Joust, Criminal Minds, Pumpkin Carving

Today's post is brought to you by Alz's ancient Wacom tablet, Krispy's suggestions, and Lydia's request for stick figure drawings with crazy eyes.

First off, a visual summary/mini-review of a non-YA fantasy book by a prolific and popular author whom I used to love from third grade through high school and then—well, her books started going downhill much the same way boulders, avalanches, and wingless ducks go downhill.

Yes, I'm talking about Joust by Mercedes Lackey, a book about a young boy enslaved and enserfed into serving his enemies, the dragon-riding Jousters who are at war with his own country. Young Vetch seeks to raise his own dragon and return to his homeland to teach his country's Jousters the secret of raising tame dragons as opposed to capturing wild ones.

The book is nowhere near as exciting as that.  It's pretty much the daily grind of being a dragonboy, Vetch angsting, and Vetch's circumstances becoming a saga of boring and incredibly convenient coincidences. I shall show you what Vetch is like throughout the book:

Everything falls into Vetch's hands like ripe fruit, for conflict? There is none. He just worries about stuff but gets away with absolutely everything without ever being caught. Nobody ever hurts him or bothers him throughout the entire book. His master is a sickeningly "good" man who understands that serfdom and slavery are wrong, drinks only moderately, and is modest and unbecoming and noble and heroic and the repeated iterations of Vetch's relief that Master Ari is just brotherly and not a pedophile really did not help.

Moving on! Krispy suggested I doodle something related to the TV we've been watching lately. This is what happens when Krispy and I watch Criminal Minds:

Lastly, over the weekend we threw together a Halloween-themed surprise birthday party for our friend. There was Chantilly cake and red velvet cupcakes and candy and truffle cheese and baguettes and cute monster sodas, and the evening culminated in Krispy's sister carving her first ever pumpkin. It was a beautiful heartwarming scene forever immortalized in the portrait I sketched alongside the master carver:

And that, my friends, is all for today. Have you carved your pumpkins yet?


Connie Keller said...

I'm not much of a pumpkin carver, though I love roasting the seeds (with garlic salt) and eating them for snacks. Yum.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

I used to love ML's work, especially the stories set in Valdemar, but it's gotten repetitive over the years, with the same types of characters and more angst than actual conflict. I haven't read Joust or her other work in a while, and I doubt I'll go back to it.

Tere Kirkland said...

Carving pumpkins tonight. My neighbors did theirs last week and they've already melted into the porch from the heat.

I read a few Mercedes Lackey books back in the day, but only because there was so little else to read in that genre while waiting for the next Anne McCaffrey novel. ;)

Lydia Kang said...

I can't answer your question, I'm too busy enjoying all the stick figure cartoons that I asked for and I got. HAHAHA!

Next I'm going to ask for a home delivered, steaming-hot bowl of pho. Can you do that too?

Angela Brown said...

No pumpking carving for me, but Krunchy looks like she had a blast. I'm just loving the pictorial of Joust. I think I understand your pain.

Sophia Chang said...

Ahahahaha Krispy has a tail and hobbit claw feet! Cat is called Crunchy! SEEEERRRFFFFFF!

M Pax said...

The ex-lax smoothly made me spit on my monitor. lol I loved your drawings.

Golden Eagle said...

I think I read a short story in some anthology with Vetch as the main character. As I remember, I liked it. :P

Enjoyed the illustrations, though! :)

Anonymous said...

I haven't had a chance to read Lackey yet, but I'd like to.

I don't have any pumpkins to carve, but I'll enjoy Halloween in other ways.

ali cross said...

Ack! Your posts make it impossible to skim. *darn you funny doodles!*

I have to say, I used to LOVE Mercedes Lackey. 'Nuff said.

And the party sounds like such fun! I am a bad, bad mommy, because 1) I have not decorated for Halloween and 2) we have not gotten our pumpkins.

Which means, 3) we have not carved them.

Yes. I know. I suck. :(