Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

UGH! So my review totally got eaten by the browser.

Or perhaps it was the lingering spirits of the cranky long-dead, who were all “oh, hey, that review was super-laaaame!”, as if they were the arbiters of taste and refinement.

“Oh, spirits, I shall vanquish you. I may not be a necromancer, but I totes read this awesome book so now I have… fictional skills!”

The spirits were unimpressed.

“Stop whining, oh living one. Write a damn review and be done with it. If we lived still, we would have told of this young man, Samhain, and his discovery that he is destined for greatness”.

“Oh you geise*, that’s a bit of a cliche. And this book is about more than that! Sure, it starts out as a bog-standard loser-dropout-without-any-appreciable-skills-discovers-untapped-greatness story, but the with and sparkle and fun moves it beyond cliche!”

“Yes, er, but what of … the villain? A bit… moustache- twirly, don’t you agree” sniffed the ghosts.

“Admittedly, I’d have liked to see his character fleshed out a bit- he did come off a little as ‘evil for the sake of evil’, but it’s not like his character sucked. On the contrary, he was an intriguing Big Bad, and I’d have liked to learn more about his history- what made him tick.”

At this point, the ghosts were just hovering and being argumentative and eating boiled travel sweets without offering me any.

“It was a great book!” I burst out. “Zippy, fast, fun, goofy, and witty! It had heart and moxie! Are you happy? Are you done now? IT SMELLS LIKE BLACKBERRIES IN HERE!!”

*this may be the worst puncrime I have ever committed.

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A Brand New Year. Well, Almost.


Hello there sewists, and welcome to 2014! So far, 2014 is a completely different animal than it’s older sibling 2013. I started a new job at the beginning of the year, and have been going full-steam with training. So, while I’ve been sewing a fair bit, my blogging has fallen by the wayside a bit. Hopefully once I get used to the work and my new schedule, I can get back into the swing of things, blogging-wise. Also, I’m hoping to buy a dress form in the not-too-distant future, which I’m totes going to use for dress shoots.

Sorry folks, but a model I ain’t. Also, it’s far easier to shoot another body, especially one that’s really good at standing still :).

I had a wee break between finishing my old job and starting training for the new one, so  the Gentleman and I managed to have a nice weekend in Franschhoek. We tasted wine and browsed the main street, and even managed to find a cool little used bookstore hidden down a side street. It’s fun when you turn left instead of right and find something you would never have discovered otherwise.  Continue reading

A last post for the year.


I’ve been a bit remiss about posting of late, mainly because I’m starting a new job in the new year, as well as general end-of-year madness. I finally completed my first costume- a version of Merida’s dress from Brave- but I’m not going to post that until the wig arrives and I can pose for the complete look. It was a lot of bloody work, I’ll tell you that. It’ll be worth it for Free Comic Book Day though. Continue reading

Kimono Dress



When I lived in Japan, I used to go to recycle stores a lot. Recycle stores are awesome places where people sell their goods- which are generally in really good condition and are sometimes brand new- so that  they can find new homes. My recycle store purchases included (but were in no way limited to) a toaster, a PS2, a giant tv, a Polaroid 6000 camera, and an ancient but beautiful kimono that I got for the equivalent of about R100 (about $10).

I had all these plans for my kimono. I would wear them to fancy occasions. I would wear them to fancy-dress parties. I would hang it on a wall. Sadly, reality laughed in my face, like the bitch she is. I wore it exactly once in 7 years, and have never found a wall suitable or large enough to mount it. So, I decided to commit the ultimate sacrilege: I would rip it apart and use the fabric to make a dress, so I could at least enjoy wearing it a few times a year. Continue reading

Wiggle Dress Mania!


Gertie wiggle 2I only realised when I was editing the photos that the neckline had “peeped up” a bit, sorry.

A while ago I bought my first ever proper sewing book! Having followed Gertie’s blog for a while, I decided to get her New Book for Better Sewing, because a) lots of sewing advice and techniques and b) a veritable treasure-trove, nay, a buttload of patterns based on her favourites. I managed to find it on Takealot, which meant I could chip in some ebucks, so it was pretty affordable! Continue reading