In with the new

I have started a new blog! I haven't yet decided what to do with this one.

Find me here: http://digitalnabi.com/blog


Books 2009

I have been doing quite a bit of reading this year and thought I would post my book list. These are books I have read since January 1st 2009.

1. Ender In Exile - Orson Scott Card
2. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
3. Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
4. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
5. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
6. Breaking Dawn - Stepenie Meyer
7. Stardust - Neil Gaiman
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
9. Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
10. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
11. The 19th Wife - David Ebershoff
12. No Plot? No Problem! - Chris Baty
13. The Host - Stephenie Meyer
14. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
15. UR - Stephen King
16. First Meetings - Orson Scott Card
17. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
18. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
19. Pretties - Scott Westerfeld
20. Specials - Scott Westerfeld
21. Extras - Scott Westerfeld
22. The Chosen One - Carol Lynch Williams
23. My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
24. The Golden Compass, His Dark Materials Part 1 - Philip Pullman
25. The Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum
26. The Subtle Knife, His Dark Materials Part 2 - Philip Pullman

Most were fantastic, others, not so much. The series by Scott Westerfeld for one. That was more, I read the first one, and felt compelled to finish the series, no matter how bad they were. Good news, they were a fast read, and the torment was over quickly.

I have a love of both Neil Gaiman and Neal Stephenson. Must be something with the first name, no matter how it's spelled. I think I have read pretty much anything either author has ever written. Both have very different styles and subject matter, but yet, both are equally intriguing.

Of course anything Orson Scott Card, and the Ender series specifically, I must read.

My latest obsession is Philip Pullman's series, His Dark Materials. To keep the suspense, I have been reading something else in between each. Currently I am reading: The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker. Then I will finish the HDM series.


Shop Status

knittinpretty's Shop Announcement
Most of this year has been very quiet for Knittin' Pretty. This is mainly because my husband and I have been busy building a house! We are moving the first week in September, but need to start packing now. We thought the first 5 months were hard, but now the real work begins...

I will be closing the shop temporarily to accommodate this move, and should be reopening again sometime in mid September. This reopening will be accompanied with a sale - so keep your eyes open for the announcement!

If you would like to be notified of the reopening and receive the store newsletter, please send an email to heather (at) lost-angel (dot) com. Use the subject NEWSLETTER.

Thank you - hope to see you again soon!



Long time no see

Hello! Wow, it has been a long time. But really, I have been very busy...

Building a House!


Sock Candy: Yarn Review

Have you seen the new Knitting Purls? I have a review of the Blue Moon Fiber Arts cotton sock yarn called Sock Candy in it.

To subscribe, send an email to infoATknittingpurlsDOTcom. Ask to be sent the most recent issue to see my review!



Blah! Yes, I realize that my goal to write everyday, or nearly so has already fallen off quite pathetically. But really, I have just run out of stories. I knew I was limited, but I didn't really think I had so little in my memory.

New plan brewing - I am working on taking it in a new direction, and once I get the ideas to gel, I will be starting the writing again.


I'm all out

...of Jason stories!

Tonight I started writing about myself.


...and we're back!

So, Memories is back. No e-mail letting me know, but I logged in today and no annoying message.

I posted a new story...


Wow - just wow

Apparently Google thinks my new blog is a spam blog. It is now temporarily hiding behind a warning like this:

This blog is currently under review due to possible Blogger Terms of Service violations.

If you're a regular reader of this blog and are confident that the content is appropriate, feel free to click "Proceed" to proceed to the blog. We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you're an author of this blog, please follow the instructions on your dashboard for removing this warning page.

Sigh. No story tonight - hopefully they will get this resolved soon.



If you have been keeping up with my writing exercise, you know I've been writing about a boy named Jason.

I realized tonight as I was writing, that his stories are almost always somewhat depressing. Why I started with him, I'm not sure. His stories just called out to be told first. Hang in there, I have other stories in me too.


New Project

I have something new to show you. Something without pictures. Something ambitious and extremely personal. If it's so personal why am I sharing? As much as it contains personal experiences and emotions, I really would like some critique and opinions on my writing.

What is it? A new blog! I have started this blog as a writing exercise for myself. It contains memories. Memories turned into short snippets of stories. Most of these stories occur in less than a half hour time period of my past.

I am going to try to organize it in the following way: Postings will be labeled with the specific person that the memory is about. Right now I am focusing on a boy named Jason. So most postings, at least for a bit, will be about him. When I run out of things to say about Jason, or if the memories lead me to a new person, I will begin writing about them instead, and label appropriately.

Already I have had to cheat. It is very hard for me to remember. The times I'm concentrating on really play in my mind like a dream. Sequences skipping around, no direction, and often no connections. I just see flashes of certain scenes.

How did I cheat? The story I wrote today, Benadryl, is not really my memory. It's really my mom's. She's told the story, and I can imagine it happening. But I don't remember it. So, in that way I am cheating. I have written it as I imagine it happened.

I plan to keep my two blogs closely linked. Often I will post explanations here about stories that I write there. As I have just done with today's story.

I will also try not to expose anyone as I expose myself. I will change names when necessary and try to keep the stories to interesting events, not the mundane.

My honest hope for this project is to practice writing, gather critiques, retrieve some memories, and hopefully touch a few hearts.


Addi Click Review - (the real one)

This content has moved to my new blog HERE.

Here's a snippet:

"Addi Turbos are often acclaimed to be the gold standard in knitting needles. They feature an ultra smooth nickel plating which makes knitting fast and effortless as the yarn glides across the needles with little resistance. The joining cord is flexible and forgiving without the stiffness and memory of other circular needle brands. However, the price of each needle makes it somewhat expensive to own a full set of all needle sizes in all cord sizes. Up until recently these needles were only available individually and many knitters bought them as needed for projects, slowly growing their collection..."