WoRd PoW! #11: It’s That Time Again

WoRd PoW! #11: It’s That Time Again

 

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WRITING: Well, as you might have noticed I didn’t do my October writing challenge. But have no fear! Nano is here! I’ve been doing this 50,000 words in 30 days challenge off and on for 6 years. Only won once, back in 2013, but that doesn’t stop me from trying.

20161031_125751I feel really good about this year. I have this new dragon project I’m really excited about and, with both kids in school, I have a couple hours every morning to write. At my best I can do about 1000 words/minute.

 

 

Tiny confession, I may, or may not, have started writing this novel a week ago. And I may or may not include those words into my Nano total. I’m pretty sure I can do the 50k in 30 days but I’ve got a little buffer if I fall behind. πŸ˜‰

 

READING: So I’ve read a couple books this last month. Here’s a quick list of what I’ve read and my star rating:

13638125Β 5 Stars Β 18739426Β 5 Stars Β 20764879Β 5 Stars

Currently I’m reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. And up next I’ve got Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson and Lindsey Stirling’s memoir The Only Pirate at the Party. I’ll do my usual full review of those in the coming weeks. If you want a full review of the 3 books I missed, leave a comment to let me know. πŸ™‚

 

14568122_10101485182619388_5090967211692125511_nDOING: Well it is Halloween and it’s been a fun weekend. We made the boy’s costumes because what the boys wanted was pretty specific. William is a Wither Boss from Minecraft and Jacob is a spinosaurus. Not exactly costumes that you can find at Wal-Mart. We like using cardboard, duck tape and felt.

We also went to our church trunk-or-treat Saturday night and Daniel decked his, already, Jurassic Park themed car to look like an open dinosaur mouth, complete with roaring dinosaur noises. Excuse me while I brag a moment, but we all got awards. Jacob got Scariest Costume, William was Best Overall and Daniel’s bug got Best Trunk. Daniel deserves all the credit, he’s the one that put everything together.

 

thrall319PLAYING: Well of course I’m still playing far too much Hearthstone. I’ve been working hard to build the good decks that can compete in Ranked mode. The highest I’ve gotten is 13th with 2 out of 4 stars. That’s out of 25 levels, by the way. It’s tough because I’m still missing one card in my top deck.

I haven’t played Minecraft in over a month. But I’m excited for the 1.11 update to come out. The new hostile mobs and the llamas sound awesome.

 

love_26_friendship_posterWATCHING: I’ve been in a period piece mood lately, so I checked out the Amazon Original Love & Friendship. It’s based off a Jane Austen novella and it was great fun. All the characters are so ridiculous and crazy, but, as is typical with all of Austen’s work, everyone gets their happy ending. It was an enjoyable little movie to watch.

 

So that’s what I’ve been up to this last month. I will be updating this once a week throughout November so you can have updates on my Nano progress. If you want more day-to-day updates you should follow me on Twitter (link).

What have you been Writing, Reading, Doing, Playing and/or Watching? Leave a comment and let’s share the things we love! Thanks for dropping by!

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WoRd PoW #7: Queens, Castles, Monsters & A Gate

WoRd PoW #7: Queens, Castles, Monsters & A Gate

Did you miss me? I missed you, honest. πŸ™‚ I meant to post this yesterday or Wednesday but I got sick and then Jacob got sick. We’re all better now so let’s nerd out.

 

Writing: …. XD It’s been a busy couple weeks so… yeah.

 

51ymuhjx4ql-_sx330_bo1204203200_Reading: I know I talked about this last time but I did finish The Hollow Queen. I give it 3 stars. It wasn’t awful, it was better than The Merchant Emperor, but it still wasn’t good. It was real rough in the first few chapters, but I plowed through.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

The thing that makes Queen better than Merchant is that stuff actually happens in Queen. There’s a war going on so there’s battles and stuff. The pacing is better in Queen, but the parts that drag really drag. Haydon has been insanely wordy these last two books. Taking time to give us unnecessary back story about horses and anti-rape devices.

What I did like is how bad ass Rhapsody was. I know it’s because she gave up part of her soul to protect her child, but it was refreshing to see her take charge with out being apologetic. I liked her “get shit done” attitude. Of course, everything with Achmed was great, except the very beginning when the characters are dealing with the aftermath of Achmed killing Tristan. He was too chatty and it just did not feel like him at all. It got better as the book went along.

