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May WIPS.

Ah, May. The month I realize there are less than five weeks of school left and freak out by trying to sew with both hands and my right foot at once in order to get my projects done before I become the full time personal assistant for my kids over the summer. This month I have two big cosplay projects on my list as well as a writing goal. Mays W.I.P.s Alice In Wonderland: Coming up in June is the Fremont Solstice Parade. It really isn’t one of those things that can be explained so much. It needs to be experienced. Think living street theater meets naked people on bikes in a parade. Each year I do photography for the parade. It involves a lot of dodging people on stilts in either pouring rain or 80 degree weather. So why not add a costume! Last year was Steampunk Mad Hatter and this year Alice! I will do a post in the future about the inspiration but as of right now I have most of the …

Never Let Me Go

When my mind towards dystopia it certain things come to mind: kids battling it to the death, uniformity of society, intense fear. You know the basic, seeing the ills of society and the struggle against it. I think gritty, harsh, futures that serve as a warning to society: if you become too complacent this too could happen. They are grim looks into futures we don’t want. The call to action that are to wake us up to the social issues that surround us. I don’t expect a breezy novel that feels like something that you would read on a warm summer day. Yet that is Kazuo Ishiguro gives us in Never Let Me Go. The novel is told by Kathy and set in the country side of England on the grounds of Hailsham, a school that is “a shining beacon, an example of how we might move to a more humane and better way of doing things.” She and her friends spend their days being “creative” while going about their lives dealing with friendship troubles …

Must Read Scholastic Book Fair Books

Most kids in school looked forward to the dances or field trips not me, I was all about the Scholastic book fair. I would spend so much time carefully going through each shelf identifying new books that I had to read. Kindergarten was when book fairs were first introduced to me. The teacher lined us up and I had my $10 in hand as we walked over to the sale. I still remember the first book I bought. It was a  Ghostbuster story with stickers in the back. I pretty much threw the money at the cashier and bounced off with my latest treasure. Don’t worry the teacher got my change. When my daughter’s first book fair came around I was the first in line to volunteer. We opened the giant shelves of books and immediately wanted to touch all of them. Baby Bear is still learning about the meaning of volunteer work but was thrilled when the school’s librarian said all the kids could have a free book. I was a bit jealous. I …

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep by Philp K. Dick

Let me admit my own ignorance. I never wanted to watch Blade Runner because I thought it had something to do with vampires. I don’t do vampires. Nope it had to do with androids. Boy was my face red when my husband realized how mixed up I was. We watched the movie. It was good. Hey, it was a Harrison Ford movie made at the top of his career. Who doesn’t love that? However after my husband read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick (the base for the movie) he shoved it in my face and said “read.” Let me do a break down of the book. The book diverges from the movie in many ways. It starts with the main character, Richard Deckard worrying about his sheep. In Dick’s dystopian view of the world, Earth is in a state that is almost uninhabitable. Most people have left to colonize else wear leaving those who are unfit behind on Earth. The people who were left have to undergo radiation checks every …

Top 5 Favorite Books of 2014

Let’s set a few things straight. First I love lists and second I’m a book fiend which means Goodreads is like crack to me. Yes, I do the user challenge. I’ve done it for the last few years which is wonderful way to track the books I have read in the past year mostly because when people ask me what I have read lately I stare at them. It’s my goldfish memory people, but now I can pull up Goodreads and rattle off a few books to sound smart. Looking back over my list feels a bit nostalgic. Each book reminds me a bit of a place or the time I was in my life. What I was doing or what my interest was at the time and I can’t help remembering recalling each story. That’s why I wanted to share my favorite books of 2014. There were so many others I could add, but I wanted to keep it short. The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat by Meg …

The Night Hunters

The last few months I’ve had a story (who am I kidding several stories) floating in my head. I’ve committed myself to actually write one because I can’t listen to my husband tell me to stop talking about it and start doing it. He know my bad habits. I’ve gotten to a point where I can’t think about that story any more. I can’t look at it. I’m just done for the moment. My rough draft is almost where it needs to be before I start my first draft. Yeah, but what to do in those in between moments? Why not travel and write so more. I’ve been a huge fan of the YA Highway scary prompt series that I thought the I might share this months. The prompt:  Her mother went outside to feed the horses and never came back. Julia was able to make it a reasonably long time without freaking out. Maybe her mother was taking extra time to cut open some new hay, or refilling the water trough, or putting blankets on …

What Have I Gotten Myself Into Here?

Let me start this by saying that I’m a big fan of lists and this post has nothing to do with that at all. When I look back to my childhood lists were everywhere including all the things I wanted to do before I die. That list has changed through the years, but since I was 10 there have been three things on it that haven’t change: Swim with dolphins Write a novel Become an astronaut I still hold on to the fact that I will make all of those come true in some way. This month I’m working on #2. Writing my first novel. It’s been floating around my head for months now and I have had several false starts, but now I’ve joined the NaNoWriMo. So somehow in the next 31 days I’m going to write 50,000 words while 3 months pregnant, the full time stay at home mom of a four-year-old, a 1 1/2 week road trip for a SAS reunion, and many hours committed to work at my monetary. I better start setting …