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In a few weeks I will be able to speak a LOT more about something I’ve literally been working on since LAST MARCH.  So…I’m not talking about it more ;)  Rather, here’s a list of random things I’m enjoying lately between working!

DOWNTON ABBY

My friend @Lbartsch linked this series to me last week before I went on vacation.  I hadn’t heard about it, but on first click my corset drama obsession reared it’s ugly head, and I watched all the episodes streaming on PBS.  GREAT acting, wonderful scripts, obsess-worthy characters.  Upstairs Downstairs in TV form, I’ve heard unedited versions can be purchased on iTunes as well, so…I think I will go to there :)

ALASTAIR REYNOLDS
I discovered Alastair Reynolds over my holiday, and I AM OBSESSED.  House of Suns is a stand-alone I believe, but the author has a body of work I’m gonna start lapping up as you can tell from my effusive House of Suns Goodreads Review.  Between this author and Iain Banks, I feel like I’m in my own personal sci-fi revival!  Now I’m obsessed with writing my own sci-fi web series :)

SOLIPSKIER


A better browser game I haven’t played in a long time. Many screenshots and text pictures between me and a few friends trying to beat each others’ scores. I have yet to win, but the fun of it is monumental. Strangely, the game is even MORE fun on iPad/iPhone. Love when that happens :)

SPF 100 BABY!

I just went to Maui for 6 days and I used this crap all over every day, didn’t get burned at all. I used a zinc/titanium dioxide physical sunscreen on my face (since that is the only 100% way to block the rays according to my dad) but for a spray, this kept my fish underbelly white skin crystal clear!

Instagr.am
Hana Maui Hotel View
Gross, another social network. I’m kinda sick of providing my personal content to inflate someone’s service, but Instagr.am really knocks it out of the park with photo sharing, much better than the abysmal yfrog and twitpic. Also the filters make you feel like you’re fancy, even when you’re not. This is a service that Flickr should have provided a year ago for mobile users. It better get something going soon, or Instagram will fill the void totally! Of course FAIL PART: I can’t link a picture in my account here because it’s totally mobile SO I HAD TO UPLOAD IT TO FLICKR. Ugh, GUYS PLEASE BE COMPREHENSIVE SOON! :)

Shaky Alibi

I will assert that this might be the best cappuccino in LA. The foam is just so good. And try the Belgian Liege waffles while you’re there, I guess they’re the only place in town that makes them fresh. Mmmm!

This Video
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Oh BTW, we’re doing a Guild Comic and Season 4 launch signing at Barnes and Noble in LA, at The Grove this month! Feb 22, 7pm, Q/A then signing. Come say hi, various other cast members will be there!

  • Kelly

    Psst, that link goes to the House of Suns book page, I don’t see your review!

  • http://twitter.com/matthewglidden Matthew

    Wow, new Alastair Reynolds? Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

  • http://boredomaboundsbyjulia.blogspot.com Julia @ Boredom Abounds

    I’ve heard so many people rave about Downtown Abbey – I think I’ll definitely have to check it out!

  • http://www.feliciaday.com Felicia

    THANKZ!

  • http://twitter.com/matthewglidden Matthew

    (And P.S. Find Felicia’s reviews from her Goodreads reviews page: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/666892-felicia?shelf=read)

    • http://www.chrisfeyrer.com Chris Feyrer

      Glad to see you’re finding time to have fun — I’m a instagr.am convert — it does have that “more than bare bones” appeal.

      The parts of this post that made me smile most were the vocabulary words. How’s that for geeky. Here’s my favorites: effusive, assert, monumental, zinc/titanium dioxide physical sunscreen.

      All will be used unusually often for the next few days.

      Really looking forward to the mystery project. I assert that your monumental ability to work so hard, yet find time to cover your face with zinc/titanium dioxide physical sunscreen and go to Maui could produce an effusive essay on my part! But I’ll keep it short.

