Saturday, July 31, 2004

 

Great Expectations and another card

My sisters birthday is a good few months away. However, when she saw the care bear stamps she requested which one she wanted (it was really more of a demand, lol). Since she wasn't going to be in last night I decided to make a start on it. I had everything I needed there and I had a few ideas. I am really pleased with the end result. I hope she likes it! I also made two Christmas cards but to be honest I really don't like the way they turned out. I'm not sure if maybe it is the stamp or if it is the shape of the cards but I really don't like them.

I am still reading "Great Expectations" and very much enjoying it (although I really didn't think that I wouldn't). I have saw both film adaptions and the original will always be my favourite. Maybe it is because of this that the book seems so familiar. Obviously I know what is going to happen but there were certain parts in the book that I was convinced I had read before. Whole passages which I remember seeing as text and not as part of the film. I know I haven't read this one though as I kept putting it off for others because I had seen the film.

I'm glad I picked it up now though. I think I am enjoying this one more than I enjoyed "Bleak House" (and I loved "Bleak House"). I find myself caught up in the story. My heart breaks for poor Joe and every time he enters the book I can't tear myself away from it. I think for anyone who wants to have a go at the classics they should read this one. Or for anyone who hasn't really enjoyed the classics they should also try this one. It is easier to read than some and such a brilliant story. Tempted to ignore the big pile of books I have sitting there and go out and get the other Dickens novels I haven't yet read.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

 

Yet another busy day

Managed to get quite a bit done before work yesterday. I wrote quite a long letter to one of my penpal and posted it out. I also wrote chapter two of my fanfic story. I am quite excited about this one. I don't think it has been done before and I am curious to see what people will think of it. I think that next week I will do the drafts of those first two chapters and then post them on the fanfic sight. Hopefully I will get some reviews.

I also managed to get in a little stitching. Work was busy too. I had information sheets to make up on a new range we got in and then I had to organise the range. Hopefully it will make it easier when it comes to putting the stock out and talking to customers about it.


I have also finished another Acorna book. Still not impressed by this Anne McCaffrey series. It hasn't put me off though and I am looking forward to reading her Rowan series. I am now reading "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. Very much enjoying it but then it is Dickens and I didn't think that I wouldn't

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

 

Busy Day

I didn't really have that busy a day I just managed to get into a few things. First of all my fanfic writing is going well. I am hoping that in a few weeks I will actually be able to post something on the fanfiction website. I'm surprised by it because the character I am writing about was never a favourite of my mine. Yet I feel as though I have gotten into her head.

I didn't do much cross stitch because of the card making. I did manage to get a little more of the dragon done but not enough to make a photo update worthwhile. Hopefully I will get more of it done this week. I did make a start on another one. This time a little Christmas kit for myself. This one was bought at the first fair that I went to so thought that it was about time that I got started on it.

Yesterday I watched another Doctor Who DVD.  "The Seeds of Death". I missed out "The Tomb of the Cybermen" because I had already watched that one the week before. Both of these are also favourites of mine. I love the second Doctor because of his humour. He is such a funny little character. The Tomb of the Cybermen is a good one because it is an early cyberman story. While the cybermen look funny compared to the later versions there is also something creepier about them. The Seed of Death is a favourite because it is an early Ice Warrior story. When I first saw it I like the futuristic feel of the Earth.

I also got quite a bit of "War and Peace" read. Very much getting into the story. I am enjoying it more now that it I am at a part during peace time. I think that the war scenes may have been one of the reasons I put it down for a while. I like the social parts of the story. The war sections were good. I think it was just that I didn't like the way the war changed a few of the character, I didn't like what they became.




Monday, July 26, 2004

 

Hollywood history

There is an article in my magazine debating whether or not we should worry about the changes Hollywood makes to its films concerning history. I thought it was quite interesting and I could see where both sides are coming from. I agree that it is irritating when films are made which are completely historically incorrect. However, surely if people believe that the movies are telling what really happen that really isn't Hollywoods fault. Hollywood are just making what they think will sell so of course they will change things. Surely if people are believing them isn't that the fault of a poor education system? If people don't know their history then of course they are going to believe what they see in the movies. I don't think history is well presented in the education system. I think that it is easier to change what is being taught in schools than it is to get Hollywood to portray an accurate account of the past in their movies.





