Sunday Sum Up, 01/13/2019

It’s a snowy Sunday around here. The forecast was for a couple of inches of snow, and we ended up with about seven inches of heavy, wet snow. Great for building snowmen, bad for driving anywhere. Nevertheless, I went to work and after that I stopped at the library. I’d planned to drive downtown and to go the bookstore/coffee shop there, but as bad as the roads were, I decided not to risk getting into an accident and so just went home.

I did slip outside during some downtime at work to get a few pictures of the lovely snow. It was so beautiful today!

It’s been a quiet week otherwise. I went to see The Favorite starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz on Sunday afternoon, and immediately afterward went to a friend’s house to watch the Golden Globes. It was fun to watch Colman in The Favorite, and then see her win for Best Actress and be thankful for the sandwiches. Now I want to see more of Colman’s work. She’s going to be in the next couple of seasons of The Crown on Netflix. I need to get caught up on that.

As far as the movie goes, it earned the slew of awards it has been nominated for. Stone, Weisz, and Colman play their roles with such subtle emotion and biting wit. It’s funny and dark, and the ending is both sad and creepily satisfying. If you enjoy period pieces, I would definitely recommend it.

What I Finished Reading This Week:

I tried to approach Heir of Fire with an open mind, but the opening paragraph made me go, “huh?”, and it declined from there. I know the Throne of Glass books follow the genre formatting of YA Fantasy, but they never rise above those limitations.

Shadow of the Fox was a wonderful antidote to the sullen, sneering characters of Heir of Fire, as Yumeko was so sweet and funny, while Tatsumi is a badass character who doesn’t swagger about because he has a storied sword. I loved how Kagawa uses Yumeko’s kindness to get them out of trouble as often as Tatsumi’s fighting skills do. I will probably have a review up for it later this month, and I am definitely looking forward to the next book, due out toward the end of the year.

Because I’m taking part in the #ReadingValdemar project with Jackie at Death By Tsundoko and Melanie at Grab the Lapels, I read Mercedes Lackey’s debut novel, Arrows of the Queen for the first time in more than fifteen years. Is it a well-written book? Not really. It was first published in 1987 when little was expected from the fantasy genre. But it is immensely readable and hooks you early on. I described it to a friend as ‘literary catnip’ because Lackey’s books are so irresistible. I’m looking forward to the rest of this reading project, and I will probably read more than the fifteen Valdemar books on Jackie and Melanie’s schedule.

What I’m Currently Reading:

I’m about halfway through The Trespasser, and I’m not sure if Detective Moran’s perspective on the case is accurate or not, but things are starting to spin out of control for the POV character, Detective Conway. I had to stop at a tense point, so I’m looking forward to getting back in the car to drive somewhere so I can listen to it.

I remember reading Sabriel a long time ago, and I marked the second book in the trilogy, Lirael as read on Goodreads, but I only remember the first third or so of Sabriel,which is weird given how well I remember the plots and characters of books I’ve read. I’m enjoying the reread so far, though, and plan to finish this one later today, if all goes as planned.

What I Plan to Read Next:

  • Arrow’s Flight (Heralds of Valdemar #2) by Mercedes Lackey
  • Exile’s Honor by Mercedes Lackey
  • Lirael (Abhorsen #2) by Garth Nix
  • Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

I haven’t watched any episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for a few days. I’ve made it to season two, when Bajoran politics ramp up and really start to affect our intrepid heroes aboard the station. I’d forgotten that Garak, one of my favorite characters in all of Star Trek, was only in one episode of the first season, so I’m looking forward to seeing him show up again. Major Kira has started to be less paranoid about Starfleet’s presence, and Bashir is way less annoying. It’s not quite the golden age of DS9, but season two is definitely better than the first.

A few posts from this week:

That’s all for now. My book club is meeting up for brunch again– earlier than normal, so we can be sure to get a table at our favorite brunching spot during their super popular brunch buffet.

But before I go, I have a general blogging question to ask. Has anyone switched over to the new WordPress Editor, and is it a pain in the but to use? I edit my posts in a web browser, and when I type blocks of text, it’s always at the very bottom of my screen and forces me to stop every two lines and scroll down a bit so my text doesn’t disappear. Does anyone run into that? Also, posting mulptiple pictures is a pain in the butt, and never stay where I put them. Does anyone have experience with that, or should I just put collages together in Canva and them load them as a single image in WordPress?

12 thoughts on “Sunday Sum Up, 01/13/2019

  1. Ugh, yes, the new WordPress editor blows. I’ve gotten the hang of it and how to choose different types of blocks to make things how I want them to look, but if you go to edit any old post before they went to blocks, it will eat your images.

    I was going to ask why you’re reading an Exile book before finishing the Arrows trilogy? Also, I haven’t announced this yet, but…I’m going to read more Lackey in 2020 after we finish the herald books. I want to go back to the ancient times when there were mages and move forward. I’m reading the trilogies in publishing order. If you can wait, we can continue our readalong in 2020. Plus, at the end of 2019 I am giving away a copy of the Exile trilogy. In June, Jackie is doing a giveaway of $20 to an online book depot. Make sure you link your posts about #ReadingValdemar to our linky thing to enter. Both of our Arrows of the Queen posts were published today and have access to the linky!

  2. Exile’s Honor was one of my favorites, and it doesn’t bother me to read them out of order. Plus, they’re such quick reads for me that it won’t take long to get through one to get to another.

    And yay for reading more Lackey in 2020! I’m interested in reading the ancient stories now, too. Lackey just gets better as time passes!

    I am slowly getting used to the blocks, but italicizing via keyboard shortcuts is a pain in the butt, and their image editing capability now is crap, especially when you want to put multiple images in an arrangement. I don’t know why they didn’t keep the previous image setup, which worked so nicely.

  3. Multiple images now go under a “gallery” block, but you can’t adjust if you want circles or thumbnails, or a certain number of rows and columns, etc. It just shows up how it shows up, which sucks.

  4. It does seem like the only way to get thing to look the way you want them to now. It adds time, for sure, but if WordPress has to go and screw up a perfectly good image formatting system, then I guess that’s what we’ll have to do.

  5. Confession: I haven’t upgraded to the new WordPress editor. I know they will make me do it at some point, but I’ve only heard terrible things about Gutenburg. Plus, the plugin I used to track all my book data is only for the older version of WordPress. I found a new plugin, but I’d have to go back and update EVERY book review post I wrote in the past in order to get that data to appear. It’s AWFUL. Nope. I won’t do it until someone forces me to. I won’t. *cue petulant child tantrum*

  6. Can’t blame you for that. Ugh. I really wish they had rolled it out one feature change at a time, because there are so many little glitches. I am getting used to it, but it’s still maddening. Plus, the image editor for adding a gallery is crap. You have almost zero control over how the images come together, where before you could rearrange them to suit. I really do not understand how they thought this was supposed to be an improvement.

  7. My guess is that they didn’t get a truly random population sample for user testing. If they did user testing outside of WP at all! It’s important to have a fully random sample which is representative of the entire user population with large changes. I haven’t been checking out the Forums, but I’m certain you’re not alone with your struggles.

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