WoRd PoW #8: Dragons, Spaceships, Dogs, Cards & Aliens

WoRd PoW #8: Dragons, Spaceships, Dogs, Cards & Aliens

Ok, so it’s been over a month, but you know me, I always come back. πŸ™‚ I’ve been busy, as this post will show.

 

WRITING: My creative juices dried up over the last few months. It’s been a struggle to write, even this blog (i.e. 6 weeks between posts). But this last week the juices have been roaring through my veins and it feels great! While I haven’t been working on my current Crow novel, I have come up with a new story idea and have been world building. Lots of notes written down and research done. I’m pretty excited about this idea because there’s dragons and I LOVE dragons. The basic premise is like How To Train Your Dragon but with a female lead and the dragons are a lot smarter. There are other major differences but I’ll get into that in another post.

Anyway, writing is happening and that makes me insanely happy. πŸ™‚

 

16278318READING: I’ve read a few books over the last 6 weeks, I’ll list them with a simple star review for now, if you want a fuller review just ask for it in the comments. πŸ™‚

Fortunately, the Milk: 5 stars

Inkheart (re-read): 4 stars

The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done: 5 stars

A Darker Shade of Magic: 5 stars

Just this week I read Armada by Ernest Cline, the same guy who wrote Ready Player One (no, I have not read that one).

Overall I give it 4 stars. It’s a good story and the characters and their reactions to this crazy situation are all very believable. The one gripe I have, and the reason I haven’t read Ready Player One was all the sci-fi/pop culture references*. I got most of them, but there were a few that went over my head. Fortunately, even if you’re a sci-fi noob you’ll understand the story. Most of the references are *Star Wars* based anyway. So if you like gaming and science fiction in all forms you’ll enjoy this book.

 

DOING: A lot has been going on this month. Both of my boy’s started school. William is in first grade and Jacob is in pre-school for half the day. Which means I get about 2.5 hours Every Weekday All To My SELF! Woohoo! It’s been a beautiful thing.

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Rascal & Happy begging for treats πŸ™‚

Also, a month ago we got a second dog. This is Rascal, he’s a beagle mix. We got him from Foothills Animal Shelter (same place we got Happy about 6 years ago). It’s been different having a larger dog. He’s able to grab food off the table and counters and it’s a lot more annoying when he jumps and barks compared to little Happy. He doesn’t bark at everything but he greets everyone with a trumpeting beagle howl when they come home. He’s super, almost aggressively, affectionate and has a lot of energy. We love him, he’s a great addition to our family. πŸ™‚

 

 

nexus2cee_one-night-in-karazhan-trailer-details-optimalPLAYING: My addiction to Hearthstone is still strong. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before but I have spent about $60 on this game over the last few months. I’ve bought the adventure packs. The adventures are single player games where you follow a story line and and defeat different bosses. As you defeat the bosses you get new cards that can only be had by plying said adventure. Each adventure rewards you with about 45 new cards total. I’ve played and/or currently playing all of them and it’s totally worth it. The bosses are challenging and fun and the cards you get are super useful. There’s no way I could beat most other players without these cards. Also, I’d rather pay $20 for a fun gaming experience and knowing what cards I’ll get in the end, rather than for just a bunch of random cards.

I’ll do a more in depth review of the newly released adventure, One Night in Karazhan, when I finish it next week.

 

fho3g9oowqh1rw7fcdoiWATCHING: So a couple weeks ago I binged watched Defiance. It’s a show from Syfy that’s already ended 😦 but it was so good. The production value is amazing with great graphics and a lot of cool makeup and costumes (which is part of the reason they canceled the show, it gets expensive covering people in white or purple body paint). I enjoyed every minute of watching it. The story is non-stop, with a large cast of characters, most of them not human. They do a great job of showing you these different alien cultures and how weird Earth is now, without bogging down the story. Defiance - Season 1The characters are all awesome. Lots of strong female characters of different types and wonderfully flawed, yet lovable male leads. You know a story is good when it makes me love the main bad guy and cry when he is being slowly put to death. Like seriously Datak Tarr and Stahma Tarr are some of the most well written/acted antagonist, even characters, I’ve ever seen.

If you haven’t seen it, the whole series is available on Amazon Prime.

 

So that’s what’s been going on for the last 6 weeks. Now that I have this dedicated alone time every day, I should be able to update this on a weekly basis like I always intend to.

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*I’ve heard RPO is full of 80’s and 90’s pop culture references and while I was born in the late 80’s and grew up through the 90’s and into the 00’s, I didn’t get a lot of expose to pop culture at the time because my parents never had cable, TV was only hooked up the antenna half the time and I spent a lot of my childhood listening to oldies music and reading about unicorns. Sooo, I’m pretty sure a lot of things in RPO would go Β over my head.

WoRd PoW! #5

WoRd PoW! #5

Hey look! WoRd PoW! is actually on a Wednesday, like I always intend it to be. πŸ˜‰ Let’s get started shall we?

Writing: My word count for this last week is 1822. I didn’t write everyday, but on the days I did write I wrote a lot. My daily goal is to write at least 500 words. I tend to either not write at all in a day or I write way more than 500 words.

