If you finished reading Shadowbound and are still jonesing for more of your favorite characters, be sure and check out the Shadow World Extras page – there are short stories and other treats taking place throughout the entire series timeline (and before). There aren’t any related to Shadowbound itself just yet, but there will be soon. I have updated the Song Lyric Reference page to include the fifth book.
I just finished Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee by Hattie Ellis. It was in fact the inspiration for the story I mentioned last week in the anthology of Southern Gothic Romance. I learned a lot from this engaging, accessible book.
I have a new snack obsession: Snapea Crisps. They sound like the worst idea ever – a snack made of puffed green peas – but they’re so addictive. I had a sample bag a while back and have been hoping to find them in a non-Whole-Foods store (shopping at Whole Foods is depressing when you’re jobless and broke), and lo, Target provideth. I’ve only had the Lightly Salted variety, but they work on me the way Lay’s Potato Chips work on other people – I eat to the bottom of the bag! At least they’re baked, lower in fat, and a good source of fiber. The company also makes Lentil Snaps, but I haven’t tried those.
Check out these needle-felted animals – they’re amazing. The owls are particularly stunning, but there’s a little Arctic fox that gives me the squee.
While we’re on the subject of art, have you ever come across an artist or writer or what-have-you who was so amazing at a medium you’ve been working in that you want to just throw in the towel and switch to something else? I used to do a lot of polymer clay work – I haven’t touched it in quite a while, but I’ve been thinking about at least getting it out again to make things for my shrines, and I keep thinking of things I could make – and I recently found this woman on Tumblr whose work is, shall we say, balls out awesome. Have a look. She hasn’t posted many pieces but the ones she has are insane. My favorite is the enchanted forest pendant, which is labradorite surrounded by branches, but the anatomical heart made of branches is gorgeous as well.
Let’s have a video.
I can’t help it – I can no longer hear even the name “Nicolas Cage” without thinking of Howard Wolowitz as Dungeon Master.
These Baklava Cookies sound amazing – the original recipe is almost vegan, but given it’s baklava, you can probably guess that honey is the problematic ingredient. Honey is easily substituted with agave nectar, and there are even some out there designed to mimic honey completely.
(Mostly I’ve just been looking for an excuse to link to the Killer Bunnies website because their logo is freaking adorable.)
Yes, I’m fascinated with bees but I don’t eat honey. Of all the animal products out there honey is the one I find least morally objectionable when it’s locally produced, but it’s also the easiest one to avoid. Cheese is a monster to abstain from, but not eating honey isn’t exactly martyrdom, at least not for me.
My grandfather was a beekeeper, and in honor of that proud family tradition I leave you with another video, this one a classic.