I've read Abarat: Absolute Midnight (beware,...
SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS …and daaaaaaamn. It’s a good book. Not a perfect one. No. Well, I might have thought so before I went on Goodreads and tried to write the review. Then I realised it has it’s mistakes. Well, lots of them. But I still love it. I love Zephario Carrion, the father, and even though I knew he’s not gonna live too long I wish he did and I love that...
On Insufferable Geniuses
(or genii?) I’ve been wondering. It seems that literature always had them. Usually detectives, you can bet that anything they do, anything they say will be Right - even if it doesn’t seem in the moment. Think Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Personaly, I hate these characters. There are lots of people who like them, though. And I admit, there isn’t much reason to hate...
Marbling experiments, episode two
I still don’t know if it was a success or disaster. I bought alum. Unpowdered. I’m never, ever doing that again. I spent half an hour beating it down and I’m sure I’ll have well-desinfected lungs now from inhaling all that powder. I prepared around ten leaves of printer paper, then, because I still had some alum left, I mordanted eight leaves of another paper I had lying...
As in, paper marbling on size. Experiment No.1, 12/8/2011: Yes, CMC-based glue is a good size replacement for carrageenan moss. Might be a bit thicker next time. Yes, a dishwashing liquid is a good surfactant replacement for ox gall, thanks goodness - but daaamn it’s so strong! Yes, writing inks float well even without a surfactant added. No, it won’t stick to unmordanted paper...
Lessons learned from NaNoWriMo
So, as you probably guessed, I didn’t finish my NaNoWriMo novel. I gave up somewhere in the middle of Week Two, with 7,877 words written. Yeah, it was a flop. Still, I’m glad I tried it. It was a perfect way to explore my writing and I learned a lot. Mainly: I can’t write without planning. I tried to write “by the seat of my pants” and I fell on my face, hard. I...