 

Spiderman 2

I finally got to see Spiderman 2 last night and I loved it. I loved from the opening credits right to the end. This one is definitely better than the first. It had everything and I imagine was closer to the comics than the first (it was certainly closer the cartoons). The one thing I will say is that I don't think MJ ever found out who Spiderman was in the cartoons. Wasn't that the whole point like Lois Lane and Clark Kent? I loved Doc Oc. When I saw the interviews with the actor I wasn't sure about him but he was amazing, better than the Green Goblin. Anyway, the ending set up for a really good sequel with the return of the Green Goblin. I think it will be a while before that one comes out. A friend told me that it would roughly be about three years.

Yesterday I also made some more cards. These ones are for charity. As I mentioned before a friend from a group is setting up another stall in September for a pink campaign. I'm not sure if I will be back from my holiday in time and so made some just now. Not cross stitch this time since I am getting into the stamping. The woman organising it said it was okay so long as they had pink in them. I am pleased with the way the cards turned out.




Sunday, July 25, 2004

 

Writing

I made a start on my Doctor Who story about Susan. It seems to be flowing well enough but not sure yet if I will post it on the fanfic sight. It will be a while before I get to that stage anyway. I haven't completely stopped my original story. I am still doing my note taking. It may be a while yet before I begin the actual writing process. I want to get my characters just right before I start. I don't mind that not everything will go into the story. I just want to make sure I have a complete background for each of them. It just seems to be my start trek stuff I am stuck with. Or maybe not so much that. I have some ideas. I just haven't been in the right frame of mind.




Saturday, July 24, 2004

 

Another Leaving Card

I messed about with my new craft things last night as I said I would. I still had another leaving card to make so I was just messing about to get ideas for this one and I ended up finishing it. I actually added another layer to it. I had decided on yellow as I remember this person mentioning that she liked yellow. While I was picking out different types of yellow paper I saw this lovely transparent sheet of paper with sunflower prints on it (I also so another one with silver butterflies which I had to buy too). I use it almost like a cover round the outside of the card. I then did my usual layering technique after cutting out my decorated stamp and stuck this to the front of the card. The stamp is a flower with a stained glass background. I bought some coloured pencils the other day which had silver and gold amongst them and used these for the background. I then used silver and gold glitter pens for the frame. I am very pleased with the end result and I hope she liked it.

I also watched my second Doctor Who DVD. The next one was "The Dalek Invasion of Earth." Again this one is one of my favourites. When I was a kid I was convinced that it was in colour, turns out it was the film versions I remembered and when I first saw the original ones I was a little disappointed. That has since changed of course and I now prefer the original. I love the Dalek stories but this one is a favourite because it is one of the first ones with the Daleks on Earth. In this one the Daleks planet is dying and so they need the core of the Earth. They have enslaved humans to dig until they can find the right place to send down a bomb to get to it. The Doctor arrives with Susan, Barbara and Ian and they all help the resistance group to foil the Daleks plan. This is also the one where Susan leaves although she appears in another one, "The Five Doctors", years later. I think some good fanfic could be written about the time between then.





Friday, July 23, 2004

 

Bad Day

I had a bad day at work. Everything seemed to go wrong. The customers were strange and most of them seemed to be quite aggressive. I had an argument with one because he had to take the stairs (there was nothing physically wrong with him and seemed perfectly capable of walking down some stairs). Also mucked up someone's order although that wasn't my fault.

Never mind, it's over now and I treated myself to some craft items. So I am now going to try them out and make up a leaving card.




Thursday, July 22, 2004

 

If a traveler and the ballet.

One thing I forgot to mention about having my friend over is that we organised some more theatre trips. I am very excited because we are going to see Swan Lake and Sleeping beauty performed by the Russian Ballet. I haven't saw a ballet performance since I saw the Nutcracker when I was a kid. We are going to see a few other things too but those are the ones that I am very much excited about. Just a pity that it isn't until the new year.

I finished reading "If on a Winters Night a traveler" by Italio Calvino. It was an amazing read. If I was to even begin to describe it to you I think I would just confuse people. It was funny and had a great ending. I would highly recommend it.




Wednesday, July 21, 2004

 

Good old Natter

As I mentioned yesterday my friend was over for dinner. We always seem to have one of those good old natters when we get together. Usually about old movies (she is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to old movies) and books amongst other things. While we were also gabbing we were also reading from The Brewers book of Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics. Some of the stuff in it was interesting or hilarious. I have had the book for a while now but never looked through it. I think I will look at it more closely now. The weird thing is I was sent the book and I have no idea who sent it or why and I have never been charged for it. Anyway, it was a good night and she survived my cooking.

