Its 3:23 am. Things seemed so hopeful 4 hours ago when we were logging on to the waiting room to register for badges to San Diego Comic Con.

Now they are sold out and none of us got tickets. We are quite sad.

We’ll try again when they resell tickets that people cancelled and see what happens.

Trying keep spirits high by saying we’ll still have a great trip. We will, but different to what we planned. Our back up plan will still be good.

now its time to sleep.


Fashion Talk

My husband reads a lot of books. And he blogs about a lot of books over at Literary Exploration. As a result, there are often packages showing up at our house from publishers with books that they’d like him to read and review.
Last night with friends, we were talking about how many dresses I own. Some people are convinced that I own too many dresses, as they think I wear something new every time they see me. They asked my husband how many dresses I really owned (too many to count), and I told him that he owned too many books (he has more books, than I have dresses) but then he did point out that most of his books are free, and once people sent me free clothes, I could have as many dresses as he has books.
So I wonder if I start blogging about clothes, if people would send me free clothes. Would anyone be interested in brief updates of my new clothes? Its not very nerdy which was the original topic of this blog, but I might feel like blogging about other things.
I’m not a t-shirt person usually, but there are some great t-shirts out there. At the moment, one of my favourites is this one my sister wore today that she got from SnorgTees

Accent Shirt

So perhaps in the future there will be talk of clothes and new dresses and cute tshirts amongst the books, movies, comics, and epic travel talk.


Cosplay Concepts

I secretly want to cosplay. I’m not sure if cosplay is the correct word for what I want to do, or if that is something more specific. But I want to dress up in something cute or fancy that people recognise on the street and maybe want to photograph and compliment me on.
At the limited number of conventions I have been to, I’ve always enjoyed looking at what everyone is wearing and their creativity and talent in creating such a costume. I wish I could do that.
A lot of the time, these costumes can be very sexy, very revealing and are worn by much more attractive women than myself. I can probably rule out any sort of super hero as they tend to show a lot of leg and wear something skin tight.
I’m thinking of ideas for what I could do. Something that is suitable for a larger than normal woman. Something that’s sexy but not too revealing.
My sister sent me a link to the woman who made a costume for Elsa the Snow Queen from Frozen. She’s stunning and the dress she has made is incredible. It worth checking out. Go take a look.
I could be a princess. In theory.
I did have a phase in my life where I did start making my own clothes, and I enjoyed it. So I potentially could make some sort of dress. Though I haven’t touched a sewing machine since i got married. Actually, I have touched one. When the couple who lived across the road from where I grew up both passed away, I was given their old sewing machine. So I did touch it to carry it into the house. But i haven’t even used it. And I really should.
This could be my new project.

Another project I’d like to try is these shoes.Shoes
I found a tutorial on how to do them here
I have a pair of white vinyl shoes that I wore on my wedding day, and haven’t been sure what to wear them with since. I would love to be able to get some more use out of them.
I wouldn’t usually describe myself as a crafty person, but maybe I am about to transform into someone who is.
I’d love to hear any suggestions on possible costumes that I could make and maybe wear to Comic Con.


Book Review: After the Armistice Ball by Catriona McPherson

ImageAre negative book reviews ok?

The Duffy Family claim their diamonds have been stolen while visiting the Esslemont’s for the Armistice Ball. Mrs. Esslemont asks Dandy Gilver to use her skills of snooping and gossiping to investigate this further. It is Scotland in 1923 and it seems a world vastly different to my own. I think a good book can make you feel included in these unfamiliar places, but for most of the book, I felt like a foreign observer.

I never really enjoyed the protagonist Dandy Gilver. My husband will frequently remind me that you don’t need to like the characters to enjoy a book, and while I partly agree, my distaste towards Dandy definitely impacted on my enjoyment of this book. The reason I picked up this book is because I love the concept of the ladies of the 1920s solving crimes. I thoroughly enjoy Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on TV, though I’ve yet to read the books myself. Maybe my expectations were just too high. The only character I truly enjoyed was Dandy’s Lady’s maid who was so full of sass and pretentiousness, that I wish she featured more in this story.

