The Return of the Ishness!

Ishnesses of Late a.k.a. the Return of the King Ishness!

Heya lovely blog-readers! ❀

It’s been quiiite awhile since I did an ishness post of any sort (it comes to my attention I haven’t Ishness-ified anything from 2017 yet…) so here’s some of the ishnesses I’ve been up to in the last two+ months, ever since 2017 began!

LIFELY THINGS

GRAPHIC DESIGN IS FUNNNN. ❀

I designed my first “official” website for the Vintage Jane Austen series, as I may have mentioned.

I’d like to possibly get into setting up websites for people, as well as freelance copy-editing, so I’m starting to think about working toward these things. πŸ™‚ I’ve just discovered that I really enjoy designing websites, graphic design work, and freeing the world from pesky typos, so I’d like to pursue these things in the future!

In related news, reading the punctuation section of The Chicago Manual of Style is beautifully refreshing because the punctuation is all correct. Be still my beating heart; what a breath of fresh air. ^_^

(On a related note: It pains me to use incorrect punctuation etc. on Twitter, but I often have to. The problems of being a long-winded perfectionist with only 140 characters in which to say something. -_-)

I started a Bullet Journal this week… It’s really mostly things I’ve been doing for ages now, but streamlined into one notebook with a couple new ideas. (Thanks to Lisa Pickle for introducing me to the concept, and Kyle Robert Schultz for a wonderful post on How To Make An Ugly Bullet Journal which inspired me to stop procrastinating and start).

Hopefully it will help me be more productive! (The notebook was a lovely birthday present from my sis. ❀ The epic Sherlock bookmark I won in a giveaway — and got in the mail today AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH — and was made by Hannah McIntyre of simplywalkintomordor @ Etsy. :))

WRITING

I’ve been creeping cautiously into writing this year. I’ve done more than I had this time last year, but less than I used to; I’m just trying to get back into it, carefully, without overwhelming or stressing myself. (I’m aware this makes me sound like a very small, very startle-able rabbit. Excuse me for being twitchy after burning myself out on writing and having too many expectations. XD)

I wrote a short story (Wintertale) and worked a little bit on The Other Half of Everything and The Secret of Kedran’s Wood (also know as Teague and Tare, respectively). And some random stuff like for a dare etc.

I’ve written 6000+ words this year so far, though I’m not keeping too close track (another thing I’m trying… less hounding myself like a police dog — remember the startled rabbit, self!).

SNIPPETS

β€œThat’s none of your concern,” Greg said.

β€œI’ll find out,” Tare said. He raised one eyebrow, adding, β€œBut you’re right, I’m not concerned. Threats don’t work on me.”

β€œThen what does?”

β€œMaybe I’ll let you know if I find that out.”

The Secret of Kedran’s Wood (KW2)

***

Tare tilted his head. β€œOh, I’m not playing this game.”

β€œWhat makes you think,” Greg said, bared teeth glittering, β€œthat it’s a game, little boy?”

Tare smiled.

The Secret of Kedran’s Wood (KW2)

β€œWith how absentminded you are, it’s a wonder your food doesn’t always burn to a crisp,” I grumbled.

β€œOh, it usually does,” Teague agreed placidly. β€œJust not with so manyβ€”ermβ€”flames.”

The Other Half of Everything

***

β€œWhat is it you do?” I asked, unable to stop my curiosity.

Teague beamed, staring dreamily off into the middle distance, and announced, as if it was the most natural thing in the world: β€œI write books.”

That was when I knew I had made a horrible mistake.

The Other Half of Everything

READING

Aside from short stories, re-reads, and beta-reads, this is what I’ve read lately (a.k.a. new novels I’ve read this year).

