Dylan.Blog Writing and musings by Dylan Reed

Week Eighteen

Week Six - Dylan looking insane at the end of a panoramic of Wellington NZ

The week that has been.

This week has been full of amazing, frustrating and crazy things. I am attempting to not count my chickens before they hatch so I will be keeping my cards close to my chest. BAM!! Double metaphor bonus points.

I did start reading the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicles. And it does not disappoint. It builds off of the first one nicely and adds so much more. And I am only 1/4 of the way through it.

Ukulele is going well. I had a little drop off the previous week with some of the aforementioned frustrating things, but I am back on track to practicing everyday.

For my birthday, my brother in law got me the Age of Sigmar. If you don’t know about Warhammer, maybe don’t go looking. The basics are that you assemble and paint miniatures and then set up epic battle. As nerdy things go it is pretty nerdy. And I am so excited.

Writing is back on track. I bought myself some blind boxes to use as rewards and that helps me stay motivated for the stuff I don’t like to do. I have found more problems with Calliope and the Living Biologic that I need to address. The first read/edit of Rio Borealis is going well.

That is pretty much it for this week.

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The Bow Tie Project Week Sixteen

This fabric has a very nice color to it and is one of the more subtle ties I have made. The great thing about Easter colored ties is you can wear them year round.

How can you help?

Do you also love bow ties? No one needs 52 bow ties, so I was thinking I could share the making of them with others. If you want a bow tie, you just need to buy the fabric, pay for shipping, and I will add you to the list. Shoot me an email so we can set it up. I will need to know what size your neck is.

Since I also want to gain some bow ties from this experience I will be only opening up twenty-six of the fifty-two ties for people. So get in now or miss out. Fill out the form

Wish me luck and check back every week for the newest bowtie.

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The Children of the Sky

The Children of the Sky


Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children ended up after a disaster that nearly obliterated humankind throughout the galaxy. Ravna and the pack animals for which the planet is named have survived a war, and Ravna has saved more than one hundred children who were in cold-sleep aboard the vessel that brought them.

While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them—and among the humans—who seek power… and no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization that has taken root since the humans landed.


I loved A Fire Upon the Deep it was my first big science fiction book and it changed everything for me as far as science fiction. Before this most of my science fiction reading had been Philip K. Dick, who I love, but this was something different.

The first encounter with the Tines was amazing and I felt like it was such an amazing alien race. Non-humanoid and awesome.

This is not that book. The Children of the Sky was good, but I didn’t get the same magical feeling as the first book. I think part of this is because the characters that I loved in the first book are all grown up and I did not love the people they had become. I don’t disagree with any choices made but I found so many characters unlikable in their current form.

The writing more than makes up for that though. Verner Vinge’s style is wonderful to read and I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. It was a longer read but more than worth it.

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Week Sixteen

Week Sixteen - Dylan looking insane at the end of a panoramic of Wellington NZ

This was the week that I discovered Minecraft… again. Thanks Harper. Since Minecraft is just legos for adults it is really easy to lose and hour or six in. This isn’t my first time experiencing this phenomenon, but I am having a hard time pulling myself away from it this time.

So instead of stopping I am making myself use it as a reward. If I get all of my writing, ukulele and other projects done I can work on my buildings. Right now I am making a western town in a mesa and putting some finishing touches on an underwater town.

The book I am currently reading is super enjoyable so I am taking my time and savoring the circus ness of it. Oh, it is The Night Circus, and it is everything I wanted in a book about a circus.

Everyone have a great week.

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