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. 🙂 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. 🙂

 

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. 🙂

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 🙂

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. 🙂

 

 

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.

Thanks for dropping by! Be sure to like, comment and/or share!

 

 

 

*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  over my head.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

And here follows the obligatory gratitude post. 😉

But seriously, I have a lot to be thankful for. If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’ll notice that I don’t do the daily gratitude thing in November because, well, why try to do something I know I’ll forget to do two days in?

So here follows some things that I am grateful for this year.

  1. My family. Daniel is the most amazing husband and father ever. My boys are gems (most of the time). I’m so lucky that I live near my sisters and that my parents are able to come visit us, as well as being not too terribly far from Daniel’s family. Oh, and Happy, I love my dog. 🙂
  2. My job. I’m so grateful that I get to be a stay at home mom. As hard as it can be sometimes, I love being home with William and Jacob. Also, I love being able to spend a whole day in my PJ’s. 😉
  3. Writing. I love to write and create new worlds and characters to populate those worlds. I love coming up with stories. Again, it’s not always easy, but it’s worth it.
  4. All the material things I take for granted. I live in a nice place. We have a good car. I’m able to buy food, clothes and other, less essential things. I love the internet and the TV. And books, so many books!
  5. My religion. I’m grateful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints. It gives me peace and direction in my life, as well as connecting me to good people and new friends.

Well, I think that about covers it. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it) and try not to over eat.

Oh, a programming note: Starting next week I’m going to start a series of writing tips over at Kricket Writes. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while and I finally figured out a plan. So look forward to that. 🙂

And Happy Thursday! Thanks for reading!

Kricket’s Happy Korner: Volunteering

Let’s talk about volunteering and how awesome it is. 🙂 If you didn’t know already, I volunteer for Foothills Animal Shelter. I go in on Saturday’s and walk dogs for 2 hours, and then spot clean the kennels. It’s pretty much the best thing ever.

Not me, but you get the idea. 

My previous volunteering experiences have not been as good. As a teenager, the youth organizations of my church gave us a lot of “opportunities” to serve, and most of them I did not like. Going and singing to old people at a nursing home always scared me (thanks traumatizing experience, Brownies). And going to other people’s home to clean it, worst idea ever. “Service Projects” always made me cringe because it generally involved helping other people. I’m not really a people person.

Don’t get me wrong, I love people. I’m also pretty good in social situations and I’m even comfortable standing up and giving talks or teaching a class. It’s just, given a choice between helping people or picking up dog poop… Hand me the pooper scooper please.

So what made me think of spending my Saturday afternoons volunteering? Well, for a while now I’ve dreamed of the time when the kids would all be in school and I’d have entire afternoons to my self and the idea of volunteering at an animal shelter always appealed to me. Then, one day it dawned on me that I didn’t have to wait that long.

I’ll admit, my reasoning for starting were 100% selfish, and that’s okay. I wanted to get some time away from the kids and I wanted to play with animals. All of these desires are totally self serving. But yesterday, as I was walking dogs and seeing how happy they were, with their cute little puppy smiles and the way their tails wag, I realized that I’m helping them more then they’re helping me and it made me feel really good.

You’re smiling because he’s smiling. 🙂

And who doesn’t want to feel good?

So, if you’re looking for something good and productive to do on the weekends, a good place to start is JustServe.org . There you can find projects in your area. Also, if you’re interested in helping animals, look up your local animal shelter or humane society to see if they are in need of help (trust me, they are).

Well, thanks for reading and I hope you have a Magnificent Monday!

Kricket’s Happy Korner: Happy Animals

I can’t believe I totally forgot to do a post Friday. And I had something to Krank about too. But, it’s a new day now, and a Monday at that, so let’s think happy thoughts.

This past Saturday I started to do volunteer work at Foothills Animal Shelter. It was all orientation stuff and training, but I’m super excited. I’ve always wanted to work with animals. When I was little I wanted to be a veterinarian, but as I got older and realized how much school that required, I gave that up.

I’ve always loved animals and growing up we hardly ever went without some kind of pet. Mostly dogs and countless hamsters, but we also had parakeets, and a cat, once. My dad is allergic to cats. And I am much more an animal person than a people person.

Once Daniel and I got married we went through two hamsters and now have a dog.

We got Happy from Foothills Animal Shelter two years ago and I love him to death. He’s a great little dog. He loves to cuddle and play and he’s as his name implies, happy.

So here in a couple weeks I’ll start really working at the shelter. Part of this is to just get me out of the house and away from the kids once a week. And nothing is more relaxing and happy than hanging out with animals.

And now, if you have a pet, give it a big hug and a treat. If you don’t have one and want one, go to your local shelter. Some of them, like Foothills, even have small critters like birds and rodents or reptiles. Save a life, an animal’s and your’s. 🙂

Moving, Again

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve updated. I was going to do a post about ObamaCare but decided that the last thing the internet needed was one more opinion on something that can’t be changed right now.

So, a life update! We’re moving this month! Woohoo!

I’ve never liked the apartment we’re in now. I only chose it because I had 2 weeks to move from Utah to Colorado and it was the first one to become available. I am never choosing an apartment via the internet again.

We never felt safe in this apartment and I was always ashamed to have people come over. The only thing that’s better about our current place compared to the last place we lived in Utah is that the maintenance is slightly better, more square footage and our current residence allows dogs. But our new place is going to be awesome.

We’re moving into a town home and for me anything with stairs in it makes it feel more like a house than an apartment. It’s in a nicer area and the outside looks really nice. Technically, the town home has a little less square footage than our apartment, but I’m ok with that because a) lots of storage space b) two toilets! c) my laundry area won’t be sharing space with the kitchen and d) private patio area outside the front door.

We’ll be moving at the end of the month and I’m so excited. Of course I’m not overly excited for the moving cost but we’re making it work. It is kind of ridiculous though with pet deposits. You get a dog from a shelter for like $100 but then pay $300 in pet deposits. I’ve been warning Happy this week that if he annoys me too much I’ll decide he isn’t worth the pet deposit. I’m totally joking of course, but it makes me feel better in the moment. 🙂

So once we move in I’ll take pictures and post them and all that jazz. In the meantime, I put up another book review at the end of this week.

So Happy Independence Day tomorrow! Be safe with your fireworks and remember what this day is all about and what makes this country so great.