  1. Magician’s Ward by Patricia C. Wrede — Regency Fantasy with a former-street-thief heroine and a one-of-a-kind magician hero and humor and shenanigans and a dash of romance and basically Austen + magic? Gimme. (Seriously, I need more Regency Fantasy — where has it been all my life?) 5 stars
  2. Nyssa Glass and the Hall of Mirrors by H.L. Burke — Steampunk/sci-fi reminding me of Doctor Who a bit, with a catburglar heroine and a snarky computer? Yum. A little creepy for me and a touch short, but I quite enjoyed it. Humor makes me happy. Looking forward to the rest of the novellas in this series. 4 stars
  3. The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton — Historical fantasy; I admit, I’m only here for the faeries in Victorian (?) England and the mysterious dark guy named Rieker; oh yeah, it also features thieves (is this a trend??) and the heroine annoyed me etc. but still fairly fun. Ought to be 3 stars, but make it 4 stars for Rieker and creepy faerie things and the prince.
  4. King’s Warrior by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt — I FINALLY READ THIS ONE. Dragons and fantasy goodness and BRANT AND KIERNAN KANE. <333 I’m very attached, I tell you. ^_^ 5 stars
  5. The Firethorn Crown by Lea DouΓ© — Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling? I’M ALL THERE. Great fun, a few annoyances, fun princes, conflicted about the villain. 4 stars
  6. Wild Robert by Diana Wynne Jones — Very short, very strange, stopped too suddenly but enormous fun and I loved the twist. One of the only books I’ve ever considered writing fan fiction to continue because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. Oh well. πŸ˜› 5 stars
  7. Aunt Maria by Diana Wynne Jones — MORE STRANGENESS BUT WOW. I can’t even describe it. Definitely one of the more strange DWJ books (but they all are) and… yeah, haven’t totally wrapped my mind around what I think, but it had time travel and a girl who writes, and actually delved into some deep stuff too, and was very interesting and fun. Plus Chris is the best. XD 5 stars
  8. Mort by Terry Pratchett — Um. It’s full of strange Discworldness because how else do you describe these shenanigans? I got very attached to Mort — he’s a great hero — and it’s dark in a way, so not for everyone, but quite funny. 4 stars
  9. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen — Finally read all the main 6 Jane Austen books! It was so difficult for me to read about all the HORRIBLE HORRIBLE PEOPLE in this book… ahem. But I ended up finding it a pretty good book all the same. πŸ™‚ 4 stars
  10. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett — Another Discworld book, sequel-ish to Mort. Everything I said about that one applies; though Mort himself is not in this one. Bizarre/funny. 4 stars

I’ve also been doing much beta-reading, trying to catch up.

And re-reading lots of things, including the rest of the Chrestomanci books. ❀

I also read Howl’s Moving Castle for the 5th time. #NoRegrets

(See everything I’ve been reading here.)

WATCHING

  • The Deputy — I finished this and enjoyed it muchly. ❀ Favorite Western show ever! The humor and characters Deputy Marshall Clay McCord and Chief Marshall Simon Fry (Henry Fonda). Such a great “buddy story”!
  • Sherlock season 4 — I… um… don’t know what to think about this except the last episode was too creepy and the first episode was… yeah. But the middle one I liked muchly (I think?) and overall naturally it’s fun to have Sherlock and company doing stuff again. πŸ˜€
  • Gladiator — So I’ve heard a lot about this? A lot of people I know like it for some reason? I guess it was okay, but I don’t care much for Roman things and SOMEBODY neglected to tell me what happens at the end, so… yeah. But it figures. XD I like the music, though.
  • Archer’s Goon — I had no idea this existed until recently (a BBC mini-series from 1992 which is a total of 2.5 hours) and while it was super cheesy and 90s and lacking in budget and the actors weren’t quite right, nevertheless there were a lot of lines from the book and I just greatly enjoyed seeing a Diana Wynne Jones story onscreen. πŸ™‚
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) — Yes indeed, I FINALLY saw the one with Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellen, and I must say, although it wasn’t totally like the book, I did quite enjoy it. πŸ™‚ (Gandalf was young and black-haired and a villain once?? :O) Percy was cool (although huuuugely annoying sometimes XD), Chauvelin was an interesting villain, and Marguerite and Armand are like the most adorable siblings for some reason? I just irrationally enjoyed it a lot, so yes, quite fun. XD
  • Persuasion (1995) — Yes indeed, this is the one with Ciaran Hinds, another one everyone always said I needed to watch, so I finally was able to because I won it in a giveaway (thanks, Rachel!), and ’twas quite enjoyable. πŸ™‚ Now I want to re-watch the other one to compare them. πŸ˜€

LISTENING

I’ve been listening to smatterings of gorgeousness by Michael Card and Lindsey Stirling, and various Celtic things like by Andy M. Stewart.

There’s so much gorgeous music in the world, and I don’t often remember to listen to it, so I’m trying to remind myself!

I’ve also been listening to Stars by Skillet, their acoustic version of it (which I hear is for a movie or something but it’s just SO PRETTY). Seriously if you haven’t heard this, go listen to it. ❀

ONLINE THINGS

I live on Goodreads and Twitter a lot lately. *gasp* So if I’m not blogging much about life or reading, I may still be talking about it over there!

