BookWyrmKnits’ 101 in 1001 Challenge

BookWyrmKnits’ 101 in 1001 Challenge

START DATE: 7/11/2016     //     END DATE: 4/8/2019

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One Lovely Blog Award

Ally nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award! Whee! I’ve been blogging for ages, but it’s been a long time since I’ve participated in many blog things, so I haven’t gotten any blog awards from fellow bloggers in quite some time. It’s fun to play along.  🙂

That reminds me, though. I should probably look up my blogiversary. I don’t remember how long I’ve been blogging anymore, and I started on a different site so even if I got with what WordPress tells me, that’s only my WordPress anniversary.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you (Thank you, Ally!)
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers and inform them of the nomination

Here are some facts about me:

1. I skipped kindergarten. I had no say in it, of course, but since my year wasn’t going to be starting to learn to read until half-way through the school year and I had already been reading for a year or two, I don’t disagree with the decision. I do wonder how my life would have been different if I hadn’t skipped grades, though. (Just as a point of curiosity, mind you. I like my life.)

2. My sense of balance is horrible. As in, I can’t somersault in a straight line. The ability to stand up straight or walk a straight line has nothing to do with how much I’ve had to drink. And I get motion sick very easily. We determined at a young age that this (and the insane bouts of vertigo I had as a teen) is due to loose stones in my ears. Interestingly, this doesn’t seem to impact my ability to drive straight.

3. I don’t like taking selfies for knitting FO pictures. (Non-knitting selfies are fine.) It seems weird to me when I’m thinking about it, but there it is. The only real exception is for hats, which look best when modeled. Speaking of knitting FO pictures, though, I had a request for a picture of my Trinity Shawlette in natural light, so here you go!

4. I like my books, TV shows, and movies to be an escape. I know there is a point to realistic stories, and I have read/watched some that were enjoyable, but I generally prefer ones that don’t look like something that belongs on the news. Most of my entertainment comes from fantasy and science fiction, with some educational non-fiction thrown in.

5. I am a rule-follower. Usually. If it appeals to me. So while I follow most rules, I use the speed limit as a “guideline”. Walking around the Times Square area in New York was panic-inducing for me, though, because most pedestrians there don’t even look at the streetlights or crosswalk signs before stepping into the street.

6. I am a cat person. Dogs are okay too, but I prefer cats. I like small animals too (rats and rabbits and fish and birds and such), but they have a short life span and it’s hard to put all the love and energy into caring for small animals that won’t live long.

7. I am an introvert. I can exhibit extroverted tendencies in some instances, and I’m not afraid of public speaking or being in charge of a group of people, but I recharge best in quiet places when I’m by myself or with a few trusted family members or friends.

A bit random, but that’s the way I am.

Also, remember that bit about following the rules? Well, tagging rules are some of those that I don’t always follow. That being said, I’m not tagging anyone at this time! (This is mostly because I have a Swiss cheese memory when it comes to who I saw post which blog tag / award / meme and so run the risk of tagging people who have already done this. Also, I’m being lazy. 😉 )

Friday Reads: Me In Book Characters Tag

Ally not-tagged everyone to do the “Me in Book Characters” tag a while back. She said she wasn’t tagging anyone because this tag had been going around long enough that a lot of people had done it already, but since I haven’t done it yet, I decided to play along!

Side note: this was harder than I thought it would be. For one thing, I decided early on that I wasn’t going to go with the easy bookworm ones (Hermione for one, or Belle from novelizations of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for another). I didn’t think that eliminating the easy characters would make this actually hard, though! I expected it to be more of a challenge, but still easy enough to do. Ah well, live and learn!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the creators of the tag (Thank you Ash & Lo @ Windowsill Books!)
  2. Thank whoever tagged you! (Thank you Ally!)
  3. List 5 book characters who you are most like and explain why.
  4. Tag your friends!

1. Elspeth from the Mage Winds trilogy by Mercedes Lackey
This is one is more historical for me. At the time when I first read these books (college? late high school? in there somewhere anyway) I was going through a lot of the same growth that Elspeth did. Without the magic or the talking horse, sadly, but the spoiled-kid-growing-into-young-woman thing was the same. (For the record, it was the good version of spoiled.)

