Moonlight Dragon

Moonlight Dragon

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Bingo host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

This is me

Reading Obsidian Blue's status updates for Holly by Jude Deveraux:

 

 

Damn, that book sounds ridiculous!

Reading Habits

Well, since Booklikes is finally cooperating for me, I thought I'd chime in on @spookyshouseofbooks survey.

 

Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?

 

Not really. I read all over the place - family room, living room, kitchen, bedroom. Wherever is comfortable!

 

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

 

I mostly read ebooks or listen to audiobooks these days. However, when I read a print edition, I use a random piece of paper - often a sticky note - as a bookmark.

 

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?

 

I usually try to get to a logical stopping place, although not necessarily a chapter break.

 

Do you eat or drink while you read?

 

Um, yes. My favorite reading snacks are sunflower seeds or dill pickles (not at the same time). I also drink tea or coffee while reading. Or wine. Or beer. I also read while I eat meals, if I am on my own. 

 

Multitasking: music or TV while reading?

 

I can't really do much other than read when I read. The exception to this is that I enjoy listening to audiobooks while sewing, embroidering or cross-stitching. In fact, I finished this while I was listening to Murder on the Orient Express:

 

 

(It's an Ikea pillow cover embroidered for my daughter). I'll be listening to Murder at the Vicarage next, and will be working on a matching Pegasus pillow:

 

 

One book at a time or several at once 

 

I typically have three or four books on the go: fiction, non-fiction, and at least one audiobook, if not more than one.

 

Reading at home or everywhere?

 

Everywhere. If I can't read, I listen.

 

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

 

My read-aloud days are over, since my youngest is 16. Until I have grandkids, at least. 

 

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

 

I refuse to answer that question on the basis that it might incriminate me.

 

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

 

Trade paperback I keep like new. MMPB inevitably end up with broken spines.

 

Do you write in your books?

 

Not usually. Sometimes I use sticky notes. I highlight on my ereader.

Romance bingo: I'm In Like Flynn

 

OK, I'm in! I'll start perusing my shelves and see what I can come up with for these categories. I am unlikely to blackout (I will never, ever, ever read a book that fits into the secret billionaire category) but I'm sure I can bingo at least once or twice!

Task the Twelfth: The Wassail Bowl

 

My version of The Wassail Bowl is delivered over 12 nights, between December 13th and December 24th. For the last three years, I've been giving my husband "The Twelve Beers of Christmas," one 22 oz bottle of a new-to-us local craft brew, wrapped and open on successive nights!

 

 

The full 12, wrapped and ready to drink!

Co-blogging with Obsidian Blue

I came back to BL (well, I tried to, anyway) to let everyone know my exciting news! As many of you know, Obsidian Blue is one of my favorite booklikers, readers (and the greatest bingo co-host in all the land) & all around human beings, so I thought she might want to join my blog!

 

We are now blogging at Bookish Pursuits! Our first joint post - a Top Ten Tuesday post - is scheduled for tomorrow morning! We're still figuring out how things are going to work, but I'm really excited about having someone else on the blog with me! Follow us over there!

 

As for this blog, I am still taking a wait & see approach to BL as I'm not sure how things are going to unfold. I may continue to cross-post here, but it is likely that my primary content repository will be Bookish Pursuits for the foreseeable future!

It is with regret

That I have come to the conclusion - along with many others - that I can't take the issues with BL anymore on an ongoing basis. I may pop in from time to time, but I can't deal with the slow - when it happens at all - loading and the difficulties in posting. 

 

I apologize for not being a particularly great host for the 12 Tasks of Christmas, but at this point, even thinking about attempting to open Booklikes feels like a crapshoot.

 

So, I'm back to my blog, which you can find here:

 

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night

 

Since I'm not going to be posting over here much, I may be (again) changing the title of the blog to something more basically bookish, but the URL won't change.

 

I am also on Goodreads - link to profile - so friend me over there if you want to keep in touch, on Twitter as @moonlight_reads, and Instagram as @reading_while_stitching. I am not especially active on either Twitter or Instagram, but if you're interested in my quilting/stitching adventures, Instagram is the place to find those pictures, along with my inconsistent bookstagramming.

 

Finally, don't forget about the private GR group - many of you are already there, but this link will get you in, if you haven't already joined us: BL Expats on Goodreads. If it doesn't work drop a comment here, or on my blog, or friend me on GR & send me a message.

 

If you are following any of my other blogs, I am going to be deleting them all after the first of the year, since dividing my focus just never really works. I may still cross post over here, but most of the content will live on my personal blog since I am not convinced that BL is going to be around for the long haul.

 

Anyway, this has been an amazing community, and I'm sad to see it collapse under the weight of site dysfunction, but it's difficult to invest in a space where it is unknown if the space is going to continue to exist next year, next week, or, even, tomorrow.

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It is a winter wonderland at my house! We don't get a lot of snow here in Oregon, so when we do, it is a celebration!

Task the Seventh: The Christmas

 

- Read a book set during the Christmas holiday season.

- Grab your camera (or your phone) and set up a Christmas bookstagram-style scene with favorite holiday reads, objects or decorations. Possibly also a cat. Post it for everyone to enjoy!

 

One of my daughter's favorite Christmas stories when she was small was Santa's Snow Cat - a lovely picture book about a little white cat who goes with Santa on his Christmas Eve revels. In honor of her, I caught her little cat, Roo, sleeping yesterday, and took a picture of him with the book!

 

 

She is away at college, so I texted it to her to remind her how wonderful it is to come home for Christmas!

Three steps forward, two steps backwards

I am 50 years old.

