Book Review: Duck, Death and the Tulip

I'll be the first to admit it: I'm not a picture book's target audience. Right now I neither have children of my own nor do I work with children young enough to appreciate them anymore. (Protip: If you're taking a dozen five year olds camping, always always take all the Hairy Maclary books. You'll need them.) But there is one picture book that I pick up every so often and re-read solely as an adult who thinks it's a great book.

Tales From The To-Read Tower #2

So, like any good bookworm, I have a to-real pile. Although when I look at it properly - and especially if I were to add in the ebook library - it would be more like a tower. There are a lot of memes out there dedicated to showing off unread books, but if I were to give one book a week some focus it would take forever. And I suspect I am not the only one in this position.

So behold, five tales from my to-read tower: one adult, one YA, one non-fiction, one comic/manga, and one audiobook.

Manga Review: Attack on Titan, vol 1

Like the rest of the world it seems sometimes, I too got caught up in the wave that was Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin in Japan). There was an explosion of cosplayers at Armageddon immediately after, and I was infinitely grateful that Madman NZ had the entire subbed series on their site for viewing. I binged it then, and now that I have Netflix I'm watching it again (the dub this time, because I like to compare these things).

From the first time I saw the opening credits I knew the show was something special. I mean, how can Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen not pump you up?

December Means November Is Over!

The first of December means two things for me. The first is that it's my birthday. The second is NaNoWriMo is finally over! I didn't win, which came as no surprise as I previously blogged about giving up (and why that's not always a bad thing). Also, earthquakes suck.

So to celebrate, I am posting a small fragment of The Cantia Covenant, which I have dubbed How Einar Got A Job Instead Of Arrested. Be warned: it is terrible in all the ways a NaNo novel can be. The only edits have been to fully excise the segments I would have deleted while writing, only instead struckthrough because NaNo.

What Do I Write With?

So we're halfway through the first week of NaNoWriMo! Woohoo! And after meeting up with my fellow Wellington WriMos I have been thinking about the tools people write their novels with. We had laptops and tablets galore, and even one person who was aiming to write all 50k by hand! (In previous years we even had a person show up with a typewriter.)

I have three main writing set-ups, depending on my location: my laptop, my tablet, and my phone.