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Looking Forward To “By Blood We Live”

By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan

By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan

This is the novel I’m currently looking most forward to reading! By Blood We Live is the third part in Glen Duncan’s Bloodlines series. These books are very dark and gritty, not to mention quite vulgar, full of violence and gore. In other words, not at all my usual cup of tea. However, there’s something about Duncan’s writing that makes these books irresistible to me, I think they are absolutely brilliant!

What I enjoyed the most about The Last Werewolf, the first book in the series, was Duncan’s amazing prose, and in particular the mesmerisingly unique and unforgettable voice of the main character Jake Marlowe, a 200-year-old werewolf. Talulla Rising, the second book, has a different main character and a very different voice, and unfortunately the feminine perspective as it was written didn’t feel fully believable to me, so a part of me was slightly disappointed despite it being a great book as a whole.

Another aspect of Duncan’s writing that really stands out to me is a very deep sense of philosophy, of no-nonsense spirituality, in the very fabric of the story and the characters alike. (It was described as “existential dark fantasy” in a review I read some time ago.) It always brings the spirit of India to my mind, somehow… that underlying sense of that special something-something… can’t put my finger exactly on what or why, because it’s not about the words or the plot or the setting, but only between the lines somehow. I remember googling Duncan after finishing The Last Werewolf, because I was really intrigued, and apparently he actually has a strong connection to India. I also wanted to know when the sequel would be released (I was immensely impatient!), and I was curious to find out what else he had written so far. I did give a few of his earlier novels a try, but none of them captured me quite like The Last Werewolf did. I still haven’t finished Love Remains, mostly because it really deserves to be read when one is in the perfect mood for it, but I’ll definitely come back to it at some point.

I can totally see how Duncan’s writing keeps creating such strong feelings, both among the readers who enjoy it hugely and the ones who absolutely don’t. As for me, I can’t wait to read By Blood We Live! :)

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Five of Skulls

Five of Skulls / The Tarot of Vampyres

Five of Skulls / The Tarot of Vampyres

challenging times…

one breath at a time.

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New-To-Me: Support Spindling

Cherry Merry supported spindle

Mirkwood Arts Cherry Merry spindle & ceramic bowl from Willow Tree Pottery

New-to-me: spinning on a supported spindle :) It’s a lot of fun, and easier than I imagined. A bit hard on the body, though… hopefully I’ll learn better ergonomics with practice.

The placement of the cop might look a bit strange, and it possibly is… I wasn’t sure where to put it, because it would be nice to be able to simply slide the cop off when it’s finished, instead of having to wind it off. Had I put it lower down I don’t think sliding would be possible, seeing how the spindle is shaped. Hmm… will have a look at how others wind their cops on similarly shaped spindles.

The spindle is a Cherry Merry from Mirkwood Arts, and the fibre is superwashed Merino from All the Pretty Fibers. Ceramic spinning bowl from Willow Tree Pottery.

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Currently Sewing…

Sewing project

Folding and stitching :)

I’m working on a simple drawstring bag with boxed bottom.
This cotton fabric is lovely, and the colours are making me very happy :)

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When a Wave Comes, Go Deep

Photo by Patrice Natalini

Photo by Patrice Natalini

“If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?”
“When a wave comes, go deep.”

“I think I’m going to need an explanation for that one.”
“There’s three things you can do when life sends a wave at you. You can run from it, but then it’s going to catch up and knock you down. You can also fall back on your ego and try to stand your ground, but then it’s still going to clobber you. Or you can use it as an opportunity to go deep, and transform yourself to match the circumstances. And that’s how you get through the wave.”

Reblogged from Humans of New York
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Purple + Teal

Purple + Teal

Purple + Teal

I was knitting on a shawl, but I ran out of yarn before it was finished… One of the options I considered was to do the bind off in a different colour. In the end I chose a different solution, but I still think these two colours look amazing together :)

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Knits, Purls and Twists of 2013

Handspun yarn: Malabrigo Nube Cereza

New-to-me in 2013: spindle spinning :)

In my post Knits and Purls of 2012 from around this time last year I wrote a 2012 knitting retrospective of sorts, with lists of things that I had tried or learnt. I’m really happy I did, because it was so much fun going back and reading that post today :)

The following post is for my future self, who hopefully will be equally happy reading this in a year or two..!

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Just Observe

Mooji

Mooji

“If you come to a place of total helplessness, total powerlessness, don’t resist, just observe… You might find something that up until then you have been missing.” ~ Mooji

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More Handspun..!

Superwash Merino, singles

Superwash Merino, singles

My undyed merino superwash spinning project (mentioned earlier here) is coming along really nicely!

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Fauxlags!

Superwash Merino Fauxlags

Fauxlags

Today I learned how to make and spin fauxlags, and had a massive aha!-moment :)

I used superwash merino top and a 15mm wooden knitting needle. My mind is still blown by how amazingly lofty the sample yarn turned out!

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