Finished reading: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells ๐Ÿ“š

Reread all The Murderbot Diaries over Thanksgiving break to prep for the new one, System Collapse. It is such a great series!

Finished reading: Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik ๐Ÿ“š

The series remains fun if a bit too YA for my tastes. That said, I definitely intend to continue the series.

Top Tips for Dungeon Masters

Don’t build stories during prep. Watch them unfold at the table. Bring the world, the situation, the quests, and the non-player characters to the table and watch and react as the characters crash into them. We don’t know what’s going to happen. Expecting the game to go a certain way is the most common mistake DMs make and have made for nearly four decades. Remember that the story unfolds at the table, and not before.

This is the lesson I remind myself of the most. It takes so much pressure off the game master (me in most cases).

Tink contemplates life, the universe, and everything. The Oregon coast has that effect.

Tink, a 2.5 year old black Daniff, looks over the ocean from a cliff while the midafternoon sun beams down on him. The photo is taken on the Oregon Coast.

Apple pulls its ads from X after Muskโ€™s antisemitic posts

Apple has reportedly followed IBM by pulling advertising from X, formerly Twitter, as the platformโ€™s owner Elon Musk made posts agreeing with antisemitic conspiracy theories, supporting white pride, and continued a fight with the Anti-Defamation League.

Finally (to steal a line).

Finished reading: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova ๐Ÿ“š

Super academic historian nerds run afoul of the original fanged one. Kostova is a master of immersion, of being able to transport me fully into the world of the book. I feel like I have memories from the story, as if I lived parts of it.

Finished reading: Saga: Compendium One by Brian K. Vaughan ๐Ÿ“š

Epic and masterful. My brain needs time to digest this. And what a cliff hanger of an ending.

Vision Pro, Spatial Video, and Panoramic Photos

Nothing youโ€™ve ever viewed on a screen, however, can prepare you for the experience of watching these spatial videos, especially the ones you will have shot yourself, of your own family and friends. They truly are more like memories than videos.โ€ฆ Thereโ€™s my friend, Joanna, right in front of meโ€‰โ€”โ€‰like I could reach out and touch herโ€‰โ€”โ€‰but that was 30 minutes ago, in a different room.

Prepare to be moved, emotionally, when you experience this.

As a person with aphantasia I am very excited to try this.

Finished reading: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova ๐Ÿ“š

Beautiful, powerful characters and story that engaged my heart and mind.

Currently reading: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova ๐Ÿ“š

Iโ€™ve got The Historian on hold at the library and decided to see what else Kostova has written which is how I found The Shadow Land. It is wonderful! Her characters are bringing Bulgaria to life. The plot is good and though I have no idea where it is going it doesnโ€™t even matter. I just enjoy spending time these people.

Finished reading: The Exchange by John Grisham ๐Ÿ“š

Bleh. Kept waiting for this book to get smart or have a twist and instead it just ended with no real ethical or intellectual exploration of the issues involved.

Currently reading: Saga: Compendium One by Brian K. Vaughan ๐Ÿ“š

Half way through and Saga is totally living up to the hype. It is incredible.

Reminds me of a PNW version of one of my favorite rides in the Netherlands. This is right off some private farm land in Sisters, Oregon.

Beautiful reservoir with storm clouds reflecting on the surface. An overgrown dirt road is on the right next to the shore.

Finished reading: The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin ๐Ÿ“š

Going to pause the re-read here and pick it up again over the holidays.

Finished reading: The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin ๐Ÿ“š

Gedโ€™s humility is inspiring.

Finished reading: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin ๐Ÿ“š

Read the whole series two decades ago. Laura I were watching Um, Actually and they had an Earthsea question which inspired me to read them again. I had forgotten just how gifted and unique Ursula K. Le Guin was. The prose in this series is like nothing else.

Finished reading: Dust by Hugh Howey ๐Ÿ“š

Strong, fun finish to the Silo trilogy. Iโ€™m really curious to see what the Apple TV series does with the story.

Finished reading: Shift by Hugh Howey ๐Ÿ“š

The โ€œSiloโ€ series continues to be fun. It is also a deeper read than I expected.

Finished reading: Holly by Stephen King ๐Ÿ“š

Loved it. Fairy Tale is still my favorite of Kingโ€™s recent books but Holly is close second.