23 January 2014

I've moved!

Hey there!

If you're reading this, it means I have an update for you.

Due to some BIZARRE technical problems (I've still not figured out what happened) I've had to move my blog from Blogger over to Wordpress.

You can still find me at www.milesfromordinary.com or follow along on Bloglovin'.

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Project 365: Week 3

This little dog really is a girls best friend.
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I always feel a bit prickly when someone compliments me on my appearance. Twice I had someone mention to me that the self portraits I have been taking for this project have been "beautiful". I just don't see it and am not sure I ever will. 
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Still plugging away at drawing.
And for a dog who hates having her photograph taken, I am amazed at how many times she ends up photobombing a shot.
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There has be a lot of writing going on lately.  There have even been nights I've woken up from a dream and grabbed my phone to make notes. It's an odd feeling, having all the words trapped inside me again. But a good one knowing I'm able to get them out and give them a bit of life. 
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One of my favorite drawings from my sketchbook. 
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This is where the magic happens.
Writing. Reading. Photo editing. Breaking my blog.
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My daily wears. 
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22 January 2014

Read: Riveted & Hollow City

Riveted by Meljean Brooks
A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland’s inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island has become enshrouded in legend. Fishermen tell tales of giant trolls guarding the land and of seductive witches who steal men’s hearts. But the truth behind the legends is mechanical, not magic—and the mystery of the island a matter of life and death for a community of women who once spilled noble blood to secure their freedom.

Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled. Now Annika serves on the airship Phatéon, flying from port to port in search of her sister and longing to return home . . . but that home is threatened when expedition leader David Kentewess comes aboard.

Determined to solve the mystery of his own origin, David will stop at nothing to expose Annika’s secrets. But when disaster strikes, leaving David and Annika stranded on a glacier and pursued by a madman, their very survival depends on keeping the heat rising between them—and generating lots of steam.

This is the third book in the Iron Seas series by Melijean Brooks. Iron Duke, the first book in the series I love. The second book, Heart of Steel wasn't too bad. But this one was a bit of a struggle. I've made a rule that I can't give up on a book until I've read at least 150 pages. If I didn't have that rule, I'm not sure I would have made it through this one. It took that long for things to get even remotely interesting.

Annika and David were both likable characters and was nice to see a male lead character show some insecurities for once. The plot was good. Lots of twists and turns although towards the end I found myself thinking, "Of course that just happened."

 Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London the peculiar capital of the world. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience.

I refuse to say I was disappointed in this book.

But it wasn't what I expected.

It took a LONG time to get into the story because the first half is essentially just a group of kids running away from the bad guys. The second half of the book is more running away from bad things but with some resolution.

I think had I read the first book again before picking up the second, I would have enjoyed it a bit more. It is still well worth the read though. Just read the first book first otherwise there are way to many holes that might leave you wishing you'd never started read it.
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20 January 2014

Music Monday: Willie Watson

I have a soft spot for traditional Americana music especially when it comes from Willie Watson.

Keep It Clean

The Hills of Mexico

We're All In This Together

19 January 2014

Sunday Confessions

School Daze // There are no two ways around it. I HATE the class I am taking this semester. Basically the next 6 weeks of my life will be me working 40 hours at my job (which somedays I also hate), come home and do 2-3 hours of school work for a class which is covering the same stuff I do EVERY DAY AT WORK. So basically, I get NO time off from the job. No bueno.

Snow Flakes // I'm a bit obsessed with them really. The real ones. Not the ones you see adorning Christmas decor. This weekend I grabbed my camera and went hunting for some to photograph. They are elusive little buggers, but once you find one, nothing really compares to how amazing they really are.

Flaked 2.0

Book Intelligence // Do ya'll ever start a book but can't bring yourself to finish it because you aren't sure you are intelligent enough to read it? This is my world right now as I try and finish reading The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. To say I'm just not "getting it" would be a total understatement.

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