I read Divergent in November during NaNoWriMo

As the title says, I read Veronica Roth’s Divergent (only the first book) in November (when I was not writing)

I usually prefer books before movies, but this one I happened to see the movie first. I had heard about the trilogy before and had read an article about the ending of the trilogy and about the author justifying that ending (yes, I know the ending even though I have not read it, but no ,more spoilers here please).

I watched the movie on a gigantic plane on my way to India. Twice. Because I liked it. Then I decided to get my hands on the book and more or less gobbled it up whole. 🙂

I like the idea of the factions, the world seems quite well thought out, the words are simple, it’s a quick read, it’s YA, and I like the heroine – even though the movie gave me a quite skewed look on what she look like. I like the dystopian future books (sadly I suck at writing dystopian futures, but I would very much like to write one some day).

Apparently the Divergent trilogy has been compared to the Hunger Games trilogy, and I happened to come across the following article comparing the words of the most popular YA authors of today:

Divergent trilogy, by Veronica Roth: A textual analysis comparing it to the Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and the Twilight series..

This is the article before the above one, I recommend reading it too:

Hunger Games: Catching Fire: A textual analysis of Suzanne Collins’ novels, and Twilight and Harry Potter too..

I think the links in the images with the text analysis is not working, so here is a link to the full image: Most common sentences, by author



I cleaned up my painting area


Here is where the magic happen (mostly). As I paint the paint tubes and brushes tend to grow legs and feet and perform a sort of slowdance away from their ordered places. It looked like a hurricane had been through my stuff before (I am pretty sure he is too short to reach, but you never know, kid’s got arms and legs like an octopus), brushes and tubes scattered all over the place. Now I got all my empty and WIP canvases in one place, next to where I paint so I don’t have to go flying through half the house to find the right size canvas…

On my to-do list is still a place to store all paintings. They are currently quite small so they fit standing in an expensive store paperbag (you know those with fancy silver print and nice rope or fabric handles, like Monsoon or French Eye (only expensive stores I’ve shopped at)) but they are gradually getting bigger and increasing in quantity. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Why does everything have to be plastic?

As the title says; why does everything have to be plastic?


This thought came to me after my 2.5 year old hurricane once again broke his parking house with slide and elevator. Plastic parking house with plastic slide and plastic elevator. And then he gets upset that it is not working. We repaired it with tape. Now when I am looking at all his toys I am struck with the notion that most of them are plastic. Plastic car, plastic hammer, plastic computer. I’m sure it is cheaper, but is it really cheaper in the long run?

On another note, metal cars really hurt if you get one thrown at you, same with metal planes. Plastic only hurt depending on how big they are… 🙂

I’m in a bit of a slump at the moment; too much stuff I want to do, too little time to decide what to do first. I am also thinking of renaming my blog to ‘a mad creative’s blog’.

I want to paint too, draw, sew, design, craft, build, organise and write. And so much more!

And I don’t want to pick just one… I am still on top of the 1 painting per week resolution, I’m just behind in uploading them. Maybe that should be a part of the resolution too?