Surprisingly, I did not hate Ashe in this book. While some of his parts were the slower bits, when he’s walking through the ocean and stuff, we did get to see new places and meet new people through him. Plus he wasn’t obsessing over Rhapsody as much as he did in the last book.

88a8166de4352d16677890d175f07c70Anborn’s death made me cry. He was one of my favorite characters, he ranks above Ashe by a lot.

Two big gripes that I had was the Dragon Ex Machina near the end and the god-moding baby. Addressing the dragon first, Ashe comes across the dragon Elynsynos at the bottom of the ocean and she makes it very clear that she’s not interested in helping him fight a war. Then, near the end, after Ashe get all ragey and sends a tsunami across the world, she just pops up and offers to help, and there’s no good explanation for it. It feels very much like Haydon just wanted a quick and easy way to end the war.

The second thing, the god-moding baby. I’ve always felt that Rhapsody was a Mary Sue Special Snowflake of epic proportions. So if Rhapsody is a Mary Sue then her baby is f*ing God. In previous books he’s put himself back inside his mother’s body after being born for crying out loud. So of course, when Grunther is injured beyond Rhapsody’s amazing ability to heal, only the god baby can fix him.

As horrible as this sounds, I almost would prefer that Grunther had died. It would have felt more real.

In conclusion, I like Queen better than the last one, but that’s not saying much. And yes I will read the final book, I need to get this story out of my system.

 

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This is Bishop’s Castle. It’s got a crazy history, check out their site.Β 

Doing: As I said last time, my parents were here for the 4th of July weekend. We had a blast, so much so that I forgot to take hardly any pictures. Then this last weekend we went to southern Colorado to visit one of Daniel’s cousins. It was a blast and we ran the boys to exhaustion with hiking, playing in streams and visiting a weird, not entirely safe, “castle”.

 

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Some of my Pokemon. Go Team Instinct!

Playing: Like the rest of the world, I’ve been playing Pokemon Go this week. I’m only a level 6 right now because I haven’t been able to get out much this week, what with me and one kid being sick. I tried a gym this morning and got my butt whopped, I’ve done some research, so I think I’ll do better next time.

I haven’t touched Minecraft in about two weeks now, it feels weird and I’m itching to get back.

 

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Yes please! πŸ˜‰

Watching: I’m still watching Stargate: Atlantis. I just started the 5th and final season. It’s fun to watch when I’m having a hard time sleeping.

 

So there you have it, my WoRd PoW for the last couple weeks. What have you been Writing, Reading, Doing, Playing and/or Watching lately? Leave a comment and share!

Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

WoRd PoW #6

WoRd PoW #6

(Insert excuse for not updating the blog for almost 3 weeks) πŸ˜€

Let’s get to it shall we!

Writing: I managed 2474 words last week. Doing much better than past weeks. And the majority of those words were for my WIP, so yay! I tend to either not write at all or write a lot in one day. Not the best way to finish writing a book, but at least words are going down on pages.

 

51ymuhjx4ql-_sx330_bo1204203200_Reading: I just started reading The Hollow Queen by Elizabeth Haydon. I picked this up at the library last week and have hesitated to start it because the last book in this series was just not good. Here’s my review of that book .

The reviews for The Hollow Queen aren’t very promising either. Sure there are die hards who love this book, but some reviewers seem to share my mind set and they don’t speak very favorably.

Now I thought Hollow Queen was the end of this series, but I just found out that the real, final, 9th book came out just last week. I will probably read it, no matter how bad Hollow Queen is. I’ll wade through all sorts of bad writing to hang out with Achmed. Unless, Haydon manages to make him annoying then I will cry. Pray I don’t end up crying, I’ve spent a lot of day dreaming hours in this world, I don’t want to loose it.

 

Doing: My parents are coming into town for the 4th of July, like they usually do. We’re all pretty excited. We only get to see them once a year, so it’s a big deal.

8 yearsAlso, yesterday was Daniel and I’s 8th wedding anniversary. It’s been an intense ride the last 8 years, but it’s still been a good one. I won’t get all mushy here, but it’s amazing to look back on 8 years and see all the ups and downs we’ve been through, and honestly, I’m in awe of how far we’ve come. This should have fallen apart years ago, but we stuck to it, and each other, and I don’t regret a single moment.

