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Fantasy and SciFi Book List

To read or finish in no particular order:

Inheritance Circle: Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance
Lord of The Rings (finish)
The Hobbit
Game of Thrones (finish)
Artemis Fowl
Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy
Enders Game
1984 (finish)
Name of the Wind
The Sandman
The Mists of Avalon
Rangers Apprentice
Inkheart
Leviathan Wakes
Faery Rebels

I’d like to complete this list by next year and maybe start reading some Vaginal Fantasy books with the club. ;) I think that finishing the books I have on hand, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making is the first order of business, and then more trips to the library! I haven’t been there in a long time and I miss it.

Future/Recommendations list:

Redshirts
Old Man’s War series
Snowcrash
Ready Player One

The Similarion
Dragonriders of Pern
Legend of Drizzt

brb reading

 

Well, you know, plans…

I had a list, right? I know it’s only been a week, but for some reason it seems to be a list of I’m-going-to-do-the-ones-that-involve-mail-but-maybe-not-anything-else instead. Which is great, actually, because I’ve accomplished several other big things since writing that list.

  • Launched the Freeport Creative Arts website! (check it out, it’s epic)
  • Delivered book to Library
  • Leveled to 83 in WoW and now I’m in the Maelstrom.
  • Posted “The Outbreak” weekly – writing each part as I go is really fun.
  • Discovered potential client(s) for websites
  • Wrote 10th Episode of KG (and filming today)
  • Primed warmachine army
  • Finished the red Art in Action book
  • Played with Javascript and a command-line environment via Codeacademy
  • Picked out paintings to send to my brother
  • Packaged the prize for the KieryGeek giveaway

Prize packaged!

Entertainment

Every so often art, technology, and entertainment are made to be some kind of new evil. Articles, emails, and teachings are produced – mocking and and devaluing the art and the industry that is a large part of our world. Many good things have fallen victim to this, and many people (myself included) have spent years being mislead by organizations with a specific agenda. Organizations that use lies, misinformation, and bad reporting to keep everyone from engaging in something they personally feel is not worth engaging in.

They want to live in a world where everything is monitored, judged, and valued on a scale of what messages a given story contains, how it fits into the company’s worldview, and if there is anything that could remotely be imperfect (or above G). A lot of parents seem to want this for their children too, and thus buy into the world that these organizations purport. It comes from a place of love, naturally – that weird protective instinct all parents seem to inherit and have to try very hard not to over-do.

The problem is, that so much focus is going into the “value” as rigidly defined by various organizations that the real value and the point of being entertained is lost. A large part, I believe, is due to the fact that the idea of entertainment ala Focus on the Family, The American Family Association, and others, is not really considered to have any value at all.

The idea of relaxing, and watching (or listening, or looking at, or playing) something for no reason other than it is interesting and appeals to you just doesn’t even compute. Because for something to have value in my ex-world, there has to be a higher reason. I had to learn to listen to music, because I thought the only value in song was lyrics. I learned to appreciate a good story, because I, like many others, was taught to believe that movies and books carried secret messages and we had to be careful to expose ourselves to only “the good ones” so we wouldn’t be influenced wrongly.

This adds a lot of work to being entertained that doesn’t need to be there. Being entertained is not a mental exercise, it’s a connection; the best things connect to you on a deeper level and that’s when art is created.

What attracts you, or what “messages” you find, may be the things that you were reaching for inside. Other people may not see that, or may find things they needed; more might just enjoy it for the quality of the sound, the stage, the storytelling, and find nothing deeper. Are any of these wrong?

Do people have to find the same thing that stirred within you when you read Lord of the Rings for it to count? I don’t think so, I don’t think anyone really thinks so.

This is what is so powerful about the art of entertainment: when done well, people from all walks of life can appreciate it on so many levels – each one just as valid as the next.

What did I do? I ever so reluctantly found good stories, and fell in love with them; not because of any scale of value, but because the stories were good. Which opened up a wonderful world that I had missed before. If you want to be a writer, an artist, or a storyteller, it helps to appreciate the art of being entertained, develop your unique taste,  and find the things that inspire you by exposing yourself to new things.

Read the kind of stories you want to write, watch the movies you hope to create, listen to the music you want compose – then expose yourself to the opposite. Be entertained for the sake of being entertained and appreciate the art and the effort that goes into it.

Keep Calm and Watch BBC

(From a tumblr that changed it's url - formerly hmbg.tumblr.com)

When the internet is boring

It’s time to do something else. I should do that more often really. Last night I got bored, and after staring blankly at my screen hoping for something interesting, I went into my [newly re-arranged, and significantly warmer - who knew keeping the bed off the baseboards would allow the heat to flow?] bedroom and drew some ideas to color my white space.

brainstorming ideas

Brainstorm

Now that I have…10 possibilites I can decide which one I’d like to paint and hang over our bed.

arrangement

Arrangement

The bed and the painting will end up being the focal point – the inspiration picture and the curtains on the window and over the closet will help tie everything together. And I’m going to refinish the nightstand that I temporarily put a scarf over. O:)

Anyway, after brainstorming I decided to finally just read. I started this book, Spellwright, a few months ago and got really busy and stopped reading it. Mostly because I can’t put books down very easily, so I stuck to reading comics while I was working so I wouldn’t stay up all night reading. I loved reading the comics too, but I’ve really really wanted to get back to Spellwright and just never got around to it…until last night. It was wonderful, and now I’m halfway through and can’t wait to get back into it.

Thanks Mr. Marketing Book

Yesterday I spent the afternoon reading the most boring (and it’s not that boring) of the books from my most recent library trip. Low Budget Marketing For Small Businesses which talked a lot about websites and the internet (obviously). The book is a little old (2003) but I figured some ideas would probably help. Although, I kind of smiled to the Generation Y references because well, that’s my generation, haha (as I was like, 12 at the time the book was published). #notveryold. Still it has ben helpful and even though I won’t be buying words and can tweak my website by myself for the most part (and what I can’t do, I can ask my husband or other friends to help with, because we’re all a bunch of geeks) it helped with some ideas on how to fix my current website.

Every so often I go on this completely re-do everything spree, and over the last 2 years I think I’ve alternated between blog-front and static pages multiple times (at the moment, I’m back to static page, but with blog posts featured). I’ve also wanted it to look a little bit more…me. I like clean websites but I also like artsy ones. I think the design I came up with last night works pretty well for the present and seems to balance the two. Light shades of polkadots with my balloon logo. I thought about adding a fairy, because that’s my etsy logo, but it looked too crowded.

This is all just a work in progress, so please stay patient, as I’ll probably be changing things more later. O:)

Anyway, the most helpful tidbit I’ve gotten so far from the book was the who’s-your-target-worksheet. And I haven’t filled it out yet, but I’ve been thinking on it, and launched an experiment yesterday also, which, you would have seen if you follow me on twitter (free shipping code). However, I conveniently added my twitter accounts (and other things) to my sidebar, if you’d like to follow and find the code and use it in my etsy store.

Anyway, this latest round of changes goes to the marketing book. Thanks, Mr. Book! I’ll go back to reading now.