Nodds &Nends: Superheroes, Drunk Pinterest, and Street Art

Check out this cool superhero life expectanies infograph. It cracks me up that a character played by Nicholas Cage has the longest life expectancy. Bwahahahaha. I bet this means that Cage will never die! Also check out these Super Likes where the like symbol has been mash-ed up with Superhero hands. I *likes* it a lot. (Come on, I had to make that pun.) But seriously, check them out super cool. (Thanks for the tip Mom!)

I like to giggle, and I do it a lot. Especially when I find things like this website: Pinterest You Are Drunk.  For example a toilet seat cover. . covered in Barbie shoes, half camis that look like panties, and our sexy Forefathers on yards of material. Yeah. That site gets addictive. I recommend setting a timer and making yourself leave the site!

Speaking of Pinterest, it isn’t always drunk, and I found this wonderful steampunk Batgirl cosplay.  You can visit the cosplayers website “for articles on cosplay construction, tabletop gaming, comics, and more!” Thank you Pinterest for being sober this time around and for showing me things like a steampunk R2D2!  I also want to thank you for all the beautiful street art I find on your website. Particularly the mural of the side of this house where it looks like you can see into the building. Super cool!

I found this fantastical light house illustration for a children’s book on DeviantArt. I want to go to there.

I decided to post a picture of a lighthouse, because I love them. I went to wikimedia.org and pages and pages of glory did I behold, my Chinese element is Water, and just seeing these lighthouses near water made me feel better. This is why I love the internets.

cc Pep.per de Ré, French user : Pep.per  via Wikimedia Commons

cc Pep.per de Ré, French user : Pep.per via Wikimedia Commons

King and Lionheart

I’m not a big music person, but every once in a while I stumble upon a band or a song I find cool. I like the fantastical feel to this song’s structure and I’m in love with the music video. It’s all rather absurdly nerdly. Enjoy Of Monsters and Men (apparently no connection to the book Monsters of Men) and their song King and Lionheart.

Happy Anniversary and Doctor Who Giveaway

I started this blog in 2011 [Edit: I checked my stats log and discovered I actually started blogging in 2011. Whoops.] and today I am celebrating the second anniversary of my first post. It seems like such a long time ago and that all too quickly time passed. In celebration of my blogiversary I am doing a Giveaway!! I have mentioned a few times on my blog about a recent TARDIS scarf that I knitted and you now have the chance to win it!! Aren’t you all so freakin lucky? 😀

Sending lots of love (evidenced by the hearts) with my TARDIS scarf.

Sending lots of love (evidenced by the hearts) with my TARDIS scarf.

All you have to do is comment below and I will pick a random winner from the comments. But… because this is a special handmade prize, you actually have to do more than just say, I WANT THAT TARDIS SCARF! Answer the following question to enter the giveaway: If you could travel via the TARDIS to your favorite fantasy land, where would you go?

The giveaway closes at midnight on Sunday, March 24, 2013, CST. Open internationally (please be aware if you win and do not live in the U.S. it may take a few weeks to get to you). Thanks to dragonbug for taking the picture of me and the scarf. My head is covering her artwork, you should check out her website to see more of it (her artwork, not my head)!

TARDIS scarf giveaway final

eBook Review: Treason

I am participating in a Blog Tour hosted by Book and Blog Services of S.M. Boyce’s Treason, book two in her Grimoire Trilogy.

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Blurb:

Ourea has always been a deadly place. The lichgates tying the hidden world to Earth keep its creatures at bay—for now.

Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.

Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.

To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.

Review:

