Collective Nounitude: Foxes

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EF OU EX by =Culpeo-Fox (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Most Common:

A Skulk of Foxes


A Leash of Foxes

A Lead of Foxes

An Earth of Foxes

A Sly of Foxes

A Nursery of Foxes

A News of Foxes (Ha! coz of Fox news, I get it)

A Mandelsson of Foxes (that one confused me…I googled it and I think there’s a
Fox news presenter called Mandelson? I dunno, we don’t really have Fox news in Oz)

A Glee of Foxes

A Fly of Foxes

My suggestions:

A Fleet of Foxes

A Streak of Foxes

A Shadow of Foxes

A Fire of Foxes

The Grinning and the Staring by =Culpeo-Fox (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

The Grinning and the Staring by =Culpeo-Fox (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Reason for choice:

I’ve loved foxes since I was a little girl (longer than owls actually – shocking I know!)
but this is specifically inspired by the cache of new fox jewellery i bought recently –
a fox necklace and two fox rings (one matching the necklace) from Oz Comic Con
which join another fox ring that I wear everyday 🙂


Wikipedia (skulk) (earth)

Challenges Update # 1 + Tiny Tidbits from Leederville

Hello Bookbaggers one and all! this is just a quickie post to update you on my current challenges and tell you about another small book purchase I made (ooo naughty naughty!) challenge badge

  This weekend I only read one story from Tales of Mystery and Imagination because it was a lengthy and pretty distressing one – Murders in the Rue Morgue. If you haven’t read it I won’t be a rotten spoiler, but lets just say it’s about a horrific murder with an unusual instigator, and it’s quite gory – especially for the time period. Anyway, the story directly after, The Mystery of Marie Rogetis a sequel to Murders in the Rue Morgue and is also fairly lengthy, so I didn’t quite have the energy to read it and a couple more to reach my goal. Luckily next week I am on term break (yay!) so I will have plenty of free time to catch up 🙂 comiccompanions-badge   Tuesday arvo I finished Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane  and so chose the Diviner’s Son by Gary Crew off my library pile:gary-crew-diviners-son-1and as the Comic Companion, the first Volume of The Sandman – Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman: preludes and nocturnes   As for the little purchase, I was in Leederville because I had a Professional Development session (Dealing with Challenging Students as a Frontline Officer) at the Leederville campus of my work, so once it was finished I had a little peruse in one of my favourite bookstores, Oxford Street Books to see if they had a book I’d been looking for for a while – Craig Silvey‘s The Amber Amulet. To my delight they did have The Amber Amulet, and I was so elated I made a couple of impulse purchases with books displayed at the checkout – The Tiny Wife, an adorable wee novella by Andrew Kaufman and The Little Book of Books by Jennifer Worick 🙂

Here they be:

oxford street books buys


And I just realised that they all have a similar colour scheme  which also happened last time I bought from Oxford Street Books…. hmmmm

Anyway, they are currently sitting on my bedside table where I normally place my phone and glasses before snooze time, so I will probably just read them on a whim, maybe whilst I’m on holidays 🙂

Ta, ta for now and:

Happy Reading!

Do you challenge me Sir?

Salutations my bodacious Bookbaggers!

After being inspired by some of my fellow book bloggers such as Billie (AKA Vasiliki of Book, Owls and Tea) and Angelique (AKA angelicreader of Why I Can’t Stop Reading) I have decided to embark on a couple of reading challenges!

What challenges? Are they ones I can join too?

(you may ask…or I may ask on your behalf).

What great questions! How clever you are to come up with them!

The challenges I’m entering aren’t the fabulous high-profile ones my fellow bloggers are bravely conquering, such as the 2013 TBR Pile challenge; the 2013 Feminists Reads challenge; or Billie’s very impressive 1,000,000 Pages Challenge, but are just two little challenges I’ve set myself to get through a hanger-on book and mix up my reading patterns a little.

You are welcome to join in the challenges too if you like, and I’ve made little challenge badges that you can display if you do want to join me 🙂

So what are the challenges?!

Wow, pushy much? I’m getting there shouty headings!

