WoRd PoW! #12: Words, Meetings, Colors, Cards & Movies

WoRd PoW! #12: Words, Meetings, Colors, Cards & Movies

Well, I meant to update this every week in November, but as per usual, that didn’t happen. But, hey, we’re here now, so let’s talk about the things we love! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

nanowrimo_2016_webbanner_participantWRITING: NaNo was good this year. I didn’t make it to 50,000 words but I did get 29,116. That’s more than half and better than I’ve done in previous years. But really, the take away from this was that I still really love my story and there was no way I was going to be able to write the entire thing in a month, much less in 50,000 words. With all the words I did write, I’m not even half way through the story. I have no idea how long this is going to be, but it was liberating to just write.

I’ve had problems in the past where I over think every word choice and every scene. But I feel I truly let go of that this month. I just wrote whatever came to mind, even if I cringed while I wrote it and knew I’d have to change it, or kill the words, later. It didn’t matter, November was all about getting the words out of my head and onto the page.

That was a lot easier to do with my handy dandy AlphaSmart. I love this thing. *Hugs little keyboard*

 

READING: Two notable things here: 1) I finished Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I think this was one of my favorites of his. I’ve mentioned this before in my other reviews of Gaiman’s work, but sometimes I feel really disconnected from his characters and stories. It’s not always a bad feeling, but I’m used to being very sucked in to a story and sometimes reading Gaiman feels like a short drug trip that leaves me bewildered by the end.

Well, that wasn’t a problem with Neverwhere. This was pretty solid for me and the characters and world felt real and interesting. I enjoyed it a lot.

And the other cool reading thing is that I got to meet Brandon Sanderson last week! img_6870ย  I love his books, I love his writing style, world building, characters, everything. He’s a genius and I just want to crawl around in his head and figure out how he does it so well.

Anyway, I got to meet him and get a few books of his signed. I brought along my copy of Mistbornย and ended up buying two new books. The one he was touring to promote Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection and an older one I’ve been meaning to read (an am currently devouring) Warbreaker. Sanderson is such a cool and nice guy. I ended up being near the end of the line and it was close to 11:30 by the time I got to him but he still smiled and talked to me even though he must have been exhausted.

I told him he was a big inspiration for me and then mentioned that I should be finishing up my NaNo. He said he needed to finish his too and then told me to go back to writing. ๐Ÿ˜€ I walked out of there glowing. ๐Ÿ˜€ Now one of the major things on my Bucket List, after getting published, is to become well known enough that I can be actual friends with the man. *sigh* A girl can dream. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

DOING: Well besides the usual Thanksgiving and getting ready for Christmas stuff, I found this fun little app called Colorify. It’s basically a digital adult coloring book with tons of different designs, patterns and mandalas. Here’s some of my better ones.

It’s really relaxing and a little easier than actual coloring with pencils and paper, since I can do it while laying in bed.

 

PLAYING: Hearthstone came out with a new expansion last week called Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. I’ve been playing a lot over the last few days. It’s a fun expansion with over 130 cards. I don’t have many yet since I only had the gold I’ve been hoarding over the last month. But I managed to get two dozen packs the first day and enough dust to craft a few extra cards.logo

This expansion introduces a few new card mechanics and combos, like being able to buff minions while they’re still in your hand, or summon a small minion that gets bigger every time it’s summoned, or being able to create your own spells. It’s very fun to play around with.

 

WATCHING: I recently discovered that my local library actually has a decent selection of DVD’s available. I picked up a few the other day, including Jane Got A Gun and Tales of Earthsea.

220px-gedo6snJane Got A Gunย was fantastic. A tiny bit slow at times, but totally worth it in the end.

Tales of Earthseaย was beautiful. Of course, it’s Studio Ghibli, they can’t do ugly. But, I felt like there’s a lot of the story I was missing. It made me desperate to read the book so I could understand it all. Earthsea has been on my To Read list for a long time. I’ll put it at the top now and find it after I finish Warbreaker.