I haven’t been working on my WIP, not sure what’s holding me back. I have it all planned out, even spent a lot of time a couple weeks ago planning out the next couple scenes in more detail. I’ve just been avoiding writing, like I’m scared of it or something. I don’t know, my brain is weird.

 

51isww2rpol-_sy344_bo1204203200_Reading: I started reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo this week and I’m about half way through. I’ve not read any of her books before, but I like her a lot so far. She’s on my growing list of new (to me) authors to check out.

The book is really fascinating. It’s classified as Young Adult but the characters feel so mature despite most of them being 16 or 17. I guess it’s because of the darker tone of the book and the characters tragic back stories.

There’s six main characters and Bardugo is great at letting the reader get to know each character. She head hops to a different person every chapter, giving everyone a different voice. I’m really enjoying this story and I’m eager to read the rest of Bardugo’s work, which is set in the same world as Six of Crows.

 

fabulousDoing: So, as you might already know, or have guessed, I’m a master procrastinator. I’m very good at spending my time doing a lot of nothing. I have a hard time getting motivated and doing the things I don’t want to do *coughdishescough*. In an effort to stop wasting my time so much I came across this app called Fabulous. It’s a motivational app that helps you break down your to do list, get stuff done and feel good about your self for every little accomplishment.

I’ve been using this app for almost a week now and I’ve already seen a big improvement. I feel more motivation to do the things I normally avoid, like cleaning. I don’t get as overwhelmed by a large task; and it feels good to have a little computer voice say, “Good job, Kristen!”

 

kindle-fire-hd-6-kids-edition-reviewPlaying: As I said last time, I’ve been curbing my gaming habit, but we did just buy a Kindle Fire for the boys to use. We had one a couple years ago that William loved to play with. It was through all the kid friendly, educational apps that Amazon has that taught William the alphabet and counting before he went into preschool.

My old Fire broke, or something, and we haven’t used it in a long time. But I saw that Amazon has this deal for $100 that includes a Kindle Fire, kid proof case and a year subscription to their Amazon FreeTime Unlimited program, which basically gives you countless books, apps and videos that are all kid friendly and free.

The other cool thing I discovered with this program is it allows you to set time limits for any one activity, or just for how long a kid can play with the Kindle in general. There’s also a feature that makes it so the kids have to read or doing something educational for a set amount of time before they can play with the just for fun stuff. Summer learning for the win!*

 

Watching: I am so late to the party on this but, I finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy the other night. I knew it would be a good movie, but I kind of had my expectations low because I am so done with superhero movies. I’m at the point where if a movie is part of Marvel** or DC I just don’t even care. But Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t feel like a superhero movie, it felt like a good science fiction/action flick. In fact, it reminded me of Firefly in a lot of ways, and Firefly is pretty much perfect in my eyes.

The humor was spot on. Rocket and Groot are perfect in every way. I’d totally watch a movie based on them alone. The #1 best moment for me was this post-58050-i-am-groot-smiling-gif-imgur-aubg. I mean look at that face! He’s just so gosh darn happy about brutally killing a bunch of bad guys. Tree people, no matter what story they come from, are always the best and should not be messed with.

 

What have you been Writing, Reading, Doing, Playing and/or Watching this week? Leave a comment so we can all share the things we love!

 

*Side note: I am not the kind of mom who thinks “screen time” is a horrible evil thing.

**Side note: Marvel and X-Men FTW!

WoRd PoW #4

WoRd PoW #4

I’ve always intended this to be a once a week type of post but, obviously, that’s not happening. Life gets in the way, of like, everything. πŸ˜‰

Writing: No real words have been written in a while, but I’ve been itching to write the last few days, which is really good. I’ve been depressed lately, there’s some stuff I’ve been working through, but I’m getting better and I’m now feeling the need to read and create like I haven’t in some time. I’m ready to get back into a writing groove.

 

seveneves_book_coverReading: Last week I read Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. I haven’t read science fiction in a while. In fact, the last sci-fi book I read was pretty awful and it kind of put a bad taste in my mouth. But Seveneves was pretty fascinating to read.

It’s the story of how humanity reacts and then survives the destruction of the moon. I like a good apocalyptic story, especially if it’s not all humanity’s fault for the world ending. How many stories out there are about humans destroying the planet through pollution or nuclear war? A lot.

This is pretty heavy sci-fi, as in there’s a lot of techno-babble about movement in space. Yes my eyes did glaze over all the orbital movement talk. But what kept me interested was the characters and the look at human psychology. How do people react when they know the world is going to end in less than two years? How well do humans handle living in close quarters, in space? What extremes will we go to, to survive?

It’s a really interesting story. My only complaint is that is ends with a LOT of unanswered questions. I would love a sequel, but Stephenson has said he doesn’t plan on writing one. The story does stand on it’s own for the most part, but it leaves you wanting to explore this new world and there’s still the big question of What Destroyed The Moon?!

 

At the lakeDoing: I’ve been doing a few things in the last couple weeks. As I mentioned last time, we’ve been potty training the 4 year old and that is going really well. Also, this summer is dedicated to getting our yard looking nice.

