Sunday, March 4, 2012

Short Story ~ "WOOL" (Patagonia, AZ)

Sitting Pretty
Wool by Hugh Howey
Of course, the title caught my eye, but "Wool" is not a story about a group of knitters.  It was one of  Amazon's suggestions probably because I recently uploaded "Journey to the Center of the Earth".  A book on my 'must read' list.  I'm not a big fan of sci-fi post-apocalyptic stories.  Usually, I find them too depressing.  The reviews for "Wool" were outstanding.  I read the first pages online and I was hooked!  I had to read the rest of the story.

Imagine spending your whole life underground.  Never seeing the sky or feeling grass beneath your feet, but you do know the outside world use to exist from old picture books.  Does it now?  According to the outside cameras - no, but wouldn't you be curious anyway?  Be careful of what you wish for, you might get your wish.

I know this is a science-fiction, but it did not feel like one.  This felt more like a study on human nature.  A society built from unusual living conditions and the circumstances of why they have survived inside a silo for many generations.

Metaphorically speaking:  Humans are like spun wool woven together to become the fabric of a community.  There is strength when tightly woven together, but if one of the threads come loose, others might follow.  Soon the tightly woven community is compromised and weakened to a breaking point.  How does a community prevent their survival thread from unraveling?

I also became curious about the author and why it was selling for such a low price.  I found out that Amazon Kindle now offers writers a chance to sell their stories without a publisher.  Hugh Howey is one of them and he has become quite popular.  Better yet...he has more "Wool" stories and I have a feeling I am going to read all of them.

On the Cutting Board
I just finished the second Cupid mug rug so it needs a little ironing.  Feet and wings are ready to sew together.  Now I just need to find some time to get some sewing done on the machine.  And I need to start going through my stash for the next two Rabbit mug rugs.  Oh, and I can't forget to look for red, white, and blue for the Uncle Sam mug rugs.
When I get tired of hand sewing, I have been working on crocheting the second baby blanket.  Got to use up all that extra yarn I ordered.

I had to add this one from LOLCats......Happy Quilting!
funny pictures - LOLcats: Points Deducted for Lazy Stitching!


  1. Oh my goodness. Thanks for the chuckle with the last picture. Hilarious!

  2. Great blog! Love the kitties! Following you from the Etsy blog team.

  3. Okay I read the first couple paragraphs of your post and now I want to read Wool too! So I stopped reading the rest of your post because I don't want to know any more about the book :-P I always think books are the best when you don't know anything about them before reading!

    1. Hi Heather, I'm interested in hearing what you think of the story.

  4. Love that cat picture, very funny! Thanks for the laugh, I needed it today! :)

    1. You are welcome! Always happy to make someone's day a little better.

  5. Thats so funny becaues I have an app on my TouchPad for i Can Has cheezburger and saw your LOL Cat pic. I even showed it to my hubby. That was great! thanks for sharing!

    1. You are welcome Kris! That website has very funny photos. It never fails to make me laugh.


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