Wednesday, 25 January 2012

A kind of magic

♫ Saint Daemon – No Man's Land

At the beginning of January I ended up online-shopping again, this time at Marty Magic. It was quite a... coincidence, I suppose; a friend showed me a photo of an ear wrap which was "so me", but the photo was not on the designer's website. A bit of research, and oops, I had ordered an ear cuff...

So, yeah. Marty Magic is the web store of an individual jewellery designer. The piece my friend showed was obviously this, but I didn't purchase it. Instead, I ended up buying quite a small ear cuff, and I got a dragon cuff thrown in as well! Yet the piece I bought was made of sterling silver, whereas the giveaway was pewter.

I don't think it's particularly easy to find such cuffs, but it was nice to find an individual designer who makes such. Supporting such designers is cool! I also think the prices are reasonable – however, I didn't want to buy one of those more expensive pieces because I'm reluctant to purchase expensive stuff from outside the EU... Don't want to pay customs. :/ But I can point out that the merchant had marked the value of the parcel to be only 2/3 of the real value.

It took the parcel quite long to arrive, however, it was quite promptly shipped. I'm also satisfied with the products; the silvery piece is easy to put on, it doesn't pinch and it hardly comes off, it seems. The pewter one is more loose, but I doubt it'll fall either. I suppose these pieces saved me from another piercing since I had wanted to wear something at that part of the ear cartilage, but well... Since my piercing has been sore for over two months now (I know it can take half a year for it to fully heal), I'm not too eager to prolong my (and others') suffering. :D

In other words, if you're looking for some fine jewellery, check out Marty Magic. The selection is perfect for goths, princesses and pirates! So long!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

The adventure is over

♫ Ensiferum – Lai Lai Hei

So I finished reading The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, having been reading it randomly ever since I mentioned it in this blog post dealing with Edgar Allan Poe. It was very enjoyable, something I hadn't expected it to be, and something I could recommend to everyone who has enjoyed Poe's short stories or who likes adventure stories such as those of Verne's. Those who have found their inner pirate might enjoy it too, they're sailing so much.

The image here is Albert Edward Sterner's illustration of a certain scene – about which I won't tell anything as it might be a spoiler.

But alas! Can someone tell me what happened to Tiger? Did I just miss that part, or was it omitted altogether?

Lastly, Satuilin – if you see this, please contact me at quicksilversanity @ I have trouble contacting you regarding your giveaway prize as the email messages just keep bouncing back.

Friday, 6 January 2012

The New Death and others – giveaway contest winner

The New Death and others giveaway contest is now over! Thanks everyone! The winner is Satuilin – congratulations! You can expect to be contacted soon regarding your prize. Have fun reading the eBook!

I also warmly recommend others to check out the book review and consider familiarizing yourself with it. Now, until next time, so long!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

History of times to come

♫ Bloodbound – Moria

It's time to write about the past and the future a bit. I'm not making a broad summary post with all the highlights of my 2011, but I'll mention a few things which I find particularly relevant.

I spent New Year's Eve with a few friends and some magic potions, and unfortunately some photos seem to prove that I wasn't particularly sober. But I'm made of steel and such, or I'm hardcore like a pirate, and didn't have a hangover. Even though:

The year 2011 was very remarkable for me. Unlike many years before it, it's likely to be imprinted on my memory for...ever? I used to distinguish so many earlier years from each other by associating them with concerts I had attended back then or something else that was probably fun and memorable (occasionally also miserable), yet not as important.

The room in which we partied had a lovely wall decal.

In 2011 I experienced so much – and although I didn't get that many remarkable first time experiences, the incidents which did happen became so significant since they all happened during one year. I think I can even say that I had the worst moments of my life in 2011, but also the best moments. In spite of some great sorrow I cannot deny that there were moments when I was probably happier than I had ever been before. In fact I remember thinking like that already during those moments.

So what did I learn? Maybe that I'm a bit stronger again and can actually live up to my rule of life:
"If you're going through hell, keep going."
Last night I also felt better than I had expected. A few things had been burdening me a bit – nothing too serious, and I could forget the issues. I remembered that I have awesome people around me – the ones with whom I was, as well as those with whom I was merely in a message contact... And those from whom I didn't hear last night, but who are still there, making my life richer.

I'm in the mirror!

My blog had its first anniversary a few days ago. I've really enjoyed blogging, I suppose, because apparently I only do it when I feel like it. However, I'd really like to hear my readers' opinions on, well, everything? What do you like and what don't you like in my blog? Which posts have been your favorite ones so far? Which topics would you like to see me writing about? If you have any feedback, positive or negative, please do express yourselves!

Studies show (in other words, the statistics do) that this has been the most viewed post in my blog, yet I'm  quite sure that's due to all those Google mishits when the unlucky have been looking for pirate map tutorials for Photoshop or Pirates of the Caribbean wallpapers. Sorry, folks! Maybe I should make up to those people and actually create a pirate map tutorial?

Anyway, I want to point out that I'm trying to make blog posts with some inspiring content, and thus, I really do care about what kind of posts my readers are most interested in. So please don't hesitate to suggest, request and beg for something you have on mind!

I also want to remind you of the giveaway draw which is running until Epiphany. Go participate, it might be worth the trouble! ;D

I want to wish all my readers an extremely happy and successful New Year! Thank you for this past year! So long!
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