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May 19, 2019

Seven Things: random ramblings & some stuff

the reading tree (click on the image for a larger view)

01/ See how many things you can find by looking at the above art.
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02/ I've finished the April A-Z challenge so now I can slack off from posting... that's what my brain seems to think. I don't seen to be as active or as creative during the rest of the other months as I am during April. I think something about completing a certain task all at once makes me more likely to do it then when I just randomly think up random things to do. Maybe the rise in temperature is making me think less. Or maybe I'm just lazy.

03/ I've offically quitted instagram or rather, I have stopped posting there and now I have no desire to go near it. For reasons that I just don't get, everyone's there. It's a shame because instead of posting on their blogs, some of my favorite bloggers now just post at instagram which pretty much means I wouldn't really be enjoying their posts because, well, I just don't go there anymore. I was thinking of deleting my instagram page (? not even sure what to call it) and then I thought I might go there one of these days so it's still there if you can find it. Also, because instagram is more of a phone oriented type of media, I suppose that makes me more oppse to it as I really don't like using phones at all.

04/ I just read yet another bloggers or rather a pair of bloggers switching from their Blogger blog to a Wordpress blog. One of the reason they stated was that they didn't think Blogger is stable which is pure nonsense because Wordpress might not be stable either. When you try to find fault in something, you will usually find it or at least, it seems that way to me. So I thought that was a lame excuse to switch. Couldn't they just say they were lured to the dark side and wished to go there? Or that they just don't like Blogger anymore? Is it so hard to be honest about that? (I like to think Wordpress is like the dark side and Blogger is like the force and I'm more for the force.) I've never liked Wordpress (& yes I have blogged there briefly & found their interface a bit on the unfriendly side) so I guess I just don't understand the urge to switch there. So maybe I'm so used to Blogger that I really see no reason to change. Plus when I think about it, my switching to Wordpress means I have to relearn everything because I have not been keeping up and don't know how to use wordpress anymore. Honestly, I'm too lazy to relearn it.

05/ Why do I feel old for not doing new things? Sometimes I just feel like I'm behind everyone because I don't like trying new things. I mean, I do try new things but it just takes me longer to get to them. And sometimes I quit too easily but I'm also one of those people who does the same things again just because I think I might like that thing again if only I try it again.

06/ TV Shows Watched:
Naked Fireman (more info here) – an unfortunate title (and no, there's no naked man here except for some shirtless scenes) but it's a good mystery that is only four episodes long. Though I really hate the fake-out ending in which they make you think something happened but didn't, honestly a straight-forward ending would have been better but at least, we got a happy ending.

Signal (more info here) – this is the Japanese remake of the Korean version and it feels like I'm watching a duplicated of the original but with less humor and faster storylines. There are some little differences but I think it's too exact. They could have changed something but no. I think the actors are much too emotional at times as if they are trying too hard or maybe I'm just not used to waching Japanese shows. It's a decent show but the original is still better.

Books Read:
Scarlet in the Snow by Sophie Masson – the beginning is a little like Beauty & the Beast (which is really the only reason I read this book), the middle is just someone running around, the ending is like Snow White except in reverse. I really like the beginning of this book but then it became kind of dull and the ending cheated the reader somehow with explanations instead of actual happenings. They could have switched narrator and I wouldn't have minded that. I suppose when you tell a story using the first person and only show that person's point of view, it means you get a one-sided story and if the person is not awake to events, they can't tell the happenings in their sleep, can they? This is not a bad book but it could have been better. I don't hate it but I don't like it that much. Perhaps I just hate endings in which all the happenings happen while the lead character is sleeping.


Second Kingdom: A Beauty and the Beast Retelling by Rebecca Reddell – this is another that I got into reading because it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I don't like the synopsis - they gave the whole story away. The cover is beautifully designed and yet, I think they should change the title because the kingdom that the story is set in is in the first kingdom if I remember correctly so I don't get this title.