In case you missed them… (Feel free to skip this bit. XD)

Book Blog posts this year:

Posts around here:

It’s March Magics! Celebrating Diana Wynne Jones (and Terry Pratchett) all month long. ❀ I’m having a blast, y’all. πŸ™‚

It Is Not Too Much To Ask For A Happy Ending (from The Invisible Moth) — THIS POST MAKES ME HAPPY. PLEASE READ IT. ❀

Speaking of happy endings… This is the end of this (long) post, because that’s all I can think of just now. I hope you enjoyed the Return of the Ishness! Thanks so much for reading! Thoughts? Share them below, along with what you’ve been up to lately! ^_^ I hope you’re having a lovely March, roadlings! ❀

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29 thoughts on “The Return of the Ishness!

  1. ISHNESS POST. I HAVE MISSED THESE!!!!!! It’s so fun seeing all the Celti things!

    I’m just sooo excited about you going into website designing! And you’re VERY good at freeing the world of typos. It’s the best. xD Although I probably give you more work. #TypoQueen
    I love what you said about The Chicago Manual of Style. LOLZY. (And I 100% get ya on the Twitter thing! It’s so frustrating the punctuation we must forgo to get in what we want to say. *le sigh*)

    AAAAHHHHH!!!! DAT NOTEBOOK. DAT BOOKMARK. :O SO MUCH GORGEOUS!!! And how fun you started a bullet journal! I love the idea of those, but I know myself and know I’d NEVER keep up with it. >.> Journaling and me just never seem to happen, as much as I’d like to.

    TARE AND TEAGUE SNIPPETS. *devours*
    β€œMaybe I’ll let you know if I find that out.” OHMYWORD OHMYWORD OHMYWORD. ACTUALLY I’VE LOST THE ABILITY TO WORD.
    And…and…
    *gasps so deeply I stop breathing*
    GREG JUST CALLED TARE LITTLE BOY. And Tare smiled. SMILED!!!!!!!!!! It makes me think of when John smiles in Sherlock when he’s angry, and it’s the most terrifying thing to exist. GREG IS ABOUT TO DIE.

    And TEAGUE. That precious, ridiculous boy. xD This was my fave —> “That was when I knew I had made a horrible mistake.” It’s true, Meridian. We are the worst. XDDDD

    I JUST CAN’T GET OVER THESE SNIPPETS OKAY.

    It looks like you read and watched so much awesomeness! I literally want to read ALL those books. o.o
    I’m STILL trying to recover from Sherlock season 4 but I NEVER WILLLLLL. The 2nd episode of the three was my favorite too! I mean, I liked them all but MEEEEEEH! D:

    STARS BY SKILLET. I am obsessed with that song! They play it on the radio a lot, and I keep the radio on the whole time I’m at work, so I get to hear it pretty often. AND IT’S SO POWERFUL AND GORGEOUS AND YES. That version you linked is pure gorgeousness. o.o (Also yay Lindsey Stirling!)

    That’s so awesome you’ve been active on Twitter. (And your tweets are so funnnn!) I’ve been trying but I always fail. I keep hoping to get in the habit of being regular on there but then I…forget. >.>

    You’ve already posted SO much awesomeness this year! GAH. I just love all the Celti posts!

    My word, this comment is as long as your post. O_O I just love your Ishness posts!!

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    • (Oh my goodness, my blog sent your comment to spam… o.o WUT. *glares at it in outrage* So I rescued it but I didn’t see it at first! :O)

      *flailing* YOUR COMMENT MADE MY DAY ALSDJKFLKSJDLK ❀

      Websites though! Funnnn. πŸ˜€ And nooo, you don't make more work for me! Besides, it's fun. πŸ˜€ (Twitter is also so fun yet simultaneously the bane of my existence… XD)

      Thanks! Although I'm the same about journaling problems and lack-of-doing-it, which is why this version is so perfect because it's to-do lists and events going on and I'm always doing those, and it's all QUICK, so. πŸ˜€

      I'm sitting here grinning wayyy too big about your reactions to the snippets!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ GAAAH.
      Wellll, what DO you say when you're Tare and you don't know what works on you because threats don't? XD
      OH MY GOODNESS. XDDDDDDDD I'M LAUGHING WAY TOO HARD. "GREG IS ABOUT TO DIE." YOU ARE THE ABSOLUTE BEST, LAURI, YOU KNOW THAT? XDDDD
      Eheheheh, poor Meridian. πŸ˜›
      JUST JUST… THANK YOU! ❀ Your reactions are my favorite thing! ^_^ *squealing*

      Aaaall the books to read! I've been wanting to read the books you've been reading too! #booktwins
      Yep, at least the middle episode was good. πŸ™‚ And the others except for… as you say, meeeeeh… Ahem.