      Keeping busy too –
      Chris

  • Kiala

    Downton Abbey tweeted at me this week and I almost had the vapors on my fainting couch.

    (I don’t have a fainting couch)

    (yet)

    • http://www.feliciaday.com Felicia

      HOLY CRAP IT TWEETED YOU? Where was I? /jealous You’re Mary and I’m Edith, bitch!

  • Kelly

    Thanks for fixing it, sounds like a good read!

  • http://www.feliciaday.com Felicia

    Nesting comments broken. Sad sauce, will get someone to help fix (EDGAAAAR!) :D

    • http://edgargarcia.com edgar

      Gah, I don’t read your blog, except when forced to! #badwebmaster #fix’d #hashtag

  • Penny

    Not to be picky…but Upstairs Downstairs WAS a television show! lol

  • Sarah

    Oh my goodness, you posted the Winnipeg Humane Society video! LOL

    It’s interesting to see how people outside of the city take it, since they don’t know who this guy is and why he adds a bonus amount of local hilarity to the advertisement. See, he’s kind of an advertising “celeb” here, most notably because of his Dad’s “famous” furniture store ads (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFs03fGZXY4), which he eventually took over doing when he took over the business. So he’s essentially parodying himself and his father in this Humane Society ad!

  • http://Twitter.com/BrittJk Brittany K

    I think you just made my life!! That video is from my local humane society that I volunteered at!! An someone outside of Winnipeg saw it? Someone famous? This is totally awesome! Your ranking just went up in my books (though if it gets any higher I’m going to need to start writing my list on the empire state building)

  • Annie

    I loved Downton Abbey and I can’t wait for the new season. I too am a sucker for corset drama. Have you ever watched the Forsyte Saga? That was also good British miniseries. I never watched Upstairs, Downstairs so I will have to check it out.

  • http://www.feliciaday.com Felicia

    Yeah, Upstairs Downstairs WAS a TV show. Derrr, sorry. I’m thinking of that movie a few years back, Altman directed it, right? What was it?!

  • Kathleen

    I thought Revelation Space was total genius. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Ian

    Gosford Park?

  • jens

    The Remains of the Day?

    Got a kindle recently so gonna abuse your recommendations as much as I can :-P

  • http://www.onegemini.com Blair

    Signing and stuff on the 22nd? Dangit! I leave L.A. on that morning. Raspberries. :

    In related-to-The-Guild-comic news, someone who might be me is possibly working on a pinup for an upcoming comic that might be written by you and someone else. Maybe.

    Allegedly.

  • Jesse S

    Felicia,

    Glad to hear you’re thinking about protecting your skin! You should check out this excellent and pretty short article on sunblock. You may be surprised to learn that many sunblocks may be causing greater damage than they’re protecting us from.

    http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/9-surprising-facts-about-sunscreen/

    Bottom line is that chemical sunblocks may themselves cause cancer (they generate free radicals that damage DNA and age skin — often more than caused by the sun!) and frequently have chemicals that are toxic and disrupt the body’s hormone systems. Mineral based ones (zinc and titanium) have some risks of their own, but are probably much better risks than chemical ones.

    The sunblock you mentioned specifically, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock, SPF 100+ rates a 7 out of 10 on the EWG “danger” scale for sunblocks. It contains, among other chemicals, oxybenzone, a toxic hormone disruptor that doctors have been recommending against using at all on children. It also blocks UVA and UVB unevenly, which means you can be getting skin damage without a burn to warn you. You can lookup that sunblock specifically.

    Also take a look at the list of recommended sunscreens. Ridiculously high SPF ratings are a clue that marketing is a bigger concern than skin protection. Better yet, avoid extended sun exposure when possible!

