Bend the Round

…where the madness is recorded.

Book 25: Blood Bound May 30, 2008

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Blood Bound is the second book in the Mercedes Thompson series. Where the first book focused largely on the werewolf culture in which Mercy grew up, the second outing for Mercy is essentially an exploration of the vampire culture in the series’ universe. It doesn’t disappoint.

Again, despite the provocatively clad female on the cover, the book is pretty darn far from trashy. As seems to be inevitable in series identified by the name of the lead female character, the reader does get tangled up a bit in Mercy’s love life. That element of the story is essentially a side-line, though, and again, nobody gets laid. Briggs handles it pretty well, in my opinion – she has her character acknowledge that there’s an issue to be dealt with in that area of her life, but correctly prioritizes and focuses her attention and energy on the main conflict. In this case, a “big nasty” that’s killing innocents left and right… I don’t see how the issue can be side-lined for much longer, though. The next book will likely have to deal with it one way or another. (In a nutshell, Mercy has to decide if she wants to be with guy A, guy B, or none of the above…and because guy A and B are both werewolves, there is a danger of them killing and eating someone if she doesn’t field the question well.)

I hesitate to say much more about the plot. If you liked Moon Called, Blood Bound is a great follow up. The universe is fleshed out without being overwhelming, and we learn some pretty interesting things about our heroine. I’ve already started the third (and most recent) in the series and will report as soon as I’ve finished it!


Delicious! March 4, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — bendtheround @ 4:15 pm

I’m just a tad obsessive compulsive. It’s not even one of those things I’m working on. I figure that as long as I don’t need OTHER people to comply with my personal OCD tics, it’s probably not that big an issue. In fact, there are some aspects of being a teeny bit OCD that are a little fun. For example, I used to work for a large bookstore chain as a “Sales Associate.” During that time, one of my favorite things to do was working in the mass market section (paperbacks). I loved making sure that all the shelves were full because when they were, the tops of all the books were even. It’s loony, but that order and neatness just gave me a nice warm fuzzy feeling. OK, it’s very loony.

What I’m getting at is that I like to organize. Periodically, I’ll try to reorganize my document filing on my computer, or reorganize my books, or my shoes. The thing is, I’m not that great at it. Maybe I have some Attention Deficit Disorder version of OCD because I almost inevitably lose interest in my reorganization before I finish it. If I do finish it, I’ll nearly always fall out of the habit of keeping up with the organization.

You’d think I’d be a prime target for the loads of organization tools out there. I’ve never been a big fan of them, really. They usually seem clunky or ugly or boring or all three. When I switched from PCs to my iMac, I became even more particular about the tools I like to use. So, when I stumbled on Delicious Library, I was stunned. It’s a tool to help you organize and maintain your media collection and it is the height of very awesome. The interface was gorgeous, easy, and fun and I wanted it. One of the coolest parts of the software was an available method of entry. You can use the iSight camera built into Mac computers to scan the book, CD, video game, or DVD UPC code and the information would auto-populate. Wow.

I downloaded the demo version and played with it a little – and liked it quite a bit. Matt told me that Delicious Library had a very good reputation, but that there had been some complaints about performance. He also said that the development team was aware of the performance issues and that they were working to fix it with the 2.0 version. So despite my case of techno-lust for this particular toy, I held off from forking over the $40 for the full version. (Also, my media collection is quite modest due to by general frugal nature…or cheapo nature if you’re less generous… so there really isn’t a need for fancy software to track it.)

Still, I’ve kept an eye on the company website for news on the 2.0 version. (You can still check out the 1.6.6 version there.) The release of Leopard for Apple computers raised my hopes for Delicious Library 2.0 – I had hoped that the release of Leopard meant that the release of the 2.0 version of DL was imminent. My hopes eventually faded as there was no word. Then, today, out of the blue, had an exclusive preview of Delicious Library 2.0! And they said that there’s a release date set for some time in March!

I can’t wait to check it out myself! It’s a tool I really don’t need… I just want it. But that’s techno-lust for ya.


Approaching 100 Miles March 1, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — bendtheround @ 11:42 pm

Last night, Matt and I went to a party a friend of our threw. We were up WAY too late and I wound up not getting out of bed until 2:30 in the afternoon. I haven’t slept that long in quite a while…man, did it feel good. I’d wake up periodically to find the cat curled up on or around me. She can be so damn cute. 🙂

After I got up, I had a light meal and waited for it to settle before heading out for my run. I still had enough sunlight, and it was in the 40s, so I plotted a run through the neighborhood. My routine was so far thrown off, though, it still was pretty hard going. I decided pretty early that I’d better take it easy.

The route took me to the library and back and then for another short loop. The library is across a very busy highway, unfortunately, so I had to wait twice to cross there. I also had to exchange some books at the library, so I had to wait there, also. All together, it took me 61:25 to finish the 5 miles. That’s not too horrible. It’s still a 12+ min pace, but I was hardly at the top of my game there. The best news is that the run did not hurt my neck!

Today’s five miler puts my total miles at 98.4. Tomorrow’s long training run is 11 miles, which will put me very comfortably over the 100 mile mark. 🙂 Excellent. My total miles for February was 45.2. Could have been a lot better, but it could have been a lot worse, too. March will probably see me get about the same mileage or a little higher in. I intend to take a week or two off after the half marathon to recover. If I make my goal time in this half marathon (by some miracle), I’ll use that time to decide on a new goal. If I fall short of the goal time, I’ll use that time to pick the next half marathon. One way or another, I’ll be back running regularly by April 1st at the latest. Those last 400 miles aren’t gonna run themselves!