Throughout the book, I always felt like I knew what was going to happen before the characters themselves. I would be expecting some sort of twist, because surely it can’t be that obvious, but pages later, Dandy and friends come to the realization that I had already had. The only time when something didn’t seem obvious was in the final chapter. I can’t even say what it is without some major spoiler alerts. But they make this discovery during the investigation and someone asks about the person connected to it, and Dandy just says “Isn’t it obvious?” and then the person she is with realizes as well. But I’ve never worked that out. If anyone has read it, please tell me the answer? Did I miss something during the book when I got bored and started skimming? By the end of the book, I don’t care who stole the diamonds, but I do want to know the answer to this question. I have tried google, and I haven’t found a confirmed answer.

I have read in some reviews that this series gets better as it goes along. Maybe the author needed some time to find her feet as she developed the characters, but I don’t feel the need to be part of this world again and will be giving the rest of the series a miss.

This book is the Mystery part of my LIterary Exploration Book Challenge.

Originally posted at LIterary Exploration.

You can buy this book at Amazon, or Book Depository


Book Review: The Flavours of Love by Dorothy Koomson

The Flavours of Love by Dorothy Koomsen I came across this book at the bookshop while looking for Christmas presents for my husband. He was with me at the time and saw my reaction when I read the synopsis on the back. Cooking and murder and secrets! So much that interested me. The Flavours of Love tells the story of Saffron Mackleroy and her family after the murder of her husband 18 months earlier. The killer of her husband has started sending letters to Saffron to make her aware that she is being watched. And on top of all that, she has all the usual family drama to deal with. Her teenage daughter has some very confronting issues to deal with, the younger son is withdrawing from life, her husband’s aunt has been asked to leave her nursing home. This story is more than just about trying to solve a murder; it’s about how to survive life.

Dorothy Koomson’s writing was very compelling. I was mesmerized from the first chapter and at the end of the night, I had to force myself to put the book down to get some sleep, as I knew I wouldn’t ever find a place I would willingly stop. It was so great to get to Friday night and know I could stay up as late as I wanted and power through the last half of the book. It was after 4am when I got to bed, knowing the family was safe again after Joel’s killer had been caught.

This book could have easily just focused on the murder aspect, but it incorporated so many other things. It gave me so much to reflect upon about my own relationships and how I might cope in a similar circumstance but I hope I never have to find out. Losing the love of your life would be devastating, but then you have to send the kids back to school, return to work, keep paying bills. Life goes on and doesn’t slow down when tragedy strikes. And there are all those little things, the little neuroses that your spouse would be able to talk you through, and to suddenly lose that voice of reason and do things you might not have done in the past. So many little things that we take for granted in the normality of our lives.

I loved learning about the love that Saffron and Joel shared with little flashback scenes to their life together, while they were dating and married. There is so much magic in this book amongst all the tragedy and drama that is revealed between the pages. I wasn’t really sure of the genre to class this book as when I started it, but wanted to include it in my Literary Exploration Challenge. I eventually settled on Thriller, because I certainly felt thrilled all the way through it as all the secrets were unraveled.

I don’t think I’d ever heard of Dorothy Koomson before, but she is now firmly planted on my radar and I will be hunting down her other books to read.

Originally posted at Literary Exploration. Buy: Amazon, Book Depository,  (or visit your local Indie bookstore)