Before she came over I got my paper journal out. I haven't written in it in so long (15 days is a very large gap for me). It felt good to get back into it again. I could have written pages and pages but just didn't have the time.




Tuesday, July 20, 2004

 

Stitching update.

Just a quick update on my stitching (yes, again). I have almost finished the second shade in the dragon and I'm quite pleased with the way it is turning out. I also stitched a bookmark for my mum with a dolphin design.
 
Nothing much else to tell, my friend is coming over for dinner so I am now going to get the place ready for that.




Monday, July 19, 2004

 

King Arthur

Discovered a King Arthur series by Stephen Lawhead which could be worthwhile looking into. I haven't seen the film yet and already I have this little obsession.
 
Anyway, should anyone be reading and they have some King Arthur book recommendations I would love to hear them.
 
First day back at work was good. Very tired though and I'm off to bed.




 

Ladykillers

Last night I saw "Ladykillers" at the cinema. It was quite good, very funny. I have to admit that Tom Hanks character annoyed me. He was probably supposed to be annoying but it almost put me off the film. I don't think I would want to own it on DVD.
 
Speaking of DVDs. I now own all released "Doctor Who" DVD's. I have decided to watch them all in order and yesterday I started by watching "The Aztecs". This one is one of my favourite ones and it was still early enough when the show was supposed to teach a little something of history. Next up is another favourite of mine "The Dalek Invasion of Earth".
 
Still reading "If on a Winters Night a Traveler" by Italio Calvino. Very much enjoying it. I would have thought that reading all these brief stories that don't have an ending would be irritating but its not. The narration in between these is the actual story. It is very different which is one of the reasons why I am enjoying it so much. I am also still working my way through "War and Peace". Although it had been so long since I last picked it up I was able to get straight back into it. I am hooked to the storyline again.




Sunday, July 18, 2004

 

Reading several books at once

I just realised last night that I am reading quite a few books at once. Reading two at the same time is normal for me but this time I have went a little overboard. I am still reading the American history book (which I haven't picked up in a while). I am also still reading Tolstoys "War and Peace" and last night I started "On a Winters Night a Traveler" by Italio Calvino. That's not to mention the book I am also reading at the boyfriends. So my mission before I go on holiday is to finish these. The American history and War and Peace will take me longer because I don't take them into work. They are basically too large to fit in my bag.




Saturday, July 17, 2004

 

Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones

I just finished this and I was very much impressed by it. At first I wasn't too sure because of the child like narration but then it was being told by children. The storyline was complicated and there were lots of twists and turns with everything fitting together in the end. It took a lot of imagination involving magic and other worlds. I also recognised some things such as the way the little people are seen. Merlins world also was set during modern day times which was interesting but took a little getting used to. I highly recommend it but don't mistaken that it is a King Arthur story. While you may recognise some of the characters which are only briefly mentioned that is as far as it goes.




 

On a Roll

I have finished another piece of stitching. This time it is for the round robin. The one that I was sent this time has a ballerina theme. I chose a little girl ballerina design because I thought it was very sweet. Actually the round robin only has to be passed on twice more before I get my own back. I must admit I am really curious to see the end result. I am also looking forward to seeing the others since we all contributed to them. When they are finished we are going to set up an album to put photo's of them in.




Friday, July 16, 2004

 

Hug

While gutting out yesterday I found the chart to the tatty ted cross stitch design I had been working on a while ago. With only the back stitch to do I lost the chart and couldn't find it anywhere. So last night I finished it and he is now just waiting to be framed. He's so cute I'm tempted to keep him. But no, I bought him for my best friend and she will get him for her birthday.




Thursday, July 15, 2004

 
One of the many things I am guilt of is that I am a hoarder. Today I ruthlessly attack my stuff and threw a lot of it out (Four bin bags to be precise including some stuff for charity). You have no idea how much it almost killed me. I also found a stash of books that I was trying to pretend wasn't there (I have to hide books when I buy them now). Everything looks so amazingly tidy. I feel as though I can get properly organised now. I even had room to keep a drawer for my new stamping craft. I have promised myself that I will never let things go into that state again (lets see how long it lasts). Anyway, I found loads of stuff I can decorate my paper journal with and so I am going to do that now so that I can get rid of it all.


