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Five Good Things #8: Pencils, books, a map, a quote, food…

Five Good Things #8: Pencils, books, a map, a quote, food…

Are you ready for Five Good Things #8? In Real Life, the Green Gomboo is sticking to me like glue. Luckily, there are more exciting things going on in the world than my slow-as-a-herd-of-snails recovery. Like pre-orders for Tad Williams’ new The Witchwood Crown, which comes out in June of this year. I am eager to return to Osten Ard! Have I got the first book in the new series yet? Well… no, but it’s on my wishlist!

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In the meantime, here are some recent good reads in the Blog World:

A Brief History of the Pencil
http://99u.com/articles/55179/a-brief-history-of-the-pencil-as-told-by-a-pencil-aficionado

“What if this thing I love, this strange small thing, could be my job? For Caroline Weaver the humble pencil has provided not only a business, but a book as well.

Book Bundle
https://storybundle.com/scifi

For you sci-fi/military reader types, StoryBundle has an appealing collection of books for you. I don’t need more books to read, but I find myself terribly tempted…

Worth Quoting 

Five Good Things #8: Readers make the world with you…

Atabean Sea
https://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=37192&highlight=pirate+nations

I’m pretty sure that Maxime Plasse is my favorite fantasy cartographer, and he’s done a spectacular job (no surprise there!) with this commission for John Wick Presents for their  7th sea RPG and its sourcebook “Pirate Nations.”

Five Good Things #8: Atabean Sea Map by Maxime Plasse

Food Discovery 

Have you ever had dry, over-cooked chicken? I didn’t do it! But there was some in my refrigerator, keeping company with some dry baked potatoes. And some leftover green beans.

So what  did I do to create a tasty miracle?

I shredded the taters (Yes, of course freshly baked would be better, but you work with what you’ve got!). Buttered ‘em. With real butter. Because I live dangerously like that.

I layered the beans on the taters, then chopped (still dry) chicken. I poured white sauce over the whole thing, then topped it with cheddar cheese. Or you could, you know, make cheese sauce. Details. Either way, it was so good, that we had it again the next day. With freshly baked taters. Yukon Gold this time, because they’re moist and delicious and healthy for you. YUM.

P.S. About The Handmaid’s Tale: book vs. Tv

Have you read the book? Have you seen the television program it’s based on? I loved  the book. (Check it out here: http://amzn.to/2bN2JuM) You can read me waxing poetic about it on another Five Good Things. The show… I don’t think I’ll watch any more of it. It’s slow. It can’t possibly present the same sense of urgency, and it has no way to successfully transfer Atwood’s marvelous prose to the screen. I’m disappointed. What do you think of it?

Five Good Things #8: Pencils, books, a map, a quote, food…

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Children of Earth and Sky

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.

I’m so excited to be able to read this book through NetGalley.com!

My Teaser

Teaser Tuesday: Children of Earth and SkyChildren of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
Genre: Fantasy / Historical Fiction
Publisher: NAL (May 10, 2016)
Find the Author on Twitter and Facebook
Available on Goodreads and Amazon

“It was why she had a chance to do what she was out here to do tonight. She wasn’t, Danica knew, an especially conventional young woman.”
~location 297 on my Kindle (4%)

Description

From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request—and possibly to do more—and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, but sent by Seressa as a spy.

The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif—to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.

As these lives entwine, their fates—and those of many others—will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world…

Want to Play Along?

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

▪ Grab your current read
▪ Open to a random page
▪ Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
▪ BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
▪ Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

What are you reading?

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Five Good Things

Five Good Things (Mar 11)

Five Good Things is such a great article to put together. I get to share some of the cool things I’ve found while procrastinating researching my own writing!

Use Scrivener to Manage Your Blog
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2016/03/03/scrivener-book-marketing/
Writing straight into your blog software (WordPress, Typepad, etc.) presents its own problems—you can’t write offline, and searching through old blog posts to find mentions on a specific subject can be difficult. Boy, has Joanna Penn got some great advice! I’m definitely bookmarking this page.

The Arcanist’s Mill – A Wizard’s Tower Map with a Twist
http://www.fantasticmaps.com/2016/02/the-arcanists-mill_a-wizards-tower-map/
Jonathan Roberts makes awesome, drool-worthy maps. Lands of Ice and Fire, anyone? Check out this article, in which he shows how he mapped “a wizard’s tower with a twist – somewhere a mage with a little bit of a steampunk leaning could hide out and experiment.”

Leftovers and Palette Gremlins
http://www.michaelwhelan.com/leftovers-palette-gremlins/
As long as we’re talking about artists, I’ve got to send you over to the site of one of my all-time favorites: Michael Whelan. I hope you recognize the name from Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern, Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné books, Tad Williams’s Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn — and the epic Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. “Leftovers are little spur-of-the-moment doodles or sketches created from paint left over from a work in progress. Most of these quickies end up in the trash, but some are kind of cool on their own and others have lead to full scale paintings.” Go see! Be entertained.

10 Engrossing Fantasy Books Like “The Lord of the Rings”
https://www.thereadingroom.com/article/10-engrossing-fantasy-books-like-the-lord-of-the-rings/1453
“Embark on an epic journey with one of these fantastical sagas.” Oh, darn, more books to add to my TBR (To Be Read) list… I’ll bet you can hear me groaning in dismay all the way to your house. Riiiight…

Free Chains of Honor Prequel Story: A Question of Honor
http://www.lindsayburoker.com/cut-scenes-and-fun-extras/free-chains-of-honor-fantasy-story/
I read Lindsay Buroker’s Warrior Mage and loved it. I’m behind on the story now, but look! A free tale about how Yanko and Dak first met! I’m all over that.

Image: “Beach” by Ravi Pinisetti is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal

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