    Thanks for all the great stuff!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ben_b55 Ben

    Hmm…just one more thing to get on my Kindle (which I blame/thank you for convincing me to get from your tweets when you got yours) once I’m done with the original Dune series that is. I will recommend the sunscreen to my cousin who is solarly challenged like yourself ;)

  • http://www.twitter.com/ben_b55 Ben

    Most of the time Felicia avoids any exposure to the sun so I don’t think the danger is too great for sporadic limited usage :p

    The information you present is valid however and a good thing to keep in mind.

  • Tony

    You may be inadvertently be making yourself Vitamin D deficient by applying all that sunblock and making yourself more prone to various diseases, infectious and otherwise. Better get your serum levels checked and supplement with Vitamin D3 if you are deficient.

  • Lorena J

    It’s too bad most of the stuff I can’t enjoy, living in Brazil and all.

    Maybe the game… although I’m really interested in the sunblock spray to use in my beach trip.

    One more thing, don’t know if you’ve heard but there’s a new tv production on Upstairs Downstairs. I had never heard of it, but i’ve seen it and it’s pretty good.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/24/downton-abbey-upstairs-downstairs

    I generally am a long talker but it’s almost 4am and I’m not sure you would be interested in my drunk [of sleep] talking.

    Nice blog!
    xo

  • Doug Luberts

    Gosford Park was the Altman film … Brilliant piece, too.

    The cat video “girl cats, boy cats, used to be boy cats!” LO-friggin’-L!

  • http://stroppsworld.com/ Stropp

    Felicia, if you’re loving Reynolds work, I completely recommend The Revelation Space series, particularly the stand alone books set in the same universe: Chasm City and Diamond DogsTurqoise Days. They are among my favorites.

  • http://www.whenihavetime.com Sara Rosso

    Downton Abbey is awesome, season 2 is coming soon! You might also want to check out Cranford, Lost in Austen was decent, and if you haven’t seen the original Pride & Prejudice series (’95, Colin Firth) that’s an immediate Stop, do-not-pass-go and go watch.

    We have similar taste, that I’m sure of – I can send you some book recs offline if you like :)

  • http://iris-impressions.com Iris

    Wafflerie is now my new favourite word.

  • Bleyddyn

    Now I’m obsessed with writing my own sci-fi web series

    I’d buy that sight unseen! Well, after I find a new job I would.

  • Mark Bunner

    I have yet to find a photo service that is perfect. I tend to use Google’s service to post some albums for someone to see. But, none of them are sufficiently comprehensive in my opinion.

    If you are looking for fantasy or sci-fi books: My friend has written a couple. You might like them. They are both available on Kindle now, too. They are “Warders of the Gate” and “Power Play” by Mark Murray. He is currently working on the sequel to Warders.

    Warders is at: http://www.amazon.com/Warders-of-the-Gate-ebook/dp/B001DDIEBA/

    Power Play is at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004K6MI96

  • Neil Myers

    Is it possible to like your blog more that your Web series? This despite having you to blame for my present Solipskier addiction…

  • XK

    Thanks for the link to House of Suns! I’ve been itching to find some new space opera… wish it was a full series, but it sounds worth a read, regardless.

  • Brendan Matthew

    Midnight Kitty Madness made my morning!

  • Vladimir

    “Used to be boy cat”!! OMG :D

  • Katey

    i want a cat i can name oink!

  • http://southernfriedmoxie.blogspot.com Charmed Southern

    I know. I like period dramas and I’m a fan of PBS, but the summary for Downtown Abbey didn’t grab my attention initially. Now I wish I’d watched it from the start. I think (read: hope) it’s available for online viewing on PBS’s site but that means I have a lot of episodes to watch to catch up. **sigh** I’ll prob attempt it this weekend, just to see what everyone is raving about.

  • http://southernfriedmoxie.blogspot.com Charmed Southern

    Oh! I didn’t realize Downtown Abbey was going to be a returning series. I thought it was just a one-time miniseries. I own the VHS (old school, I know) of the Colin Firth A&E version of Pride & Prejudice. Six hours of awesome. Plus, who doesn’t love Colin Firth in a wet T-shirt?