The challenges I’m starting are:

The Poe.My.God! Challenge challenge badge

This is basically a challenge to finally finish Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe which I have been “reading” for nearly a year. I say “reading” because I have only embarked on a hand-full of reading sessions with the book and the rest of the time it has done a bang up job supporting the rest of my currently reading pile. It’s not that it’s not a good book – it is Poe after all – but I don’t tend to dip into collections of short stories very often, and I’m not usually in the mood for Poe as while he’s a great author, the language used can be a bit dry and harder to absorb, the book was published using a typewriter-style typeface so it’s not as easy to read as modern books, and it’s a fairly large and heavy hardcover so I can’t really carry it around in my handbag (which is my usual strategy for books I’m struggling with). Over the last month or so I’ve tried to read at least one story a week, but as its a strictly at-home book, and I’m usually too tired to read before bed, I have only done so on weekends when I had spare time. Then after reading a post on Books, Owls and Tea where Billie started a Grimm’s fairy tales challenge and commenting about how it was a great idea, we chatted about the fact that we had both been stuck on Tales of Mystery and Imagination for ages and I decided I wanted to officially challenge myself so that It wasn’t a permanent fixture on my bedside table!

Last weekend I realised I had exactly 20 stories left, and that if I read 4 a week I would be finished before the dreaded 1 year mark (the 14th of May), so I have given myself the goal of reading 4 stories a week, and to try to finish before the 14th of May! This week I have only read one, but I hope to make that up at some point 🙂

The Comic Companions Challenge


This challenge I started unofficially last weekend when I chose a new book (Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen) and at the same time started a Graphic Novel since I had so many tasty ones sitting there that I wanted to read. The Graphic Novel I chose was Fray by Joss Whedon (writer), Karl Moline (pencils), Andy Owens (inks), Dave Stewart (colours) and Michelle Madsen (colours and text) as seen in a recent Notable Quotable and soon to be featured in a Micro Review from Planet Procrastination adventure (the one after the next one), and I enjoyed it so much that I devoured the whole collection over a couple of hours. I then decided since I had quite a few unread Graphic Novels sitting there (I currently have the first three Sandman volumes by Neil Gaiman out from the library; a collection of Clive Barker stories made into a Graphic Novel omnibus borrowed from my friend Sarah; and the first volume of Soulless, the manga adaptation of Gail Carriger‘s Parasol Protectorate that I recently bought at Oz Comic Con) every time I start a new book, I will also start a Graphic Novel 🙂

This one doesn’t really have an end goal, but I’ll do it as long as there are Graphic Novels there for me to enjoy – I may even make it a year-long challenge so I can find more wonderful Graphic Novels once my pool runs out.

As I said earlier, any of you are welcome to join me in either challenge and use the above badges if you like, and you’re welcome to fiddle with the “rules” to your heart’s content 🙂

Stay tuned for updates on how my first official challenges are fairing, as well as the regular goodies, and as usual:

Happy Reading!

Adventures in Etymology: Chimerical



Chimera by *TsaoShin (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

Chimera by *TsaoShin (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Reason for Adventure

I discovered this charming word in Blameless by Gail Carriger I believe. Definitions/Origins

1. unreal; imaginary; visionary: a chimerical terrestrial paradise.
2.wildly fanciful; highly unrealistic: a chimerical plan
Origin: 1630–40; chimer(a) + -ical
Related forms:
chi·mer·ic, adjective
chi·mer·i·cal·ly, adverb
non·chi·mer·ic, adjective
non·chi·mer·i·cal, adjective
non·chi·mer·i·cal·ly, adverb
1. illusory, fantastic.
1. real.

chimerical. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved April 09, 2013, from website:

Online Etymology Dictionary Information

chimerical (adj.) 1630s, from chimera + -ical. Related: Chimeric (1650s).
chimera (n.) fabulous monster, late 14c., from Old French chimere or directly from Medieval Latin chimera, from Latin Chimaera, from Greekkhimaira, name of a mythical creature, slain by Bellerophon, with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail (supposedly personification of snow or winter); literally “year-old she-goat” (masc. khimaros), from kheima “winter season” (see hibernation). Figurative meaning “wild fantasy” first recorded 1580s in English (attested 13c. in French).
“Beestis clepid chymeres, that han a part of ech beest, and suche ben not, no but oonly in opynyoun”. [Wyclif, “Prologue”]
Harper, D. (2012). Online etymology dictionary. Retrieved April 9, 2013 from
Harper, D. (2012). Online etymology dictionary. Retrieved April 9, 2013 from

Notable Quotable # 57

War is not just the business of death. It is the antithesis of life. Hope, tortured and flayed. Reason, dismembered, grinning at its limbs in its lap. Decency raped to death.


Notable Quotable # 55

Despite its generally orange overtones – Alexia’s dress fit right in – Florence was indeed an attractive metropolis. It had a soft, rich quality about it that Alexia felt was the visual equivalent of consuming a warm scone heaped with marmalade and clotted cream. There was a pleasantness to the air and a spirit about the town that did not come from its colour, but from some inner tasty citrus quality.”