The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge

I didn’t read very many books last year. I think I read something amazing at the beginning of the year, and I became reluctant to leave that world behind and enter a new one, so it was a while in between books. And then the ones I did read, didn’t end up inspiring me to keep on reading.
This year I have a goal to make more of an effort to read, so I am participating in the Literary Exploration Reading Challenge. This is an initiative over at my husband’s blog, that also happens in his GoodReads Book Club. This will be the second year it will be running. The idea is that you read books from different genres as a way to open yourself up to new reading experiences. People who participated last year seemed to enjoy it, so this year I will also be trying it out.
I will start off at the Easy Challenge and see how I go. If I finish that early enough, I might try to upgrade to one of the more difficult ones. Sometimes it is difficult to think what belongs in which genre, but that’s probably part of the adventure. So far, I’m doing ok, and I have nearly finished my third book and started my fourth book over the weekend. Not a bad effort for January. I hope I can keep it up.
As a result, I suspect there will be a few book reviews in the future. Some get posted over at Literary Exploration as guest reviews, which I hope to cross-post here. Hopefully, you will enjoy reading them.


Thank You Kindly

In my previous post, I mentioned that later this year, I will be participating in an epic North American journey with my sister and husband, starting with (hopefully) the San Diego Comic Con. But I’ll also be participating in something even more exciting than that. Something that brings a smile to my face every time it passes my mind.
I’m attending the RCW139 Due South Fan Convention in Toronto!
Due South was my favourite TV show as a teenager. Its something I accidentally came across and then fell in love with. I may have become a touch obsessive with it. There was one other girl in my class who watched the show and we would often bond over it, despite usually being part of different friendship groups. I wonder if i should try to find her on facebook and let her know I’m going and we can squee about Due South together again. But does anyone want to hear from someone they went to school with 15 years ago to discuss a TV show you once liked. I would, but would other normal people?
Benton Fraser represented the goodness of men. There aren’t that many positive male role models on television. Most shows seem to have men that don’t try that hard because no much is expected of them and often treat the women around them badly. I often find myself screaming at the tv for these fictional men to not make the bad decision you know will negatively affect their lives, but they go do it anyway. But Benton Fraser, despite his flaws, was a man who always tried to be the best person he could be. Polite and respectful and kind and grateful. Also a little bit hot. What more could teenage me want?
The night of the Due South final in Australia was also the night before my QCS test. If you aren’t a Queenslander, QCS is a big test you do that goes towards your final marks that determines ultimately what will happen with the rest of your life, or at least the following year. But its a pretty big deal at the time. But it tests Core Skills, so its not something you can actually study for, but we had done some practice runs at school. but you are given different stimuli and you have to interpret it or be inspired by it or whatever. There are some sciency questions and some writing questions. I wasn’t all that worried about me, but my mother was more concerned about it and insisted that i needed to have an early night so i could be rested for the test. So the night the final screened, I was in my bedroom secretly weeping. The house we were living in at the time had my bedroom in the middle of the house which had a window into the living room. It was kinda strange. So i climbed up onto the bed head to try and watch the final through the window while my mum watched it in the room next to me.
I can’t believe my mother would betray me like that! My school friend attempted to record the episode for me, and later that week we snuck into the science lab in an attempt to watching it but for some reason it didn’t record any of the images and only the audio. Pretty devastating stuff. I think i didn’t get to see the final episode properly for years after that when I was able to buy it on DVD.
When I went to university, I had access to the internet that I hadn’t had before, and in my spare time I would often search Alta Vista for Due South related stuff. Over the years I have read about the RCW139 convention and its been a dream to be able to attend, but its never been realistic. Canada is a long way from Australia. So last year when i saw the news that there was going to be another convention for the 20th Anniversary of Due South and i saw the dates coincided with while I was in North America, it all become something achievable. I think we were meant to be in New York City or Boston that weekend, but we’ve cut that short by a couple of days.
My husband will be joining me, although I don’t think he’s seen every episode of Due South yet, so we’ll have to do that before we leave.
I’ve been stalking twitter for other people that are going so I can get to know them and have someone I know when we get there so things are less awkward. Like the lovely Anna and Erica who are blogging about their experiences over at Due West.
I’m ridiculously excited about this. They say that Paul Gross is going to try and make it, and I’m not sure that I’m even phsyically capable of handling that much awesome if that was to actually happen. Imagine… Paul Gross…
Paul Gross as Benton Fraser.