First up is hubby and his idea of going for a walk to the next village, we live just less than 1 mile from the next village but the roads to it contain very little pavements and are mainly national speed limit roads, so we always venture by car on a safety basis. A couple of years ago me and hubby went out for a meal there and walked back via a public footpath, but it was dark and we got sort of lost and so have never ventured that way since. Until this last weekend, when we found ourselves in a winter wonderland but really fancying a walk out. So when he suggested it and in keeping with one of my words of the year - spontaneous (the other word being reclaim), both me and said 12 year old said yes, expecting to only get part way there before having to return. Little did we realise what a fabulous walk we would have. Now don't get me wrong in parts the track is also a bridleway and the horses have churned up the ground so in wet weather you would need some seriously decent waterproof boots to get through, but in a frozen landscape we found the ground solid even if a little uneven!
Here is me and said 12 year old on the bridge across the stream.
The next village and arty shot by hubby
Other gratefuls this week are
- An understanding boss when it came to a snow day and being poorly!
- Central heating - how I love thee
- Facebook for allowing contact with people even when they live far away!
- Digital cameras and instagram - I love both and between me and hubby we've managed some pretty awesome winter piccies that will be appearing on a scrapbook page very soon.
- Finally Darcy's reading challenge which has seen me complete the first book in the challenge and create a piece of artwork that involved paint and my new gelli plate which I love!
Right a quick 12 x 12 layout that I did as part of the UKS Cybercrop nearing the end of last year, I fought with this one the idea was great in my head, just didn't quite come to fruition, but it's done so I photographed it! I'll put Mr Linky right at the bottom of the post, so it's easier to spot and add to rather than trying to find it mid-week.
Hope you've had a grand week, if you want to know a little more about Rocking Your World posts, then have a read under the button on the right hand side.
OK I have to admit it I was dubious about adding this book to the pile of 11 that had come relatively easily, I even considered a different book in opposition to this one, but that one wasn't a fictional read and I actually wanted a neat set of fictional books to attack this year. I also have to admit that fiction is what I sometimes struggle with so to say I've managed to land myself with a book I could quite happily have bounced off the wall and dropped into the bin soooooooooooo many times is the understatement of the year. Which book you're asking - 'confessions of a submissive'.
I subjected myself to the 50 shades books last year, I didn't believe the hype but was intrigued as to why everyone had suddenly felt compelled to read these books. I struggled through the first one (50 shades that is) and could understand why many abandoned at that point, but being a true Virgoan had to read the 'set' so I did and whilst I felt overall that they were OK I felt that the story was rushed and not true to life so when I saw a 'real 50 shades' book (which is how this book was advertised) I thought why not... little did I know. I don't know how I can explain why I was so cross with it, but I think it's because, if that is the true life of a submissive then I don't understand why anyone would subject themselves to it, all I saw was a story of consenting violence which in parts seemed to verge on actual bodily harm. I found I wanted to put the book down more than I wanted to pick it up, but didn't want to be beaten into submission by this book - forgive the pun. So I battled on.
The book centres around the writer who openly expresses herself and her life as a submissive with her vanilla life sprinkled in for good measure. She explains the non-emotional attachment relationships she has and then moves onto one where an emotional attachment is achieved but becomes so complex and contrived that it's difficult to see it ever achieving a long term status. You're left wondering whether such extremes in her private life could eventually leave her permanently marked (I'm of the view that given the nature of some of these interludes she probably already has been and again I mean literally). But what irritated me the most is whilst on one hand she's stating that she loves what she does, she spends most of her time crying to the point of sobbing and covering herself in her own mucus from all the crying - really that floats your boat? I just don't get it and there are occasions when the description in the story quite frankly would have led me to acts of rebellion towards her dominant partner! I kid you not... so all I can tell you is if this is a real life 50 shades and the real life of a submissive you're all right you can keep it! Now don't get me wrong I appreciate that everyone enjoys books for different reasons, for me I like to live in the story and be totally absorbed in it in order that the story becomes real, I think that's why I struggled so much with it, I didn't want to be part of this story.
Be warned if you do attempt this book then the language is extremely graphic and not for the faint hearted.
Will it become a permanent fixture on the bookcase - nope afraid not. Am I glad I finished it - yes? The sense of achievement of managing this challenge in 2013 is something I'm looking forward to, I'm just hoping the next book is a book I can rave about - now which one do I go for?
Finally the art, crikey this was hard to decide on? Do I do a mail art postcard (I thought about it but could not for the life of me think of anyone who might actually want to receive it). Do I do an art journal page or something else. In the end I opted for the comfort of my art journal, the pages I've created have been done in my A5 journal and go across a double page.
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