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2006 G.I.F.T. Challenge

Carl has issued a 2006 G.I.F.T. Challenge.

My choices to review will be:

1. Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause
2. The Holiday
3. The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado
4. Christmas Letters by Bret Nicholaus
And probably a few others…

And on the subject of Christmas, quite a few blogs have been doing a Christmas Tag. It’s been fun to read everyone’s answers.
Christmas Meme:

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Both, though a little Egg Nog goes a long way.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
His elves wrap them. He knows how to delegate.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
White. Looks much classier.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
I would, but there’s no point this year. Unless I meet someone pretty fast!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Well, I’m heading to Georgia early Thursday morning with some family for the weekend. I’ll be back on to posting on Monday… with a few book reviews, I imagine. (And hopefully, another addition to the gallery.) I’ve been lax with drawing lately. Apologies to Colleen! I’m hoping I remember to print off all my reference material so I can do some sketching this weekend. And even if I don’t, I’m taking Monday off just to recoup. I’ll have no excuse then. Also, hoping to see Casino Royale again this weekend! (Dad hasn’t seen it yet… that’s my excuse.)

On another note, I can’t decide if I want to see The Fountain which releases today. It’s gotten booed in Venice and hissed in Canada. People have gotten up and walked out. I’m not sure what’s so bad about it, but I’m going to wait to see what friends say about it.
Let me know if you see it, and what you thought!

Fun (and slightly disturbing) waste of time:

Check out Hairy Mail.

So Many Books…

Over the weekend I picked up a couple new books. (As if my TBR pile isn’t big enough.)
Diagnosis Murder: The Double Life, by Lee Goldburg, the seventh novel in the series.
DC Universe: Helltown (Dc Universe) by Dennis O’Neil.
And tonight, I’m picking up Superman Returns: The Prequels, Bryan Singer (graphic novel).

I started reading DC Universe: Last Sons over the weekend. This is going to be a fun, quick read. And Battlestar Galactica: Redemption, Richard Hatch’s latest in his continuation saga. Right now, on sale at Amazon for $2.99! I wonder if it’s a mistake. But a hardback book for $3, man I wish I hadn’t bought this 2 months ago! I feel ripped-off.

Monday Blahs

I started watching the first few episodes of Simon and Simon yesterday. Now I remember why I loved this show as a kid… and why I had such a crush on A.J. Simon (Jameson Parker). In fact, I think I have a bigger crush now. I’ve always loved detective shows, and wish they still made them like they did in the 80s: Simon and Simon, Remington Steele, Murder She Wrote, Moonlighting, Hart to Hart, Magnum PI. Though with shows like Monk and Psych on USA, I can still get my fix of new and fresh quality private detective shows. Meanwhile, between seasons, I’m re-watching the classics.

I finished another commissioned drawing this weekend, and started working on one for fun of Mal (Nathan Fillion) and Inara (Morena Baccarin) from Firefly. As you can see, I haven’t finished. Mal and Inara look like they’ve gotten in a fist fight and both have black eyes.
I’ll, hopefully, be posting the finished version tomorrow.

And I started reading Dean and Me this weekend. I’m already loving this book. Emotional and heart-felt, Jerry Lewis wrote a loving memoir of their time together.

TGIF

Since I can’t think of anything to blog this morning, Friday 5 lists these questions:

1. What is one thing you always have with you?
A paperback book in my purse. Currently, it’s The Spider Stone.
2. What are two things on your night-table (or next to your bed)?
A cup of water and my alarm.
3. What are three things you learned in the last seven days?
Heinlein isn’t my favorite author.
I have some really great friends that would do anything for me.
And that I need to lean on God more.
4. What are four things parents always have to tell you?
“It’s only money.”
“Don’t burn any bridges.” (My mother’s favorite phrase when talking about guys I don’t want to date.)
“Do you need anything?”
“Call me when you get home, so I know you’re safe.”
5. What are five things you paid for in the last month?
Food
Comics/Books
Car loan & college loan
Utility bills
Mortgage

Fun Stuff:

If you’re bored, check out this site for some fun pumpkin carving ideas: ExtremePumpkins.com



And Dirk Benedict in Battlestar Funtopia!

Fans of the classic Battlestar Galactica will love this.
Saw this YouTube video on a forum that I visit. It’s is very funny, but just to warn you (if you’re watching at work) there is a little swearing. It looks to be a TV pilot for a show called Paine Management. This episode stars Dirk Benedict and Corbin Bernsen.