We bought this house at the end of last summer. It used to be a rental property, so the yard has been neglected for who knows how long. We need to grow grass, finish the fence, cut down a large dead tree and try to make the front yard look pretty. I really enjoy working in the yard, with dirt on my hands and the sun on my back.

Also, we have become Lake People. As in, the kind of people who have a boat and go to the lake every weekend. Daniel has a tiny sail boat, and we just got me an inflatable kayak. We each take a boy with us and the whole family can sail/row around a nice small lake. It’s kind of awesome.

 

Playing: I haven’t been playing anything new lately, just lots of Hearthstone and some Minecraft (as always). I have been trying to limit how much time I spend playing games so I can use said time to write.

 

Watching: As you might know if you’ve been following this blog for a while, I love Downton Abbey and I was sad to see it end this year. Julian Fellowes, the man who wrote Dowton Abbey, has recently come out with a mini-series in conjunction with Amazon Prime called Doctor Thorne.I watched all four episodes in one sitting and it was great.doctor-thorne-2-xlarge_transmnxajrquc5hshkzy4lldicjtiqhyfrirbi-imjizu0y

The story takes place in the 1850’s and centers around a man, Dr. Throne and his niece Mary. She is the illegitimate daughter of Thorne’s late brother that the good doctor has been raising since birth. She is in love with the Lord Gresham’s son, Frank, but because of her questionable birth and lack of money his family is strongly against their union.

It’s a delightful romantic drama that I could have watched a lot more of, but it is a relatively short story. This show has also introduced me to a new writer, Anthony Trollope, who wrote the book that Fellowes adapted into the show. I’m definitely going to be checking Trollope out in the near future.

 

So that’s my WoRd PoW for this week. What have you been Writing, Reading, Doing, Playing and/or Watching? Leave a comment below so we can talk about the things we love. πŸ˜€

Fairy Tail ZERO: Blue Skull

Fairy Tail ZERO: Blue Skull

This is a 4 star episode, a much better one than last week’s. No filler, the story actually moved along and gave us more information. A good solid episode.

blue-skull-dragon-guild*SPOILERS AHEAD!*Β Mavis and company have made it to Magnolia and they find the town looking desolate and a blue dragon skeleton perched atop the cathedral. They begin snooping around the area, trying to find Blue Skull’s head quarters. While doing so, they run into a woman and her daughter who are being chased and threatened by three members of Blue Skull.

After Mavis uses some of her illusion magic to scare off the mean wizards, the woman takes them to her run down bakery and tells them what’s been happening over the last few years. We learn that Blue Skull is an evil guild, they’ve destroyed the town and killed many people.

Shortly after leaving the bakery, Mavis and her friends witness members of Blue Skull killing an old man. This enrages them and they beat up the wizards, but reinforcements soon arrive. Mavis creates an illusion of dozens of soldiers and demands to speak to the leader of Blue Skull.

The leader steps out and he’s got some kind of weird mask over most of his face. He immediately see’s through Mavis’s illusion and commands his people to kill Mavis and her friends. They escape, thanks to Yuri, Warrod and Pretch’s fighting skills and run to hide in the forest.*END SPOILERS*Β 

So, overall, a good episode. It even ended with a hint of a “fateful encounter” coming soon. I’m hoping we finally get to see Zeref, but I’ve been waiting for that since day one.

Question time! Did you like this episode? What do you think will happen next?

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Fairy Tail ZERO: Dances with Blades

Fairy Tail ZERO: Dances with Blades

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This episode gets a solid 4 stars. It’s not filler and there’s some great character development. The story is finally starting to go somewhere.

*SPOILER ALERT!* Mavis and company finally get to port and begin their search for information about the wizard guild, Blue Skull. Precht wants to start looking immediately and Mavis decides to join him. Things are tense between them at first and Mavis soon learns that he is socially awkward but a really sweet guy.

It’s weird seeing that because we know what Precht becomes later on in life. We first encountered him when he was known as Hades in the Tenrou Island arc. At that time he was the master of a dark wizard guild. We then learn that Precht was a founding member of Fairy Tail and even served as the guilds second master.

So how does he go from this hqdefaultΒ to that?524630-hades_deepest_realm_super I’m eager to find out.

Towards the end of the episode, Mavis and Precht actually run into some members of Blue Skull. The bad guys trap our heroes in a magic circle, but Mavis is quick to notice that the circle was made incorrectly and is thus ineffective. Precht shows off his very cool blades-at-the-end-of-a-chain skills, but no magic.

Mavis, on the other hand, proves that she does in fact know magic and uses an illusion to scare the bad guys and get the information they want.

We know that Precht and the other two guys use magic, why else would they start a wizard guild if they weren’t wizards, I’m just wondering when and how do they get their magic?

Then, at the very end of the episode we get out first glimpse of Zeref! Mavis passes him on the street and they don’t notice each other, but still, this hints are interesting things to come. *END SPOILERS*Β 

Question time! What did you think of this episode? What other anime are you watching right now?

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