Happy New Year and Books I read in 2011!

Happy New Year! I know it has been a while since I last updated. Mainly because I forgot (yet again) about my blog. That and I havne’t had anything super interesting to blog about. Go figure. Anyway, I thought I would at least say “Happy New Year!” and share the list of books I read in 2011. What made me think about it was the fact that I just finished a book and almost added it to the list and then was like “Oops! That was last year. It’s a new year, so I need a new list!” :\ I was actually hoping to have finished this book before the new year started but I just didn’t get a chance. Anyway, here is the list!

1. Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodkind
2. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
3. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
4. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
5. Death Masks by Jim Butcher
6. Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
7. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
8. Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
9. White Night by Jim Butcher
10. Small Favor by Jim Butcher
11. Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
12. Changes by Jim Butcher
13. Side Stories by Jim Butcher
14. The Cat Who Talked Turkey by Lilian Jackson Braun
15. Pooh and the Psychologists by John Tyerman Williams
16. Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind
17. Blood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind
18. Temple of the Winds by Terry Goodkind
19. Soul of the Fire by Terry Goodkind
20. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
21. Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind
22. Everworld – Search for Senna by K. A. Applegate
23. Everworld – Land of Loss by K. A. Applegate
24. The Pillars of Creation by Terry Goodkind
25. Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind
26. Chainfire by Terry Goodkind
27. Phantom by Terry Goodkind

Goodness gracious that’s a lot of books. I didn’t keep track in 2010 (I don’t think, if I did I lost my list) but I think the last time I did this it was closer to 40… That might have been because I read a bunch of short books. But what pleases me with this list is I pretty much read two whole book series! The first book of “The Dresden Files” was read in 2010 as was the “prequel” to “The Sword of Truth” (which is “Debt of Bones”). The last book in “The Sword of Truth” was just finished moments before I started this post.

Well, time for me to find a new series to read out of the countless books I have waiting to be read.

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Acorn War!

Well, I just spent my weekend at a small(ish) SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism for those who don’t know) event called Acorn War. In one word I can describe how the event was. HOT. Very very hot. It was good, just way too hot. On the bright side, I’m pretty sure I did not get a sunburn. Which makes me very happy. My funky tan line didn’t even out any though. Oh well.

I had fun all the same. It was the last event of the season, which is sad, but it means I have the winter to figure out exactly how I want my bedding to be next year. I got a new tub to store stuff in! 😀 I want to use it for bedding which means it will take up less room in my car when I pack it. While I have a small SUV (a Tribute), packing three peoples worth of stuff for one weekend sucks. I can do it, but that also means packing three people AND their stuff in my car. Which really cuts down on space. Like… I can pretty much pack one cooler. Which is okay for a short weekend but the longer ones not so much.

I did get a new set of tablero glasses though. They’re marble I think and extremely beautiful. They were also free because the Beta of our house is retiring and brought her stuff to the event for us to all divide amongst ourselves. So, when I saw those shot glasses I was like “yoink!” I should get a picture of them… Maybe next time. They are not handy right now and I’m being lazy.

The only downside to the weekend was the heat. If it was July and I was at Sea Dogs that would be one thing. It’s the end of July. Not the beginning of September. Oh well. Like I said, it was still a good event. Though, my brain is tired from sleeping on the ground with not much more than the tent floor and my sleeping bag between me and the very, very uneven ground. Remember kids, air matresses are your friends!

Artsy…

So, I feel like attempting to draw again. It might be due to me reading more webcomics, especially journal style ones, but I don’t know. It’s mainly the idea of making a comic I think. But, don’t know what I’d write about or anything. I don’t think I could illustrate a story so I don’t know if that’s out of the quetion or not at this point (maybe write something and have someone else draw?) but some day I’ll know.

I’ve even thought about making a comic that is journal style from the point of view of some of my RP characters. From games like Start Wars, Space 1889, Deadlands Reloaded and the likes. That might also be because I want to write diaries from their point of view as well. xD Some of these characters of mine have odd ideas.

