This summer my sons adopted an abandoned tern chick they found. We kept it in the back yard in their old playhouse for about 2 weeks, (taking it out and letting it hop around the yard several times a day) went and caught tiny fish for it in the ponds around our area and enjoyed watching it grow, and learn to use its wings. One morning instead of just flying a few feet, it disappeared over the hedge and hopefully found its way to the sea nearby. It was sorely missed.
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As the image accompanying this post illustrates, (from january 2006) I’m a die-hard Stephen King fan, but this isn’t to say I don’t read anything else.
Here’s a short list of some excellent writers, that i’ve only just discovered in the last 2 years.. I personally can’t live without books.. reading in the bath, reading while i knit, and of course reading myself to sleep.. I urge people to check out the following, if they haven’t already:
Margaret Atwood. Absolutely brilliant Canadian author, just entering her seventies, but still writing and still wonderful. I’ve read nearly every book she’s written, and loved nearly all of them – there was one short-story book in which some of the stories failed to captivate me completely. But on the whole, a gem. Sharp, cynical and at the same time extremely poignant and often hilarious ( laughing out loud from a book is a rare occurance for me, but her books have had this effect on me more often than not )
Some favorites of hers: Alias Grace, The Robber Bride, Oryx and Crake, The Blind Assassin, The Edible Woman, The Handmaids tale… If you’re anything like me, you’ll start, get hooked and dig up everything by her at the library.
Tess Gerritsen. A doctor turned novelist, this woman can out-gross any of her male counterparts. Focusing in most of her books on reccurring characters – the main ones being a policewoman and medical examiner who work together on solving (usually quite gruesome) murders, she uses her past personal experience as a practicing physician to lend credibility and detail to her intricate plots. The one’s i’ve read so far have been of the un-put-downable sort: The Mephisto Club, Vanish, The Surgeon, The Bone Garden, The Sinner, Body Double. Great fun.
Fay Weldon. Only read two of her books as of yet, but both were extremely enjoyable. Probably a bit too feminist-oriented for the average male reader, but I think she’s awesome. I’ve read The Spa Decameron and Puffball so far, both were thoroughly enjoyable. Will definitely be looking into more of her work.
Stephen White. I like this guy. Not very high-brow reading, (but then, that’s not really my thing), his books pass the time very quickly. Set in Colorado and most starring psychiatraist Alan Gregory as the main character, who somehow manages to get involved in intricate crime plots through his patients. One’s i’ve read: Kill me , The best revenge, Blinded, Warning Signs
Jeffrey Deaver: Many people may remember the movie “the bone collector” .. well, Deaver wrote the book. All of his books I’ve read so far (except one) involve the same cast of characters- paraplegic forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme, policewoman Amelia Sachs, and a bunch of others that have almost become well-known friends after reading more than two. Deaver is an absolute master of the unexpected plot twist.. sometimes taking it to ridiculous lengths, adding a new twist again and again when you’ve already thought many times that you’ve figured it out. At times, his writing style can be a wee bit corny, (as are some of the titles , which remind me of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books) but that’s a small annoyance compared to the entertainment value. I’ve read the following: The Vanished Man, The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, The Twelfth Card, and Garden of Beasts, which is his best by far, not dealing with Rhyme and his buddies, but a World War II thriller set in Berlin, which i found genuinely captivating.
And finally, i’m going to briefly mention John D MacDonald. Not because he’s a secondary writer (he’s HUGE), but because i’ve only read one of his books – The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper – and am currently on the second- The Lonely Silver Rain. I know, however, that i’ll be reading many more. His writing style is wonderful, written in first person from the point of view of the hero, Travis McGee (i can almost hear a film-noir-spoofish voice doing a voice over while i’m reading) and just really funny at times.. but a sortof dry humor that doesnt jump out at you. Great stuff.
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.. i’ve screwed this whole “post something every day” thing up , but have nonetheless been feverishly working on something or other every day. Except last friday, when i was super-hungover an slept til 4. But I made stuff today. This for instance:
this was very spur of the moment … was in the process of tearing down this sheet (which has actually played a part in a very large number of my photos, usually as a backdrop) into narrow strips to weave into a rope (which will be used in another photo, and no, buying a rope would be too easy and im also a bit insane) and while holding it up , with the window to my back, glanced in the mirror and liked the sillouhette thing going on and decided to try and capture it in a picture..(without the ugly hanging-around-at-home clothes i was wearing)
see, here’s the rope being made:
sadly i chose probably the most time-consuming method of weaving those strips together (each pile is about 20 meters or more of cloth), after 2 hours i only had 2 meters of rope. Ugh. Why do i insist on being so meticulous? God sometimes i just don’t know. But I suppose i’ll feel really good about having made the damn rope myself when the picture is complete. I hope so because nobody else will ever be able to tell. haha. oh well. I just started on a new drawing , not a quick one but one that’ll end up being really cool and detailed. I should sleep but its calling to me..
And for curiosities sake, here are some other images this sheet has appeared in:
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Ok, today i:
worked on two sweaters, started making a set/background for a new photo, brainstormed about how to make another prop for another photo which is proving to be one of the most challenging ever so far, (one of these days it will be complete and i can show it to people, i look very much forward to that day) , and started processing my best friends wedding photos, finally.. (She got married sept 19).
I also went to the gym, lifted weights until i nearly fainted (forgot to eat today) and am now incredibly exhausted.
so, i’m going to post one of those wedding pictures as pic of the day, because honestly i can’t make anything else today, and i did spend a good half hour working on it.
Also, because someone just mentioned that they’d like to see these, here are some old drawings i made when i was around 14 or 15, of the members of my then-favorite band, Led Zeppelin:
I was a huge nerd back then
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Found this doll in a store that sells old used stuff, i honestly can’t say i’m surprised that someone wanted to get rid of this deranged looking doll.
More doll photos can be seen here
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