I am hoping you all are well in Blogger Land! I look forward to catching up a bit more on my favorite blogs in the coming weeks. A busy time ahead for us that culminates with a train trip home for me in March. I love the 2-day cross country train experience. This may be the last time I do it though (time/cost etc) so I am going to make the most of every moment!
So on with the oddities and inspirations for this month!
From the book world I wanted to recommend "I Kill Giants" which, I just found out is being made into a movie! This really caught me by surprise. It's a story was originally told in graphic novel form and it was a story that really touched me. I am such a fan of comics and yet I am still amazed at the difference in the genre from my own childhood. More and more are being turned into movies and shows it seems and this one will be wonderful I am sure.
Here is the trailer for I Kill Giants
What I like best, having read the graphic novel, is that this trailer gives away NONE of the true depth of the story but still looks pretty amazing!
And this is the graphic novel cover. The art inside is all black and white and borrows from the Manga style quite nicely while still being very original.
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Nature never lets us down. . . Perfect for almost any story where you'd like a bird to be used a snitching plot device, I give you Australia's Superb Lyrebird (that's the actual name, I'm not giving it extra praise with the addition of superb, but it earns it I promise you!)
The Lyrebird of Australia
And one about beautiful and mysterious Lichens!
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Finally, the cost of housing here is making us both blue. When the perfect place comes along, we think we will just know. It helps to be able to do what we do from anywhere just as long as internet is available and a post office and decent grocery store are within reach.
Some of the towns we have put on our watch list are:
Elk Horn, Iowa
Burns or Baker City, OR
or just about any town in NH, VT, ME really as we both love old farmhouses :)
But really, almost anywhere that is not too near a major city and where the weather is not too hot for too much of the year and the houses are truly affordable. And, of course, it must be magical. . .
Anyway, the first house I posted here, the one in Tennessee, already sold!
In it's place I've decided to post one that likely will not sell but that gives you our ideal of "charm".
We like to call it the "Witch House", and it's more than a bit out of our price range. . . and it's in a remote part of Idaho in the Sawtooth mountains where the last 40 MILES of road to the town is gravel soooo, yeah, that wouldn't really work either!!
But who wouldn't want to live in a Witch House?
This one in Crumpler NC almost fits the bill. we would just prefer a large work space instead of all the small rooms but that scenery!!
Our priorities for a home are: a large workspace that's well it by natural light, access to nature (if not our own land), garden space and charm. Also, a shop/garage space would be great to allow us to try some of the creative ventures we cannot do here like soldering/jewelry, casting, high temp firing, acid etching, wood burning and more. We've little to no concern for entertaining, putting up guests and the like if it means sacrificing any of our creative desires. Besides, we still want to have that "fortress of solitude"feel around us as we do now :)
Well I think that's it for this week! Back to a post on packaging next week and then world-building/mapmaking the following week!