 

Playing: Have I mentioned that the private white list server that PilchPlays (my brother) started on the Bruno’s Realm server, The Nether Enders Serever, is now in it’s second “season”? By “season” I mean that when 1.10 came out we took the opportunity to start a totally new map and start from scratch once more. It’s been fun to start from square one.

If you want to see what we’re up to over there, go check out Pilch’s channel .

ION gaming type news, I should be buying a new, better computer in about two weeks and hope to have my YouTube channel up and running a week or two after that. I’m excited and really nervous about all of that, but we’ll see how it goes.

 

250px-sgaseas2Watching: Daniel made a fatal mistake a couple weeks ago when he told me that all the Stargate shows were available on Amazon Prime. Stargate SG-1 is my second favorite science fiction show. The list goes: Firefly, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Star Trek: Next Generation. Don’t hate me Trekies, Star Trek was my sci-fi bread and butter growing up. I even own all the movies.

I just love Stargate, like a lot. It’s funny and super interesting to me because it takes place in present day (granted present day late 90’s, but still relevant today). The whole premise just fascinates me. How would our current society/government/military handle being able to travel instantly to other worlds and deal with the constant threat of destruction by aliens?

So I’ve been re-watching Stargate Atlantis because I’ve seen SG-1 at least twice now. Atlantis is a little heavier and angstier than SG-1, but I love the characters and I find the Wraith to be a much scarier alien than the Goa’uld. What’s worse, brain worm that takes over your body or alien vampires that can slowly and painfully suck the life out of you? Vampires are freaking terrifying, as long as they don’t sparkle. πŸ˜‰

 

So there’s my WoRd PoW for the last couple weeks. Chances are there won’t be a post next week since my parents will be here, but we’ll see.

What have you been Writing, Reading, Doing, Playing or Watching recently? Tell me in the comments, share the things you love! Thanks for dropping by!

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˜€

Bad Week

Alright people, sit down, I’m going to tell you a story. This is a story with a moral to it. And just to break the mold, I’m going to tell you the moral up front. And that moral is ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET!! Always! I don’t care if you’re not going very far on your bike/motorcycle/skateboard/rollerblades/whatever. And I seriously don’t care if you think it looks stupid WEAR YOUR MOTHER F*ING HELMET!.

Now here’s why.

My awesome husband rides a longboard to work in the summer. He just bought one a month ago. It’s great because we only have one car so I still have it during the day, plus it’s a workout for him. And he loves skateboarding.

So, a week andΒ a half ago, on Friday the 13th (of course, why not), Daniel went to grab some lunch and decided not to wear his helmet (which he normally always wears on the commute back and forth to work). On his way back to his office, he was going down hill, put his foot down to break and something went wrong. He flew off his board and landed on the left side of his head, mostly behind the ear.

Luckily other people saw him go down, called 911 and stayed with him as he was taken to the hospital.

I, on the other hand, was sitting at home, in my PJ’s, watching shows with my boys when I got a phone call from the hospital to inform me that my husband had just been admitted into the ER. Second Worse Nightmare.

I left my boys with a friend and rushed to the hospital, convincing my self that Daniel just broke his arm or something simple like that. It wasn’t until I saw his bloody face that I began to realize how bad this was.

In short, Daniel fractured his skull in 4 places, dislocated his TMJ (the jaw joint right under your ear) and of course had a concussion. All of this caused blood to seep onto his brain and he had to stay at the hospital in ICU Friday night so they could check on him every hour to make sure there was no swelling. He did well that night with no complications and he spent the next couple days in the general part of the hospital as he saw a bunch of doctors.

He finally got to come home Monday morning. He spent all of last week in bed and resting, as much as he hated it. But he is well enough today that he went to work for half a day.

He’s not in much pain anymore, just really tired. Which is normal for this kind of head injury.

And I have not been that stressed or exhausted in a long time. I’m still kind of recovering my sanity and my sleep.

The boys have handled all of this really well. Of course Jacob is too little to have a clue what’s going on and all William knows is that Daddy hurt his head so he can’t jump on him like usual.

So that’s been my week. πŸ˜€

And what’s the lesson we’ve learned today friends? ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET!

Leave a comment so we can chat about stupid people who hurt themselves in stupid and avoidable ways. πŸ˜€