I may stay away for a while, but I always seem to come back to Livejournal. I've had a change of layout, and been through and deleted about 4 pages of tags (however I managed to end up with that many I have no idea), and hopefully will start to write here more often again.
I've just found and joined some Labyrinth and David Bowie communities. It's great to find that a children's/family movie from the 80s still has a fan base today. I really want to write Jareth/Sarah fan fiction, and to read what's already out there as well.
I'm also engrossed in The Dark Tower. I read continuously through to The Wastelands, then I found myself with a huge backlog of library books all demanding attention, so I've taken a break and am now reading The Ghost Hunters, which is a great read so far, as long as you don't dwell too long on the fact that the place actually existed and the haunting was supposed to be real.
After MUCH work and perseverance I finished my angel cross stitch. It's proving difficult to get it framed; no one seems to sell square frames any more, or nothing that will fit this, so I'm going to have to get one made. I'll be glad to finally have it finished and hanging on the wall. I took it to a framing shop and picked out some styles, and I had to leave the cross stitch with them, obviously, but my heart was in my mouth, leaving something I've worked so hard on for so long with someone. I hope they make a good job of it and don't lose it!!!!
I'm really missing being out in the garden, but the nights are drawing in now, and it's really cold, so I'll have to wait until the weather improves to get back out there again.
And I think that's about all for now. I'll try not to leave it so long until I update again.
- Current Mood:calm
Also got two more David Bowie albums - Hunky Dory and The Platinum Collection.
I'm so torn, between wanting to read, and wanting to listen to music.
Add to that that I'm almost 3/4 done with my latest cross stitching, so I'd like to put in some time and get it finished. I really want to carry on with it this time, because what usually happens is I get to the back stitching stage and for some reason all my enthusiasm just goes. That's why I have a bag full of almost finished projects, because I just can't seem to find the will to carry on with them once the back stitching needs doing. Silly, really...
Settled down last night to watch another episode of Hannibal and the dvd kept freezing. The image stuck on the screen, then it went a funny colour. So annoying. Luckily I managed to find the receipt, so am going to try and get it replaced today so I can carry on watching, because so far I'm really enjoying it. I keep trying to avoid spoilers on Tumblr etc. because whenever I get into something I usually end up knowing how it ends way before I've watched it.
- Current Mood: nerdy
I'm reading The Luminaries. It's LONG. It's actually really good, and I'm enjoying it very much, but I don't feel as if I'm getting through it at my usual reading pace. I got it from the library and I know there's a big request list for it, so I HAVE to get it finished by next weekend, because that's when it's due back.
So, better get on.
Moaning aside, it is very good, and has just been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. If it goes on to win, I think it will be the first prize winner I've read in a long time.
I also wanted to read The Shining before the sequel Doctor Sleep came out, but the way things are going I don't know whether I'll manage it. I will do my best, because I'd rather read the first one first, even though it probably won't matter too much, and the very first Dark Tower I read was The Wind Through The Keyhole, which I thoroughly enjoyed even though I hadn't read any of the others (yet another series on my TBR list)
My cross stitching project is going pretty slowly as well. I'm almost 3/4 done with the stitching, but then will come the part I really don't like... backstitching! This is the point at which I usually lose concentration and start something new. I keep telling myself I will get on and see this project through to the end, but we shall see.
In other news... I'm becoming a bit of a David Bowie fan. I got his latest album, The Next Day, and have been playing it virtually on repeat all week (that's partly what's distracting me from reading!!!). It's so good, and very different from things I'd usually listen to. I've also got Reality, Ziggy Stardust, and am soon getting Heathen. I love finding something new to enjoy. Yesterday a woman came into work who turned out to be a massive fan too, so ended up having a good talk with her, which was fun.
- Current Mood: rushed
I've rekindled a love for an old childhood movie of mine, Labyrinth.
Can't recall being as addicted to this one as I was to The Neverending Story, The Goonies or The Addams Family, but I watched it again last week and I think it's brilliant.
I love Jareth and Sarah, I guess because in a way they remind of Christine and the Phantom.
I love them to the point that I've been looking for fanfiction, and may even be tempted to write something of my own.
The ballroom scene is brilliant, as is the song that goes with it... The way he looks at her when they dance together <3 <3!!!!!
And here's another video of the same song...
Also, that smile...
- Current Mood: artistic
- Current Mood: jubilant
A theme going through some if the books I'm reading at the moment or plan to read in the near future is hotels. Am currently reading The Next Always by Nora Roberts, featuring a hotel under renovation. On my TBR list is Hotel Vendome by Danielle Steele, and then of course, wanting to get back to reading Stephen King... The Shining, featuring an altogether different kind of hotel. This last is the kind of thing I should be reading today, while we are snowed in, but it will keep for another time.
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- Current Mood: accomplished
Sit in the garden with a glass of wine, an ice cream, and the rest of 1Q84. Am on the second book with less than 100 pages to go. I didn’t want to get through it as quick as I have because there’s only one copy of book 3 at the library and even though I’ve requested it it’s out on loan and not due back until the beginning of August. I just can’t seem to stop reading it though.
At 4.30am I was woken up by people being loud outside. It was getting light, which was a bit surprising (No, I’m not normally up at that time so I didn’t know) so I thought I’d have a look what was going on. There were two women, talking to each other but also looking as though they were talking to the hedge across the road, and one of them was gyrating around in some weird fashion which looked really awkward. Her arms were all over the place and she was swaying around bodily as well. I thought I was dreaming at first, but then this morning someone asked me if I’d heard all the noise in the night. Guess I wasn’t dreaming after all.
The woman I work with made me laugh yesterday. Out of no where she says, if my son was a little bit older, and not gay, I’d introduce you. Um, okay…. There’s some allusion to a compliment in there, I think?!?!?!
- Current Mood: silly
Had a little treat yesterday and went for a spa treatment. I wanted to do something like this last year, but never got round to it - how I wish I had! I had an Indian Head Massage with essential oils. It was wonderful. I was so relaxed afterwards, and that feeling lasted for the rest of the day. Definitely something I want to do again. The other treatment on offer was Reflexology. I know nothing about this, or whether it works, so can’t decide whether to try it or not?
Am still reading The Stand. I’m 50% done now, and am so absorbed in it I wish I’d written down some thoughts as I went along, because there are so many brilliant scenes that I’ll surely miss at least some when I’m trying to write a review of it. I read this first because I know Randall Flagg is the Man In Black from the Dark Tower series, so I wanted to know more about him before I started with the DT, although the not knowing all adds to the mystery. So far it hasn’t really gone into any back-story about him, he just appeared when the world has gone crazy with everyone dying of superflu. It definitely adds to the supernatural side, whereas his opposite number, Mother Abagail, is definitely grounded within a human history of 108 years.
So many brilliant characters. I have an awful feeling though that many of them are going to die. Hopefully it won’t be as devastating as reading The Red Wedding.
When I’m done with The Stand have got a few other things lined up: First is going to be A Feast For Crows, because I just can’t wait any longer. I also have Daughter Of Smoke And Bone, and the first of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, Gardens Of The Moon. I don’t know why, but I can’t seem to keep away from really long books. I could do with something shorter!
I started 1Q84 because it’s a library copy and there are requests on it. What a brilliant book. Am absolutely loving it, and can’t wait to see how Aomame and Tengo’s stories are related. Such brilliant writing, there are so many memorable quotes. I hope book 3 hurries up and arrives at the library for me, because at the rate I’m getting through it I’ll be ready for it soon.
- Current Mood: calm