TGIF

I began two books yesterday. The Legend of Banzai Maguire by Susan Grant, author of Your Planet or Mine? which I reviewed last month. So far, Banzai Maguire has been fun and intense. You can tell Grant has a background in the Air Force. She speaks with knowledge and the first chapter reads like something out of Top Gun. I can already tell I’m going to love this one.

From the back cover:
The year: 2006. The mission: routine. Or so U.S.A.F. pilot Bree “Banzai” Maguire thinks. Then she’s shot down over enemy airspace, captured and put in bio-stasis. When she wakes, everything’s changed. It’s one hundred and seventy years later – 2176 – the world is in crisis, and she’s a hotly contested prize.

Once, Banzai’s job was to protect democracy; now a mysterious voice claims she must bring it back. But who will help? …

I also started reading The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein. Bellezza has asked bloggers to read along with her and post comments on the 28th. I read a few chapters, but the language is annoying me, leaving out the’s and a’s. While there are some humorous parts, I feel myself getting too distracted by the style of writing. So far, I’m not impressed. I’ll keep reading though, I usually read at least halfway through a book before giving up on it.

Am I alone in this? If you’re bored or can tell you’re not going to like a book, how long before you drop it altogether?






Oh, and I have a new favorite meal..
Since I absolutely hate grocery shopping, and my fridge is bare at the moment, I stopped at KFC on the way home and got the new Mashed Potato Bowl. Mashed potatoes and gravy, cheese, corn, and chicken strips. It sounds gross (especially since I usually don’t like my food to touch each other on the plate), but mmm.. I loved it!

October Challenge

Sassymonkey issued an October Reading Challenge.
So I figured I’d do this one too, since I just finished the RIP Challenge with the following books:

1. Winter Moon , by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee, and C.E. Murphy
2. The Reluctant Miss Van Helsing , by Minda Webber
3. Death Splits a Hair, by Nancy Bell
4. Magic Street, by Orson Scott Card
5. Everybody Comes to the Nightside (3-in-1), by Simon R. Green

My October reading list will be:
1. The Thirteenth Tale , by Diane Setterfield – Yep, since everyone else is doing it…

2. The Artifact , by Kevin J Anderson – He’s one of my favorite authors, so I’m excited about this one.

3. Nephilim, by L.A. Marzulli – One I’ve started but abandoned.

Bonus Book: I’m also hoping to start Dean and Me: (A Love Story), by Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan.

And I need to get going on some drawings. I’ve slacked off for over a month. Next project is for a friend of mine’s husband (Christmas present), a portrait of Ben Browder from Farscape. And I always get an influx of people asking for portraits and such to give as gifts right before Christmas, so I need to get as many done now as I can. But then, there’s nothing like waiting till the last minute.

The Best-laid Plans…

Well, so much for the book signing.
I had drug my sister along, even though she doesn’t own any of Janet Evanovich’s books, she still enjoys them. I had assumed Janet would give a little talk. I was wrong. When we got there, I was #535, and told they’d call out numbers to get in line to meet Janet and to get books signed. There didn’t look to be nearly that many people in the store, so I decided to stick it out to see how fast the line went. Well, at first, they were calling out sets of 25 every few minutes. So I was hopeful. My sister and I sat and read for a while. And hour passes quickly, and I offer to buy my sister coffee for the both of us at the Starbucks stand. (It’s the least I can do for dragging her to this, and Janet not even giving a talk. I had talked up my last experience at MJD’s book signing, so she had reluctantly agreed.) Bringing back the coffee, my sister had a strange look on her face. She said that the line of people called was ridiculously long, and that even though they might get to my number in an hour or so, we’d still have to wait another half an hour (at least!) standing in line. Forget that. So I dejectedly left Barnes and Noble with my unsigned books, and walked down to Best Buy so my sister could buy her husband a birthday gift. At least the trip wasn’t a total waste. If Janet had been my favorite author, I might have stayed. But it definitely wasn’t worth over 3 hours of waiting just to get an autograph and a picture. (I did sneak up and take a couple photos from a distance. Whoopee.) I felt bad for my sister that I had drug my sister along to sit for an hour and a half for nothing, and she felt bad that I didn’t get to meet Janet. She consoled me that at least we did have fun reading. We actually go to B&N occasionally just to sit and read (so we don’t have to actually buy the book).

What saved my night from being too much of a bummer was Smallville. This episode was ten times better than last week’s season premier! Justin Hartley, star of the Aquaman series that never made it to the small screen, made his first appearance as Green Arrow on Smallville. I’m such a comic geek that these special appearances by future JLA members make me giddy with delight. Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) is a great character, and I’m excited to see more of him in next week’s episode.