But I guess for now I can just start doodling and maybe post some of the pictures up on here. Well, time to start sketching! I have some ATC (artist trading cards) sized paper I’ll start with.

I’m not dead yet!

Why, yes! I do like silly titles. Besides, this gives me something to do while I upload pictures to facebook. ANYWAY, I am alive. I keep forgetting my password to this thing. The problem is, I have it set to remmeber me and sometimes WordPress is like “BAH. Invalid password! Even though we put it in…” so I usually end up resetting my password and then forgetting it. But, whatever. I’m here and updating after like six months.

I’m going to seriously try to update this more often. I don’t know what it will be about, but I will figure it out. After all! It’s a journal. So, to start off my journal, I was inspired this weekend by some pretty amazing people. I went to KumoriCon in Vancouver and was sort of like “Meh… I don’t know if I’ll keep going to cons after this since I’m sort of falling out of the fandoms.” But then, I remembered “Oh yeah! This should be a good con because two webcomics I read are actually going to be there and have a panel!” So, I went to this panel called “Dubious Medusa” which was a combined panel for the amazing comics of Dubious Company and Modest Medusa! Also, I’ve been working on this post since 8:34. It’s now 9:06. It’s now 9:44. Thanks Facebook. Anyway, so I went to this awesome panel, met the writer of Dubious Company and the creator of Modest Medusa and they are awesome peoples. I ended up haning out at their booth on Monday for a couple of hours. Was pretty cool.

I didn’t exactly cosplay this year, but I did wear my pirate garb for a bit. Mainly so I could go and get some photos taken by Spott at the photobooth to show off mom and sisters amazing work.

Speaking of sister, I’m going to plug her Etsy site here as well! It’s called Left Coast Love. You should check her stuff out!

But on that note, and I wanted to write more, I’m going to head to bed. I’m tired.

Empath(y)

Empath I guess isn’t a real word according to the dictionary. But I don’t care. I believe in the sort of people who are “empaths”. I don’t remember where I first heard the word but I rememebr it being described as someone who another person can talk to and have that other person feel better while they take on their grief. Or something like that.

Person A talks to Empath who Listens and Makes Person A feel better. The Empath then has what I feel like is a “storage container” with one of those gauges on it that go from green to yellow to red. Yellow being in the middle and green on the left with red on the right. Not a horizontal gauge though (well, maybe for some). Mine happens to be a half circle. Green means we’re doing fine and don’t have much emotional baggage on us (ours and those we talk to). Yellow is getting a fair amount of emotional baggage. Red, well. RED MEANS DANGER!!!! Now that I have that out of the way… Red can lead up to an emotional/mental breakdown due to way too much emotional baggage that not only belongs to the Empath but also from what they’ve taken on from others.

I honestly believe I’m an Empath. I know what the definition of empathy means and I don’t always have the whole “I know exactly how you feel” thing going on but I listen. I have people tell me stuff, then look at me puzzled and go “Huh, I wonder why I just told you that. I feel better though!” To which I usually just smile and nod while telling them it’s no big deal. Because honestly, it isn’t for me. I’m used to it and it is what I do.

My mom always called me her personal Florence Nightingale when I was growing up when ever she got sick. But over the years I think I’ve not only become Florence for when people are sick, but also when they have emotional issues. What I don’t care for is that I don’t just get emotional overload from it, I do get the mental/emotional breakdowns. I can normally hide them unless a lot of the emotional build up is my own. At that point, I’m just out of luck. In fact, I usually have a minor once a year.

Now why am I telling you this? Because I don’t want to forget about it before I go to bed. I was thinking about this the whole way home from Corvallis tonight. I have a friend who when stuff is bugging them I tend to wake up in the morning to an email from them telling me what is bothering them and they tend to feel better by the end of the email. See, something is up with me. Email, talking in person, over the phone, via text, what ever you feel like. I will listen!

