Monthly Archives: January 2016

Breakfast, Books, Plumbing & Puppies

Welcome back to the second instalment of Etoris. Read below the harrowing tale of my weekend. Okay maybe not so much harrow (technically correct but sounds odd to me. Making a note for a future rant on Proper English vs The Real World) but definitely a weekend.


Into the Fantasy section, on the weekend I finished reading The Liar’s Key, book 2 in The Red Queen’s War, by Mark Lawrence.

This is the second book in the author’s second series; if you enjoyed his Broken Empire Trilogy I highly recommend you give this a read.

I don’t want to give anything away, nothing worse than having a good book spoiled for you before you read it but Prince Jalan Kendeth and Snorri ver Snagaon have another action packed adventure.

Lawrence’s post-apocalyptic world is humorous, grim and a wildly entertaining place. He manages to take characters that in any other book would be loathed and makes you care about what happens to them and cheer for their victory.

A great read. I am eagerly anticipating the third in the series. If you haven’t done so I definitely recommend giving Lawrence a go.

The Liars Key

The Red Queen has set her players on the board…

Winter is keeping Prince Jalan Kendeth far from the longed-for luxuries of his southern palace. And although the North may be home to his companion, the warrior Snorri ver Snagason, he is just as eager to leave.

For the Viking is ready to challenge all of Hel to bring his wife and children back into the living world. He has Loki’s key – now all he needs is to find the door.

As all wait for the ice to unlock its jaws, the Dead King plots to claim what was so nearly his – the key into the world – so that the dead can rise and rule



The next part of my weekend adventure involved plumbing. Who in their right mind messes with the plumbing in their house most people would be asking themselves about now. The smartass in me wants to say plumbers. The realist in me wants to say idiots. I’m not the former and I like to think I’m not the later. What I am is sick of doing dishes.

My wife and I recently bought our own house. Like many first houses bought by people with little money it is in need of significant work. We are slowly making plans for a large scale renovation and one of the priorities will be a new kitchen.

Now the plumbing was not undertaken due to any large scale or catastrophic failure but rather to enhance the facilities we currently have available. Like I said I am sick of doing dishes.

A couple of months ago my parents gifted us with a bench top dishwasher, about half the size of a regular dishwasher it screws into the sink tap and water drains into the sink via another tube. Compact, easy to use and easy to set up. Sounds perfect, right, we certainly thought so, that was until we discovered that in order to attach it to the sink tap we would have change the tap. I won’t bore you with the details, but it was a nightmare.

Multiple trips to Bunnings (if you are not Australian, read gigantic hardware store) to source materials and tools, a leaking first attempt and numerous other problems including taps that don’t want to come apart and have to be removed completely. Amway, four hours later and I have finally managed to attach a new tap, not as aesthetically pleasing as the last one, but I can screw the dishwasher into it, so yay.

Hopefully I haven’t caused any major problems and at least I won’t have to hand wash anymore dishes. See the photos below.



The final item on my ticket for the weekend was Puppies or to be more specific a Puppy. My wife and I are getting a puppy. We received the email Sunday afternoon that the breeder had shortlisted us for a puppy. I had to jump through hoops for this puppy, including writing a mini essay on why we wanted a puppy, how we would care for it, so forth and so on. I wrote the hell out of that essay, my wife cried when she read it.

Anyway we finally found out we are going to get a puppy and my wife was ecstatic. It is a Cavoodle, half Toy Poodle and half Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, I think Americans call it a Cavapoo, which is awful and mean.  See picture below, it is one of these four, super cute, only two weeks old at the moment so stay tuned for updates.


Now I just need to find a way to tell the cat. He is going to be so cranky.

Thanks for reading.

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Well this is my first post and I am completely lost. I have no idea what to write and rather than just staring at a blank screen I figured it was better to just start smashing keys and see what drops out of the old noggin.

Where to start? Hmmmm.

Well the obvious place is who I am and what am I doing here. My name is Thomas A. Miller and about 30-ish years ago my parents decided to have a fourth child. Okay. Okay that might be starting a little early. Fast forwarding.

I’m here to write a blog. Duh. And what will this blog be about. You didn’t ask but I am telling you anyway. Well to answer that I guess I should start with the title.


What is Etoris, I once again hear no one asking?

Well it is my insanely convoluted Fantasy world. Not fantasy as in he is crazy and off with the fairies. Although there maybe fairies in Etoris and there is a slight possibility I am crazy. I’m leaving my options open. But Fantasy with a capital F, as in Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones.

Etoris is the Fantasy world I have spent the better part of my life creating filling it with people, history and stories. While everyone else was studying and getting jobs I was doodling in the margins of my books, crafting adventures and giving my thoughts life. I had to do all the usual studying and working too

In this blog you will join me on my adventure as I attempt to put those stories into some kind of structure and share them with the world. But, Etoris is my world, so not only will you get the trials and tribulations as I attempt to write and publish, but you will get the rest of my world too. The exciting and the boring. You will get comments, thoughts and the menagerie of uselessness that fills my brain on books, travel, restaurants, home renovations, work and basically whatever else I feel like writing about.

So the first things first introducing the main character Thomas A. Miller, a thirty-ish man living in Brisbane, Australia. He or I as it was, works as a business manager and tries to spend as much of his/my free time writing as he/I can. He/I loves reading, sports, food, video games, movies and relaxing with a beer.

I can almost feel the female readers with their hearts aflutter, but slow down ladies this man is taken. I’ve been married to a beautiful lady who I love more than anything for just over a year and we recently bought our first home together.

On the writing side of things in 2015 I started a novel, which you will no doubt hear about at length in subsequent posts and wrote 12 short stories, one for every month, a personal goal which you will definitely here about in a subsequent post. I have begun the arduous task of submitting some of those short stories and so far have a lovely collection of rejection letters, but good things are coming I can feel it, although that maybe just the morning coffee taking effect.

Anyway I think that is enough rambling from me, for the moment. I hope you can join me again as we explore more of Etoris.

Thanks for reading.