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A Geek Girl’s Thanksgiving November 26, 2013

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So this is a Top Ten Tuesday about all the wonderful things that make my geeky girl heart swell three sizes on thanksgiving day.

10. Friends that I can obsess with over fandoms.  Whether it is a book, a movie or a TV show, I love that I have at least one friend that I can discuss things with. Just today, when I found out that a friend had started catching up on How I Met Your Mother, it was like the flood gates opened and I started analyzing all the past episodes of the season with her whether she liked it or not…After which I said “Oh crap did I just give away some spoilers?”

9.  Loki, because who needs a Mr. Goodie Two shoes that spends more time infront of the mirror than you do? Plus he is always up for mischief, trouble makers are always more interesting .

8. Tea. There is nothing that gets the synapses firing properly like a good cuppa tea. Since I write in the evenings primarily I prefer the herbal non caffeinated variety. But seriously, I can’t read or write with a nice cup of this elixir of the gods while I read or write.

7.  Steven Moffat. Ok so over the past year there have been a number of people who have been calling for him to resign. I for one, have not been one of them. I love his writing. Sherlock and Doctor Who are amazing shows, he has brought these shows to a whole new level of popularity that has never been seen.  And after Day of the Doctor, it was like all my faith has been rewarded. Likewise, who else could make me scared to death of seemingly normal things?? (Weeping Angels I’m looking at you!)

6. Discovering New Books from Authors you Love. About a month ago I was checking out M.K. Hobson’s profile on Goodreads and discovered that she has since written not one but two books since she wrote “Hidden Goddess” AND the two books are within as series in that same world. It was like Christmas came early…

5.  Wonderfully Evil Villains. How can you like the hero when the villain has the personality of a wet noodle? I love me some good old fashion villains that you just love to hate i.e.: Rumplestiltskin, Regina and the Governor.

4.  Yarn. Doesn’t matter the color, the size or the texture. I am like Jeremy  from the Secret of NIMH.  I always say I am going to destash. I honestly try but then I come across a yarn that would be perfect for a project.

3. Puppy Cuddles, old or young puppy cuddles doesn’t matter. Like tea, I don’t feel the same with out having one cuddling with me while I read.

2. Did I mention Loki? If not see point 9.

1. My Geeky husband that totally gets my all my geeky quotes (and in some cases quote a full movie with me), puts up with my yarn stash, and shares my desire to have a home chuck full of movies and books. Oh, and to make things even better, as of today we are looking at 15 days, 1 hour, 14 minutes and approximately 16 seconds until he is home for good.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and The Bookish. Want to play along? Check out their blog for more details.


An Interview with Jessica Brockmole, Author of Letters from Skye November 25, 2013

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letters from skye


I recently got to touch base with Letters from Skye Author Jessica Brockmole to talk about her book and her recent nomination as a Goodreads Choice Awards Best New Author.

So you’ve been nominated for a Goodreads Debut author of the year. How does that feel?

I’m thrilled! Regardless of the outcome, it’s an honor to be listed among so many really great debut authors.

The story itself feels more non fiction than fiction. How much research went into it? Was it based on any person or story in particular?

I did quite a bit of research, not only into the history of Skye, Edinburgh, and the two world wars, but also into the mythology of Skye and to the language used then. I read many letters from the eras, written both during wartime and during peace, to get a sense of the things people would write about and the language they would use to share those things. There are so many layers to the language found in a letter, speaking to time, location, status, relationship, and personal choice, that I took care to get it right.

Are their any stories  in particular that stood out for you?

Unsurprisingly, I love the stories of the steadfastness and the patient love throughout war. I read one of a couple who exchanged almost 6,000 letters over the course of WW2, while he (an army chaplain) was overseas. They kept every one to remember that time apart. What a treasure for their later generations!

I have to ask, is Skye a real place in Scotland and is it truly as magical as it sounds?

The Isle of Skye is a real place, an island in the Inner Hebrides, off the northwest coast of Scotland. The island isn’t very big, only about 50 miles, but has such a varied landscape. Mountains, flat green land, rocky coasts, rolling beaches, waterfalls, tiny burns, hidden pools. While we visited Skye, there always seemed to be a rainbow—something other visitors have also noticed. It’s difficult to visit Skye and not feel inspired. Such a poetically beautiful spot!

Give me 6 words to describe your book.

Adventure. Love. Poetry. Family. Nostalgia. Waiting.





What to Watch to get Ready for the 50th Doctor Who Anniversary Special November 21, 2013

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Day of the doctor

Whenever the subject of classic Doctor Who comes up with someone who joined the fandom during the new series I am told “I don’t know where to begin, it’s so overwhelming.” It’s understandable, the Doctor Who Universe is very expansive.

So with that in mind, I have compiled a list of classic Doctor Who episodes to help get ready for the 50th Anniversary.

