November 29, 2012

Wish List time!

For those buying presents this season (most people, but one can never assume), I have some gift suggestions....Nothing beats something personal - whether it be something you make or you find just the right item for just the right person in a store.

November 27, 2012

The Fabulous Five

Big news for A Climb of Chaos (Volume One of The Kalvel Chronicles)....

There will be five viewpoint characters in the book. In my cast of characters, I've made decision on who to spotlight (for now) and who will be minor (also for now..this can and will change with each book, though some characters will be consistent.)
 It will be told in third person, and each of the five characters gets their own chapter, which will rotate. So when you read the book, it will go "Character A" then the next chapter will be "Character B" and so on, switching up with five different characters.  Through their eyes, you will meet more characters, who may or may not get their own chapters somewhere through the course of the series. 

Good example: Say you meet up with two friends for coffee, Joe and Sara. If someone were writing about You and what You did when You got home afterwards, it would go 'You'. Then 'Joe' then 'Sara'. Then, back to 'You' for what happens the next day, Joe's afternoon and Sara's evening. 

You'll meet the five characters I've selected for Volume One someday, fear not...

People's Choice

Award shows. Love 'em or hate 'em. The two I follow and give a darn about the results are the Emmys and the Oscars. However, Voting for something can be fun too. Here are my choices for the People's Choice Awards. Agree or disagree, here is who / what I voted.

November 25, 2012

One Month Left....

Are you ready???

Get shopping, or prepared for shopping!

Start baking!

Get them winter tires on!

Begin decorating! 

If you have not started getting ready for Christmas or winter, now is the time!!

November 19, 2012

Game of Thrones Ssn 2 release date

For those who watch / own Game of Thrones on DVD or blu-ray (PLEASE switch to blu-ray for this show! It's so worth it!) I have exciting news....

November 17, 2012

Re-Decorated + A Wishlist

Do you like the new look of the blog? I made it a bit easier on the eyes, plus added my Goodreads widget. It's the season of decoration, so why not decorate my blog a bit??

Also, for those keep track, I've updated my amazon list. It won't change again until 2013, but I'll link it again closer to Christmas.

November 14, 2012


I'm almost embarrassed to write this post. Almost. As terrible as the franchise is, one thing they got right, in my mind, is the music. Read on....

November 11, 2012

November 10, 2012


Just a quick one-off post during this weekend - more of a break from other things and to get some writing in. I'll be focusing on  Kalvel (and, of course, especially A Climb of Chaos) tomorrow and Monday.

I am currently reading the third and final book of Stieg Larsson's Trilogy. I'm on page 421 / 563...and the next time I update my Goodreads account I'll most likely finish the book.

I do my darndest to get one chapter per day read at the least. I find towards the end of a book I'm reading, I read more and more often. I also do my best not to 'rush' my reading, as  I like to savor the text. But things heat up, sometimes it can't be helped.

Once I finish reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest I'll post a review of sorts of that book, and the trilogy as a whole. That may very well be my next entry.

Following Hornet's Nest, I'll be delving into Wheel of Time. When I do another post about that, more of this may re-appear in that post. I started reading the series after I finished reading Lord of the Rings way back in 2002 and was hungry for fantasy. Wheel of Time was recommended to me. However, I only read about halfway through the series - at that point, I believe book 9 was out in paperback, and book 10 was going to come out in hardcover...I forget which, but I remember both those covers in my head being featured on the new release displays as opposed to the 'archives' of the bookstore.
Me stopping was not due to disinterest, but because other books had caught my attention. Also, I believe that Order of the Phoenix may be also be responsible for 'derailing' me from the series. So the years went on, and the reading stack got bigger and bigger until, now, finally, I'm about to return. Since it's been so long since I've read any of the books, I'm re-starting the entire series. Sure, I could read the synopsis of the books I'd read already via wikipedia or something, but its been so long may as well begin anew. The only way I'll deviate from the series this time is if Winds of Winter comes out before I finish Wheel of Time. Should that happen, I'm returning to it right after.