Granted, it might also be just them getting things off of their chest that makes them feel better. But why would they then follow up with things like: “I didn’t mean to tell you that.” “I don’t know why I told you that.” “…It just seemed right that I told you.”

Not that I’m trying to think highly of myself or anything. But honestly, I listen. I think it’s a skill a lot of people don’t use very often. Listening. Truly listening. We hear, but we don’t always listen. Try it sometime. You might be surprised.

Now, I am babbling in type. Typling? What is it called when you babble as you type? I’m curious… thus, off to bed!

On a side note… can you get paid to just sit there and listen? Or read books? Oh wait… I think you can be paid to sit there and listen.

Why so silent?

Cause I have been. Anyway, I’ll make this short and sweet as I finish getting ready to head off to work. In other words, I’m doing this instead of drying my hair which is time consuming. Whatever.

Lately I’ve been learning ballroom dance. It’s been something I’ve watned to learn since I don’t know how old I was. I’ve been facinated by the waltz since a young age. Probably thanks to Disney movies. But hey, I’m now finally learning how to dance. Granted I haven’t learned much… it makes me want to start taking actual classes to improve my dance skills that I’m learning at the OSU Ballroom Dance Club. What dances have I learned?

Tango! That’s it. Just a little bit of tango. There is no lesson tonight (as it is Wednesday’s) but hopefully I’ll be able to practice some tango tonight so I don’t forget it. It’s not the Argentine Tango though. That’s impressive stuff, but I’m still enjoying it. Learned a little Foxtrot from a friend and re-learned basic waltz steps from another. It’s my goal to learn and remember how to do these dances and also learn what songs are good for what dance. That way I can start recognizing them! Which will hopefully help me remember the dance steps when I’m at home. We shall see!

Well, I know this was another short one, but I never promised how long these would be and I really do need to get going to tame my hair now.

E-Readers vs Books

I am what one would probably be called a “purist” when it comes to my books. I. Love. Books. Not just reading books, but the way they feel and smell. Yes. Smell. I smell old books. You might find this weird but after some of the things I’ve seen (I have friends who smell new video games) I find what I do a little more normal. At least books smell good, I think video games smell a little…weird. Anyway, I mainly smell old books. They have the best smell and the pages feel wonderful under my fingers. I’m crazy, what can I say!

Anyway, because of my love of books I’ve been running out of book space. This is a problem. My biggest spending problem is books. I will freely admit it. When I buy a series I like, I want to buy the whole series at once. Or large amounts of the books at once. Generally this isn’t a problem for me as I tend to only read series that are three to four books long. But recently I discovered I am in the midst of reading two book series that are both much larger. One series is twelve books long (The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind) and the other is thirteen books long (The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher). That right there is twenty five books. TWENTY FIVE. I currently do not own all twenty five books. But that is also a lot of reading to do. It also takes up a lot of space which brings me to my title.

E-Readers vs Books. I’ve stated why I love books. So now for E-Readers. This is a much shorter list. They are a collection of books in one handy-dandy book reader! I can carry all twenty five books (if they were all available as an e-book) with me at once and it would only weigh ounces! But, not all of the books I read are available as an e-book. Which leads me to my dilema.

I’ve been thinking about getting an e-reader finally. I’ve been adamant about “No, I’m not getting one I love the feel of the pages under my fingers.” That and I can’t weird people out by smelling a used book I just bought. Minor drawback there. I could get used to not smelling the book. But first and foremost: Is it worth my money for most of the books I read to not be available? What if a lot of books I want ARE available as an e-book but I end up hating the E-Reader. What a waste of money. Well, I could end up selling the E-Reader.

Then… which E-Reader do I get? Maybe I should find a book and test it out on mom’s E-Reader to see if I even like it. I still don’t think I could convert to digital books. I love my paperbacks. Okay, and hardcovers. But hardcovers weigh a lot… so I prefer paperback. At the same time… hardcover doesn’t get ruined as easily. Bah. Decisions!

I think I’ll borrow the Kindel for a bit (if mom is okay with that) and see if I actually like the whole E-Book thing.