Re-Intro and (really really small!) Book Haul

(Can I really call it a haul if it’s only one book?)

It’s been a good while since I made any posts, or even came on here. A year! I haven’t been keeping up with many of my Mipstitch pages as of late, but I’m hoping to start to remedy that in the near future. There is, and has been, a lot going on that has made focusing on and desiring to do any of my hobbies very, very difficult. Things are turbulent and I’m not sure when they will settle down, but when they do, I hope to start producing content the way I’d like as soon as I can.

There is one hobby I’ve been able to partake in with some regularity, though: Reading. It’s just about the only thing, other than the mind-numbing refreshing of Facebook, Youtube, and my e-mail in hopes of something to do or look at(I got locked out of my Tumblr– oh well!), that I’ve really had the emotional and mental capacity to do lately. Depression is a hell of a thing to deal with. But I have been doing a decent amount of reading as of late, from Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and Coraline, Mark Z. Danelewski’s The Familiar, the Sherlock stories, Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, and more. In addition, I’ve began to immerse myself in the vlogging community known as BookTube, and while I don’t currently have the means or content to make Youtube videos, I someday hope to. In the meanwhile, I’ll start bookblogging, and any other blogging I please, right here on WordPress.

And without further ado, let’s dig into my “haul”.

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It consists of a single book, Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn, that I bought for a dollar at the Book-Off in the mall. I would have bought more, but I just didn’t have the time to keep browsing. This book is also the only book on my immediate TBR, as it’s the only TBR book I have on me for the next few days.

Ella Minnow Pea is an epistolary novel about a town with a certain reverence for the pangramĀ “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” As the letters fall off the monument to the phrase, they are banned from use by the High Council of the community, and they may not be spoken or written. Expect a review of it once I’ve read it!

I absolutely love epistolary novels, and really any novel that is written in a less conventional format. Hence my curiosity of Mark Z. Danielewski’s works, and the Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I would love some recommendations of novels with non-conventional structures to tell their stories. I’m well aware of Illuminae and MZD’s works of course, as well as the older epistolary novel Clarissa, Or, the History of a Yong Lady by Samuel Richardson. Let me know of any others I should look into reading!

New Tail Jar!

So a short while back, I saw it mentioned that people like to hold onto the yarn tails they cut off of their projects for use in other things, such as stuffing for Amigurumi. I like the idea so much that i began saving all of my own yarn tails and shoving them into a tiny jar that my grandma once used to store buttons.

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As you can see, that one filled up quickly and became very squished. I didn’t really like the look of it and I wanted room to store more, and be able to take the tails I’d cut off and stored else wear, like my the bottom of my project bag, and put them somewhere more… contained. So I went out and got the larger mason jar!

Truth be told I would have liked to have an even bigger jar. This one is a 24 oz and I was hoping for a nice large one with a big mouth so I could easily stick my hand in and grab some tails if I needed. But for now, this one will do.

Official First Post!

I guess I don’t really know how else to start out here, but hi! I’m Melissa, or Mel, or Mip, whichever you prefer. After scrolling through some blogs around here, I decided I liked the format and decided to add it to my Social Media repertoire, more specifically, for my craft and small business page, Mipstitch! This is going to be a place for all my various crafts and hobbies. I don’t know if it will transition to being my main site, but for now we can wait and see what the future holds.