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Introductions / Re: Hobbies
« on: July 05, 2015, 12:49:40 AM »
Thanks :D
erm, no, it's for me. It's just got elbow-length sleeves ;D

I did this one for my niece (among a couple other things), but my sister finally said she doesn't like knitted stuff and for me to stop ::)

The flowers on this one is really cute!  I can knit basic things, and colour changes if it's stripes, but I've never got the hang of colour changes mid-row  :'(

If anyone is interested in what i cross-stitch, this is my pinterest board with completed projects - it's not all of them, but I give away a lot, and I haven't scanned & loaded the photos of those ones. https://www.pinterest.com/lejays17/finished-cross-stitch-projects/

Did up my entry this afternoon.  Now to help Elfy with his  :)
Another argument for Likes! I like your story @Leejays17  ;)

Thanks! @Jmack
It was fun to write, and a (personal) challenge to do it the way I did.  Pleased you liked it  :)

Did up my entry this afternoon.  Now to help Elfy with his  :)

New Girl - 325 words excluding title.

Spoiler for Hiden:
“Psst!  Check out the new girl.”

“What new girl?  I’ve been out for a bit and haven’t seen anyone new.”

“Pink-and-Grey Stone face with wings, over by the table.  She arrived the other day, I heard round the place she’s from the same school as Little Miss Unrequited Love, but they weren’t there at the same time.  Leastways, they don’t seem to know each other.”

“She’s looking a bit sad.  Should we go talk to her?”

“Why not?  It’s nice to chat to someone new.  Oh, too late, Manic Pixie Dream Girl is heading her way, teapot in hand.  Hope she likes tea.”

“Ah, we won’t find out about that now.  Stone girl’s been distracted by the cutesy-overload of Crunchy Granola Girl and Broody Nature Guy pretending that they aren’t dating.  They couldn’t be more obvious about trying to hide it, really.”

“At least they are actually dating, not like Perky Purple Goth Girl and Cute but Nerdy Boy.  I just want to lock the two of them up together until they actually talk to each other about it!  It’s exhausting watching them tiptoe around each other.”

“Speaking of exhausting things, Princess Pink-and-Fearless is organising the rest of the class to jump off the highest tower for fun next weekend!  She’s so determined not to miss out on anything before her destined Big Sleep.”

“Look over there!  I can’t believe she’s fallen asleep in the middle of the room, she really can fall asleep anywhere, can’t she?  If the new girl doesn’t look out, she’s going to trip over her legs.”

“And there she goes!  Straight over the legs and into the table.  I think she may have broken something.  That’s not a good start to the school year for her, although it can only improve from here.”


“Mummy!  Tell Mandy she’s not allowed to touch my dollies!  She’s changed them all around, and I think she’s broken the wing of my new one!”

Of Noble Family - Mary Robinette Kowal.  The final of the Glamourist Histories.  I've enjoyed this series a lot, and am sad it's over.  My favourite is still Glamour in Glass though.

Daring - Elliot James (or maybe James Elliott  :-[).  This is the second in the series, but the first has been eaten by the black hole in the library.  I could follow along well enough, not having read the foirst one.

Voyage of the Basilisk - Marie Brennan.  The third of the Lady Trent books, this one visited the equivalent of the Pacific islands (I think), and had pirates!  Better than the second, not as good as the first.

The Mythology of Grimm - Nathan Robert Brown.  Non-fiction about the various creatures featured in the first two seasons of Grimm, with the real-life parallels, and interesting retellings of the stories as illustrations of pints.

Straight Flush - Ben Mezrich.  Non-fiction about the rise and fall of an on-line poker empire.  Elfy found it on a remainder table and I read it in an afternoon last week.

The Two Linties - Claire Mallory.  Girls-Own (only added for completeness of list - they're my comfort reading  :))

Elfy nearly hyperventilated when he read this month's contest restrictions ;D  500 words is an opening sentence for him...

Whereas I can do this easily (if I think of an idea of course!), I struggle to make the 500 words minimum  :-[

Just finished Naomi Novik's Uprooted - not only does it have a glorious cover, it's a wonderful book as well. A dark and beautiful fairy tale fantasy. I love her portrayal of The Wood.

This is what I'm reading at the moment - and I've just realised I've left it at work, so no reading for me tonight  :'(

(Or I could just go onto one of the other half-dozen books I'm currently reading  ;))

I picked Gospel of Loki, I liked her other stand-alone that I read (whose name escapes me at the moment  :)) and I've been thinking of picking this up when it comes in "regular" paperback.

I love the look of hardcovers, but we've really struggling for space so we tend to get paperbacks.  I only have (had) two authors that are must-buy in HC which makes things easier.

am now onto Uprooted by Naomi Novik.  I haven't read anything by her before.
I am now strangely addicted to the Temeraire books... I got 1 and 2 from the charity shop, then found 4 at the library (no 3), and on saturday when I was there again I brought home 5. I know 6 and 7 will soon follow, hehe

I've been meaning to read the Temeraire books for ages - Elfy's been nagging me to  :)  it's that old case of too many books, not enough time  ;D

I just finished the 3rd Lady Trent book Voyage of the Basilisk, and am now onto Uprooted by Naomi Novik.  I haven't read anything by her before.

Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan.  Third of the Lady Trent books.  Enjoying it more than Book 2, not as much as Book 1

I was very angry about the sacrifice scene @Elfy can tell you just how much  >:(

The scene with Drogon at the end was awesome though!

Reserving judgment on Arya's stuff til next week, maybe Trant's predilictions will be the entrance she needs to kill him.  Hope so anyway!


I'm not reading a whole lot this month - I had a major work porject that consumed a lot of my brain (and will to live at times  ;D )

I did manage:

Prudence - Gail Carriger.  It was fun, but I like her other series much more.  There was just something a little bit lacking in something, I'm not sure what though.

A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J Maas.  Retelling of Beauty & the Beast, with a brewing civil war and dashes of the Ballad of Tam Lin thrown in.  I enjoyed it quite a lot.

Companion Piece - essays about various aspects of Dr Who Companions.  I like the Chicks Dig titles, and this is the latest one.

@Elfy that was pretty dark from you but I enjoyed it very much and really appreciated that clever little extra twist whereby you brought The Brothers Grimm into their own tale - loved that.  Plot Bunny did good. :D

aah, so you're the one encouraging her with praise!  She's been quite unbearable the last few nights (kept me up til all hours writing stuff & distracting me at work  ;D)
Elfy's much more accomodating of her... (that's why he posts so much more than I do in the writing contests)

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