Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lah de dah de dah de dah de dah...

I used to write in this blog alot. Well, maybe not alot. But with some frequency. Ish. Lately, I haven't. At least, not very frequently.

So I'm writing just to write, but I don't really have anything to say. Lah de dah.

Life is kind of in a weird place right now, because I'm still in Provo, but not taking classes, and not quite graduated yet. So school is over, but not. I'm also in a weird place where I want to stay in Provo but also really want to leave and go somewhere ELSE.

Also, I'm working full time. With like, a real job. Part of what makes this so weird is that I wasn't even job searching--I feel like, if I had been searching and applying and thinking about getting a job, I would feel more normal about now having one. But I was only planning on doing my internship this semester, so having a job kind of fall in my lap has been extremely strange. And the fact that I have a job doing art that is NOT in a movie or game studio--jobs like that actually exist? Why did nobody tell me this? I make shapes on a computer, and then a machine cuts them out. Its kinda cool. Take a look at for more cool stuff to do with that.

Also, I have a car now. Just a little old 2002 Toyota Corolla. Her name is Martha. I'm still figuring out this whole car-owning thing.

And I'm tired. I'm going to just post this now, just to have posted, not because I said anything interesting or substantial.

The end.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Books I read in 2013

Its time for my traditional books-I-read-this-year post! Everyone else is reflecting on things they did and things they will do and making new goals, and all I seem to care about is how many books I read--what they were, how many there are, and how many I'd like to read the next year. Which doesn't seem quite as, you know, deep.

But on the other hand, it kind of is. I think books can show a lot about how your year went--or at least, how my year went. There is a Lord Peter quote about books being like shells you shed to show previous periods of development, but I'm to lazy to find the exact words right now.

Anyway. What I read this year.

These are in reverse order, meaning the book I read most recently is listed first. This isn't a complete list because I'm not nearly as organized or on the ball as I'd like to be, and sometimes I'd go a few weeks or a month or more without remembering to write down titles of what I'd read, so I'm sure there are a few books missing here. Most are novels, mostly YA but some Middle Grade and Adult, and some are graphic novels. My goal was to read 52 books (one per week), a goal which I met by the skin of my teeth--there are 52 titles here. This is less than half of what I've read other years, but this year was very busy in other ways. I think I want to make a goal for 78 books next year--1.5 books a week (since, yanno, I don't have homework anymore). We'll see how that goes.

Ok, ok, ok, finally--here they are. The books I read in 2013:

  • East, Edith Pattou (again)
  • Friends With Boys (graphic novel), Faith Erin Hicks
  • Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
  • The Maytrees, Anne Dillard
  • Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott
  • Very Far Away from Anywhere Else, Usrula K Le Guin
  • Clouds of Witness, Dorothy Sayers (again)
  • A Letter of Mary, Laurie R. King
  • My Antonia, Willa Cather
  • Gaudy Night, Dorothy Sayers (again)
  • A Monsterous Regiment of Women, Laurie R King
  • Divergent, Veronica Roth
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie R King
  • North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell (Librivox)
  • The Search Part 2
  • The Search Part 1
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Librivox)
  • The Princess and the Bear, Mette Ivie Harrison
  • Passage, Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Legacy, Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Beguilement, Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold (again)
  • The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Doomsday Book, Connie Willis
  • The Seven Towers, Patricia C. Wrede (again)
  • The Perilous Gard, Elizabeth Marie Pope (again)
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi
  • Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Crown Duel, Sherwood Smith (again)
  • A Stranger to Command, Sherwood Smith
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly
  • Memory, Lois McMaster Bujold (again)
  • Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, Elizabeth Taylor
  • Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson
  • Shards of Honor, Lois McMaster Bujold (again)
  • Cryoburn, Lois McMaster Bujold (again)
  • Brothers in Arms, Lois McMaster Bujold (again)
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte (Librivox)
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (Librivox)
  • Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began, Art Spiegelman (graphic novel)
  • Maus I: My Father Bleeds History, Art Spiegelman (graphic novel)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Audiobook), J.K. Rowling
  • Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson
  • Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson (Librivox)
  • Spellhunter, R.J. Anderson
  • Tuesdays in the Castle, Jessica Day George
  • Old Mans War, John Scalzi
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson
  • A Countess Below Stairs, Eva Ibbotson
  • The Warrior's Apprentice, Lois McMaster Bujold (again)
  • Memory, Lois McMaster Bujold (again)
  • Murder Must Advertise, Dorothy Sayers (again)