I have decided on a new format for the Vlogs where I will do one a month to be published on the last Thursday of each month, hopefully you will enjoy them and want to see more but also I am going to use them to run a monthly competition on my Facebook page and once I get more practised at editing you will get to experience more of the places I visit during the year.
If you want to take part in the competition please visit my Facebook page here
I should probably have included this book as a resolution but I am determined that this year will see me finally finish it.
It was actually quite fitting that the New Year saw me pick this back up and starting the Second Volume, I think it is interesting to pause to consider the was this book would have originally been read in the separate volumes via a lending library which would have ensured a fixed period for the reading of each. Possibly in the individual volumes the book would not seem so daunting and I do question whether the book would have been quite so influential if the reader had been faced by it in its entirety.
Volume 2 sees our heroine being removed from her aunts home following her aunts marriage and the party are journeying to Montoni’s home in Venice.
Now I have to be honest the first chapter of this volume annoyed me, when reading any story we are expected to suspend our disbelief and go with it but to suggest that Valencourt could sneak up to the side of the halted carriage and peep in to hand her a note without anyone in either of the two carriages noticing him is rather pushing it. I would much rather she had left him looking longingly from a distance then have him claim to have been able to sneak up on people who we know would be watching for him to attempt some form of communication.
The journey is only really of note for the descriptions of the way war had ravaged the country and the interaction between the travelling party and the troops whose path they cross. The fact that Emily shows no reaction at the sight of prisoners who are being held for ransom from their families suggests she has not led as sheltered a life as we are earlier led to believe.
Once they arrive in Venice we finally have some description which did grip me though it does feel to be briefer and less detailed than the earlier descriptions of the mountain passes. The strolling players described beneath the window are very evocative of the period and I wish she had given the same amount of description for the wonderful cities as for the wildernesses.
I am hoping though the story will pick up pace now.
This is going to be quite a difficult review to write because given the book is only out in hardback at the minute the chances are there will be people out there who have not read it, but I shall do my best…
Thirty years ago Terry Pratchett created a world which would enchant readers and hold them captivated by the delightful characters they encountered there. Raising Steam is the 40th Discworld novel and a fitting anniversary celebration of this ever evolving universe. Readers are treated to a cast of old and new characters headed by the wonderful Moist Von Lipwig.
I love that the series remains fresh despite the fact that it has been developing for thirty years and cannot think of another series where a series has run as long while not only maintaining quality but raising the bar constantly.
In this we see more of the other creatures who also inhabit the Discworld and the struggles for equality while retaining their individual cultures in the face of an increasingly diversifying melting pot better known as Ankh Morpork. It could be argued that this aspect is an interesting introspective into the issues surrounding multiculturalism in our own countries at the minute, and the fact most people are happy to get along with a small minority determined to cause strife and division.
This book has the central theme of technology and invention and it is interesting to consider from our won advanced technological position the impact that steam and the railway actually had all those years ago.
I don’t want to go too much further at this time as it is not yet out in paperback so there may be many out there who have not read it, if that is you then go get it I give it a resounding 5 out of 5.
On a side note if you have trouble keeping the Discworld books in order click here for assistance.
You may have noticed that I have been rather quiet this week, don’t worry it has been nothing serious, rather the joys of parenthood and several appointments which have need to be attended plus a deadline for a story to submit so back to normal now.
I have been working on the Vlog and have decided I would rather do just one per month but try to make it more interesting and get more creative with it, I am in the process of editing the clips together fr this months which includes introducing you to the furry family members more fully, I am also keeping a few outtakes which I am sure I will put together at some point for a bloopers post.
Anyway just a quick post to tell you where I have been heading off now to schedule some FB posts and blogs for the coming week 😀
Okay the monster wants lots of things but the thought he has put into this one is quite amusing, it all started the other day when he watched this…
Well this combined with his love of dinosaurs led to a long conversation about the fact dragons aren’t real (sorry I wish they were but there you go) then we go talking about lizards and he explained to me that lizards were mini dinosaurs. Now at this point common sense should have prevailed and I should have changed the subject but instead stupidly we went on YouTube and looked at some lizards. He likes Geckos as my sister used to have one she kept at my mums a little like this…
Now I am not a huge fan of reptiles but I quite like the Bearded Dragons, and if in a year or two he still wants one then I might just be able to cope living with one of these…
The problem is today he saw the ultimate, dino-lizard, yup you got it…
The Komodo Dragon, the ones in question were in Australia Zoo, and the late Steve Erwin was talking about them like they were big cuddly, tickly-under-the-chin type creatures.