      AAAHH THAT'S THE BEST! I hear it on the radio all the time too, which is I why I love it so! They pretty much only play that version now AND I'M IN LOVE. ❀ That's so the best that you have the radio on at work all the time!! :O (Yesh, Lindsey Stirling!)

      I… have only been sporadically active on Twitter, believe me. XD I forget too! <.< But I'm trying to make more of an effort, and I think you have been too!

      Aslkdjflsjfld thank youuuuuuu!!!! *huggles your entire lovely comment* I'm so glad you like my Ishnesses and I adore your enormous comments, so THANKS! ❀ EEP. *goes to read it all over again*

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  2. Sherlock Season 4….I haven’t watched past episode 1 because it disappointed me so much. boo.
    Noo Gladiator is the best!! But I love ancient Rome things πŸ™‚ The ending is pretty sad though.
    Yay for reading King’s Warrior! I really enjoy the series! And the Firethorn Crown was soo good. I’m conflicted on the villain as well. The second book in the series is fantastic as well.
    Love the snippets!! Especially the “I write books.” “I knew then that I had made a horrible mistake.” πŸ˜€

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    • Aha, yes… the first S4 Sherlock episode… πŸ˜› I felt like the second got better though? In my memory of it, at least… I only saw it the once…

      I’m sorry, but Rome and I do not click. XD Honestly, blech. But I’m often overruled on such things. πŸ˜‰ Glad you enjoyed Gladiator… it was fine and I enjoyed it okay, just not my favorite. πŸ™‚

      YESSS King’s Warrior! I’m going to start on Second Son as soon as I can get through the things on my must-read-soon list and I’m very excited!! πŸ˜€ Meh, so much conflictingness over him. o.o I’m looking forward to Midnight Captives too!

      Eep, thank you so much, Claire!!! I’m so pleased you liked them! ^_^ I’m slightly fond of that one myself. XD

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    • You’re welcome! Thanks for your excellent post, and for stopping by! πŸ˜€ Hurray for Discworld! I’m a new explorer of it, having only read one before this month, so I’m enjoying traveling further on the Disc! πŸ˜‰ Fun to meet fellow-fans. πŸ™‚

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  3. Huzzah, the Ishness returns!

    Your snippets are fabulous as always. I’m quite curious who this Greg character is . . .

    I’m glad you liked Reaper Man! I’m going to have to look up all the DWJ you mentioned, plus Magicians’ Ward.

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    • I’m glad it got a “huzzah”, then! πŸ˜€

      Thanks so muuuch, Sarah! ❀ And… yes. Greg. One of the villains in book 2. He's… interesting. XD

      Yupper, I did indeed! And they're all listed on my Goodreads reading challenge. πŸ˜€

      Thanks for your comment! ❀ ❀ ❀

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  4. You read so many fantastic books and seen so many fantastic movies! Mansfield Park is my favorite Jane Austen novel, and that’s my favorite version of Persuasion (since I haven’t seen the other one. Is it any good?). Ah, Discworld… I need to read more of that. I’ve only read the first one and I wasn’t super impressed (I’ve heard that the first one isn’t that great).
    Anyway, I’ve decided to stop being an Internet Ghost and comment on more people’s blogs, so hello. πŸ™‚

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    • Mansfield wasn’t my favorite, but that’s cool it’s yours! πŸ˜€ I love how so many people have different favorite Austens. πŸ™‚ And yes, I reallye liked the other Persuasion! (2007 I believe?) I don’t remember it very well but I do remember enjoying it a lot! πŸ˜€
      Yeah, I’ve heard the same thing, which is why I started on later Discworld books. πŸ™‚ “Guards! Guards!” was my first and I enjoyed it. ^_^
      Hurray! So nice to see you again, Abbey! Thanks for dropping by! ❀

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  5. I have lost count of the number of times I have read Howl’s Moving Castle. Also Fire and Hemlock, Archer’s Goon, The Homeward Bounders, Power of Three, Charmed Life, Witch Week, Deep Secret, The Spellcoats… Absolutely no need to make excuses for spending time on any of them!

    I read the whole Death sequence earlier this year so I’m not doing that readalong at the moment, but I’m enjoying seeing others’ responses. Reaper Man was my least favorite of the bunch, the wizards and the whole mall part of the plot did not pull me in. But after that they progressively got better. Glad you’re having fun!

