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14 October 2008 @ 02:42 pm
Some good things:  
~ I have a roast in the crock pot today for dinner. Always one of my favorite Fall/Winter comfort meals, and one of the easiest ever to make. However, it's in a new crock pot (my old one having broken) which I picked up from Costco this weekend, before reading the terrible reviews on Amazon. I had a $25 Costco gift card to spend, and I needed a crock pot. I hope it doesn't overheat and cooks slower/better than many of the reviews indicate. *sigh* What i wouldn't have given for the extra $200 lying around to buy the All-Clad one. But, provided the roast turns out, I'm greatly looking forward to dinner. Yum!

~ Consort is moving forward nicely. I'm hoping to finish Chapter 2 today, and start my usual writing schedule of 3K words/day, approximately.

~ My house is clean, other than the sewing stuff strewn about the living room. But things like the dishes are done, and the vacuuming, and the tubs/toilets cleaned. Anyway, it's nice knowing I'll be going home tonight to a dinner already made, and a house mostly clean.

~ I am reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, finally. Yes, I know, I'm late to the party. But truthfully? I tried reading it once before, and it didn't grab me. Possibly - and no, I do not exaggerate - due to the teeny tiny font of the paperback. I'm reading it on my Kindle now, and the size of font you're reading really does make a difference, particularly when the text is a fairly dense epic fantasy (though not in the way of George RR Martin, thankfully. So far, I've had no trouble keeping track of who everyone is. but epic fantasy by necessity is somewhat dense. It has to be, for believable and original worldbuilding.) I think it's a psychological thing, the font size. Or maybe I just wasn't in the mood for an unusual epic fantasy the last time I tried it. In any case, I very much like Locke Lamora and his band of con artists Gentlemen Bastards. I do get a little tired of the story structure - skipping around in the timeline scene by scene to explain things - but hopefully that gets less as the book goes on? It's kind of like that tired trope they did on Alias - start off in the thick of things, and then go back to "three hours earlier" to explain how our heroes got there. It works great a time or two, but three, four, or five times later, I'm kind of done with it and wishing we could stop doing that now, please.

Still, the writing is engaging, the characters fantastic, and the world unusual enough for epic fantasy to hold my interest. (Oceanic arena games is an interesting twist, for example!) And speaking as someone who burnt out (or got burnt, as the case may be) on epic fantasy awhile ago, holding my interest in this genre is no longer as easy as it once was.
 
 
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Nuquiet_rebel on October 14th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
We read Lies of Locke Lamora for our required genre reading at school. Not usually a reader of epic/high fantasy, but I did like the whole Ocean's 11 meets Robin Hood thing Lynch had going on. Supposedly, he has a seven-book deal, I think.
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on October 14th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Eeek. Hope your crock pot is the exception. *shrinks*

I'm only going to upgrade for this lovely: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sku8260341/index.cfm?pkey=xsrd0m1%7C16%7C%7C%7C0%7C%7C%7C%7C%7C%7C%7Ccrockpot&cm%5Fsrc=SCH

Ah. Someday.
rhienellethrhienelleth on October 14th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
The same one, FYI, can be had at other places for much less. I just can't justify the $180 right now. *sigh*
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on October 14th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
I think I heard my husband scream from here. :)

That I may be able to finagle especially if I get a full time job....
rhienellethrhienelleth on October 14th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
*cough* Glad I could help. :)
rhienellethrhienelleth on October 14th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
And I was getting the costco one even before I talked to you, so no worries, in case you were. :)
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on October 14th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, just a little.

wisteriawisteria on October 15th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you posted about your crock pot! I've been in the market and looking about...I'd seen the one you purchased and was about to buy it for more! I totally forgot to check Costco! Whew...

I didn't know All Clad even made a crock pot! That looks amazing....but yeah...expensive! My pots are All Clad, and I got them one piece at a time over a period of many birthdays and Christmas gifts! It was so worth it...

I don't know if I want to save that long for the All Clad one....I am pretty desperate for a crock pot now! My mom's 'ol 70's one finally bit the dust! Heck....30 years...not bad!

:) Deb