Monthly Archives: April 2012

Monday Morning Stupor

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Just as I was falling asleep last night I thought up a good blog post. Now, come morning, I can’t remember what it was. I really hate when that happens…

So, instead of whatever brilliance that post was, I’m just going to point you in the direction of a bunch of cool things.

Laura Anne Gilman is in the final few days of her Kickstarter project, Miles to Go/Promises to Keep. She has four days left and needs less than $1000 to fund it. Laura Anne is a fabulous writer and I’m really looking forward to reading her Kickstarter project, so please go help fund it. I’ve done my part, now it’s time for you to do yours. ;)

I have decided that when I start my own religion, I’m going to appoint Neil deGrasse Tyson as my first prophet. And Stephen Colbert will be my first Preacher of the Word. If you have a spare hour and a half in your day, go watch this awesome video of Stephen interviewing Neil.

The publisher TOR has decided to go DRM free as of this coming July. This is such good news all around seeing as how DRM does nothing to deter pirates, but is certainly a deterrent to legitimate customers.

Brenda Novak’s annual online Auction for the Cure of Diabetes starts tomorrow. She always has a ton of awesome literary based auctions, whether they be for writers (agent evaluations, editorial critiques, etc) or for readers (ARCs, books, ereaders, etc), as well as other equally fun offerings.

Today, I am busting out the food processor and making some delicious and very healthy fruit rollups. Then it’s outside to get a few more things crossed off the Household Projects List of Doom!

#’s 10-14 Terrier and The Song of the Lioness Quartet ~~ Tamora Pierce

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#10 Terrier ~~ Tamora Pierce

4 of 5 Stars

Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost’s Guard, and she’s been assigned to the Lower City. It’s a tough beat that’s about to get tougher, as Beka’s limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City’s criminal enterprises–and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost’s Guard has never seen before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#11-14 The Song of the Lioness Quartet ~~ Tamora Pierce

4 1/2 out of 5 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alanna: The First Adventure

“From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.”

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins. one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and make her a legend in the land.

In the Hand of the Goddess

“I don’t want to fall in love. I just want to be a warrior maiden.”

Still disguised as a boy, Alanna becomes a squire to none other than the prince of the realm. Prince Jonathan is not only Alanna’s liege lord, he is also her best friend — and one of the few who knows the secret of her true identity. But when a mysterious sorcerer threatens the prince’s life, it will take all of Alanna’s skill, strength, and magical power to protect him — even at the risk of revealing who she really is…

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s second adventure continues the saga of a girl who dares to follow her dreams — and the magical destiny that awaits her.

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man

A knight at last, Alanna of Trebond heads out to seek adventure in the desert of Tortall. Captured by desert tribesmen, she is forced to prove herself in a magical duel to the death. But her real challenge doesn’t come until after she wins. As the first female shaman, Alanna must fight to change the ancient traditions of the stubborn desert tribes — for their own sake and for the sake of all Tortall.

Lioness Rampant

Having achieved her dream of becoming the first female knight errant, Alanna of Trebond is not sure what to do next. Perhaps being a knight errant is not all that Alanna needs….But Alanna must push her uncertainty aside when a new challenge arises. She must recover the Dominion Jewel, a legendary gem with enormous power for good — but only in the right hands. And she must work quickly. Tortall is in great danger, and Alanna’s archenemy, Duke Roger, is back — and more powerful than ever. In this final book of the Song of the Lioness quartet, Alanna discovers that she indeed has a future worthy of her mythic past — both as a warrior and as a woman.

Ana Says: Alanna: The First Adventure was published in 1983 when I was just a toddler. It wasn’t until twenty years later that, through the wonders of the Science Fiction Book Club, I found this omnibus collection. I tore through all four books in a day or so and then immediately ordered every other Tamora Pierce omnibus collection they offered. Tammy writes strong female characters who aren’t afraid to get dirty and play with the boys. She doesn’t shy away from sex and female sexuality, but she also doesn’t punch you in the face with it. Alanna is strong and independent, but she also asks for help from others (usually when she digs herself in too deep). Tammy is one of my favorite authors and I re-read her books every couple of years. Nearly thirty years after the first book was published, they’re still relevant and still entertaining.

Or, Maybe I’m Not Back…

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It seems that Spring has decided that I need to be more active. And by more active I mean OMG SO BUSY!! I’ve barely stopped moving all month and especially so this past week. Between my sword fighting training, getting together with long-lost friends, meeting a writing partner in person, and the birth of my newest nephew, this week has been completely jam-packed. Add in the beautiful weather that begged for me to work out in the yard and I just wasn’t at my computer long enough to write up a blog post. I even forgot that Friday was my turn to write a post for Black Ink, White Paper. Things look to be slowing down a little, so hopefully I’ll be able to get back to blogging soon.

I’m Baaa-ack!

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We finally got the new computer in and hooked up. The motherboard on the old computer fried, so we had the repair tech special order us a whole new computer which took more than two weeks to come in and then almost another whole week for him to get all of the information from the old computer properly transferred to the new one. The hard drive we’d been trying so hard to have installed into the old computer, he turned into a very sleek and snazzy external backup hard drive, so I just need to remember to periodically back everything up to it.

Kiernan, the repair tech, was able to transfer over all of my files and pictures without a problem. Well, without a problem except for the fact that it took him nearly 24 hours to get them transferred because the transfer kept failing on him. The only thing that didn’t get successfully copied over were my current bookmarks. The bookmarks that are there are very, very old ones. Which means that all of the great writing articles and interesting sites I’d bookmarked are gone. All gone!

So, if anyone has any awesome writing sites or interesting articles they would like to share to help me rebuild my Muse Food folder, please don’t hesitate to share. ;-)

As I’d predicted before, I was just starting to get used to using the laptop (a Macbook) and now I have to re-acquaint myself with the desktop (Windows 7). To make things just that much more interesting, I’m upgrading to Windows7 from XP. There seems to be such a learning curve between them all. The biggest thing I’m going to have to relearn is that it’s ctrl not command for keyboard shortcuts.

The one thing I absolutely do NOT like is the pre-installed Word 2010. That was one of the first things I checked out and I am not impressed. I’m going to end up downgrading to my former Word program because Word 2010 is just a ridiculously over-worked piece of junk.

Over the next week or so I’ll be updating my 52 Books in 52 Weeks list. Since I have so many to put on there, I’ll do them in batches so I don’t inundate everyone with nothing but book posts.