Monday, 11 April 2011

Blog Hop

Book Blogger Hop

Welcome to Drying Ink, blog hoppers! I review an eclectic mix of fantasy and science fiction, with my favourite authors including Robin Hobb, Steven Erikson, and Patrick Rothfuss. I also include a number of articles and toplists: just below this post, for example, you can find my (very subjective) ranking of what I think are the best five fantasy (non review) blogs. Comment and say hello!

This week, the question is:
Outside of books, what is your guilty pleasure?

Well, I'm afraid I'm going to have to give a very boring answer: strictly speaking, I don't really have one. Things I enjoy outside of reading include pyrography (burning designs onto wood or leather), kayaking, badminton, writing, and science, and I wouldn't say any are really -that- guilty!

What's your answer? Comment and say hello below!


  1. Hopping through via the Week-Hop! Wow, pyrography sounds like a great hobby to have. :) I'll bet you make very lovely gifts for the holidays. Have a good week!


  2. I've done pyrography before, but it's been a long time. It was a lot of fun, though. I hope you have a fantastic week!

    Marla @ Starting the Next Chapter

  3. Thanks for dropping by my blog! Looks like you've reviewed a lot of interesting books. I'll have to browse through and read some of your comments. :)

  4. I've been meaning to stop by and welcome you back to the blogging world, but it took me a while to make it over. Anyways, welcome back. Those are some great hobbies you have. Pyrography sounds like a lot of fun and I've always wanted to try it. I love working with wood and have taken some wood carving classes, and if I see one for pyrography I would definitely sign up.

  5. I thought my answers were boring, too, but yours definitely are not! You've got some great hobbies!

    I'm your newest follower, and I look forward to reading more of your posts =)

    New follower!
    Here's my Monday post

  6. Hello. Pyrography sounds great but since I'm a firefighter im afraid the smell of burning wood might cause me to keep extinguishing my work before I got anywhere. btw, I don't have time for guilty pleasures between work, family, and writing. Wait a minute, writing may be a guilty pleasure since it drives my wife crazy when I sit at my computer instead of interacting. I guess that makes me feel guilty.

  7. @DJL: Welcome! Well, I hope I do - that's one of the main reasons I love pyrography: you can make such interesting gifts. I'm following your blog, too - and I might have to agree about the science fiction films!

    @Marla: You have? How long for? I'm following back, too - have a great week!

    @Noel: Thanks - I'd be interested to know your thoughts. Looking forward to your Contra Alliance review as well. :)

    @Simcha: Thanks for the welcome, and I'm glad to see your blog's still doing well. Actually, pyrography is meant to work very well with woodcarving - there are even a few tutorials on doing that over at Pyrography Online.

    @Lindsay: Welcome, and thank you - I enjoyed your post as well, and I'm following back.

    @Douglas: Heh, I guess that might well be a problem - though it shouldn't come anywhere close to igniting if you're being careful. :P Your book looks very interesting - I'll have to take a closer look. :)

  8. Stopping by from the blog hop.

    I guess I am only other guilty pleasure is "playing" on the computer. :)


  9. I'm stopping over from this weeks hop. This does sound interesting.

    I'm a new follower!


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