2. Sloan from the Indexing series by Seanan McGuire
This is another historical one. I used to be a lot more snarky and sarcastic than I am now. I still have a sarcastic streak, and I was never as mean-spirited as Sloan (she can’t help it), but I used to hold people at a distance with my attitude because I was unsure how to let them get close. I’ve grown out of it. I hope we’ll get another book showing more of Sloan’s growth… book 2 seemed to indicate there was more story to tell, but I’m not sure if it will actually happen.

3. Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
There are many reasons to aspire to be like Mrs. Weasley, but the one I’m referencing here is her knitting. Every Christmas she knits sweaters for her family. While I have only knit one sweater for a family member, I do try to knit gifts for my family members at least every other year.

4. Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
At the time of this writing I haven’t finished this book, so I don’t know if there are reasons later in the book why I would shy away from this comparison. I do know that Scout loves to read, and can’t remember anyone teaching her to read. That is me. I don’t remember learning to read, but my parents tell me I was reading by preschool. Scout, similarly, starts school already knowing how to read. (Unlike Scout, however, I never got into trouble for knowing how to read ahead of my classmates. I got skipped ahead a grade, but never into trouble.)

5. Susan Pevensie in the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
I have always, always felt a connection to Susan Pevensie. When I read the books for the first time, she was the one I wanted to be. She was the one I felt I looked the most like and acted the most like; essentially she seemed to be me in book form. I cannot tell you what a betrayal it was to be told in the final book that Susan was no longer a friend of Narnia. I was devastated by that. Now, though, it seems to be one more way that I am like Susan. It seems to me that Lewis used Susan to show the folly of people leaving the church, and I have done that, too. I am not any less spiritual than I was, but I am no longer a friend of the church.

All said and done, I might be like a lot of book characters, but me in book form? Would still be Susan Pevensie. And I’m proud of that.

I’m not tagging anyone either, but if you feel like playing along let me know!

Also, since today starts the lunar new year, Happy New Year!

Chinese New Year 2018.jpg

May the year bring your health and prosperity.

WIP Wednesday for Valentine’s Day 2018

I was supposed to have little knit hearts to show you today, but I haven’t started knitting any yet. Finding the right yarn and needle combination won’t really take me that long, but I’m procrastinating knitting them using that as my excuse, so… yeah.

What I am knitting is this, the “Thor” Geek-A-Long square:

Suzy is helping me as often as she can.

I’m also knitting the Lacy Entrelac Scarf:

It is my current travel knitting (I haven’t moved my sock or mitt projects back to the “travel knitting” role since I’m so enamored of this scarf) and so it’s been getting worked on over my lunch breaks.

There are other WIPs on the needles, but these are the two I actively knit on this past week. I spent time doing stuff (that wasn’t knitting) with my family this past weekend, so there wasn’t as much knitting time last week as usual.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Love Freebie

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This one is a “Love Freebie” (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.) because Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Mr. Wyrm and I don’t celebrate in the traditional way (aka going out and spending tons of money on a fancy dinner and flowers and chocolates), but I think we’ll get some cheesecake to share for dessert. Yum. (That’s our tradition. Take-out Cheesecake Factory cheesecake.)


Love Freebie: My Favorite Literary Couples

This is just in order of the first couples I think of, not necessarily in order of preference. Also, I’m not going to explain any of them (too distracted by thoughts of cheesecake) but if you’re curious about why, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll do my best to explain when I’m less distracted! (Mmmm, cheesecake.)

Side note: I just realized these pairings may result in spoilers. Sorry.

