5×5 gouache based on this speed painting by Watercolor with David.
What I learned: Using a chalk pencil on top of gouache to sketch is a terrible idea, as there’s no good way to get it off. It should be fine on acryla gouache, but that’s not what I was using. Also: the birds really are too big.
Yep. After several years of posts and five of almost weekly posts, I’m stopping for a while. It’s not fun anymore. I’m tired of having to come up with something to say about every book I read to make sure I hit the fifty reviews per year. What I enjoyed doing at first feels like a job. I guess it doesn’t help that most of the people who read this blog are either students wanting to cheat on a paper or friends who talk to me about the posts rather than commenting. That, and I have very little interest in other people’s book blogs, so I don’t participate. Hence, no participation on my blog.
Really, I’m just bored. At some point, I’ll probably come to my senses and start writing here again.
SO if you want to know what I’m reading, the sidebar will update or you can click over to Goodreads. I might post a short review if there’s something I want to say. There’s also my sparsely updated main Tumblr account and the more often updated Minecraft page, as I’ve turned into an incorrigible addict. Of course, there’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. I’m still pretty much everywhere.
See y’all on the flip side.
Okay, okay. I’m not very good at posting things Every Single Friday. I blame Christmas, the New Year, and general laziness. And not spending much time on the internet because I was playing stupid computer games.
But here we are, a little over a week into 2015, and Things have finally settled down. Here’s my list, which includes some links from the past two weeks:
- Fascinating December diary entries from various authors, including Virginia Woolf and Evelyn Waugh, two of my favorites.
- Mental Floss’s list of 19 Alternate Histories – including one involving Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, which has been on my TBR list for a few years now.
- If you’re like me and have a hard time making yourself work, you might as well give up: The Internet Archive has 2400 DOS games you can play in your browser. Yes, The Oregon Trail is one of them. Here’s a Washington Post article about it and a link to the Archive itself. You’re welcome.
- An interesting article in The Guardian about Bertha Rochester, the madwoman in the attic in Jane Eyre. It even mentions Jean Rhys‘s Wide Sargasso Sea, which I adore.
- An article in The Atlantic, calling J. Alfred Prufrock a hipster. Umm, yeah.
- Finally, here’s a Really Neat mixed-media art-thing involving Chthulhu. I have no idea where it actually came from, but here’s a link to a Reddit thread about it.
Please excuse the bit of construction mess that’s about to happen around here. I have to update the lists and various other new year-related stuff, so I’m going to try to update the template while I’m at it since Elegant Themes continues to withhold Extra.
Here’s something new. In my efforts at blog-subject expansion, I’m going to attempt a weekly feature called Friday Things. I could be alliterative and call it the Friday Five, but I have more than five things to show you, and I’m sure I’ll have more or fewer in the future.
All of these Things didn’t appear this week. I just found them this week, and I figure that some people I know might enjoy them, too. Here’s what I found on my adventures around The Internet, in bullet form:
- Buzzfeed made a list of 51 of the most beautiful quotes. None of them came from Cormac McCarthy, so they’re obviously wrong, but they still get a B for effort.
- A fine article from Tim Parks of The New York Review of Books about marginalia as “a weapon for readers.” An excerpt:
But if writers are to entice us into their vision, let us make them work for it. Let us resist enchantment for a while, or at least for long enough to have some idea of what we are being drawn into. For the mindless, passive acceptance of other people’s representations of the world can only enchain us and hamper our personal growth, hamper the possibility of positive action. Some¬times it seems the whole of society languishes in the stupor of the fictions it has swallowed. Wasn’t this what Cervantes was complaining about when he began Don Quixote? Better to read a poor book with alert resistance, than devour a good one in mindless adoration.
- The Atlantic‘s “The Best Book I Read this Year” list includes an interesting take on The Bone Clocks.
- An article in The New Yorker about the evolution of hoarding.
- Why the Elf on the Shelf is the greatest fraud ever pulled on children (and why I want one).
- Possibly my favorite: Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore) on Minecraft.
- This amazing photo by Ellen Jantzen:
- And, finally, here’s a video of Neil Gaiman reciting “Jabberwocky.”