An Unearthly Child

    • An Unearthly Child:  Start at the beginning….and when you get to the end stop. This is the very first ever Doctor Who episode. It’s where all of the magic begins. The first Tardis, the first companions that fell down the rabbit hole. See where the show started 50 years ago.
    • Genesis of the Daleks:  In this episode the 4th Doctor is left with the ultimate choice of a time traveler: by stopping the a great evil before it begins will history be changed for the better or worse.  The Doctor can kill the Daleks once and for all keeping millions of planets from dying but yet also stopping all the good that will happen.
    • The Five Doctors:  Specials where past and present Doctors share episodes is nothing really new. For the 25th anniversary the Five Doctors were taken out of time and placed in the dead zone of Gallifrey where they team up to protect the most ancient and powerful secrets of the Time Lords

Ace and the Dalek

  • Remembrance of the Daleks: If for no other reason than Ace taking a baseball bat to a Dalek, this is great episode. In this    episode our 7th Doctor gets caught in the middle of two warring factions of Daleks seeking the “Hand of Omega” which was hid on earth by the 1st Doctor in an unearthly child.
  • Doctor Who the Movie: Prerequisite watch at least 2 to 3 other Classic Doctor Who episodes before watching this move because it gets everything wrong (for more details click here). It does sadden me, that Paul Mcgann didn’t get more time as the Doctor. As you can see from the prequel he would have been goofy and charming Doctor. After seeing the movie and watching the prequel I can totally buy it that he spent his time just going around helping people and not taking a side. Also, he is the last regeneration before the “War Doctor.”

So what are you waiting for? Go Watch some Doctor Who!


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Recommend for Doctor Who Fans November 19, 2013

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“Books! The best weapons in the world!” The Doctor

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books I would recommend to a Doctor Who Fan. These are the books to help get a Whovian through the week when there is no Doctor on TV.

  1. The Time Machine: because this is the fundamental book that anyone who is interested in time travel.
  2. Ocean at the End of the Lane: the latest book by Neil Gaiman who wrote The Doctor’s wife. There are definite elements in the story that are similar to show, with a spooky fairytale overtone.
  3. Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy: Like the Time Machine, the Hitchiker’s guide is a fundamental book for those that are interested in Science Fiction and outerspace. Likewise, it has that whimsy that goes along with the Theme of Doctor Who.
  4. The River of No Return: I just love this book, it’s a great piece of time travel fiction.
  5. Oh the Places you’ll go: this one just needs no explanations
  6. The Wizard of Oz: the original Frank L. Baum version is delightfully odd and fairytale like. There is so much more depth to the story than can be expressed in the movies or plays.
  7. Where the Sidewalk Ends: “Ickle me, pickle me, tickle me too, went for a ride in a flying shoe” I like to think that Shel Silverstein was a Whovian and that Ickle me, Pickle Me and Tickle me were just time lords that flew around in a shoe that was bigger on the inside.
  8. Alice in Wonderland and…
  9. Through the Looking Glass: Like the Doctor Who world Wonderland is a fairytale, it’s dangerous and normal human logic does not apply.
  10. Any one of the Doctor Who Fan fiction books. The adventure doesn’t have to end when your favorite doctor is no longer on television.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and The Bookish. Want to play along? Check out their blog for more details.


Kicking off a week of all things Doctor Who November 16, 2013

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Day of the doctor

Precisely one week from today Whovians all over the world will be enthralled by the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who special The Day of the Doctor. In preparation of the sacred Whovian event, I’ll be celebrating all things Doctor Who this week.

As many of you have seen in the prequel and if you haven’t… go look it up. I’ll wait, it’s only four minutes, I can grab some knitting. The Day of the Doctor deals with the Great Time War but what is it? It’s not talked about in the original episodes and is only talked about in snipets in the new series. I have to admit it is really exciting to see that they are tackling this subject.

According to the standing mythology that has been put into place through fan fic, comics and the like the Time War began when the Daleks created a virus that would wipe out the Time Lords and allow them to invade Gallifrey.  Thanks to Romana they didn’t succeed in the implementation of the Virus, however war soon began.

According to the short story “Museum Peace” the 8th Doctor became involved in the conflict after watching a child die.  According to the prequel, our 8th Doctor goes around helping people and isn’t a part of the conflict. Or so he says. Frankly there is no neutrality in war for examples, look at Switzerland in WWII. It’s evident that he doesn’t become involved until Cass dies and the Sisterhood of Karn steps in and we have the Warrior Doctor.

This prequel also brings about some interesting questions:

Has Moffat in one brilliant stroke bashed the whole 13 regenerations only theory?

Has he also left room for a gender switch or has he closed that door once and for all?

Will our Doctor become the villain?

Can this leave room for some more Time Lord characters to resurface? I am still holding out hope that we will get Romana back.

And finally when John Hurt regenerated into the Doctor couldn’t he have gotten better hair?? Sure it looks good on Paul Mcgann but not everyone can pull off those curly locks….

Well in 7 days i suppose those questions will be answered, followed by another set of questions I am sure.  However, stick around, there will be more great Doctor Who stuff to come!