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

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

Did you miss me? I missed you, honest. 🙂 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: …. 😄 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

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! 😉

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! 🙂

WoRd PoW #6

WoRd PoW #6

(Insert excuse for not updating the blog for almost 3 weeks) 😀

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. 😉

 

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! #5

WoRd PoW! #5

Hey look! WoRd PoW! is actually on a Wednesday, like I always intend it to be. 😉 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. 😉

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. 😀

WoRd PoW #3!

WoRd PoW #3!

I had last week’s WoRd PoW all written up last week but I never got around to finishing and posting it. Sorry about that. But we’re here now so let’s talk about the things we love!

Writing: I have written a total of 2619 words in the month of May. Not a lot but not bad either, compared to previous months. I’ve noticed I tend to sit down and write about twice a week. I’d like it to be 5 or 6 times a week and I’m making changes in my schedule to accommodate that.

22544764Reading: I finished a few books in the last two weeks. If you follow me on Goodreads you can always see what I’m reading. But yesterday I read an entire 435 page book in a day. I didn’t mean to, I just couldn’t put Uprooted by Naomi Novik down. It’s such a delightful book.

When I started reading I thought I knew in what direction the story was going. I thought this would be a simple fantasy story with a little romance and magic, but the story was a lot deeper than that and I just kept being pulled in to the mystery of The Wood. Also while there is a fun romance plot with a lot of tension, I felt the focal relationship was between the main character, Agnieszka and her friend Kasia; and I really liked that.

Doing: Potty training has begun for 4 year old Jacob. I’ve been putting it off long enough. So now my day is broken up into 30 minute chunks of getting stuff done before I have to stop everything to get this very active little boy to sit still on the potty for five minutes. I’m running out of stickers! Please send supplies! 😉

hearthstone20mage20guide20title20imagePlaying: I mentioned it briefly in my last post, but I’ve discovered Hearthstone and it is consuming my life. If you don’t know what it is, Hearthstone is a card game that works a lot like Magic the Gathering (but simpler) and is based in the World of Warcraft world (say that five times fast). It’s free-to-play on smart phones, tablets and the PC and it’s the best free-to-play game I’ve ever played with. Of course, like many free-to-play games, there’s a lot in in-app purchasing that can be done. I have yet to spend real money on the game, but I could see myself doing it and feeling satisfied with that in the future.

phil-in-pdsWatching: Most of my screen time is spent on YouTube. I hardly ever watch regular TV anymore. One of my favorite YouTubers, the one I’ve been watching the longest is Philip DeFranco. He does a little news show Monday-Thursday where he talks about news bits that interest him and gives his opinion on the matter.

I like him partly because I agree with him most of the time and because, through him I’ve learned a lot and broadened my horizons. While he is an opinionated news source I believe he is pretty fair and balanced and loves to interact and share with his community.

So that’s my WoRd PoW for this week. Let me know what you’re Writing, Reading, Doing, Playing or Watching this week in the comments!