Category Archives: extra-authorial activities

sometimes in addition to writing i knit, crochet, bake, play video games, and more. and then i blog about it. see? there’s still writing involved.

Games I’m Playing: Stardew Valley

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  Recently I got into Stardew Valley. If you don’t know what it is, it’s like Harvest Moon upgraded and better. If you don’t know what Harvest Moon is, it’s basically a farming/rural life RPG. It started at the beginning of July when I decided to give it a whirl via Steam Family Sharing; my husband had a copy and… Read more »

Into Darkness? Methinks it was an apt title

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I’m not being literal with that observation. There was plenty of lens flare. Overall I found the latest NewTrek film disappointing. For various reasons. What follows is an elaboration and refinement of my original, raw review, posted to Google+ soon after seeing the film. MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for Star Trek: Into Darkness. I’ll put them after the “Read more” jump… Read more »

The Unorthodox Hat

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I’m making a hat. I’m knitting a hat. It’s my first, so kind of a big deal. Firsts in knitting are always big, even if they’re not that complex. Same for crochet. But I’m not a patterns person. It’s nigh impossible for me to follow a knitting pattern and stick to it. I like making things up. I like improvising…. Read more »

SyFy Original TV Movies: possibly worse than syphilis

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Last night we drove for far too long and finally staggered into a room at a Hampton Inn & Suites in West Sacramento, CA. At first, there was good TV — The Daily Show and The Colbert Report — but then I turned off the satan-box for some downtime. Mom complained, saying she needed some mindless background chatter to make… Read more »

30 in 30: Day 13 (in which I talk about ducks and how Chris Weitz is a complete fucking ass and should suffer for destroying The Golden Compass)

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Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!) My favorite book as a child was Drakestail, which is an old French folk tale. Mom would read it with me, and we’d sing out the repeating chorus of Quack! Quack! Quack! When shall I get my money back? together with great relish and glee. I especially liked that the… Read more »

30 in 30: Day 05 (in which I rag upon Eragon so hard I make him bleed from inappropriate places)

A book or series you hate Oh man. This one is almost too easy. (I say ‘almost’ because there is a book/series that I actually hate more than the one I’m writing about now…but as I haven’t actually been able to bring myself to read the whole thing, and as there’s a lot of virulent hate for it already, I… Read more »