This week I received my orders of an XL black and white ink cartridge, a massive box of 2500 sheets of printer paper and a box folder. I’d say these are simple pleasures, but they’re actually quite expensive. :O With my website bills to pay that’ll be my bank account running on empty for the month.
I’ve been quite busy! In case you haven’t guessed by the geeky supplies above, writing is still going a-ok. Been getting a few opinions on the first part of the story which is providing some fun fuel for improvements and future plans.
Aside from that, the house has been noisy with the other half’s DIY. Dave’s gotten ahold of a drill and has been improving everything, adding new catches to every door, putting up blinds and jigsawing out the bottom of one of my desks (I have two in the same room, and love it), drilling down wood over any entrance points that might be used by spiders…the house is looking all the better for the improvements. Not to mention there’s a huge mirror waiting to go in the living room which will take at least two people to lift.
He rearranged my pens and pencils when doing this, though. … I wasn’t best pleased. :P
Other than that I’m just huddling up in my big rainy day fleece-lined hoodie, because it’s pouring rain outside and I feel the cold too easily.
Reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a alternative history fantasy novel set in 1800s England. This is a huge book, and I was put off from reading it for a while because it has a really slow start. I took it in to work and got started, though, and about a third of the way in the plot was unfolding at a good pace, and by the last part I was hooked and desperate to find out how it ended. An absolutely charming novel, with patriotism flowing through it and a historical and magical lore so in-depth that I found myself wondering if all the footnotes were from real novels. If you’re into old-fashioned fantasy or historical writing, you’ll love it.
Playing Final Fantasy 13/XIII. Another slow start, it begins with a tight hold of your hand and 20 hours later (about half-way through according to the quoted 40 hours gameplay) it’s still reluctant to let go. A brilliant storyline and fantastic environments and graphics make it all worth it, though, and now that characters are becoming more likable I’m more than willing to keep hammering the ‘A’ button just to see more. It completely sucks you in.
Watching Doctor Who – Cold Blood, which was a bit depressing but an okay episode. The first part was a messy affair and I’m not sure the second part was good enough to save it – the overuse of voice-overs really didn’t do it any favors. Those final minutes really stole the show, but they didn’t exactly end on a feel-good mood.
Time can be rewritten though, right? Right?
Oh, and being extra-picky: I’m really not a fan of memory erasing plot devices like the Crack in Time. It just leaves too many plot holes – for instance, in the Weeping Angels 2-part episode, shouldn’t some other Clerics have been brought along in place of the ones who were erased? The Bishop isn’t going to take an empty ship. It’s best not to think too hard into sci-fi in general, especially time-travel sci-fi, but still.
The rain also canceled out plans for a BBQ, so we watched The Eurovision Song Contest instead. Which is fine, really, because it allowed me to indulge my sillier music tastes and make comments about it on Twitter throughout. My favorite by far was Turkey’s soft-rock band maNga, who took second place. Winners Germany were okay (the girl was adorable!) but not really to my tastes musically, Greece was dance-y and fun and so was France. Graham Norton’s comments were brilliant – I’m not a huge fan of his, but his commentary was hilarious. Oh, and the UK were infuriatingly awful. I had a bad feeling when I saw Pete Waterman credited as a songwriter, and that gut feeling proved spot on. A trite mess of meaningless, optimistic-sounding lyrics.
Listening to alternative rock band Brand New’s album “Daisy”. I love Brand New, and I’m glad that this album is still as good as I would expect from them. It’s a lot less ‘catchy’ than “The Devil and the God…” and “Deja Entendu”, but that’s mostly due to the layers in each track. They all take multiple listens to even begin to be understood (and a few Google searches for the exact lyrics), but that doesn’t stop them from sounding brilliant. My favorite tracks hands-down is “Gasoline”.
When the army had to hold the line
you were nowhere near the front.
Before the kids could tell the dog goodbye
you were loading up your gun.
I want to know what is the great divide
I want to know what I’ve become.
You’re think that no one else is lonesome
you think that you’re the only one.
That verse in particular has a great rhythm too it, which reminds me faintly of Nine Inch Nails track “Capital G”. The album’s single “At the Bottom” is a bit catchier with an equally strong rhythm to it.
Anyway, I’m off to take it easy in my comfy hoodie and get some work done before bed. I’m loving the long weekend!