Clariel has arrived! I opted for the slower shipping instead of release-day-arrival to save $1 off my next book order so I only got it today and now I’m so excited! But also I know how @GarthNix has wrung my heart in two in the past (okay The Ragwitch and Shade’s Children and Abhorsen are some of the most terrifying things I have ever read in my life and I make a point to avoid horror because I am a delicate flower), so I’m not sure I want to start reading it tonight when it’s already hard enough for me to get out of bed for work on Tuesdays.
BUT I adore this series and Garth Nix writes such amazingly good stuff and I’ve been looking forward to it for months!
Except Abhorsen is literally so fucking terrifying that I had a panic attack the next day the last time I reread it because of the adrenalin build-up even though I knew what was going to happen and that it would turn out okay.
Do I trust that Clariel will be less scary. I mean, it has to be, it can’t possibly have the body-horror of the not-zombies or that metal clicking thing or the digging. Right???
(I’m going to start reading it after work tomorrow as reward for doing my bike ride, I think. I just have to be very careful with it because it’s not my book. I’m holding it in trust for Supes until she can claim it!)
are your feels ready
do you have your reading bunker planned
because Wild Rover No More is out in 2 weeks
(amzn pre-order - currently at $14.21 hardcover)
I would love commentary, if your interested in providing. I don’t know think I want this badly enough to justify buying it, but I’m really interested in how it ends.
trust me, there *will* be commentary
just like last year!
I’m kind of nervous about it, but ARC reviews on Amazon mention a few things that make me think it’s going to be a hot mess (because most ends-of-series are, and let’s face it, the last few Jacky Faber books have been terrible in certain ways anyway), so I plan to go at it guns a-blazing and take no prisoners in my enjoyment of the thing. Please have popcorn.gifs ready, because I think we’re going to need them. ;)
A few months ago, someone on Tumblr mentioned picking up one of these Yafa Icona pens, and that it wasn’t too shabby for $20.
My nearest Office Depot is moving/merging with an Office Max a mile or so away, so everything in the store was on sale to get rid of it. I popped in to see if there were any interesting stationery items still around and picked up some washi tape at 40% off (not bad! less than $2/roll), then poked around and found the Yafa Icona pens. They had red and black, which I thought was blue, alas…
The pen was 30% off or something, so less than $15. A good deal! It comes with 7 cartridges - one that’s probably black and tucked inside the barrel, and then pink, red, green, blue, purple, and black “luxury” colors (lolololol).
I like the size of the nib - I’m partial to tiny nibs that let me hold the pen closer to the paper. It resembles the ones on my Platinum pens in shape/design. Of course, Yafa also manufacture Monteverde and iirc Faber Castell pens…
I popped in the blue cartridge and it was ready to go after 10 minutes. It was a chalky writing feel at first, but as the ink lubed the nib, it got rather nice. It appears to be a bit finer than the advertised M, but not bad at all, especially for the price point from a box store!
The body of the pen is plastic with what seems to be an aluminium cap (there’s an insert cap as well). The grip is rubberized, if that’s something you’re interested in. But mostly it’s fairly lightweight uncapped, which is what I like, and a good deal heavier with the cap posted if that’s what you prefer.
Not sure what else to include in a new pen commentary, but I can’t say this is a bad choice if you’re casually wanting to try a fountain pen and don’t want to go too far out of the way to find one (since these stores are pretty common).
It’s that time again…
Will try to have it out by this weekend :D But you may hate us for the cliffhanger XD;
Ohhhh this color spread
it is kind of amazing
I hope that when I get vol8 from France, it has it in color, too… (probably won’t; I don’t think the first 6 volumes have color inserts)
Damn you pun dog :3
THIS IS A NEW ONE TO ME
how is that possible
but i just laughed so hard you don’t even know
new joke to tell the kids at work!
From Flying Down to Rio (1933) (TCMdb)
I really like the cross-strokes on this one. The variation in the small E’s is interesting as well - some are little epsilons, some are loops. It makes for a bold, masculine style further characterized by the heavy weight to the down strokes and bottom curves, which suggest to me that it could be using a stub or italic nib, too.
There’s a new Letter From Classic Hollywood today!
This is one of my favorites, and also one of the earlier ones I saved as an example to practice to update my own penmanship style. Also, Flying Down to Rio is a really fun film.
this is one of the most adorable things i have seen in the last 24 hours okay
I recently developed such a crush on Una Merkel.
I will watch anything she’s in, 1930-1934. I don’t even care what the rest of the picture is about.
That little segment of “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” from 42nd Street when she and Ginger Rogers are sitting in the fake Pullman bunk and singing is so hard on my heart. (I also have a longstanding crush on Ginger Rogers in her pre-code years.)
This photo is to awesome not to share! Excellent shot! - by @sethcbarber “A rainbow of ink samples #ink #fountainpenink #vscocam” #fpgeeks #fountainpen #fountainpens #inkporn
From the Fatty’s New Role short, featuring Fatty Arbuckle (1915) (TCMdb - viewed on WatchTCM as part of a set titled “Fatty’s New Fido”)
Week number two of Letters From Classic Hollywood - thus time we have an example from a silent short. I love the “gazatsky”! Can’t remember if it was the bar owner’s name, but does it matter?
Get into fountain pens, they said. It’ll be fun and affordable, they said. You won’t go crazy over shades of blue, they said.
no lies detected
Loving the color contrast of my Lamy Studio Royal Red on my turquoise Quo Vadis Habana notebook.
I was super dying for this pen, but I think I like the new Wild Rubin better - it’s more of a sparkly ruby red. Still, though, the Royal Red color + turquoise = one of my favorite combinations. ❤❤❤❤❤
I was super tempted to buy the Quo Vadis Habana instead of the Leuchtturm1918 for my end-of-2014 planner, and this picture makes me think I should have done.
- multistory library with interconnected secret rooms
- indoor heated pool with skylight
- lazy river with waterfall
- slides accompanying staircases
- wall-sized drawing board
- emergency escape chutes
- adult-sized jungle gym and swing-set
- ceiling projector to browse internet or watch shows in bed
- puppy playground
Wow, how did Julie read my mind so well?
The only thing missing is a rooftop spinner ride, like Dumbo, except maybe that’s part of the jungle gym and swing-set.