- Becky Black’s giving away ebook and paperback copies of her books. Closes 18:00 GMT on January 14.
- New releases: Fiction Vixen (romance), Tor.com (PNR), and Dear Author (romance)
- Book and publishing news from Dear Author.
- The New York Public Library added nearly 200,000 public domain images.
- The Three Laws of Fandom.
- The caption makes it.
Think, Do, Make, Learn
- I’ve totally seen these guys around.
- Badass wildlife watchers and photographers.
- I’m pretty sure that “New Zealand” is not a verb.
- Make yourself a magic mirror.
- Some of January’s unusual holidays.
- “25 things turning 25 in 2016“.
- The seventh row of the periodic table of elements is now complete.
- How depression is different from sadness.
- Air travel changes in 2016.
- Map of the universe.
- “Evolution explained as hilariously as possible“.
- Time to formalize the Anthropocene epoch?
- California declares a state of emergency for a massive natural gas leak that started in October 2015.
- 16 healthier comfort food recipes.
- 13 lunch salads.
- Roasted butternut squash mole enchiladas. (via The Kitchn)
- Jicama shrimp salad.
- Sesame chicken celery root salad.
- Kohlrabi bistro salad.
- Thai chicken pasta salad. (via The Kitchn)
- Wild rice burgers.
- Snickerdoodle cupcakes. (via mackinnons)
- Oreo lava cakes. (via mackinnons)
- One-ingredient chocolate mousse.
- Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart on New Year’s Eve.
- Star Wars and Calvin & Hobbes mashup.
- Scrap metal sculptures.
- Love this bridge and poem.
- Some good words to start off 2016.
- Supercut of 2015’s rocket launches.
- Timelapse of storms on the high plains.
- Photos of a snowy owl taken by a traffic camera.
- Linkity from kmkat.
Cool or Wha…?
- 60 years of space junk accumulating in a minute.
- LEGO Cheerios machine.
- Smart frying pan.
- Bamboo and glass toaster.
- Inflatable hoodie.
- Oh, Alabama.
- “You can now make a LEGO head in your own image“.
- “Google Translate doesn’t call Russia Mordor. Anymore.“
- Pan with compartments so you can cook your eggs, bacon, pancakes, etc, simultaneously.
- Top hat with GPS.
- Meanwhile, on Lord of the Rings…
- xkcd on 2016. (Hover cursor/Long-press for the caption.)
- How to make reading the news more fun. (Hover cursor/Long-press for the caption.)
- Oh oh. (Hover cursor/Long-press for the caption.)
Stamp Stencil Paint: Making Extraordinary Patterned Projects by Hand by Anna Joyce. Ok look at embellishing decorative items by carving your own stamps, cutting your own stencils, and painting. I skimmed a lot of this one – I was hoping to pick up some tips on stamp carving or stencil making, but didn’t really.
The Art of Mistakes: Unexpected Painting Techniques and the Practice of Creative Thinking by Melanie Rothschild. Very good thoughts about creativity and the importance of playing and feeling free to make mistakes to the creative process. The section of art projects to help develop techniques for creative artistic play and experimentation felt like the weakest part of the book to me – I think the section could’ve been better integrated so its purpose was much more clear. That bit notwithstanding, this is one I’ll pick up used so I can reread and highlight all the quotes I jotted down during my first read.
*all the judging* -Chaos and Mayhem
Many thanks to JL Merrow for donating an ebook copy of her forthcoming m/m romance, Out! (The Shamwell Tales #3), for a lucky commenter to win! Out! will be released by Samhain Publishing on January 19.
When the costs are added up, will love land in the black?
Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet at least, the small part of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Divorced when he could no longer deny his sexuality, he’s sworn off his workaholic ways and moved to Shamwell with his headstrong teen daughter to give her a stable home environment.
His resolve to put his love life on hold is severely tested when he joins a local organization and meets a lively yet intense young man who tempts him closer to the closet threshold.
Patrick Owen is an out-and-proud charity worker with strong principles – and a newly discovered weakness for an older man. One snag: Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter, and Patrick will be damned if he’s going to start a relationship with a lie.
Between Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and a camp, flirtatious ex-colleague who wants Mark for himself, Patrick wonders if they’ll ever be on the same romantic page. And when Mark’s former career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, it could be the one stumbling block they can’t get past.
