Book Review – Lost Stars

Book Review Lost Stars By Claudia Gray This book was recommended on a podcast I listen to and enjoy, Writing Excuses. I listened to them once before and was a little disappointed. Amazon had about eleven hundred reviews, with an average rating of 4.5 stars. The cover blurb says that the author is a New…

January Shodo

I kind of like my kanji submission this month. I still feel awkward and clumsy with the size, especially with the non-cursive style I have to use. But this month was fun if not skillful. Below is my kana submission. While I think I could have done better, I feel like I know more specifically…

December Shodo

Kanji hasn’t really improved since last year, but my rankings among the 3 kyu skews a little to the top. I’m going to try to test up in February. Until then, I plod along with the following, which means think a thousand (times), ponder ten thousand. Which is kind of saying the same thing twice,…

Book Review – Artemis

Book Review Artemis By Andy Weir Note to readers: I spoil as the mood takes me. Understand this in advance. I will not point out when spoilers appear. Assume they start now and continue, willy nilly. I really enjoyed Andy Weir’s first book, The Martian, which seems to have been a bit of an internet…

Movie Review – Blade Runner 2049

image thanks to bladerunnermovie.com Thoughts and impressions. Spoilers may ensue as I write, and I intend no editing. Readers beware. Overall impression; wow. Detailed impression; wow, but… Slightly more detailed impression; I like the following things, in no particular order. The visuals. The pace. The sound. The music (with some reservations). The characters. OK, so…

November Shodo

I feel like I’m starting to get the basics. The below is still pretty pedestrian, but the balance was good, and I feel like I started to “get it” a bit more than usual. This month’s kana is a waka (和歌), a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable poem. When I was writing it I didn’t really understand the…

Book Review – Dark Matter

Book Review Dark Matter By Blake Crouch I enjoyed Crouch’s first two books in the Wayward Pines trilogy, liked it so much, I bought Dark Matter and Abandon, which I will review later. I was not disappointed. Dark Matter is what Crouch does well, a mix of elements; thriller, science fiction, and love. It reads…