The first part of the book is full of conversations that gave a lot of expositions so it's hard to get to know characters when all they do is talk and they even talk out loud to themselves. What's wrong with internal dialogues? - they used that also. But mostly I just think the first part of the book is a little bland. It does get better but only when we are with Beast or the beast or Erza, somehow the names get switched here and there and that bothered me a lot. There are some outburst from Beast (which I will call him) but basically, he's a calm beast. And I don't like the way he is described like a vampire. I mean, blue skin, fangs, red eyes? What the hell? But I suppose he is not suppose to be likeable at first glance but I didn't find anything to like about him though. Technically speaking, he's over 100 years over and she's just 17. To think someone would wait 100 years to cure their curse just for a 17-year-old is pretty lame and yet I accept this because destiny and all that crap. But Beauty aka Roz is nothing special - a little stubborn but nothing to really stand out. There are some fun dialogues between Beast and Roz but I just don't see how they could have fallen for each other at all. And also, he basically stalks her through a magic mirror and they clearly states he can't watch her during private moments like when she's inside her house, only in public places which is just weird anyway.

< Spolier >
And the ending kind of sucks because it simply returns everything to the beginning, to 100 years ago and if that is so, then Roz doesn't exist. They are basically not in the same time period and don't tell me Beast gets his 100 years again until Roz gets born because that's stupid logic unless they say Beast is an immortal which nowhere does it says that. If he haven't been cursed, then 100 years wouldn't have passed and I can keep on going in circles but basically, when you returned a character back in time, some things and people shouldn't exist. Nothing have been solved instead they have been erased and we didn't get any explanation for the sickness or how the people's lives changed. Not an ending I want and certainly, I do feel it's a bit like an easy way out and I have seen this done in other books and movies and tv shows and they all sucked according to me because you're basically resetting everything so whatever happened, didn't happen so this story doesn't even existed and I have not wasted days reading this book. < Spoiler Ends >


Silver Woven in My Hair by Shirley Rousseau Murphy – a Cinderella story that is slightly ordinary and slightly charming. There are good things in this book most of which I have forgotten since I read this in January. I only want to read this because a few people (book reviewers) gushed about it and I thought to check it out and see what the fuss is about. I didn't really like it all that much. I found it a bit dull and unsatisfying and I guessed what would happened at the end without much effort. I would have appreciated and enjoyed this book much more if I was still ten or twelve.


Great Expectation by Charles Dickens – the words 'great expectation' gets repeated a lot and it irritated me so much each time it gets used together or separately. There are a bit of humor in the beginning which I thought there would be more of throughout the book but no, it's all seriousness all the way to the end. I didn't even care if Pip ends up with Estella or not, I believe they will make each other unhappy since they both seems to have different ways of thinking and I don't know, no matter how pitiful Estella or Pip's lives had been, I just find myself not caring. I did enjoy reading this just not the whole book.


Middlemarch by George Eliot – I tried to read this several years ago but somehow I didn't think I got it. Read this just a month ago and I find all the references to greek gods, events and such is a little too much since I really do not know most of them. I think this is a book for the smarter people which to say I am not one of them because I don't completely understand this book even this second time reading it. The long writing weighted it all down and made my mind drifted away because I find some of the writing quite boring and if I'm the editor, I would cut them all out and the book wouldn't be over 800 pages long. But I'm still glad I read it because, well, it's 800 pages long and I don't usually read such long books.

07/ New art at my society6 shop:
After all my promises to myself to promote the shop more, I didn't do much. I suck at promoting it and I just don't have the motivation to do much and I'm always thinking of deleting/removing the shop but I'll keep it open for now. I only posted one new art which you might have seen it if you read my blog but I have changed it a little bit. Go here to check out the shop or click on 'buy me tea' at the top of the blog.

So what are you doing these days?