    I like (and own) the Kiera Knightley version, too, and that had some great parts but the A & E one was much closer to the book.

  • Kiala

    GOSFORD PARK OMG. Actually Downton Abbey’s resemblance to Gosford Park is why I keep waiting every episode for MURDER.

  • http://twitter.com/davidinindy David M

    “Gosford Park” and “Downton Abbey” were written by the same person, Julian Fellowes (http://goo.gl/J0jMt). He’s better known as Kilwillie from the BBC dramady “Monarch of the Glen” (My PBS station used to show it)

  • Caryn

    Thank you! Everyone’s been raving about Downton, but I hadn’t known I could get it off iTunes.

  • http://dkplewis.blogspot.com/ David L

    There was a new mini-series of Upstairs Downstairs on over Christmas which we’ve only just watched, thanks to a build-up of TV on our Sky+ box. I can definitely recommend it for when it turns up on your side of the Atlantic. Hopefully the BBC will be making a full series out of it.

  • http://rimstar.org Steve

    House of Suns sounds great! I enjoyed your past picks (Vernor Vinge’s A Fire Upon the Deep comes to mind) so I’m definately adding Alastair Reynolds to the list. Thanks!

  • Kiala

    Oooh neat! I used to watch Monarch of the Glen!

    • Dave

      If you’re getting back into Science Fiction then you could try Jaine Fenn’s books. Like Alistair Reynolds, she is a British author published by Gollancz. She has three books out so far with the fourth out in September. Her first book is Principles of Angels and I believe you will find her on goodreads or you can visit her blog at http://www.jainefenn.com

      If this sounds like a shameless plug, that’s because it is (she’s my wife :) ).

  • http://www.csdaley.com Christopher

    We are heading to Maui in April for our anniversary. We are also lily white so thanks for the sunscreen tip.

    Reynolds is awesome you are going to dig his other books (yes I said dig. I am bringing it back baby).

    Can’t wait to find out about super secret project.

  • http://recoveringfirecracker.squarespace.com/ Trude

    Thanks for all the awesome linkys! I’m definitely trying Shaky Alibi this Sunday for brunch, after reading their description of their waffles IT’S ON. I use Instagram to upload to Flickr, Twitter and FB all at once – easy peasy. :) Glad you were finally able to take a break!

  • Michael M

    Please do more of this! I’ve learned about more great sci-fi from you than from any book reviewer I read.

  • Robin

    LA on the 22nd is all very well, but I hear that San Francisco on the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st of March will be really nice.

    *ahem*

  • http://ironicchef.wordpress.com Nick

    Reynolds. Banks. and Vinge are all awesome. Since I’m new around here I’m not sure if you’ve come across Richard Morgan, who’s yet another of the edgy contemporary SF “rip yer cerebral cortex out and squeeze mercilessly” mafia.

    Another recommendation is Dan Simmons’ Hyperion series, which has been around for quite a while, and the more recent Olympos/Illum books. Simmons is a genius multi-genre writer, and his current titles are astoundingly researched period pieces with subtle supernatural bends. I’ve been reading his stuff for thirty years, and remember every story vividly. If you’re ever in the mood for a very dark, short novel that will leave you emotionally spent and broken, read “Song of Kali”.

    I’ll also give a shout-out to Peter F. Hamilton and Stephen Baxter, both of whom can get a bit trippy at times while meandering about amidst enormous landscapes populated by strange and unique ideas. While they’re not as clever with words as the aforementioned authors, they make up for it with the vastness of their stories.

    And, finally, try to find ‘The Nanotech Succession’ books by Linda Nagata. They’re so worth it.

  • Bill

    Yeah, “House of Suns” was pretty good. Very imaginative. I’d recommend the earlier “Revelation Space” series for some time when you don’t have anything else to read though.