 
Last night I stayed up to finish "Lost Boy Lost Girl" by Peter Straub. It is a fairly easy read so I felt that I had to finish it. It was a little creepy in parts and I haven't felt a book to be particularly creepy in a long time. However, I didn't like the ending. I didn't like what happened to the lost boy in the end. I felt the same way about the ending of "MR X" by the same author so maybe I just don't like the way he ends things in general. I guess I didn't think it truly explained everything. And there was certainly a lot of things which were left unexplained. Sure there are some things that should be left to the imagination of the reader. But sometimes it is important to know what the writer intended. Anyway, it hasn't put me off his books. They are a good quick read. And I loved the books he co-wrote with Stephen King.


Wednesday, July 14, 2004

 
I've had a fairly constructive day.

I started "The Merlin Conspiracy" by Diana Wynne Jones. I've only read the first two chapters but it seems to be promising. I like the fact that it is magic mixed with the modern day. When you think of Merlin you think of medieval times and so it is refreshing that it is set during modern times. It is a little strange and unexpected when you read about cars and buses and media because you still don't expect it.

I also gave an update on "Lost Boy Lost Girl" . So far I am mainly guessing what I think will happen. It is a long shot since in part two it didn't reveal much more than it did in part one. There were a few supernatural encounters described but not much to give any clue as to what is going to happen next.

I then wrote a few more pages to go towards my story. Again mainly just adding to my character notes. I have more ideas for other characters but as yet no idea as to how they will fit in. If I do it may change the feel of the whole story. I don't think that will be a bad thing.

Lastly I did a lot of stitching. I've almost completed one shad of the dragon and despite the fact that it is only one it is showing up a good outline of it. Hopefully I will get onto the next one by the weekend and then I can do another photo update.

I watched "School of Rock" last night. It was good although predictable. I liked it for what it was - a feel good movie with lots of humour.

 
I had the worst dream last night. I hate flying and every time the time to fly again comes closer I start to have dreams. Usually it involves me having to go in one of those very small planes. You know the kind that will only seat about six people and there is nothing much between you and the pilot. This time it was an extra long plane. It was like an extra section had been added onto it and the joint between the two could bend. I was in the second section and so could see the front of the plane turning before we did. It was horrible. I knew in my dream that there was no way this could work but the dream wouldn't stop.


Tuesday, July 13, 2004

 
Earlier today I finished reading "Artemis Fowl" by Eoin Colfer. A quick read but then it is a children's book. I think that I would recommend it to most kids. It really was a good book. It would be good for both boys and girls since it has strong characters of both genders. It was very funny and like the most popular children's books these days has a touch of magic. I won't go into too much detail explaining it since I have done so already. What I will say is that I encourage adults to read it too. Mainly because I think that it is important to keep up to date with what kids are reading today. But also because for a brief moment you will remember what it was like to be a child. Lets face it, most of us would love to be that age again.

Now going to go and read some more of "Lost Boy Lost Girl." by Peter Straub. A friend recommended another King Arthur story to me. This one is called "Arthur Rex" by Berger (can't remember his first name). It is out of print but I still might be able to get hold of a copy.


 
The Peter Straub book has been good so far. Just little things that have been annoying me about it. Like in what was supposed to be a journal entry the main character seemed to know too many details about his brother in one particular moment. Yes, his brother could have told him all these things but his brother is in no way being portrayed as that type of character. Other than that I am enjoying it.

I am also reading "Artemis Fowl" by Eoin Colfer. A children's book about a 12 year old criminal who tries to capture a fairie to get at the fairy gold. However, Artemis doesn't realise he has captured one of their police LEPrecon. It's very funny and I would recommend it to any kid or any adult who loves kids books. In a way it puts me in mind of Terry Pratchett. But only slightly as it definitely has its own style.

Did more stitching and I have another update for you of The Castle.
I am now moving on to stitching the dragon and have finished the actual castle. I hope to get more done this week as I have the week off.

I got out my writing again yesterday. I decided to expand my notes and go into more detail on my characters. I've also got more ideas for other characters which I am going to begin taking notes for. I'm not sure how they will fit in yet but I will take the notes anyway. They might come into another story.

Shrek 2 was very funny. I would love to go and see it again. I think the first one was better but not by much. It was a very good sequel.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

 
I finally finished "The Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley. If you want to read a good King Arthur book DON'T READ THIS!!!! It was well written but seemed so boring. Nothing much happened. It was the same thing over and over again. Then the bit that really bugged me was the threesome between Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere. I will not be reading the other ones.