20 comments:

  1. Love your art.
    I often think that books would have benefited from a tighter editing process.

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    1. with classic books, I just assume they don't edit as much these days.

      thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  2. Beautiful art, nice to catch up with you!

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    1. thanks & as always thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  3. I'm not doing much of anything these days, I seem to be in a bit of a slump, which I know will eventually pass. I'm wasting a lot of time thinking about things I should be doing, but none of them is important.
    I tried reading Great Expectations once, but I'd seen the movie, so I gave up on the book.

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    1. I'm just like you, I do a lot of thinking but not much doing. I blame the change in weather.

      thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  4. Nice to hear from you again. I sometimes think that when authors get famous they can and do publish anything. The editor dare not edit any longer, nor do the readers dare to criticize them; and this should have been done. If not for any other reason, then for posterity.

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    1. you're right, there seems to be authors that just release just about anything and people buy them just because of they wrote it.

      thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  5. This was a fun post, with all your naked fireman and time travel commentary LOL.

    I haven't read Middlemarch, but I read The Mill on the Floss in school and I did like it...I mean, it's infuriating, but probably that was the point!

    I don't really get all these WP switchings either...some says it looks more professional than Blogger (which depends on your template and what you make of it more than on the platform, but still, it maybe does?). But what it all boils down to, if you ask me, is that some things get popular - maybe because popular people use them - and suddenly everyone is flocking to them. My friend Sam did a discussion post about it, and got some interesting answers: http://weliveandbreathebooks.blogspot.com/2019/05/discussion-jump-in-someone-elses-train.html

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    1. you're right, some things just gets popular and people are drawn to things like that. but I still think whichever platform people uses, it's really more of a preference, we all have our likes and dislikes.

      thank you for dropping by, have a lovely day.

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  6. If you like fairy tales, have you read Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia Wrede? It's one of my favorites.
    I read Middlemarch in college. I remember feeling sorry for Dorothea.

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    1. I do like fairy tales, I'll check out Snow White and Rose Red.

      yeah, Dorothea made a decision that she thought would make her life better but the man she chose turned out not to be the man she thought he was, so it was a bit pitiful to see how she lives after marrying him.

      thank you for dropping by, have a lovely day.

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  7. I am mainly writing and dabbling in art (to answer your question at the beginning). Also, I noticed about 20 things in your picture above (the cat and the Rubix cube threw me!). Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ramblings. It's nice to see an active blogger and artist. I checked out your shop and really like your eclectic art style. I look forward to seeing more of your ramblings!

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    1. have you notice the little mermaid swimming in the umbrella? I guess I should have make the image even larger. I actually did not count all the things here but yeah, there must be over 20 things not counting the dozens of books.

      I'm also writing and dabbling in art and will be all summer long.

      I do a lot of rambling here so you can look forward to them.

      thank you for dropping by, have a lovely day.

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  8. I always love your illustration and words too for that matter. I've never posted to instagram but I have an account so I can see where my daughter is. She travels a lot and I like to see her photos.

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    1. I'm sure instagram is good for keeping up with people but it just isn't for me.

      thank you for dropping by, have a lovely day.

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  9. I love your new art so much, and the pic with all the things is fun and creative. I love all the books, but it's really neat to find all the other goodies you've added in. Hugs...RO

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    1. I thought it would be fun to do a piece with tons of stuff to find. so maybe I have added too many things. & most of these things are my favorites.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  10. I have bookmarked your society 6 page actually and LOVE that last illustration. FAbulous!

    Yes, I agree that WordPress is no guarantee and as it is, I can't stand it! I'd never use it so blogger is just easy but it does feel a bit clunky and old school perhaps, must admit....but it's familiar too.

    I remember your IG but only seem to recall one or two pieces on it. Did you do more there? And you are right-- Alex and I being people who definitely prefer IG as we like taking photos too. It's more immediate and takes less time to write a post too yet has way more engagement with a wider variety of users. But, Blogger has its charms too... with people like you and especially good for those who like to write...like you as well! :)

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