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.¬† ūüôā

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. ūüėČ )

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(More) Linkity on a Sunday

I didn’t intend to do another Linkity on a Sunday quite so soon, but there were lots of new links that I wanted to share while they were still timely. So here they are! I hope your 2018 is great so far, and only continues to get better.


The Well-Appointed Desk had the 12 Days of Inkmas running last month, and that was a lot of fun. (I didn’t see a way to link to those posts exclusively, so the link will take you to ALL the ink reviews on TWAD.)

KM Kat posted a link to the First Flag of the Resistance, which looks like a lot of work. I think it’s a really neat art take on resistance. Its phrase is also something we must all remind ourselves of, no matter which side of the aisle we land on politically. This is¬†NOT normal. And we need to not let it become normal.

Inkophile found the perfect way to decorate a Christmas tree. I don’t think Suzy would cooperate with me, though.

I didn’t make any of these crochet bookmarks for gifts this year, but still intend to. Maybe next year.

Some time ago, Chris posted links to some short stories. I re-read then recently, and decided to share. This one is a take on the red strings that link soulmates / true loves in Chinese myths. And this one is about an adorable tiny dragon. (WANT.)

Linkity on a Sunday

This week let’s do something different for the Sunday Summary! I haven’t written anything fiction-wise since NaNoWriMo ended, because I’ve needed to use my creative energy for making holiday cards and knitting gifts. So instead of discussing what I’ve written (which is nothing) let’s take a trip around the blogosphere and see what other people have written!


Lattes and Llamas shared this Llama Christmas Cookie link, and I think I mush make them. NOW. So cute!

Ally had this great discussion about medication in YA books, and how it’s not portrayed in a healthy fashion.

Zuky announced her December BookBum Club theme, and posted links to the November BookBum Club reviews.

In her linkity on Friday, Chris shared this tumblr post about how knitting led to the moon landing. She also had a link to a list of Mexican references in “Coco” (the Pixar movie, which I ABSOLUTELY LOVED — GO SEE IT).

I recently found out about Hunter Hammersen‘s knitting patterns (courtesy of the love given by SpaceCadet yarn). And for the first 3 weeks of December she has an advent calendar of sorts in the form of discounts on her knitting patterns! (Each day a different item is discounted through December 24th.) Love it, and I’ve already bought a few patterns as a result.

Best of 2010

Well, not the COMPLETE best of, but some of my favorite links from 2010. Notably, from the later part of 2010 when I started collecting links for blogging about.

Also, I believe these are all favorite links from 2010 that didn’t otherwise make it to the blog due to me being busy and not getting planned posts actually written.

So, I guess “best of” might be a bit erroneous, but at least it still sounds good. At any rate, without further ado, here’s the list:

Star Wars Day for Katie

In honor of Katie and in support of geekdom (and Star Wars geekdom specifically) I’m going to be posting twice today. (This one was unplanned. As I just said to a friend via text, “random oddball-ness can be good.” I think this qualifies on all counts.)

Anyway. In honor of Katie and geekdom, I’ll be updating this post periodically today when I happen across particularly cool geeky stuff. Especially Star Wars geeky stuff, but probably not exclusively.

To start? Cake Wrecks¬†often has sugary¬†geek-love posts, but the recent “Star Wars: The Next Generation” post was beyond awesome. Love it.

And EPBOT, the non-cake site created by Cake Wrecks’ Jen, has a post with fun Star Wars art.

ThinkGeek has tons of Star Wars stuff (naturally) but one of my favorites is the series of “Chop Sabers” – aka chopsticks designed as lightsabers. WANT. I think I feel a Christmas-shopping-for-myself spree coming up…

There’s also TONS of news articles about this. “The Force is with her,” indeed. There’s even a dedicated Twitter hashtag: #maytheforcebewithkatie.¬†I think it’s great. GEEK POWER! (Or should it be NERD POWER? I’m never sure what the¬†difference is. All I really know is I like the¬†name Nerd Herd better than Geek Squad, and that sometimes one of the two sounds better than the other. Any thoughts on which means what?)

Jennifer at “Stop and Blog the Roses” (love that blog title!) asks if we know what today is. I found her blog by Googling “Star Wars Katie” (for which there are LOTS of search hits) and am posting a link because 1. I think it’s a cool post, and 2. I love the comment at the end of¬†her blog post:

Blessed are the geeks, for they shall inherit the earth.

Did you know that Katie is the name of George Lucas’ daughter? Awesome. I wonder if Katie Goldman knows that.

So that’s my Star Wars linkity for now. I’ll add more as I find it throughout the day. More linkity:

Look! Star Wars snowflakes!

And Star Wars done Dr. Seuss-style! How cool is that? I want to buy it in book form.

Monday Musings ~ 8.16.10

Well, for reasons I may or may not decide to blog about, I am out of town today. And that means I am writing this blog post well in advance, so some of the linkity will be “old” (by ‘net standards) by the time it shows up on here. But it’s content, right? And it’s still cool stuff even if it is (*gasp*) a few days old by the time I post about it.

  • It has been cold in “Sunny” California this year. Truly, it has. I mean, I love our weather and the current temps are wonderful, but it hasn’t hit the usual highs. Nathan Bransford has a very funny, very true take on this:

Don’t let any San Franciscans trick you — yes, San Francisco is having the coldest summer in fifty years, yes, San Franciscans will complain like the dickens and act like it’s the apocalypse with a side of brimstone, but press us and we will reveal that no, we don’t want to trade with your heat wave, thankyouverymuch. The complaints are a ruse. You’ve been warned.

A Bit of Linkity

Not a whole lot going on here today, just a few links that I’ve had pointed out to me in the past day or three.

First, a Geek Girl blog by the author of CakeWrecks: Epbot. This site has all sorts of cool stuff, including jewelry she made out of squished pennies. Awesome stuff.

. . . aaaaand, now that I’ve finished catching up on CakeWrecks for a while, let’s see what else I’ve been reading lately.

Chris of Stumbling Over Chaos sent me over to Good Show Sir, a UK blog that features fabulous book cover art. And by “fabulous” I mean “hideous.” But funny.

Also full of funny blog fodder, I have been following The Rejectionist for some time now. How can someone like me (read: geek girl and fantasy author) not love a site that is subtitled “dropping mordor on your party since 2009”? I mean really.

And I’ve lately started following (again thanks to Chris of SoC) Seanna of Another Purl. She’s a knitter and theatre geek. Like me. Awesome.

Happy Thursday!