I start this post on a dreary Wednesday morning after a long, impromptu hiatus. What better time to journal than when the the weather is this yucky? Now, that’s what! Granted, I had started this… More
I recently started reading The Girl on the Train. At this point, I’m about 44 – 45 pages in and I’m on the fence on whether or not to continue. The book is interesting, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not compelling me to consistently turn the page, so to speak. If I have to be honest, the trailer for the movie grabs my attention much better than the book is, so I wonder if it’s just me or if the book just has a slow start? Again, I suppose I’m still too early in the book to make such an assessment, so I’ll try and get into at least triple digit page numbers before I make a decision.
Written by Adriana Mather, a 12th generation descendant of Cotton Mather, How to Hang a Witch introduces us to Samantha Mather, a fictional descendant of Cotton. Samantha and her stepmother, Vivian, have recently moved to Salem after her father mysteriously slips into a coma. Upon her arrival and attendance to the local high school, Samantha quickly realizes that the Mather name doesn’t inspire much toward positive interactions for her. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as Samantha is bullied by a group of students dubbed The Descendants. You won’t need to be a genius as to why this group of students are named such.
Bullying is one of two prominent themes throughout the book. It irked me quite a lot that the Descendants were incredibly quick to judge Samantha based solely on the fact that she was a descendant of Cotton instead of getting to know the girl first. Her neighbors son, Jaxon, is the only student that, from the beginning, is actually nice to her. However, the Descendants treatment of Samantha only continues to feed into the second theme of the book: History repeating itself.
As the book continues, Samantha is frequently accused of being the cause of various incidents not only in school, but around town all involving various family members of the Descendants. Once a ghost by the name of Elijah makes his presence known to Samantha, the two quickly discover the correlating events of present day Salem with that of it’s past as the hysteria surrounding Samantha’s presence continues to escalate. A large chunk of the novel is Samantha and Elijah trying to solve this “curse” while she also tries to mend some bridges in order to get some help from some of the Descendants.
Yep. Fall colors. About a week or so ago, I had posted to Instagram and joked, “Only I would start a fall colors blanket on the first day of spring.” No lie, that’s exactly what I did after I gave up on the other ripple blanket I attempted to start three separate times with zero success.
This time around, however, I’m happy to report that this go around has proven to be much more successful than the last. I am almost 16 rows into the project and i haven’t had to start over once so that, to me, is significant progress! Due to that, I am very excited about this blanket and I can’t wait to finish it ♥.
Well, I finally figured out what I’d been doing wrong. I was basing my experience on Attic24’s Neat Ripple pattern when I was looking at another one for measurement and the number of chains for my starting chain. Who knew that 300 is a multiple of 12 and not 14? This girl sure didn’t. Math, as you might guess, is not my strong suit, and I looked up the multiples only after a few restarts.
So what pattern am I actually following? That would be Stephanie Gages Rugged Ripples pattern on Ravelry (which I found via VeryPink.com). It’s a pattern that calls for multiples of 12 instead of Attic24’s 14. The gist in both cases is the same, however, so instead of 4 DCs between decreases and increases, it’s 3. But, even after six rows, I’m still not sure if I’m working this pattern up correctly because it seems like every other row I come up short a stitch? So far, knock on wood, it doesn’t look like my work is shrinking in width, but I guess I won’t know until I work up more of it. If all else fails, I’ll simply start a new one with a starting chain in a multiple of 14 this time. XD
Yes, I’m let loose/From the noose/That’s kept me hanging around
Ok, perhaps not, but it’s time to return to WordPress. In the eight months that I’ve been away, I’ve been trying my hand at posting to Instagram and Tumblr since I see a lot of activity on the feeds there versus what I see here. The results, however, have been mixed, if I’m honest.
Instagram has been great as an easy way of getting images of my WIPs out into cyberspace and I get what I consider a decent amount of interaction (I always get at least one “like” and sometimes a few comments). Tumblr, while easy to use, is not great at showing stats unless people are, again, interacting with the post. I found on that particular platform, I was only getting the interaction I was seeking when I mentioned or tagged certain users. Then I would get a lot of likes and even a couple of reblogs. That’s great, but not what I was looking for on a regular basis.
In the end, I’ve come to the conclusion that WordPress really is the superior blogging platform (I even tried Blogger for a little bit, but found limitations there that I did not like). I get to see who visits and I get to see who interacts with posts. That is, essentially, what I’ve been searching for (and, I think, what every blogger craves). So, congrats, WordPress, you’ve completely, 100% won me over. I’ll never leave you again! Continue reading “I’ve been too long, I’m glad to be back”
Now I can be a little more thorough in my reviews…