  1. the Mage Winds trilogy by Mercedes Lackey ~ Elspeth & Darkwind
  2. Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn ~ Coriel & Kent
  3. the Tower & the Hive series by Anne McCaffrey ~ Damia & Afra
  4. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis ~ Ned & Verity (and the cat!) (and yes, I know I said I wasn’t going to comment…)
  5. Dime Store Magic (and the rest of the Otherworld series) by Kelley Armstrong ~ Paige & Lucas
  6. Elfshadow (and the following books) by Elaine Cunningham ~ Arilyn & Danilo
  7. Tinker by Wen Spencer ~ Tinker & Wolf Who Rules
  8. Indexing by Seanan McGuire ~ Henry & Jeff (note: Henry is short for Henrietta. I have no arguments against same-gender couples, but this isn’t one of them.)
  9. Smoke and Ashes by Tanya Huff ~ Tony & Lee (this one is a same-gender couple, though they do more dancing around it than actually being a couple. And I don’t get more books featuring them. Sigh.)
  10. Phenomenal Girl 5 by A.J. Menden ~ Lainey & Robert

Linkity for 11 February 2018

More linkity! This will be a semi-regular feature on the blog because I like sharing fun things with you, but it’s not going to be a weekly post because that takes too much work.  😉  Much of this isn’t new news anymore, since I’ve been compiling links off and on since the last linkity post. Still, they’re things I enjoyed.

Pantsville Press had a blog post with a method of blocking cowls that is obvious now that I’ve seen it, but wasn’t something I would have thought of on my own.

Did you see the Total Lunar Eclipse a week and a half ago? (I didn’t. I was sleeping.) If you missed it like I did, here are some pictures.

RIP, Ursula K. Le Guin. (Lark @ Bookwyrm’s Hoard had a wonderful post celebrating her life.)

Some Wednesday Wisdom from BookBum that I particularly enjoyed.

Thank you all for your lovely replies to my news about my friend’s cancer. However, since I posted that, I’ve been trying to figure out what more we all can do in order to prevent as many people as possible from having to go through what her family is dealing with right now. Here’s what I came up with:

  1. Donate, if you can. We most recently donated to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, which I’m happy to say is on Consumer Report’s “good” list. It’s also on Charity Watch’s list of top-rated charities, along with several other cancer prevention & research charities.
  2. Get checked. I mentioned this before, but make sure that you do all the recommended cancer screenings.
  3. Spread the word. If you can encourage your family and friends to get their screenings, and they tell their family and friends, then soon we’ll have a chain-reaction of testing and prevention.

And to end with something a little happier, even though it’s not technically a link…

My friend Chris sent me my very own Rainbow Scribble Doodle for the holidays. Now that the holiday decorations are all packed away, I framed the Doodle to bring some brightness to my mornings. It’s hanging on the wall of my bathroom vanity area (not in a spot where it’s going to get water damage from being near the shower) so I have a bit of rainbow brightness when I wake up in the morning.

Goodreads TBR Declutter #1

I’ve seen several book bloggers tackling their TBR lists and getting rid of the books that they no longer want to read. I first saw about it from Zuky @ BookBum, who credits Lia @ Lost in a Story for the original idea. Here’s how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order by ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m planning to do 10 every time I do it (which will be on a regular basis but not weekly). This is because most of these books *should* be ones I want to keep on there, since I did an informal culling of the list about a year ago now as part of my 101 in 1001 challenge.

That said, my first TBR book on my GR list is from August 2008. That’s nearly 10 years ago. I think it’s time to cull the list even more than I have already.

For a fun look at where I’m starting, I have 393 books currently on my Goodreads TBR list. (I haven’t listed all the books I want to read on here yet, either. I have a short list of other books elsewhere which haven’t been added.)

With the instructions and intro out of the way, let’s get started!

1: Way of the Wolf (Vampire Earth #1) by E.E. Knight

Louisiana, 2065, 43rd year of the Kurian Order. Possessed of an unnatural hunger, bloodthirsty Reapers rule the planet, sucking out human blood and souls. Starting in revenge for the loss of his parents, on to fellow soldiers, Lieutenant David Valentine intends to fight back in this western-style frontier.

A couple friends have read and liked this, but I haven’t heard anything about it. I don’t see reviews by any friends on GR, either. I’m not hurting for good books on my TBR, and this one has been there for the longest (aka 10 years). If I haven’t gotten to it yet, I don’t think I’m going to.

