Month: July 2004

  • Book Review: Sir Charles Grandison, Volume 1

    Sir Charles Grandison has quite a bit in common with Richardson’s previous book, Clarissa. Both are massive epistolary novels with the main characters writing to each other about current events, and both have characters of similar class with similar issues. Richardson, in his capacity as “editor” (wink, wink) of both books, states that his purpose…

  • Project Gutenberg Update: Sir Charles Grandison

    After a bit of a delay due to excessive vacationing in June, I have finished off a new text for Project Gutenberg. I started work on The History of Sir Charles Grandison shortly after The White Devil, but being another wordy epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson (published in the wake of his masterpiece Clarissa) this…

  • Book Review: ‘Salem’s Lot

    This weekend in Salem, we had sweltering heat, upwards of 100ºF. Since our house is old with old windows and no A/C, we were feeling pretty wilted. Jeremy retreated to the cool basement to play computer games (first time in quite a while!), and I sat upstairs in the sauna—er, home theatre room—and mustered up…

  • Gallery Update

    Finally took pictures of three drawings I finished this weekend. They are now up in the gallery. I really need to do some painting, not sure when I’ll be able to find the time though. I also need to do some more copying out of the Bargue Cours de Dessin as well so I’m not…

  • FOW: Treat Time

    Pandora loves to eat human food, especially cooked chicken, but she isn’t fussy, and will take whatever she can get her mouth on. She also loves Nutrical (a high-calorie paste for ferrets) and Ferretone (a nasty oil that’s good for their coats). Loki loves to beg for her treats, which are usually raisins or Cheerios,…

  • Gallery Update

    A quick update to the Sparks Gallery: I added two new images to my section, both prints from recent exchanges. One was for an open-themed exchange for Baren Forum, and the other was for a self-portrait exchange. Jeremy will also be posting some new drawings as soon as he gets good photographs of them. -Julie

  • FOW: Rocky in Toyland

    Rocky is not very picky when it comes to toys, but he does have a few favorites. Among normal ferret toys, he loves a hard treat ball—even though we no longer put treats in it—and pushes it up and down inside the cage. He also likes to play with the old sock toy and knitted…

  • FOW: Ambassador Ragnarok

    Rocky is our ambassador ferret, because he is so sweet and gentle with everyone, and is not nearly as wiggly as Loki. His only greeting requirement is to climb up to the face of the person holding him, and sniff their lips to identify them, every single time he gets picked up. He has holes…

  • Knitting Update: Brilla Shell

    It’s been a while since I wrote about my knitting. I have continued working on the red Brilla shell, and this weekend I finally finished knitting the back, as you can see above. I’m now about two pattern repeats in on the front. Progress greatly improved once I remembered to use a row-by-row index card…

  • FOW: Meet Ragnarok

    Ragnarok (a.k.a. Rocky, The Rok, Rocketman, Rock Star, Busted) is a 4-year old black sable ferret, which just means that his fur is very dark brown. When he was a kit, he had a stronger T-mask; he has lightened up a bit as he ages, though not to the extent of a roan. Although Rocky…

  • Ferret of the Week: Ragnarok

    Ragnarok (we call him Rocky) was our third ferret, and last pet store ferret. As was the case for Loki, we were not expecting to get another ferret. It was our first anniversary, and our plans to visit a wildlife safari had just been foiled by a broken-down old car. We ended up at the…

  • Book Review: Neverwhere

    Over the weekend I finished reading Neverwhere, my first Neil Gaiman book. Gaiman had for some time been on my list of authors to read, based on summaries I had read of some of his novels, and this book did not disappoint. This book has been compared with stories such as Alice in Wonderland and…