Five years blogging

Today is my fifth blogiversay!  Happy Birthday, Jedi by Knight!

blogiversary2.pngI can’t believe I’ve been doing this for five years.  Hopefully I’ll be doing it for many more!  So far my blog has seen me through dozens of book reviews, Weekly Photo Challenges, coloring book pictures, K-pop videos, and so on.  Sometimes five years seems like no time at all, and sometimes it seems like an eternity.

This year, I’m going to be focusing more on science (which is my day job here on the blog.  I’m planning a series of posts aimed at non-scientists on how to analyse the scientific studies you see reported in the news.  I’m also going to open the floor for any questions my readers have for me as a scientist.

Since I didn’t do a yearly wrap-up at the end of 2016, I’ll briefly mention a few stats here.  My blog has had about 41,000 views over its lifetime.  My most popular posts have been:

  1. There is no hot air balloon in Around the World in Eighty Days

  2. Famous Introvert-Extrovert Pairs

  3. We all got a chicken-duck-woman-thing waiting for us: Star Wars Bad Lip Reading

  4. Who’s that Pokémon…girl?

  5. Who is the Pilot? (Reached review)

  6. Introvert Challenge: Getting a Haircut

Thank you so much to all of you who have read, liked, or commented here in the past five years.  I truly appreciate each and every one of you.  It’s really thanks to you that I’ve been blogging this long.  Please keep reading in the future!

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken

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From Trinity College, Dublin.

Our tour guide told us about a superstition regarding the Trinity College bell tower, or campanile: it’s said that any student who passes beneath it while the bell tolls will fail his or her exams.  We all confirmed that this was not a concern for us before traversing the walkway.

There were some students graduating on the day we were there, so perhaps some of them also braved the path for the first time!

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken

Fan Art Friday: Lightsaber battle

Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where Kiri at Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image every month to compare and contrast.

Not gonna lie, this is probably my least favorite picture I’ve done.  I don’t really hate it, it’s just totally blahhhh.  I hope Kiri’s turned out better. (Spoiler alert: it totally did!  Check out her awesome Mustafar-themed picture here!)

The background design reminded me of a circle of  Imperial Royal Guards with their red hoods, observing the battle, so I colored it all in varying reds, which ended up being too much red together.  Also, I hadn’t looked at the lightsaber hilts yet: the left blue one is Obi-Wan’s, and the right red one is Vader’s, recreating their showdown on the Death Star.  But now the red lightsaber doesn’t stand out at all.  I tried to add some shadowing to help, but, meh.

For the rest, I tried to focus on colors of other lightsabers, so we have some Jedi green, blue, and of course purple for the one and only Mace Windu.  I considered doing some magenta for Mara Jade or silver for Corran Horn, but that seemed too difficult.

Here’s my pick for next month:

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Book Review: Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

104089Last year, while I was waiting for my library copy of Guy Gavriel Kay’s new book, I decided to get myself in the mood by reading his most famous work: Tigana.

Well, I still haven’t gotten around to reading his newest book, but I think it was worth it for Tigana.  It’s widely considered his masterpiece, and while it wasn’t my favorite of his works, there were scenes in this book that will stay with me for the rest of my life, and I think that’s about the highest praise I can give a book.

The story begins with a young bard, Devin, who’s been employed to sing for the funeral of a local Duke.  He quickly stumbles into a conspiracy involving the overthrow of not one but two invading sorcerer kings, and a mysterious conquered province whose name has been erased from memory…Tigana.

Most of Kay’s works are what I would call historical fantasy; they are based on historical places, people, and events, but transported into a purely fantasy setting.  Tigana takes place in an fantasy version of medieval or Renaissance Italy.  If you look at the lovely maps included between the section breaks, you’ll see that the peninsula of the Palm looks very similar to Italy flipped upside-down.  The world building is amazing, and the setting gives it a “classic” fantasy feel.

 

This is not a quick-paced book, but it has a wonderful style.  Kay’s prose and tone has been an inspiration for my current WIP (and last year’s NaNoWriMo project), so I tried to study his effortless techniques in making the story feel both immediate and personal and yet epic.  He often uses a kind of “two sentence foreshadowing” to give context for some event that is occurring, giving a brief tease as to how it will be viewed later by the characters or by history.

Even when I felt I knew where the story was going, I was still on the edge of my seat.  And there were a couple of twists I didn’t see coming, especially a big one at the very end.

If you are interested in reading Kay, this is a great place to start! (I’d also recommend The Lions of Al-Rassan, set in fantasy Spain.)

5/5 stars

GNBC: March Selection

Our GeekyNerdy Book Club choice for the end of March! Come read with us!

Geeky Musings from a Nerdy Girl

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Happy Monday readers!! I’m sure it has seemed like I’ve forgotten about our GeekyNerdy Book Club lately (along with blogging in general), but the truth is, I’ve been thinking about our next read since our last “meeting” in December. I was hoping to kick things off in January, but a nasty head cold completely upset my schedule and pushed the pick post into February. Then, I kept changing my mind about what I wanted to read/suggest, which is how we’ve ended up going two months into 2017 without a single selection. BUT, that changes tonight! 

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