Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Last night I stayed up to finish "The Song of The Lioness" quartet by Tamora Pierce. I loved it and hope to read more by this author. It was simply written and very entertaining. However the ending was just wrong. It just wasn't write and it screamed wrongness to me for the last 50 pages. If it wasn't such a good book I would have thrown it across the room (that and the fact that I don't believe in throwing books). Call me old fashioned by the shero (I don't think she can really be called a heroine) should have married the Prince. The fact that she didn't just seemed so out of place. I just felt that they were meant to be together although the author obviously didn't feel that way. I wonder if others felt the same.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

I keep coming across references to Perdido St Station by china Mieville (sp?). It was a book I really didn't enjoy. It took me a while to finish it but I couldn't give up. I hate not finishing books and I wasn't going to allow this one to defeat me. The description were good with strong characters and the imagination behind the story was amazing. Normally this would be an excellent combination and to be honest I really can't explain my dislike for the book. It was there almost from the start and it just grew. About month after I read it I saw his other book The Scar and almost bought it. I don't know why after the way I felt for the last one. I still would like to read it but it is set in the same universe as the last one and surely I am going to react in the same way. Maybe when my curiosity has gotten the better of me I will get it out the library.

Monday, June 28, 2004

I finished reading "A Prayer For Owen Meany" by John Irving and it was amazing. I came away feeling this is definitely a favourite (it is rare for me to feel that way). I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It is a little slow to start with because you aren't sure where the story is going to go. But if you ignore that and concentrate on the characters and the writing you will enjoy it from the start. There is a lot of religious content but you shouldn't let that put you off. It isn't preachy and there is also a lot of skepticism. I think if I had read this at school I would have did my RPR on it. It is definitely worth looking at further. I will be reading this again at some point.

I am now reading a series of four books called The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. This author was recommended to me a year or so ago and this is me just trying it. I have to say that I am glad that I finally did. This is a book I wish I had read when I was a kid. It is very easy to read but very entertaining. I'm finding it very hard to put down. I would say that it is a step between Harry Potter and David Eddings. I also like the idea of a female hero in fantasy.

I have been stitching away and have another photo update of The Castle. I don't think it will be too much longer before I finish the Castle and move onto the dragon. I have also been trying my hand at paper crafts. I bought some care bear stamps on Saturday. A friend of mine is leaving work and she asked me to make a card using them. Yesterday I went out and bought some materials and thought I would give it a go. The result is a good luck bear card.
I'm quite proud of it since it is my first attempt. I used little tabs to raise the bear and the care bears sign from the surface and used layers of different types of green paper as a background. I used glitter for the little bears symbol (it's supposed to be a four leaf clover). I had bought some lime green paper with flower petals in it. I was disappointed that I couldn't find a use for it until I decided to stick it inside the card so that the card had another layer inside. I now have my sister demanding that I make one for her.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

I am getting lots of crafting ideas from a message board. I have decided to wait until my week off before I try some of the more daring ones out.

I finally sent off letters to my penpals last week. I since received a letter from one of them and I posted her out a reply today. I've been bad at keeping in touch over the last few months.

Monday, June 21, 2004

I have the house to myself this afternoon so I plan to get a lot done.

I am going to do some studying and some reading. I have slowed right down on my reading. Normally I would have finished "A Prayer For Owen Meany" long before now but I have been too busy concentrating on the romance novels. I think I am over that phase now and I can get back to my reading. I have also spent little time on the US history book but I will get back into that too. I have put aside a book for myself "The American West" by Dee Brown which I am looking forward to reading (same author as "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee").

I have spent quite a lot of time on my stitching and am just about to start on the fourth shade in The Castle . I can really see the shape of the castle now. I will work on some more of it tonight. I have ordered another chart of a dragon design called Water Dragon by Janlyn. I am looking forward to having that one sent through.

I have my paper journal to catch up too. I have been as attentive to it as I usually am. Lets just hope that I get even some of this done.

Yesterday was a good day off. My sister and I went for a walk during the day which was lovely. Then at night the boyfriend and I watched Scary Movie 3 (wasn't really expecting it to be any good but it was one of those films that I had to see).

Saturday, June 19, 2004

I am not a romance novel fan although when I was about 14 I did try them. I have never been enticed to try them since. I have always wondered why people feel the need to read them or buy mills and boon. The other day I decided to try a mills and boon out of interest. Plus I can hardly turn my nose up at something I have never tried (it's an annoying habit and I try not to be one of those people who do it). I am ashamed to say that I am now addicted. I've been reading some of the medical ones when I have the house to myself and I have found myself deeply involved in the story line. I know they are not amazingly well written but they are so easy to read. Still, I hoping that this is just one of the things I become obsessed about and then forget all about it after a few weeks. Never again will I look down on those who buy them religiously and openly.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

I hate diets with a passion. I enjoy my food far too much. More than that I hate all these books that are out on diets. I think most of them are pointless and some of them are just down right unhealthy. That doesn't mean I haven't been tempted to have a look to see what the fuss is about. Anyway, despite all this I am trying to lose some weight for my holiday. For me to stick to one I have to be in the right frame of mind. If I'm not then it never gets off the ground. Well I think I am now and as much as I hate them I think I am doing well.