Product Warnings: Contains historically inaccurate Spartan costumes, mangled movie quotes, dubious mathematical logic and a three-legged pub crawl.
Excerpt (scroll down and select “Sneak Peek”)
JL Merrow is that rare beast: an English person who refuses to drink tea. Having grown up by the seaside, she also loathes fish and chips. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporaries and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. You can find out more about JL at her website, blog, Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon.
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*deep thoughts* -Mayhem
Welcome to the first Art Journaling Monday of 2016!
- What keeps you up at night?
- Gelli print.
- Scribble doodle.
- Living to the answers.
- The Bee Journal.
- Snow angels.
“Hmph. I don’t see why you felt the need to buy me a new collar, Mom.” -Chaos, sulkily
Oh, maybe because he could get out of the old collar in two seconds flat and since his running out the door when my hands were full and I didn’t notice so he was hiding behind a fire door on the next floor up for nearly five hours last week, I feel he needs to always be wearing his collar.
Happy New Year, everyone!
- New releases: Fiction Vixen (romance), Dear Author (romance), and Tor.com (UF/H, genre benders, fantasy, scifi)
- Book and publishing news from Dear Author.
- Good news about used bookstores.
- “How to read an entire book in a single day“.
- Citation humor.
Do, Make, Learn, Think
- Learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
- We’re getting space and Star Trek stamps in the US this year!
- Norway gifting a mountain to Finland?
- I can’t even tell if that’s an improvement or not.
- If you’ve ever wondered how candy canes are made…
- Take down your Christmas tree in a timely fashion. OR ELSE.
- There’s a new internet status code – status 451.
- Is Die Hard actually a fairy tale?
- This is the least surprising thing ever, if you’re female.
- NASA’s 1970s design manual.
- Make your own cat tree.
- 18 breakfast recipes.
- Coconut and rainbow chard baked sweet potato.
- Curried chickpea and spinach baked potato.
- Sweet and spicy baked potato.
- Baked potato shakshuka.
- Chocolate s’mores cookies.
- Dark chocolate pomegranate bark.
- Best recipes of 2015.
- Best Christmas cookies.
- Baked vanilla spice sprinkle doughnuts.
- “Ferrero Rocher” hazelnut chocolates.
- Red velvet crinkle cookies.
- Dutch baby with eggnog whipped cream.
- Mexican hot chocolate pancakes.
- Gingerbread granola.
- Cranberry “Bliss” bars.
- Hot artichoke dip.
- Lasagna in a casserole-style slow cooker.
- 120 years of movies in 120 seconds.
- Terry Gilliam’s animated Christmas card from 1968.
- Short about why the ocean is blue.
- From 8-Bit Cinema, the original Star Wars trilogy in five minutes.
- LEGO satellite maps of cities.
- Earthrise from the moon.
- Ice skating rinks from around the world.
- Yes, this.
- Linkity from kmkat.
Cool or Wha…?
- Lighting 10,000 sparklers at once.
- LEGO pen.
- Exploding Star Wars LEGO sets.
- Gingerbread Darth Vader.
- HTML 5 drum machine.
- “San Francisco might get a bridge with glowing-eyed cat sculptures“.
- Smart belt.
- Musical tampon.
- Hoverboarding priest.
- Lexus ice tires.
- Pizza Hut clothing line.
- Hot dog flavored Pringles.
- A Simon’s Cat Christmas.
- Christmas gifts from cats.
- If Star Wars characters had cats…
- Diagnosis by computer. (Hover cursor/long-press for additional text.)
- When you have a really bad cold… (Hover cursor/long-press for additional text.)
- Guide to conversation in 2016. (Hover cursor/long-press for additional text.)
Gelli Plate Printing: Mixed-Media Monoprinting Without a Press by Joan Bess. Good instructional and inspirational book about Gelli plate monoprinting. I’ll be picking up a used copy as reference for some of the more complicated techniques.
Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively with Color and Composition by Dina Wakley. Good overview of basic artistic principles such as color theory, contrast, and composition in the context of art journaling. Although I’m not a fan of aspects of the author’s style, I do like how she puts together backgrounds.