Verdict: REMOVE

2: Heat Stroke (Weather Warden #2) by Rachel Caine

Mistaken for a murderer, Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is hunted down and killed by her colleagues. Reborn as a Djinn, she senses something sinister entering earth’s atmosphere-something that makes tomorrow’s forecast look deadly.

LOTS of my friends have read this one and rated it highly on GR. I remember really liking the first book in the series. I think this one is going to stay, even though it’s been on my TBR for nearly 10 full years, too.

Verdict: KEEP

3: Mall, Mayhem, and Magic by Holly Lisle

What do a spellbook that works, larcenous elves, a wild-eyed monster and a two-centuries-old virgin on the run have in common? Jim Franklin, bookseller in the mall, wishes he knew. He’d better figure it out fast–because in five days the world of physics and the world of magic will collide, and mayhem is too kind a word for what will happen.

This sounds like a corny ’90’s fantasy novel (and I’ll face it, it probably is). But it still sounds super amusing.

Verdict: KEEP

4: The Devil and Dan Cooley (Devil’s Point #2) by Holly Lisle & Walter Spence

Holly Lisle scored a hit with Sympathy for the Devil, in which Satan’s minions made a home for themselves in North Carolina. Now the story continues with radio disk jockey Dan Cooley.

I really, REALLY liked Sympathy for the Devil, which is why this sequel is on here in the first place. I’m going to try to read this one soon in the hopes that Lisle managed to make lightening strike twice with this premise.

Verdict: KEEP

5: Hell on High (Devil’s Point #3) by Holly Lisle & Ted Nolan

In Devil’s Point Amusement Park, customers flock to the site of such unusual attractions as the Extinct Species Petting Zoo, the waterpark and its real mermaids, and Desire Point, which requires a special fee for admittance.

I’m going to reserve judgment on this one until I’ve read the second in the series. (This is the third.) If I like book 2, then book 3 can stay on my TBR. If not, I’ll revisit it again at that time. For now, though, since I’m keeping book 2, I’ll keep book 3.

Verdict: KEEP

6: Killashandra (Crystal Singer #2) by Anne McCaffrey

At first Killashandra Ree’s ambitions to become a Crystal Singer, get rich, and forget her past, were going just as she had hoped. But after she grew wealthy, a devastating storm turned her claim to useless rock. In short order she was broke, she had crystal sickness so bad she thought she was going to die, and the only way she could be true to the man she loved was to leave him.

I know I enjoy McCaffrey’s books, but the synopsis on this one isn’t grabbing me. I may eventually re-read Crystal Singer, so this one may go back on the TBR list at some point. For now, though… it’s gone.

Verdict: REMOVE

7: Blood Pact (Vicki Nelson #4) by Tanya Huff

It began with the call no daughter ever wants to get, the call that told private investigator Vicki Nelson her mother had died. Mrs. Nelson’s coworker at the Queen’s University Life Science Department told Vicki that the cause of death was a heart attack, and that they’d be waiting for her to arrive in Kingston to make the funeral arrangements. But what started as an all too normal personal tragedy soon became the most terrifying case of Vicki’s career. For when Marjory Nelson’s body mysteriously disappeared from the funeral home, Vicki, her sometime lover and fellow investigator, vampire Henry Fitzroy, and her former homicide squad partner, Detective-Sergeant Mike Celluci, realized that there was something unnatural about her mother’s demise. Vicki swore she’d find the culprit, and see that her mother was properly laid to rest. But what she hadn’t counted on was that someone at Queen’s University seemed determined to keep Mrs. Nelson on the job — alive or dead!

I really enjoy Huff’s writing, and I thought this series got better as it went on. I’m certainly willing to try book 4 and see if I still like the series.

