Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

Ever busier

Monday, 23 May 2011

We’re moving. And we’re planning a complicated holiday. And I have some real problems with the latest Jean Auel book, but I’m also reading it pretty solidly (I’m nearly finished it now). I’m listening to lots of podcasts while pumping, too. That’s when DD agrees to sleep for more than 15 minutes at a time.

Changing by choice

Monday, 31 January 2011

NaBloPoMo Jan2011So, it’s the end of January, and I’ve completed the month for NaBloPoMo, and am a month on track for PostADay2011. It’s been basically all books this month, but I have some ideas for getting crafts back in for February, and will make myself do some crochet stuff for March ItCroMo, although I still haven’t come up with a pattern or game for the blog as yet. Hopefully I still will…

Cover of Speech in the English Novel

Cover of Speech inthe English Novel

14. Speech in the English Novel (2nd ed.) by Norman Page

If someone had told me I had to read this book I’d probably have been very annoyed indeed, but when I chose to do so I found it very interesting, and a fairly quick read, for non-fiction. (I tend to read non-fiction a page or two at a time, whereas I devour fiction when I enjoy it.) I didn’t think I liked literary criticism in school, perhaps because it generally seemed to entail focussing on details to the detriment of the story, and without any explanation of how or why this analysis might enhance our understanding and enjoyment of the novel/play/poem/essay under discussion.

However, coming to this book for myself, and bringing my linguistic training to a developing interest (through this blog) in really thinking about what I’m reading beyond whether or not I enjoyed it, I found it both revealing and intriguing.

While the focus of the book is the place and use of dialogue in novels, the scope goes far beyond this, discussing types of speech and speech-like narrative; stylistics and realism within written speech; differentiation between different speakers and what this portrays to the reader, and more. There are plenty of snippets and sections quoted from novels published over approximately 250 years. The author suggests that the focus of this particular work is unusual, and that his purpose is to open up a discussion by setting out various features and definitions.

I’m not sure I’m ready to look into how much this topic has flourished over the past few decades, but I do appreciate that I may now occasionally notice more about the use of speech within all novels, not just English ones (or even ones in English, since Page only tangentially mentions world literature at all). I don’t think I’ll be doing so all the time, nor would I want to, since I still feel that focussing too much on the craft takes me out of the story being told, but I do think I want to follow up and read at least one of the books discussed in some level of detail here, Our Mutual Friend, by Charles Dickens. I’m dithering about simply listening to one of the three different versions on LibriVox only because after learning about the techniques Dickens used I’m inclined to want to see them on the page this time. We’ll see. I could read it on Gutenburg too, seeing as we don’t currently have a physical copy, nor is there one available locally on BookMooch at the moment.

2010 in review

Sunday, 2 January 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meterâ„¢ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,000 times in 2010. That’s about 22 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 109 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 352 posts. There were 9 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 13mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 23rd with 370 views. The most popular post that day was Distracted, undistracted.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for crochet stitches, wimbledon park, spool knitting, knitting spool, and irish crochet.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Distracted, undistracted July 2010


Multiple Layer Crochet Flower Petals March 2008


NatCroMo 2010 Mystery Pattern February 2010


NatCroMo Freeform CAL ‘Pattern’ 2008 March 2008


(Inter) NatCroMo Freeform CAL/Game 2009 March 2009

Onwards, ever onwards

Thursday, 2 September 2010

NaBloPoMo finished August iconSo, here we are on the 2nd of September. As I mentioned, this isn’t a good month to try for a post every day, but I do want to keep it up when I do have the time (and something to say!). I’m glad the August NaBloPoMo blogging worked, though, since I really doubt I’ll manage in November this year (or October) either.

Anyway, I’ve done a few more rows on my Petal Rows blanket sample. Unfortunately I really don’t have very much of the yarn I’m using, so even mixing the colours more than I like, it’s going to be pretty tiny (this pattern really does take a lot of yarn). Oh well, no-one ever said my colour choices were fabulous anyhow!

I should really go back to telling you about The Wind in the Willows, or one of the books I finished even before that, but perhaps that’ll be good to do tomorrow. Right now I think it’s time to go read a bit in bed unless/until I fall asleep.

Oh dear

Thursday, 26 August 2010

NaBloPoMo August logoI promised you a better post today, and then forgot all about it until now. Not doing very well at this right now, am I?

Been out

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

NaBloPoMo August logoWe had to unexpectedly go out all afternoon and evening (literally just got home) for something quite important, so I haven’t had a chance for a proper blog post. Will aim for a decent one tomorrow.

Hm, timing?

Thursday, 5 August 2010

NaBloPoMo August logoNot sure if I’ve missed the boat on NaBloPoMo or not. This is what comes of having all day to post – you forget to do it, but can I sneak this in under the wire or not?

Still on last year’s books…

Friday, 5 February 2010

Of course, by this date in 2008 I was nearly up to this number already, and here in February 2010 that’s the book number from 2009 I’m up to discussing. Just to confuse things nicely…

58. Hooked for Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot by Mary Beth Temple

I’d wanted to get this book since Mary Beth started talking about it on Getting Loopy, and especially since I started hearing good things about it from other crocheters online. I didn’t see my way to getting it until mid-August however, when I came across it in a bookshop while on honeymoon. It was perfect for the short attention spans of honeymoon travelling, as the essays and anecdotes are short, funny, and very true (as a crocheter). It’s a nice quality paperback, too, of a good size for fitting in to hand luggage. Not that that’s among my usual book criteria, but it helped at the time! I read it cover to cover at the time, and likely will again, but it’s also fun to dip into.

59. Fuzzy Bones by William Tuning

This was an alternative end to the Fuzzies trilogy (which I read in total before this one), when it was still thought H. Beam Piper’s original third novel would never be found after his death. It takes quite a different tack from Piper’s, introducing several new characters with outside views of the Fuzzies and what should happen to them from Piper’s Zarathustra humans. Tuning admits far more of the seedier side of life (one of the new characters is introduced in the very first line as a “whore”, although while no-one denies what that means, it isn’t explicitly gone into either) than Piper does, as well as extending his one book over a year or more, where for Piper the whole trilogy takes place over 3-6 months. It definitely works, but I do prefer Piper’s own book.

January, February, March

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Well, January’s blogging was practically non-existant, but seeing as I do have quite a bit to write about (last week’s flood and its aftermath, for one; the rest of last year’s books and the first of this years, and even a little crochet, I’m going to try NaBloPoMo again for February. I doubt I’ll make all that much effort to tie into the theme (TIES – sorry for the bad pun), but it’ll be good practice for March, which will be NatCroMo. I amn’t doing a freeform game this year, but I do have a mystery pattern written up. There’ll be more to say on that (I have to test the pattern myself this month, although I won’t be giving out much info on that), so do stay tuned!

Till tomorrow, then…

More excuses

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

I’m getting married in three weeks today!

I’ve hardly been reading, and crocheting little more.

Hopefully I’ll get back to the blog at some point, but it’s fallen down the priority list, I’m afraid. Sorry about that.