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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.

Book Recommendation Monday: Dear America

Posted on March 25, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm a writer because of Dear America and the American Girl books. Which is funny since I don't write historical fiction. But I started writing because of these books. They're not all winners, but some, like this one, prove that just because it's for a younger audience doesn't mean history has to be cleaned up. Anetka is brought to America by her father to marry his old man friend. And when she's left a widow at 12 she's responsible for his three young daughters. Pretty intense for children's literature...

Book Recommendation Monday: Wonder Woman, the New 52

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This whole story line is pretty fantastic. Greek gods doing Greek god things to mess up everyone's life. Plus Wonder Woman, so all things I like to read. There's plenty of twists and turns as WW tries to protect a young woman from the wrath of the gods. And bonus points Hera isn't portrayed as just a vengeful wife, she gets to be more than the villain she always is.

Movie Recommendation Monday: Jurassic Park

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1)

I'll watch it forever without shame. Dinosaurs? Check. Jeff Goldbum? Check. A killer soundtrack? Check. CGI that totally holds up and kickass puppets? Check and check. Jurassic World should have been about someone finding that Barbarsol can Dennis dropped in the mud.

Book Recommendation Monday: Macbeth

Posted on March 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Prophecy, usurpers, thanes, MURDER! This is my favorite Shakespeare play. It's filled to the brim with ghosts and betrayal and men not born of women. And Lady Macbeth's descent into madness it still one of my favorite scenes in a play ever. 

March 2019 - Reading/Writing Goals

Posted on March 1, 2019 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

What a sucky month. February is pretty barf all around.

So I failed my writing goals for February. They were as follows:

- Finish the 3rd draft of my WIP The Rose. Ha nope.

- Work on 6,000 of a new story or an incomplete story from 2018. Ha, double nope.

- Read two books off my goodreads TBR pile. I actually read two and listened to the audio book for two others. I read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and The Girl King by Mimi Yu and listened to Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings and Book One of the Han Solo Trilogy The Paradise Snare by AC Crispin

Does knocking off four books count as a success against the writing failures? Probably not.

In my defense (my excuses) I spent a very soul sucking month at my day job training new people and working lots of overtime and the last thing I wanted after staring at one screen was to go home and stare at another. On the bright side I did add several thousand words to my WIP, so it evens out or something. I put Google Docs on my phone last week so editing has gotten much easier, if somewhat slower.

So March Goals.....

- Finish The Rose WIP, for real this time. I decided to add a lot of content, which held me up in February. What should have been a reread with minor adjustments turned into a big thing. But I've made good headway since putting Google Docs on my phone.

- Read the rest of the Han Solo trilogy. I've dedicated two decades to Star Wars EU and these books have been on my read list forever. I always was more interested in Han and Leia's kids and not Han before he met Leia and Luke. After listening to the first book, I got a taste for the other two and it's time to finally read them.