(Like I said, some of what I said about Wheel of Time may re-appear in a future post) 

November 9, 2012

Goodreads Choice Awards 2012

There's a website I use which I may have linked here a couple times - Goodreads. It's definitely for bookworms and is a great way to discover books and other fellow readers. They have nominees up now for you to vote in the first round of awards chosen by readers.

There are a few more rounds yet to make sure you vote for your book of choice in hopes of advancing it. 

The semifinal round is Nov. 12-17, and the final round is Nov. 19-27. 

Check out the various may find some books that you may be interested in.

November 7, 2012

In a chair in a theatre....

Today tickets for The Hobbit: Part 1 went on sale...and I got mine. There are many theatres chains, services to get your tickets. Online is most likely the easiest and best through that theatre's website. Of course, there's always visiting the theatre itself. 
I got mine through Empire Theatres (Canadian Chain) for the "The Empire Extra" version. Reserved seats. It's pretty sweet - bye bye line-ups.

This film is available in a variety of formats. Courtesy to for providing this list of what's where :  All in all, make sure you see the film movies such as these is why we (still) have movie theatres. 

If you're not sure what HFR is....

Frequently Asked Questions about High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D):

What is High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D)?

Frame rates are the number of images (frames) displayed by a projector in one second. 24 frames per second (fps) is the current standard in cinemas worldwide. HFR 3D productions of 48 fps record and play visuals at twice the current rate.

Is it film or digital?

HFR 3D has been developed as digital technology.

Why do it?

This additional motion picture format provides another option in the movie theater for each consumer’s taste. Peter Jackson is pushing the boundaries of new filmmaking technologies on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and shot the film on HFR 3D, so it is being released in that format in addition to traditional formats.

Is HFR only available in 3D?

Yes. The HFR version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be available in 3D only.

Do I get a choice?

Yes. The film will be released in multiple formats, including 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D and HFR 3D. Check our showtimes pages by choosing a format above for your location's availability.

Do I need special 3D glasses to view?

The glasses supplied to you by the theatre for standard 3D presentations can also be used for HFR 3D presentations.

Here's the preview

And finally, some teaser lines from Lord of the Rings: Part 1

Frodo: Before you came along, we Bagginses were very well thought of.

Gandalf: Indeed?

Frodo: Never had any adventures or did anything unexpected.

Gandalf: If you're referring to the incident with the Dragon, I was barely involved. All I did was give your uncle a little nudge out of the door.

Bilbo: "There I was, at the mercy of three monstrous trolls! And they were all arguing amongst themselves about how they were going to cook us, whether it be turned on a spit or whether they should sit on us one by one and squash us into jelly. They spent so much time arguing the wither-tos and why-fors, that the sun's first light cracked over the top of the trees — poof! And turned them all to stone!"

Gandalf: "Bilbo had a shirt of Mithril rings that Thorin gave him."

Gimli: "Oh, that was a kingly gift!"

Gandalf: "Yes! I never told him, but its worth was greater than the value of the Shire."

Four More Years

I hope my American readers voted....and I hope they were informed from a reliable source (not FOX, CNN or NBC, but rather BBC instead, for instance.) 

If you didn't vote, you don't have the right to complain of the outcome. 

November 5, 2012

Ten Straight

My Baltimore Ravens have recently won 10 games in a row. This is terrific news. The NYG are having an on-and-off season overall, but the Ravens seem to be faring quite well. 

10 in a row is quite an achievement no matter what football, or sports team for that matter, you follow. They play next against Oakland, and I'm sure that'll be an interesting match-up.

The only two teams in NFL Football I really like or follow are the Giants and the Ravens. They came close to playing each other last SuperBowl. i'll continue to watch and cheer them both on, but if they play each other.....

November 1, 2012

The Hobbit: Part 1 Soundtrack

What may very well be one of the most anticipated soundtracks (and movies, of course) ever is The Hobbit: Part 1.