Watched Britain Goes Wild last night and it almost broke my heart. Poor little Wagtail chicks had disappeared in the night. Obviously to the hands of a predator. No one is sure who got a hold of them but you saw the male wagtail looking around for his nest with some flies in his mouth ready to feed the chicks. It was such a shame.

Still reading "A Prayer For Owen Meany" and I am still enjoying it. I am finding it very funny and have laughed out loud quite a lot while reading it in work. So many people have approached me to tell me that this is their favourite book. I'm not sure if it would become my favourite since I find it so hard to chose one but I can see why others class it as a favourite.

Going to the cinema tonight with some friends from work (with any luck). No definite arrangements have been made but hopefully it is still on. Next week my cousin is coming home for a holiday. My cousin have made arrangements for a night out but I don't think I can afford to go. I will try and make it along for just one drink

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

I was invited to join another craft group on msn. I thought it was nice of the manager to invite me (she is also a member of the cross stitch one). I decided to have a look before I joined and noticed that one of the managers was one who had a fight with the cross stitch manager and left to start up her own. This is fair enough I suppose. I didn't take part in the fight although I think the one who left was a little petty over it. What really caught my attention was that some of the members are ones who used to be in the cross stitch group and some who still are. Also it's almost identical to the cross stitch one. It just seems so petty. I don't think I will join.

I was just going through some of the craft sites I visit and I found a link to a paper craft site. The site itself isn't anything special but it did have one idea that I had to try out. Memory envelopes. So I decided to give it a try and make one for my friend and one for myself. I finished putting them both together but I am now in the process of decorating them. Each section is being given a theme. Unfortunately this means I have to collect things for it so it may take me a while. I am doing it in a collage stile. When I am finished, if I like the results, I may post some pictures of it on my webshots page.

Had a good time with my best friend. We meant to do some stitching but instead spent five hours gabbing.

Monday, June 14, 2004

I finished two cards and I'm sending them off to my friend for her charity sale. I know two isn't much but I kind of left it to the last minute. There is another sale in September for the same charity so I will send more then. I mad a start on "The Castle" by Teresa Wentzler. I've decided to do this one the same way as a friend of mine. I don't start another colour until I have completely finished the first one. My first progress photo is after the first colour. You can sort of see the outline of the castle.

Last night I watched "Big Fish" and very much enjoyed it. I would love to read the book as the film was very moving. Not at all what I expected. I might even buy the DVD eventually. I might be going to the cinema with some friends from work this week. I can't remember the name of the film but it is one I have been wanting to see.

Still reading "A Prayer For Owen Meany". I am enjoying it very much and was hooked form the start. A friend who has read it before said it was slow starting but well worth sticking with. I haven't found it difficult to get into at all. Despite this I haven't had much time for reading over the weekend so I have barely made a dent in it.

Having lunch with my best friend today. I haven't seen her in ages. Usually one of us has been working while the other has been off. I miss her and it will be good to catch up.

One more thing I almost forgot to say, I have inspiration for my fanfic and so may actually do some writing tonight.

Friday, June 11, 2004

I saw my first deer yesterday. It was the most amazing sight I have ever seen. It ran out in front of the car. Luckily we had slowed down to s stop before it did. We had spotted it on the pavement trying to get into the park next to the Loch and we slowed down to look. The poor thing was terrified. I think it was lost as the normally stick to a little further along the road. I think it was quite young because it seemed so small.

I've had lots of nice comments about Celtic Christmas. A few people have even decided to stitch it too. I have stitched a couple of cards for the pink charity which I will send off on Monday. Over the weekend I have decided to make a start on "The Castle" by Teresa Wentzler. So watch this space for progress pictures.

I finished reading "Slaughterhouse 5" by Kurt Vonnegut. I very much enjoyed it. It was very strange with lots of time jumps. A friend has said that he uses this method in all his books but this one has more than the rest. She recommended that I try some of his other books as they are better. I probably would have given them a try anyway. Just now I am reading "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving. So far I like it. If I had more time I think it would be a book I would find difficult to put down.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

I have been practicing my drawing by drawing the birds in the garden. It's amazing how much you notice just by watching them. I was able to see that there was a family of House Sparrows. I was able to work out the sex by the markings and I saw the mother feed what I am guessing was her chick. Going to keep up my practicing this way.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Ronald Reagan died on Saturday. I can't say I was a fan of his politics but I did feel a little sad. I think it was more to do with the fact that he was the first American President I could remember as I child. I remember being asked at school who the president of America was and being proud of myself for knowing who it was. It's like parts of my childhood are disappearing.