    It starts out stong, but it kind of fizzles at the end. It was almost like he was tired of writing it but was contractually obligated to finish it. (or something like that)

  • Bill

    BTW… Isn’t this guy one of your real life guild mates? ;)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8SWMAQYQf0

  • Stephen

    I recently discovered The Guild and i was wondering why the lead actress looked so familiar to me. that lead me to your Wikipedia page. it was then that i noticed that you had made appearances in many of my favorite shows, like House, Lie to me, Dollhouse, Dr.Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and even Eureka. I decided that i would comment here saying that you do exceptional work and you have gained one more fan. Congratulations on all of your success.

  • Alan Pritchard

    Hi Felicia!

    Thanks for all the awesome stuff you do, written or filmed, this blog I just found, is no exception. Eclectic and interesting.

    Major book input – apologies for any redundancy:

    I see you have go onto the double hard sci-fi kombo of Banks and Reynolds! Win!

    If you get the time to branch out more, take a look at Hamilton (just about everything he did is good) or Richard Morgan. It fills the time waiting for Alastair or Iain to write more stuff). There’s also a tonne of good one-offs out there which I am working my way through.

    I liked some of the recent more fantasy related books that have come out – there’s a slew with more 3D female leads, not just the 2D treatment that plagued many previous books. Kate Elliot there – particularly Spirit Gate series…

    Otherwise there’s the complicated head-cracker stuff. Brasiyl by MacDonald was perfect for Quantum Parallel Universe madness, whilst I am now slogging my way through Gene Wolfe’s old-time ‘Book of the New Sun’ series – waaaay old but tough and rewarding going (I’d consider myself a pretty advanced English reader and I have to put the book down every few chapters to rest by steaming brain)

    Enjoy (or not, YMMV) :D

    Alan aka the Space§man

  • Chris Lewis

    Awesome, another Alastair Reynolds fan! I picked up Revelation Space on a whim one day, and now I’m completely hooked. I just wish it wasn’t so hard to get some of his books here in the U.S. There’s a few that I’ve had to buy as imports because U.S. publishers don’t carry them, which can get expensive in a hurry!

  • Robin

    What is the sunscreen that you used on your face? Did you like it? I’m looking for a good one!

  • http://devicat326.blogspot.com/ devicat

    someone who enjoyed Downtown Abbey surely has watched the modern adaptation of Sherlock!! If not, watch it! waaatch it – it’s absolutely one of the best shows of 2010!

  • http://josephrobertlewis.wordpress.com/ Joseph

    Holy Squidward!

    I knew you were the queen of awesome, but you like Downton Abbey too??? I have no trendy hipster words to express the extra-awesomeness of this revelation.

    Keep on being you!

  • Candice

    Netflix Instant just added season one of Downton Abbey and I am ashamed to admit I finished it in two evenings. I couldn’t stop watching! What I want to know is why do we only see the harem pants once?

  • Dean

    Have you heard of Jane McGonigal? http://janemcgonigal.com/
    She has just written a book about how gaming more can improve our lives and the world. Her book is titled “Reality is Broken” (http://www.amazon.com/Reality-Broken-Games-Better-Change/dp/1594202850). Jane was a speaker at TED and guest on the Stephen Clobert Report.

    Thought these might be interesting, enjoy.

  • James

    Thanks for the heads-up on Downton Abbey – I Netflix’d it and it is fantastic!

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  • http://luboost1.blogspot.com erica K

    I loved the comic. I so wish you’d do more, Guild or otherwise! I’m reading 2061: Odyssey Three right now. I’m going to force the family to watch 2001 and 2010 this weekend. The kids won’t hang out for long, I’m sure. ;) I’ll have to check out that book. (As if I didn’t have an entire shelf of new books waiting to be read.)

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    hey my name is felicia too!!!!! i was searching my website and found this who is felicia? is day ur last name? or is a day like on a calender? just wondering i have a blog too but itas not done yet try searching feliciasallthingawesome.webstart.com i dont think its publisted yet still working on it.

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