 

In all my life, I've never felt as demoralized as I have for the last 23 days and change. I look at my kids, and I wonder "what kind of world will I leave for you?" And when I ask that question I mean: what will the world look like? Will it continue to be a place of biological beauty and diversity? Will there be polar bears? Will there be places of wild beauty, open to everyone through the National Park Service? Will the world continue to be a place where, as it has been said, "the arc of history may be long, but it bends towards justice." When I die, will the world be safer for people of color? Will there be less, not more, inequality? Will it be a world where the number of children who die of starvation is getting smaller instead of bigger.

 

For my whole life - my whole goddamned fucking apparently misguided life - I believed that human beings wanted what was good to win. Even with my job, which regularly throws me into contact with the literal dregs of society - child molesters, murderers, child molesters who murder children, I believed in the inherent and reliable sense of progress towards something better. The election of an elitist motherfucker who lives in a golden palace and sits on a golden throne and regularly tosses shit out of his window onto the plebeians and serfs who reside below him in the streets has thrown me, not just for a loop, but into a state of existential crisis.

 

I am trying to rebuild. I don't know how I do this. I know that this sounds melodramatic, but I don't know who I am anymore, and I sure as hell don't understand the country I live in.

 

So, every day, I take three steps forward. I perk up. I retreat into my cocoon, and I think to myself: "I'll be okay. My family, the people I love, I can protect them. There's money enough for my security, and the security of my children. If worse comes to worse, I can pretend it hasn't happened. I can wrap myself in my personal institutional and economic security, and I'll be fine. And fuck those morons who voted for Trump, because he is going to Trump that Bitch. They just didn't know that they're the bitch who is going to get Trumped."

 

And then, I take two steps backwards, and I realize that these people - the ones he is going to harm. The ones that his policies are going to devastate. The ones that Paul Ryan - that lying, sociopathic douchebag who was educated on the taxpayer dime after his father passed away and who now wants to rip that safety net away from everyone whose name isn't "Paul Ryan" - is advocating for, that will cause elderly people to suffer and die, and women to suffer and die, and impoverished people to suffer and die, and children to, you guessed it, suffer and die. These are my people, too, and they don't deserve this and how can I pretend that it isn't going to happen.

 

We are in the last days of Rome, Nero is fiddling while it burns, and the people are consumed with bread and circuses.

 

So, that's why I'm not around. I am still trying to process how I am going to live my life for the next four years as the safety net disintegrates for the people who need it most desperately, and yet I will be fine.

The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season: Task the Eighth

Well, I've completed a few of the tasks, but I've not written up any posts yet! I thought I would start with this one, though, since I just saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Friday!

 

I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and was so looking forward to something else set in J.K. Rowling's magical world, and for me, this movie did not disappoint! I loved seeing some of the historical underpinnings of the wizarding world, even if it was the New World, versus the Old World. I thought that Rowling did an excellent job with showing some particularly American distinctions, and she rather nicely looped in references to the Salem Witch Trials.

 

I also really loved the characters. Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander was charmingly awkward, but for me, it was Katherine Waterston as Porpentina (Tina) Goldstein who really stole the show, along with Dan Fogle as Jacob Kowalski. Actually, Jacob - the NoMag - might've been my favorite character of the entire movie.

 

There were several delicious moments, including a visit into Newt's suitcase that was truly magical. All in all, fantastical is really the right word to describe the movie, and I spent a lovely 133 minutes being transported into the world of magical 1920's New York City!

 

Got my new blue chromebook!

It came today, so I am back in business. Also, I've been working on perfecting my tote bag pattern, so I made a second, non-Christmas fabric version, which I love:

 

 

All of the interior seams are finished with no raw edges, I put the binding on the top last, so it gives the top edge a nice finish, and I lengthened the straps so I can carry it over the shoulder as well as by the handles.

 

I've been working on gifts as well, and I managed to finish The Crystal Cave (on my kindle) and The Language of Bees (audiobook). 

Just One Damned Thing After Another!

On the heels of the Donald Trump victory, my chromebook up and died. 

 

I am not entirely unconvinced that these two things aren't related. 

 

Anyway, my posting ability is limited until I replace the darned thing tomorrow!

aaaand, another sewing picture

But, I swear, I'm listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix while I sew. Anyway, as I mentioned yesterday, I've got some Christmas sewing to do. I wanted to make a hostess gift for my sister-in-law, who is hosting the big Thanksgiving dinner this year, so I decided to make a prototype Christmas tote bag. The fabric line is called The Cookie Exchange and it is super-adorable and festive.

 

Here's the first version:

 

Every time I make something new, I learn so much! 

My next big quilt project
Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks - Tula Pink

I am still working on that Halloween quilt, but since I didn't finish it in time for the holiday, it's no rush to get it done for next year!

 

So, I thought I'd share my next big project here! I do have some Christmas sewing to do, so I'm not exactly sure when I will really get down to business on this one, but it's a modern sampler quilt with 100 different block possibilities. Knowing myself, I will likely add some embroidery and/or some applique to the final product.

 

I have the most amazing collection of fabrics for this quilt as well! There is a design company called Cotton + Steel, which produces amazing modern prints by very talented designers! I've been collecting them for awhile, and I have so many that I could probably make ten quilts with all of the fabric. 

 

 

I'll be posting pictures of the blocks on my instagram account: @reading_while_stitching. If you're on IG, you can follow me there!

 

 

Needing comfort today

So I finished my Mistletoe Lane Christmas quilt while I listened to Harry Potter. How adorable is that ice skate print?

 

It is a dark day

In mourning.

 

Back sometime.

 

I honestly cannot believe that my fellow Americans voted for a misogynist, racist, authoritarian demagogue reality television star con man.