 

Well, that’s what I’ve been up to the last couple weeks. What have you been, or will be, Writing, Reading, Doing, Playing or Watching? Leave a comment so we can squeal about the things we love! Thanks for dropping by!

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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:

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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!

WoRd PoW #10: Squirrels & Dragons

WoRd PoW #10: Squirrels & Dragons

It’s been a pretty average week.

 

aid596842-728px-outline-a-novel-step-7-version-2WRITING: I’ve been very busy outlining my new WIP. I’ve got the first couple chapters planned out in pretty good detail. Now I just have to decide which way I want the main conflict to go. I’ve got the set up and I know how I want it to end but there are a lot of ways to get from point A to point Z.

 

READING: Soooo… I kind of lost my book for like a week. It ended up behind the couch and I only found it yesterday. Thus, no reading has happened. I’ll finish Vicious this week.

 

DOING: Honestly, not much has been going on this week. Even though we had a three day weekend because of Labor Day, we just stayed home and chilled.

On Saturday we did take the boys to see their first movie in the theater, Pete’s Dragon…(see the WATCHING section)

 

PLAYING: I finished a big project on Minecraft. Over on Bruno’s Realm on the white listed Nether Ender Server, I previously built my self an acorn house. I’ve now put a gigantic squirrel on top of it.complete-squirrel

It took a few days total to come up with and finalize the design. After playing around in creative for a while, I got it how I wanted it and then I spent a couple hours graphing out every layer on graph paper.

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It was totally worth the effort because I was able to build it in survival in a few hours.

Definitely the coolest thing I’ve built in Minecraft. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

WATCHING: I’ve only ever seen bits and pieces of the original, animated Pete’s Dragon and it was a rough movie. But this new one is fantastic!

636062680454150595-reel-1ab-grd057-0019558The whole family enjoyed it. The little boy who played Pete was great and Elliot the dragon looks amazing. He’s basically a big green dog with wings.

The beginning of the movie is very sad, William, who’s six, was pretty upset at first. SPOILER! (highlight if you want to see it) Pete and his parents get in a car wreck and his parents die. That’s how he ends up lost and alone in the woods. I had to reassure William that everything would be OK, because look! Now Pete has a dragon for a best friend.

The only other slightly negative thing is that the antagonist seems almost over the top. Like he’s riding that line between being a normal Disney villain and a Disney Channel Original Movie villain, if you know what I mean.

Beyond those two things, this movie was great and the boys really enjoyed it. In fact Jacob got upset when we came home because we don’t already own the movie for him to watch again.

 

So that’s been my week. What have you been Writing, Reading, Doing, Playing or Watching? Tell me in the comments! Thanks for dropping by!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

I know that we normally talk about Fairy Tail on Monday’s but, there was no new Fairy Tail this week. In fact there won’t be more Fairy Tail for a while. I didn’t know this before, but the last episode aired on March 26. According to the internet, the creators of Fairy Tail are working on a “new project”, but there’s not much more information than that.

I know I’ve skipped reviewing the last few episodes, but if y’all do want my thoughts on them, just leave a comment to let me know and I’ll do a post about it.

Now, on to the reason you’re really here, Star Wars!

I love Star Wars. I grew up watching the Originals over and over again. I was a teenager when the Prequels came out. In my naivete, I liked Phantom Menace at the time, but Clone Wars disappointed me and I hate every minute of Revenge of the Sith. I could go on and on about how much I dislike the Prequels, but again, that’s not why we’re here.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out on digital on Friday and I bought it right away. I was not able to see it in theaters because kids are dicks and get sick when you want a date night. In short, I loved this movie and I think I’m going to watch it again and again in the weeks to come.

I was careful to keep my expectations low. I hate having my hopes crushed by a movie. Plus, I allowed my self to be spoiled. I knew who was going to die and what places were going to be destroyed and some of the gripes of other Star Wars lovers.