Now reading "lost boy, lost girl" by Peter Straub. I haven't read much of it so far but it has been quite good.

I have a week off work now and I plane to enjoy it. Starts today with going to see Shrek2.


Tuesday, July 06, 2004

 
For the last hour I have been writing out my thoughts. Not sure if I am doing it the correct way but I think these things are very individual. I came away with pages of paper scrawled over. Most of them seem to be filled with questions. I probably could have sat all day writing. So I take back the belief that you can't spend three months just doing this. I would recommend it. It's a great way to express yourself more than anything else. And yes it is different from keeping a journal. I still intend to keep mine while I do this. I still intend to keep up my other interests too. I won't be stopping my life to write down my thoughts. I think some lines need to be drawn for this otherwise you could end up ignoring your friends and family and responsibilities. As much as it sounds good I don't think anyone should shut themselves away from the world for three months. Some of us can't afford to.

I did do some writing to and I do intend to begin the first draft of my story in the next week. I may write some notes on some of the new characters I have brought into it in between then.


 
I have started writing again. Remember a while ago I was stuck with my original story? While I was stitching I was hit with inspiration. Last night I began the detailed notes for book one and it is going well. I think I mentioned before that I had ideas for a prelude story. Well I now have ideas for two more stories which will be set alongside the trilogy. Not sure if I am going to make them a book of short stories or if I can write them in novel length. I have written down some notes on my ideas but would really like to concentrate on book 1. I think it won't be long before I begin the actual writing.

Very much enjoying "The Mists Of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is still a little slow at getting into the action but then it is a long book. The result is that I may come away with a King Arthur obsession and may go through a phase of reading all stories related to the legend. A friend recommended one but I can't remember the authors name. I may request some suggestions on the BBC big read board.

There was an article on the BBC about a guy who spent three months just writing every thought in his head. It's not like a journal because you don't date it. Instead you write all your thoughts out on single sheets of paper so that they can be sorted into subject. Apparently he teaches how to do this on his web page. I just don't see how it can be done. He says that you pretty much have to give up any normal daily life for three months. What about work? And surely after three months without any outside stimulus your thoughts would become dull or repetitive. Mind you maybe that's the point. Without outside stimulus your thought would maybe turn in the way and you would learn more about yourself. The idea does sound interesting and I may try it in a limited way. Just not sure how practical it is. Don't think my work would allow me to carry a ringbinder around all day so that I can record all my thoughts.

Another thing I read is that there is going to be a gallery of children's illustrated, Quentin Blake's, work. I would love to see it. It is being held in Aberdeen which is really too far away. Particularly if I am going on my own. Maybe I can talk someone into going with me.


Monday, July 05, 2004

 
Another friend from work is leaving. Actually two are leaving but one isn't leaving until the end of the month. It's so sad and we are all on similar shifts. My shifts will be changing soon because I am going to be doing a different job. It's going to be strange. I made my friend a leaving card too. I decided to move away from the carebear theme although I was tempted. I will make one for my other friend nearer the time. I am thinking of a yellow card for her.

I have been working hard on The Castle and I am pleased with the way it is turning out. I can't wait to get onto the actual dragon.

Was supposed to be going out tonight to see Harry Potter again with my friend. We both had too much to do so have decided to leave it until next week.


Sunday, July 04, 2004

 
There is something wrong with blogspot. It won't let me update my profile. Annoying but not the end of the world. Just wanted to change what I was reading at the moment.

I think I mentioned that I finished "The Song of the Lioness" by Tamora Pierce. I am now reading "The Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I had been wanting to try a King Arthur story and a friend recommended this one. Another friend warned me that it wasn't as good as it was made out to be but so far I am very much enjoying it. I hope to try some more King Arthur tales. It's weird because just now I am more inclined to read fantasy books and my boyfriend has changed from this to normal fiction. It's like we have traded places. Well almost, I still read other kinds of fiction as well as fantasy. I tend to mix what I read it's just that I am more in a fantasy frame of mind. Anyway, I have a few suggestions for him but whether he will read them or not is another story. I will take over some tonight to see if any of them will catch his eye.

I am listening to the best of Bon Jovi. I haven't picked up this CD since I left school. Recently though I have had the urge to listen to some of my old favourites.


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