What I liked about the series: I enjoyed the unique world that Boyce creates. Her world was full of interesting creatures and landscapes. I also liked her awesome way into a fantasy world through these portals called lichgates. According to Wikipedia, lichgates are  “roofed porch-like structure over a gate, often built of wood. They usually consist of four or six upright wooden posts in a rectangular shape. On top of this are a number of beams to hold a pitched roof covered in thatch or wooden or clay tiles. They can have decorative carvings and in later times were erected as memorials. They sometimes have recessed seats on either side of the gate itself.” I like that she uses these real world devices for her characters to travel back and forth between our world and Ourea. I also enjoyed all the strange creatures in Ourea, I really want a tele-transporting pet, a Xlijnughl (pronounced Zyl-LEYN-guhl), because that would be awesome! Kara and Braeden have a lot of adventures, together and separate, and what they get to do is really cool. It was also interesting to try and figure what new exciting thing they would get to do or see. I didn’t see the twist coming, so that was a nice surprise. I read both Lichgates and Treason and I felt there was improvement of storytelling between the first and second book, so that was a cool journey to witness. I thought the most interesting relationship in this series is Braeden and his father. I found Braeden to be a complex character as he struggled to deal with his inherited sadistic side and what he learned from his adoptive parents on how to be nurturing and caring.

What I didn’t like about the series: In reading Jim Butcher’s Furies of Calderon and both books in Boyce’s Grimoire Saga, I came to understand why the sword and sorcery fiction is not my thing. While Kara and Braeden’s adventures were really cool, I felt that some of their more emotional scenes were cut short. Kara especially would cut short her emotions, whether they were romantic emotions toward Braeden or anger towards the people who were trying to hurt her. In the end, I felt Kara is a spirited but ultimately frustrating heroine as she often let other people control her.  There seems to be very little processing of emotions and relationships in sword and sorcery fiction. I’m a relationship person, I enjoy watching how people interact with each other. I think I gave this genre a fair shot with some cool books, and it just isn’t my preferred genre of reading.

Final Thoughts:  For me, whenever a character is driven forward to experience something, I ask, “Why this experience?” The answer seems to be in sword and sorcery fiction: Because it is an experience. I find that a dissatisfying answer. There should be a reason for someone to endure something, a lesson should be learned and then come into play later, an emotion should be dealt with and a solution or understanding result, there should be a reason for it all. While some of the prior learning did become necessary later, I felt a lot of what Kara endured was for really no reason other than it would be cool if she learned this type of magic. Which would be totally fine if that was the type of book I preferred reading. Apparently in my old age I’ve become more emotionally driven.

My Blurb: If you enjoy the sword and sorcery fiction where cool creatures and magic are an everyday occurrence and characters go on epic journys of sword and magic fighting you will enjoy reading S.M. Boyce’s Treason, an interesting fantasy world that has tele-transporting pets.

I received a copy of Treason and Lichgate from Book and Blog Services in exchange for an honest review.

Treason Blog Tour

I am participating in a Blog Tour hosted by Book and Blog Services of S.M. Boyce’s Treason, book two in her Grimoire Trilogy.  My review will be posted on March 18, 2013. In the mean time check out the blurb and author information.

treason 1

Blurb:

Ourea has always been a deadly place. The lichgates tying the hidden world to Earth keep its creatures at bay—for now.

Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.

Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.

To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.

Author Bio: S.M. Boyce is a fantasy and paranormal fiction novelist who also dabbles in contemporary fiction and comedy. Her B.A. in Creative Writing also qualifies her to serve you french fries. She updates her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning. You can also catch up with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Nodds & Nends: Places to Submit Stories, Artists at Supercon, Comic Con

My mother is applying for a job with littleBits and she sent me a link to their website. littleBits consist of tiny little circuit-boards that snap together with magnets to create complex structures that have unique functions. What an awesome company. I really hope she gets the job!

Do you write short stories with a scifi bent? Do you want to see if you can make money from these sort stories? Jacqueline Lucca has pulled together a post of some places to submit your scifi/fantasy short stories.

Meet some of the artists at Florida’s supercon by reading Johnny Ties Studios posting on his adventures there.

Not sure if you should brave the problems inherent in a crowded place just to stand in lines to see your favorite geeks or nerds? Crazy 4 Comic Con has the Top 10 ways to make the best comic con.

Fantastical Illustrations by Greg Staples

These illustrations by Greg Staples are just too fabulous to keep them lingering in my inbox any longer. So enjoy! [via]

Link Round-up

Here is my collection of links and fun stuff that doesn’t quite make a posting of its own.

Geek Blog FreshPressed this week: Prawn and Quartered.

True Blood‘s Pam will take on a new bitchy role as an evil Queen in new TV show Once Upon a Time.

Flow Chart for NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy books by SF Signal.