That last post was full of awful whining and while I’m (probably) not going to delete it, I decided to counteract the awfulness with some more positive things.

First, without Rin and Miss Ma’am, I’d likely have lost my mind ages ago. While there are fights and other things, I like to think that the good outweighs the bad. I pretty much always get a kick out of listening to the two of them talking in the kitchen (when K isn’t in trouble obviously) because they have some pretty entertaining conversations while they work on things. The two of them hugging each other while they stand in the hallway by the living room talking to me is guaranteed to make me smile. There is no doubt in my mind that they love each other and they are both pretty adorable. Although I suppose I have to admit to occasionally sighing wistfully at them because K’s not that much shorter than Rin anymore. (Cue the “oh noez my baybeeeee”s here.) They are both giant dorks and they make me happy even when my brain is trying to eat itself with negatives.

Second, knitting. At first, I was skeptical, but I think I’m hooked. I’ve officially finished three washcloths and a small hand towel and have found that a) I really like hand-knit washcloths and b) I ay just make everyone washcloths for $Winter Holiday because that sounds kinda fun. Haha and I just spoiled everyone’s $Winter Holiday surprise! (Nah, I’m just kidding. I may make a couple of scarves to mix things up a little. :P) I still am being thwarted by purling, but I’m not letting it completely defeat me. I will master it or I will die trying. /dramatics So, yes, I’m not super great at it yet, but I’m learning and I keep picking it up which is more than I can say for some of the other hobbies I’ve tried in the last two years, so even if I just populate the world with more washcloths, I’m still counting it as a win.

Third, books. I’ve been reading a lot lately…okay, I tend to read at least 10 books a month anyway, but I’ve been reading a bit more lately. Right now, I’m rereading the Heralds of Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey and am falling in love with it all over again. At the moment, I’m reading Redoubt which is the fourth of the Collegium Chronicles. Those four I’ve not read before and I’m finding that I’m enjoying them as much as some of my old favorites. Mags is a compelling character. The interesting thing is the way this series is unfolding. She is obviously giving herself room to write more in this time period in Velgarth (the world where the books are set) by keeping the time between each book shorter than a lot of the other series. In some cases, the time passed from book to book is just a few weeks, so it’s making for interesting reading. I suspect it will also have me eager for the next one that is due to come out in September or October. (I can’t remember right now and I’m pretty sure if I go to look it up, I’ll totally lose my train of thought and the writing will be done, so you can go look yourself.)

Earlier this month, I read Laurell K. Hamilton’s newest Anita Blake book, Affliction, and I absolutely loved it. The subject matter was heavy at times and the emotional content in the book is occasionally off the charts and yet the book stays fun. It felt, to me anyway, that she was having a lot more fun writing this one than she has some of the previous books and that was great to see. Anita is finally a bit more grounded in herself and her choices (FINALLY) and that helped get the book off to a good start. There were some unexpected twists and turns and I just overall enjoyed the hell out of the book. (Also, Edward shows up and well, I’m a huge Edward fan girl so that totally made me happy. I actually squeed out loud when I read that part and that amused Rin to no end.) I know a ton of people have written off the series and I can understand their viewpoints, but it is still one of my favorites and is one of the few book series that I’ve read through more than once. I loved Affliction and I highly recommend it.

I also read Neil Gaiman’s new book, Ocean at the End of the Lane. I enjoyed it, but I think I was expecting more, especially given some of the reviews. It was a good story and I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t one of my favorite Gaiman stories. I told Rin that I wish I had read it before I read Affliction, because I think I might have enjoyed it more then. It was a bit of a letdown in the order I read them. That said, I still would recommend it. It was an interesting story and it is well written. It just didn’t move me the way a lot of his other books have.

So, yes, I’ve been reading a lot and books are good.

Other things that I’ve been enjoying of late are several webcomics that I’ve liked for awhile along with a few new ones I’ve found in the last couple of months. The staples include Something Positive by Randall Milholland. First, a warning. S*P is not for everyone by any stretch of the imagination. It is rude, crude, and socially unacceptable. Randy enjoys seeing how many different people he can offend at one time. That said, it is pretty much always hilarious. The characters are well developed and well, there’s a boneless cat named Choochoo Bear. How could you NOT love that?

Another is Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques. This one is a bit more everyuser friendly. One of the things that I have always loved about QC are the characters. They come across as very real and they are a lot of fun. A lot of the stories take place in a coffee shop or a library so you can’t go wrong there. Faye is and likely always will be my favorite and one day I will own her bear shirt. Just sayin’. I also love Hannelore and all of her crazy quirks and Claire is quickly becoming a favorite as well. In short, Jeph writes a great comic and you should check it out.

Next is Girls With Slingshots by Danielle Corsetto. Danielle is another comic artist who is good at making real characters and combining that with great story lines. I suppose I should warn you that one of the main characters writes for a magazine called “Pussy Whipped” and there are conversations about adult toys, but to be honest, that just makes the stories more fun. The GWS gang could be your friends and that’s pretty darned cool in my book.

Also a fun read is The Devil’s Panties by Jennie Breeden that I can’t remember the link to off the top of my head. The earlier strips can be harder to read because of grammatical errors, but honestly, it’s still totally worth reading. Basically every time I read more of her comics, I want to meet Jennie and be her friend – not in a creepy stalker way but in a “wow, she could be my people” kind of way. Seriously, there are a lot of things that we seem to have in common and that definitely amuses me.

I should also note that all four of these writers have pretty awesome Twitter feeds.

Newer to my comic readings include Weregeek (I think that’s the link. I’ll have to go back and check it) by Alina Pete, that is definitely a geek focused comic. She combines various games in her storyline and it’s just all around fun. I will offer the warning that if you’re not a huge geek, a lot of the references might be lost on you, but even so, it is still a good story so check it out. Next is A Girl and Her Fed (that I also can’t remember the link to or the artist’s name which is making me feel like an asshole at the moment damn brain). This one is a quirky story that involves the ghost of Ben Franklin…who looks like a fairy and a smart arsed koala named Speedy. Seriously, with that combo do I really need to tell you more? Seriously, you should read it just for Ben and Speedy. They are hilarious and I love them. I read through all of this one in a couple of days and when I got caught up to the present, I got mad, it’s THAT good. A lot of world building and story building has gone into this one in ways that I would never have considered and it’s just fun. Finally, I have to recommend the Chapel Chronicles by Emma T. Capps. This one is a cute and quirky teenage story written by a teenager. Emma actually was featured in the newest Dark Horse presents volume and I think that’s pretty damned cool since she’s still in high school. Chapel is a lot of fun and she is a huge Doctor Who fan. It’s lighthearted and adorable and that’s fine by me.

Hmm…I think that’s about all at the moment because I’m tired of typing. #kindalazy However, it is a much happier entry than the last one and you may even find something you like and that’s not half bad.