Friday, December 3, 2010

Fun Little Hue IQ quiz

Take the quiz here. The lower the score the better. I scored a 12, not too bad.

Can you guess the material?

If you guessed glass, your right! Artist Karen LaMonte creates life-sized figurative cast glass gowns. Super beautiful and ethereal.

Light Switch Time Capsule by Sean Michael Ragan

Neat project. I will be doing this in my house!
I love the ps at the end of his "Watch out for the ghost"
Instructions here.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wiley vs. Rhodes

Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner in human form. I loved this cartoon growing up!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

A few years ago, while putting away books in the library I came across this book. I stood in the aisle and read the first few pages. I was interested but was in the middle of a good size book. 
Recently, I read the book. It was one of those books that you don't want to put down. I really enjoyed it. There were laugh out loud moments and some crying. I highly recommened reading it, if you haven't already. Review

Jacob Jankowski says: "I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other." At the beginning of Water for Elephants, he is living out his days in a nursing home, hating every second of it. His life wasn't always like this, however, because Jacob ran away and joined the circus when he was twenty-one. It wasn't a romantic, carefree decision, to be sure. His parents were killed in an auto accident one week before he was to sit for his veterinary medicine exams at Cornell. He buried his parents, learned that they left him nothing because they had mortgaged everything to pay his tuition, returned to school, went to the exams, and didn't write a single word. He walked out without completing the test and wound up on a circus train. The circus he joins, in Depression-era America, is second-rate at best. With Ringling Brothers as the standard, Benzini Brothers is far down the scale and pale by comparison. Water for Elephants is the story of Jacob's life with this circus. Sara Gruen spares no detail in chronicling the squalid, filthy, brutish circumstances in which he finds himself. The animals are mangy, underfed or fed rotten food, and abused. Jacob, once it becomes known that he has veterinary skills, is put in charge of the "menagerie" and all its ills. Uncle Al, the circus impresario, is a self-serving, venal creep who slaps people around because he can. August, the animal trainer, is a certified paranoid schizophrenic whose occasional flights into madness and brutality often have Jacob as their object. Jacob is the only person in the book who has a handle on a moral compass and as his reward he spends most of the novel beaten, broken, concussed, bleeding, swollen and hungover. He is the self-appointed Protector of the Downtrodden, and... he falls in love with Marlena, crazy August's wife. Not his best idea.
The most interesting aspect of the book is all the circus lore that Gruen has so carefully researched. She has all the right vocabulary: grifters, roustabouts, workers, cooch tent, rubes, First of May, what the band plays when there's trouble, Jamaican ginger paralysis, life on a circus train, set-up and take-down, being run out of town by the "revenooers" or the cops, and losing all your hooch. There is one glorious passage about Marlena and Rosie, the bull elephant, that truly evokes the magic a circus can create. It is easy to see Marlena's and Rosie's pink sequins under the Big Top and to imagine their perfect choreography as they perform unbelievable stunts. The crowd loves it--and so will the reader. The ending is absolutely ludicrous and really quite lovely. --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Water for Elephants the movie starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz is scheduled to be released April 15, 2011!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Someday you'll write a book

November is National Novel Writing Month

NaNo in a Nutshell

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month's time. 
Who: You! We can't do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let's write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.
Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era's most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.
When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.
Where: You write wherever you’d like. On your computer, on your iPad, on a typewriter---anywhere is fine, just as long as you’re writing! For a more in-depth NaNoWriMo overview, visit the devilishly handsome "What is NaNoWriMo?"and "How NaNoWriMo Works" pages.
Visit for more info, peptalks, nano history,and to sign up!

While you can't start writing until November first you are encouraged to plan, research, outline, and prep your story! Some writing links:
How to up-the-stakes for your main character by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
Outling your Novel: How and Why  by Joanna Penn
Characters   from Cornerscribe
Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions by Patricia C. Wrede from SFWA
Plotting your Novel by Lee Masterson
Daily Writing Tips
Novel Writing Help

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fabric Acorns

These are so cute. I love acorns. They are the heart of an oak tree. I am going to make some of these maybe for the November book display.

Make Fabric Acorns  A tutorial by Sara of Zemphira

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I love lightbulb terrariums!

The above is from MossTerrariums Etsy store
found these on yiddlenet

The four above all come from the fern and mossery. They even have cute earrings. They also have a tutorial for lightbulb terrariums.
 another Tutorial

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

From the Back Cover
I long for the days before the Last Desolation.
The age before the Heralds abandoned us and the Knights Radiant turned against us. A time when there was still magic in the world and honor in the hearts of men.
The world became ours, and we lost it. Nothing, it appears, is more challenging to the souls of men than victory itself.
Or was that victory an illusion all along? Did our enemies realize that the harder they fought, the stronger we resisted? Perhaps they saw that the heat and the hammer only make for a better grade of sword. But ignore the steel long enough, and it will eventually rust away.
There are four whom we watch. The first is the surgeon, forced to put aside healing to become a soldier in the most brutal war of our time. The second is the assassin, a murderer who weeps as he kills. The third is the liar, a young woman who wears a scholar's mantle over the heart of a thief. The last is the highprince, a warlord whose eyes have opened to the past as his thirst for battle wanes.
The world can change. Surgebinding and Shardwielding can return; the magics of ancient days can become ours again. These four people are key.
One of them may redeem us.
And one of them will destroy us.

From the Cover Flap
Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive.
Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.
It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars are fought for them, and won by them.
One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.
Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by overpowering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.
Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under the eminent scholar and notorious heretic Jasnah Kholin, Dalinar's niece. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.
The result of more than ten years of planning, writing, and worldbuilding, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.
Speak again the ancient oaths,
Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before destination.
and return to men the Shards they once bore.
The Knights Radiant must stand again.

Brandon Sanderson is one of the authors I get really excited about. Not only is this a huge book but the first in a 10 volume series. YAY! I really enjoyed it. Some questions were answered but so many more were asked. I am excited about this journey!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Penny Desk!

I totally want a desk like this! 
See more pictures and tutorial at EPBOT

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.

I like vampire and post-apocalyptic stories, this book has both!

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.

Toothpick Sculptures

I'm a Sculptor of toothpicks and I reference the orbits of the planets for my designs. When I build a piece I use anywhere from 20,000 to 80,000 toothpicks or more. Hot glue binds my work together like shining dew droplets in a huge tangled web. I associate sounds, numbers and letters as colors which I use to create order when building a sculpture. I'm fascinated by Pythagorean Triangles and Platonic Solids and currently read a lot of material on String Theory, Quantum Physics and Cosmology.

 See more of Fanceska McCulloughs work here

Judge a book by its cover?

I chose this book for the cover and so glad I did. It was a great story, one I did not want to end. I highly recommend it if you're a fan of fantasy, magic or assassin stories.

Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art. And he is the city’s most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir.
For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly — and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.
But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics — and cultivate a flair for death.
 Read an excerpt at
Hello, Hello I'm Crystal and I'll be posting about things that catch my attention.
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