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Book Recommendation Monday: Kindred

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Want to be depressed over 264 pages? Yeah? Ok. Good. This is the story of a black woman living in 1976 who is pulled back in time to the antebellum south to continually save her white ancestor from death and as he grows, she does not. It's heartbreaking and Rufus is too complex for words sometimes.

Book Recommendation Monday: Crazy Rich Asians

Posted on May 13, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The movie is fun, but there's a lot of rich people politics from the books that get cut out. And those rich people politics are the best part. There's a lot more nuance and back biting in the book and Astrid (the best part) gets a much deeper storyline than the movie. Something about rich folk airing out their dirty laundry is just delightful.

Game Recommendation Monday: Paperboy NES

Posted on May 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)


If you can find this, play it and probably regret that decision. And remember, Death comes on a Tuesday.

May Goals

Posted on May 1, 2019 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

April Goals:

-It's Camp NaNoWriMo and that means I get to set the goal. For me that's 60k. Which seems like madness, NaNoWriMo is only 50K and I have not once met THAT goal. I use the Camps to finish projects or edit projects. My current WIP is somewhere around 45-50K words already. I'll be using Camp to finish my editing/finish the ending, which is a hot mess...Haha suckers, I was wrong about how many words were actually in this WIP. It was 66k! I turned that into 72k, often times adding as many words as I removed. I edited pages 1-110 though and I win this goal by order of loophole and my own crappy memory.

-Get to page 500 in the Memoirs of Cleopatra. I've already been reading for about two weeks and have barely gotten past page 100. I'm not unrealistic enough to think I'll finish this 900 page behemoth in the next month. – Holy hell, was this book always this boring?! I don’t remember it being this boring ten years ago. Abandoned and set back to the pits of hell it belongs in.


May Goals:

-Continue editing April’s WIP. I’m at the point where everything going forward is pretty much going to be scraped, so it’s pretty much writing a whole new draft of the second half. I don’t have a concrete word count because I know I’m trashy 20k words at least, but I won’t trash them until they’re replaced. The word count may end up at like 100k, but then when it’s all edited and gutted could be anywhere between 80k-120k. No idea, I’m playing fast and loose.

-Read something to the end. I’ve been in such a reading slump lately. I’ll settle for finishing anything over 100 pages.


Book Recommendation Monday: Battle Royale

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)


It's hard to bring up this book without just getting the Hunger Games comparison out of the way. This book came out about 10 years before Hunger Games but follows the "force 'em together to fight to the death" stories that came before. What Battle Royale has that Hunger Games doesn't have is a look into the mind of every child forced to fight to the death. One class of fifty kids is sent to an island to fight to the death. So they all know and grew up together and all fifty of those kids get a backstory and their own POV at least once. We're not limited to Shuya's POV the whole time, which is a nice change of pace. It's a gruesome book, but you know, in a fun way.

Movie Recommendation Monday: Glory

Posted on April 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It's just a damn good historical drama about the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and their efforts in the Civil War. Which if you know nothing about them, go watch the movie! I sneaked downstairs to watch it at age four when I was supposed to be in bed. I was caught, but not before being traumatized by the attempt on Fort Wagner. Good times...? But honestly, it really is a beautiful piece of film with an amazing cast.

Book Recommendation Monday: Black Beauty

Posted on April 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)


I read this book a lot as a kid. Probably once a year for several years running. I loved it. It was one of my favorite books for a really long time. It's a good book about treating animals well because they have feelings and aren't just around to do backbreaking labor for people. I didn't know until about three years ago I was reading an abridged version as a kid. There are a lot of horse deaths in this book. Inventive, horrible, heart crushing horse deaths.

TV Show Recommendation Monday: The Legend of Korra

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1)

The sequel series to Avatar. Korra is the new Avatar and she has to live up to the the example Aang set. The characters are older than in ATLA, so there's more teen melodrama. However, Korra is a great lead. She's more stubborn and impulsive than Aang, but she's delightful and grows over the course of four seasons overcoming anti-benders, anarchists, and fascists. Besides, Asami is the best.

April Goals

Posted on April 1, 2019 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey, hey! New month new goals.

March Goal Recap:

-We are simply not going to talk about the March goals. It's just a black hole on the calendar

April Goals:

-It's Camp NaNoWriMo and that means I get to set the goal. For me that's 60k. Which seems like madness, NaNoWriMo is only 50K and I have not once met THAT goal. I use the Camps to finish projects or edit projects. My current WIP is somewhere around 45-50K words already. I'll be using Camp to finish my editing/finish the ending, which is a hot mess...

-Get to page 500 in the Memoirs of Cleopatra. I've already been reading for about two weeks and have barely gotten past page 100. I'm not unrealistic enough to think I'll finish this 900 page behemoth in the next month.

TV Show Recommendation Monday: Avatar: The Last Airbender

Posted on April 1, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

If you haven't seen The Last Airbender, get off Facebook right now and watch it! Avatar is a beautifully plotted and animated show that takes the hero trope and turns it on its head. Aang and the rest of Team Avatar are an amazingly well-developed group of characters. Zuko and Azula are two of the best, deep villains I've ever seen. Uncle Iroh is everything. If you don't cry at least once over the run of the series, you're dead inside.

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