ale boy's feast, art, birthday, books, fractal, Perpetual Motion, steampunk
There is no sense in hiding it, since the news will be all over Facebook. My birthday is on Friday. I’m going to be
thirty-five bleh… There’s some other news too, but you’ll have to wait till Friday (hint: it involves my cat and a giveaway. No. I’m not giving my cat way. What’s wrong with you?) 😉
Birthday week has been great so far. I sold a watercolor painting from my Etsy shop.
I’ve also won two books, one from Goodreads and the other from LibraryThing.
Book 1: The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer
Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father, Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane. As Harold heads toward a last desperate confrontation with Prospero to save Miranda’s life, he finds himself an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all: the perpetual motion machine. Beautifully written, stunningly imagined, and wickedly funny,The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a heartfelt meditation on the place of love in a world dominated by technology. (via Goodreads)
Thinking about this book inspired my latest fractal too!!
Book 2: The Ale Boy’s Feast by Jeffrey Overstreet
The king is missing.
His promises lie in ruins.
His people are trapped as the woods turn deadly.
Underground, the boy called Rescue has found an escape.
The world has been poisoned. The forests, once beautiful, are now bloodthirsty.
But the people of House Abascar will risk their lives on a journey through those predatory trees. Inspired by Auralia’s colors, they’re searching for Inius Throan — a legendary city where they can start over again.
But they journey without a king. Cal-raven has lost his faith in himself and in that mysterious creature — the Keeper who inspired him to lead. His broken heart needs a miracle.
What of those Abascar survivors still enslaved to the beastmen? As the ale boy leads them upstream on an underground river, their deliverance depends on a miracle.
And where is the wandering mage, Scharr ben Fray? He’s discovered that the world’s history is a lie, one only a miracle can repair.
Time is running out for all of those whose stories are tangled in The Auralia Thread. But miracles happen wherever Auralia’s colors are found.
How I love this series, and I’m not even religious! Let me say that again. I’m not religious. This series will touch you, no matter if you are Christian, Buddhist or Pagan. The Auralia Thread series is beautiful. I’ve been waiting eagerly for the last book in the series, but I wasn’t sure how I would get my hands on a copy. (I’m so poor!). I certainly wasn’t going to beg Jeffrey Overstreet for a copy (he supplied me with a copy of the last book, Raven’s Ladder). Then I discovered The Ale Boy’s Feast was up for grabs at LibraryThing. I thought, why not take a chance. And I WON!!
Don’t forget to stop back on Friday for the birthday festivities/giveaway/surprise. 😉
YOU WON!!! How lucky are you Amanda? I don’t know if I’ve ever won anything? … seriously. :O( But don’t pull out the smallest violin in the world quite yet … because I l-o-v-e my life. I do. And don’t need more than what I’ve got, which is the best. (Imagine me smiling now ‘cuz I am cousin.)
I love your newest fractal … I can see the gear work and the great light-filled elements, which does seem to match up to one of your new reads. Have fun, and let us know how you like them. I haven’t read anything by J.O., but it appears that I should since I have the very same initials: J.O. It may be true book love?!
And I want to know why-WHY-why I can’t have your amazing putty tat? Actually I just read about a friend’s cat stealing her art supplies: she it still looking for a small paintbrush that her cat Taz took along with other things. Imagine that! Does your kitty have a case of kleptomania too?
So, whatever it is … sign me up for the giveaway … sign me up! I’m not gready, just eager.
Oh, and by the by, Patrick Rothfuss was in the house (UBS) last night. I didn’t get to see him–I was cashiering–but many of his fans did … plus they each coughed up $29.95+, many bought multiple copies to get signed, to buy his new book in hardback. Those are some serious fans!
Amanda Makepeace said:
Wow! Patrick Rothfuss was in your store and you didn’t see him!!??
My cat Shadow doesn’t steal art supplies, but she does steal my socks and occasionally my pajamas! LOL
Oh (blush) I forgot to even mention your ‘day to come … Friday, is it?! ‘You are old sister ‘manda, the young Jan said, and your hair has become very white’ … do you know that I’m totally goof-ing here???!!! lol. Happy Happy … because you deserve to be happy!
Amanda Makepeace said:
LOL How did you know? 😀 I often feel very old, hopefully I don’t look it too. 😉
Andrea Farmer said:
LOL. I have my eyes peeled for the giveaway. I was seriously hoping it was a cat! I love the pumpkin painting and your mystical fractals. Well done on winning the books. Age wise, I’m sticking at 35 and saying no more about it. Happy Birthday for Friday! Hip, hip, hooray!!!! :0)
Amanda Makepeace said:
LOL Andrea! I could never part willingly with my little British kitty. But the giveaway is going to be huge! Three different prizes up for grabs and three winners! 😀
Thank you for the birthday wishes!!