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Long Ago & Far Away


Greetings from long ago & far away, or not so long ago as it was, and not so far away either. I suppose four month’s isn’t that terribly long to be off the blogging-radar, but it certainly seems that way. As for the far away, I haven’t posted since retuning from Seattle in September! Between financial crisis, Christmas, and just plain being busy and/or blah I haven’t been online much at all. There are a good deal of things I have been doing, for example I tried my hand at sewing a skirt! I’ve been… playing Sims3 World Adventures. Watching Avatar and Sherlock Holmes, Going out to dinner (You should really go try the new Mitsuba Hibachi Grill in New Hartford NY), and visiting with friends some of whom I don’t get to see terribly often.

Thats all well and good.

Most of my time however, has been spent reading. Or at least it has been when I have a few bucks to spare for a new book. My collection in the past year has become massive, my book case is like a tetris game, stacked 2-deep on more than two shelves. Long ago I was content to tear through the fantasy and science fiction section, when that ran out I tore through historical romances, and  then back again. Then I found a new candy, “Paranormal/Urban Fantasy” which is found in both the “Fantasy/Sci-Fi” and the “Romance” section of the book stores. It’s been around for awhile but growing in leaps and bounds with the added media attention, and new authors filtering in. Unfortunatly I find myself dealing with a bit of book-A-D-H-D. I start reading and then stop, my attention drifts. Not because the book is bad, or unoriginal. Perhaps because I read too much and have settled on a few favorites whom I wish would release more? Perhaps because I have just been reading one type of book too long?

So I took a break and re-read the Drizzt series by R.A.Salvatore, including Icewind Dale which I’d never gotten around to reading the first time through. So I then asked for the Paths of Darkness, and Legacy collectors series so I could own them all. I think which leaves me to obtain the last three books in the series and then I’ll be done? Provided I don’t decide to start reading all of his other works on top of that.

While on this fantasy kick I also started reading Brent Weeks “Night Angel” Trilogy the third book of which I haven’t even touched yet. It’s a bit rare for me to not read a third book, and more so when I realize the reasoning behind not reading it comes down emotions. Fear, Anticipation, Does it happen like I think it should? Will I cry? Really I should just read it and get the anxiety over with. I picked up Amanda Downum’s The Drowning City while on this return to fantasy kick I’d been having (the same day I bought the second and third books to the night angel series) but being stuck on the night angel book means I haven’t read this one either. Yikes!

So I found myself at an impasse with Fantasy, and out of the 69 books on my Christmas wish list I got 17. (Including the 6 Drow Books.) 6 more of these I’d classify as Fantasy. I’m looking forward to reading the new series I got by Maria V. Snyder (Storm Glass & Sea Glass) her first three books left a very fuzzy feeling inside, I do have to wonder how they ended up being classified as “Romance?” Ah well at least I am smart enough to know good literature can be found along side the gratuitous femme reading. I’m equally looking forward to Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series. I fell in love with His Majesty Dragon a while ago and hadn’t gotten around to buying the rest becasuse I knew I would want to read them back to back. I was shocked however when returning a duplicate copy of Black Powder War to my local BN that they hadn’t sold a copy in months? WHY! Seriously? Impossible. Someone go resolve that issue right this moment! Please? They deserve to be on loving shelves in someones home. Unless they flop badly after that first book which I sincerely hope isn’t the case.

Ok so I got much fantasy, awesome. Now can I sit down and finish the one book thats holding up the line?

Soon I hope. Before it goes stale. Poor poor Kylar!

5 books we’re Paranormal/Romance. Katie Macalister’s Me and My Shadow (yay! now I need to re-read the first two in the series) I haven’t read it yet, I’m saving it for a rainy day when I’m really down in the dumps. Why? Because I trust Katie to give me a good dose of much needed humor mixed with romance and a wonderful story. I’ve re-read her books (all of them) several times when I need a good dose of humor, there are not all that many authors I truly like that do so. Oh, and while I’m rambling about her her forum community is awesome. The ladies there are a blast, and so is the author herself when she has time  to grace us with her presence. I feel comfortable over there, not only are they warm and welcoming like freshly baked cookies on a cold day, its also that more than one of my interests is shared over there. I can speak geek and video games, and steampunk without being out of place! Speaking of Steampunk she’s got a “Romantic Steampunk Adventure” coming out soon, remind me to pre-order it?

(Side note to self, Steampunk: Abney Park in Boston? Oh please please please! I’ll find a way to get  there I promise!)

4 more Christmas books to go. I finally decided to give Anita Blake by Laurell K. Hamilton a try, so I got the box-set for Christmas. Seriously peeved, why did they put the errr… 16th book in the series, as the 4th book in the box set!? They made me go out and buy the fourth book because I ripped through the third only to discover whooops stop right there you thought you had the next one but noooooo. Then I go to get the fifth book, only to find my BN store stocks the old-copy with the becoming-outdated-covers. Gah! No fair!