Verdict: KEEP

8: Blood Debt (Vicki Nelson #5) by Tanya Huff

Henry Fitzroy, vampire, writer, and bastard son of Henry VIII, had survived for centuries by obeying the vampire’s code. He did not slaughter needlessly, did not draw attention to himself, and never invaded another vampire’s territory. But now Henry was about to do the unthinkable. He was going to break the code. — It began when Henry woke to the twilight — and the discovery that a ghost had invaded his inner sanctum. This was the start of a dangerous nightly game. Henry was allowed to ask one question of his mysterious visitor. If the answer was no, someone — innocent and unsuspecting — would die. It soon became clear that what this wraith — and the others who eventually joined it — wanted was revenge on those responsible for killing them.

Henry could not find the source of these murders on his own, nor could he ignore his unwanted guests. He had only one choice — to call private investigator Vicki Nelson and ask for help. Henry only hoped that he and Vicki would both survive the experience.

As with the Holly Lisle book above, I’m going to tentatively keep this one on the TBR list. I’ll revisit it after reading book 4 in the series, and see at that point if I want to continue. I still like the sound of the synopsis, at any rate.

Verdict: KEEP

9: Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

All the creatures of the forest and field and riverbank knew the infant was special. She was the princess, spirited away from the evil fairy Pernicia on her name-day. But the curse was cast: Rosie was fated to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a poisoned sleep-a slumber from which no one would be able to rouse her.

I love fairy tale re-tellings, so this one is no-brainer. I’ve even bumped it to my Top-TBR list so that I’ll hopefully get to it soon.

Verdict: KEEP

10: Midnight Never Come (Onyx Court #1) by Marie Brennan

England flourishes under the hand of its Virgin Queen: Elizabeth, Gloriana, last and most powerful of the Tudor monarchs.

But a great light casts a great shadow.

In hidden catacombs beneath London, a second Queen holds court: Invidiana, ruler of faerie England, and a dark mirror to the glory above. In the thirty years since Elizabeth ascended her throne, fae and mortal politics have become inextricably entwined, in secret alliances and ruthless betrayals whose existence is suspected only by a few.

Two courtiers, both struggling for royal favor, are about to uncover the secrets that lie behind these two thrones. When the faerie lady Lune is sent to monitor and manipulate Elizabeth’s spymaster, Walsingham, her path crosses that of Michael Deven, a mortal gentleman and agent of Walsingham’s. His discovery of the “hidden player” in English politics will test Lune’s loyalty and Deven’s courage alike. Will she betray her Queen for the sake of a world that is not hers? And can he survive in the alien and Machiavellian world of the fae? For only together will they be able to find the source of Invidiana’s power—find it, and break it…

A breathtaking novel of intrigue and betrayal set in Elizabethan England; Midnight Never Come seamlessly weaves together history and the fantastic to dazzling effect.

It’s still a fun premise, but it’s not helped by this synopsis. This synopsis is too long, and I was bored by the end of it. Based on that, and the fact that I added this to my TBR in 2008, I’m going to assume I won’t even get around to reading it.

Verdict: REMOVE



What about your TBR? Are any of these books on your shelves, either as to-read or have-read books? Are there any I removed which you think I should reconsider?

WIP Wednesday for 7 February 2018

I recently needed to bring a travel knitting project somewhere, but I couldn’t bring the mitts I’m working on since the person I’m going to be giving them to was going with me. So I looked at the other travel-sized projects I have on the needles, and decided I didn’t want to bring any of them.

  1. The Raw Honey mitts were out, due to my travel companion.
  2. The Minecraft socks might be an easy pattern, but I was coming up on the heel turn soon-ish and didn’t want to have to do my measuring / trying on half-finished socks on the plane.
  3. The mitts for my SIL have been waiting long enough that it would take too long for me to remember where I was in the pattern.
  4. The GAL squares (both of them) are double knitting and therefore more balls of yarn than I wanted to be dealing with at once.

So of course I cast on something new.

I went stash diving in search of some nice striped yarn or something that I would be happy making vanilla socks from. I found a lovely ball of Chroma fingering yarn. Lovely, and wanting to be cast on with, and not what I wanted for socks.

So instead I cast on a new scarf. Easy, right? No fuss, right?

Um. No. I cast on a lace entrelac scarf. Not at all any easier to deal with than the other projects I already have started.

Entrelac scarf

But it is lovely, isn’t it?