me, and the people now reporting to me all seem OK with it. And the company is sending me to a leadership/management class in February at the UW.

So we will see how this goes.

Not sure I'll get my reading bingo done for this year. I'm a little over half way done with It. It's good, just long, and I'm pretty busy and can't read for long periods of time. And I still have 1 more book after that. Will probably sign up for it again next year though (and will try and finish out this year's plan, even if I don't make the deadline).

Holiday working at B&N is rough, but I'm doing more receiving now, which is a) interesting (and relevant to current job) and b) means I don't have to deal with customers as much.

We are pretty much set in the new place. Some of our furniture/stuff doesn't fit. So as we have money we'll have to replace some things.

And my car was broke for like 4 weeks. Finally fixed, and it feels so good to be independently mobile again.

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