So while throwing my mini-fumes everywhere, I went and picked up J.D.Robb’s Ceremony in Death (I could have sworn that was where I left off!) But no, once again I am thwarted and had to go back and get Vengance in Death hoping that this is where I left off. Then because I have been reading so much Paranormals, and So much Fantasies, I decided to pick up a book by Eloisa James. There is nothing like returning to historical romances when you can’t figure out what to read first.

So before all this christmas-book drama, there -are- a ton of books I’ve been reading (some of which I haven’t finished because I was too busy and got distracted) but I will read them I swear. Even if it takes me a bit to get back to them when I get un-hooked from these other books. Let’s see. A bullet list should work. To see what else I was reading – click MORE. Yes I am making you click a link to read the rest because I suspect the list will get a bit long.

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I appear to have dissapeared.


At seven pm I decided to take a nap. Of course things don’t always go as planned. My phone began to conspire against me, texts were recieved from my mother, silverishaura, a phone call, and yet another phone call. “So you are alive, I was beginning to worry! No blog, no twitter, no phone calls, no online presence.” That is to the best of my memory along the lines of what was said to me by FallenAphrodite  the moment I picked up the phone. So I’ve given up on sleep it’s now 10pm.

Since I am certain more than one person is wondering what in the world I’ve been doing the past few weeks let me up date you.

1: Many many many many books, in fact I killed my bank account.

  • Lynsay Sands: A bite to remember, The Accidental vampire, Vampires are forever, Bite me if you can, Love Bites.
  • Cheyenne McCray: Demons not included, Forbidden Magic
  • Rachael Caine: Chill Factor, Heat Stroke, Ill Wind.
  • Angie Fox: Accidental Demon Slay
  • Tammy Kay: Breath of Fire
  • Diana Rowland: Mark of the Demon
  • Yasmine Galenorn: Demon Mistress
  • Laura Adrian: Veil of Midnight
  • Suzan Sizemore: Primal Heat, I burn for you.
  • Katie MacAlister: Sex and the Single Vampire, A Girls Guide to Vampires, Even Vampires get the Blues, Zen and the art of Vampires, Courching Vampire hidden fang.
  • Christine Feehan: Dark Prince

These are in no particular order, nor did I put them in series order since my local BN seems to never have the “next one” so I wound up skipping around quite a bit. Since this is such a long list, I won’t be going through book by book on what was good. If you would like to know what I thought of a certain one I’d be happy to enlighten you just leave a comment.

Somewhere amid all the book reading: I made Pierogi’s for and helped out at my cousins graduation party who’s theme was “International” and surprisingly enough the 50 or so mcdonalds burgers were the first thing to run out (……….)

Then there was the fourth of july…

Then I had a Family Reunion, on the same day as Howards Mothers Birthday. So rush rush.

With the realization that if I bought any more books I’d be in some preety hot water financially (as it is I can’t quite stretch the shoe-string enough to go to Aikido right now.) I decided to use my 60 or so BestBuy Rewards Zone certificates to purchase Sims3.

After a bit of mucking /around I settled on starting a game with 2 brothers on 7/10… They got married, and each had a kid.

Screenshot-2The picture above is from one of the first saves on 7/11, and I was determined to do this all without cheating. Raise the family, build the house. The whole nine. After awhile the family grew up, kids got married off while I kept the origional four around to help their kids raise kids. I suceeded in getting 3 of the 4 their lifetime happiness… Then as my second-gen household got bigger, I started moving the elders out, and some of the kids too. At some point I was wandering around town looking for a likely husband/wife canadate for a sim and realized almost everyone I was comming across had my sims last names. Cousins, sisters, brothers. ect.

So I went into town mode, wondering what on earth was happening. Sure enough several of  the orig families had died off. There was a heavy population of elders, and just a few young adults and kids lurking around. So I moved some folks around then took advantage of the Exchange and downloaded a bunch of “new blood” for my game and started seeding. The population increase worked out, but… I was still certain that if I didnt do something fast I would have the same thing happen all over again.

So, I finished moving the elders, and kept the second-youngest of the second-gen “Marissa” in the house with her two kids. I then went into create a sim mode, and dropped in four new guys I created. All with new last names. I made two of the guys marry the two kids (so they now have different last names) and moved one set out. Another of the new guys got married and adopted. “Marissa” is working on the heartbreaker achievment and a rock star career, so she has another kid on the way. This one to carry on the “bloodline” such as it is. Funny enough Marissa and her 3 siblings are all adopted, while her “cousins” are all actual decendants. They are wandering around town carrying on life quite well.

So now I have this dilema, do I move out her, and her kid when her kid gets married and keep working on the “new” families? Or, keep the family name going… At any rate the game is addicting. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the family is now “Rich” and this… is the updated house.

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