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    • Yesss! I love all of those DWJ books (except I haven’t read The Homeward Bounders yet) and you’re absolutely right: no excuse needed! ❀ I only discovered her books in the last few years, which is why I can keep track. πŸ˜‰

      Fun! I'm the same way about the Chrestomanci books: I reread them recently, so I'm not reading along, but it IS fun to see all the discussions! I agree, the wizards and mall plot didn't grab me either, but I really enjoyed the parts on the farm! πŸ™‚ Good to hear they get better! I've enjoyed the two-and-a-half I've read so far, so I'm looking forward to the rest! πŸ™‚

      Thank you for dropping by, Lory! ^_^ Always a joy to discuss Diana Wynne Jones etc.!! ❀

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  6. YAY ISHNESS!! *gobbles up post*

    You’re thinking of going into web design and the like? That’s awesome!! And we need more editors in this world, so that’s great too!! πŸ˜€

    THOSE SNIPPETS THO. *huggles them* Tare is my favoritest thing. ^_^ Also, 6000+ words already?! THAT’S AMAZING. *gives you cake and ice cream*

    Yay, another Stirlingite!! I looove Lindsey Stirling’s music! I’ve been listening to her new album and it’s SO. GOOD. πŸ™‚

    I hope you’re having a wonderful March! ❀

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    • Aww, you’re the sweetest, Madeline!! ^_^ I’m so glad you liked it — and the snippets!! πŸ˜€ You make my day! (Tare though…)

      Yes, I’d like to get into webdesign and editing — thank you for the encouragement!

      Eep, thank you! *eats cake and ice cream and gives you cookies*
      I don’t have any of Lindsey’s albums, sadly — I just listen on Pandora and Youtube, but her music’s so lovelyyyy! ❀

      Thanks, I hope you're having a fantastic March as well!! ^_^

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  7. First off, those are all very lovely snippets. I guess snippets are twitter for books, eh? Seriously, every single one of them had me very intrigued.

    And secondly, the web page you did is beautiful. I can’t believe you’re a Tolkienite, a grammarian AND a web designer! In my (totally arbitrary) opinion think that’s a recipe for success if there ever was one. Trifecta of Greatness, I’d say. You’ve got a great future ahead of you. Great future. You heard it hear first.

    Thanks for this marathon catch up post. As always, I don’t know how you find the time, but I’m very glad that you do πŸ™‚

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    • I never thought of snippets that way, but… yes! I guess they are! XD And thank you, I’m so glad you liked the snippets! Aww, thanks — your comment made my day! ^_^ Your encouragement is much appreciated! Thanks so much for reading and commenting! πŸ™‚

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  8. I feel like most of we writers approach writing like slightly startled rabbits, right?!? πŸ˜‚GOOD LUCK WITH IT! I BELIEVE IN YOU!! YOU GOT THIS!! *gives you motivational cake*

    And ooooh Gladiator. ❀ I love that movie and the music is A+ perfection. I haven't seen it in YEARS though. Aaand I still need to watch Sherlock but like hahh, when do
    I have time. 😭

    I loved your snippets and yay for starting up businesses. That's really awesome and I hope they go well. πŸ˜€

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    • Startled rabbit writers. Yes. Yes we are. XD THANK YOU!!

      Of couuuurse Cait would like the dark, stabby movie that is Gladiator. XD The music though! Sherlock, yesh, you will love the new season because it’s dark. >:D (Time though is definitely an issue…)

      Eep, thanks so much, Cait! πŸ™‚

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  9. THE SNIPPETS, THE SNIPPETS. *loves them to death* ❀ ❀ ❀ I NEED MOOORE.

    Ahem, yes. Lovely post, and I was quite happy to see the return of the Ishness xD. Your bookmark and notebook are GORGEOUS, I needs them *grabby hands*. And EEP, you read Howl's Moving Castle again! ❀ ❀ I LOVE that book SO MUCH. I seriously need to get my hands on more DWJ stuff … I think I've only read five or six. But I kinda want to read Aunt Maria, so I might go looking for that one next πŸ˜€ .

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    • AAAAHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH, SAVANNAH!! ^_^ You make me so happy! πŸ˜€ *huggles your comment* ❀ I'm so pleased you liked the snippets and the Ishness return! HMC is just SO SO GOOD! ❀ Yesss, you need to read more DWJ! I'm actually posting a full review of Aunt Maria on my book blog in a day or two… πŸ˜‰

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