A while ago I discovered that Jonathan Brandis died. It was months after the fact that I found out. I felt so sad for his family and the fact that he wasn't there anymore. I always wondered why we didn't see more of him after Seaquest. I had a huge crush on him as most girls at my age did. Me and my best friend used to watch "It" over and over again because he was in it even though the film seemed so bad after reading the book. That was also like a part of my childhood disappearing. It seemed so important back then.

I'm only 24 but is this what it is going to be like as I grow older? Things disappearing? I think that is part of the reason why I keep a paper journal. To hold onto these things for as long as I can.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Last night I went to see the new Harry Potter movie. To be honest I found it very disappointing. This one was my favourite book in the series and I just don't think they did it justice. While I understand that not everything can go into a film I think they left out far too much. There were so many things that I thought was important that wasn't in it. Overall I still enjoyed the film but as I said I was a little disappointed. I also noticed some huge differences in some of the scenes compared to the first two movies. They also changed the music. One thing it has done though is tempt me to read the books all over again.

I finished Celtic Christmas . I spent all day on it after seeing how little I had left to do. That of course means I didn't work on anything else despite my good intentions. Now I am going to work on the cards I promised one of the msn members I would do. She has asked everyone to stitch cards for the pink campaign. They are due at the end of this month so I will do those and then begin work on my next large project.

I watched two films today that I had never seen before. "Casablanca" and "Rosemary's Baby." I thoroughly enjoyed Casablanca and think I will have to add it to my DVD collection. Not sure what to think of Rosemary's Baby though. It was a good film but a bit freaky. I can see why a friend of mine can't watch it. If it had been me I know I would have given Guy a square kicking and not just spit in his face.

Today I am going to get back to reading fanfic. I was in the middle of reading some by an amazing author who I think could go out there and have some original work published. I took a break to try and get some of my own writing done. Since I have a complete block I am now going to take a break from that. Hopefully it will give me inspiration.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

The new msn sci fi group is thinking about setting up book discussions like we used to do in the old group. Believe it or not this suggestion did not come from me but came from another old member. She and I used to take part in a lot of them and so I was pleased when I found out today that she had joined this one. I was hoping that we would do the new Stephen King book "Susanna's Song" but the group manager asked if we could stay clear of horror. I suppose these aren't really horror so he may be up for it. I won't suggest it just now as I want to wait until staff discount day before I buy it (on staff discount day we get and extra 10% off).

Tomorrow I'm going to see Harry Potter. I'm really looking forward to as this one was my favourite book. It's been selling out very quickly so I just hope that I manage to get tickets.

I finished read "All Families Are Psychotic" by Douglas Coupland. It was very good although I am starting to see a pattern in his books. Not a bad thing I guess it's just what comes from reading many of one persons work. The ending was pretty unbelievable but I don't think it was meant to be.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Today has not been a good day. I was first given abuse from a customer because he didn't like notes in his change. He was nothing but aggressive. Said I had no right to give him it and that it was not legal tender. If he had stayed any longer I would have got a manager to remove him from the store. Then one kid was sick all over the floor I work on and another quite obviously needed a nappy change but his mother didn't seem to notice.

Anyway, the shift is over. I have finished reading "Chocky" which was amazing. I really shouldn't be surprised as I also loved "the Midwitch cuckoos" by John Wyndham. I'm surprised that the television series was true to the book. I was expecting huge differences but any difference was minor. Have moved onto another Douglas Coupland book, "All Families are Psychotic." This one came highly recommended from a friend.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Yesterday I went to see "Day After Tomorrow". To be honest I wasn't really that bothered about going to see it. Despite the fact that some of the images looked amazing I didn't think much of the previews. However, the film was really good. I very much enjoyed it although in the end it did turn cheesy. I would recommend that people go and see this film.

Good news, some of the members from the old discussion group have started up their own group. They had the same problem as me that they couldn't find one to compete. They missed the old gang and so decided to invite everyone to a new one. While I am under no illusion that it will be in any way the same. I am very excited about this. I'll get to chat about the books and shows I like with people I have gotten to know over the last couple of years.

I finished reading "Tales From Earthsea" by Ursula Le Guin. It was a book of five stories that gave some background information to Earthsea. I probably should have read this before reading "The Other Wind" as one of the characters in the last story was linked to this. However, I don't think I lost anything by not reading it first. I am now reading "Chocky" by John Wyndham. I decided to read it after watching the children's show based on it. Actually there are quite a few of his books that I would love to read but haven't got round to it yet.

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