Did I complete my phone booths, you ask? Oh, yes, I did, thus undoing some of the damage from that incredibly stupid thing I did. Did I permanently damage my back hunching over my computer as I painstakingly added minute details? Oh, yes…probably. I’m going to give you the full series at the bottom of this post, including the ones I posted a while back, (it’ll look long, but they’re only pictures, so they go by quickly) but first, two things.
1. A quick segment on how advertisers use wording to make you think they’re offering you something special.
I’m sure you’ve all seen some cheese-based product or another that advertises:
Kraft Mac ‘n’ Cheese does it, too. As do a number of other products. I’m pretty sure many of you have also eaten these products, and questioned the veracity of these advertised statements. I know I have. But all I want to point out is that these products have “Cheese” in the name (usually). At least in one form or another, right? (I suppose “cheez” has been accepted into the English lexicon) So why should they have to advertise to us that their cheese product is made with cheese? Shouldn’t we be able to take that for granted? It just bothers me that, not only do we not already expect cheese products to be made of cheese, but that they sell us this stuff by advertising that the products are made with “real cheese” as if this is an added bonus. Am I making sense? It’s like if you grabbed a loaf of bread and it advertised that it’s made with Real Flour! Shouldn’t that be a given? I was just about to type that this is “food for thought,” but…puns. Um…this is just something to think about. No metaphor there, but you get the message. I’m only pointing it out to make you think a bit.
#2. I’ve come across another book I couldn’t finish.
That’s not entirely true – I could finish it, but the sad truth is I really don’t want to. It didn’t give me any reason to. I found I honestly don’t care what happens to the characters. The book is called Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s a werewolf book. I have a thing for werewolf books. Way back when I was listing my favorite authors and why I love them, I never got around to Patricia Briggs. She writes my favorite werewolf series. She’s a great author, she covers really weighty topics in her books, and her main character – Mercedes Thompson – can turn into a coyote at will. She’s the only non-werewolf in a pack of werewolves, which helps to drive the plot. Oo, that’s an interesting word: Plot. You know what I found I was missing in Shiver? Plot. That’s not to say there isn’t one – there is. And it’s well established. But toward the middle of the book, I felt I only got snippets of plot that were surrounded with too much Love Story (in my opinion), and it honestly bored me. I got that these characters were in love. At some point it just felt like I was being beaten over the head with it. So I decided to stop reading. Because 208 pages into the 390 page book…well, I’m still not quite sure what’s actually going to be happening. Not in a mysterious way. More in a…the plot is taking a backseat to the lovers’ story kind of way. So…I’m not interested. There’s very little action. I like action. Just my preference. I’m sure some other people are way into this series (Yes, of course it’s a series), but for me, it’s not happening. The book is going into the donation pile.
That’s it! I know, I didn’t do any cartoons today. Perhaps the phone booths will make up for it.
Word of the Day: Veracity (n) – conformity to truth or fact; accuracy.
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#2 – Night Sky
#3 – In the Forest
#4 – Parchment
# 5 – Men at Work
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#7 – Long Distance Call
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#10 – Waterlogged
#11 – Optical Illusion
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