WARNING NOW, THIS POST WILL BE FILLED WITH SPOILERS! If for some stupid reason you haven’t seen this movie and don’t want to be spoiled, then what the hell are you doing on the internet? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rey and FinnThings I loved about Star Wars TFA:ย The new characters. Finn and Rey are great additions to the universe. Rey is a wonderful female lead. She’s strong, smart and capable, but also a little naive about the galaxy. There’s always a sense of wonder in her eyes that’s really fun to see. I’m dying to know who the hell she is. But we’ll get to that later.

Finn is a really smart choice for a character. He’s coming at this from a whole new prospective and I love it. And he’s hilarious. And his major crush on Rey is adorable. And the budding bromance between him and Poe is fun to see too. Both of these characters are very complex and I can’t wait to explore them some more.

2nd Thing: I loved the whole look and feel of the movie. Thank God for practical effects! The whole thing was beautiful and flawless.

revell-star-wars-the-force-awakens-millennium-falcon-snap-max-pre-order-83rd Thing:ย The Millennium Falcon returns! I love that ship and I loved seeing it fly around. I cringed so hard every time it ran into something. Like, No don’t hurt her!

4th Thing:ย The light saber fights were so damn cool. Like the characters were really fighting and really killing and really trying not to die. These fights were not just pretty dance numbers, it felt real and vicious. And Kylo Ren’s saber is awesome.

Things I was Meh about:ย So I’ve seen a lot of complaints about TFA being beat for beat the same as A New Hope. And yes, I see that, but I didn’t mind it. It’s almost comical how similar they are. But in general, there’s enough new material in TFA that it’s still its own movie.

2nd Meh:ย They were really stretching my suspension of belief when Rey escaped from the prison on the Star Killer. I get that she’s very Force strong, but like, really, she’s now at Obi-Wan level Jedi? Um, no.

starwarshorizontalIn the end, I was really pleased with this movie and I’m super excited for the next one. There are so many questions! Who is Rey? Why did Luke disappear? How did Kylo Ren go from being a Jedi apprentice to a Sith? What’s Going To Happen?!

I have theories, and if y’all would like to read them, let me know and I’ll do a post about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Question time! How much do you love Star Wars? How many stars do you give The Force Awakens?

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Movie Review: Magic Mike

Movie Review: Magic Mike

I know this movie is a few years old now, but I finally got around to seeing it a couple weeks ago.

magic-mike-quiz0 STARS! I’ve never seen a movie that was so freaking boring! I didn’t even finish it. My husband and I got half way through it when I turned to him and asked, “Are you really interested in this? Because I’m bored out of my mind.” So we turned it off and did something else for the rest of the night.

I just can’t understand how a movie about male exotic dancers could be so insanely dull. Sure, the guys were hot, I didn’t mind them running around half naked most of the time, but the dancing parts were painful to watch. Maybe it’s just not my thing, I don’t know. But if this movie was meant to turn women on, it didn’t really do it for me. Also, the movie totally lost all sex appeal when you see the guy using a dick pump. NO ONE wants to see that.

channing-tatum-turns-charm-bankFor me, the part where Channing Tatum looked the seekiest was when he was at the bank applying for the loan. I like a guy in a suite and glasses. Guess that’s why I married an accountant. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, part of what made this movie sooo dull was the dialogue. These characters talked like real people, which sounds like a good thing, but kind of isn’t. Next time you’re in a regular conversation with some one, really pay attention to what’s being said. Notice how many “um”s and “ah”s are being said. Notice how much communication there is in just body language and social cues. And notice how many sentences just kind of end with “You know what I mean” gestures and awkward pauses. When you really listen to an entire, normal, conversation it’s kind of ho hum.

I can’t even tell you what the plot of the movie was. I was just not interested in anything that was going on.

And they made a sequel to this thing? What is wrong wrong with Hollywood? Oh right, everything.

Question time! Have you seen Magic Mike or it’s sequel? Did you like it? Try to convince me to finish watching it in the comments down below.

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