FF: Laughter and Art

During a week where the news has been very stressful, I’ve turned to comedy for relief and balance.

Wow! Horned Toads Aren’t Toads!

For those of you just discovering this feature, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.

The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

The Goose Girl by Shannon HaleAudiobook.  Bonus on the audio is a very short interview with Ms. Hale talking about some of her considerations when writing this novel.

Creatures, Critters, and Crawlers of the Southwest by April Kopp.  New Mexico has six of the seven “life zones.”  The only one we don’t have is “tropical.”  Lovely photos a bonus, although I wish the rule I was taught back in high school that you don’t “gutter” a photo in layout was still adhered to!

In Progress:

How Much For Just the Planet? by John M. Ford.  A completely insane Star Trek novel about a planet that doesn’t want to join either the Federation or the Klingon Empire.  I’ve laughed out loud so many times that Jim has put dibs on this for when I’m done.

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale.  Audiobook.  Just started.  I’ve read the first of the stories included in a charming illustrated children’s book.  I’m curious how the words will hold up without the pictures.

Battlepug, volume 2 by Mike Norton, Allen Passalaqua, and Chris Crank.  Graphic novel.  I saw this one the library shelf and immediately thought of my friend Dominique’s pug Merlin. The story’s so quirky I’ve ordered the other volumes.


As I gear up to the next stage in self-publishing my very odd original novel Asphodel, I’m spending a lot of time reviewing works on illustration, looking for just the right cover art approach.  I never thought I’d find myself working as an art director, but there it is.

6 Responses to “FF: Laughter and Art”

  1. Louis Robinson Says:

    Working my way through The Peoples of Europe: finished The Mongols, The Byzantines and The Normans; now on The Etruscans, The Huns, The Gypsies and the Armenians; still to come The Goths, The English and sundry others. Also starting on the Peoples of Asia and the Peoples of America.

    Also semi-binging on Time Team, and had occasion to acquire the last number of Archaeology. And must admit that I now share your mild annoyance with them: there was an article on bannerstones, throughout which I was going “and is there no reason why you can’t just go and _ask_ somebody?” The oral traditions of the Ojibwa and Cree have shown continuity back to the days when the floor of Georgian Bay was still dry; it would be surprising that the descendants of the Archaic culture on the south side of the Great Lakes didn’t have at least some memories of such artifacts.

    • janelindskold Says:

      It’s amazing how many archaeologists view talking to people as something to be done by someone else… Jim’ is NOT one of those, in case you wondered.

      Your historical reading sounds lovely!

      • Louis Robinson Says:

        Well, one can sympathize with them, to some extent: for European archaeology there often _wasn’t_ anyone to ask. The cultural continuity of the population can be pretty sketchy over 4 centuries, never mind the 4 millennia needed to preserve an explanation for those odd beakers that popped up all over Europe at the start of the Bronze Age. As Jim has no doubt found, that isn’t necessarily true in the Americas.

      • janelindskold Says:

        And even cultures that believe they have continuity don’t… That’s true even in our culture of mass media, everything is available on-line.

  2. Paul Says:

    Now reading a friend’s book on his father’s career in law enforcement.

  3. henrietta abeyta Says:

    Drawings, Crafts. Paintings, Ceramics, or my own mandala designs I’m often mixing old designs that used to be meaningful. When it’s animal art I do art related to landscapes or symbolism. And in ceramic I have no trouble offering advice for an animal’s natural colors.

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