He watched the programme then went back to watching his dinosaur programme and I thought nothing of it, until a couple of hours later. At this point he walked over and asked when we were going to the pet shop to get his lizard, of course the first question I asked in return was what lizard and when had I agreed to it. He then announced in all seriousness that we were going to get a dragon and it would be sleeping in my bedroom, but not next to the guinea pigs so it couldn’t eat them. He explained how it would need a big cage but he would only take it out for cuddles and for it to have a swim in the bath because they like to swim!
I know as a parent we try to give our kids everything they could want but this time I am sorry, the monster is not getting a monster, but you have to love the logic with which he thought its care plan through lol
Noooo I don’t mean there I mean here…
I confess I was lost for a blog subject for todays post, I was up early this morning for work and have been running round doing other stuff ever since I got home (my nails count as stuff okay).
Then a few minutes ago I popped out to let the dogs do their business and while they ran round the garden tearing up the remnants of lawn they have not already destroyed I sat on the doorstep and stared up at the bright shining moon and wondered, not for the first time, whether some where out there there could possibly be a real mad man with a box.
Now I know the chances of a Time travelling Lord who happens to look exactly like a human are minuscule but the idea of life out there somewhere is that really such a stretch for the imagination? I personally believe we would be extremely naive to think we are alone in the Cosmos, that in this Universe or one of the others that we know exist there are some other forms of life. People will ask if they are out there why have they not made contact yet we could ask the same of ourselves, how far have we explored our own solar system, not very far really, so why do we assume any aliens life forms have to be more technologically advanced than us? Maybe they are, but they came looked and decided they really didn’t want to get to know us? Maybe they came built a few Pyramids and a stone circle or two before deciding they knew another planet that was more fun to hang out on?
I love to sit on a still night when the sky is clear and watch the stars, searching for a sign that someone else is out there, maybe if I am really lucky one day I will see a light flashing through the dark saying hello just for me.
Okay I don’t know why I was surprised having known my phone is already on its last legs but today I tried a couple of experiments filming out and about on my phone hoping to be able to use the footage to make my Vlogs a little more interesting than 5 minutes sat looking at me talking. However I fear until I can afford a new phone in a few weeks time that is what you will be stuck with.
The camera works still and on the actual phone the picture and sound quality looked quite good, I thought it was all going well until I plugged the phone into the computer! First I must state I haven’t really bothered with the connection between phone and computer previously, I tend to Tweet or send pictures straight to FB I didn’t need to add music as I already put some on when I first got it but never listened to it as I have an iPod so it just used extra space, so today I was shocked to discover that this new laptop has some silly software installed to use with the phone that I cannot make head or tail of! I couldn’t even work out how to look on the phone to find the files
But no panic, simple I thought I will just email the file from my phone to the laptop easy… I should have known better. It did send and deliver however some where between the phone and computer (a whole six inches in real space) the sound had disappeared, not only that but the quality was appalling on a computer size screen. So back to square one and an extra requirement for a new phone, a decent video camera.
I don’t want to end on a negative though as I am determined to stay positive this year I was printing off some pictures for a friend and had a space left on the sheet, normally I would print off an extra picture of the monster but I decided to print off a picture of me that I liked. I will be putting one up in the kitchen and one over my desk to remind me that even when I have a bad day when I get depressed and hate the way I look I will be reminded I can look half decent (if a little freaky in this picture).
Okay first thing this morning I climbed on the scales and updated my Road to Health page, I am not going to go on about it here lets just say today we have a smiley face 😀
First thing I want to share with you today is a recipe I just found for Oatmeal Breakfast Cupcakes, I will definitely be having a go at making these they look delicious and healthier than some of the shop bought alternatives and can be used for breakfast or for morning snacks.
I have also been watching a few other Vlogs to get some ideas for improving mine and I have come to the conclusion I really need to get my editing software to work properly very few Vlogs seem to work being done in a single take so I am going to start working on one for next week keep fingers crossed.
My Facebook page finally hit another milestone this week as I passed the 300 likers mark, I do wish it were easier to get more interaction going on there but the new way FB decides to share posts is making that really hard unless you are incredibly famous of course but despite this I am still feeling very positive and have been doing more background research into various things related to my writing resolutions.
Hope you guys are all having a good day and speak to you tomorrow x